Posted on 8/31/2023 by Jessie Jacob

Labor Day In Charleston

With Labor Day weekend on the horizon,

we want to ensure you know all about the awesome things happening that weekend! From relaxing at the beach to booking a sunset cruise on the Charleston Harbor, you are in for an exciting and fun retreat during your vacation.

For the ultimate vacation experience, contact our Concierge and Guest Experience Coordinator. With our personal recommendations and local expertise we will make sure your vacation to the Lowcountry will be a memorable one!

Spend Some Time at the Beach

Whether you want to hang out on Isle of Palms or Sullivan's Island, a day on the beach might be just what you need to relax and unwind. Soak up the sun and spend the day with your friends and family before the fall season begins.

Check out our list of recommended vendors that can help provide equipment and services for an even more exciting experience on the island.

    • IOP Beach Chair Rentals - Free delivery and set up of beach chairs, umbrellas, and bike rentals. Accessories, beach carts, boogie boards, and more are available for rent and delivered free of charge to your rental property. Remove the stress of your beach day – simply arrive and have fun!

    • Sandlapper Water Tours - Harbor aboard the 45-ft catamaran "Palmetto" and experience Charleston's only ghost tour by boat.

    • GolfCart.Fun - Explore the island in style! Rent a luxury golf cart from this NEW local business.

    • Barrier Island Eco Tours - Go on a beachside cookout, fishing charter, family fun day, or a trip to Capers Island.

    • Square Onion - Make the most of every minute of your vacation by picking up heat & eat casseroles, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, desserts, sides, and more.

    • Annie's Hot Donuts -  Start your morning off right with fresh, HOT donuts. Pick from a list of unique flavors or create your own!

Enjoy a Local Event

There are so many things to do and places to see in the Lowcountry! Whether you are in the mood to shop from local artisans, listen to incredible live music, explore the city's history, or watch the action of a soccer match: Charleston has it all.

  • Farmer's Market — Every Saturday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Marion Square, you will find the Charleston Farmer's Market full of fresh local produce, colorful artisan creations, and talented local musicians. This is one of the best outdoor events in Charleston and is loved by both locals and visitors.
  • Lowcountry Jazz Festival — This Labor Day Weekend, dance the night away at the Gaillard Center as South Carolina's premiere smooth Jazz event returns to the Lowcountry. This festival will feature a stellar lineup of musicians, including GRAMMY award-winning artists, all weekend long!
  • High Society at the Windjammer - Enjoy some local music at Isle of Palms' favorite music venue – The Windjammer. High Society, a South Carolina 90's-2000's Hip Hop and R&B Cover band, will be taking the stage on Sunday, September 4th.

  • Walking Tours — The stunning antebellum architecture of Downtown Charleston is full of nearly three and a half centuries' worth of stories. What better way to learn about those important stories than to walk the same streets those people walked? One of the best things to do during your visit is to take advantage of the incredible variety of walking tours offered every day Downtown. Below are some of the top recommended tours by recent visitors

  • Bulldog Tours, Voted Charleston's "Best Tour Company" for 8 consecutive years
  • Charleston Footprints, #1 Attraction in Charleston on Trip Advisor
Indulge in the Local Cuisine

Charleston and its surrounding islands are known for their renowned culinary talent. Make sure you gear up your taste buds and try a new restaurant during your vacation. Who knows, it may just become one of your new local favorites. Whether you are in the mood for BBQ, seafood, or Italian - the Lowcountry has an unlimited amount of restaurant options that will hit the spot!

Try some of our favorite places to dine:

Isle of Palms
  • Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
  • Cuisine: Southern Seafood

    Description: Upscale traditional coastal cuisine made from fresh locally sourced ingredients and served in a relaxing beach atmosphere.

    Local Tip: ACME Cantina works hard to follow sustainable seafood practices.

  • Long Island Café

    Cuisine: Seafood Bistro

    Description: This quaint bistro is a staple of the local Isle of Palms community. The friendly staff has been serving IOP since 1986.

    Local Tip: Ask your server about their specials that are not on the menu.

  • The Refuge

    Cuisine: American

    A relaxing escape from the hustle of Charleston. This family restaurant services fresh local food all day long.

    Local Tip: Check out the live music!

Sullivan's Island
  • Home Team BBQ
  • Cuisine: Southern BBQ

    Description: Award-winning BBQ restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere, live music, and delicious food.

    Local Tip: Tuesday is Trivia Night.

  • Poe's Tavern

    Cuisine: American

    Description: Relaxed local pub with an Edgar Allan Poe décor theme.

    Local Tip: Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Ft. Moultrie from 1827-1828.

  • Mex 1 Cantina

    Cuisine: Mexican

    Description: Coastal Mexican restaurant with a diverse menu and signature margaritas with 100% agave tequila and freshly squeezed juices.

    Local Tip: They have Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley locations as well.

Mount Pleasant
  • Grace & Grit
  • Cuisine: Seafood

    Description: A creative take on the classic Southern dishes and coastal surf n turf made with fresh locally sourced seafood.

    Local Tip: The Owner is the former Executive Chef of Acme Lowcountry Kitchen on Isle of Palms.

  • The Shelter

    Cuisine: Bar and Restaurant

    Description: A local favorite that allows you to enjoy great food, cocktails, and live music with your furry friend.

    Local Tip: Dog and family-friendly restaurant.

  • Vintage Coffee Café

    Cuisine: Coffee Shop

    Description: Charming local café that serves espresso, breakfast foods, sandwiches, and pizza.

    Local Tip: They have a large backyard and playground for children to play.

  • Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
  • Cuisine: Seafood

    Description: Waterfront Southern seafood restaurant with a beautiful outdoor patio.

    Local Tip: Make a reservation ahead of time.

  • The Macintosh

    Cuisine: American

    Description: Exceptional and innovative technique-driven cuisine sourced from locally grown ingredients.

    Local Tip: The menu changes weekly depending on what they are able to acquire from local farms.

  • ​Poogan's Porch

    Cuisine: Southern

    Description: Experience the historic charm of enjoying traditional Southern food in a Victorian-style townhouse located in the middle of downtown.

    Local Tip: Poogan's Porch is named after a neighborhood dog who watched after the restaurant as it was being renovated in 1976.

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