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Suds, ukuleles and shaggin’

This weekend has an unusually interesting variety of things to do.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the final weekend of Charleston Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday.  More than 140 restaurants are participating this time, so it’s a great chance to sample some gourmet Lowcountry vittles.

Something to drink with those vittles?   Well, also wrapping up this weekend is Charleston Beer Week, which celebrates the “hopping” local beer scene. There are a dozen events today and tomorrow, and venues include Holy City Brewing, Freehouse Brewery, Liberty Taproom, Coast Brewery, Revelry Brewing, Palmetto Brewing, Homegrown Brewhouse, Total Wine & More, The Macintosh and Edmund’s Oast. Locations are all over the Charleston area, and you’re sure to find one convenient to all our luxury beach house rentals SC, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Some events require tickets, others are free or pay-as-you-go. Here’s a full schedule of events with all the details:

One of the area’s scenic gardens is hosting a musical event that looks to be a lot of fun.  It’s the 5th annual Blackwater Ukulele Festival, and it’s going on tomorrow (Saturday, September 13th) at Cypress Gardens. Performances go on throughout the day. There’s also a beginners’ class at 10:30 taught by local ukulele legend Donald "Noodle McDoodle" Whitley, a hula dance workshop at 2:30, and open mic from 3:00 – 4:30. It’s all covered by regular admission to the park ($10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, children 5 and under free). For movie buffs, Cypress Gardens is the place where the famous scene in The Notebook was filmed, where Noah and Allie canoe through the Cypress Trees amidst flocks of white birds.

The forecast is calling for rain off and on, so they’ve moved the festival indoors just to be safe.

Cypress Gardens is a pleasant drive north from all our SC vacation rentals, whether you’re staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.   It’s located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner.   Note: the bridge on the way to Cypress Gardens is being repaired, so the DOT has issued a detour route:

Here’s the official website: It even has a link to a free ukulele lesson via Skype!   You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your Charleston beach house for a little ukulele action.

And last but not least, tomorrow (Saturday) night is also the last of what’s proven to be a very popular event, Shaggin’ on the Cooper.   While staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, why not dance the official dance of the Carolinas under the Ravenel Bridge?  It takes place on the pier in lovely Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant, at the base of the big bridge. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and live music - by Ocean Drive Party Band - starts at 8:00. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or in advance. This event usually sells out early, so your best bet is in advance.

Here’s a link for more info and to buy tickets online:

So remember, when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC - especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals - call EP… we have the best in the biz.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


A hot night and a great cause

There’s no shortage of wonderful charities in the Lowcountry, and they have a knack for coming up with creative ways to raise much-needed funds.

One of my personal favorites is the Charleston Animal Society, which does tireless work on behalf of abandoned, injured or abused animals. Believe it or not, they have been around for 140 years.

Five years ago, they opened a state-of-the-art facility in North Charleston, which includes a massive spay/neuter clinic and very user-friendly cat and dog play areas.  If you are here in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you might want to pay them a visit. Nothing like bringing home a forever friend as a great souvenir of your stay in a Charleston beach house. It’s located at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston, off of I-26 and just north of I-526.

Here are some interesting facts about what they do from their website:

Many don't know that we care for 90% of the community’s unwanted animals - many of which are seriously injured or gravely ill, and we have made remarkable strides in five years. By thinking out-of-the-box, using proven best practices from animal organizations across the nation and implementing research-based strategies, Charleston Animal Society has moved from what is known as an Annual Live Release Rate of 34% in 2007 to over a 75% Annual Live Release Rate today, which is almost unheard of in the animal welfare world. Comparatively, other parts of the state realize low live release rates ranging from 10% to 30%.

They recently launched “No Kill Charleston 2015”  -   the most bold initiative in the Southeast, working toward the goal of becoming the region’s first no-kill shelter.  It’s a lofty goal, but they are well on their way.  They can also really use our help.

The good folks at the shelter cooked up a great fundraiser, and it’s proven to be so successful, it’s back again this year. It’s a calendar of smokin’ hot firefighters posing with adorable furry friends.

Firefighters are in the business of saving lives, and so is the Charleston Animal Society - so the combination makes perfect sense!

This coming Friday night, September 12th, is the 2015 Firefighter Calendar Debut Party, where all 15 firefighter models will be revealed as they walk the runway.  There will also be a live auction where you can bid on a date with one of the firefighters.  The new calendar will be officially unveiled and offered for sale at a special discount.  

Last year, all copies of the calendar sold out.

