Easter Events on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands

How to Plan Your Holiday

It’s that wonderful time of year on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Spring is in the air and your family is ready to celebrate Easter. From an EGGstravagant Easter festival to a bountiful brunch at Drawing Room, there are lots of fun things for the whole gang to do! Don’t know what activities are taking place, where and when? Never fret, we’ve put together this handy list of things to do to help you plan your holiday on the islands.

 

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The Hat Ladies 16th Annual Easter Promenade

  • The Hat Ladies 16th Annual Easter Promenade comes back to Charleston, Broad Street, to be exact! Get ready to snap some shots of the ladies in their Easter bonnets as they promenade from Washington Park, down Broad Street, to East Bay and back.

The event takes place from 11:00 am until 11:30 am on Saturday, April 15th. As always, the Hat Ladies Easter Promenade is free. More information available at www.hatladies.org.

 

EGGstravagant Easter Festival

  • The EGGstravagant Easter Festival at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island kicks off on Wednesday, April  12th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The family-friendly park hosts this annual event, which is also open on Wednesday, April 19th, offers a bunch of fun for grownups and little ones alike.

Meet other families and have fun playing some Southern lawn games while enjoying the roving entertainment. Jump in the bounce castle or the photo booth to capture a fun family portrait in your new glow gear to remember the great time you had here.

 

 

The Island House Easter Egg Hunt

  • The Seabrook Island Club invites your family to join them for their annual Easter egg hunt on the front lawn of the Island House on Saturday, April 15th.  Located on the Stono River, the Island House is majestic and provides a beautiful setting for fun outdoor activities.

The Island House is on a private island with lush greenery and absolutely stunning views of the river. Come spend a delightful morning with the kids and their new friends. The hunt starts at 10:00 am!

 


Easter Service

  • Bring your family to the Easter service at Freshfields Village on Johns Island. Taking place on the Village Green at 9:30 am on Easter morning. The service is non-denominational and everyone is welcome. Be sure to bring chairs or blankets to sit on to enjoy this lovely outdoor service.

Freshfields Village offers shopping, dining, and businesses that offer services including a bank, a medical center, and a nail salon just for starters.

 

 

Easter Brunch at the Drawing Room

  • After Easter service at Freshfields Village, strap in the family and head over to Drawing Room for a scrumptious three-course brunch. Executive Chef Forrest Parker is whipping up a spread to delight featuring House Smoked Salmon Pastrami, Buttermilk Fried Quayle and Biscuits, Carrot Cake Trifle, and so much more!

Come chow down on the finest Southern fare around for only $45 per person. Easter Brunch at Drawing Room will be served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Easter Sunday, April 15th.


Let us help you plan your trip to Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island today. The islands are just a short drive from the friendliest city in the country, Charleston, SC! Many different rental properties are available. One is sure to fit your family’s needs.

We also offer a wide array of vacation services from grocery delivery to reservation assistance. The islands are as comfortable as they are gorgeous, and they welcome you and yours with open arms. Reach out now and we’ll lend you a hand!

The 5 Best Parks to Visit in Charleston

How to Plan Your Trip

Charleston, South Carolina has an immense cultural scene of leisure and activity to offer, separately or combined. In fact, parks are among the top Charleston attractions and the city offers some of the best views in the country to take in. From quiet picnic spots to bustling open areas, Charleston has a park for everyone to enjoy whether you are a native or just feeling touristy. For those of you who are in need of things to do in Charleston and a guide of the best parks to visit, here are the top five must-see parks to visit in the city over your stay.

 


Hampton Park

After all of your time traveling to get to Charleston, you’ll want to stretch your legs a bit.  Hampton Park is the ultimate way to get some much-needed exercise while surrounded by beauty and a feeling of leisure on its 70-plus acres.  If you’re up for a hike, this is the place to do it.  With abundant hiking trails and running paths, you can get safely lost while either actively exploring the terrain or quietly reflecting on the open air around you.  While you’re in relaxation mode grab your picnic basket to have a meal gazing at the large fountain or people-watching by the annual blooms as others run, walk, and enjoy the sunshine throughout the massive grounds. Because of this park’s renowned beauty, you may even witness a wedding or photo shoot, as the photographic quality of this park is well-known beyond its gates!

 

 

Brittle Bank Park

For a park to find music and a fun along with a relaxing nighttime atmosphere, Brittle Bank Park is the way to go. Many music festivals are held in this park, making it perfect for a fun afternoon out. Here, you can attend carnivals, participate in exciting contests, and try foods from various vendors. Complete with swings, a playground, and even a dock for fishing or kayaking, you’ll have a multitude of activities to take part in at this amazing Charleston treasure.

 

 

James Island County Park

For a park that will please all ages, you can visit James Island County Park for all of the family fun you can take! This great camping park features 643 acres of land for year-round visitation. The list of things to do includes paths for walking and biking, kayak and paddle boat rentals, areas for fishing and crabbing, and evens a seasonal water park and splash zone.  For those of you have pets, feel free to bring your dog to the off-leash dog park so your furry friend can get in on the fun too.

 

 

Battery Park and White Points Gardens

During your stay be sure to head over to Battery Park and White Points Gardens.  This luscious park boasts beautiful oak trees and lends its name partially to the white oyster shells that line the pathways. Walking through this park you can marvel at gorgeous antebellum homes and the serenity of the Charleston Harbor, another iconic landmark of Charleston’s attractions.  Due to its historic involvement as a location where many battles were waged throughout the Civil War, the Revolutionary war, and others, this park pays homage to past times in the turning points of our country.  Complete with the view of Fort Sumter from a distance, strolling around Battery Park is a great way to revel in the history of this charming city.

 

 

Charles Towne Landing

If you just couldn’t get enough of the historic sites and beautiful colonial feel after seeing Battery Park, you’ll love Charles Towne Landing.  Make your time in Charleston extra special by visiting this spectacular park that offers fun for all ages.  You can rent a bike for a scenic ride, meander through the gardens, and even stop over at the natural live animal habitat offering glimpses of the kind of nature and animals that the original colonizers experienced!  An added bonus that will leave you with great memories and appreciation for this trip is finding out that this park is situated where the first Europeans settled in the Carolinas!

 

Planning Your Visit

Things to do in Charleston are abundant and visiting its parks should be at the top of your list.  The vast landscapes and rich culture of these five popular parks are most abundant in these cultural gems.  Not only do you get a chance to experience the outdoors that many natives appreciate, but you get to experience some of the historical mainstays that make them so proud. With so much to do in each park, chances are that you won’t be able to see and do everything all in one day. However, If you’re worried about where to stay during your visit, relax. There are plenty of spacious accommodations that are available in close proximity. Book your vacation today! To find out more about Charleston’s unique parks, click here.

Charleston Wildlife Expo 2017: Perfect for Animal Lovers

How to Attend and What You Need to Know

The Charleston Wildlife Expo 2017, popularly known as the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) is a highly-recommended event, which is worth attending, especially for animal lovers.  It is considered to be the largest nature and wildlife event of its kind. It is held in numerous venues in Charleston annually over President’s Day weekend. Below are a few reasons why you should consider making a trip to this important event.

 

 

What You Need to Know About The Charleston Wildlife Expo 2017

SEWE is a 3-day celebration of nature and wildlife through conservation education, fine art, sporting demonstrations, drink, food, and the individuals who honor all of them.  The expo is one of the reasons why thousands of people make their way to Charleston, South Carolina every year and it also gives the locals something to look forward to annually.  It brings hundreds of exhibitors and artists together with experts in nature art and wildlife who are ready to share their art and insights with the numerous attendees. The event features artworks by up to 500 painters, carvers, and sculptors, together with falconry demonstrations, decoys, educational wildlife shows, sporting arms, lectures, retriever demonstrations, outdoor outfitters and guides, conservation exhibits, and activities for children.

 

 

Impact On Wildlife and Community

  • It has had an enormous impact on Charleston, which continues to grow thanks partly to the event. It generates roughly $50 million annually.
  • The SEWE provides the public with affordable and easy access to wildlife and nature conservation programs.
  • The expo increases awareness regarding the need to protect the natural environment, and it celebrates the love of people for nature, and wildlife.

 

 Tickets and Admission

SEWE will take place from the 17th to the 19th of February, 2017. The price of the admission tickets will vary based on the day. The price of a ticket on Friday and Saturday will be $25 on each day, and tickets will go for $15 on Sunday. Attendees can, however, save money by purchasing tickets for the 3 days at a one-time fee of $50, which translates to saving $15.

