Thinking of a mid-late Sept driving trip along the Carolina's and Georgia coast. This will be a 60th birthday trip for my bride of 35 years. I assume Savannah and Charleston are a must, so where should we stay and what should we do? Also, what is along the way that is not to missed ... eating/drinking/staying? Good Karma to all who share their experiences with a fellow traveller.
Well, having lived in Savannah and Myrtle Beach, I think I can probably help you guys out. Going from (well, wherever), be sure to go to Wilmington. I have not been there myself, but hear it is wonderful. It is supposidly a new scene for the movie industry.
Then definately go through North and Myrtle Beach. It is somewhat historical. It is where they invented the dance "The Shag". You may be able to research and take lessons there or something too. Be sure not to miss the Pavilion, which is an amusement park right on Ocean Boulevard. It is the last time anyone will see it. It has been there forever and sadly has been defeated by the rising condos. It is being demolished after this summer for yet another condo.
While you are travelling through, take the 17-South through Murrell's Inlet, Litchfield, and Pawley's Island after Myrtle Beach. That is a really beautiful drive. It takes a little longer and secluded, but trust me-it is worth it. Stop in Charleston of course.
In Savannah, there is really tons of Bed and Breakfasts you can stay at. I love this site called bedandbreakfast.com. It has a great site that you can search for accomodations to stay by city and dates travelling. If you are willing to drive a little to get out of downtown Savannah, go to Tybee Island and stay on the beach. It is probably a 30 minute drive form Savannah through lowcountry. If you want to stay in downtown Savannah, the Marshall House is right there. It is a bit expensive in my opinion and you would have more intimacy in a B&B.
As far as places to eat, go to the Pink House. It is a restaurant that you sit at this big table and eat with others and pass the food around like your one big happy family. And of course there is the famous Lady and Sons. Definately book ahead for both of these places! The line is long outside the door one hour before opening.
Riverstreet in Savannah-lots of places! Drink till your hearts content. You can also take a riverboat cruise for dinner there too.
If you have even more time, go to the St. Simons, Jeckyl and Cumberland Islands. They are deeper south than Savannah, but cute and historical places to go. Not a lot of tourism compared to Savannah.
Well, I think thats all for right now, but be sure to pick my brain for lots more if you want something specific.
Escape, what a talent you have for describing interesting places. Thank you
Having recently owned a small business in Savannah, having lived on Hilton Head Island, and now being a resident of Eastern North Carolina, I suppose I have some recent working knowledge of the areas of concern for you. Concerning Savannah, I definitely recommend spending some time strolling the waterfront downtown along the Savannah River. Large ocean going vessels pass relatively close to shore, there are a number of interesting shops to browse, several restaurants with good river views at which to sit at an outdoor table, relax and dine, and a Marriott Hotel on the river that provides a good respite for the feet.
Hilton Head is fun for a day or so. If you visit, be sure to spend some time in Harbortown, Sea Pines Plantation. That is where the candy striped lighthouse is located as well as a very scenic yacht basin. If you are a golfer, it is also the site of the 18th. hole of the "Heritage Classic" played there annually in April. There are many fine restaurants including "The Iron Wolf."
Charleston is a must, especially if you want to soak in the feel of what to me is one of the last remaining vestiges of the "Old South." It is a small city which also lends itself easily to walking. But, it is also nice to take a carriage ride through town. There are more than a few excellent small hotels with interior courtyards in the city including The Plantation Inn. Restaurants are generally top flight. A spot called "Poogin's Porch" is one of the good ones.
As for the North Carolina coast, it is a favorite region for me. Although many natives to the Tar Heel State like the Crystal Coast area, I personally prefer the Outer Banks. Sure, Nags Head and Kitty Hawk have gotten somewhat crowded, but there is a lot to do and see there. 70 miles south after having crossed narrow spits of land, is the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse which can be climbed for a great view. Roanoke Island with the Lost Colony I find very underrated. For dinner in Nags Head you might enjoy Owens.
Good luck and have fun.