Yum! Here’s What You Need to Know About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

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It’s no secret that thousands of people flock to the Charleston Coast every year to experience our famous Lowcountry cuisine. With so many restaurants to choose from, it’s impossible to try them all! If you consider yourself a foodie, make sure to plan your vacation during Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week. This event only happens twice a year, and you’ll get multi-course meals for a great price. Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access a copy of our complimentary Destination Guide!

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About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week gives you the excuse you’ve been waiting for to go to all those restaurants you have been wanting to try out. Participating restaurants usually offer a special lunch and dinner menu that has been designed to give you a taste of their fare. Plus, these multi-course meals are always a great price. We recommend going with a group of friends or someone you know won’t mind sharing a little bit. That way, you can each get something different and try them all!

Local tip: Don’t feel like you are just limited to their multi-course menu. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu, and you can also order restaurant week items à la carte. 

Lunch Menus 

Restaurants participating in Restaurant Week lunch usually create a menu with two courses to choose from. You’ll get an appetizer and an entree! 

Dinner Menus 

The restaurants in Charleston go all out for this special week. The dinner menu usually consists of three courses: an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Don’t worry– portions are controlled so these three courses won’t be too much food. If you’re too full, just take your dessert to go! 

When Is Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week?

There are actually two Restaurant Weeks here! One is in September and the other is in January. The dates change every year, so make sure you check before making your plans. Plus, Restaurant Week lasts a little longer than a week. It’s usually about 10 days!

Who Is Participating?

From the city to Folly Beach, the entire Charleston area participates in our Restaurant Week! Dozens of restaurants join in every year, and you can see exactly who is taking part on the Restaurant Week website. As the week gets closer, the restaurants begin to release their menus. Take a peek and choose which ones you want to try out!

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Foodies, This Is Why You Need to Go to Taste of Folly

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The Charleston area is known for its incredible cuisine. Thousands of food connoisseurs visit our area each year to experience our local restaurants. If you consider yourself a foodie, make sure you’re in town for the Taste of Folly. This food-centered event showcases the beach town with an emphasis on food. Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide. Inside, you’ll find even more restaurants to check out!

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About Taste of Folly

We can’t wait for Taste of Folly to come to town every year! Not only does this annual event exhibit all the food this beach town is known for, it also showcases other local businesses. You’ll truly get a taste of Folly! Walk around to the vendors, have a few bites from Folly-based food vendors, do a little shopping, and relax in front of the live bands. 

When Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly takes place every year at the end of January. For the exact dates, you can check Folly Beach’s events page!

Where Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly is right in the center of all the action on Folly Beach. Center Street is shut down and transformed into this awesome event. There are tons of businesses along Center Street you’re welcome to explore, and other vendors and artists set up along the main drag. 

How to Get Tickets

You can purchase tickets to Taste of Folly in advance or at the door. Part of the ticket price goes toward a cocktail competition– you get to taste samples and vote on the best cocktail! 

The Entertainment

You’ll never be bored at Taste of Folly! There are tons of traditions that festival-goers look forward to every year. The chili cookoff and hotdog eating contest are fan favorites, and the kids will love the carnival games. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, then make yourself comfortable by the stage to listen to live music.

Is It Family-Friendly?

If you’re wondering if the Taste of Folly is family-friendly, you’re in luck! It is! Locals and visitors of all ages love Taste of Folly– there’s truly something for everyone. There are even fun activities that have been designed to keep your little ones busy. Plus, everyone loves food! 

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Did you know that the Charleston Coast has beautiful weather year-round? Taste of Folly might be a little chilly in January, but it’s still warm enough to have a festival outside. Just pack a jacket and you’re good to go! If you’re planning on attending the festival, consider one of our rentals just moments away on Folly Beach. Or, you can browse all our listings! We have gorgeous properties located all over the Charleston Coast, and we’re sure we can find one for you and your family. From waterfront homes to villas perfect for two, we’ve collected some of the best rental properties in the area.