Children who are 10 years and under will be admitted free of charge for all the general admission venues as well as the demonstrations. However, this does not apply in the case of ticketed shows, VIP events, and special events.  Children who are 10 years old and under have to be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 2 or 24 months do not need to have a ticket for individually ticketed events. However, a ticket holding adult must carry the child throughout the show.  VIP events can only be attended by individuals who are 21 years or older. This also includes the SEWE soiree and the Preview Gala & Auction.

 

 

People willing to attend the event can buy advance tickets online before the end of Wednesday, on February 1st at 11:59 pm EST. After the 1st of February tickets can be purchased at The Gaillard Centre, Charleston Visitors Center, Mount Pleasant Visitors Centre/Waterfront Park, Kiawah Visitors Center/Town Hall, and at North Charleston Visitors Center/American LaFrance Fire Museum. Tickets can also be bought during show hours at Brittlebank Park, The Gaillard Center, Charleston Place Hotel, and Marion Square.

Visitors are highly encouraged to book tickets in advance. In addition to getting tickets to the expo, making accommodation plans ahead of your visit is also a good idea. There are several rental properties that offer an array of amenities and large spaces that are perfect families and pets. General admission tickets for the event will not run out. However, general admission seating for non-ticketed events at the Gaillard event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. This also applies for the viewing space close to the ring for Retriever demonstrations, and Center for Birds of Prey flight demonstrations just to mention a few. In the case of individually ticketed events and shows, keep in mind that there is limited seating and occupancy. People who wish to attend these events in turn are advised to purchase tickets early.

The expo is well organized and animal enthusiasts are sure to have a wonderful time. It is a great opportunity to enjoy and appreciate wildlife and nature, with family and friends. Are you ready to attend the expo?

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 On Kiawah and Seabrook Island

Things To Do To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Every year on the 17th of March, the Irish worldwide observe St. Patrick’s Day. It started as a religious celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, and has now become an international celebration of Irish culture.  One of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017 is Charleston, especially at Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. Charleston appreciates the significance of the celebration and offers the best during this special day.

Kiawah and Seabrook Island

Kiawah Island features a myriad of activities that visitors can partake in and enjoy. Many individuals visit the island for two main reasons. These are mainly the golf and the beach. There are several championship golf courses at all skill levels that travelers can enjoy. There are several courses in demand including the Ocean Course, which offers impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Some other courses that are worth visiting are Osprey Point, Cougar Point, Oak Point, and Turtle Point. Aside from golf, visitors are advised to visit Beachwalker County Park, which has a spectacular nature beach. It is regarded to be one of the best beaches in America.

Seabrook Island also has a lot to offer. It is a nature lovers dream. It boasts of some of the most pristine beaches in the United States.  It has beautiful tidal marshes, forest trails, winding creeks, and stunning wildlife. The region is also the ideal place to visit for people who love outstanding tennis, golf, deep water marinas, and impeccable restaurants. People who love to shop can also get good quality products, and interesting items at unique boutiques and shops all over the island including Freshfields Village.  The island is guaranteed to appeal to anyone who wants to have a memorable St. Patrick’s Day 2017.

 

Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Every year, Charleston organizes numerous events that appeal to not only the locals but also visitors. The Charleston St. Patrick’s Day parade is the best and biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Carolina. The parade is scheduled to take place from the 17th to the 18th of March, 2017. The parade includes step dancers, fire trucks, local schools, local pro team mascots, military units, and some of the most famous Irish residents from the region. It also covers multiple activities around the town during both the day and night. The parade is definitely worth attending and a great activity for families.

 

Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub

There are several good drinking and dining establishments in Charleston, SC. One of the highest rated establishments in the region is Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub and Seafood Restaurant.  It is an authentic Irish pub and restaurant, which is known to serve superb food, and for offers cocktails until the wee hours of the night. During the special day, opting to eat as well as drinking a variety of beers in the delightful pub is highly encouraged.

Live band performances will fill music in the air, while you enjoy one of the tasty beers that are available or enjoy socializing in the friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for a fun place to unwind in the evening hours, look no further. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub will not disappoint.

 

Visitor Information

Charleston is an incredibly popular holiday destination. During St. Patrick’s Day, visitors will get the opportunity to engage in a wide range of fun and interesting activities. Charleston is one of the few places that offers events and fun things to do that are specifically tailored for different occasions, and that make each holiday and celebration unique and memorable.