Tickets are $25 general admission standing room only, $35 general admission stadium seating, and $475 for a VIP table for four. At 6:00 p.m. there’s a special VIP-only party with the firefighters, 7:00 p.m. gates open, and the show starts at 8:00. It takes place at Memminger Auditorium downtown, a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

All proceeds go toward Toby’s Fund, the shelter’s medical fund to treat injured or sick animals. Last year it provided half a million dollars in relief to animals in need.

So if you are here in one of our rental homes South Carolina this week, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you really ought to consider it for your last evening in the Lowcountry. It is a 21 and over only event.

Here’s a link to the official website, where you can also buy tickets online:

Speaking of pets, some of our beach house rentals Charleston SC are pet friendly - especially our Isle of Palms luxury rentals - so be sure to give us a call and we’ll help connect you to the right one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

A good time for discounts

It’s no secret that there’s no shortage of great things to do and see in Charleston   -   and eat, as witnessed by the immensely popular Charleston Restaurant Week going on now through next Sunday, the 14th.

As I mentioned in the last blog, more than 140 area restaurants are taking part this time around.   Hopefully, if you’re here on one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you’re taking advantage of the chance to sample some of that delectable cuisine the Lowcountry is famous for.   Think: shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, she crap soup… for less money than you’d normally pay.

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, technically we’re past peak season for all our SC vacation rentals, both Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC and Isle of Palms luxury rentals. That means rates are lower on all our rental homes South Carolina.

Truth is, September is an ideal time to be in a beach house Charleston. Not only are the prices lower, but also the temps are a bit more moderate, the beach is less crowded, plus you have a better selection from among our luxury beach house rentals SC.

It’s a good time to same money in other ways, too.

Two of the Lowcountry’s most popular attractions are offering discounts good now through the end of September.

If you have kids staying in your Charleston beach house, a visit to the SC Aquarium is a guaranteed hit. They have over 60 exhibits, including sharks, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, and the adorably playful river otters. Many exhibits are interactive - truly fun and educational at the same time, and not just for kids.  The Aquarium is located downtown at 100 Aquarium Wharf. Here’s a link to the Aquarium’s website with current exhibits, including lemurs from Madagascar:

They are offering $5 off admission with a printed coupon all during the month of September.

Here’s a link to print discount coupons:

Also offering $5 off admission is Magnolia Plantation, with over 100 acres of world famous gardens, a historic plantation house, petting zoo, nature boat and nature train rides, and the 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden.   Founded by the Drayton family in 1676, it’s the oldest tourist site in the area and the oldest public garden in America.   Its address is 3550 Ashley River Road.   You can print discount coupons for Magnolia from the same link above.

For more information about Magnolia Plantation, here is their website:

If you don’t have access to a printer, they should also have paper coupons available at the ticket counters of both places.

So remember - September is a great time to come to a luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach… and save some money while doing it.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Charleston Restaurant Week is here again!


One of the most popular culinary events is popping up again, and area restaurants are sure to be buzzing with activity.   It’s Charleston Restaurant Week, and it’s running from Wednesday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 14th.

Sponsored by the Charleston Restaurant Association, it’s become a wildly popular event that takes place twice a year, and it’s proven to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike.

This year, more than 140 restaurants are taking part.

If you are here in a beach house Charleston, whether it’s one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, chances are you are going to go out to eat. You’ve gotta feed the folks in your Charleston beach house, and you might as well let someone else do it.   Restaurant Week is a great way to sample some of the best the town has to offer, at prices better than ordering a la carte.

This event just gets bigger and better each time it rolls around.   Charleston restaurants showing up on all sorts of prominent best-in-the-country lists doesn’t hurt, as local chefs are getting the rep of rock stars.   Charleston’s culinary scene is one of the main draws for folks coming to our rental homes South Carolina, be it Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

Lowcountry food is hot, and Charleston Restaurant Week is, too.

They’ve tweaked it a bit this year.   Instead of having three tiers of pricing ($20, $30 or $40 per person for three courses), restaurants are encouraged to come up with their own specially priced event menus.   It looks to be a benefit to diners, adding more flexibility as restaurants respond to what people enjoy or have asked for in the past. Some restaurants are opting for a special drink as opposed to a third-course dessert or first-course appetizer, for example.

Here is a link to the Charleston Restaurant Association’s helpful webpage on the event.   Each participating restaurant is listed along with a link to their special menu for Restaurant Week:

The webpage also links you to book a table, where possible. It’s highly recommended to make a reservation as these slots fill up FAST.

Also, they have an official free smartphone app available. Just go to the app store and search for Charleston Restaurant Association. It even includes a tip calculator and a parking assistant.

