3 Tips for Affording Your Much Needed Vacation

 Summer should be the season for getting away from it all but taking a vacation isn’t as easy as it looks. For many Americans, vacation time can be very little, if any, depending on what they do for a living. The disparity in vacation time should explain why some people still a chance haven’t to take some time off in the summer, but many people aren’t going on vacation because they just can’t afford to. We have come up with three tips on how to afford your much-needed vacation to stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals below.

Forego a summer vacation

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If you aren’t going on vacation because you can’t afford it, you need to open yourself up to the possibility of going on an off-season vacation. Most rentals and hotels will be booked from May to August, and people who rent during those times will have to pay a lot more than people who go during the off-season. When most people think about the ideal time to vacation they think about the summer, but you can have just as much fun during the fall, winter, or spring.

Time your travel

If you have to fly to your vacation destination, you could save a significant amount of money if you plan your flight for the right day and time. A lot of people will try to fly during the weekend, or on a Friday or Monday. Simply booking your flight on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday could save you a couple hundred dollars. Also see if you can get a flight early in the morning or late at night. Since we’re on the subject of travel, we should tell you to . . .

Avoid flying

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When most people consider traveling for vacation, they immediately think of taking a plane. Airplanes can be expensive, but they take a lot less time than driving by car would. If you don’t want to have to pay for a plane ticket, but also don’t want to drive, consider getting to your vacation destination by train. Trains are bit more expensive than making your trek by car, but it’s considerable less expensive than having to fly. Amtrak and other rail services offer great discounts for people that travel during weekdays, and you could save hundreds in travel expenses.

While there are many other tips on how to save for your next vacation, we wanted to share these with you. If you are ready to make that dream vacation happen this year, give us a call. We hope to see you and your family soon!

Don’t Miss These 3 Events Happening Near Charleston in December

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Can you believe that Christmas will be here in just a few short weeks? We can’t believe how fast 2022 has flown by, but we still have another month before 2023 will be here. The holiday season is a favorite for many of our guests to come and stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals. Look below at what three events you can miss this December here on the Charleston coast.

Holiday Festival of Lights

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The Holiday Festival of Lights happens yearly at James Island County Park. This park is close to both Charleston and Folly Beach. The Festival of Lights is open daily from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm until December 31st, 2022. Some fun things you can do there are visiting Santa’s Village, where you can meet Santa Claus himself, enjoy a winter wonderland or enjoy the Palmetto’s workshop. Think of the new memories you and your family will make while visiting this fantastic event this holiday season.

Holiday Street Festival

Join the annual holiday festival in Isle of Palms for the Holiday Street Festival on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022. This event will include the tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, crafts, delicious food, and more. There will even be a visit from Santa and plenty of activities for the kids. This event is free to attend and will be held from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Come prepared to enjoy a little holiday cheer on the Isle of Palms this year.

27th Annual Christmas Light Parade

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Look no further if you’re looking for something a little more like a Christmas parade. On Sunday, December 11th, from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm, the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade will be happening. This parade starts with a bang with an impressive fireworks show followed by the parade. You’ll see lit-up floats and different groups brightly as they march down the streets. What an incredible experience to see, and it may become one of your favorites in the area.

While plenty of other events are happening this December, we wanted to share these with you. Give us a call if you haven’t booked your next stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Spend the Holidays on the South Carolina Coast

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Are you and your family looking to do something a little different this year for the holidays? If the answer is yes, let us share a few reasons you should visit this year. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. See below why you should spend your holidays with us on the South Carolina Coast.

Plenty of Space

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A big reason for spending the holidays this year in one of our vacation rentals is getting to bring the whole family. Depending on the size of your family will be a significant factor in what size home you’d need to stay in. We have homes perfect for a family of four and some that can sleep up to 20 people. With the size of the house comes the guarantee that you won’t be hearing arguments about who sleeps where and who is hogging the bathroom every morning. There will be plenty for everyone to have their own space. We can promise you that you’ll hear more arguments about leaving to go home than wanting to come back to the area year after year.

Large Kitchens

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Another great reason for spending the holidays here on the coast is the large kitchens in our vacation rentals. No need to worry about prepping food to bring on vacation when you can prepare your holiday food in your rental. Bake a few dozen cookies with the kids and let them decorate them. Start a new tradition this year to cook Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner in your rental rather than going out to eat. No matter how big your family is this holiday season, we can promise you’ll have plenty of space in your rental to cook any sized meal for any family gathering!

