Day trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

If your going to Savannah you really should take the Amtrak to Charleston.   It is a very cheap trip. For $44.00 you can get a round trip ticket leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning at 7:00 p.m.    There are many things to do in Charleston but our choices were Boone Hall Plantation and a harbor boat tour.

First on our agenda for the day was Boone Hall Plantation with its beautiful, very long, driveway lined with Live Oak trees with Spanish Moss hanging from them.  The “Avenue of Oaks” was planted in 1743 and completed in 1843.   There are 88 Live Oaks and one Magnolia evenly spaced. It was like a scene from a movie.

 

 

 

 

 

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We toured the main house and grounds as well as the slave quarters and learned about the Gullah people.  They have had over 300 years of continuous farming on this land, which continues to date.  The main house was owned by three different owners who added their flare to it. One owner was an Arabian prince.  The house was completed in 1936 which replaced the lost original house on the site.  A number of the slave quarters are still there which were inhabited by share croppers in the 20th century.  The main house which was completed in 1936 was commissioned by Thomas Stone and is a 2 1/2 story building which incorporates materials from the plantation itself.  The house is about 10,000 square feet. The floors are teak parquet, mantels are mahogany and walls are cypress paneling.   You don’t want to miss this!

 

 

 

We were treated to a presentation by a decedent of the Gullah people telling stories about her grandmother.  She told us stories about a typical day in the life of the Gullah.

 

Our next stop was a cruise around Charleston Harbor. After a morning of walking the plantation we enjoyed the afternoon cruising the river.

 

 

 

 

After a full day we made our way back to the Amtrak station to travel back to our home away from home in Savannah.  At that station we found some antique phone booths!

 

The day was perfect and we enjoyed Charleston very much.   We really agreed that we should have allowed a little more time there.

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Everything is better with butter…

 

Upon the recommendation of our local friend we met at the airport, we went to Paula Dean’s Lady and Son’s to order dessert and coffee.  We went through the gift shop area and took a few pictures with the lady herself…. well her cardboard self!   The building itself was beautiful and a great experience going upstairs, sitting at a window table overlooking the street below.

Dessert at Lady and Son’s was just as good as we expected it to be….

 

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When visiting a new town always ask the locals for a recommendation for dinner!

When we were waiting on our Uber to pick us up at the airport after we landed in Savannah, we talked with a local who lives there and asked where we should eat.  She did not hesitate to tell us about Mrs. Wilkes.   She suggested we go there for lunch and then Lady and Son’s for dessert later that night.   We took her advice….

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We can now say that when you visit Savannah it is an absolute must to eat at Mrs. Wilkes.  The line will be very long, (as in out the door, down the walkway and along the side-walk long) but well worth it.   It was a boarding house style setting with large dining tables, allowing for numerous guests to get acquainted and have a marvelous meal.    The food was endless and so was the conversation between strangers, who by the end of the meal became our friends.   If you go to Savannah, don’t let the thought of waiting for a very, very long time to get in scare you because it is a wonderful experience and well worth the wait.    Our table consisted of the three of us, a family from Connecticut, and two professors from New Jersey.   Mrs. Wilkes restaurant is so famous that even Presidents as well as people from all over the world have come to dine at her table.  Be sure to visit the room with the map and put a pin in to show where you are from.

At the end of the meal Marcia, Mrs. Wilkes granddaughter, joined us for a little history about her grandmother and the boarding house.  She was delightful and very charming, the epitome of a true southern lady.

 

 

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With a lot of time in line outside in the beautiful weather we got a little silly!

A little history about Mrs. Selma Wilkes is that she took over the Savannah Boarding House in 1943 which stands in a house dating back to 1870.  She worked with locals to get the freshest foods from the area.  Her only goal was to build a business to sustain her family.  She did not hang a sign advertising her restaurant until 1987.   She possessed a seemingly magic formula….so much so that folks from all corners of the earth were willing to wait in line to dine family style, side by side with strangers . There is no set menu, you eat what is on the table and believe us, you will love it all!

Although Mrs. Selma Wilkes is gone, her granddaughter, Marcia Thompson, is still meeting and greeting patrons daily with her authentic southern hospitality.

 

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Hey Y’all, We Goin’ To Georgia…

When we explored girl’s trips, Savannah was one of the top places to visit.  SO….. of course we found a VRBO and booked a flight!  Savannah is such a wonderful southern town full of charm and steeped in history.   We chose the Springtime because we wanted to see the Azaleas and Dogwoods in bloom.   Per our usual,  we loaded up and headed to the airport, excited to start our next adventure.

We actually planned the trip perfectly for the Springtime blooms.  Everywhere you turned were beautiful Azaleas.

Our VRBO was fabulous and our hosts Jon and Carmen were very accommodating.   We arrived at the house named “Fabulous Antiques” at 532 Price Street which lived up to its name with many beautiful antiques (some with Arkansas connections.)   We came in the back door to a counter welcoming us with a sign with our names on it,  goodies and flowers.   There were fresh flowers placed throughout the house.

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The first morning we walked down the street through the neighborhood and found the cutest little bakery/coffee shop, Mate Factor, so we stopped in to get some pastries before exploring beautiful Savannah.

As we walked to find the Hop On/Hop Off tour bus we saw many Savannah homes which were gorgeous and beautifully remodeled to their original majestic state.  At every turn, every block there were these restored homes in bright colors, gingerbread trim and Victorian and Civil War era houses.

We cannot wait to share more about the places we went and all of the yummy food we ate in future blogs to come soon….

 

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Murry’s Dinner Theater ….The Foreigner

We never fail to be entertained by Murry’s. (www.murrysdp.com)  The play for the night was “The Foreigner” and it was hilarious. One of our favorite actresses, Candyce Hinkle, was in this show which made it even more enjoyable and funny.   She is a delight and may be the only person we might allow in our Three Girls Travel.

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Murry’s is located in Little Rock and for $37.00 you get dinner and a show.  We don’t miss many shows.  We look forward to our next show which is Elf and we are taking Three Girls Daughters with us for that one.