America's Best Summer Getaways 2009
Road Trip: Savannah to Charleston
The Itinerary: Southerners live by their stomachs, and nowhere more so than in the low country of coastal South Carolina and Georgia—a simple two-day getaway.
Day One: Savannah to Beaufort (51 miles). Start things out right at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room (lunch for two $32), where down-home goodness is served from 11 a.m. sharp each day: platters of fried chicken, vegetables swathed in bacon grease, and tufts of mashed sweet potatoes. Make your way north to SC 170, then on to SC 46 east, ending up in walkable Bluffton, South Carolina, a celebration of small-town Southern life. Be sure to stop by the Bluffton Oyster Factory, where you can watch Gullah women hand-shuck buckets of briny May River bounty. For dinner, head to Pepper’s Porch
(dinner for two $42) for a Low Country Boil, served under ghostly Spanish moss tresses. Spend the night in Beaufort at the 190-year-old Great Value Rhett House Inn (doubles from $139, including breakfast), an antebellum plantation manse one block from the Intercoastal Waterway.
Day Two: Beaufort to Charleston (134 miles). Hop on Highway 17, making a stop at Wood Brothers, a general store that will sell you a pouch of boiled peanuts (the unofficial state snack) for the hour-long drive to Wadmalaw Island. Follow 17, turning right onto Main Road and then onto Maybank Highway. Once you’re riverside, pull into P.M. King’s Grocery for ribs or a freshly made shrimp-salad sandwich. After lunch, tour the