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Whether it’s your first time visiting the Peachtree State or your fiftieth, the beautiful Georgia countryside never ceases to be a feast for the eyes. Sparkling rivers and streams of the clearest crystal bisect the rolling green hills, all under skies that seem to have invented the color blue. Georgia’s natural wonders are truly something to see for yourself. No photographs can do it proper justice. If you are looking for taking a quick weekend getaway, you might want to stop along these locations on your
one tank trips
journey through the Georgia countryside and coast.
Our trip takes us 70 miles up the northbound I-95, starting just above the Florida border and finishing just below the South Carolina boundary line. We’ll pick St. Mary’s as our starting point, a charming village that is a throwback to a simpler, yet more romantic age. The sweet smell of honeysuckle is in the air as you take a guided tram tour through the historic district, with its Victorian houses surrounded by white picket fences. History buffs will relish the antebellum mansions to be found in St. Mary’s, while admirers of naval vessels will be fascinated by the Submarine Museum, which is located close to one of the only two Trident submarine bases in the world. If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, take a walk through the waterfront park at sunset. You’ll be glad you did.
Cumberland Island is just a short ferry ride off the coast of St. Mary’s, but when you get off the boat it feels like you’ve stepped backward through time. Wild horses, turkeys, and sea turtles roam free; it’s as though you’re the first human being ever to set foot on this land. You may be so captivated by the sensation that you’ll want to stay longer. If so, there are inns, amenities and great
to enjoy the serenity of the beautiful beaches on the island to accommodate those who’ve fallen under her spell.
Once you’ve returned to the mainland, head north on the 95 for 10 miles, which will bring you to Brunswick. This seaside town takes great pride in its maritime history, as evidenced by the downtown district, which has been faithfully restored to its 19th century appearance. There are plenty of places to dine out, many antique shops to search for that perfect trinket or bauble, and with four golf courses, you won’t have any trouble finding a place to swing that nine-iron. In addition, Brunswick is also an excellent launch point for visiting the “Golden Isles” of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island, which are rich with the history of our great nation.
St. Simons Island
On St. Simons Island, the Fort Frederica National Monument stands as a testimony to those brave souls who fought a campaign between Spanish and British troops in the mid 18th century. Ultimately, the day – and the territory – was won by the English, who obviously didn’t keep the area for very long. Today, Fort Frederica serves as an interactive history museum, where you can stand in the very spot where history was shaped.
Jekyll Island is an intriguing place for the history buff, having first been colonized by the English in the 1700s, later to become a playground for the idle, decadent rich of the early 1900s. The locals are proud of their island’s colorful past, and tour trams take you all around the various points of interest. It’s a small island, at just under 6,000 acres, but there’s still no shortage of things to do, such as golf, kayaking, canoeing and camping.
On Cockspur Island, the Fort Pulaski National Monument is a frequently visited locale by Civil War historians, as it marks the location where extremely accurate rifle-barreled cannons were first used in a major military engagement. The fort provides daily tours and live reenactments, particularly featuring cannon demonstrations.
On the other side of the spectrum, Sea Island is a posh, luxurious resort destination with the opportunity to go horseback riding on the beach, spoiling yourself at any of the world-class spas, or experiencing Golf Digest’s #1 Golf Resort in North America. This is a place to truly experience “The Good Life”.
Provided you can tear yourself away from the pampering of Sea Island and return to the Georgia shoreline, it’s a little more than 60 miles up the I-95 to Savannah, the capital of Southern hospitality. Old times here are truly not forgotten; the two and a half mile Historic District is filled with boutiques and eateries all secluded under live oak trees. A trolley takes you through the area, past the mansions and houses that were built in the 1800s and still stand proudly in exquisite condition to this day.
Let Georgia weave her spell on you once, and she’ll own a piece of your heart forever.
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