Everything You Need to Know About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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If there’s one thing we love here in the Lowcountry, it’s oysters! September through April are “oyster months,” and they’re full of events that celebrate this delicious treat. One of our favorites is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival! Every year, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens puts on the oyster event of the season. You won’t want to miss it! Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival consists of seven hours of oyster-filled fun. As the biggest oyster festival in the world, you can expect plenty of activities. Watch live music, participate in contests, and, of course, eat some oysters. See for yourself why it was named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society!

The Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout the day! Grab a drink and relax as you watch live music– there are always a few great local bands that play. Then, make sure you’re around for the oyster shucking and eating contest! You’ll be amazed by how many oysters the participants can eat. You can even sign up to participate. It’s always a highlight of the festival! 

Food

There’s more than just oysters at the festival! Yes, you can eat your fair share of this delicious seafood, but there are plenty of other options. The “food court” is made up of local restaurants cooking up some of their best dishes. Not only do you get to eat delicious cuisine, but you also get to learn about our restaurant scene, too!

Drinks 

For some, drinking and oysters go together like peanut butter and jelly. Enjoy wine and a selection of domestic and imported beers. 

Where Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The festival takes place at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. This particular plantation is known for the crazy events they hold throughout the year! Here are directions to the festival. 

When Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is always at the end of January and usually takes place on the last weekend of the month. Check their website for the most accurate date.

Getting Tickets

We recommend purchasing tickets for this event in advance since it is very popular– plus, you get a better deal. You can easily get tickets online! If you love oysters, you can get a VIP ticket. VIPs have their own tent with unlimited oysters, food, and beverages. 

It’s for a Good Cause!

Did you know that the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is also a charity fundraiser? The festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Reindeer Run

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Located along the coast of South Carolina, Charleston is one of the hottest travel destinations right now. With world-class cuisine, an exciting nightlife scene, gorgeous beaches and marshland, and many historic sites, this charming city has tons to offer. Thanks to the area’s mild climate, it’s the perfect place to visit all year long. The summer can be hot, but the winter offers respite while still staying relatively warm. Escape the cold this holiday season and visit Charleston! There are dozens of great holiday festivities for you to participate in including the annual Charleston Reindeer Run.

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The Race

The Charleston Reindeer Run always takes place at the beginning of December, right at the start of the holiday season. Intended for the entire family, this event includes a 5K run through the downtown area of Charleston. The run begins at 9 a.m. on the corner of Queen Street and East Bay. Runners follow a route through downtown passing iconic areas and gorgeous, traditional Charleston houses along the way. After the race, treat yourself to a refreshing drink in the Beer Garden or grab a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants. While the race itself is a thrilling way to spend the day, the most exciting part of the event is the costume contest. Throw on your best holiday getup and enter in one of the four categories: adult individual, child individual, group, and dog.

The Charities

This exciting and festive event is also a part of a greater cause. The Charleston Reindeer Run was started in 1998 and has since made a major impact on the community. The event has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for MUSC’s Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. The proceeds for the run are split between MUSC and the Charitable Society of Charleston, which donates large sums of money towards the hospital.

Other Great Holiday Events

When visiting Charleston for the holiday season, you’ll discover dozens of great things to do with the entire family. Don’t miss the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. This dazzling display of festive lights amazes visitors every year. At the event, you can also make a stop in Santa’s Village to roast marshmallows, snack on a sweet treat, and, of course, visit Santa Claus himself. Throughout the holiday season, you can also embark on a festive holiday carriage ride or visit the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the middle of Marion Square. If you’re bringing the entire family with you, be sure to plan on attending the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

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During the holidays, there’s no better way to spend some quality time with the family than with a winter getaway. If you’re planning to attend the Charleston Reindeer Run this year, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay. Charleston Coast Vacations rentals are available from Folly Beach to Dewees Island. If you don’t want to leave your furry friend at home, you can even rent one of our pet-friendly properties! Make the smart decision and book your stay with us. 

