A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip: Savannah, G.A.

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Savannah, Georgia

The next stop in our roadtrip is Savannah. Here are the must-sees, must-eats, and tips to use while in the historic city.

Things to Do:

  1. City Market in the Historic District
  2. Tybee Island Light Station and Museum
  3. Riverboat Cruise or Dolphin Magic Tour
  4. Samantha Claar Gullah Living
  5. Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Restaurants to Try:

  1. Tubby’s Seafood River Street
  2. Belford’s of Savannah
  3. Sandfly BBQ
  4. Savannah Theatre
  5. The Olde Pink House

Tips to Use: 

  1. Looking for a boat or ferry tour? Contact Savannah Belles Ferry for great deals and information. They’re contact information is on: http://www.catchacat.org.
  2. Savannah’s peak seasons are spring and fall. Try going between November and the end of January during the low season.
  3. Look into the different festivals throughout the year that might interest you. The city is known for it’s St. Patrick’s Day fun. There is also the Savannah Music Festival and the Sidewalk Arts Festival.
  4. To save money on food, the Savannah Menu Card can be a huge help. These special deals range from free appetizer to discounts. For more information, visit: http://www.savannahmenu.com.
  5. You can also save on hotels, by visiting: http://www.stayinsavannah.com.
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A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip: Charleston, S.C.

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What better place to start our “A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip” than with Charleston, South Carolina? I gave you most of the inside scoop when the city was featured in a regular “A Southern State of Mind” post, back in June. (For a quick refresher, visit: http://bit.ly/1IYJbJD. Places to visit and restaurants are featured in the following posts.)

For today’s stop in the Holy City, here are five inside tips that are must-try:

  1. Weekday rates for hotels are often cheaper than weekends. If your schedule allows, come to Charleston during the week. My past trip was a Tuesday-Thursday and I loved it! For all of the places I visited, there was little to no wait.
  2. Look for special packages if you plan on doing a carriage ride, tours of plantations or museums, or the South Carolina Aquarium.
  3. You don’t have to stay in the heart of the city. Check out a hotel on the outskirts or North Charleston. Lower hotel rates are always a favorite.
  4. Walk the city! Save on gas and a get a little exercise. Trust me, you’ll see a TON more if you get out of the car.
  5. Go to the Charleston City Market (The Old City Market) FIRST thing in the morning, right after it opens. You’ll get first pick over all the vendors. Plus, the crowd’s still small, so there’s more room to shop.

Next stop, Savannah!

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Before another summer wraps up, there is still time for one more roadtrip. What better destination than the South? I’ll introduce you to each spot and give you the insider tips in this special “A Southern State of Mind” series.

My perfect Southern summer roadtrip would include these 10 places:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Savannah, Georgia
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Williamsburg, Virginia
  7. Boone, North Carolina
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Tupelo, Mississippi
  10. Louisville, Kentucky

Amazing Grace

During his Southern Style tour stop in Cedar Park, Texas, country singer and native Charlestonian Darius Rucker sang a heartfelt tribute to the nine lives lost in the tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcoal Church (in Charleston, South Carolina).  

The “Wagon Wheel” singer’s version of “Amazing Grace” left not a dry eye in the audience.

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Lynchburg, Virginia 

Time to eat! Grab a meal at one of these local hot spots in the city!

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The Spring House Dining and Reception Hall

Enjoy some comfort food in a fun, outdoor setting.

Source: http://springhouseva.com/

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Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizzas and pasta? Trust me, chocolate lovers will want to try the warm brownie sundae! It is to die for!

Source: http://www.waterstonepizza.com/

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Market at Main

Dine on breakfast for dinner with old-time charm and cooking.

Source: http://www.marketatmain.com/

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Country Kitchen

It’s Southern style food with a smile.You can get everything from chicken to pancakes.

Source: http://www.countrykitchenrestaurants.com/

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The White Hart Cafe 

Who doesn’t love some fresh coffee to start their day?

Source: http://www.thewhitehartcoffee.com/

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Lynchburg, Virginia

When you travel to Lynchburg, you must add these five places to your must see list!

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The Anne Spencer House and Garden Musuem

Visit the home one of the most famous poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Ms. Spencer was also known for her work as a librarian, teacher, and civil rights activist.

Source: http://www.annespencermuseum.com/

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Point of Honor 

This historic attraction was once the home of Dr. George Cabell. Dr. Cabell was a well-known surgeon and one of the earliest advocates for using ice and cold drinks to treat fevers.

Source: http://www.pointofhonor.org/

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Lynchburg Museum 

Learn about the history of the city through artifacts and exhibits.

Source: http://www.lynchburgmuseum.org/

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Amazement Square: The Rightmire Children’s Museum 

This family-friendly museum is a place kids of all ages will love! Take some time to enjoy the Red Barn, Shipwreck Cove, and more!

Source: http://www.amazementsquare.org/

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The Nature Zone 

Come meet turtles, snakes, and other wildlife animals! Here, you can get up close and personal with nature.

Source: http://www.lynchburgva.gov/nature-zone-0

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Raleigh, North Carolina 

Who’s hungry? Check out my favorite places to eat in the state capital.

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42nd St. Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill

A perfect place to get some oysters and seafood!

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/42nd-St-Oyster-Bar-Seafood-Grill/58234/?maxshow=10

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Andy’s Wings and Burgers

Want some down-home comfort food? Visit Andy’s! This restaurant is a great spot, located in the heart of the city.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Andy-s-Wings-Burgers/60098/?maxshow=10

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Carolina Barbecue of Garner 

You can’t visit a Southern city without having some delicious BBQ. No matter what’s your BBQ style, one thing is for sure-this place is delicious.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Carolina-Barbecue-of-Garner/66241/?maxshow=20

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Cappolla’s Pizza and Grill 

 Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy some Italian food, below the Mason Dixon line!

Source: http://www.cappollascary.com/home

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Baker’s Dozen Donuts 

Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this spot! Visitors can feast upon tasty donuts, before touring around the city!

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bakers-dozen-donuts-raleigh

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Raleigh, North Carolina

 Spend some time in Raleigh and don’t forget to stop by these popular places!

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NC State Capitol

Learn a little bit about the history of North Carolina’s government. This building is currently home to the office of the governor- Governor Pat McCrory.

Source: http://www.ncstatecapitol.org/

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NC Museum of History 

Calling all history fans! This is a “don’t miss” stop where you can learn about the history of the Tarheel State.

Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g49463-d144856-Reviews-North_Carolina_Museum_of_History-Raleigh_North_Carolina.html

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Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Catch a show or listen to a concert at Raleigh’s amphiteater. A favorite spot to relax and unwind from the day.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Walnut-Creek-Amphitheatre/59285/

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NC State University 

Anyone else a Wolfpack fan? Visit the campus of NC State University and join the Pack!

Source: https://www.ncsu.edu/

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

This wildlife park is perfect for a hike or just a picnic by the pond. The park features an 18th century water-powered mill that is still in operation.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Historic-Yates-Mill-County-Park/59141/

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Raleigh, North Carolina

(And if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.) 

If you have ever listened to the song “Wagon Wheel,” you heard the reference to Raleigh, North Carolina (and yes, I am listening to that song as I write this post 🙂 ). For our next “A Southern State of Mind” series, we are heading to the capital of North Carolina-Raleigh! Test your knowledge of this growing city below!

1: In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh directed John White to build the “Cittie of Raleigh.”

2: Raleigh was officially named the center of government for the state in 1792.

3: The Native American Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian tribes were the first settlers. The land is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the new world.

4: Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, which was founded in 1887.

5: Today, the city is the second biggest in the state.

Source: http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/PubAffairs/Articles/Historic.html