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Charleston SC Solar Eclipse: The Event Of The Year
Meagan Moore

There are many events throughout the year when Charleston SC REALLY comes alive - Wine + Food Festival, Fashion Week, Spoleto Festival - but this August there is one extra special day marked on everyone's calendar. On Monday, August 21, 2017 Charleston SC will experience a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon where the city will go completely dark at 2:48PM EST due to a total solar eclipse. And if you're visiting the Holy City for this incredible event, you chose wisely because Charleston has been named among the "Ten Best Places to View The Eclipse" by both USAToday and ABC.

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Vacation Rentals: Why 5-Star Reviews Matter & How to Get Them
Sophie Leigh-Jones

In today's client-centered business environment ratings and reviews are crucial for all different types of business. Hotels and restaurants are some of the most widely reviewed businesses, with vacation rentals being subject to the same rating scrutiny, if not more so, given the uncertainty that surrounds them.

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Charleston SC Beach Vacation: Beach Bag Essentials
Meagan Moore

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 vacation rentals on Folly Beach or visiting one of Charleston’s other top-rated beaches - Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, 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:

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Why Concierge Services Matter When Booking a Luxury Vacation
Brittany Walker

When it comes to the luxury consumer, convenience and peace of mind is high on the priority list, especially when on vacation.  At Luxury Simplified Retreats, our team understands the value of providing a relaxing vacation for guests with luxury at every turn.  Minimizing stress invites guest to focus on creating memories with their family and friends, as opposed to worrying about booking all of the activities, dinner reservations, or grocery shopping.  After all, a vacation isn't really a vacation if the guests are still doing all the work! So just how does one accomplish this?

 

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Grab a Map and Head to these Hidden, Local Charleston SC Restaurants
Brittany Walker

As the popularity of Charleston has grown, so has the culinary scene. With SO many places to choose from, it is easy to get lost in the endless sea of restaurant options. Visitors often flock to the "Big 5:" Husk, Halls, Hominy, Hanks and High Cotton, but getting a taste of the unique and off-the-beaten path culinary experience is an absolute must. At the end of the day, it is always the places that are the hardest to find that are the BEST!

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Building A Vacation Rental? How To Maximize Space For The Vacationer
Sophie Leigh-Jones

The opportunity to build a home that you intend to use as a vacation rental in Charleston SC can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. And, although it may be a little more time consuming, starting at the building stage to design your home for the purposes of a vacation rental can be very advantageous in the long run.  There are a number of things to consider when building a vacation home as an investment - and savvy, well thought out choices will enable you to maximize your revenue potential while ensuring happy guests along the way.

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Charleston SC: The One Thing That Sets Vacation Rental Management Companies Apart
Brittany Walker

Since Charleston SC claimed the title of "#1 City in the World" by Travel+ Leisure, the vacation rental industry here has grown exponentially. Whether you’re a vacationer, homeowner or investor, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. Taking care of a property is a full-time job, so if you’re a vacation rental homeowner and don’t want the heavy burden that comes with cleaning, maintenance, and booking, then a vacation rental management company is your solution. When choosing a property manager, there are several factors to consider prior to selection, but more often than not, occupancy levels and consistent, reliable property care are two crucial areas a property management company must deliver on.

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4 Things To Do For The 4th Of July On Folly Beach SC
Meagan Moore

Head to Folly Beach this 4th of July for an all-American celebration. Packed with restaurants, bars, and of course the beach, Folly Beach is a fun place to be any time of the year. It’s the ideal setting for 4th of July festivities so whether you live in the area or are visiting from out of town, you’re sure to enjoy spending the 4th on Folly.

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Hello, Summer: Top 5 Events for Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC
Meagan Moore

Kicking off the summer in Charleston SC for Memorial Day Weekend? Celebrate the men and women of our armed forces with live music, healthy competition, and fun for the whole family (even the four-legged family member is welcome)! With events every day throughout the holiday weekend, Charleston is the perfect place to get away for #MDW - whether you're downtown or on the beach. Here are the Top 5 Events for Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston SC:

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7 Can't Miss FREE Piccolo Spoleto Festival Events in Charleston SC
Meagan Moore

Over the next few days Charleston SC will be flooded by artists and art lovers from around the world for the annual Spoleto Festival (and it’s companion, the  Piccolo Spoleto Festival). In its 41st year, the 17-day event celebrates performing arts including opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz, among others. Spoleto performances are sprinkled throughout the Holy City in a lively display of music and dance. If you're planning a trip to Charleston SC between May 25 and June 12, be prepared to be amazed.

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Weekend Trip Guide To Charleston SC: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink
Meagan Moore

Charleston SC is a city rich in history and culture, famous for it’s southern charm, it's easy going lowcountry lifestyle, and it's coastal views. It's a city where high society living meets old southern hospitality. And being the #1 city in the WORLD, voted by Travel + Leisure, of course your travel plans for the year HAVE to include the Holy City. When it comes time to plan for your trip,  here is a weekend trip guide of "musts" for the best places to stay, eat, drink, and play, in one of the globe's brightest and most welcoming cities.

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All Dogs Go To Charleston SC: A Dog Friendly Vacation
Meagan Moore

Traveling can be stressful for pets and people, but it doesn’t have to be.  With all of the outdoor dining, walkable shopping and sightseeing, as well as countless beaches and parks, it’s no surprise that Charleston SC was voted 2016 Best City for Pet Travelers by GoPetFriendly.com. If you're planning a Charleston vacation and wonder if you should bring your dog, we’ve put together some tips to help you and your furry friends have the best vacation possible.

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Adding Health & Fitness to Your Charleston SC Vacation
Meagan Moore

Vacations are all about RELAXING, with a drink in your hand and your feet in the sand, but that doesn't mean you can't also keep up with the healthy lifestyle you maintain while at home. There are plenty of opportunities to eat and stay healthy on vacation in Charleston SC. From running along the beach, to walking the historic streets downtown, and seeing Charleston from top of the Ravenel Bridge, you can get your steps in while exploring the Holy City.

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Charleston SC Cheap Eats: Eat Like a Local
Meagan Moore

There are many well-known restaurants that come to mind when thinking about the culinary mecca that is Charleston, SC most of which are the award winning "destination restaurants" featured in the glossy food magazines every year. While Charleston is famous for its many fine dining establishments, what some fail to recognize are the cheap eats that are casual options for locals and visitors alike.  To help you find these gems, we’ve put together a list of our favorite restaurants around Charleston that are both tasty and affordable – and often packed with local folks!

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A Very Folly Vacation: Escape to Folly Beach SC
Amelia Webster

The best part of vacationing to Charleston SC is that not only can you be captivated by the history and charm of downtown, but you can completely relax on the sandy beaches and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of our favorite beach getaways around Charleston is Folly Beach SC. The eclectic surf town has recently become a top tourist destination for so many reasons. From Civil War-era history, to world-class surfers, and top-notch eateries a Folly Beach vacation is everything in one.

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Introducing Our Newest Downtown Charleston Vacation Rental Properties
Luke Fuller

Along with historically warm weather, the New Year has brought with it 4 beautiful additions to our portfolio of Charleston luxury vacation rentals! Nestled in the Cannonborough and Elliotborough neighborhoods of downtown Charleston (two bordering neighborhoods highly touted in the vibrant Charleston food scene), these properties could not be more perfect compliment to our existing luxury rental portfolio. We are always THRILLED to expand our portfolio to offer more options to our guests. Here are our 4 NEWEST luxury vacation rentals in downtown Charleston SC:

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From Sea, Sky & Land: How to Explore Charleston
Brittany Walker

There is no doubt that Charleston SC is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities to explore - even for a local, it never gets old. Around every corner and back alleyway, there is likely something beautiful you haven't noticed (as many times as you've walked the city). The colonial architecture has successfully maintained its character and quite possibly become even more charming over time. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a month-long getaway, there is always something new to explore in Charleston SC. Here are 5 ways to jazz up your exploration methods and see the Holy City from all angles. 

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How to "Burger" Your Way Through Charleston SC
Brittany Walker

When it comes to just about any culinary cuisine, Charleston SC knows how to do it right. And for the quintessential American classic, Charleston restaurants and taverns have made it their mission to master the perfect burger. But you have to wonder, what is the "best of the best?"  As a luxury vacation management concierge team, it's up to us to try out the top spots so when you visit and ask "Where can we get the best burger?" - we'll have the perfect recommendation! So, here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we took it upon ourselves to search for the best burger in Charleston! Fifteen burgers later, give or take a few, and a much needed visit to the gym, we've put our list of "tops" together and named the most mouthwatering burgers in the Holy City!

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It's All in The Details: The Benefits of Booking with a Boutique Agency
Brittany Walker

What better way to bring family and friends together than to experience a unique and seamless experience in a luxury vacation retreat?  When planning a luxury vacation in Charleston SC, you want to make sure every detail is under wraps ahead of time so you have nothing to worry about during your getaway - except the relaxation and fun! If you're the one responsible for the "what, when and where?" that puts you in the proverbial "hot seat" to make the best decisions, otherwise you're likely to get the blame when something goes wrong. Booking with a boutique agency that focuses on exceptional vacation service just might be the ticket to creating your once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories, while your family crowns you "Vacation Superhero" at the end.

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A Weekend in Charleston SC: The Must-Do's and Have-To's
Brittany Walker

Planning a trip to Charleston SC soon? With so much to do and see, Charleston is a city that you'll want to check off your bucket list, and without a doubt, want to revisit. If you're "in the know" about hottest places in the U.S. to visit right now, then you've heard the hype around the Holy City. As one of the top destinations for couples, bachelorette and bachelor parties, weddings, foodies, and history buffs, it's no wonder this city is taking the spotlight. If you only have a weekend in Charleston, make the most of it by hitting both the typical tourist sites and the local hidden gems.

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A Brit's Visit to Explore Charleston SC Charm
Amelia Webster

As a native Brit, when I first told family and friends that I was moving to Charleston SC for a three-month vacation, few knew anything about the city.  The few that did, however, gushed about the wonderful time I was sure to have.  Suggestions of where and what I should be doing flooded my inbox. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, other than an exciting new adventure, in a historic and beautiful American city, with true southern hospitality. 

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Charleston SC Events: An Insider's Tips on Getting the Most Out of SEWE
Brittany Walker

Grab your barbour jacket and lace up those duck boots, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) is back and promises to be better than ever! If you’re a wildlife fanatic and a lover of all four-legged friends like myself, this is where you want to be from February 17th - 19th.  One of the most anticipated annual Lowcountry events of the year turns 35 this year and is an absolute Charleston SC bucket list-er.

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Become A Charleston Local: An Extended Stay at High Society
Luke Fuller

Planning a getaway to a new city opens the doors to experience a different culture, different vibe and a new point of view. Our charming, historic city of Charleston offers southern hospitality at it's best, and what better way to experience it all than to fully immerse yourself? An extended stay at a local vacation rental is just the ticket - not to mention one in the heart of downtown - at our luxury condo, High Society.

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2016: A YEAR OF HIGHLIGHTS for Luxury Simplified Retreats
Brittany Walker

What better way to start off a new year than to wrap up a successful one? In our humble opinion the Luxury Simplified Retreats team crushed it in 2016, and we're proud of it! Of course there's always room to grow, and we have high hopes for 2017.  Our dedicated team spent countless hours planning activities for incoming guests, tying bows on our "Taste of Charleston" welcome boxes, and ensuring each luxury vacation home is in immaculate shape before each guest arrives. Here's a look at just a few of our spotlight moments from 2016 ...

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Introducing Todd's Place, An Urban Contemporary Getaway
Sophie Leigh-Jones

Welcoming a new property to our portfolio is an exciting part of our job, particularly when we have been heavily involved in its progress. This project was another one that offered us the chance to work in conjunction with the team at Luxury Simplified Construction. Located at 1 Todd Street, this home had been a dilapidated building for many years, having experienced a fire back in the 1990’s with the piazza finally collapsing in to the street in 2015.

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A Taste of Spring: Top 5 Events in Charleston You Can't Miss!
Brittany Walker

There's never a better time to visit Charleston than in the spring. Packed with events of all kinds, there is bound to be something that catches your eye and drives you to visit the #1 City in the World! With some of the largest events of its kind, the lowcountry is an absolute must for your 2017 travel adventures. See what this city has going on with our Top 5 Spring Events in Charleston SC:

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New Year, New Property Manager: Is it Time To Make a Change?
Sophie Leigh-Jones

Purchasing a vacation home can be a lucrative investment. Whether the purpose is to rent it out to vacationers for financial gain or purely to use as a second home, it is important to ensure that you have a reliable and responsible property manager. With the new year approaching, what better time to re-evaluate your options for 2017. Take stock in your property, how it's performing and your occupancy rates. Here are some reasons to change your Charleston SC property manager in the new year:


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Ringing in 2017 ... Top Places to Celebrate New Years Eve in Charleston SC! 
Brittany Walker

It's time to pop the champagne, watch the ball drop, and say hello to 2017. In the Holy City, there are plenty of celebrations to go around. Don’t know where to spend New Year's in Charleson? No worries! With a handful of options to choose from, it is no secret that Charleston is one of the top cities to spend your New Year's Eve. Whether you’re looking for a low key beachfront party or yearning to break out your black tie, the lowcountry offers every type of New Year's celebration. Here are our picks for the top 5 New Year's Eve parties in Charleston:

 

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Drop Anchor in Charleston Harbor for A Memorable Port of Call
Chris Leigh-Jones

Before Charleston had anything, it had a harbor.  We still have one, a major commercial harbor transporting import and export goods worldwide.  For the "blue water sailor," Charleston is a great port to plan a stopover.  It's the deepest port on this coast, three marina's have no air draft restrictions, tidal range is modest and, this from an old sailor, the run ashore is simply awesome! 