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Why You Need to Attend the Flip Flip Drop on New Year’s Eve

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You’ve probably heard about the annual Times Square Ball Drop. Did you know that Folly Beach, South Carolina, has its own version each year? Spend New Year’s Eve on the Charleston coast when you attend the Flip Flop Drop on Folly Beach. Make it a tradition and come back year after year! 

What Is the Flip Flop Drop?

Did you ever think you could count down to the new year as a giant pair of flip flops slowly falls from the air? You can at the Flip Flop Drop! Every year, more than 1,000 locals and visitors gather together to watch the illuminated pair of flip flops ring in the new year. Then, have a night out on the town at the many bars and restaurants of Folly Beach

Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach’s Annual Flip Flop Drop

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9:30 p.m. – The Flip Flops Are Hoisted

Every year, the famous flip flops make their debut around 9:30 p.m. Then, it’s time to have some fun before they drop! Center Street is closed to traffic, and there is a DJ, live music, and family-friendly activities to enjoy. 

Many of the restaurants on Folly Beach offer special menus, drinks, and pricing for this event. There is even live music at many of these venues! Go bar hopping or out to dinner, but make sure you’re ready before midnight. You’ll want to make your way to the flip flops with plenty of time to see them drop. 

11:59 p.m. – The Flip Flops Start Dropping

There’s nothing like the energy in the air when the flip flops start to drop! Just like the Times Square Ball Drop, the flip flops start slowly dropping at 11:59. Count down to midnight as they make their way down! 

12:00 a.m. – Fireworks Show

Immediately following the drop, the sky illuminates with a fireworks show to celebrate. Stay and watch before deciding whether or not to end the night. 

Many of the bars and restaurants on Folly Beach stay open later than usual so you can continue with your celebrations. Keep in mind that after midnight is best enjoyed by adults only. 

Where Is the Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop?

The Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop is on Center Street in Folly Beach. The entire street gets shut down for this festival! 

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This Is Why You Need to Attend the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

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The holidays only come once a year, and the Lowcountry is ready for them! No matter which area you choose your Charleston Coast Vacations rental to be in, there will be countless festivities you can attend. One of them is the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade. It’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit, and it’s fun for all ages!

Everything You Need to Know About the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade’s name speaks for itself. It is just that– a holiday parade in Mount Pleasant filled with twinkling lights, local groups and organizations, and gorgeous floats. The entire family will love lining up to watch the spectacle! Take some hot chocolates with you or opt to get a little something from one of the restaurants lining the street to keep you warm, then sit back and relax as you get into the spirit of the holiday season. 

Where Is the Parade?

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade spans for about 1.2 miles down Coleman Blvd in Mount Pleasant. You may sit along the road or get a spot on the bleachers that have been set up for the parade! The road closes for the parade, so you’ll have more than enough room to set up along the side. 

When Is the Parade?

The parade is usually scheduled for a Sunday in the beginning of December. The date changes each year, so make sure you check this year’s date! The parade is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but you are welcome to show up early! 

How Long Does It Last?

The parade lasts for about two and a half hours. You’ll want to make sure you’re there a little early so you can tailgate with the crowd and watch the fireworks at the beginning. 

What Should I Bring?

Don’t worry about packing a ton for the parade, but make sure you are prepared. Here are our recommendations: 

  • Folding chairs– If you don’t want to be on the bleachers, folding chairs are a little more comfortable! You are able to set these up along the parade route. 
  • Blankets and extra layers– As the sun starts to go down, it gets a little chilly. Take a blanket or two, a scarf, and maybe even some mittens depending on the weather. 
  • Drinks and snacks– Tailgating the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is a tradition in our area! We recommend coming a little early, setting up, and getting to know your neighbors. Warm apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee will keep you toasty during the parade. Or, you are welcome to get food and drinks at any of the restaurants located on the parade route. 

