We started in Atlanta and took drove down I-75 down to Macon and then I-16 over to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Driving time is a little over 4 hours, not bad at all. We left Atlanta Friday morning and arrived early afternoon in the Savannah area.
On Saturday we visited historic Fort McAllister Park which is a wonderful State Park in Richmond Hill. Such a nice day, thankfully after a short visit to their museum and a short video, we spend most of our time walking the grounds among the giant live oaks with Spanish moss and viewing the salt marsh and the Ogeechee river. Very relaxing. There are campsites and a few cottages available for a longer stay.
On your first or second day in Savannah you could take one of the many tours, like the Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah which we have taken on a previous trip. You can see the City Market, River Street, the squares and the impressive homes of the Historic District. There are specialty tours also. Highly recommended. Here is a list of the Most Popular Attractions in Savannah GA.
Back to our trip, we departed Savannah Sunday for the 50 mile trip up I-95 to Beaufort SC which takes only about an hour with no stops. We did pass near the Boomer retirement community of Sun City Hilton Head but didn’t stop; maybe next time.
We had a two night reservation at the City Loft Hotel in the Historic District and that turned out to be a fine choice. You can walk to everything. When making a reservation, check out their Specials on their web site. We got a good rate for two nights plus a bottle of wine. There is the City Java shop on site which has the best coffee in town and the Lowcountry Produce Market & cafe is right across from the hotel on Carteret Street, a great place for breakfast or lunch. Beaufort has a lot to enjoy from being right on the Beaufort River which is part of the Intercostals waterway, to nice restaurants, seafood, walkable Historic section, great old houses and more.
Seafood is a specialty of the area, especially shrimp, oysters and fish. Many of the restaurants have back decks with views and people watching especially those located on Bay Street and backing up to the Beaufort River.
Walking in Beaufort’s Historical District is really great, both the commercial side and the residential neighborhoods. I found a friendly and safe environment.
Ghost Carriage Tours of Beaufort in October
Day or Half Day Lowcountry Trips From Beaufort
Take the bridge from the Historical District over to Ladys Island on the Sea Island Parkway. Try the Dockside Restaurant on the left side of the highway on Ladys Island for seafood and a view. A lot of retirees live in several large upscale communities on Ladys Island. Many local markets for produce and seafood.
From Lady’s Island continue on the St Helena Island. Turn right at the historical district sign and continue down awhile to see the tabby ruins of St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins.
Back on the Sea Island Parkway continue on to Hunting Island State Park and the well preserved historic Hunting Lighthouse, which is 136 feet tall. Entrance fee to the park is only $5 per person.
There are other Sea Islands to be explored as well if you have the time.
After our three days in the Lowcountry frankly we were not ready to come back. You would spend three days in the area or longer.