Visitors who intend to have a wonderful time during St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston, should plan in advance and take the time to know the events that will be taking place in the region. For accommodations that add to your experience in the area, you might want to consider getting a rental property overlooking the beach. Booking where to stay in advance and budgeting for the celebration early are both highly recommended. If you want to have a fun and memorable time during the religious and cultural celebrations, you should definitely go to Charleston, where having a good time is guaranteed. Have you booked your trip yet?

The Best Fishing Spots in Charleston

Where to Go and What to Expect

Known for its water sports and numerous water activities, Charleston has a lot to offer water enthusiasts. It isn’t a surprise then that this is a hot spot that fisherman flock to for the ultimate fishing adventure. Here are a few of the best Charleston Harbor fishing spots and the top places to go for freshwater fishing in Charleston.

 

Charleston Harbor Fishing Spots

The harbor provides some of the best fishing opportunities for catching saltwater fish.

  • Castle Pinckney – This small island in the middle of the harbor is great for catching flounder. Other small fish such as bluefish reside in large numbers here as well, so this is a great area for a family-friendly outing where you can get the little ones in on the fishing fun.
  • Pitt Street Bridge – For those of you who enjoy a relaxing shallow water experience, fishing off of the Pitt Street Bridge is for you. This pier offers a great view of the harbor in addition to all of the whitefish you can eat.
  • Folly Beach – The Morris Island Lighthouse on this beach can provide you with a different type of fishing experience. If you’ve never tried fly fishing before this place is a great start! Here you’ll find trout, sheepshead and black drum to name a few. The low winds and shallow waters make fly fishing a breeze with good results.
  • The Jetties – This 3-mile span of rock formations surrounding the harbor helps to regulate the flow of the tide and with it a large supply of fish. Great for year round fishing, this gem hosts all kinds of saltwater fish including flounder, tarpon and even massive amounts of spawning shrimp (for the shrimpers out there). Be sure to check out Dynamite Hole here in the summer too, where your chances of catching bull redfish are high. Don’t be too surprised if you spot a shark or two as they are also abundant at this spot!

 

Freshwater Fishing in Charleston

Coastal rivers and Charleston’s vast lakes are perfect for catching freshwater fish.

  • Cooper River – Largemouth bass are the hot ticket item in this lush river. You can find them easily along the wooded banks where the water is calm. While the fish may be harder to find due to the unpredictability of the tide, if you try several different spots here, a decent sized bass is sure to turn up!
  • Cypress Gardens – This swamp is a must for flat bottomed boat fisherman. Also, due to the ease of navigating the swamp finding a place to set up your poles is a fairly simple and relaxing endeavor. Guided fishing tours are even offered for visitors new to the area or new to fishing itself.
  • Francis Marion National Forest – This Park boasts several small ponds where the fish are lively. If you’re in the mood for catfish, this is the place to go! You can also catch different varieties of trout and bream that will leave you with a basketful of a great variety of fish to cook up or take home and mount on your wall.
  • Whitewater River – For a plentiful trout harvest, Whitewater River is a top pick for gathering these popular fish. A great place for fly fishing the freshwater variety, visit this serene river. Its shallow waters allow you to wade in the water and cast your line all day. Grab your pole, bait and fishing boots and head over!

 

Planning Your Visit

Charleston’s fishing spots are some of the best around. If you’re looking for great scenery, excellent action on the water, and the opportunity to catch your own delicious dinner, don’t miss these naturally bustling fish habitats. In order to do all of your fishing while you’re here, you’ll need a suitable place to stay that’s easily accessible to the water. There are a variety of accommodations in the area, which offer the perfect place to serve as your home base and offer more amenities than a hotel, such as private entrances, more space for families, and garage to store all of your fishing gear. Are you ready for fishing season? Book your trip today!

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

A Southern Treat To Be Sure Not To Miss

It’s time to shuck some oysters! The 34th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival – brought to you by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA)returns to Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC, on Sunday, January 29th. Not only is it the largest oyster festival in the world, it has been named one of the top twenty events in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

 

Eating Oysters for a Good Cause

Serving up 80,000 pounds of oysters, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is far larger than other local oyster events like the Charleston Oyster Roast 2017 at Dill Sanctuary. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is also a fundraising event to benefit several local charities, so you can make your heart happy while you make your tummy happy!

