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It’s that time of year, marked by the turning of the leaves and the smell of “pumpkin spice everything” wafting through the air. Autumn in Charleston SC brings with it a new wave of events and festivities. Alongside the traditional pumpkin patches and haunted house are annual celebrations unique to Charleston. We’ve put together a list of the top events that you won’t want to miss – mark your calendars for these upcoming events in Charleston SC!

MOJA Arts Festival  

September 29 through October 9, 2022

A celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts, returns to Charleston from its virtual format instigated during COVID-19. Selected as the Southeastern Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for many years, this celebration of art and music and promises an exciting lineup of visual arts, jazz music, dance, gospel, R&B music, storytelling, and much more!

Fall Tour of Homes

October 5 – October 29, 2022

A celebration of architecture, history and gardens, this beloved event takes you inside some of Charleston’s most iconic historic homes and intricate gardens. Each year, for one month only, the Preservation Society of Charleston invites you to get up close and personal with some of Charleston’s oldest and most exquisite homes. Step inside private homes and gardens, ordinarily closed to the public, and walk through history.

Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk

First Friday of the Month;  September – November 2022 

As the weather cools in the fall, these First Friday Artwalks are popular with both locals and tourists as a way to visit over 40 local art galleries, located throughout Charleston’s historic French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods, enjoy refreshments and mingle with artists and art enthusiasts alike during this FREE event! Get your free, printable map HERE for this self-guided evening of art-filled fun.

Charleston Beer Fest 

October 22, 2022

Charleston Beer Fest is back and expanding to be bigger and better this year with more breweries, more music, bigger acts, more food and more games and activities! Head to Riverfront Park in North Charleston for the best beer festival in the Lowcountry – all for a great cause! Come out for a full day of craft beer, music, food, crafts, beer games and fun!Beer festival at Riverfront Park, North Charleston, with regional craft beers, games, live entertainment and food.

The Boone Hall Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch 

September 30 – October 30 2022

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch has grown to be one of the largest fall festivals in the state. Now in its 26th year, this event has become an autumn tradition that brings people of all ages together for a day of good old-fashioned fun on the farm.

There’s simply no place quite like Charleston SC in the fall and there are PLENTY more events than just these 5 … The Coastal Carolina Fair is a local favorite held from October 22 to November 6, 2022 where you can ride ferris wheels, roller coasters, eat funnel cakes or turkey legs, and win prizes all night long!

If you’re planning to visit the Holy City for these upcoming events, or any of the many seasonal festivities, our luxury vacation rentals are located just a short distance from each of these fall events and in some of the most historic neighborhoods on the downtown Charleston peninsula or on Folly Beach.

A vacation to Charleston SC is just that – a getaway from your every day hustle and bustle. And after relaxing on the beach with the sand between your toes and salty air blowing, you’re wondering what to do with your night. Whether you’re visiting Charleston with your closest friends, your significant other, or your family, with a variety of local restaurants, bars and activities, the nightlife on Folly Beach SC offers something for every occasion.

Girl’s Weekend

Get glammed up with your gals for a night out on the [beach] town. Kick off what is sure to be a night of fun with dinner and live music at Rita’s Seaside Grille, serving up casual American fare and house smoked BBQ, topped off with happy hour drink specials and a side of live music.  For an authentic beach bar experience, take your girl tribe to Lowlife bar for dining on the patio, with local seafood bites and instagram worthy cocktails.  Lowlife puts the fun into crafting a lively cocktail menu with one-of-a-kind drinks named “Farmer Tan,” “Puff Mudslide,” “Slowlife” and the “Erik Estrada.”

Romantic Escape

For a quieter night with that special someone, relax and enjoy fresh food and local craft beer at Chico Feo. A tucked away, unique little spot right next to Bert’s Market, features an ever changing seasonal menu, and serves locally sourced foods fresh from a farm, bakery, or ocean nearby. After enjoying dinner on their outdoor patio, walk just a block to the beach where you can stroll along the water and make your way down to Blu, Folly’s oceanfront bar. You can have drinks at a bar just about anywhere, but you can only have beachside drinks at Blu. With exceptional live music on weekends, it’s the perfect place to slip off your sandals and dance together barefoot in the sand.

