Southern Tour 2014: Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston

Before I realized how much love my SkyMiles account would end up getting this year, thanks to work travel and weekend getaways with friends, I planned a faux-road trip with one of my best friends. I’ve long had a love for the South - something about the charm, the balmy nights, the manners and tradition. I love feeling the history. So, we met in Atlanta, hopped into our Dodge Durango rental and headed for Savannah.

Before hitting I-75, I wanted to stop by Judith Bright’s Atlanta-based shop. I originally met Judith and was introduced to the brilliant jewelery line, at Judith’s flagship store in Nashville, TN. Tucked around the corner we found 310 Rosemont, an adorable clothing boutique featuring denim and unique designs.

We then cruised over to charming Savannah. I’ve been fascinated with this mystical town since I first saw Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. We stayed at the historic Mansion on Forsyth Park, which equitably offered an updated interior and old charm across its exterior. We ran the park by day, strolled through town and even endured a flash flood one afternoon. Topping our list of favorite stops along the way were Social Club (AMAZING lemon pepper chicken wings) and The Rail (notable bourbon selection).

We put a bow on the adventure with a few days in Charleston-adjacent Seabrook Island. We rented a lovely beach house through Airbnb a stone’s throw from the almost marsh-like beach. Kiawah Spirits & Wines was conveniently located in the town center 5 miles away, keeping us stocked with libations.

Moral of the trip: while loads of fun, road trips are NOT pure vacations. We had a blast and created lifelong memories, but I did not return fully rejuvenated. ‘Till next time, lovely South!