Subject: Re: Savannah, GA & environs
Hi Maddy, Ah Savannah -- I'm so envious. We spent a week on Hilton Head this past Nov. exploring hither and yon along the coast. We fell totally in love with Savannah, then Beaufort, then Charleston.

In Savannah we enjoyed the Gray Line tour that allows for on and off at any stop all day. It was a perfect orientation as there was narration, then you could hop off wherever for more indepth exploration. BTW if you drive to their main location by the bridge (US 17) all day parking is free.

When we go back, the 'Book Tour' is on our list -- suggest you read Berendt's Midnight in the Garden .. if you haven't already. Another suggestion, strange though it may sound.. in the Marriott on the riverfront is a TGI Friday's. Nothing to rave about unless you're a Friday's fan, BUT if you time it at an off meal hour, you can sit and have a drink at the windows and watch those huge container ships glide by, only feet away. Quite fascinating!

When heading north along the coast stick to US17 and avoid I-95 like the plague. The marshland areas are simply beautiful coming into Beaufort. It's an absolutely lovely town, with a well designed harbor area with great places for lunch. A carriage tour throughout the restorations in the historical district would be perfect here. In fact, you may need to make Charleston a destination for another trip!

If you don't succumb to the charms of Beaufort and forget Charleston, we enjoyed Boone Hall Plantation as it's still in one sense a working plantation. Some of the original slave cabins are set up as mini museums and a horse drawn wagon takes you throughout the acreage describing current farming practices. Then of course you'll have to sample the Charleston Crab House -- simply delicious seafood and very casual -- perfect for daytrippers. Hint -- street parking is free on Sunday's in Charleston -- sound cheap don't I, but it can really add up.

I found the site very helpful -- particularly the What to Do section as you can key in areas and selected activities --I believe birding is one of the choices. Enjoy your low country adventure!

Anne Burlington ON