 

Organizations to Benefit:

  • Hollings Cancer Center
  • Charleston County Schools and Science Materials Resource Center
  • The Ronald McDonald House
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children

 

A Full Day of Entertainment

Highlights of the day – which starts at 10:00 am and goes until 5:00 pm – include an oyster shucking contest and an oyster eating contest. If you bring the little ones you can take them to the children’s area then grab a bite in the food court which features a variety of selections from favorite local haunts. Round out the day by having a glass of wine or a domestic or imported beer while enjoying live music on the main stage.

 

Free Tickets and a Free Play Area for Kids

Pluff-a-palooza is the FREE children’s area where kids can see live shows like Dancing with Dinosaurs and Theatre On the Half Shell. The area also features oyster habitat education, rides, games – featuring Palmetto Puzzle Works puzzles, fresh-popped, warm kettle corn, and more!

  • General admission tickets can be purchased in advance online, at Boone Hall Farms, or at any official Visitors Center for $17.50 ($25 day of event)
  • $100 VIP tickets (advance purchase recommended) include admittance to a tented area with unlimited oysters, food, and drinks
  • General admission tickets for children ten and younger are FREE with a paid adult admission
  • Quick and easy parking – plenty of free parking and $20 preferred parking available
  • $12 buckets of steamed oysters (approximately three dozen)
  • Oyster knives and gloves can be purchased onsite
  • Variety of foods available in the food court and from food trucks
  • Wide selection of imported and domestic beer and wine available along with other beverages
  • If you’re not in the VIP section you should bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on

 

Boone Hall Plantation

The setting for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the most photographed plantation in America, Boone Hall, which was built in 1681. It is a working plantation known for its moss-draped 3/4-mile Avenue of Oaks and original slave cabins.

Boone Hall Plantation is breathtaking and provides a beautiful backdrop for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Wander the grounds and see gigantic trees and cotton fields (where you can pick your own), and tour the various structures of the plantation.

 

Early arrival Will Ensure a Good Parking Spot

Thousands of people from around the world attend the Lowcountry Oyster Festival annually so it’s advised that you arrive early. Choose one of two entrances into the event – either the main Boone Hall entrance off Long Point Road or the entrance off Highway 17.

 

Bring the Whole Family!

A vacation sure sounds good, doesn’t it? Planning your visit to the attraction doesn’t have to difficult. If you’re in need of a place to stay, there a several rental properties that are family friendly and offer more amenities than at a hotel. You can find one easily, which will be near the event.

Boone Hall Plantation is located at 1235 Longpoint Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464. Keep in mind, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival will go on rain or shine. It’s also requested that you do not bring pets or coolers to this event. However, do make sure to bring yourself and your family to this all-day scrumptious affair on picturesque Boone Hall Plantation.

Nightlife Near Kiawah & Seabrook Island

A Guide To The Best Entertainment

Kiawah Island is a barrier island on the Atlantic. With thirty miles of paved trails the island is a great place for walking, and biking. Ten miles of unspoiled beaches plus the Kiawah River, salt marshes, and tidal creeks welcome kayaking and canoeing. The island is home to such notable figures as Olympic gold-medalist, Tara Lipinski, and retired NFL quarterback, Dan Marino.

Seabrook Island, another barrier island of South Carolina, is located 25 miles from historic Charleston. The island offers such amenities as two championship golf courses, a racquet club, tennis courts, and an equestrian center. Ocean-front dining, a fitness center, and swimming pools round out your vacationing experience.

A visit to beautiful Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island wouldn’t be complete without a little night time fun. There are a number of places where you, family and friends can gather to eat, drink, and be merry after the sun goes down. Make sure these stops are on your list:

 

Where To Go

  • FortyEight – Located in Freshfields Village, this state-of-the-art, self-pour wine bar offers wine enthusiasts an experience which is quickly gaining popularity. The relatively new trend in the wine world is beautifully appointed at FortyEight.

The novel new venue offers 48 menu items, 48 craft beers, and 48 wine selections which change often.  Indoor and outdoor seating is available. FortyEight also functions as a store where you can purchase wine and other items to take with you.  Recommended attire at FortyEight is dressy. Visit their website for more details: www.fortyeightwinebar.com.

