The Old South
|THE SOFT SIDE OF THE SOUTH: A foggy park in Charleston. (Tony Sweet/Digital Vision/Getty)|
Days 1-4: Fly into Savannah and spend the day walking around the old downtown, stopping for a local seafood lunch before heading out to see the exquisitely spooky Bonaventure Cemetery. In the morning, grab a cafe au lait and check out the Telfair Museum of Art, then rent a car and head to Tybee Island to tempt the crabs and feel the cool sea spray on your face. Head back into town or crash at one of the island's many inns, which should be pleasantly empty this time of year. Spend a day living it up on the links at South Carolina's Hilton Head, then come back down to reality with a tour of the old Gullah community at nearby Daufuskie Island. Hightail it to Charleston that evening.
Days 5-7: Wake up in your Charleston B&B (unless you've been kept awake all night by antebellum ghosts) and head to the heart of the Historic District for some shopping and a fortifying fried fish lunch at Hyman's Seafood. Gawk at the mansions along the Battery, visit one of the historic houses, then stop in for sunset cocktails at the Rooftop at Vendue Inn. The next day, make a daytrip to Middleton Place plantation on Ashley River Road just outside the city, then head back in for an old-school seafood dinner at fancy-pants Anson. Then it's another golf treat at Kiawah Island.
Days 8-10: Drive north to the historic port of Georgetown to have lunch in the colorful downtown overlooking the bay and to visit the Rice Museum. Then head into North Carolina, making a stop at Southport for some quirky antiquing and an overnight ferry jaunt to car-free Bald Head Island. Continue north to Beaufort, once home to the dread pirate Blackbeard, where every house on Front Street has a story to tell. Fly out of the Wilmington airport, about two and a half hours back south, or head inland to the larger airport in Raleigh, about three hours west.
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