Biltmore Estate, Charleston, Savannah, Folly, Kiawah and Tybee Islands

After our visit with the Clinard cousins in the Winston-Salem area, our next stop was the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. The tulip beds were in their full glory, along with the azaleas and wisteria. For flower lovers, this should definitely be on your bucket list.

biltmore, wisteria

Biltmore mom in tulips

Biltmore red tulips vert

biltmore tulip garden vertical

biltmore tulip garden, hori

biltmore view

biltmore water barrell fountain

biltmore azalea, dog, redbud

biltmore, mom in tulips

biltmore, wedding in tulip garden

Biltmore azaelas:dogwood

biltmore azalea garden 1

biltmore barrel, plants

biltmore bottle fountain

biltmore conservatory

Biltmore mantle in conservatory

biltmore azelea garden 2

The grounds and house were spectacular! After our visit, we headed southeast towards the beach, with an overnight stay in Hendersonville, N.C. to break up the drive. We stayed at the historic Claddagh Inn, which is right in town and an easy walk to a lot of the shops and restaurants.

Claddagh Inn

The next day we drove on to Charleston, S.C. to take in the charm and history of this Southern jewel. We booked a night at the Ansonborough Inn at the edge of the historic district so we could walk to most of the downtown sites.

Ansonborough Inn side view

Charleston Ansonborough balcony

Charleston Ansonborough suite

Charleston, Mom at Ansonborough

We took one of the tours through the historic downtown district on the mule-pulled wagon. It was fun and the driver was full of history and information about the city.

Charleston mule wagon ride

Charleston mules

Charleston mule face

Charleston mule rules

A walk along the harbor to the famous pineapple fountain provided some good photo opps, and then we had dinner at the Noisy Oyster.

Charleston pineapple fountain Charleston boy in fountain Charleston, 3 kids at water Charleston Noisy oyster booths

The beach was calling me so we made the short drive from Charleston over to Folly Island to see what was there.

Mom and Folly Island lighthouse

Little yard lighthouse

Folly Island house

We both enjoy historic sites so we chose Middleton Place just outside of Charleston to visit. They were preparing for a wedding and had some lovely flowers and lanterns around the grounds.

Jamie at Middleton Place tree

Middleton Place house

Middleton Place tree with lanterns

Middleton Place bridal wreath

And then it was just a short drive down to St. Johns and Kiawah Island to find a place to stay for the night.

Kiawah Island condos

Kiawah Island hori sunrise

Kiawah Island horseshoe crab

Kiawah island house

Kiawah Island sandpipers

Kiawah Island shell in sand

Kiawah Island sun, vert

Kiawah Island vert sunrise

Kiawah Island waves, sunrise

Kiawah sunrise, vert sandpiper

We enjoyed the serenity of Kiawah Island for a few days, then headed south to Savannah, Georgia. We toured the historic district by horse and buggy, ate well at the Sixpence Pub, and enjoyed browsing the shops.

Savannah horse and wagon tour

Savannah lantern

Savannah Mercer Williams House Museum

Savannah Sixpence pub

Savannah Sixpence Pub painter

Tybee Island was the last destination on our checklist and we loved the huge flag hanging on the lighthouse. I had to snap a shot of Bowie Seafood as we passed as that is my maiden name.

Tybee Island Bowie Seafood

Tybee Island lighthouse adn house

Tybee Island lighthouse from sand

Tybee Island lighthouse, sea oats

That’s all for this trip but I’ll be headed back to the Carolinas before long!

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