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.
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. claddaghinn.com/
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. www.ansonboroughinn.com/
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.
A walk along the harbor to the famous pineapple fountain provided some good photo opps, and then we had dinner at the Noisy Oyster.
The beach was calling me so we made the short drive from Charleston over to Folly Island to see what was there.
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.
And then it was just a short drive down to St. Johns and Kiawah Island to find a place to stay for the night. www.kiawahresort.com/
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.
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.
That’s all for this trip but I’ll be headed back to the Carolinas before long!