It’s beginning to feel a bit like fall, and it’s time to tour homes and gardens  – ideally, while based in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.

The peak season rates are a thing of the past for SC vacation rentals, and fall’s a great time to stay in a Charleston beach house.

This week marks the start of the 40th annual Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture, put on by the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Your chance to peek inside Charlestonian homes & gardens near our luxury beach house rentals SC …

All it takes is a stroll through the historic district, down some of the streets and alleyways that make Charleston the world’s favorite place to visit.

You’re walking down Meeting Street, Church Street, Tradd, South Battery, Montagu, Legare, through the French Quarter.  An impressive façade beckons you over, its door knocker polished to a beaming brass.  Window boxes are lush with color and overflowing with creative plant combinations you wish you had thought of.  You catch a glimpse through a window here, an iron gate there, giving you an inkling of what lies beyond.  You wish you could go further, see more…

Well, now’s your chance.  For 40 years, the Preservation Society has organized and offered this chance for you to experience historic Charleston from an insider’s viewpoint.  It’s their primary fundraiser for the day-in, day-out work they do all year long to help keep Charleston so charming.

History does not withstand the pressures of modernization and “progress” without a lot of passionate, hard-working, committed people who understand its relevance and beauty, and do what they can to make sure it endures for future generations.  They understand the idea that, “Preservation is Progress.”

The Society is a local partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  In many ways Charleston has become a national trailblazer, a shining example of how to preserve our past while making it a vital part of our present.

Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture near our luxury beach house rentals SC

This year’s Fall Tour of Homes begins this Thursday, October 6th and runs through Sunday, October 30th, when some of the peninsula’s most exclusive properties are open for tours.  They’re generally scheduled in three-hour blocks of time, either afternoon or evenings, depending on the property.

This is a beloved annual event, and one of our luxury beach house rentals SC 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.

Here are some of the options, which aren’t limited to just home & garden tours:

  • Legare Street Tour
  • South Battery Tour
  • Meeting Street Tour
  • South of Broad Tour
  • “Four for Forty” Broad Street Tour
  • Gardens of Historic Ansonborough
  • Church Street Tour
  • Back of the House
  • Upper Tradd Street Tour
  • Colonial Lake Tour
  • East Battery Tour
  • King Street Tour
  • Tradd Street Tour
  • A Day on the Cooper
  • Battery Tour
  • “Creating Intimate Garden Spaces” Lunch Lecture
  • “Back of the House: Life Behind the Big House” Lunch Lecture
  • “Tales of an Historic Restoration” Lunch Lecture
  • “Adorned for the Dead: Mourning Jewelry Traditions in Charleston” Lunch Lecture
  • Invention of Wings: The Grimke Sisters of Charleston Walking Tour
  • Enduring Traditions: Ironwork of the Holy City Walking Tour

For all the details or to book and purchase tickets, visit their website:

Again, the festival is primarily based downtown, so it’s an easy drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

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


NOTE:  Update from the Preservation Society  –  Due to the state of emergency declared in South Carolina, the Preservation Society has canceled all Fall Tour events  for Thursday, October 6 and Friday October 7.  Ticket holders for October 6 and October 7 ONLY may request a refund by calling (800) 514-3849.  Please have your order number available if possible. ANY ticket holder may request an exchange by calling the ticket line at (800) 514-3849. Please check back for future updates on the status of Fall Tour events.