If you’re here in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you may be here because of what’s fast become one of the most popular festivals in Charleston.  The CWFF, or Charleston Wine + Food Festival, is going on now, as I covered in the last blog.

It was no exaggeration when I said that people come from across the planet to attend the festival.  Last year’s CWFF drew folks from more than ten different countries.  Total attendance was 22,747 people.

The 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Festival also made quite an impact on the local economy  –   to the tune of $9.1 million.  Impressively, this figure is three times the budget of the festival.

This year they’re again expecting well over 20,000 attendees.

It looks like the CWFF has raised the profile of the culinary scene in Charleston, and is actually reshaping why people are drawn to visit the Lowcountry.

College of Charleston’s Wayne Smith, who has studied the festival’s economic impact, had this interesting observation:  “It used to be people would come here for the history, that’s what we saw in all the studies.  Two years ago, food and gastronomy now matches the reason why people come to Charleston.  The Food & Wine Festival is a catalyst for that change.”

Here’s more on the story.  And again, here’s a link to the official website, where you still may be able to snag some tickets:  http://charlestonwineandfood.com/

Folks who are interested in staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or in our SC vacation rentals out on Folly Beach often use it as a home base for easy day trips into downtown Charleston, for events like the CWFF or just to take in the Holy City’s charms.  After all, a Charleston beach house is a convenient and fun way for the whole family to stay together and be close to all the city has to offer.  (Note: The Culinary Village of the CWFF is open to 21 and over only.)

A FunFest right near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals… 

That being said, if you are in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you don’t have to cross any bridges to find some serious fun  –  which, unlike the Wine + Food Fest, is actually free.   There’s something to be said for checking in to your luxury house on Isle of Palms and just chillin’, settlin’ in to enjoy the island life.

But that’s not all.  There’s a neat free event going on tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, March 4th) on the IOP.  It’s FRONT BEACH FEST… happening a very short distance from most of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Even if you are in a Folly Beach house Charleston, it’s worth the trip  –   especially if you like live beach music.

Get set for the following:

  • Live beach music by fan favorite The Tams, who have been entertaining crowds for more than fifty years (2:00-4:00);
  • More live music by The Carolina Soul Band (12:00-1:30);
  • Dancing galore  –  shagging & line dancing;
  • Arts & crafts from more than 25 vendors;
  • Restaurants and food vendors offering their delicacies for sale;
  • Activities for the kids, like jump castles, face painting and balloon and spin art;
  • Bungee trampoline!

The free fun fest lasts from noon till 4:00 p.m. Saturday, at Front Beach  –  1200 Ocean Boulevard, on the Isle of Palms.  Here’s a link with the scoop:  http://www.iop.net/island-gras

The Tams performing near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals!

The Tams performing near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals!

Also, near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals… check out some great parks

One of the coolest things about the Lowcountry is the wildlife around here and our proximity to it.  The nature around here is wild and beautiful.

It’s not unusual to see a pod of friendly dolphins, playing and arching high out of the water.  And there’s nothing quite like seeing a large alligator in the wild  –  as long as you maintain a safe distance.  Or a great blue heron, or snowy white egrets, or bald eagles.

If you are a visitor here in one of our rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, keep an eye peeled.  There are awesome creatures all around us.

One thing that visitors to our luxury beach house rentals SC might not be aware of, is the fantastic PARKS we have here in Charleston County.  I have been to local parks all over the country, and I have to say the ones around here are some of the best I’ve seen.

Customer Appreciation day in parks near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

Customer Appreciation day in parks near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

You’ll have a chance to try them out at no charge this weekend.  This coming Sunday, March 5th, is Customer Appreciation Day at more than a dozen Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission sites, where they will waive the normal admission/fees.  They include:

The Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, North Charleston Wannamaker, James Island County Park, Johns Island County Park, the new SK8 Charleston, plus the public is invited to enjoy free parking at Kiawah Beachwalker Park;

Especially convenient to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals    —  Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands, Laurel Hill County Park in Mount Pleasant, free parking at the Isle of Palms County Park, and free fishing at the Mount Pleasant Pier;

And near Folly Beach rentals Charleston   –  free parking at the Folly Beach County Park, plus free fishing at the Folly Beach Pier.

Also, check out these special perks:

  • Free climbing shoe and harness rentals at The Climbing Wall, James Island County Park;
  • Free yoga at Folly Beach County Park (2:00-3:00 –  you must preregister);
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new archery range at Johns Island County Park (at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center) at 2:00, with free equipment use and demos until 4:00;
  • Check out the brand new skatepark, SK8 Charleston, in its first ever fee-free day!

Here’s a link to the official Charleston County park website:  http://ccprc.com/

And read more about Customer Appreciation Day here.

When you are out enjoying the area parks, or just stepping out of one of our beach rentals Charleston, be sure to watch for wildlife.  You might just see something spectacular.  And as always, contact EP for the best in Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 Photo credit: CCPRC

 

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