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30 Sep 2014
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One of the main things you notice when visiting Charleston is that there’s no shortage of water, or islands, in the Lowcountry. It’s a big part of what makes up the fabric of this area  -  the interplay of beach and city, island and waterways, all interconnecting in a beautiful way.

In fact, it’s likely one of the main things that draws you to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, whether it’s one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, a luxury house on Isle of Palms in Wild Dunes, or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Staying in a Charleston beach house gives you the peace of being near the water while also being a nice “doable” distance from the charms and culture of chic Charleston.

This interplay between island and water and mainland also lends itself to something else  -   bridges, or “connectors,” as we like to call them around these parts.

And honestly, there’s something very cool about crossing over them.

When I drive over the Isle of Palms Connector, traveling from Mount Pleasant toward the IOP, I always get a little thrill when I crest that rise and get the first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s something downright exhilarating about it - getting a whole panorama of the ocean’s horizon laid out before you.

If you are staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, I highly recommend arriving to the island this way, over the IOP Connector. It’s splendid.

As the last blog delineated, the Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child is happening this coming Saturday, October 4th. and truly running or walking is an especially cool way to cross over the marshes, creeks and Intracoastal Waterway between the IOP and Mount Pleasant.

If you are coming or going from one of our luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP that morning, again the IOP Connector will be closed from 7:00 a.m. till approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. WORD TO THE WISE!

Well, the IOP Connector isn’t the only one getting in one the running/walking 5K/10K connector event. The James Island Connector will be the site of the 16th annual James Island Connector Run, taking place Saturday, November 1st.

It’ll happen on the other side of the Charleston peninsula from most of our beach house rentals Charleston SC which are on the IOP.  On the other hand, it’s closer to Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Registration is happening now, and proceeds go to a very deserving charity, the Gavalas Kalanko Foundation, which gives scholarships to local students with disabilities. They’ve given out 95 scholarships since their inception and raised $100,000 last year alone.

A cool aside - dogs are welcome to run along your side in the 10K!

There will also be live music and food vendors. Pre/post-race events happen at Cannon Park off Calhoun Street downtown. The start and finish lines are at Bennett Street near Ashley Avenue.  

FYI, in this case, the Connector will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:15 till 10:15.

Here’s the event’s website:

You can register online here:

Of course the primary bridge run is the one over the Cooper River on the Ravenel Bridge, which locals don't refer to as a "connector," despite whatHuffington Post said in its recent blog about shopping in Charleston  -

Nevertheless, the date for the next Bridge Run is March 28, 2015... and it's not too early to call about booking one of our rental homes South Carolina.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger