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18 Sep 2018
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Weather report: in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we are very happy and relieved to announce that all is well with the Lowcountry.  Charleston is open for business. It’s been a very tense couple of weeks.   Seems like we always had at least one eye on the latest weather report.  The Governor of the state ordered a mandatory evacuation early last week. Pretty much everything shut down  –  government offices, post offices, schools, grocery stores, and yes, even our beach homes. Those of us near EP’s Isle of Palms vacation rentals were watching the weather, spaghetti models and conflicting, nerve-wracking possibilities on social media.  Florence was a massive storm, both square-mile and force-wise.  It was also quite slow moving, which added to the tension. To aid in the evacuation, Governor McMaster ordered the lanes of I-26 reversed.  For several days, all four lanes led northwest, away from the coast and the Isle of Palms.  If you were here, you may have taken part.  Lane reversals stretched from Charleston to Columbia.  I used the reversed lanes to head north on Thursday, and it was an eerie experience.  I’m hoping it’s the only time I’ll ever have to do it in my life.

Great news: our very local IOP weather report 

  Thankfully the Charleston Lowcountry was spared the wrath of Florence, which dumped its rains and wind further north.  Eastern North Carolina has been hit especially hard.  The flooding situation there gets worse each day as the rivers swell to record flood heights. Please consider a donation to the Red Cross Florence relief fund They are on the front lines helping the thousands of people in need. Here on the Isle of Palms, here is our local weather report.  Our rain gauge recorded just one half inch of rain during Florence.  We had a couple palm fronds down – less than a typical thunderstorm.  It was a miracle. So in a nutshell, the weather report is terrific.  We are back in business, along with everything else.  Yesterday the schools cranked back up, and all the grocery stores and Walmarts are open again. If you are booked in a beach house Charleston, you should be good to go.  Please call our EP office if you have any questions or need additional information.  

Current conditions on the IOP

  Like I mentioned in that last blog, we have a live beach cam so you can see current conditions at the beach near your luxury house on Isle of Palms. Watch it here.  

It’s Ticket Time again for Wine + Food 

  Fall… tis the season to launch ticket sales for some big spring events.  Case in point: ticket sales have kicked off for the 2019 Charleston Wine + Food Festival. The festival celebrates a classic combo: wine + food, vines & vittles  -  and it comes together each March in a uniquely Charlestonian way at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. One of the big perks of coming to Charleston is that you can sample some genuine Lowcountry cuisine.  What has been local to us for decades has been discovered by the world, elevated, analyzed, copied and now given its due. The 14th annual foodiefest will take place March 6 – 10, 2019.   114 events take place over the course of the five-day festival, and many sell out super-fast.  People come from all over the globe and plan their calendars around W + F.  So buying tickets in September for a March event is actually a pretty smart idea, especially if you want to snag one of the popular ones. “One thing that makes Charleston Wine + Food unique compared to other wine and food festivals is we reprogram 85 percent of our schedule year after year,” says Executive Director Gillian Zettler.  They are also expecting 400 chefs (!) and 150 beverage professionals to take part.

Here are some of the new offerings this year:


  • A field trip to Mepkin Abbey’s mushroom farm;
  • A tasting event with live music and crafters at The Cigar Factory;
  • Glamping at Old Towne Creek County Park;
  • Hip-hop dance class and cooking based on healthy interpretations of Julia Child recipes.

The festival gets bigger and better known each year.  Here’s a link to the festival website, where you can see all the scheduled events and buy tickets online. So good luck snagging those tasty tickets, and remember  -  when you are looking for the best beach house Charleston, just call Exclusive Properties. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger