We spent Christmas and New Year in Isle of Palms. It's a City on the barrier island of the same name on the north-eastern flank of Charleston Bay. Warmer winter days and evenings caused a thick mist to hang around much of the time on the coast and we had to flip the HVAC switch from "Heat" to "Cool" to combat the mugginess.
The beach is lovely and, best of all, in the winter open to dogs off leash from 16:00 to 10:00 the next day. We enjoyed being able to exercise our three a stones throw from the house we had rented. It was good to be able to explore Charleston more than we had been able to do on previous shorter visits — so much history and one of the best culinary scenes in the country.
We were sad to leave and head home. Heavy holiday traffic slowed us down and the journey took longer than it should.
Days after our return we were hit by a blizzard which dropped two and a half feet of snow on us over two days. It took 24 hours or so after the storm moved on for the snow to be cleared from our court to enable us to get our vehicles out. We were more fortunate than many on NOVA, DC and neighboring Maryland who remained blocked in for several more days until the snowplows reached them.
Published: 16 December 2015It’s forecast to be a pleasant 70ºF/20ºC here most of this and next week. So, our usual rationale of ‘escaping the NOVA damp and cold’ doesn’t wash this time. Nevertheless we are off down to Isle of Palms.
Published: 15 January 2015Throughout the summer, we longed to get away from the heat and humidity here in N Virginia to the earlier Fall in Maine. Just a few months later, we couldn’t wait to escape the wet and cold of the winter here by decanting to South Carolina for Christmas and New Year.
Published: 31 October 2012There's more to 31 October than Halloween, it's also the anniversary of the last successful offensive cavalry charge.