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  • Red’s Ice House – Conveniently located in Bohicket Marina between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, this venue offers dining and entertainment options from their Monday night all-you-can-eat crab leg dinners to live music on Fridays from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am.

The menu here features seafood and southern favorites and house specialties like the wrapped, skewered, and barbecued shrimp. Grab a pitcher of drinks to share with friends – the Low Country Breeze and Red’s Deck Punch are a few of the offerings. Red’s Ice House is open until 1:00 am all week long. The dress code is casual and it matches the atmosphere. Visit their website for more details: www.redsicehouse.com.

  • Lokal Seabar – This trendy waterfront seafood joint features indoor and outdoor seating, free wifi, and TVs for when you’re not taking in the views of the glorious Bohicket Marina. The seabar offers a full bar and the dress code is casual.

On the menu you’ll find such local deep-sea favorites as pan-seared sea scallops and a lobster boil which mingles lobster, shrimp, and mussels with sausage, corn, and potatoes. Their raw bar offers a ‘Shellfish Tower’ of oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp. Lokal is open until 9:30 pm seven days a week. Reservations are not necessary but can be made at 843-764-9027. Visit their website to see the full menu: www.lokalseabar.com.

  • Fat Hen – Serving innovative French Lowcountry cuisine in a casual, family atmosphere, Fat Hen gets an entertaining dining experience right. The adults in your party can enjoy a selection from the excellent wine list, while the kids sip sodas and peruse the kids’ menu.

The extensive dinner menu features southern must-have fried green tomatoes and french staple steak tartare as appetizers. Entrees include the excellent Coq Au Vin and a fantastic Flounder Nicoise.  The delectable dessert menu features offerings of Peanut Butter Sugar Brulee and a Butter Milk Tart amongst other goodies. Fat Hen has a knowledgeable, friendly staff who serve dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call ahead for reservations, 843-559-9090 or reserve a table online at www.thefathen.com.

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  • Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub – For those who don’t mind a short drive into the city, Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub offers a relaxing atmosphere and tasty food and beverage items that will be sure to lift your spirits. With a friendly wait staff and reasonably priced menu, this venue is easy on the wallet and heavy on entertainment.

 

Planning Your Visit

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island welcome you with open arms to their beautiful natural surroundings, illustrious venues, and bountiful rental properties . There are places to stay, which will serve just about every type of occasion and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a great deal for you and your significant other, or  need a space large enough for several family members, you’ll enjoy the amenities that are found in the available vacation rentals here. Are you ready for a visit yet? Plan your trip today!

Where To Spend Valentine’s Day In Charleston

How To Plan Your Romantic Getaway

Valentine’s Day is that special day where you can spend every moment with the person who brightens your life, showing them how much they mean to you. Visiting Charleston SC in February is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some of the best rentals are available right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean located at the beaches of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.

Here is a list of reasons why you should choose Charleston, South Carolina for your romantic getaway:

 

Events and Activities:

 

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In the City

Of the many things to do, we recommend checking out an art exhibit. Not all of the activities you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year have to be full of flowers and candlelight meals! This year go see what the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has to offer while you’re in town for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re the type of couple who would like to keep this getaway purely romantic, you’ll find great things to do. Take a romantic carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage Works. You both will enjoy every moment of it as you hold hands and take a tour through this historical city.

Do you and your significant other share a love of music? This Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music. Under the Street Lamp, a group that performs classic hits from the ’50’s to the ’70’s will be performing at The Gaillard Center this February. Enjoy the music and dance with your loved one!

You might also enjoy a ferry ride along the harbor. You will see the stunning view of the city of Charleston while enjoying fresh air and perfect weather, all which create a romantic ambiance.

Indulge in chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Everyone knows chocolate is one of the most romantic foods. That’s why it’s given as a gift every year!  Magnolia Plantation & Gardens does a Valentine Chocolate Stroll! You will sample delicious treats while walking through the gardens. There are also musicians to enhance the romantic mood.

If you’re looking to stay past Valentine’s day, starting February 15th, you can catch Peter and the Starcatcher being performed at the Dock Street Theatre. We know that sometimes a romantic getaway involves the whole family, making this family-friendly show a great idea.

 

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On the Islands

Islands are known for being romantic. The Charleston islands of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island offer great activities for Valentine’s Day, especially for couples who enjoy nature.

Romance is about more than fine dining and presents — it is about doing the actives the both of you enjoy and doing them with one another. The two of you can enjoy recreational activities such as couples golfing and tennis on these islands. Alternatively, you can go for a picnic and enjoy the lovely scenery together.

When the sun begins to set on these beautiful islands, the two of you will be able to watch the calming water and sky together. There is nothing more romantic than the perfect sunset. Take a hike during the day that turns into a romantic stroll at sunset.

 

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Restaurants

Grab a table for two! Charleston is a thriving city where you will find lots of traditional-style food called Lowcountry cuisine. It uses fresh, local ingredients from the region.

Circa 1886 is one of the most romantic restaurants which offers great Lowcountry dining for those of you who love it or want to give it a try! Along their romantic atmosphere, they even have a special Valentine’s Day menu.

Fulton Five is a delicious restaurant for Italian food and a romantic ambiance. They offer many great-tasting wines so that you and your partner can both enjoy your favorites.

Another place you’ll enjoy is Muse. This gem is set up like a romantic historic house where you’ll enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and their long wine list. For couples who stay up late, they also offer a late night menu on the weekends.

 

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Treat Yourselves

This romantic Valentine’s getaway is the perfect time for you and your loved one to treat yourselves and escape the stressful demands of your daily life. One of the most romantic things to do together is relax and unwind.

A relaxing activity the both of you can do together is getting a couples massage. These serve as an escape for both of you and will be a romantic part of your getaway as you leave your lives behind and focus on relaxation.  Couples massages are great for when you want to spend every moment together during your getaway, but need a little downtime. This is a great opportunity to talk or just be happy in the other person’s presence.

  • Simply Your Spa offers couple’s massages so that you and your partner can relax and get pampered together.
  • Massage Envy is another great massage parlor that offers couple massages along with options for different add-ons, such as aromatherapy, to enhance your experience.
  • Zen Massage offers three types of couple’s massages: Couples Swedish, Couples Deep Tissue, and a mix of the two depending on each person’s preference!

 

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Every couple will find something fun, exciting, and romantic to do. There are many possibilities for every different type of couple. Celebrate your Valentine’s Day in South Carolina this year. Do what you love with the person you love! To bring your day with your special someone to a full enjoyment, staying in a beachfront property is a nice touch, which further adds to the experience.

 

Click here to begin planning your romantic getaway!

Why Renting A Property In Charleston, SC Is A Good Choice

What You Need To Know About This Hot Rental Community

Charleston, South Carolina, is a port town which was established in 1670. Characterized by horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets, the quaint enclave is the oldest city in the state – and the friendliest in the world according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Originally called Charles Town honoring King Charles II of England, Charleston boasts five gorgeous beach towns bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms each have their own distinct style and personality and welcome thousands of vacationers to their shores each year.

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With an abundance of things to do and see, Charleston is a perfect place to visit year round. Steeped in history, the town offers tours of everything from plantations to distilleries to houses of worship and beyond. The finest dining establishments will have you chowing on the best of seafood, ethnic, and upscale southern fare, while its state-of-the-art athletic facilities delight visitors who want to stay on schedule with their workouts and try new physical activities.

For those who crave the beach life, a visit to these opulent island locales would be heavenly:

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Seabrook Island

Located in southwestern Charleston County, Seabrook Island is a thriving private oceanfront community offering a wide array of family-friendly vacation options. With a deep-water marina and full-service equestrian center, and kayaking and tennis among your choices, your family will have no shortage of things to do together. Choices for dining are varied and include Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, Luciano’s Pizza, Fisher’s Cafe, and Nacha Mama’s Taqueria.

Seabrook Island has its own rich history. Changing hands several times over the past 300 years, the island was once almost completely leased by the Episcopal Diocese to house Camp St. Christopher, a camp for underprivileged boys. The Diocese bought 1,400 acres of the island in 1951, and sold 1,000 acres to developers in 1970. The remaining acreage is still home to the popular Camp St. Christopher today.

The Seabrook Island National History Group offers five walking trails for your family to explore the island’s vast nature preserves. Take your time and discover the wondrous wildlife and see magnificent pine trees, palmettos, island shrubs, and wildflowers looking much the way they did centuries ago.

