A Beachy Christmas along the Charleston Coast

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Welcome to the magical coastal wonderland where the sun, sand, and holiday festivals unite perfectly. Immerse yourself in the joyous celebrations along the Charleston coast this holiday season, from the festive Isle of Palms to Edisto Beach. Carolina One Vacation Rentals invites you to experience the holiday season like never before. Consider what fun activities and events you can partake in a Beachy Christmas along the Charleston Coast.

A Coastal Holiday Extravaganza on Isle of Palms

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Get ready to be dazzled by the festive spirit on Isle of Palms. The Holiday Festival on Front Beach promises a delightful blend of music, food, and holiday cheer. And we can’t miss Santa’s Cookie Workshop, which allows little ones to get a hands-on experience with holiday baking. And if you’re hunting for Christmas lights, there will be plenty around the island to drive by and enjoy with the family!

Holiday Festival on Front Beach

  • December 2nd, 2023
  • Time:2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Santa’s Cookie Workshop at The Rec Center

  • December 19th, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Must register by Friday, December 15th

Lights, Lights, Lights in the Charleston Area

Embark on a luminous journey at the Holiday Festival of Lights. You’ll be able to see James Island County Park transform into a sparkling paradise of lights, offering a captivating display of lights that will leave you breathless.

Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park

  • December 10th – December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Sparkling Sands and Festive Delights in Folly Beach

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Folly Beach epitomizes holiday fun with its tree lighting, parades, and ice skating on the sandy shores. Dive into the festivities and welcome the New Year with a unique Flip Flop Drop and the iconic Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge. Folly Beach is a grand island to visit during the holiday season, and after your next stay, you’ll want to come back every holiday season!

Community Tree Lighting

  • November 26th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm

Santa Visits Folly Beach

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm

33rd Annual Folly Beach Christmas Parade

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm

Folly Beach Menorah Lighting Ceremony

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 pm

Ice Skating on Folly Beach

  • December 15th – 17th, 2023
  • Time: Friday, 12/15 – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  •            Saturday, 12/16 – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  •            Sunday, 12/17 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Flip Flop Drop

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 11:59 pm

Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge

  • January 1st, 2024

Where Christmas Joy Takes Center Stage at Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach brings charm with its many different holiday events along the island. Join the Christmas Parade and indulge in the festive Holiday Market & Mingle, where you’ll find local vendors, food, and live music that creates a lively atmosphere to enjoy. Bring home that perfect gift for the ones you love at the Holiday Market this year.

33rd Annual Edisto Christmas Parade

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Holiday Market & Mingle at Bay Creek Park

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

A Tranquil Holiday Oasis at Wild Dunes

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Wild Dunes invites you and your family to relish in the holiday season with a market, movies, breakfast with Santa, and a New Year’s Eve celebration you won’t forget. Take advantage of the fun and the new memories you will make this holiday season at the resort.

Holiday Market on the Plaza

  • December 7th, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Enjoy local vendors, food, and live music.

Holiday Family Movie Night

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Indulge in fresh popcorn and hot chocolate.

Breakfast with Santa

  • December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Christmas Stories and Sweets

  • December 23rd, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 pm

The Duney Drop Family NYE Celebration

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 pm

Stay with Carolina One Vacation Rentals

As you immerse yourself in the festive spirit along the Charleston Coast, make your stay extraordinary with Carolina One Vacation Rentals. Our comfortable and stylish accommodations provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday adventures. Book your beachy Christmas getaway now and create memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Holidays!

Make a Big Splash with Our Heated Pools & Hot Tubs

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As school begins for the kids and the season changes, so do the ocean’s temperatures. We usually will see a difference in the water temperature further into fall and early winter, which makes enjoying the beach a little more challenging. While you don’t want to swim in the ocean if the water is a little too chilly for your liking, we offer many vacation rentals with heated pools and hot tubs. Let’s take a quick peek at some properties that provide a heated pool or a hot tub.

Happy Salmon

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Happy Salmon is located at 401 East Indian on Folly Beach and has just what you’re looking for: a heated pool! This home features an open floor plan, enough space to sleep up to 10 people, and has four bedrooms with 4 ½ bathrooms. The amenities for this property are high-end appliances such as a Sub-Zero fridge, a Wolf 6-burner gas stove and oven, a Bosch dishwasher, an additional KitchenAid oven and a microwave. Plus, if you have anyone in your family who has difficulty climbing stairs, no worries, as this home also features an elevator. The pool can be heated during the cooler months for a fee. Make Happy Salmon your must-stay vacation home on your next vacation to Folly Beach!

705 Carolina Blvd

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If you want to stay in the Isle of Palms area near beach access, 705 Carolina Blvd is your home. This beautiful home feels like home with a cozy kitchen, four bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and can sleep up to 12 people. The amenities in this home are a living room with a 50” TV, stainless steel appliances, a master suite, and plenty of space for the whole family. 705 Carolina Blvd will knock your socks off your feet when you arrive for your vacation, as you can enjoy the heated pool for a fee, along with a hot tub.

Cooper Cay

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Cooper Cay, located at 406 West Cooper, Folly Beach, is just a hop, skip, and jump from a beach access. This home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and sleeps up to 9 people. Plus, this home is pet-friendly so you can bring your favorite furry pal to the beach. While Cooper Cay does not offer a heated or private pool, it does offer a hot tub in the backyard. The amenities of this house are a fully stocked kitchen, stainless steel appliances including a gas stove, plenty of cabinet space for all your food, and a small table to eat dinner at. Don’t worry if you think there isn’t enough space at the kitchen table as there is a larger dining room table too!

Many other homes offer hot tubs and private or heated pools, but we had to share these with you. If you’re ready to book your fall or winter vacation with us, call us today! We can’t wait to hear which home became your new favorite to stay in.

Book Now for Summer!

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Can you believe summer is just around the corner, and now is the time to book? The Charleston area is the place to be this summer, with many fun events, the beach, and just getting away for quality time with the family. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun on the beach. Let’s look at why now the best time is to book your summer vacation below.

Book Now Before It’s Too Late

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One of the main reasons you are booking your family summer vacation now is that we may not have the complete inventory as we did at the beginning of the season. Many families love to wait until the last minute to book their trips, but plan and be prepared this year. No matter your family’s size, we have the perfect vacation rental that will fit your family’s needs and wants.   

Activities

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Another great reason why booking your summer vacation now is the number of activities available. When you vacation in the winter, not all outdoor activities may be available for you to enjoy. The summer months offer our guests more to enjoy without worrying about whether they are open or closed or if the water will be too chilly. Summer means the nightlife is hopping on Folly Beach, and the sun sets later, allowing you to enjoy more time outdoors. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and experience during the summer this year in the area.

You should book your summer vacation for many other reasons, but we wanted to share these with you. Now is your time if you’re ready to search for your perfect Carolina One vacation rental. We can’t wait to hear what you’re looking for the most on your next summer vacation to the Charleston area!

Don’t Miss These Summer Events in the Charleston Area

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Can you believe that spring is here and before you know it, summer will be here too? It’s hard to believe that it was cold just a few weeks ago in most of the US, but now the warmer months are here to stay. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to some of the action. Look below at what events you don’t want to miss in the Charleston area this summer.

Charleston Carifest

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If you’re looking for a little Caribbean vacation but don’t want to travel outside the states, check out the Charleston Carifest. This annual festival brings Bahamian Carnival Culture to the SC Coast, filled with music, parades, costumes, and more. Plus, you don’t want to miss being able to try some of the fantastic Caribbean food, such as jerk chicken, conch fritters, and Bahamian crawfish. Don’t miss this Caribbean festival from June 29th – July 1st, 2023, with the family!

 Movies in the Park

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Are you staying in an Edisto Beach vacation rental and looking for something for the whole family to enjoy? Beginning July 12th, 2023, join at Bay Creek Park to take part in a free movie night! The movies will start around dusk, so bring your chairs and blankets to sit and watch a family-friendly film. Every 2nd Wednesday between July & September, a movie will play in the park, along with free popcorn. Other drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. Think of the fun the whole family will be to sit and watching a movie as you make new memories.

Many other fun events happen later in the summer, including 4th of July fireworks around the area, like Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Charleston. If you still haven’t booked your Carolina One vacation rental this summer, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear which event was your favorite!

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!

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

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - February 28, 2020: Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) estimated to be 400-500 years old.

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

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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.

Spend New Year’s Eve on the South Carolina Coast

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a few short days away, and soon New Year’s Eve will be here. The first half of the year seemed to go by so slow, yet the second half of the year flew by so quickly. Instead of ringing in the new year at home, spend it with us in one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals this year. Let’s look below at where you and your family can head to this New Year’s Eve to catch a glimpse of the fun to ring in 2022.

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop

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Folly Beach is an excellent start to ring in the new year, especially if you’re staying in one of our vacation rentals. This year we are excited to share with you that the Flip-Flop Drop will be returning after it went virtual last year. Beginning at 10:00 pm, Center Street on Folly Beach will close to traffic so people can gather to watch the flops drop. There will be many local businesses staying open later than usual so that you can grab a bite to eat and something to drink as you sit back and wait. Don’t miss this fun and exciting New Year’s Eve on Folly Beach.

Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights

Another excellent opportunity to take the kids out one last time to see the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights is New Year’s Eve. While they are open nightly from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Dec. 31st will be the year’s last opportunity. The Holiday Festival of Lights is over at the James Island County Park in Charleston. Admission to see the Festival of Lights will vary depending on which night you see them and how large your vehicle is. This is one fun night that everyone in the family will enjoy on your next trip to the South Carolina Coast.

Celebrate at Your Vacation Rental

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We couldn’t leave out the chance to be able to ring in the new year at your vacation rental. Staying in and celebrating with the family as you make fun finger foods, a charcuterie board, and fun crafts are just as fun. Sit down and watch the giant ball drop in New York City together. No matter what you’re doing, spending time together as a family is just what you may need this New Year’s Eve.

Several other fun events are happening along the Charleston coast, but we wanted to share these few with you. If you haven’t booked your next stay with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, give us a shout. We hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday and New Year’s!

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.