A man bastes meat on a barbecue grill --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Tourism in South Carolina is a booming business  —  at last tally an $18 billion one.  Lower gas prices, an increased number of airline flights to the state, and an improved economy are all combining to bring more folks than ever to the Palmetto State.

As I covered previously, major improvements to Charleston International Airport factor right into the equation.  It is estimated that 20% of people who visit South Carolina arrive here by air.

All of this means that rental homes South Carolina are in higher demand than ever  –  particularly luxury beach house rentals SC.  A Charleston beach house is an ideal way to see and experience the Lowcountry, much like a local in your own home.  Your luxury house on Isle of Palms provides a home base from which to visit historic the downtown Charleston peninsula, area beaches, parks, plantations and gardens.

Speaking of parks  –  national, state and county parks have experienced a double digit increase in attendance, and Charleston in particular is blessed with some very good ones.  Palmetto Island County Park in Mount Pleasant is well worth a visit, as is Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley.  PICP is just over the IOP Connector and a short drive from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

If you’re here this week in one of our SC vacation rentals, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, there are a couple fun things to check out, one of which is free and park-related.

Moultrie flags

Historic Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island is having a Fee Free Day tomorrow –  Wednesday, November 11th, from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. in honor of Veterans Day.  The fort played a role in all the big wars from the Revolutionary War (as site of the first decisive victory by Patriot forces) all the way through the Second World War  –  providing official seacoast defense for the U.S. for 171 years (1776-1947).

Fort Moultrie is convenient to all our beach rentals Charleston.  It’s located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island, just across Breach Inlet from all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.   This is the last “fee free” day of the year for the fort.

Here’s a bit of its history and the name behind it:  It was June 28th, 1776.  Nine British warships were swarming in off the coastline, trying to gain a foothold in the colonies. 

But the 2nd South Carolina Regiment under command of Colonel William Moultrie had other ideas.  They were positioned at Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and they didn’t want to give up their turf.  Though vastly outnumbered, they battled the Royal Navy and British Army and somehow managed to turn back the British interlopers.

Moultrie’s victory was the first in the patriots’ fight for independence.  Colonel Moultrie became the namesake for the fort on Sullivan’s Island, which is now well known as Fort Moultrie.  It is part of the National Park Service, as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.  And if you’re staying in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, it’s a fun outing for all ages in your family or group.

Here’s a link with more info:  https://www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/fort_moultrie.htm


Also coming up this week is the Smoke on the Harbor Barbecue Throwdown, now in its fourth year.

It’s a fully sanctioned national event, under the auspices of the KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society). These pit masters are serious, hard-core men and women who have their eyes on the BBQ prize… and you get to be the lucky beneficiary.

It’s going on Friday Nov. 13th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 14th from noon till 5:00 p.m. at the Lookout Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina  –  20 Patriot’s Point Road in Mount Pleasant.  It’s a convenient drive from all our rental homes South Carolina.  From our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, head over Sullivan’s to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, and turn left right before the base of the Ravenel Bridge.  For those staying in Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC, head over to the peninsula, cross the Ravenel Bridge, exit to the right onto Coleman and take your first right off the bridge.  Just follow the smoke!

There’ll be samples of pork butts and chicken wings as well as other food and drink available for purchase.  There will also be live music by Chase Martin, Bryson Jennings, Bootless and Jamisun, a large vendor village, a bartender mixology competition (the Iron Bartender George Dickel Mixology Competition), food drive benefiting the fine folks at East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and kids’ zone.

Tickets are $10 general admission, although if you bring five non-perishable food items to be donated, you’ll get $5 off at the gate.  Sampling tickets are $1.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Here’s the official website, which includes the 2013 final points results (gotta love some of the creative BBQ team names  —  Pig on Fire, Blowin’ Smoke, 99 Problems But a Brisket Ain’t One, Bunch of Dumbies, Cackalacky Que, Tom Tom Bob A Que)… http://www.smokeontheharbor.com/

Last year’s winners were:

Grand Champion:    KILLER B’S BBQ

Peoples Choice Wings:  BLOWIN’ SMOKE LLC
Peoples Choice Pork:  SWIG & SWINE

Here’s the event’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/SmokeOnTheHarborBbqThrowdown

So enjoy some history and some killer que…. and be sure to call Exclusive Properties when you’re looking for a killer luxury house on Isle of Palms.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

flag photo: NPS