We were planning on leaving early morning Thursday, April 12th, but I was too excited to sleep Wednesday evening so we ended up leaving around 10 PM and driving straight through to Savannah, arriving around lunch time.
First stop, the historic and beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery.
We stayed at the Marshall House, the oldest hotel in Savannah.
It also served as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War.
River Street, Savannah
We had dinner at the River House. Our appetizer of
low country shrimp with grits was the best part. Yum!
Savannah was built around sqaures...each uniquely beautiful and shaded by oak trees
and hanging "Spanish" moss. Friday morning we enjoyed a trolley tour around historic Savannah, which was a great way to see the city. (In case anyone was wondering why Jon had a sticker on his shirt). Once you go through the tour they let you hop on and off at any site for free.
It's amazing how the trees turned even a street into something so beautiful. Everywhere we turned we were captivated by the beauty of Savannah.
We enjoyed lunch at the Olde Pink House
Friday afternoon we took off for Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort is considered one of the most beautiful and historic spots in America.
We stayed at the the Rhett House Inn, built in 1820 by the Rhett family who lived their until the Civil War (legend has it Gone with the Wind character Rhett was named after this prominent family). Beaufort was abandoned during the war so the Union occupied this town without a single shot. The Rhett House was a hospital for the Union during the Civil War.
We took a bike ride through this small, romantic town,
amazed by the beautiful antebellum architecture.
Can you say idyllic?
Beaufort is also a coastal town
We had dinner at Barbara Jeans and tried some southern comfort foods..fried chicken, squash casserole, crab cakes, etc. We were surprised to hear the vegetable of the day was macaroni. When we teased the waitress, she tried to compensate by saying macaroni was made from wheat. I didn't have the heart to tell her the wheat was actually a grain, not a vegetable:~)
Let the carb festival continue!
Enjoying some Key Lime pie and Mississippi Mud pie
Saturday morning we left Beaufort and stopped to see St Helena Island church ruins
We climbed the top of the lighthouse at Hunting Island.
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant who boasted to have the best "frogmore stew" in the south (low country broil). We also enjoyed some gumbo soup and fried calamari.
We ended up in Charleston Saturday afternoon in time to take a ferry over to visit Fort Sumter, where the civil war began. The Confederate flag is flying because it was the anniversary of when the Rebels took over the fort.
We spent the rest of Saturday evening taking in historic Charleston. Built on the waterfront, there were lots of huge, beautiful homes. We also walked through Battery Park and Charleston City Market.
Sunday morning we took a carriage tour through Charleston. A great way to learn about the history of the city and see the architecture.
We ate lunch at the famous Hyman's Seafood. Enjoyed our last taste of the south...flounder, shrimp, collard greens, and she-crab soup.
We spent Sunday afternoon at Boone Hall Plantation.
Finished out the day (and our vacation) listening to a presentation on "Gullah Culture."