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.

Don’t Miss the 2022 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

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Are you someone who loves nature and wildlife? If the answer is yes, you must attend the 2022 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. The SEWE will allow you to celebrate nature and wildlife for three days with events, fine art, and many exhibits to explore. This year the SEWE will take place on February 17th – 20th. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will close you to this exciting event. Let’s look below at what you can do and learn more about the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston.

What is the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition?

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The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, has been an annual event since 1983. For three days, you’ll be able to attend some exciting events, but you’ll also learn about supporting wildlife and nature in the area. The SEWE continues to contribute to not only the local economy but also support regional and state economies. Don’t miss out on this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, as you won’t want to miss out on the fun and help bring awareness about protecting natural environments in the area. It is also about celebrating our love for nature and wildlife.

How Can You Attend the SEWE?

If you talk to many locals, you’ll find that attending Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an honor and so much fun. It has a lot of different kinds of entertainment events, but it also brings families together. Attending the SEWE is easy as 1, 2, 3 as you can get all tickets online. General admission will allow you to participate in several events and exhibits, including the petting zoo, browsing some unique wildlife & nature art & so much more. Plus, all kids under the age of 10 will not need a ticket to be able to attend lectures, demonstrations, and shows. There are other ticket options that you can choose from, including 3-day access, upgrade to VIP, and attending some special events.

Events & Exhibits in 2022’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

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One of the best things about attending the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the events and exhibits each year. Dock dogs Competitions, Copley Fine Art Decoy Exhibit, Birds of Prey Flight Demos, etc. Some of the special events you can attend for an additional cost are Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast & Lowcountry Cookout, 2022 Lowcountry Social, Paw Party on the Patio, and many more.

Attending this event that has been going on for almost 40 years is something you can’t miss. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow your family to experience this fantastic event. We can’t wait to hear what you’re most excited about 2022’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

Fall Fun on the Coast of South Carolina

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Taking a vacation to the coast of South Carolina is fun for the whole family during the fall months. Fall is full of fun, pumpkin patches, and let the kids trick or treat even while on vacation. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at a few of the things you can do while here in the Charleston area this fall.

Isle of Palms

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One of the benefits of staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is getting to explore the things around the area. Nothing screams fall more than heading to a local pumpkin patch on your next vacation. Head on over to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch over in Mt. Pleasant. They will be open from October 1st to October 31st, 2021. Not only will they have a great patch that you can choose the best pumpkin from, but they have a little more too. One of the things you can do here is their certified corn maze which is an 8-acre maze. They also have a family-friendly monster hayride, a petting zoo, and more. Be sure to get your admission tickets to enjoy all the fun at the Boone Hill Pumpkin Patch.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach during the fall months is a great time to enjoy the island. Not only will you and your family get to enjoy some great weather, but you can enjoy spending the weekend at Legare Farm. They are located on nearby Johns Island and open up beginning October 1st until October 31st, 2021. While it’s free admission to get into their pumpkin patch for free, you will have to purchase some of the activities. Some of the extra activities you may pay for are a hayride, pumpkin picking, horse rides, scarecrow factory, a gem mine, or a corn cannon. Think of the fun you’ll have to make new memories while exploring this fun pumpkin patch near Folly Beach!

Edisto Beach

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Edisto Beach may not have any pumpkin patches nearby, but it does offer many to come and enjoy a few fun things. October is filled with fun as the temperatures are becoming cooler which means fall festivals are here. On October 16th, from 11 am to 4 pm, Edisto Beach is hosting its very own fall festival. There will be plenty of vendors, but there will be arts & crafts to purchase and activities for the kids to do. If you’re in town around on October 27th, head on over to Bay Creek Park next to the marina to allow the kids to trick or treat from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Who will have the best costume in your family this year?

While there are many other fun activities that you can do this fall here on the Coast of South Carolina, we wanted to share these with you. If you’re still looking for a fun fall vacation staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, then give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and hear all about your fun adventures in the area.

Don’t miss Charleston’s Bridge Run this September

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Do you and your family have a vacation planned to come to Charleston this September? If you do, allow us at Carolina One Vacation Rentals to tell you about the Cooper River Bridge Run. Staying in one of our Charleston vacation rentals will allow you and your family to stay close to the race. Let’s look below to learn a little more about the Bridge Run.

When & Where

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You might be a little intrigued by this fun race in Charleston, especially if you’re an avid runner. This race is on Saturday, September 25th, beginning at 8:00 am on Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. They will be shutting down the streets to run safely on the roads in the morning. Getting to the race is easy peasy as there will be shuttles to get you to the start line. As long as you’re wearing your bib, you can get onto one of the free shuttles.

10K Run

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If you’re looking to register for the race, but you’re unsure of how long it is, then look no further. The Bridge Run will be a 10K, which is 6.2 miles, which many of us may walk daily. Another thing that you don’t want to miss is the Expo that will be on September 23rd  & September 24th at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Here you’ll not only be able to pick up your race packet, but you’ll also be able to do a little shopping too. Please note that you will not be able to pick up your race packet on the day of the race. This is done for your safety.

While many other fun things are happening in the Charleston area in September, we had to share this fun info on the run. Now is the time if you still haven’t booked your stay in one of our Charleston vacation rentals. We can’t wait to see you before and after the race.

Enjoy these 4th of July Activities near Charleston

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July will be here before you know it, and we have all the details on where your family can enjoy the festivities. If you happen to be staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals this 4th of July, then you’ll be close to the fun. Let’s look below where your family can head to check out the fireworks and other things happening in the area.

Fireworks Galore

This year we are all so excited that the fireworks are back for the 4th of July celebration. Head on over to Riverfront Park, beginning at 7:00 pm for the excitement. Not only are the fireworks happening, but there will also be plenty of food options to choose from too. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, snacks & water so you can sit back and wait for the show. Admission is free to this fun event.

Stars & Guitars

It seems that many things are getting back to normal, including the Stars & Guitars event on July 2, 2021. This event is taking place at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, beginning at 5:30 pm. Stars & Guitars did not happen last year due to COVID-19, but we are excited they are back this year. This is a summer tradition that many love to attend as they listen to country music and they can dance the night away. We suggest that you purchase your tickets now before the show to be sure to attend.

Beach It

Another thing that your family can do this 4th of July is spending the day at the beach. If you are staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, then you can go pick out your spot on the beach in the morning. Be sure to pack the cooler full of ice, water, drinks, and snack for the kids. Set up the beach chairs, umbrella, beach blanket, and toys. Then spend the day watching the kids play nearby as you relax in your chair.

While many other fun things you can do in the Charleston area, we wanted to share these with you. If you’re thinking about booking a trip with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals this fall, give us a call. We hope that you and your family have a fun and safe 4th of July this year!

Visit the South Carolina Coast!

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Can you believe that we were all unsure about the virus just a year ago and how it could stop those from traveling over the summer months? Yes, it’s still unbelievable that many of us have learned to work from home or our kids learning from home. But since the vaccines have rolled out at the beginning of the year and more restrictions are going away, people are ready to travel. “Vaxications” is the new term coined by USA Today that refers to the vaccinated vacationer that has received their vaccine and is ready to hit the beach and start traveling again! At Carolina One Vacation Rentals, we want to assure all of our loyal patrons that although the vaccines have rolled out, our cleaning standards will remain high and stay in accordance with CDC Guidelines.  We have seen an increase in the number of families ready to hit the beach this summer and are thrilled to have visitors enjoying our beautiful coast again. 

Book Your Next Vacation Today before They’re all gone! 

Vacation rentals are booking up quickly for the rest of the year, as many people are ready to get back to making lifelong memories with their family & friends at the beach. 

Spending a Summer in Folly Beach or Edisto Beach is always a treat, but what about the Fall? The Fall months bring cooler evenings to beat the heat during the days, filled with sun, sand, and surf. There are plenty of things that everyone in the family can enjoy as far as dining options, things going on around town, and of course, fishing! Whether you’re visiting Wild Dunes or vacationing to Isle of Palms, we know your visit to the Charleston Coast will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the long days ahead. 

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One of the benefits of booking with us is that you will get the best price guarantee. Another benefit is knowing that you can bring the whole family, and yes, that includes the dog, too, as we have pet-friendly vacation rentals. We hope to see you and your family this year as you travel to get here safely!

Things to Do this Easter near Charleston with the Family

It’s hard to believe that Easter is almost here, and now is the time to find a few fun events that you can do near Charleston. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun and action. As the weather warms up more, it only means that there’s more to do outdoors. Let’s look below at a few things that you can do while on Easter break with the family here on the coast of South Carolina.

Easter Eggstravaganza

If you’re looking to do something with the family on Easter, head on over to Salty Dog Seabrook Island/Charleston from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Here you and the family will not only be able to have some fun hunting for Easter eggs, but you can eat brunch too. To comply with the Covid-19 Regulations, they will be following social distancing and keeping the groups small for each egg hunt. Think of the memories you as a family will make as you enjoy this fun event and eat some delicious food.

Spring Fling Market

Things to Do this Easter near Charleston with the Family

Another great event that your family can attend this Easter weekend is the Spring Fling Market located at the James Island Town Hall in Charleston. This event is happening on Friday, April 2nd, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and is one that you don’t want to miss. Shop with local vendors, enjoy food from one of the food trucks, have your pictures taken, and much more. The Spring Fling Market will be held outdoors so that it can comply with the Covid-19 regulations.

While there are many other fun things that you can do this Easter here near the Charleston area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family this Easter making new memories to remember!

Spring Break 2021 in the Charleston Area

Spring Break 2021 in the Charleston Area

Spring Break will be here before you know it, and now is the time to start thinking about planning it. The Charleston area is an excellent place for the whole family to visit, with many things to do for everyone. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and the family to be able to enjoy your break from school a little more. Let’s take a peek at what some of the things that you can do together this spring break in the area.

Fun at the Aquarium

Spring Break 2021 in the Charleston Area

If you have kids that love animals, then bring them over to the South Carolina Aquarium one day. Here they will explore different exhibits such as the Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Trading Post, and Kids Coast. The Kids Coast is a great hands-on learning experience that will allow your kids to learn about water filtration and participate in different activities with others. There is also a Saltmarsh Aviary where you’ll be able to step outside and check out the Charleston Harbor, where you’ll see pelicans and more. Be sure, however, to purchase your tickets online before heading over to the Aquarium for the day.

Frankie’s Fun

Spring Break 2021 in the Charleston Area

Another great place where the whole family can head to is Frankie’s in Charleston. Frankie’s has everything that everyone in the family will love. Some of the things that you will be able to do together are mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and even an arcade. After playing a round of mini-golf with the family, head on over to Frankie’s Grill, where you can get pizza, burgers, hot dogs and finish with something sweet. We can promise that your kids will not get bored with everything you can do here at Frankie’s!

While there are so many other fun things you can do while in the Charleston area, 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 hope to see you and your family this Spring Break here on the beautiful South Carolina Coast!

Fun Activities to Enjoy this Fall

Fun Activities to Enjoy this Fall

The fall is a great time of the year to visit the Charleston, SC area with your family. With many different activities and places to visit, this will become your favorite time of the year to vacation. Staying in one of our Charleston vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun and action. Let’s look below at a few places where you and the family can head this fall to experience the area a little more.

Did You Say Pumpkins?

Fun Activities to Enjoy this Fall

One of the best things about the fall is knowing that the family can head to the pumpkin patch to grab those pumpkins for later in the season. Head on over to Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch located at the Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. This is a great place where the kids can pick out the pumpkin, they want to take home or want to carve to decorate your vacation rental. Boone Hall Plantation has other tours that your family can do while visiting sunch as their tractor tours, outside beauty areas on the property and amazing marsh views. This is a great way to explore the plantation and the area for fun fall things to do!

Spooky Tours

Another fun activity that you and your family can do is some ghost tours. While this may not be a suitable activity to do with the younger kids, the teens and young adults will get a thrill out of it. There are many different tours that are available in the area and will keep you on your toes for the night out. Some favorites for many locals would be the USS Yorktown Ghost Tour and Old Charleston Walking Tours. There is also a family friendly ghost tour that is good for all ages that is available in the area. Think of the new memories that you can make while you are on vacation here in the area.

Farm Fun

Fun Activities to Enjoy this Fall

In addition to spending the day at the pumpkin patch, head on over to a local farm where you will find much more fun. Over in Summerville is where you will find Hometown Roots Farm and this is where the fun is at. Good for everyone of all ages is where you will find some pretty exciting activities to do. From the petting zoo, feeding the animals to the rope a bull and milk a cow, there is something for everyone. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday and they even offer a family pass that includes admission to so much more. We promise that you and the family will have the time of your lives here at Hometown Roots Farm this fall!

While there are many other things that you and the family can do while you are on vacation in the Charleston area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your fall vacation to stay with us in one of our Charleston vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures while you are on vacation this fall with us!

Take a Vacation Even While Learning Virtually & Working Remote

Take a Vacation Even While Learning Virtually & Working Remote

Do you and your family need a change of scenery this fall from life at home? If the answer is yes, then allow us to share with you why you need to take a vacation to the Charleston area this fall. This year has been quite a year for many and has made some new adjustments as well. Staying in one of our Charleston area vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy your stay on the coast. Let’s look below at why you should take a vacation even while Learning and working remotely.

Learn Virtually While on Vacation

Take a Vacation Even While Learning Virtually & Working Remote

This year learning for many students will be different compared to previous years. Instead of heading back to school in the classroom, they will be learning from home virtually. Because of this change, that only means that you and your family can take a vacation while your kids are still in school. You will find that each one of our homes comes equipped with complimentary WIFI for you to enjoy. So instead of learning from home, come to the beach and learn all while enjoying your vacation to the Charleston area.

Work from the Beach

Take a Vacation Even While Learning Virtually & Working Remote

Another thing that has changed for many parents is working from home instead of the office. While many still had to go into the office because they were essential workers, many will remain home until 2021. This can be a wonderful thing because now you and your family can still take a vacation to the coast. Instead of sitting at home, hearing the kids fight about who has the remote, you can be enjoying your time at the beach. Work from the living room or deck of your vacation rental. Take a long lunch break and enjoy time with the family on the beach. No matter what working while on vacation is better than any day at home.

While there are so many other things that are exciting about the kids learning virtually and you work from home, these we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our Charleston area vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you relax this fall on the South Carolina Coast!