If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you are officially in the midst of festival season in the Lowcountry.  It’s in full swing and promises to swing even higher as Spoleto approaches.

First of all, before I get to yet another fun festival… as I mentioned in a previous post, area farmers’ markets are opening near our beach rentals Charleston.  Add to the list the biggie, the Charleston Farmers’ Market, which opened for the 2018 season last weekend.  It’s been tapped as one of the top ten markets in the country.

Tis the season for fresh produce near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Tis the season for fresh produce near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

There’s no question why… because it’s a hip and happenin’ scene.  There are over 100 different growers, farmers, vendors and artisans selling much more than fresh produce.  It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir of your stay in a beach house Charleston or grab a gourmet bite to go.  Better yet, bring a blanket and have a picnic in the middle of downtown.

It’ll take place every Saturday, 8 am till 2 pm, from now through October, in Marion Square.  It’s a pleasant drive from all our SC vacation rentals, namely our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

According to Certified SC Grown, here’s some of what’s being harvested fresh in the month of Aprilasparagus, beets, cabbage, cilantro, leeks, mixed leafy greens (collard/kale/mustard/turnip), onions, oriental vegetables, parsley, radishes and strawberries.

It's strawberry time near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

It’s strawberry time near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Speaking of fresh local April produce near your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

There’s a neat festival coming up this weekend, and it’s within easy reach of our beach rentals Charleston.

It’s the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, taking place now through Sunday, April 22nd at Boone Hall Plantation.

The Strawberry Festival is a local favorite.  After all, it features fresh-from-the-field deliciousness, furthermore it’s packed with family-friendly activities ideal for all ages staying in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

  • First of all, Strawberry U-Pick Fields are open during event daytime hours;
  • Also, new carnival thrill rides –  over 20 in all;
  • Rides include: Skyfall, Dizzy Dragon, Polar Express, Free Fall, Super Slide, Orbiter, Firestorm, Frog Hopper and many others;
  • In addition, check out the Elevate trapeze shows (like Cirque du Soleil);
  • Acrobatic dogs of TV’s “K-9’s In Flight;”
  • Rockin’ A Ranch Petting Zoo;
  • Pig races;
  • Live music;
  • Carnival rides;
  • Velcro Wall;
  • Tiki Island Obstacle Course;
  • Giant inflatables;
  • Largest Jump Pillows in the state of South Carolina;
  • A three-story slide tower;
  • Interactive games by SCDA, vendors too;
  • Playground fun, costumed characters;
  • Strawberry Recipe Contest;
  • Two Pie-eating Contests;
  • The Miss Berry Princess Contest for the girls;
  • The Mr. John Deere Contest for the boys!

You can pick your own berries Friday through Sunday during the festival and bring them back as a tasty souvenir of your day.  Admission to the festival itself is $10 (ages 12 and up), and $5 for ages 3-11.  Kids 2 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult.  Ride tickets sold separately.

Here’s the official Festival page with hours and all the details.

Boone Hall Plantation, a must-see not far from your luxury house on Isle of Palms

The festival is an annual event put on by the good folks at Boone Hall Plantation, one of the Lowcountry’s preeminent locales.  From our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just cross the IOP Connector into Mount Pleasant, then take 17 North.  You can’t miss it, it’s up a short ways on your left on Highway 17 (address: 2330 N. Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant).

Speaking of Boone Hall, it’s a major tourist destination with the famous Avenue of Oaks, plantation home and grounds steeped in 330 years of history.  It’s also a working farm, and furthermore it’s one of the few places in America that have been producing crops continually for over three centuries.  They’ve done it on over 100 acres tucked in the middle of booming Mt. Pleasant.  The cool thing is, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the bounty.

They sell their fresh produce at the Boone Hall Farms store, just north up Highway 17 on the right.  It functions as a year-round farmers market, specialty food/gift store and cafe.  It’s a great place to shop and stock your luxury house on Isle of Palms with local Lowcountry fare any day of the week, not just when the area FARMERS MARKETS are open.

This is such an ideal time to be in the Lowcountry.  Flowers are blooming, temps are lovely, and high humidity is a thing of the past/future.  It’s a perfect time to book any of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.   It’s not yet peak season for rental homes South Carolina, yet there’s so much to do.  The weather makes you want to be outside, lounging on the deck of your Charleston beach house.

Remember to call EP if you’re looking for a luxury house on Isle of Palms.  We may be a little biased, but we believe we have the best luxury beach house rentals SC around.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger