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Who's Checking On Your Luxury Vacation Rental Before You Check-In?
Brittany Walker

Charleston SC continues to top most of the "Best of" lists for travel destinations and lifestyle amenities, including top restaurants and festivals.  As the popularity of Charleston has skyrocketed over the past 4 years, so has the number of short-term vacation rentals.  Whether you are a visitor coming to explore this quintessential historic city, or an investor tapping into the “hot” Downtown rental market Charleston, and the surrounding barrier islands, are peppered with rentals providing an endless amount of choices to Charleston’s growing number of tourists. However, with the ease of the "browse and click-to-book" online marketplace of booking portals comes the uncertainty of knowing if the property you chose for your Charleston getaway will be just as it's displayed in the photos online.

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Charleston SC Vacation Rentals: When Property Care Matters
Brittany Walker

When you purchase a vacation home as an investment in Charleston SC, there are a number of factors to consider, especially when selecting a vacation rental management company to care for your property. If this is a home you plan to rent out for the majority of the year, you want to make sure your property is in good hands and will maintain its value over time, as well as delivering consistently on cash flow. This is one thing that will set property management companies apart from one other - the level of care provided for your home. 

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Preparing Your Charleston SC Vacation Home For Hurricane Season
Brittany Walker

Here in Charleston SC, much like every other place in the world, you can't hide from Mother Nature. Along with our temperate year-round climate and warm, sunny summer, we also have an established hurricane season from July 1 to November 1.  Fortunately, our ability to detect storms days in advance has drastically improved (thanks technology!), allowing us to be proactive instead of reactive if a storm is predicted. For a homeowner in the lowcountry, especially one that owns a second home in Charleston, you should seek a property management firm that takes preventative measures pre-storm and necessary actions post-storm to help protect your home.

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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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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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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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