Word has gotten out that a Charleston beach house is a great place to spend the holidays. The weather is mild and temperate (unlike most places in the country right now), the scene is festive, and the crowds are not as big as during the peak summertime…
…and neither are the rates on our SC vacation rentals. You can get the very same luxury beach house rentals SC - Isle of Palms luxury rentals and Folly beach rentals Charleston - for a fraction of what they rent for in the high season.
If you are thinking of a beach house Charleston for the holidays, you’d better hurry. Many of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC are already spoken for for one or both of the holidays. But we still do have some availability, and it’s still possible to get you into a terrific beach house Charleston SC.
If you are already booked in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you may want to take your family and friends out to eat for the holidays. Why not let someone else do the cooking -- and give your party a true taste of the Lowcountry.
Alas, it can be a confusing proposition to navigate the special holiday hours for all of the many fine dining options in Charleston.
Well, GCRA to the rescue!
The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association has compiled helpful lists of what local establishments are doing on each of the main holiday “days” themselves.
Here is their breakdown for Christmas Eve: http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/Restaurants-open-for-XMas-Eve-2013-2.pdf
And then there’s Christmas Day itself: http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/Restaurants-open-for-XMas-2013-2.pdf
Next up is New Year’s Eve: http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/Restaurants-open-for-NY-Eve-2013-2.pdf
And then, of course, there’s New Year’s Day: http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/Restaurants-open-for-NY-Day-2014-2.pdf
s always, remember to call EP for the very best in rental homes South Carolina.
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Holiday events are everywhere at the moment, parading across the region’s streets and waterways, popping up wherever you look.
There is perhaps no more festive time to be staying in rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC. If you’ve been heading downtown after dark from your luxury house on Isle of Palms, you may have noticed the colonnade of brightly lit palm trees along Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant… or the illuminated trees downtown in Marion Square.
SC vacation rentals are great any time of the year. A beach house Charleston is a treat during the warm summer months when the surf and sand beckon. But the so-called off-season has its own unique charms, and it seems like each year brings more and more special seasonal happenings. Today is no exception.
If you’ve been staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and are checking out today, there’s something worth checking out on your way back home. It’s the Mount Pleasant Holiday Market & Craft Show, taking place today (Saturday, December 7th) from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00. It’s a special version of the farmers’ marker that takes place takes place in the pavilion along Coleman Boulevard, next to Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant. There will be all sorts of holiday goodness, food and ornaments, music, arts and crafts to get you in the mood for Christmas and provide gifts and souvenirs to take home.
If you are checking in to a Charleston beach house today - especially one of our Isle of Palms beach rentals Charleston - get set for the official Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival. It’s happening today from 2:00 p.m. till 7:00 and will feature loads of live music by Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, Fowlers Mustache, Weird Science and more. There will be food by local establishments, a jump castle, climbing wall, photo booth and carnival rides, and yes - a visit from the Big Guy in the red suit – before the island tree is officially lit at 5:00. Here’s the schedule: http://www.iop.net/HolidayStreetFestival.aspx
It takes place on the Front Beach of Isle of Palms, just a stone’s throw from your IOP beach house Charleston SC.
If you haven’t booked one yet, give us a call for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.
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We are officially in the midst of parade season, and not all of them take place on dry land.
If you are coming in to one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend – to either one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or our Folly beach rentals Charleston – get set for a couple more fun parades.
If you’ve been here before staying in a Charleston beach house, you probably noticed something – folks in the Lowcountry are crazy about boats. So it stands to reason that we’d create a parade around them.
Saturday evening (December 7th) is the 33rd annual Holiday Parade of Boats presented by the City of Charleston. This is a great holiday tradition that is fun for all ages of folks staying in your beach house Charleston. People adorn their boats with all kinds of wacky holiday decorations, then motor around the harbor to make sure everyone gets a good view.
It officially lasts from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m., but the time depends on where you position yourself. The parade begins along the waterfront in Mount Pleasant and should be visible over on the Charleston side by about 6:00.
Anywhere along the waterfront should give you a good view, especially along the Battery at the base of the peninsula downtown. If you’re in one of our Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC, just head over the James Island Connector and down to Battery. If you’d prefer to watch from the Mount Pleasant side – especially convenient if you are staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms – get there on the early side.
There’s a fun special event going on at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, just past Patriot’s Point. It’s a combination oyster roast and viewing party that’ll happen from 2:00 till 6:00. It’s only $5 per adult (kids free), and there will be live music, food and drinks for purchase, and spectacular views of the boats.
Then, on Sunday December 8th, it’s back to dry land for the 18th annual Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade. This is also convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, especially our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. The parade of more than 100 groups will travel down Coleman Boulevard from Shem Creek to the Sea Island Shopping Center. It begins at approximately 5:30 p.m. and will feature lighted floats, marching bands, antique cars, Santa riding on a fire engine, an official town tree lighting and fireworks.
This parade will also include a very special appearance by the internationally known Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of four horses.
FYI - as a holiday treat, special parking vouchers are available that will give you two hours of free parking in any of the city parking garages downtown, anytime during the holiday season. This is handy since you’re bound to head downtown from your beach house Charleston SC, and the city garages are located in prime sections of town. Here’s a link to print your own: http://www.charlestonarts.org/wp-content/uploads/ParkingVoucherFinal2013.pdf
And remember to call EP for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.
Photo credit: Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Well, Turkey Day has come and gone - as has Black Friday, which has oozed into Brown Thursday - and the Christmas season officially kicks off this weekend.
If you coming into town to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC, you picked a good time. Santa Claus himself is making a couple high-profile appearances in Charleston this weekend.
Apparently, Santa read the Condé Nast poll of the best place in America to visit!
This evening (Saturday, November 30th) is the official Christmas tree lighting in Marion Square. There the big guy in the red suit will arrive to help Mayor Joe Riley illuminate the 60-foot Tree of Lights. The festivities last from 4:30 till 6:00 p.m. - so you can be done in plenty of time to get back to your Charleston beach house to watch the big game, Carolina vs. Clemson at 7:00.
Marion Square is centrally located downtown on the peninsula, bordered by Meeting, Calhoun and King Streets. It’s an equidistant drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, both our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and our Folly beach rentals Charleston. If you aren’t already booked in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, don’t worry – just give us a call and we can still find you a great beach house Charleston SC.
Then tomorrow (Sunday, December 1st) is the 33rd annual Charleston Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Tri-County Fire Chief’s Association. Santa will make another grand appearance, and he doesn’t have far to travel; it also takes place downtown.
For the first time this year they are reversing the traditional route. The parade will start at Colonial Lake (where Broad and Barre Streets meet), travel over Broad Street, up King Street (against the traditional flow of traffic) and finish at Marion Square. And as per tradition, Santa will be there at the culmination of all the floats, marching bands, dogs, horses and other merrymakers, and he will be available for photos.
The parade will start at 2:00 and finishes at approximately 4:00. It’s a very family-friendly event, so load up everyone from your beach house Charleston and head downtown. It’s a great parade but not so crazily crowded that you can’t find a good spot along the parade route.
After the parade, finish up at Marion Square for Chanukah in the Square, happening from 4:00 till 6:00. It’s an event celebrating the Jewish holiday but is open to people of all faiths. It’s a great time with loads of free food (even latkes) plus crafts, music, dancing and fun activities for all.
Here’s a link to a voucher for two hours of free downtown garage parking during the holiday season, now through January 1st - http://www.charlestonarts.org/wp-content/uploads/ParkingVoucherFinal2013.pdf
Charleston is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. So remember to call EP for the greatest luxury beach house rentals SC.
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