Monday, November 18, 2013

A Low Country Vacation: Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Savannah, Georgia

Our vacation last week was unlike any other for one reason alone -- we had a third person tagging along.

Spending a week in Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., wasn't all that exciting, but it was extremely low-key. That was exactly what we were looking for since this would be our first overnight trip with Edith that didn't involve staying with a relative.

Of course, our move this summer put any vacation on hold. So while Paul and I had thrown around the idea of visiting the southern Atlantic coast, we didn't decide for sure until just about a month ago. That didn't leave much time to plan, and anyone who knows me knows that I'm a planner. Our "plan" to take things as they came was made simpler since neither Savannah nor Charleston have any large attractions -- no Space Needle, no Empire State Building. But they are excellent cities in which to walk and eat: two things easy to do with an almost-one-year-old.

The trip involved some long car rides: Almost 9 hours to Charlotte, N.C., where we spent the first night; 4 hours to Savannah the next day; several hours in the car as we drove around Hilton Head Island and then on to Charleston; and finally 11 hours from Charleston back to Columbus. Luckily Edith is a great car rider -- we assume it's because of all of those 10-hour drives between New York and Columbus during the first 8 months of her life!

I'll be publishing a few blog posts about the cities and the food (So much barbecue! So many grits!) off and on over the next few weeks. Enjoy.

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