Why You Need to Spend Thanksgiving in Charleston

Thanksgiving is the start of a wonderful holiday season on the Charleston Coast. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the coastal views are top-notch as always. Read on for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax for Thanksgiving in Charleston!

Of course, you’ll need to check out our free Vacation Guide to truly make the most of your holiday celebration in the Lowcountry. It’s full of additional information about our area as well as more ideas for activities and attractions to enjoy with your loved ones.

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Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Weather

The No. 1 benefit of visiting Charleston for Thanksgiving is the weather. Average daily temperatures are typically around 67 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of our pristine, scenic, family-friendly beaches without any distractions or crowds that summer attracts.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day in 2016 produced a high of 76 degrees with sunny skies. That sounds ideal for a holiday in November if you ask us or any of the travel-savvy snowbirds who visit Charleston to escape colder weather!

The Activities

The list of reasons to visit Charleston for Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without mentioning the activities you can enjoy. One of our favorites is to head to the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. You can go for a stroll, hunt for seashells, build sandcastles with the kids, or read your favorite book during an afternoon on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Food

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week! Part of what makes the Lowcountry lifestyle so special is how easy it is to enjoy good food with those you love. And, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to embrace this tradition! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table!

Charleston Coast Vacations’ Beautiful Properties

A dining room table

Did you know that many of our Charleston vacation rentals feature fully equipped kitchens for cooking delicious Thanksgiving feasts? It’s true! All you need to do is pick up some tasty ingredients at one of the local grocery stores and whip up a mouthwatering meal in your home away from home. Then, you can gather around the dining room table with your family and enjoy quality time together as you all indulge.

Browse our list of properties today and book your favorite for Thanksgiving!

Book Direct at Charleston Coast Vacations

February 7th is national Book Direct day. What does this mean? Well, when you book directly through a property management company, like Charleston Coast Vacations, you get the best price and the best service available. Third party sites, like Airbnb and VRBO, upcharge your reservation 10%-20%! This equates to hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of dollars extra on your vacation. Save that money so you have more to spend during your Charleston Coast vacation!

Book Direct Charleston Coast Vacations

Booking through local companies means you get an insider’s knowledge of the area you are visiting, along with the property you are renting. Local property managers visit the properties they manage regularly, often once a week, and can tell you everything you want to know about the property! Does the house have a crockpot? Is there a grill? How many pillows are in the house? At Charleston Coast Vacations, our local property managers are here to help you have the best vacation ever.

But there is more to booking a vacation rental than the property. You must consider the area you will be staying in and what there is to do. If you’ve never visited the Charleston Coast before or if you’re a regular to our lovely seaside towns, booking directly through a local company ensures you get the best recommendations on things to do. At Charleston Coast Vacations, our guest services representatives are here to help you plan your vacation. We have restaurant recommendations, we know the best tours in town, and can tell you all the best spots for surfing on the Charleston Coast.

The properties we manage are listed on some of these third-party sites. This is so our homeowners receive national, and sometimes international, exposure. But, we are a local, family-run company serving the Charleston Coast for over 28 years. Our goal is for our guests to enjoy the Charleston Coast while creating beach memories to last a lifetime.  So sit back, relax, and book direct today.

Charleston Coast Snow Day

When booking a vacation on the Charleston Coast, one rarely thinks of snow, even in the colder winter months. But, a snow-filled beach vacation is exactly what our guests received to start 2018.

Snowstorms on the Charleston Coast are rare, but not unprecedented. Typically the storms consist of small flurries, leaving only a light dusting of snow and never lasting more than a day. However, there have been three record-breaking snowstorms in Charleston’s history. The last big snowstorm followed just months after hurricane Hugo, arriving over Christmas in 1989. The ‘89 snow storm dumped a record eight inches of snowfall over a two day period. Southerners not used to plummeting temperatures or frozen water were treated to their first white Christmas.

Charleston Coast Snow Storm
1989 Christmas Snow. Photo: The Post & Courier

This year, the Charleston Coast rang in the New Year with a storm.  Snow began falling on the first Wednesday of 2018 and left the Lowcountry buried under five inches of snow! Now, since the Charleston Coast is not used to even minor snowfall, let alone five inches, roads, businesses, and schools, were all shut down. Putting safety first, our small but buzzing city came to a complete halt.

Most of our guests that stayed with us through the storm were visiting from much colder areas of the US. For many of these “snowbirds,” escaping to the Charleston Coast is a means of evading the freezing temperatures back home. Boy, were these guests in for a surprise this year! Here’s what one lucky guest had to say about the unexpected snow:

“We actually had a GREAT time. There was something about expecting 60 degree weather (or better) and then instead spending a week at a cold beach that turned out to be perhaps our best vacation in Folly ever. We come fairly often (right after Christmas), to get away from cold Virginia (and Colorado for my dad). Instead, we (and everyone else) struggled with terrible weather and we had a blast:…Making snow angels on the beach…Making little snowmen on our balcony…We’ll be back next year…we would be a very lucky family to have half as much fun as we did this year.” – Karen E

Charleston Coast Snow Day Folly
Photo credit from left to right: Facebook User Dave’s Dogs, Facebook User Logan D.

Charleston Coast Snow Day Snow
Photo Credit (clockwise): Janice J., Karen E., Paul B.

Frequently Asked Questions

Today, we cover your frequently asked questions when renting with Charleston Coast Vacations!

Charleston Coast Vacations, Frequently Asked Questions

When is check in? What time is check out?

Check-in is at 4 pm. Early check-ins are not available.  Checkout is at 10 am. Late checkouts are not available as we must prepare the property for incoming guests.

Where do I check in?

This depends on what island you are vacationing on! Folly Beach check-ins visit our Folly Beach office, located at 31 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439. Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes check-ins visit our Isle of Palms office, located at 1400 Palm Blvd Suite M, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.

Is housekeeping included? What about linens?

Yes, departure housekeeping is included with your stay. Linens for the beds and baths are provided for your stay. Plan to purchase or bring pool and beach towels.

Does the property have beach chairs?

At most properties, beach equipment like chairs and umbrellas are not guaranteed with the rental. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some equipment behind. We recommend bringing, purchasing, or renting these items for your vacation.

Are paper products included?

A starter pack of paper products is included with your vacation: 1-2 rolls of toilet tissue per restroom, 1-2 rolls of paper towels in the kitchen, a liner in each trash bin, a few dishwasher tablets

If you’re staying for more than a few days, you will likely need to bring or purchase these items from the grocery store.

Are pantry items in the property? Salt and pepper? Spices?

Pantry items like salt, pepper, oil, and spices are not guaranteed. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some behind. We recommend bringing or purchasing these items for your vacation.

Does the property have a crockpot?

Specialty cooking items like crockpots, large steamer pots, and gravy boats are not included with every rental property. If you need a particular kitchen item for your vacation please plan to bring it with you.

Does the property have a hair dryer?

Hair dryers are often provided by the homeowner but, due to their small size, they often go missing. If a hair dryer is important, we recommend bringing one with you.

Does the property have internet?

Yes! All properties managed by Charleston Coast Vacations have wireless internet. Please note, during times of high occupancy on the islands, the internet speeds will vary.

For more information and additional frequently asked questions, check out our welcome video!

Feature Friday: Too Sandy

This feature Friday we are featuring Too Sandy, located at 2 Sand Dune Ln, Isle of Palms, SC. Our featured property, Too Sandy, is located in the quiet Beachside community, centrally located to everything Isle of Palms has to offer.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Too Sandy is a quaint, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom ocean view beach cottage. Located just across the street from the beach, a quick 3-minute walk will have your toes in the sand. The Beachside neighborhood boasts a community pool and community tennis court.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The first thing you notice about Too Sandy upon arrival is the beautifully landscaped yard and ample parking. The second thing you notice is the large sun deck. This deck has comfortable Adirondack chairs and gets plenty of light. Enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon nap on the deck, all while looking out at the ocean. If a screened porch is more your style, don’t worry, Too Sandy has you covered! The screened porch features outdoor dining and is located off the living room and master bedroom.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Inside the glass front door, you are welcomed into the relaxing cottage. Too Sandy’s open floor plan allows you to lounge in the living room while you hold a conversation with someone in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, it is huge! Plenty of space for cooking, eating, and a card game all at the same time.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The master bedroom is on the right side of the house and features a beautiful king bed. The master has an en-suite bath with a walk-in shower and private access to the screened porch. The two remaining bedrooms sit on the opposite side of the home and share a bathroom. Each bedroom has two twin beds, a flatscreen TV, and lots of natural light.

Too Sandy is a cozy beach cottage perfect for families or a few friends who want a quiet getaway at the beach. Once at Too Sandy, you will not want to leave. Families and friends return to this cozy beach cottage year after year to rest and relax. Start your tradition and book your stay today!

Feature Friday: The Okeanos

Feature Friday highlights at least one spectacular property each week! This week’s feature Friday highlights The Okeanos at 1008 East Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Pool
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Okeanos is the Titan God of fresh water, and The Okeanos is aptly named for the private pool. You can enjoy the relaxation of the pool in one of the comfortable lounge chairs or at the Tiki Bar. The pool is perfect for an evening swim after a long day at the beach while you wait for dinner to cook on the grill.

The Okeanos E Ashley Ave 1008 Living Room
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Inside, the professionally decorated The Okeanos has an inviting, relaxed atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease. The large, open living room features a comfy couch and side chairs, perfect for curling up with a good book or watching a movie. The large windows and double porch doors let in immense amounts of natural light. Step out onto the screened in patio for your morning coffee or evening cocktail!

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Kitchen
Photo by: Donnie Whitaker

The living room at The Okeanos flows easily into the dining room and open kitchen. The dining table seats up to 10 – perfect for a large family meal after a long day of touring Historic Charleston. And the kitchen is impeccable. From stainless steel appliances, seemingly endless counter space, and well-stocked cookware, The Okeanos kitchen has everything you will need while on vacation.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Master Bedroom
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

The Okeanos boasts four beautifully decorated bedrooms. The master bedroom, located on the first floor, offers privacy with a large king-sized bed and private, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and separate soaking tub. The remaining three bedrooms are located on the second floor. The first guest room offers a queen bed with an en-suite bathroom. The second and third guest bedrooms each hold two beds. The second guest room offers two queens and the third guest room offers two twin beds. These two guest rooms are connected via a jack and jill bathroom.

Folly Beach, The Okeanos
Folly Beach, SC

The beach is only a five-minute walk from The Okeanos! Simply pack your beach bag, grab your chair, turn right on East Ashley Ave, and then turn left on East 10th Street. The public beach access is located at the end of East 10th Street.

The Okeanos is centrally located to some of the best features of Folly Beach: Center St, the beach, and The Washout. If you’re looking for the ideal spot for your next family vacation or weekend getaway, The Okeanos is it! Book your stay us today!