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Upcoming on Edisto Beach! Edisto Eats Food Festival & Ultimate Chef Competition
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Monday, March 14, 2016

March 19th marks the date of the 6th Annual Edisto Eats Food Festival and Ultimate Chef Competition. If you have had the opportunity to attend in past years, you know that it’s a fun filled event that also helps to support an awesome cause. Proceeds from the festival as well as from events leading up to it go to benefit Edisto United who help the local youth on our island to succeed.

The festival on March 19th is from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and there is a $5 suggested donation at admission. The parking lot of McConkey’s Jungle Shack at 108 Jungle Road will be filled with various craft and food vendors, beer and wine stations as well as fun activities for children, all accompanied throughout the day by the rhythmic tunes of local band, Edisto Gumbo. 

The days featured event is the Ultimate Chef Competition. Leading up to this battle over the title of “Ultimate Chef” there have been two preliminary competitions — the first taking place at Pressley’s at the Marina and the second at Finn’s Island Grill. At each event a secret ingredient was carefully procured and presented to the teams. Each team was then faced with the challenge of creating menus incorporating the secret ingredient into an appetizer, entrée and a dessert. Tickets for these events included the six mini courses as well as wine pairings! The winning team from each preliminary will be competing in the upcoming Ultimate Chef Competition. This year competitors will be Chef Pascal Hurtebize versus Chef Marsh Elliott.

In past years the Chef Competition took place during a specific time slot. Spectators gathered and watched as each team prepared their meals for a panel of judges and a few high bidders. Despite not actually getting to sample the food, the competition has always been an exciting, crowd drawing event—watching the teams in action, the anticipation of whether they will be ready when the timer stops. This year, the competition is going to be structured differently from previous years allowing everyone the opportunity to sample their skillfully prepared fare! Chef teams will be assembling the same dishes this year and will begin cooking the morning of the festival. They will be ready to serve to the crowd at 1pm. For five dollars you can get a sample from each team as well as one ticket to cast your vote as to who is most deserving of the title “Ultimate Chef”.

Atwood Vacations is always a proud sponsor of Edisto United and the Edisto Eats Food Festival. They do so much in our community to help benefit the education, well-being and over all success of the youth on our island. Edisto United is comprised of several different sectors that each have a different focus—Edisto Elves, Project Based Learning, Edisto Eats and Edisto Youth Athletics. These groups assist the children in a myriad of ways including making sure they have all the tools they need for each school year, sending kids to educational summer camps, and recently organizing a basketball team. One activity under Project Based Learning is boat building. Each year students get the opportunity to actively participate in building an exquisitely crafted boat teaching them to work as a team as well as to learn and apply math skills. The boat will be on display and raffled off at the festival.

The Atwood team will be there throughout the day under our tent. If you can make it, stop by and say “hello”! We hope to see you there!

Edisto Beach is Good for Your Health!
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Have you planned your 2016 beach vacation yet? Okay, so maybe you don’t need a reason or an excuse to go to the beach, but in case you do, here are just a few…

Not only does taking a vacation help to relieve stress, but it also helps you to be more productive when returning to work, helps lower the risk of heart disease and a myriad of other benefits.  According to an article published on npr.org, “Whether you spend your free moments playing sports, socializing with friends or reading quietly, research suggests that the more of it there is, the better you feel and the healthier you are.”

Just getting out in the sun provides great health benefits. Maybe you don’t have to be at the beach to soak in some rays, but isn’t it so much better to frolic under the sun next to crashing waves while breathing in the salt air? Vitamin D, provided by the sun has been proven to promote strong bones via calcium absorption. WebMD claims that this is far from the whole story. “Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.” Another interesting tidbit, “In the U.S., only people who live south of a line drawn from Los Angeles to Columbia, S.C., get enough sunlight for vitamin D production throughout the year.” What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and come on down to sunny Edisto Beach!

Getting too hot soaking in those rays? Cool off with a dip in the ocean, you’ll find great health benefits there too! “Seawater contains vital elements, vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, amino acids and living microorganisms that can produce antibiotic and antibacterial effects to help promote a healthy immune system.” Swimming in the ocean can help aid in the circulation of blood in your body and can help to fight off ailments from asthma to common aches and pains. “Salt water also promotes new cell regeneration, which plumps up our overall appearance, making us look more youthful and healthy as a result.”

Maybe relaxing while reading a book is more your style and that’s okay! Just breathing in the salt air has great benefits! Air from the ocean contains tiny droplets of sea water enriched with salt, iodine, magnesium and trace elements making you feel more alert, relaxed and energized!

An article published on Forbes.com claims that “more than forty percent of American workers who received paid time off did not take all of their allotted time last year…” The decision to not take a vacation varies for many people with reasons including not wanting to return to a pile of work to a fear of being seen as replaceable. Others just can’t seem to turn off, taking work with them on vacation. Now that you know all of the benefits of taking a beach vacation, don’t be one of those anti-vacation, overworked statistics! Studies show that taking a vacation will make you more productive when you return to work, give you a better perspective facing problems or stresses that you may be dealing with, gives your brain a break allowing you to reset your mind and increase your mental power. Not to mention, “workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts,” according to about.com.

It’s the beginning of a new year, so go ahead and make plans to make it a better year by planning your Edisto Beach vacation!


Throw Me A Bone!
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Four Paws Up For Edisto Beach!