There are many other reasons why spending the holidays on the Coast of South Carolina, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear which holiday vacation rental was your family’s favorite this year!

Don’t Miss These October Events Happening Near Charleston

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Do you have a family vacation planned to the Charleston area in October? Let us share with you a few events that are happening near the area if you do. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look at some of the events that are happening this October you don’t want to miss.

Edisto Beach Fall Festival

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Join the Edisto Fall Festival & Turtle Tide Art Auction on Saturday, October 15th, beginning at 11:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm. This year’s fall festival will be a street fair in front of the Jungle Rd Plaza that will feature over 50 vendors. Some vendors will include arts & crafts, clothing, food, and more. From 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, listen to some live music in the lot between the Jungle Road Plaza and Food Lion with Edisto Gumbo. Around 2:30 pm is when the Turtle Tide Art Project Live Auction will be held. This is where you’ll see the ten turtles, including “Myrtle,” who we’ve sponsored, being auctioned off to benefit local non-profits! This is one event that you don’t want to miss this year!

Boone Hall Plantation Pumpkin Patch

For many families, fall isn’t the same without having at least one trip to the local pumpkin patch. This year instead of going to one at home, why not give our local one at Boone Hall Plantation a try? Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during October, you and your family can come and enjoy some great things at Boone Hall Plantation. From taking that famous Halloween Tractor Tour to playing in the Corn Maze, there is something for everyone in the family. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is $15 per person ages 3 & up and free to any child ages two and under. Be sure to check out bringing a pumpkin or two home as your souvenir this year from the beach.

Halloween Carnival

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Another great event this October is the Halloween Carnival on the Isle of Palms. Join us on Saturday, October 29th, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, where you and the family can watch the golf cart parade through town starting on 27th Street and ending on 28th Street. After the Halloween Golf Cart Parade, head to the Playgrounds where the carnival will be. Here you’ll be able to drive through the haunted house, play on the inflatables, check out some local food vendors, and more. Plus, there will be trick-or-treating bags for all kids! What a fun event to check out on your next vacation to Isle of Palms.

Many other fun events are happening along the South Carolina Coast, but we wanted to share these with you. Now is the time if you haven’t booked your next stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals. We can’t wait to hear which event was your favorite this October!

How to Enjoy the Best Fall Vacation on the SC Coast

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Do you have a vacation planned to the coast of SC this fall? If the answer is yes, let us share how you can enjoy it a little more. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals allows you to enjoy what fall offers. Let’s look below at our few ways how you can enjoy the best fall vacation you’ve ever had on the SC Coast.

Weather

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The fall will bring not only the change of colors with the leaves but also cooler temps. The weather during the fall months will leave you wanting to stay longer and allow you to get out and enjoy the area more. The temps during September during the day usually are around 83° and a low of around 72°. October brings on cooler temps with a high of 75° in the day and a low of 62°. November brings much cooler days with a high of 67° and lows in the 50s. We always suggest bringing a light jacket and packing a pair of pants just in case you get a little chilly at night. The average amount of rain for September is around seven days and four days for October and November. No matter what the weather may be here, it’s better than being at home and not on vacation.

Fewer Crowds

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Another great reason why vacationing on the SC Coast during the fall months is there are fewer crowds. This means that when you visit one of the beaches in the area, like Folly Beach or Isle of Palms, you will get a better spot for the day. Fewer crowds also mean that going to local attractions and restaurants means less waiting time. Who wants to wait over two hours to grab a bite to eat when you can vacation this fall and get in with less wait. This is one of the best ways to enjoy your vacation this fall!

While there are many other reasons why you can have the best fall vacation here on the SC Coast, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you experience one of the many reasons, we love the fall!

Beach Day Essentials

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Do you have a vacation planned to stay at the beach here on the Charleston Coast? If the answer is yes, let us share a few essentials you’ll need. Staying in one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. See below for the essentials you’ll need to complete the perfect day at the beach!

The Essentials

Sunscreen – This is important to always have with you anytime you’re on vacation at the beach. We always recommend that you wear at least 30-SPF and that it’s water resistant. Reapplying throughout the day helps keep your skin in a burn-free zone.

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Beach Umbrella – A beach umbrella is vital when you are at the beach to allow you and your family shade. Having the kids keep out of the sun at times of the day can be an excellent thing for them. Plus, it can also keep your drinks out of the sun from getting too hot too quickly.

Reusable Water Bottle – Having a reusable water bottle for everyone in the family can keep your drinks cold all day. If you have an oceanfront vacation rental, you can go back in and refill as often as you’d like.

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Beach Chairs – Bring a beach chair per person in the family can allow you all to sit and relax. No need to sit in the sand as you each lunch, enjoy some sun, or just a way to relax by the waves.

Beach Towel – Just like a beach chair, having a beach towel to dry off after you take the kids into the waves to play. Let the kids pick out their towels and place them on their beach chairs.

First-Aid Kit – A first-aid kit is an excellent addition to your beach essentials as you never know if you’ll need it.

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Beach Wagon – This is not essential, but it can help bring things down to the beach. Load it up with the beach chairs, essentials – you’ve done all the hard work easy peasy.

Many other things can be considered essential to your beach day, but we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear what you packed as an essential for your perfect beach day!

Our Top 5 Most Instagrammable Spots in Charleston

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Charleston, SC, is a city that is full of southern charm and is known to many to have the most photogenic spots on the South Carolina Coast. Charleston has been on any visitors’ must vacation lists for many years. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to explore the area. Let’s look below at where our top five most instagrammable spots are in Charleston!

Rainbow Row

Colorful Rainbow Row, Charleston SC

Rainbow Row must be one of the places that many will flock to in Charleston to get a glimpse of those gorgeous homes. You’ll find these pastel-colored historic homes located on E. Bay Street in Charleston, and they will remind you of the homes you’ll find in Curacao. Fill your feed with pictures of these beautiful colorful homes to share with your friends and family!

The Angel Oak Tree

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Another great picture to snap is located at the most prominent and oldest oak tree in the area, the Angel Oak. This tree is over 400 years old and stands over 65 feet tall. With its mossy-covered limbs, you’ll be able to see this beauty from across the park. Remember to take a panoramic picture to get the whole thing inside your viewfinder.

Folly Beach Pier

Under the pier at Folly Beach, South Carolina, USA

This iconic fishing pier on Folly Beach must be one of the most instagrammable on the island. From the laid-back, chill vibe you’ll get just stepping foot onto the beach, this fishing pier is perfect for beautiful pictures. Under the Folly Beach, Fishing Pier is where you can take photos from just about every angle and never see a bad shot. To add a little contrast to the picture, shoot it in Black & White, and we promise this will be a picture you’ll never want to delete.

Pineapple Fountain

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain.

Did you know that pineapples in the south mean hospitality? Charleston is filled with love and hospitality and welcomes all who visit. You will find the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park near Charleston Harbor. Grab a few pictures of the family by the fountain and go during sunset to grab the most dramatic images. We promise this fountain welcomes you to take as many shots as you want!

 N Adgers Wharf

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The last pick you’ll find near the Pineapple Fountain, N Adgers Wharf. Many visitors overlook this spot because it’s like you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll find that the pictures are perfect with the stone-filled streets and the beautiful homes. No matter what time of day you visit, you’ll be able to capture some of the most beautiful memories yet in the Charleston area.

Charleston is filled with history, charm, and southern hospitality, and we wanted to share our top 5 spots of the most instagrammable in the area. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. We can’t wait to hear where your favorite place is in the area.

3 Activities You Don’t Want to Miss this Summer

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It’s hard to believe that schools are out, and summer is upon us here on the South Carolina Coast. Summer is a great time in the Charleston area as there are so many different activities that you don’t want to miss. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. Let’s look below at our three activities you don’t want to miss this summer in the area.

Morris Island Boat Tour

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The whole family can connect this summer by trying out the Morris Island Boat Tour. Morris Island is full of undeveloped land that is a gem to explore. The only way to get to the island is by boat. Taking a tour will allow you and the family to soak up 3 hours of exploring the island, looking at wildlife, and checking out new shells. We can promise you that you’ll never experience another island like this one again!

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Game

Another fun activity that the whole family can enjoy this summer is going to at least one Charleston Riverdogs Baseball game. Fun for all ages, let the kids learn the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song, get those delicious hotdogs, and have a good time together. If you have little ones who are big ball players, check out the camps they offer at the stadium. Think of the new memories you’ll make as you watch a ballgame or two.

Explore the SC Aquarium

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If you have little ones who aren’t into the above activities, head on to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. Here the family will enjoy the many different exhibits that they have to offer. There is an exhibit for everyone from seeing the Carolina Seas, The Shallows, the Touch Tank, and even the Coastal Plains area. Even Kids Coast has different activities on how the water filtration happens at the aquarium. This would also be a great activity to check out on a rainy day.

There are many other fun activities that you can pick from in the area, but we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear how you enjoyed your summer vacation here on the South Carolina Coast!

Book Your Summer Vacation Today

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Can you believe that summer will be here before we know it? The Charleston area is a great place to spend your summer vacation with your family. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow your family to explore the area. Let’s look below at why you should book your summer vacation today.

Beach House

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One of the best reasons you should book your summer vacation today is your beach house for the week. Staying in one of our vacation rentals along the South Carolina coast has perks. Those perks include a full-sized kitchen, washer & dryer, rooms for everyone to stay in, and more. There are many to pick from, from walking just a few blocks from the ocean to staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals. We suggest that you hurry and book as we are booking up fast.

Weather

The weather on the South Carolina coast during the summer months is fantastic. From having a few afternoon showers or storms, most days are clear blue skies. The temperatures can get well into the 90s during the day, but at night they can dip down into the low 70s. No matter the temperature outdoors, remember you will have a cool vacation rental waiting for you.

Summer Fun

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Family vacations during the summer months are always exciting for everyone. Spending your days at the beach can be the best thing for any family to do. But if you like to try new things, we can suggest fishing, learning to surf, golfing, or just exploring downtown Charleston. After all, many families love to sit back and relax on their summer vacations.

While there are many other fun things that you and your family can do, we wanted to share these. We are filling up fast this summer and would love to see your family enjoying one of our Carolina One vacation rentals. If you haven’t booked, give us a call today to see what we have available. We look forward to seeing you this summer and hearing what you enjoyed on your trip!

What Essentials to Pack in your Beach Bag for your Spring Break Vacation

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Are you headed to the Charleston area for spring break? Nothing says getting to spend time at one of the many beaches on the South Carolina Coast. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals is vital but having the right beach bag essential will help make your vacation a little easier. Be sure to check your “beach bag” basic list before you leave home to guarantee you will have a good time.

Beach Bag Essentials

Beach Bag

Do you have a bag you have claimed as your beach bag for all your vacations? Having the right bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, we know that you can throw all your essentials into any bag, but did you know that all beach bags were not created. We suggest looking at the size, is it water & sand resistant, security, and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found that using a backpack, diaper bag (even if you don’t have little ones), or even a large utility tote bag works perfectly for a beach bag.

Sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a must for any beach bag when you vacation to the Charleston Coast. Have a sunscreen designed for your beach activities like waterproof, sport, high SPF, etch. Dermatologists recommend that you use sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while enjoying the sunshine. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day as you don’t want to ruin your vacation the first day you’re here with a sunburn.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch

Between the water, sun, and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. We know that phones are not cheap these days, and why would you want to ruin them the first day you’re on the beach enjoying them. Having a water-resistant pouch in your beach bag can be a lifesaver for many. If you do not have one, then a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as a pouch. This way, your phone is protected from the elements at the beach, and you can continue to use it while enjoying your time soaking up the sun.

Reusable Cup

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When you spend your day in the sun and sand, you will want to stay hydrated. Throw a few water bottles in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as a Yeti Cup or S’well Bottle. These will help keep your drink ice cold all day long. The sun and salt will dry you out, so make sure that you have enough water to go around for everyone in the family. If you’re staying in an oceanfront vacation rental, you’ll be able to go back and refill as often as you’d like.

Baby Powder

This essential is a must-have in your beach bag for your next vacation. Whether you’re staying in an oceanfront vacation rental, or you decided to drive to the nearest beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. Bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off your body without any irritation and is perfect for all ages in the family.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bags, such as beach towels, hats and sunglasses, and light-colored shirts for the kids, but these are the essentials we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay this spring break, check out our Carolina One vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family soon, and we’d like to know what you packed in your beach bag.