Vacations and margaritas go together like limes and tequila. Whether you like yours "blended & frozen," or "on the rocks," this classic cocktail is a popular staple of any beach vacation. Anyone who loves a good marg will tell you, there's simply nothing worse than a weak margarita, and oftentimes, using a top shelf tequila is key to getting it right. These longtime local favorite Mexican spots serve up the best margaritas in the Lowcountry.
We can all agree, brunch is a staple of any good vacation. The mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch, with a tasty cocktail, is hard to beat. This is even more true in a foodie destination such as Charleston, where seemingly every restaurant serves up their own unique twist on southern breakfast favorites. From elevating humble grits to incorporating locally caught seafood into traditional egg dishes, or a dish of oysters plated over ice, Charleston knows how to do brunch. It wouldn't be a southern brunch without a cool, sippable cocktail, like the over-the-top Bloody Mary garnished with okra, pickles and even bacon, or the bottomless pitchers of bubbly mimosas. In no particular order, here are our top 7 "lesser-known," but still savory and scrumptious brunch spots in Charleston SC:
We are thrilled to introduce our newest Folly Beach SC vacation rental, Helena's Hideaway! A few blocks back from the beach, you'll find this colorful and modern retreat, tucked away on a quiet road surrounded by tranquil wooded and marsh views. The owners of this home have a unique story and our relationship with them began as they were searching for a second home to their primary residence in England. After they fell in love with Charleston, they found Folly Beach to be the ideal location for their home away from home.
Broad Street has been at the heart of life in the Charleston since the early 1700s and as the city spread out, Broad Street maintained its historic appeal. Anchored by the Four Corners of Law (made up by the Federal Courthouse & Post Office, the County Courthouse, City Hall, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church), Broad Street has come to separate the downtown Charleston peninsula with the South of Broad neighborhood, and North of Broad neighborhoods. Today, this historic street remains at the heart of the city, bustling with businesses, carriage tours, local eateries and shops. It's a "can't miss" when visiting the city of Charleston for so many reasons.
In Charleston SC, the beginning of a new year means more than just creating new year's resolutions. The start of a new year kicks off a 6-month, jam-packed event season, drawing visitors from around the nation and the world. For vacation rental owners, it's the perfect time to hit the ground running, make any upgrades, changes, or set new goals. Maybe last year didn't go as well as expected, or maybe you're ready to reach that next level for your investment home, either way the new year provides the opportunity for improvement. Plan for the success of your vacation rental in the new year by making these 8 resolutions:
With a spring event season stretching from January all the way through to June, there's a lot to do and see in Charleston SC. Visitors flock to the area from around the world, not only to experience these top tier events for themselves, but to experience them in the unparalled setting that is uniquely The Holy City. This historic city makes for a unique backdrop with it's deep history, breathtaking and diverse architecture, and seemingly endless southern charm. Though the festivals draw crowds to the city, it's the city that keeps them coming back year after year. Here are some of Charleston's top festivals - so mark you calendar now!
In a booming tourist destination city such as Charleston SC, named No. 1 City In the United States by Travel & Leisure for the 5th consecutive year, a vacation rental home as investment property can be a lucrative source of additional income. With more than 4 million visitors each year, the Holy City is no stranger to tourists - all searching for a charming, authentic place to stay while in town. But before you go running to self-manage your own rental, you will need to understand what exactly goes into purchasing, operating, and maintaining a successful vacation rental home.
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.