First up, if you’re interested in luxury beach house rentals SC and the Cooper River Bridge Run, I hope you have already taken action.  There will be no day-of race registrations for the CRBR, and tonight is the deadline for online or in person registration.

This, the 40th running of the race, which will take place on April 1, promises to be an extra grand one.  They are expecting over 40,000 participants, and if I’m reading the website correctly, regular spots are already sold out.  If you act fast, you may still be able to snag a Charity Connection bib.  Here’s the official site:

The race has come a long way in its four-decade history, increasing in size, style, and  becoming more high-tech.  Race bibs now include an embedded disposable chip, or BTAG, that accurately measures each one’s start and finish times.

CRBR medals, near our luxury beach house rentals SC

CRBR medals, near our luxury beach house rentals SC

This year, every registered participant who finishes will receive a special 40th anniversary finisher’s medal, free of charge.  You may opt to purchase something called at CRBR tab, which will have your name and official finish time printed on it, that you can affix to the back of your medal.

Here’s more on the race and its technology:

Tour Houses & Gardens near our luxury beach house rentals SC

After a brief bout of winter on the southern heels of Stella, it looks like spring is back in the picture.   We’ve “sprung forward” the clock last weekend, spring officially starts in a few days, and it’s time once again to tour local homes and gardens (ideally, while based in a Charleston beach house.)

This week marks the official start of the Festival of Houses and Gardens, a grand Charleston tradition for 70 grand years.  It’s put on by the fine folks of the Historic Charleston Foundation and offers the chance to go inside some of the most lush gardens and beautiful historic homes on the peninsula.

This is a beloved annual event, and one of our SC vacation rentals makes an ideal home base.  Most of the tours take place downtown (South of Broad), a convenient drive from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and our Folly Beach rentals Charleston.  That way you can experience the charm and history of America’s best city, while also enjoying the ocean near your beach house Charleston.

The Festival runs for five weeks from now through April 22nd, and there are all sorts of great options to choose from, located on different charming streets downtown.  Think Wentworth, Legare, Meeting Street, Tradd, Broad, South Battery, all the best addresses in town.  Check out the houses, or take one of the “Glorious Gardens” tours.

Also, it’s not just house/garden tours.  They have expanded the offerings in creative ways.  There are also concerts, luncheon lectures (cleverly entitled, “Food for Thought”), “Live Like a Local” events, historical harbor boat tours, a gospel brunch, picnic, oyster roast, wine and spirit tastings, and morning history walks.

Here’s a link to the Festival itself, where you can select and purchase tickets:

The Festival of Houses and Gardens is a Charleston must-do.  Thankfully there are so many different dates and sites to choose from, so you have a good chance at securing tickets.

Festival of Houses and Gardens near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Festival of Houses and Gardens near our luxury beach house rentals SC

World-class antiques near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Another huge part of Charleston charm is antiques… and another beloved local event kicks off this weekend in grand style  –  the Charleston Antiques Show.

Now in its 14th year, it brings together fine vintage furniture, silver, jewelry, and a myriad of experts in one place  –  Gaillard Center, located at 95 Calhoun Street.  Again, this is downtown, convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

The show runs now through this Sunday, March 19th.  This promises to be a special one since they are celebrating the Historic Charleston Foundation’s 70th year.

Here’s the official site where you can purchase tickets:

(Note: There are specially priced combo tickets for the antique show and house/garden tours.)

So enjoy some of what makes Charleston so charming, and when you are looking for the most beautiful luxury beach house rentals SC, especially if you want a luxury house on Isle of Palms, call EP for the very best.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger