Posted by Atwood Vacations | Wednesday, February 7, 2018
There is a new movement taking place in the vacation rental industry-#BookDirect.
What's this all about? Online travel agency's (OTA's) such as VRBO, Homeaway and TripAdvisor charge extra fees when you use them to book your vacation rental. So, not only are they unfamiliar with the property and area you are interested in, but they are charging you $100 or more for their ignorance! It's impossible for smaller property management companies to compete with the advertising budget of these mega-companies, so they will likely continue to pop up first in your online search when you are planning your next vacation. The motive behind #BookDirect is to get the word out that no matter where you are planning to go on your next vacation (we hope you'll be returning to Edisto!) you will get the best rate and experience if you #BookDirect with a local property management agency.
Top 5 Reasons to #BookDirect with Atwood Vacations
1. Save money! When you book directly with Atwood Vacations through our website or by phone you will save $100 or more in service fees for each reservation.
2. When you book directly with Atwood Vacations you are interacting with local professionals who have first-hand knowledge of each of our rentals as well as the area.
3. Atwood Vacations has been providing memorable vacations on Edisto for over 60 years!
4. Get the best prices, specials and promotions. It's that simple!
5. Search the most comprehensive list of available vacation rentals. All of your options are not listed on OTA's websites.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or so the song goes! It truly is a wonderful time of year at Atwood Vacations & Real Estate. We have just settled down after check-outs from Thanksgiving week and are gearing up for the Annual Edisto Beach Christmas Parade! We always look forward to the parade and this time to come together as a team to begin building our float. This year the theme of the parade is Edisto Christmas Treasures and we are so excited about our float. You’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out what it is, but here are a few images of our creations from years past…
In addition to the Annual Edisto Beach Christmas Parade (always held on the second Saturday in December at 2pm) the weekend is packed with events that bring our little community together in celebration of the Holiday Season. This Friday, December 8th marks the Holiday Market and Mingle down at the Edisto Beach Civic Center from 12:00pm—7:00pm. If you are in the area, this is an opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping and enjoy some live music. Local vendors will be selling arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods and more! And finally, the following day after the street parade is the Annual Edisto Auction and Pig Pickin’ Barbecue. This event begins at 6:00pm and will be held at Ella & Ollies. This is an awesome event to attend not only for the delicious food, auction items and chance to socialize but also because the proceeds raised always go to benefit someone in need.
Here is a quick recap of these upcoming events. We hope to see you there!
Friday, December 8th — Holiday Market and Mingle
Edisto Beach Civic Center,42 Station Court
Saturday, December 9th—27th Annual Edisto Christmas Parade
600-100 block of Palmetto Blvd.Following the parade, Santa will greet the children at the Pavilion Dining Room.
Parade begins at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 9th—Annual Edisto Auction & Pig Pickin’ Barbecue
Ella & Ollies,21 Fairway Drive
Barbeque and Cash Bar - Auction to benefit local teen Riley Davis. $25 per person
2017 Solar Eclipse
Posted by Atwood Vacations | Friday, June 9, 2017
What is it?
A total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. The moon will appear to completely cover the sun in the sky, leaving a huge shadow in the middle of the day. The sun will also be peeking out from behind the moon, making a halo appear.
How can I see it?
To view the solar eclipse properly without hurting your eyes, you MUST be wearing eye protection from eclipse glasses. Unfortunately, the eclipse will not be visible from Edisto, but it will be a wonderful viewing in Charleston, only an hour away. You can make a day trip of it and enjoy wonderful restaurants and historical sites and entertainment in Charleston. There are also official watch parties happening in Charleston for which you can purchase tickets, like the eclipse party hosted by MUSC (available for all ages.)
Why should I care?
Total solar eclipses are very rare. If you have the opportunity to see one yourself you should take it! It is the first solar eclipse visible in the USA since 1979 and there will not be another until 2108. People will travel all across the country to be in the line to view the eclipse. We invite you to do the same and to make an Edisto vacation out of it!
Where Can I Stay?
Luckily for you, Atwood Vacations has plenty of rentals available for you to stay in while you take in the eclipse! The eclipse is on Monday August 21st and we still have rentals with available weeks. Start your search here or browse a list of our rentals by turn day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
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!
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.