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3 Feb 2015
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The world-renowned Spoleto Festival is fast approaching, and right now an exciting online auction is taking place.  Proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the official musicians of the festival. 

There are 110 great items up for bid, including the following:

Golf in Gullane, Scotland

Costa Rican Getaway

Your choice of Jimmy Choo shoes

United Airlines: Two First Class Tickets with a Stop in London

Dinner for Twelve Prepared by Mike Lata (of FIG and The Ordinary)

Five-day Stay for up to 12 at the famous Trinchera Blanca Ranch

A Romantic Italian Getaway

A Night at the Spectator Hotel

Lunch With Mayor Riley

A Refreshing Charleston Weekend

The Inn at Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort

Dinner for Four at Hominy Grill

Clemson vs. Carolina tickets

Greenville Getaway

Chef’s Tasting Menu for Eight with Wine Pairings at Charleston Grill

Harbor Cruise and Cocktails for 25

"Earthly Pleasures" by Lynn Parrott

Many great works of art, personal portraits, jewelry design, etc.

Private events with Festival artists


The online auction is running now through February 15th.   Here’s a link to the online bidding and a list of everything that’s up for grabs:

Also, there will be a special LIVE auction this coming Friday, February 6th, from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium.  It’s the 37th annual installment, and it promises to be an elegant affair with Big Band music, themed entertainment, a seated dinner and premium bar.  Here’s the scoop on the live auction event:   Memminger is located downtown at 56 Beaufain Street and is an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

If you are interested in coming to Spoleto, the 17-day festival lasts from May 22nd  through June 7th, a Charleston beach house makes the perfect home base.  You can experience all the culture that explodes around the city each summer, then come home each night to the ocean, just steps from your luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach house Charleston.  Be forewarned it’s an extremely popular time for beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  So the sooner you can call, the better.  Click here to see this year's poster.


More on CHS

As I blogged about recently, the Charleston International Airport is flowing and going in a big way.   It’s currently undergoing a massive $189 million renovation that will make it easier and more pleasant than ever to fly in and out of Charleston.  Above is a rendering of one of the renovated terminals, complete with massive central skylight and clerestory.

The number of carriers is also growing.  Currently, you can fly in and out of CHS on Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and JetBlue Airways.  Service to Toronto begins this month on Porter Airlines, and next month will see service to and from Florida on Silver Airlines.

Well, the latest counts are officially in, and the Charleston International Airport has set an all-time record for the number of travelers flying through. 

A whopping 3.13 million people came in or out of CHS in 2014.  It’s the first year ever to top the 3 million mark, and it’s a 7% increase over the previous year.  Surprisingly it also marks a 55% increase since 2010.

Here’s what Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, had to say: “We are fortunate that Charleston International Airport continues to grow and has the support of the community and the passengers that choose us and the airlines that operate here for their flying needs.”

If you’re flying in to one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, you’re in good company… and the trip will only get better as the improvements kick in.

So happy bidding/flying, and remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in rental homes South Carolina.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger