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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 To learn more about our pet-friendly lodging in Charleston SC, click here.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations In Charleston

How to Plan for Bringing In The New Year

Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday. He named the month after the Roman god of doors and gates, Janus. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Likewise, the night of December 31st is a time to reflect on the year past and celebrate the beginning of a new one. In Charleston, there are a number of fabulous parties that you and your loved ones can attend to usher in the new year in style and we’re here to tell you about the best ones.

 

Here is a sampling of things to do in Charleston this New Year’s Eve:

 
Charleston Wonderland
• This formal event, hosted by radio personality Sparkle of 95SX, Charleston Wonderland will take place at Memminger Auditorium and will feature live musical entertainment provided by Ben Fagan and Young Sol Orchestra. DJ United and DJ Rehab will also be on hand to spin all your favorites. Other entertainment will include performances by Cirque Du Soleil affiliate performers, local dance crews, and some really cool variety acts. Wonderland will also feature live art, photo booths, and a mobile cigar lounge. For your drinking and dining enjoyment, there will be a premium, all-inclusive bar sponsored by Red Bull, Tito’s Vodka, Larceny Bourbon and Mix Charleston, plus fine cuisine including passed hors d’ouvres, local seafood selections, vegetarian options, and late night slider stations. At midnight, the largest NYE toast and balloon drop in Charleston will take place. Tickets are $197.72 each and may be purchased on the event’s website at www.charlestonwonderland.com.

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Republic Garden & Lounge
• Located in the heart of the upper King Street district, this luxurious venue’s NYE soiree will feature live musical entertainment by Brent Pace for Mayor and DJ Leo, plus door prizes and giveaways all night, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, and a premium Champagne toast. The venue opens at 4:00 PM and there will be free general admission until 9:00 PM. VIP admission is $55 ($45 early bird) tickets may be purchased through December 5th at the venue and online at www.eventbrite.com. Indoor and outdoor patio VIP tables for parties of five or more will also be available; inquiries can be made by emailing katie@republicreign.com or by calling (834) 724-7400.

 

The Alley Charleston
• For $65, enjoy an open bar, light hors d’ouvres, and two silent disco areas – one in the bowling lanes. There will also be free bowling and video games, plus DJ Sonar will be pumping out the jams all night.

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Bay Street Biergarten
• The Southern-meets-German restaurant Bay Street Biergarten hosts a masquerade party for New Year’s Eve. The $125 tickets include drink tickets, passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet with carving station, a photo booth, champagne toast, and mask contest. Doors open at 8:00 PM.
Barony Tavern
• Barony Tavern hosts a four-course meal for New Year’s Eve full of sweetbreads, lobster bisque, prime beef, veal tenderloin, coconut cake, and other indulgent choices. The price is $125 a person.

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Sermet’s & The Mezz
• The Mediterranean restaurant and jazz club are having a party featuring a cocktail countdown from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM, and a midnight countdown from 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM. Tickets are $125 and $200 consecutively and include either a four or five-course meal, a $10 or $20 gift card to use at the restaurant on New Year’s Day, entertainment by Joe Clark’s Swing Band in the Mezz, and much more.

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New Year’s Eve Starry Night Party on Seabrook Island
• Looking for a way to ring in the New Year outdoors? Try the Starry Night Party on Seabrook Island. People will gather to welcome 2017 under the stars, while enjoying cocktails and live music by Mike & The Mixers. There’s even give away prizes for Delta Airlines. Dinner will be served at 7:30 pm and last until 8:30 pm. It’s certainly going to be a good way to introduce the New Year. For more information, call (843)768-7849.
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Whether you chose to ring in the new year with a huge crowd at Charleston Wonderland or at the smaller, swankier soiree at Republic Garden & Lounge, keep in mind it’s already December and soon Christmas and all the business of it will be upon us, so make sure you get your plans made and tickets bought as soon as possible to assure you’re covered for New Year’s Eve, but don’t wait until the last minute, time is running out! If you are traveling to the area for the festivities, be sure to have the right accommodations during your stay for the holiday celebrations.

South Carolina Welcomes Snowbirds

What to Know While Staying At Your Winter Home

Every year snowbirds flock from the colder northern hemisphere to the warm, sunny southern states to relax and wait out the winter. Snowbirds are people who prefer to spend the cold winter months in a warmer place. One of the most popular places these folks flock is South Carolina. Living South Carolina monthly winter rentals are great for those who plan on staying for an extended period of time. Some of the best snowbird vacation rentals are right off the coast of the Atlantic located at the Charleston beaches: Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island. Snowbirds will love the warm weather and beautiful views South Carolina has to offer.

Here are a few things everyone should know while staying at their snowbird vacation rentals:

 

Preparing Your Vacant House

  • Before leaving travelers will need to prepare their soon-to-be vacant house. It is best to winterize the house as though people were going to be staying there all winter. Snowbirds should turn off their utilities such as the phone. It is important to not shut off the heat because the pipes could freeze and cause damage to the house. It is necessary to keep the house at a temperature that will prevent this from happening. Paying all bills before leaving is a great idea because it is very possible to forget while having so much fun in South Carolina. It is important to make sure pets and plants are being cared for. Having a trusted neighbor take care of the plants and petsit is a good idea that can provide the winter traveler with extra security while they are away.

