IOP tree lighting 2

In a true sign that the holiday season is fully upon us, it’s time once again for a grand island illumination.

If you’d like to experience a little small town/island Christmas fun, this coming weekend is a beloved local tradition.  It’s the annual Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival and Tree Lighting, and it will be taking place this Saturday, December 5th from 2:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. If you are heading into one of our SC vacation rentals – specifically one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals  –   you might want to check it out.  It’s about as local as you get.

The fun happens at Front Beach on the IOP.  There will be visits with the big guy in the red suit (aka Santa), carnival rides, jump castle, a climbing wall, balloon artist, restaurant and food specials from some great local establishments, photo booth, live music by the SIES Chorus, McKenna Andrews and special guest… and then to top it all off, they’ll light the 22-foot tall Christmas tree.  It’s all a stone’s throw from many of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you might just want to walk or head over on a golf cart and check it out.  Here’s more from the town’s site:


If you’ve got kids staying in your Charleston beach house, next Thursday, December 10th there will be a fun workshop  –  cookie decorating for Santa  –  at 4:00 p.m. in the IOP Rec Center.  Actually, it’s not just for kids  –  all ages are welcome.  Elementary age kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  There is no charge but you must preregister by December 2nd by calling the Isle of Palms Recreation Center  (843)886-8294.

If you’ll be in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals a bit closer to Christmas, on Monday, December 21st there will be a workshop on gingerbread house building and decorating, also in the IOP Rec Center.  All materials will be provided.  The charge is $5 and you must register by Friday, Dec. 18th.


Garden and Gun

The heyday of glossy magazines seems to have peaked a decade or two ago, and now so much has shifted online.  My mailbox used to be full of them, along with mail order catalogs.  The planet, and the postman’s back, seem to be pleased with the shift.

There are a few old school magazines, though, that are bucking the trend.   In fact, one of the biggest success stories in the magazine world is one that is based right here in Charleston.  It’s Garden & Gun, and it’s one of the few I still subscribe to… and it never disappoints.

Garden & Gun covers southern life, style and culture, and its content is really terrific, with contributions from top writers and photographers.  It really gives you a feel of what it is to live in what I consider to be the most beautiful, friendly, cool region in the world  –  the American South.

Well, this weekend the good folks at Garden & Gun are hosting their third annual Jubilee  –  a massive celebration of the culture they chronicle so beautifully.  It’s happening this Friday through Sunday, December 4th through the 6th.

It’s going on at a very cool venue  –  Charles Towne Landing, a historic state part west of the Ashley.  Get set for great food and libations, music, stylish vendors, art, sport… in other words, everything good that’s “Made in the South.”  For your GPS, the address is 1500 Old Towne Road in Charleston  –  an easy drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC, especially if you happen to be staying in a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Here’s the official website, where you can order tickets – either for general admission or for one or more of the special dinners they’re hosting:


And remember, as always, to call EP when you’re looking for rental homes South Carolina; we can help place you in the very best in beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger