Spring has Sprung!

The grass is greener, the blooms are brighter and the temperatures are rising – Spring has officially sprung! I’ve rounded up my five favorite things about this sunny (and gorgeous!) season on Seabrook Island below. Happy #FirstDayofSpring, y’all!

 

The greens are greener.

Although our golf maintenance team, and Seabrook Island Club maintenance squad, do a fantastic job of keeping our Island beautiful and serene year-round, the warmer temperatures in March and the rain in April brighten and liven our greens! Here on Seabrook we have two award-winning golf courses, Crooked Oaks and Ocean Winds, each offering unique challenges and playing conditions. Visit here to learn more about Seabrook Island Golf!

 

In Bloom!

Photo: Julie Livingston Photography // Discover Seabrook Island Facebook Page

Azaleas, Magnolias and jasmine – oh my! Our favorite thing about Spring in the Lowcountry? The flowers! Although the pollen is irritating (pun intended), the azaleas are already in full force here on Seabrook Island – downtown Charleston, too! And the jasmine and magnolia trees will begin to bloom next month.

 

Longer Days.

Although Daylight Savings can be an absolute pain, it also signals LONGER days! Meaning, more daylight hours for golf, trail rides, tennis matches, oceanfront dining and hours by the pool. With cooler temperatures at night, Spring is also a perfect time of year for sunset beach walks and star gazing.

 

Open for the Season.

Our favorite spot on the Island, the Beach Club/Pelican’s Nest, opens for the season at the beginning of Spring! Oceanfront happy hour, lunch with ocean views and lounging by the pool? Sign us up! The pools at the Beach Club and the Seabrook Shoppe will open for the season this Friday, March 23rd, and the Pelican’s Nest and Cap’n Sams Grill will open next Friday, March 30th. Stop by the Shoppe from 2-4pm on the 23rd for champagne and snacks at their “Sip & Shop” event!

 

Easter in the Lowcountry!

Easter is one of our favorite things about Spring, and there are a few great events on Seabrook Island to celebrate. Stop by the Island House front lawn at 10am on Saturday March 31st for the popular Easter Egg Hunt and/or the Ocean Terrace at 6:30am on Easter Sunday for the Sunrise Service. + the Island House will be serving a special Easter brunch from 11am-3pm on Sunday. Our neighbors, Freshfields Village, are also hosting a few events Easter Weekend! Their Spring Festival is 11am-3pm on Saturday, March 31st, and their Easter Service is at 9:30am on Easter Sunday on the Village Green.

Happy Spring!

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com

Holidays on Seabrook Island!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”

Festive decor, holiday happenings and warmer temperatures (comparatively to my friends and family in the Midwest) Charleston (and Seabrook Island!) is a great spot to celebrate the holidays. We have decked the halls already here on Seabrook and my December calendar is already chalk full of holiday events. Some may call me a Christmas fanatic, I am even listening to the Josh Groban Pandora station as I write this blog post, but I can’t help it! I love this time of year. So, without further adieu, I present to you my top 5 sights to see and can’t-miss events in December.

1. Festival of Lights
Daily, 5:30 – 10pm, Monday – Friday; 5:30 – 11pm Saturday & Sunday; Now – January 1st, James Island County Park
Admission: 1-15 guests: $20 per vehicle, $15 per vehicle Monday-Thursday with donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank
Before You Go: www.holidayfestivaloflights.com

If you haven’t yet made your way to the Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park, you are missing.out. Dream up the most magnificent Christmas light display you could possibly dream, now triple that. I LOVE the Festival of Lights so much, that the past 2 years I have gone not once, but TWICE. I simply can’t get enough! The tour begins by car (or, for the lucky passengers a pick-up truck with an open bed) through dozens of light displays in a variety of themes, and thousands of bulbs. But, your night isn’t finished yet! Once you are parked, make your way to Santa’s Village for nightly performances, fire pits, a train ride, treats, souvenir shops and the man in the red suit himself. This is a CAN’T MISS event for kids and adults alike!

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 2. Homegrown Holiday Bazaar
10am – 4pm, December 2nd, Johns Island County Park
Admission: Free
Before You Go: www.seaislandschamber.org/holiday-bazaar

The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Johns Island Farmers Market and the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce, returns for its 4th year this weekend, this time at the Johns Island County Park. Over 100 vendors will be in attendance – it’s the perfect time and place to get your holiday shopping finished! (Because, if you are like me, you may or may not have spent far too much money on yourself over Black Friday weekend.) Come for the shopping, but stay for the live music from the V-Tones, holiday carriage and hay rides, an antique tractor show, horse meet & greets, Santa and food truck fare. + if you are in the mood to shop local this holiday season, be sure to stop by our neighbors Freshfields Village. And fun fact – although officially “closed” for the season, The Charleston Farmers Market  hosts its holiday market from 9am – 3pm on December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th.

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 3. City of Charleston Parade
3pm, December 3rd, Broad Street – King Street – Calhoun Street & Meeting Street
Before You Go: www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1510

Last year I attended the City of Charleston Christmas parade with my favorite 2 year-old bestie in tow, and we had the best time! If boat parades aren’t your jam, head down to King Street for a festive and fun holiday spectacular this Sunday. Local organizations, companies and famous faces will stroll the streets of downtown blaring Christmas tunes. Before you go, be sure to click the link above for the parade route, a list of road closures and parking ramp suggestions. Fa la la la la!

 4. Bohicket Christmas Parade of Boats
6-9pm, December 9th, Bohicket Marina & Market
Admission: Free
Before You Go: www.bohicket.com/events

You may have heard of the downtown Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats, but we also have a boat parade right here on Seabrook! Does it get more Lowcountry than that? Returning only for its second year, the Bohicket Christmas Parade of Boats not only showcases stunning light displays, the Charleston Coastal Choir will also be on island singing Christmas carols, and there will be s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire. Plus, The Ice Cream Boat  is sponsoring an ugly Christmas sweater contest and the winner receives FREE ICE CREAM FOR A YEAR. That should be enticing enough, right?

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5. Check out the Christmas Tree at the Lake House + Holiday Decor at the Club! 

Although the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Seabrook Island Lake House has come and gone, the festive atmosphere on Seabrook will continue throughout the month. As mentioned above, Seabrook Island’s halls have officially been decked, including a nearly 12 ft Christmas tree right here in the Seabrook Island Real Estate front lobby! From the life-size toy soldiers facing the golf course to several indoor Christmas trees throughout the Island, be sure to soak it all in this holiday season.

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+ don’t forget to stop by Marion Square downtown to see a seriously cool Christmas tree!

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Christmas in Charleston is too is magical, too spectacular – it would be nearly impossible to list all of the events and recommendations here. So, be sure to check out the Charleston CVB for its tips and tricks on how to spend Christmas in the Lowcountry. It offers everything from a holiday event schedule, to gift ideas, to restaurant recommendations for tasty holiday feasts. + be sure to read the CVB’s “12 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Charleston for the Holidays,” and tune into its advent calendar in December! Beginning on the 1st, it will be sharing gifts, recipes and traditions daily to celebrate #ChristmasinCharleston. AND for all events, happenings and news here on Seabrook, be sure to follow and subscribe to Tidelines Blog.

Happy Holidays, y’all!

Kelly Butorac
Marketing Coordinator
843.768.7789 • kbutorac@seabrookislandmarketing.com