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Kiawah Island

With ten miles of exquisite, unsullied beaches, the luxurious Kiawah Island cradles visitors in an extraordinary natural landscape while enticing them with activities including everything from golf – the island is known for its courses – to tennis to water sports and biking. Top it all off with first-class dining and shopping to delight the most acquisitive world traveler and this vacation spot offers something for everyone in your party.

Kiawah Island is home to both the Arnoldus Vanderhorst House – a plantation house which has been full restored –  and the Bass Pond Site – a historic archaeological site –  which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sight seekers will be spoiled for choice among the beautiful landscapes while having the option to enjoy a leisurely canoe or kayak trip on the Kiawah River, salt marshes, and tidal creeks or play in Beachwalker County Park which is located at the west end of the island.

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Plan Your Visit Now

If it’s vacation time and all this information excites you, book your stay today! Rent a property in one of these splendid beach towns and live amongst the natives. Revel in the splendor of Seabrook Island’s sand dunes and nature trails or bask in the glory of Kiawah Island’s seemingly endless and pristine beaches. Get ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy your stay.

The Top 5 Reasons Dog Lovers Will Love Charleston

Why You Shouldn’t Miss These Dog-Friendly Experiences

When going on vacation you have a lot to consider. Dog lovers’ main concern is their precious pooch. Who is going to take care of your dog while you’re gone? Do you want to put them in a kennel while you’re gone? Many people would prefer to take their dog with them and now they can at pet-friendly lodging Charleston SC. Don’t leave Fido behind this vacation. There are many great ways to integrate your pup into your vacation. Now you can pamper your pooch and yourself on a relaxing getaway to Charleston’s Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

Here are 5 great reasons dog lovers will love Charleston:

 

Grooming

One thing many people like to do before going back home from a fantastic vacation and getting back to the daily grind is get a haircut. Your dog can get a fresh new ‘do as well! We recommend The Beached Dog – a fantastic grooming boutique and bakery. Located on Seabrook Island, they offer many great grooming services and after your pampered pup has been groomed to perfection, you can celebrate with a fresh treat offered by their bakery!

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Beaches

One of the great reason’s humans love Charleston is for the great beaches. With many dog-friendly beaches in South Carolina, relaxing in the sand can now be more enjoyable with your best friend by your side. If your dog is as fun-loving as you are, they will enjoy a nice game of fetch along the shoreline and maybe even get their paws wet. Going to the beach is a great way to relax, but it is also a great way to stay cool during those warmer months. Both you and your dog will benefit from the ocean water.

  • Click here to learn the rules and regulations for Seabrook Island.
  • Click here to learn the rules and regulations for Kiawah Island.

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Restaurants

Now you can even enjoy going out to eat with your furry friend. Dog lovers don’t like to spend too much time without their best friend. In other places, finding a restaurant that allows dogs can be difficult, to say the least. In Charleston, there are plenty of places with different cuisine options. Before heading out, though, make sure your dog is ready to go to a restaurant. Ask yourself how well your dog behaves around children and other dogs. If your dog gets a little rowdy, you may want to teach them a few etiquette tricks first! Once your dog is ready to go, you’ll enjoy a nice meal and if you decide to share a little nibble with your pup, we won’t tell!

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Dog Activities

There are many things for you and your dog to do on Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Going on walks is the easiest way to keep your dog in shape while having a good time. It’s free, too!  Whether you prefer to take a walk in the early morning or evening, these islands are great locations for walks. You can walk on the beach or enjoy other areas of nature.  Some places even allow your dog to be off leash for even more enjoyment.

While walking is a favorite among dog lovers, there are also other activities in the Charleston area for dogs and pet lovers. During the holiday season, you can bring your dog to the mall to meet Santa! Another fun event is Yappy Hour where you can bring your dog to listen to music and hang out with other pet lovers.

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Dog Loving People of Charleston

The Residents of Charleston, South Carolina, are dog lovers. According to Realtor Magazine, 68% of households own a dog. This is the perfect place for dogs and dog lovers because of all the great parks and beaches. You and your dog will make plenty of friends while visiting beaches and hitting the trails.

The islands of South Carolina, Seabrook, and Kiawah are great places to visit that you and your dog will both enjoy. From relaxing on the beach to listening to great music, there’s no reason to leave your best friend behind this vacation.

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