Family Friendly

Conveniently located on the iconic fishing pier of Folly Beach, Pier 101 serves up family friendly plates for the whole group. Sit inside or outside on the pier, enjoy ocean views, sea breezes, and watch the sky dance in vibrant colors as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Kids will enjoy walking up and down the pier, searching for dolphin sightings, and trying to reel a big one. Head over to Dolce Banana Cafe for ice cream and frozen treats and for the cherry on top of a fun night on Folly, take a cone of your favorite flavor for a stroll on the beach.

Up on a  Rooftop

It’s true that margaritas and tropical drinks always seem like a good idea when you’re at the beach so you’ll definitely want to join the rooftop fiesta at Taco Boy. This local favorite has an  updated taco menu, frozen drink bar and a roof top mezcal and tequila bar with ocean views! ⁠ To keep the party going after dinner, walk a few steps up the street to Snapper Jacks and join the dance party downstairs, or head up to the rooftop bar and raise a glass to good times with great friends. Don’t forget to snap a picture to remember the night!

 

Of course, these are only a few of the many places to visit during your Folly Beach vacation.With plenty of restaurants, bars and activities, a night out on Folly can be anything you make it. Once you book your stay at the beach, our Concierge team is happy to make your reservations, or offer additional suggestions to complete your trip. Stay tuned for the downtown Charleston nightlife itinerary, more to come on that later …

Heading to the sandy beaches of Charleston SC for a getaway? Nothing says summer like a day spent on one of South Carolina’s beautiful beaches. Whether you are staying at one of our luxury vacation rentals at Sullivan’s Island or on Folly Beach, or visiting one of Charleston’s other top-rated beaches – Isle of Palms or Kiawah Island –  having the right essentials in your beach bag will help make your beach day that much better.

Check the weather forecast, call your friends and pack these “5 Beach Bag Essentials” to guarantee you’ll have a fun day in the sun:

Beach Bag

It all starts with the right beach bag and finding the perfect one can make ALL the difference. Sure, you could throw your things into any old bag, but all beach bags are not created equal. Today’s advancements in sustainability and recycled materials means that now there are good options that deliver on both stylish detailing and water resistance.  Look for one that is generously sized, something that can comfortably hold up to 4 beach towels, a book or a few issues of your favorite magazines, and sunscreen. You’ll want to keep your cell phone and electronics safe and free from water and sand in a bag that can provide some measure of security.

beach bag and sun hat on sand

 

 

Beach Towel

Pack a towel for each person in your group, whether they plan on wading in the waves or sitting in the sand. Having an extra towel is always good idea, too. If your goals include lounging on the sand for the day with a group of family or friends, you might consider packing an oversized Turkish beach throw, a blanket, or sand mat that will give everyone room to spread out.  If you’re staying at one of our beach vacation rentals – don’t worry about bringing your own towel, just grab the a beach towel from the stack we provide!

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Sunscreen

With the warm southern sun in Charleston, sunscreen is a MUST for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that’s designed for your beach activities (waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. Today, you can find sunscreens that offer an incredible amount of protection, plus added antioxidants and protective ingredients.  There are also good options that exist in UV rated protective clothing. And definitely don’t forget to REAPPLY sunscreen throughout the day … after all, sunscreen doesn’t work if it just sits in your bag all day!

Sister applying protective sunscreen on young child. Girl draws sun cream on her stomach.

 

Hat & Sunglasses

Make sure to bring something to protect your eyes from the sun’s bright rays and give you a little shade throughout the day. Whether it’s a floppy beach hat, a faded baseball cap, a canvas bucket hat or a pair of trendy shades, you’ll be happy you have these in the afternoon.

Woman at beach wearing hat and sunglasses

 

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated when you’re in the sun is vital. Throw a few waters in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as S’well bottle or Yeti cup, to keep your drink ICE cold ALL day. The sun and the salt water will dry you out, so make sure you’ve got enough water to go around for everyone in your group.


For any given beach day, these are the “must have” essentials we recommend , but there are always other things you feel are key to taking your “fun in the sun” to a whole new level! These could include bluetooth speaker, healthy snacks, your favorite novel, or a frisbee. Regardless of what you choose to put in your beach bag, once it’s packed you’re ready for a fun-filled day on the beach with family and friends. Start planning your Charleston SC beach vacation today.

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The wonderful thing about Charleston SC is that there is something for everyone. The jaw dropping beauty, renowned restaurants and an array of outdoor activities has lead this city to hit the charts nine years in a row as the number one tourist destination in the U.S.  If you’re headed to the Holy City for your next vacation, we’ve put together some ideas on how to experience the BEST of what Charleston has to offer,  whether you’re the history buff, beach goer, foodie, workout fiend, or AQUAholic!

For the History Buff:

Historically charming and immaculately preserved, Charleston is like stepping back in time.  The best way to see Charleston is simply to WALK – getting lost down all the alleyways and back streets. On many of the historic homes located in Charleston’s breathtaking South of Broad neighborhood, you will find wooden historic marker plaques that tell snippets of history dating back to the late 17th century. Best part about this is that it’s free … simply lace up your walking shoes and head out the door!

Historic Home with iron gate in Charleston SC

 

From Charleston’s vibrant Upper King Street District to White Point Garden overlooking the Charleston Harbor, you’ll discover the deep historical roots of this coastal southern city to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Charleston’s ties to America’s founding fathers.

With over 20 museums, carriage tours, and walking tours both during the day and at night, the history buff has a wealth of ways to explore the Holy City’s history.

For the Beach Goer:

If lounging on the beach all day is your forte, Charleston has 3 beaches to choose from, all offering their own distinctly different vibes. Folly Beach, a 15-minute drive from downtown, has long been the local hangout for surfers and gives off that laid-back, eclectic vibe.  Isle of Palms, with its miles of luxury beachfront homes has more of a resort feel, and Sullivan’s Island, home to mostly “year-rounders” a more refined, reserved atmosphere.

For the Foodie:

There is a reason why top Chefs are moving to Charleston to dabble in the culinary scene. Charleston is a foodie’s mecca, offering anything from authentic Asian cuisines, to rustic French bistros, to high-end steak houses. And of course, classic southern cuisine that you CAN’T beat. Check out 7 hidden dining gems when visiting Charleston!

For the Workout Fiend:

For those of you who want to keep up with your workout routines or simply work off the extra lbs you WILL gain when visiting Charleston, there are plenty of places for you to do so. Walk, run or bike the famed Arthur Ravenel Bridge (formerly known as the Cooper River Bridge), a 6 mile round trip workout that offers up the added bonus of stunning Charleston harbor views.

Aerial View of the Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge Charleston SC

 

The greater Charleston area has over 200 pristine parks, allowing you to enjoy an outdoor workout nearly all year long, and even on the water! Those who are feeling daring, check out the paddleboard yoga offered by Charleston SUP Safaris out on Folly Beach.

For the AQUAholic:

There are not many cities in the U.S. that deliver a trendy, urban lifestyle PLUS easy access to being on the water whenever you want, but downtown Charleston is no more than a 10 to 20 minute drive from a plethora of aquatic activities.

Head to “the Washout” on Folly Beach if you want to catch some waves. Never surfed before, but want to learn? There are plenty of surf schools on Folly Beach like The Charleston Surf Lessons and Isla Surf School that will get you up on the board in no time.

 

woman surfer on a wave Folly Beach SC

 

Spend a day on the water either fishing or cruising with Coastal Expeditions. For your convenience, the pick-up and drop-off can be coordinated based on your location. Whatever and wherever you would like to explore, Coastal Expeditions can take you there.

What better way to end your day in Charleston then to go for a sunset sail around Charleston Harbor?  There’s nothing better than enjoying appetizers and cocktails aboard a classic, sailing schooner with the experienced crew at Holy City Sailing!

Shem Creek and Bowens Island offer both guided and unguided tours for kayaking and paddle boarding that take you through the surrounding marshland and tidal creeks.  It feels dreamlike when you’re paddling along and have dolphins coming up for air on either side of you.

NOTE:  All of this –  and more! – can be scheduled for you before you even leave home when you book in one of our luxury vacation homes. Just let our Retreats Concierge team know what sorts of things you’re interested in experiencing while you’re in Charleston … and they will handle everything else!