Day trips from Savannah to Charleston are easy, fun and delicious...so venture forth!
The South Carolina Low Country is just across the Talmadge Bridge.
About 30 minutes from Savannah lies Bluffton and Hilton Head.
And if you're heading to Charleston, you'll find Beaufort, SC about 45 miles from Savannah, and, we gotta say, it's one of the most elegantly beautiful small towns in America.
Pat Conroy set his best selling "The Great Santini" here and the movie was filmed here as well. Their house in the movie was also the one used in the 1983 classic blockbuster, "The Big Chill". You can view the mansion, from the other side of an iron gate, on Laurens Street. If you want a glimpse of the the antebellum South then do yourself a favor and visit Beaufort (pronounced byew-fert).
An hour or so up the coast from Beaufort is Edisto or, as my Uncle Joe calls it, 'Edi-slow'. It is laaaaaaaid back. If you're wanting Myrtle Beach, this ain't it. However, if you want peace and quiet and a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean then this might be just what the doctor ordered. Also, one of the finest gourmet dining spots in South Carolina is right here...The Old Post Office Restaurant. So good!
The trip from Savannah to Charleston is about a two to three hour drive, but they seem a world apart somehow. Even though they are considered to be sister cities, Charleston feels vaguely more Caribbean and cosmopolitan.
Shopping is abundant. From King Street and The Market all the way down to the tip of The Battery, boutiques, galleries, shops and stalls pepper the city with colors and fashionable finds.
Charleston is famous for its food as well. It's hard to get a bad meal in Chuck Town. Although it's not haute cuisine, we stop for lunch sometimes at A. W. Shuck's, near The Market, because it is kid friendly and, our four year old, Peyton won't raise any eyebrows if she gets a little squirmy.
You might want to take a horse and buggy tour. These are always an entertaining way to check out the lay of the land and get caught up on Charleston history. They usually start at The Market. But, as in Savannah, the main attraction is the architecture.
Take your time, wander around and soak up the gorgeous, old homes, churches, gardens and store fronts. Charleston is our second favorite city in Dixie and that's saying something!
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