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Live Music Showcase Each Week

Who says you have to be here during Spoleto to hear great music?   Truth is, it goes on year-round all across the Lowcountry, and popular new venues are popping up all the time.

If you’re staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you don’t even have to head downtown to hear a lineup of live music.  Awendaw Green up Highway 17 is offering an exciting alternative and a chance to hear a great variety of music in a cool, laid-back setting.

It’s a venue for original local and regional music, and it’s drawing some great up-and-coming acts with diverse, global sounds.  The current series of concerts take place in an old barn, but it’s a barn with professional sound equipment and technician.

The Awendaw Green Barn Jams take place year-round on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.   Admission is just $5, and it’s a family friendly event, good for all ages of family and friends staying in your Charleston beach house.

Seating is provided or you can bring your own, and you’re encouraged to gather around the bonfire, visit and nosh. It’s BYOB, and food is available for purchase, including wood-fired pizza and fresh grilled oysters in season.

Here’s the musical lineup for the next few Barn Jams:

August 20th - Alex Culbreth solo, The Zealots, Heather Luttrell and the Possumden, PROVERBIAL, Southern Belles

August 27th - The Jason Connelly Band, Cory, Kate and Corey, Ayala Asherov, Minimum Wage

September 3rd - Cane Creek String Band, The Mustache Brothers, Dallas Baker & Friends, Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths

Awendaw Green is located on the grounds of the Sewee Outpost.   It’s not far from any of our SC vacation rentals, both our Folly Beach rentals Charleston and especially our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, just cross the IOP Connector and head north up Highway 17. It’s located at 4853 Highway 17 North in Awendaw, just north of Mount Pleasant.

Their website has the full schedule as well as video clips of upcoming acts. Here’s a link:

So if you’re in one of our luxury beach house rentals, check them out on a Wednesday.

And remember, as always, to phone EP for the best in beach house rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Come set a Guinness World Record


It’s not every day that you get a chance to make history and set a world record, not to mention have a fun evening out in the process.

Tonight is your chance.

When you are staying in a beach house Charleston, chances are you have family members or friends of varying ages. It can be a challenge to find something that everyone can enjoy together.

Well, look no further than America’s favorite pastime.   A baseball game is a perfect evening out for everyone staying in your Charleston beach house.

Charleston has a great minor league baseball team, the Charleston RiverDogs.   The Dogs play at a beautiful ballpark with unusually good food and bevs, and they’re known for their creative and sometimes kooky promotions.   Tonight at 6:05 p.m. they’re taking on the Rome (Georgia) Braves, and they have a doozy cooked up for this one.

The idea is to beat the world record for the most kazoos ever to play together on the same tune.   So everyone who comes to the game tonight will be given a free kazoo, made by Kazoobie Kazoos of Beaufort.  After the game is over, all will join in to play/hum “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” with “mystery conductors” leading the crowd.

As Dave Echols, General Manager of the RiverDogs explains, “Kazoos are as American as baseball.”

The current world record was set in England at Royal Albert Hall, with 5,190 kazoos performing together.

Guinness World Record officials will be on hand to certify the results.

FYI, actor and SNL alum Bill Murray is part owner and proud supporter of the Riverdogs. You never know when he’ll show up at games and special events.

The RiverDogs play at The Joe, Joe Riley Stadium on the downtown peninsula.   It’s located at 360 Fishburne Street, an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston. It’s about 25 minutes from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

Here’s a link to the RiverDogs’ website, where you can buy tickets and get more details on this and the rest of the games in their schedule:

So if you are in one of our rental homes South Carolina - Folly Beach rentals Charleston or Isle of Palms luxury rentals - head on out to The Joe and potentially make world record history.

And remember to contact EP when you’re searching for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Charleston: America’s Friendliest City! (again)


Another year, another affable accolade for the Holy City.

For the second year in a row, Charleston has been named the friendliest city in the country by Condé Nast Traveler.   In addition to its southern hospitality, it was singled out for its culture, food scene, natural beauty and history.