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Deck the Harbor! The Holiday Parade of Boats
Brittany Walker

'Tis the season! For some, the holiday season is marked by the distinctive smell of pine, sparkling lights, or a festive party. In Charleston SC however, we mark the holiday season by lining the banks of the  Ashley River and the Charleston Harbor to enjoy a floating parade of sorts, filled with hundreds of decked out boats wrapped in glittering lights, as they promenade through the Harbor and down the Ashley River.

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Sailing South to Charleston SC For The Winter
Chris Walker

November marks that time of the year where New Englanders flock south to escape the impending frigid northern winters. Some fly, others drive and then there are those yachtsmen who brave the high seas and intercostal waterways to obtain winter warmth.

 

My solo migration sailing south for the winter began aboard Riverwind on November 1st with a thin sheet of ice covering the decks. Departing from Rowayton, CT at sunrise with the hell bent goal of reaching Cape May, NJ by sunset.

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Q&A with our newest homeowner
Luke Fuller

Here at Luxury Simplified Retreats, we are elated when our guests enjoy their time spent in Charleston, relaxing in one of our luxury vacation homes. We love it even more when, after their vacation has ended, they decide to buy a vacation home of their own in the area. A second home purchased as an investment property can be followed by a lot of maintenance and care, which is where we come in - again.

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HAUNTING IN THE HOLY CITY: WELCOME HALLO-WEEKEND!
Brittany Walker

It’s that time of the year again! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than getting spooked by ghost stories in the oldest, and most haunted cities in the US?  With Charleston’s rich history comes unrested spirits that haunt many of the city's oldest and most iconic homes and buildings. When people hear the word "ghost," they often think of evil spirits that haunt the living. Although Charleston may possess a few evil spirits, there are more often cordial and even happy ghosts that make themselves known.

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Cannonballs Making A Splash At Folly Beach
Brittany Walker

The thing that makes Charleston so unique is not only the endless amount of history that we are constantly surrounded by, but also the heaps of artifacts yet to be uncovered. It’s not often that a Civil War submarine is found at the bottom of the harbor nearly a century after the war. Every time historic artifacts are found around Charleston, our city becomes that much more enriching. 

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Fall Festivities: Your Go-To Guide for an Autumn Charleston Getaway
Brittany Walker

Since Charleston has been named the #1 destination in the world by Travel + Leisure, there are more reasons than ever to visit the Holy City. The combination of ideal weather and endless activities makes Charleston a perfect fall getaway for family and friends. This time of year you can enjoy walking around the cobblestone streets and taking in the historic sights without baking in the sorching Southern sun.

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A Walk Through History: The Fall Tour of Homes, History & Architecture
Alex Cohn

Each year the Preservation Society of Charleston holds their annual "Fall Tour of Homes, History and Architecture" and this year celebrates the 40th anniversary!  From the days of October 6th until Oct 30th, friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston open their doors for a limited time and invite guests to experience the historic interiors of their homes. Tour a few of Charleston’s most historic and magnificent residences and live Charleston’s rich history, charm, and southern hospitality first hand. The significant beauty of these homes truly comes alive as you experience the rich antebellum interiors as the original inhabitants had. 

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Charleston SC: Why Staying in a Vacation Home is Better than a Hotel
Alex Cohn

Think about what characteristics of your home make you feel just that - at home! Being in a house adds a sense of natural comfort. "Homey," if you will. It is your own space for just you and your family. You have bedrooms to relax and unwind, a kitchen to prepare meals and congregate with friends and family, you have outdoor space to enjoy Charleston’s weather and the surrounding vistas whether that means a trendy downtown loft or beachfront with sunrise views. Having these different spaces to create memories with your loved ones or create a relaxing retreat for yourself and enhances your memories and experience.  

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Dining in Charleston: Sushikon - Rolls on the Road
Brittany Walker

Sitting at a restaurant and eating a 3-course meal is outdated. In this day in age, it's not only about the food, but about the experience as well. Those who master this can master the future of the culinary world. Hewitt Emerson, founder of Sushikon, did just that. In March, the on-board mobile sushi bar hit the road in Charleston, SC - and they haven't looked back.

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Who Should Manage My Beach Vacation Home in Charleston SC?
Lucy Donn

Like everything in life, there are challenges, including when it comes to purchasing and owning a second home. Any unforeseen event, such as a new job opportunity requiring you to move across the country, a new marriage/divorce, family needing your care, etc., can alter your focus away from maintaining a second home. Running a home, let alone a second home from far away, can lead to complications such as the requirement of maintenance at inconvenient times, improper maintenance, or neglect. In cases like this, a property management company is hired to attend to the preservation/upkeep of your home – leaving the headaches for the professionals to handle. That is why we are here, and this is how we can help…  

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How We Use Immersive 3D Technology to Help You Plan Your Vacation Getaway
Alex Cohn

 

Luxury Simplified Retreats is investing in something big that will enhance our client’s experience when searching online for their ideal vacation getaway. In real life, people experience things visually and spatially. We form ideas of what we perceive to be the ideal space and by connecting these perceptions to our individual tastes we form an opinion. Virtual reality 3D imaging is the ultimate viewing platform to deliver an immersive experience and allow you to explore each property in exacting detail, as if you are walking through it yourself - right from your own home!  

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A Wedding Steeped in History - Historic Wedding Venues of Charleston SC
Alex Cohn

There is something about history that truly enhances a wedding experience, adding a sense of character, tradition, and charm. Marriage is a vow that lasts throughout your lifetime; it is part of the memories that create your own history. When visiting a historic site, you are transported back to the time of its roots. Your journey across the landscape reflects those of who have come before you. You can picture in your mind the past lifestyle and passion for life emanating from the landscapes and structures. Feel the lives of families who once inhabited these historic properties or the people who spent their days building and providing for others on these sites.

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Introducing The "Cotton House"- Elegant & Historic In The Heart of The City
Luxury Simplified Retreats

 

Sometimes, when we bring a new property into our portfolio of luxury vacation homes, the owner has already given their vacation home a name - and that's great!  But on some occasions, we need to come up with a name for the house on our own and, more often than not, the house or the setting is so distinctive - it practically names itself!  That is the case for our newest listing, located in downtown Charleston's historic Harleston Village neighborhood. Set on the corner of Bull Street and Rutledge Avenue is a grand historic home built by an undocumented builder in the early 1840s. A man by the name of Count Eugene Joseph Huchet, a cotton trader and French immigrant purportedly descended from European nobility, purchased the house in 1857 to be the home for his family.  Today, the Hutchet House is now home to six private luxury units after it was divided into condos in the early 1980s when the house was renovated.

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A Vacation in Charleston SC - There's Something for Everyone!
Brittany Walker

 

The wonderful thing about Charleston SC is that there is something for everyone. The jaw dropping beauty, reputable restaurants and an array of outdoor activities has lead this city to hit the charts five years in a row as the number one tourist destination in the U.S.  If you're headed here 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! 

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The Retreats Concierge Team - At Your Service!
Brittany Walker

 What is the point of a vacation if you are not completely and utterly stress free?  At Luxury Simplified Retreats, our team understands the value of a “true” vacation with your family and friends.  Less stress and more quality time results in a vacation where all you need to do is focus on making the memories!

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Introducing our Latest Vacation Rental: The Okeanos on Folly Beach
Sophie Leigh-Jones

It's always exciting to bring on a new vacation rental property, both for the homeowner, the new guests and of course the team here at Luxury Simplified Retreats!  What's more exciting is when those homeowners are simply the nicest people, the house is beautiful and all the team works together to transform the home into a luxury vacation rental. 

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Avoid Added Fees when Booking a Vacation Rental
Luke Fuller

Did you know that VRBO and HomeAway just started charging a hefty service fee just for booking through their site? We think this is outrageous considering it adds up to 9% onto your total rental fee. To put this in perspective, so that you can see just how this booking fee might impact your bottom line, I will provide an example from a recent booking.

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What to Pack for a Weekend Getaway in Charleston SC
Brittany Walker

When it comes to booking a vacation getaway to Charleston SC, deciding where to go and stay is the fun part. The daunting, and oh-so-familiar feeling that accompanies the big question of "What do I pack?" is the not-so-fun part.

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What to Expect on a Luxury Vacation In Charleston SC
Brittany Walker

What better way to bring family and friends together than to experience a unique and seamless experience in a luxury vacation retreat?  Within the last few years, the vacation rental market has spiked dramatically thanks to the Internet. Guests now have a wide array of homes to choose from, and of course, they want only the best for their friends and family.

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