Lowcountry restaurants participating this time around include:

  • 39 Rue de Jean
  • 82 Queen
  • Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
  • Al Di La
  • Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
  • Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar – LUNCH Only
  • Angel Oak Restaurant
  • AW Shuck's Seafood Restaurant
  • AYA Cookhouse
  • Basico
  • Basil Thai Restaurant – Downtown Charleston
  • Basil Thai Restaurant – Mt. Pleasant
  • Bay Street Biergarten
  • Bistro Toulouse
  • Blossom
  • Blu Restaurant & Bar
  • Bocci's Italian Restaurant
  • Boone's Bar
  • Brasserie Gigi
  • Bricco Bracco
  • Bricco Bracco Cucina
  • Brick House Kitchen
  • Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
  • Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market & Cafe
  • Charleston Crab House – James Island
  • Charleston Harbor Fish House
  • Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
  • Circa 1886
  • CO Banh Mi Noodles
  • Coast Bar and Grill
  • Crave Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Crave Kitchen & Cocktails – LUNCH Only
  • Crust Wood Fired Pizza
  • Cypress
  • Eli's Table
  • Finz Bar & Grill
  • Fish Restaurant
  • Five Loaves Cafe – Downtown
  • Five Loaves Cafe – Mt. Pleasant
  • Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
  • Fuji Steakhouse-North Charleston
  • Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill-Mt. Pleasant
  • Fulton Five
  • Graze Restaurant
  • Grill 225
  • Halls Chophouse
  • Hank's Seafood Restaurant
  • Heart Woodfire Kitchen
  • High Cotton
  • High Thyme Cuisine
  • How Art Thou Cafe
  • Husk Restaurant
  • Hyman's Seafood
  • Indaco
  • Joe Pasta
  • La Fontana Authentic Italian Restaurant
  • Lana Restaurant
  • Langdon's Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • LaTabella Italian Grill
  • Leaf
  • Long Island Cafe
  • Lowcountry Bistro
  • Lowcountry Bistro – LUNCH Only
  • Magnolias
  • Mellow Mushroom – Avondale
  • Mellow Mushroom – Downtown Charleston
  • Mellow Mushroom – Summerville
  • Michael's on the Alley
  • Middleton Place Restaurant
  • Midtown Bar & Grill
  • Montreux Bar & Grill
  • Morgan Creek Grill
  • Mosaic
  • Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails
  • Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • My Fathers Moustache
  • Nirlep Indian Restaurant
  • Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant – Downtown Charleston
  • Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant – North Charleston
  • O-Ku
  • Oak Steakhouse
  • Old Towne Grill and Seafood
  • Old Village Post House
  • Opal Restaurant and Bar
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Peninsula Grill
  • Poogan's Porch
  • Poogan's Porch (LUNCH Only)
  • RB's Seafood Restaurant
  • Red Drum Restaurant
  • Red's Ice House – John's Island
  • Red's Ice House – Shem Creek
  • Ristorante LIDI
  • Rita's Seaside Grille
  • Rutledge Cab Co.
  • SALT at Station 22
  • Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort
  • Shem Creek Bar & Grill
  • Slightly North of Broad
  • Social Restaurant + Wine
  • Southend Brewery
  • Southerly Restaurant and Patio
  • SpiritLine Cruises
  • Stack's Evening Eats
  • Stars Rooftop & Grill Room
  • Sushi 101
  • Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar
  • Sweeney's
  • Sweeney's (LUNCH Only)
  • Swig & Swine BBQ
  • Tabbuli
  • Taco Mamacita
  • The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course
  • The Drawing Room
  • The Granary
  • The Green Goat
  • The Grocery
  • The Islander
  • The Macintosh
  • The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • TJ's BBQ + Burgers
  • Toast!
  • Tomasso at Turtle Point
  • Tommy Condon's
  • Tsunami – Downtown Charleston
  • Tsunami – Mt. Pleasant
  • Twenty Six Divine
  • Union Provisions
  • Vincent Chicco's
  • Virginia's On King
  • WBS-Wild Buffalo Steakhouse
  • Wild Wing Cafe – Downtown Charleston
  • Wild Wing Cafe – Mt. Pleasant
  • Wild Wing Cafe – North Charleston
  • Yokoso of Summerville
  • Zero Cafe + Bar

Whew - that’s a whole lot of choices.   Reminds me what it’s like to search for SC vacation rentals.

When you’re looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, especially a luxury house on Isle of Palms, call EP.  We have the very best - and we can also recommend a really good restaurant.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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