It would be an understatement to say that all of us at Atwood Vacations & Real Estate love our dogs.  We treat them like they're our children and agree that each of them has hung the moon.  Our interoffice check-ins often bring laughter and smiles when mentioning the fun and joy that our dogs: Gypsy, Endar, the new puppy that is guaranteed a great life with Erin, Virgil, Chloe, Dixie, Cooper, Fanny, Ug, Bo, Madison, Rock, Pepper, Lucky, and Finn, bring to us.  This connection keeps all of us laughing and smiling.  Even naughty behavior is shared quickly as if made the cover of a trashy celebrity gossip magazine.  All of our pups adore Edisto as much as we do.  We couldn't imagine taking a vacation without them. 

Did you know that Edisto is the most pet friendly beach in South Carolina?  Relaxed leash laws and pet friendly businesses welcome everyone whether you have two or four legs.  It's never been easier to enjoy a quality vacation with your entire family. 


Edisto Pet Tips & Hints

  • Pets must be on a leash from May 1-October 31.
  • From November 1-April 30 all pets on the beach must be under voice command of the owner or on a leash.
  • Please clean up after your pet. Ask for extra bags at the Bi-Lo when you are shopping.
  • Don't forget to bring a water bowl and fresh water especially during the warmer weather. Dogs tend to swallow lots of salt water when swimming which can lead to dehydration much faster.
  • Be familiar with the signs of heat stroke.
  • Follow this safety advice from Animal Planet!

Search for your pet friendly vacation home today or look through all of our Pet Friendly Properties!

Don't be in the dog house by waiting to book.



Vacation Planning Tips
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Friday, February 14, 2014

We want the process of planning your vacation on Edisto Beach to be as pleasant as visiting this beautiful island.  Whether you are seeking a summer vacation for your family or a short weekend getaway during the spring, these tips should be very useful for making the most out of your experience.

Insider Tips For Vacation Planning

  • Our website is accurate and real time. Every home has a floor plan and video tour.
  • Departure cleaning is always complimentary when you stay three or more nights. We offer two night stays, but the cleaning charge becomes a guest fee. Sometimes the price difference between and two and three night visit is minimal.
  • We always accepts nightly visits from Labor Day through the third week in May.  There's no need to delay booking your dream home.

  • We are always offering excellent specials!  Keep in touch and regularly check our specials page. We are currently offering some amazing discounts on weekly winter visits and homes with heated pools.  If you are planning last minute, make this your first stop!
  • The Edisto Eats Food Festival  Finale Cook Off is on March 15.  Don't miss this is a wonderful event if you'd love to celebrate the culinary excellence of Edisto.

Edisto Beach Christmas Parade
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Monday, December 16, 2013

Atwood Vacations had really big shoes to fill during the annual Edisto Beach Christmas Parade on December 14.  Stretching from the 700 block of Palmetto Blvd. around past the Pavilion, this event is attended by locals and visitors alike!  Atwood took first prize in 2012 with a wonderful, handcrafted float that took many hours and late evenings to build. Singing Jingle Bells for the judges, the entire Atwood Vacations & Real Estate staff mustered enough spirit to be awarded second prize this year!  Typically, we have more than enough spirit, but the cold, wind, and torrential winter rain made this an unforgettable Christmas event.  Now that we've dried out and warmed up, we are already looking forward to winning again in 2014!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us on Edisto.
The Atwood Vacations Family

Best Day Ever
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Friday, February 22, 2013

Every day on Edisto is a good day.  As many of you like to put it, a bad day on Edisto is better than a good day any where else. For some, the peace and serenity that can be found on only the beaches of Edisto lend itself to make a special day the best day ever.  For others, it is having three generations of family under one roof for the first time in twenty years that makes a remarkable day the best day ever. Everyone's version sounds different.  Some love the solitude of a quick nap from a hammock while others enjoy the sound of their children frolicking on the shores of the St. Helena Sound.  Some seek the beauty of sunset at Botany Bay while others prefer kayaking through Scott Creek on an overcast summer afternoon peeking in on the bounty of life that call Edisto home.   What does your "best day ever" look like?

Does in come served in a frosty glass?
Is your best day found where the water meets the land?
Does your "best day ever" involve getting a little dirty?

McConkey's Far and Wide
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Thursday, October 4, 2012

McConkey's tasty food and family traditions were the last things I expected to hear about as my daughter and I visited our chiropractor earlier this week.  Not only was it out of the ordinary for a chiropactor's office conversation, it was the fact that chiropractor is an hour and half from Edisto!  Good food is always on the mind of most foodies, and Dr. Dawn was excited to tell us about her first motorcycle trip she had planned with her boyfriend on their new bike. She asked him if he knew where he was taker her on their first motorcycle trip.  "Yes.  To Edisto so you can go eat at McConkey's" he replied. Dr. Dawn was beaming as she talked about her upcoming trip to Edisto.  She went on to elaborate on what a tradition it was for her whole family and even even rattle off the favorite dishes of a few members of her family.  That is not the type of enthusiasm you see or many restaurants and it go me thinking about what a magical little place McConkey's has become.  It is the full package when it comes to a great place to dine.  Wonderful food, family friends, great and interesting decor and a friendly staff you see year after year keep inviting you back in.    Thank you McConkey's for being such a big part of the Editso experience and a part of our lives.  I know we have some great family memories there.  What are yours?  

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