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Why You Need to Go to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

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There are certain traditions that we all look forward to during the holiday season, and attending the James Island County Park Festival of Lights is one of them. Even though our winter weather is usually mild in the Lowcountry, you’ll feel the holiday spirit in the air when you attend an event like this. Millions of twinkling lights create displays for you to walk and drive through– it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season. 

What Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

Christmas lights have always been a tradition around the holiday season, but you probably haven’t seen them like this before. Every winter, the James Island County Park transforms into a winter wonderland. Start with the three-mile ride through the light displays, then head to the walking portion for even more lights and festivities. In all, you’ll see more than two million twinkling lights on these displays, and they captivate visitors of all ages! 

It’s More Than Lights

After you’ve enjoyed the driving portion of the festival, it’s time to park and walk around. Warm up in front of one of the fire pits, and make sure you purchase a stick with marshmallows so you can roast them! Then, get a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm as you explore the rest of the festival. You can shop at Santa’s Attic, see local art, ride the festival train, and even tell Santa your wish list. Check out all the things you can do at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland!

When Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

The festival starts on November 15th and ends on December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The lights are on rain or shine, but we recommend checking the weather so you can enjoy the walking portion, too!

Admission

Admission to the festival is charged per car. The pricing is as follows:

  • 1-15 guests: $20 per vehicle or $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday with the donation of a canned food item
  • 16-30 guests: $40 Monday-Thursday, $50 Friday-Sunday
  • 31+ guests: $100 Monday-Thursday, $150 Friday-Sunday.

Local tip: All attendees must have an actual seat in the vehicle. You can not have anyone ride in the trunk or double up on seats. 

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Charleston Coast Vacations will be your home away from home. Events like the James Island County Park Festival of Lights create traditions that you’ll want to come back to year after year. Plus, when you stay in a vacation rental, you can bring all of your traditions with you. Cook your typical holiday dinners in your rental’s fully equipped kitchen, open presents in the living room, and make your rental your home during this special time of year. Browse our vacation rentals to start planning your stay!

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You Need to Ruffle Your Feathers at the Charleston Turkey Trot This Year

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We all look forward to the holidays, and like everywhere else, the Charleston area has traditions rooted in the season. When Thanksgiving comes along, we all look forward to the Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Make this your own tradition when you stay with Charleston Coast Vacations! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Turkey Trot 

The Charleston Turkey Trot has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! Although it has changed a lot over the last century, the concept stays the same– a race on Thanksgiving day. Thousands of people have made this their own holiday tradition, and you can too! Plus, it’s a great way to burn off that turkey dinner. 

History of the Event

This holiday event was started all the way back in 1914, but it has changed and evolved over the years. What started as a footrace has evolved into a 3.1-mile run and walk– the Gobble Wobble. In 1978, the Charleston Turkey Trot was reinvented to the event we know and love today. Now, it’s one of the largest 5Ks in the nation!

The Course

The original Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble started in Charleston and ended in Summerville, but now, you’ll go in a loop downtown. The racecourse conveniently starts at Marion Square before heading south on Meeting Street past some of our favorite Charleston landmarks. Then, you’ll get to turn left onto South Battery to run past gorgeous historic homes. After, you’ll loop back onto our beloved King Street. 

After the Event

For some, the afterparty is the best part of the Charleston Turkey Trot. Congratulate yourself and mingle with friends, family, and other racers as you sip on free beer and visit the vendors. 

Time to Register! 

Registration is easy! If you’re a planner, you can register in advance online. Otherwise, you’re welcome to register in person at the registration tent on the day prior to the race or on the morning of the race. The tent is located on Marion Square– you can’t miss it! 

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There’s nothing like being home for the holidays, and you’ll feel right at home during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations. Each of our vacation rentals has everything you need for the getaway of a lifetime, and what’s better than a walk on the beach after your Thanksgiving meal? Participate in our Lowcountry traditions like the Charleston Turkey Trot, cook your dinner in your vacation rental, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Browse our properties to start planning your stay today!

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