 

Community and People

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  • Charleston is known for its culture. People in South Carolina enjoy having a good time and relaxing with their loved ones- after all, this is why snowbirds love to flock there! There are many fun and interesting events people of all types can take part of. With a population of over 120,000, snowbirds can expect to find interesting people of all kinds. Get out there and make some friends! Charleston is a historic city with beautiful architecture. The community cares about its history and because of this there are many places to visit to get a glimpse of the past.

 

Cuisine

  • Because Charleston is a historic city, you will find traditional-style food called Lowcountry cuisine. Lowcountry refers to the egion along South Carolina’s coast. This type of cuisine uses fresh, local ingredients from the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Since this area is located near the ocean, much of this cuisine involves seafood, and includes several tasty dishes of shellfish, shrimp, and fish. While visiting their winter rental, snowbirds can try some delicious Southern cuisine, while filling their bellies.

 

Weather

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  • Temperatures in South Carolina are ideal for snowbirds looking to spend some time in the sun. While it is possible for snow to fall in Charleston, snowbirds will not see much of it. South Carolina has relatively mild winters. Travelers can enjoy outdoor activities that they could not do in the northern states during this time. Take a walk along the shore, sit outside and read a book, and enjoy the South Carolina monthly winter rentals.

 

View

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  • A great reason snowbirds love South Carolina, especially the Charleston area, is because the beaches are beautiful. Kiawah Island is a great place for nature lovers. With a maritime forest, snowbirds can enjoy the outdoors that aren’t available at this time of year back home. There are many recreational activities such as fishing, golf, biking, and tennis and is a great place to find a plethora of other fun outdoor activities. Another great place is Seabrook A private island, which is a gated community that requires access. There is plenty of wildlife to see as you relax along the lakes. Snowbirds will adore their beautiful scenery and the spectacular sunset views while visiting these locations.

Whether new to the snowbird lifestyle or if you have been doing it for years, people of all kinds love spending their winters in South Carolina. With many incredible options out there, these monthly rentals are exactly like having a second house for a short while. Rather than using a hotel, snowbirds find comfort with the same benefits they would have at home. Hotels feel like hotels. Monthly rentals feel like home!

Check out South Carolina’s monthly winter rentals today.

How To Spend Your Christmas Vacation in Charleston

Where to Go and What to Do This Holiday Season

Charleston is an ideal and magical place to spend the holidays. The city comes alive during the festive season and guests are assured of a fun time and memorable experiences. Charleston, SC at Christmas is a highly recommended place to visit for people of all age groups and genders. Anyone who loves Christmas should make the most of the holiday by attending several popular events in the region that are known to attract thousands of guests as well as locals on an annual basis.

 

Holiday Festival of Lights

In Charleston, every year many families get the chance to enjoy themselves at the Holiday Festival of Lights. Millions of multi-colored lights illuminate the sky throughout 52 captivating nights. The city is beyond beautiful during the festival and it provides the chance to view over 700 magical light displays of all sizes and shapes. People can also enjoy shopping, entertainment, family activities, and food among other things at the event.

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The event has not only been recognized around the country, but also worldwide. It is immensely famous and people from all over the world are highly encouraged to make an effort and travel to Charleston in order to enjoy the celebrations. The Holiday Festival of Lights is open on every evening from the 11th of November to the 1st of January. Admission and festival hours vary.

 

8th Annual Holiday Pub Crawl-Eat, Drink, Be Merry

The Holiday Pub Crawl is an annual event, which offers one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday in the region with a festive and fun twist. The event offers family and friends the opportunity to enjoy themselves while enjoying warm cider and spirits, and different hors d’oeuvres.

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The Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston also celebrates the season in the same manner. People are encouraged to bring their families and friends on an adventure that offers the perfect opportunity to visit historic pubs and taverns, and feast on holiday treats and appetizers, while tasting a pint of craft beer made locally, Christmas ale, or any other beverage of choice. The magnificent event not only offers the opportunity to have fun, but also make a difference in people’s lives. A portion of all the proceeds will go towards helping MUSC Children’s Hospital. The event this year will take place from the 25th of November to the 10th of January. The tickets cost $30 per person, which is inclusive of holiday treats and appetizers.

 

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

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Charleston will celebrate the holiday season this year with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston. The event will offer live performances and family-oriented activities that will appeal to everyone in the community. It is a free event, which is guaranteed to make Charleston more visually appealing because of the decorations that will be displayed all around the town. The event will take place from the 3rd to the 31st of December. It will offer many activities that everyone from young to the old, and people of all genders will enjoy.

 

Holiday Sip and Shop

The shops of Cannonborough/Elliotborough during this festive season will invite the public to the neighborhood on the 2nd of December from 5-8 pm. The organizers will offer special events together with offerings for holiday shopping. The event is free and open to all members of the public.

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It is highly advisable for guests to choose a rental well in advance of the holiday, as the region draws an abundance of visitors and for good reason. Fortunately, there are many affordable accommodation options, which offer spectacular amenities and are in a convenient location, allowing access to many festive events and opportunities to fully explore the region. In general, staying in a good establishment will help contribute to having a fun and memorable time in Charleston, SC at Christmas. Charleston is definitely a perfect place to spend the holiday season. It offers the best events and activities that are suitable for everyone.

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