This holiday season you have a choice. You could spend the day in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove, OR spend it talking and laughing with loved ones while someone else does the cooking. If you're ready to say, "last year was the LAST YEAR that you'll spend the holiday in the kitchen," and you're ready to start a new tradition, choose to dine out - or order ahead and pick up a holiday meal with all the trimmings from some of Charleston's top restaurants. This is also the perfect solution if you're spending the holidays tucked into one of our luxury vacation rentals and away from your own fully stocked kitchen.
Bright, colorful lights are a staple of the holiday season. A tradition dating back to the 18th century, the first holiday lights consisted of small candles or lanterns used to decorate Christmas trees. They've come a long way in the centuries since with the spread of electric lighting and new technologies. Modern light displays can include color changing LED bulbs, laser lights, and lighted inflatable characters. When it comes to "over the top" holiday light displays Charleston decks the halls like no other with long running traditions that are MUST-DO events if you're making a holiday visit to the Holy City.
Adding a pool to any property can be a big expense, but if you're thinking of adding one to your vacation home, it can also be an investment that yields big returns. When deciding to add a pool to your vacation rental property you want to start by crunching some numbers. Determine the total cost (installation, deck surround, patio furniture, maintenance) and the added value (nightly rental rate increase, booking increase, etc). If the value is not greater than the cost the a pool may not be the right feature for your rental. A tip from our vacation rental expert:
“I would note that the pool needn’t be large or extravagant and shouldn’t be something that costs a fortune. People just want somewhere to dunk and relax and throw the kids about from time to time!” -Sophie Leigh-Jones, Luxury Simplified Retreats Manager
Head to Charleston this New Year’s Eve and say "Goodbye 2017" in ways you might not have experienced before! Many of the area’s historic attractions and premiere restaurants host annual NYE events, which are always sure to be a good time. Perhaps an extravagant party is not your idea of a good time? No worries, the Holy City offers a wide variety of ways to celebrate - big & small - and all of them are sure to offer a unique way to celebrate like never before! Whether you’re looking for a quiet night in, a memorable night out, or an elegant affair, you’ll find it in Charleston SC.
When it comes to listing your Charleston SC home as a vacation rental, there are many factors that go into attracting guests to book their stay with you. For anyone self-managing their own vacation rental home, you may be forgetting some key factors that truly make a difference for your bottom line. Anyone can tidy up, snap a few photos on their phone, and post it to one of the top booking sites, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a full calendar and growing profits. We’ve picked the brains of our booking and marketing experts for their tips on how to optimize your vacation rental listing and create a positive experience for your guests.
As November approaches, friends across the country begin to talk about their plans for what has become a popular twist on a closely held tradition: Friendsgiving. Some friend groups have that "one friend" who loves to host and offers up their home every year, while others like to share the love and take turns hosting the festivities. Anyone who's ever entertained a large family gathering or group of friends knows that it can be a lot of work and sometimes, due to busy lives and busy schedules, no one is available to host special gatherings. When that happens, it's time to take Friendsgiving on the road, and where better than the #1 City in the USA?
If you're in need of a getaway this fall and Charleston SC is on your list, you've made the right choice. Once you've planned your trip and it comes time for packing, there's something you should keep in mind: fall in Charleston SC is unique. In terms of weather, it's still fairly hot. Not "dog days of summer" hot, but warm enough for t-shirts and flip flops, which can present a bit of a challenge for the fashionista whose fall wardrobe wouldn't be complete without their favorite flannel shirt, wool sweater, or boots. So what should you pack for your fall Charleston vacation? Use these tips to incorporate the fall fashion trends we all love while visiting the #1 City in the USA.
For a town amplified by the tourism economy, Charleston SC often sees a slowdown during the winter months as fewer visitors are flocking to its sandy shores. Many hotels and rental properties resort to deep rate cuts to entice visitors and maintain bookings - a tactic referred to as "dynamic pricing." While dynamic pricing is important in keeping rental income at a steady stream, this off-season period of potentially lesser income is the ideal time to assess the property and make any necessary maintenance updates to ensure it's in tip-top shape for the next peak season. If occupancy was successful during the busy summer months, vacation rental properties see wear and tear which means, whether it's minor adjustments or a large repair, there are always improvements to be made in the slower season.
Owning a short-term rental (STR) property in Charleston SC can be a lucrative investment. The local beaches, history, and charm make the city a vacation destination. For many years the hotel and bed & breakfast industry has cornered the market on overnight accommodations in the city, however, with the rise of the sharing economy and the popularity of services like Airbnb and VRBO property owners are eager to cash in on their income properties. In an attempt to catch up with this trend the City of Charleston and nearby City of Folly Beach are drafting new policies to help regulate this fledgling industry and ensure safety for owners and guests alike.
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!