Southern hospitality is not just a myth or a cliché… it’s real, and nowhere more so than in Charleston and the Lowcountry in general.

If you’ve stayed in a Charleston beach house before, either one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, this probably comes as no surprise.   Charlestonians pride ourselves on making visitors feel welcome.  We love to show off and share our beautiful Lowcountry.

The official honor is based on 1.3 million votes by Condé Nast Traveler readers, as a part of their Reader’s Choice Awards. The results will be published in the November issue of the magazine.

It’s interesting to note that eight of the top ten cities are all in the South.

This is what they had to say about Charleston: “Several visitors praised this ‘quaint and special little gem’ for embodying Southern hospitality at every turn—so much so that they ‘would consider living there full time.’ The historic town earned accolades for its blend of 'undervalued local culture,' history, and natural beauty, as well as the 'incredible food' and Charleston City Market, with its boutiques and art galleries. In short, Charleston is the total package, landing it atop the list for the second year in a row.”

So be forewarned - folks who have come to stay in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston have been known to fall in love with the area and buy a place of their own. They can stay in their luxury house on Isle of Palms while here, then we can manage it as part of our portfolio of SC vacation rentals to make it a moneymaker during the rest of the year. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Here is the list of top ten most and least friendly...

Friendliest U.S. Cities:

  1. Charleston, S.C.
  2. Savannah, Ga.
  3. San Antonio
  4. Telluride, Colo.
  5. New Orleans
  6. Fort Worth
  7. Jackson Hole, Wyo.
  8. Key West
  9. Nashville
  10. Asheville, N.C.

Unfriendliest U.S. Cities:

  1. Newark
  2. Oakland
  3. Hartford, Conn.
  4. Atlantic City
  5. New Haven, Conn.
  6. Detroit
  7. Los Angeles
  8. The Hamptons, N.Y.
  9. Wilmington, Del.
  10. Miami

Here’s a link to the slideshow on their website, and what readers had to say about each one:

So come and enjoy the charms of America’s friendliest city, and contact EP for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Fun Saturday Doings

Saturday is traditionally check out/check in day at all our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

It’s also a great day to be on the islands, especially in peak season, as there’s always a lot going on…. plus it’s a great day for people-watching at the beach.

This Saturday is no exception.   If you’re checking out of a luxury house on Isle of Palms in the morning, you may want to swing by the Exchange Club on your way out. They’ll be having their annual Lucky Day Yard Sale from 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. It’s sponsored by the IOP Exchange Club and the Garden Club, and proceeds go toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

The Garden Club will also be offering plants for sale out front. If you or someone in your Charleston beach house is a gardening buff, it’s a great chance to take some Lowcountry flora back home.   Garden Club members are also a font of knowledge when it comes to all things horticultural and are generous about sharing that know-how.

If you’re checking in to one of our rental homes South Carolina, especially one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, and you’re trying to figure out how to feed/entertain everyone in your beach house Charleston, you don’t have to go very far. Wild Dunes Resort, at the end of the island, is hosting a special evening event Saturday night - their Summer Oyster Roast and Southern BBQ.   It takes place at their newest pool, Palm Cove, and goes on from 6:00 p.m. till 8:30. There you can experience one of the Lowcountry’s classic feasts - an oyster roast - as well as barbecue for the meat-lovers. Soft drinks are included, there’s a cash bar and live music as well.

Here’s a link to buy tickets online:, or you can call for tickets at (843) 886-2218. Act soon as these evenings do sell out.

Wild Dunes is convenient to all our IOP beach house rentals Charleston SC. If you are driving, putting “Wild Dunes” in your GPS doesn’t always work. They suggest entering “1 Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms” as your destination address. Or better yet, just head down Palm Boulevard, turn right at the end and follow the signs to Wild Dunes, you can’t miss it.

So enjoy your Saturday, whether you are heading back home or heading into a new week at a beach house Charleston SC.   And remember to contact EP when you want the most exclusive luxury beach house rentals SC in the Lowcountry.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


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