So, when my husband told me he was thinking of planning a road trip for the two of us, I have to be honest, I wasn't that psyched. What was wrong with Greece? Or Turks and Caicos? Aside from the astronomical cost, two small children in need of supervision, and demanding jobs that required our focus? That about sums it up.
He was gifted with a trip to The Masters in Augusta, GA for his 40th which really helped to determine, if nothing else, general location. We decided on four destinations...Beaufort, SC...Savannah, GA...August, GA...Chattanooga, TN. None of which I'd ever been, none of which I knew much about. It was time for an adventure! Planned but not TOO planned, like, regimented or anything. Just vague ideas of what might be cool things to see and do as guests in uncharted territory.
I was anticipating a bit of boredom in the car. I love the man but what could we possibly have to discuss for ten hours STRAIGHT in the car after being together for 12 years (the fire bringing down the I-85 bridge in GA really threw a wrench in the works)?? Well, lots! And not all about the kids! WHAAAA?? I know! I was super surprised. Of course, the 90's station on Sirius really helped us relive our youth...waaaaaay more than ten hours of content to cover there.
We loved Beaufort! GO!! Such a small, quaint little town. Surprisingly more to do than I realized. Being a Bostonian, now landlocked in TN, I appreciated that breeze off the Atlantic (but not so much the pollen from the trees). We stayed at this beautiful bed and breakfast that I would recommend to any and everyone...Anchorage 1170. From their rooftop, you can grab a drink and get the most stunning view of the sun setting over the water you have ever seen. Here are some pics of Anchorage 1770 and the adorable town in which it sits...
So much history here! We took a horse-drawn carriage tour around the town and I learned so much!! Who knew?! So many more pictures I could share. I will say one of the most incredible sites we saw we made sure to check out on our way out of town. Sheldon Church...burned down, rebuilt, burned down again. It is such a haunting, heavy place to visit. Awe-inspiring really.
We fell in LOVE with Savannah, GA! So up and coming. A town with an interesting mix of intriguing history and the boho, crunchy art scene. Little pop in cafes. Restaurants overlooking the water. Glorious churches from centuries ago. Memorable scenes from some of our favorite movies. The affluent neighborhood of Jones Street inspiring the phrase "Keeping up with the Jones'" And WOW! You are never at a loss for a spirit or a spirit, if you catch my drift. My husband wanted me to go on a Haunted Pub Crawl and, ummmmm, no.
We stayed at the Cotton Sail Hotel, on the Riverfront. Splurged a little for the balcony but it was worth it for the view. Those big, gliding riverboats never cease to amaze and impress.
And the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is breathtaking. No matter what your belief, it truly is exquisite architecture, sculpture and art, paying homage to faith. When we got off of the trolley, it was pouring rain. Playing on the steps was a bagpiper, somberly playing out the casket, carried by mourners of the lost soul inside. I had goosebumps. Absolutely it was sad, but it was also so very majestic in its tradition. I feel honored to have "accidentally" happened upon something so special and meaningful. And then, to go inside and see what I knew had been flowing out of the doors...wow. Just, wow.
That's it! My experience in Augusta. I am sure it is a lovely city. But, I literally worked in a hotel room for two days straight while my husband enjoyed watching men hit a ball with a stick, chase after it, and try to get it in the tiniest hole...ALL. DAY. LONG.
Chattanooga ROCKS!! The last leg of the trip brought us back to Tennessee! Before we even got to Chattanooga, we stopped at Rock City. I had never been and this was my husband's 3rd time. It was nice for him to have time to share his childhood memories with his wife. And whoa!! What an incredible place to be! I had no idea what I was in for and really, words don't do it justice. Here is Rock City!
The thing about Chattanooga I couldn't get over was how much of a "green" city it is! There are free shuttles all over the city. FREE! There are bike rental spots on every sidewalk. We even saw electric car charging networks. Fantastic! And for those who weren't enjoying this beautiful, cloud-free day on land, they were doing it by river...Tennessee River!
We popped into local spots here and there either for a bite to eat or a quick drink on the patio. So relaxing!
The last adventure before our five hour drive home was the Tennessee Aquarium! I highly recommend. Beautiful, brilliant colors and creatures. WE moved between three buildings. And as we moved, there was a some sort of street fair that featured everything from art to photography to essential oils to "cheer bows" to a live, acoustic guitar playing with a softening voice. Perfection!
And that's it!! That was our road trip vacation, bringing us closer together and bringing us closer to the awesome cities and towns that are far closer than I even thought. Now some backyards are bigger than others but more often than not, the best experiences are right there waiting for us. We didn't need Greece or Turks and Caicos (well, not NOW, anyway). We just needed each other, time, car, and a map. And what a world of adventures we had.
I hope that you were able to be inspired by at least some of this. That you saw an interesting city or town. That you saw a place you'd like to dip into. Or maybe thought more about supporting local businesses right here at home. Maybe you already do all of this already and to you I say, you are far more aware than I and be grateful for all of the experiences you've had because of it. I hope you enjoyed the pieces of our peace!
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