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With its world-class dining, resort spas, tranquil gardens and gorgeous beaches and sunsets, it’s easy to see why Charleston is a popular couple’s vacation spot. But who says that you need to be a tourist to plan a romantic getaway in Charleston? (more…)
It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.
Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.
Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.
The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.
If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!
There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.
For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.
Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.
We welcomed so many fabulous additions to our vacation rental program last year. In case you missed them, all of these new properties offer a variety of options from 1 bedroom condos to a 6 bedroom house. Many of these are oceanfront or have ocean views, and are on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and in the Wild Dunes Resort.
Some of us cherish our vacation time and use our paid time off up to the last second. Others may be too busy at work to use all of their paid time off, or simply don’t have the desire to go on vacation. For those of you that leave a few hours on the table each year, you’re not alone. It turns out that over 40% of Americans who receive PTO don’t take advantage of it, according to a new study conducted by Oxford Economics for the U.S. Travel Association.
Did you know that among some of the benefits of taking your vacation time include higher productivity, stronger workplace moral, greater employee retention, and significant health benefits? Taking your vacation time is good for you! Get away for a little while and unwind with your families, relax on the beach, read a book, and stimulate the economy while you’re at it. In fact, take a look at the amount you would be contributing to the economy if you took time off work, or how significantly you could be harming the economy by squandering a portion of the paid time off:
- Americans left a total of $429 million in unused days last year, at an average of 3.2 PTO days
- The economy would benefit from more than $160 billion in total business sales if workers used all of their available PTO
- Spending the $160 billion available from this PTO would support 1.2 million jobs in industries ranging from retail to transportation
- Taking one additional day of PTO off each year would have a $73 billion impact on the economy
If you’re not already booking your flight and renting your vacation home, then you should consider it. Not only is it good for the economy, but it is of great value to you personally. Besides, what better way to gather your thoughts for your next big sales meeting or conference than by spending a few days sipping a delicious beverage on the beach? Call us 888.843.2322 to book a vacation rental today.
Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 and runs through November 30. On June 5, the first storm of the year, Andrea, formed and eventually made her way from Florida right up the east coast. As far as the Charleston Coast, she left little more than some rainy days in her wake and actually was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone by June 7. Still, a storm forming so early in the season, combined with the over-zealous media coverage has people naturally discussing the “what ifs” of storms on the Charleston Coast.
It’s no secret that any Atlantic coastal community is at risk… even if it’s minimal risk. So, what do we think about buying, selling and living on the coast as it relates to these seasonal storms? Donnie Whitaker, an agent in our Isle of Palms Office, recently wrote a post on his blog about hurricanes and the Charleston Coast. Our President, Randy Walker, also took to our blog in 2008 to expound upon the subject, after one of those pesky (but uneventful) tropical storms passed over.
Summer is almost here, the weather has finally started cooperating again and we’re gearing up for lots of outdoor activities!
If you’ll be around the Johns Island/Kiawah/Seabrook areas come join us and stop by our Bohicket Marina office because we’ll be staying open later for you. Stop by and say hello!
by Traci Magnus
I can’t tell you how many locals have mentioned having fond memories of the Red and White Grocery Store just next to the IOP connector on Palm Boulevard. Of course, by now anyone who lives on or near the island knows that the Red and White is no more, and the days of “Newton Farms” are soon to begin.
Donnie Whitaker, a Realtor® in our Isle of Palms Office, has written a post dedicated to these upcoming changes on the Isle of Palms. Read “Farewell Red and White Grocery- See You Soon Newton Farms” from Donnie’s blog.
Finding the right property from a large selection of Folly Beach vacation rentals can be a time consuming task. If you’ve reached this post for help, you’ve likely invested hours into your research. Here are a few tips for making the search for your perfect vacation rental enjoyable and time efficient.
1. Pick 2 sets of preferred dates before starting. This will provide some flexibility on your options. It is important to note, June, July, and August are Charleston’s busiest beach months, so plan ahead. Also, they are the most expensive due to demand. If you are a flexible traveler, late March and early October are the best temperature months vs price to visit our coastal city.
2. Don’t get bogged down on exact size. This is the most common mistake as many believe larger properties are always more expensive. Although true in many cases, your price range is the real deciding factor.
3. Purpose. Why are you taking a vacation and choosing a vacation rental on the Folly Beach? Surprisingly, most exhausted “searchers” have forgotten what they really want. It is sun? Book time? Golf? Sightseeing? Watersports? Beach side beverages? Often it’s more than one but it’s important to stay focused. What do you really want to do and will the property you’ve selected help you achieve this long awaited ___________.
4. Assistance. The common belief is the internet is a “super deal making” machine. Although the web has changed the landscape of commerce, it’s become the norm, so try to stay focused on your purpose of renting rather than how much you are “saving”. Years ago, renting direct from a property owners could provide some steep discounts, but you may be surprised what price is being discounted. It’s hard to tell as each home is unique. Enlisting the help of a property management company saves many soon-to-be vacationers the hassle of endless web searching and emailing dozens of owners for “special deals” provided by an individual. Good property management companies will provide a few options which fit your needs, price, and group and can do so within a few minutes.
5. Relax and wait for your trip!
Ready to get started? Visit our vacation rentals search page for options to fit your needs.
By Wes Walker
There are many great cities in South Carolina and they all have their charms. However, it’s no surprise that when Redbook magazine did their feature on the “50 Best Dates in 50 States” they chose Charleston.
“Fans of low-country classics like shrimp and grits won’t be surprised to hear how good the food is in Charleston, but thanks to an influx of some big name chefs, it’s become a major foodie stomping grounds. Recently dubbed its Hottest Chef of 2013 by Eater, Chef Frank McMahon, of famous Hank’s Seafood, reveals where you can find him after hours: grabbing a slice of pie at Monza, beer in hand at Closed for Business, late night at Butcher & Bee, at the bar of McIntosh (“The Mac”) or the newly opened Rare Bit.”
Sure, there is a lot more to do than just eat out in Charleston, but if it’s a great date eventually it’ll run into lunch or dinner or after dinner drinks (and if we may be risquee, perhaps breakfast) and you’ll have to eat sometime, right?
Charleston is a foodie’s dream town. One could make a solid argument that Charleston restaurants have the cachet of the best in New York City, with merely an exorbitant price tag, not an extra exorbitant one. And on the lower end of the food spectrum, after many visits northeast to the in laws over 10+ years I will make the bold statement that Charleston now has the finest pizza and I given up the idea of trying to find a better slice up north.
But I digress. The James Beard Award ceremonies will be held May 3 and 6 in New York City. They are often referred to as “the Oscars of food.” They award food journalism, photography, restaurant design, and of course, chefs! The nominees were announced in Charleston at Lowndes Grove Plantation and of course there were some local names on that list.
In Charleston, The Ordinary (Mike Lata’s seafood and oyster restaurant on King St.) is nominated as Best New Restaurant, McCrady’s chef Sean Brock is nominated for Outstanding Chef, and Nathalie Dupree is nominated for the American Cooking Book award for Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking co-written with Cynthia Graubart. Both Lata and Brock are previous award winners for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Dunes Properties wishes everyone great luck. And while we’re at it, let’s plug an extended member of the Dunes Properties family’s cookbook. Dunes co-founder Betty Poore’s cousin Lisa Dupar is a chef in Seattle and has this tasty cookbook out Fried Chicken and Champagne . It’s quite popular around the office.