Day One, Saturday, September 12, 2020
We begin our journey, traveling south to our first overnight, staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Glen Allen, Virginia. Tonight, enjoy dinner included at Hanover Tavern, a truly unique culinary experience made from scratch, delivered with gracious hospitality in a warm, historic setting. Meals: D.
Day Two, Sunday, September 13, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and depart traveling further south to Beaufort, South Carolina – it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. Tucked into winding, historic Antebellum streets framed by natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees, Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem—it’s a transformative destination that has charmed visitors since 1512.
Check in to Beaufort Inn and later enjoy a Welcome Reception with appetizers and drinks on an Antebellum porch. Followed by dinner with water views inside the Historic Antebellum house! After, return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Meals: B, D.
Day Three, Monday, September 14, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure then we’re off to CATCH THE SPIRIT OF The Islands onboard our Convertible Sprinters with 360-degree unobstructed panoramic views. Travel the beaches and backroads inaccessible on a full-sized motorcoach while we discover what makes this area so unique. Roll back the retractable roof once we pull off the main roads. Smell the earthy marsh and salty tidal air, soak in the sunlight, and enjoy the fresh air breezes.
This morning we “Journey from Slavery to Freedom” catching the spirit of island life and its unique history and heritage.
- VISIT THE PRAISE HOUSE, PAT CONROY GRAVE, SLAVE CEMETARY and Penn Center. SEE THE PLANTATION HOUSE from the impressive AVENUE OF OAKS.
- Next we are off to do a little beachcombing at an undisturbed and beautiful barrier Island. See the lighthouse, learn its history and climb, if you dare! Walk the beach while learning about the unique eco-systems of this area, an Audubon and turtle preserve. Explore this Island that was the location of the Viet Nam Beach Scene where Forrest Gump carried Bubba to safety.
- LUNCH today is a Low Country Shrimp Boil, AKA Frogmore Stew, served at the SEA ISLAND CENTER where you will “Hear the Story” from a local storyteller and historical interpreter.
- Next we will visit the Shrimp Docks, where your shrimp was harvested for our Low Country Boil! Owned by a local shrimper, see how they catch from the sea with their nets, boats and docks. Get a close-up experience of low country life and the history of shrimping on the island. Visit the docks and learn the history, heritage and traditions of the commercial shrimping in the low country. See the boats and docks where Forrest Gump was depicted.
Return to hotel and refresh for an enjoyable southern social…. a Welcome Reception from a Victorian Porch overlooking the Beaufort River and an amazing sunset! You will be greeted with a glass of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and great company! Enjoy dinner along Beaufort’s “Front Porch.” Meals: B, L, D.
Day Four, Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Enjoy a savory breakfast before departing on a unique tour of Savannah in a convertible minibus, the best way to view the historic beauty of Savannah with a fully retractable glass top. See Historic steeples, Spanish moss and South Carolina sunshine as we enjoy a 90-minute driving tour of the Historic District before we venture off to discover the best of the Low Country!
Next, visit a 100-year old Gullah Geechee Community quietly isolated on the banks of Moon River (Yes, THAT Moon River!), and learn about the unique aspects of their oyster and crab aquaculture practiced for over a century. Here we will enjoy a BBQ lunch served by the regional cook off BBQ Master! Lunch is served on the deck surrounded by incredible Marsh views!
Today we’ll see one of the largest rows of Live Oaks and Spanish moss in the United States. Colonial interpreters will tell the story of the Estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775). Try your hand at Cricket on the original grass Cricket lawn located here.
Enjoy Oyster Appetizers while the sunsets from a porch nestled in the heart of Sandfly, Georgia, offering panoramic views of the waters of the marsh and tidal inlet. Move inside for window view seating and a dinner of locally sourced, fresh seafood. Meals: B, L, D.
Day Five, Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for a morning visit to the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, where we will experience, discover, explore and connect with these waters, some of the most pristine in the country. Enjoy Dynamic exhibits that dive into the ecology, history, culture, art and recreation that help define the Sound. See amazing animals, including many species of fish in our 3,000-gallon aquarium.
- Next, board boats with our naturalist guides who will take us through the very unique waterways and eco-systems of the sound. This unique system is created by the daily large inflow of fresh water from the ACE Basin.
- Explore downtown Beaufort with free time for lunch on own and shopping unique boutiques and artisan shops, a very walkable downtown with no chain retail shops or restaurants.
- Take a Southern Rose Horse Drawn Carriage Ride and learn about Beaufort’s history, see Hollywood movie sets, see gorgeous gardens, ancient churches and many Civil War era Antebellum homes.
- Board boats and relax in the balmy breeze on Captain Dick’s Beaufort River Tour & Dolphin Watch. The Captain and First Mate lead our tour amidst the ecology of the Salt Marsh which includes dolphins, osprey and more!
Return to your hotel to refresh from a day of touring before departing to Santa Elena History Center for an educational program. The story of Santa Elena, founded in 1566 on Parris Island, is one of religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war, and struggles to survive. It is little known — even in South Carolina, where colonial European powers France and Spain established beachheads in the New World. The Santa Elena Foundation wants to change that. Its mission is to expand the story of North American colonization by researching, preserving and promoting Santa Elena, the first European colonial capital.
- Enjoy tapas, Spanish music and guest appearance by a Plus, an enjoyable dinner along Beaufort’s “Front Porch.” Meals: B, D.
Day Six, Thursday, September 17, 2020
Enjoy breakfast and pack up, we will be checking out of this lovely Inn and saying Good-bye! Board our coach and depart for a very unique tour of the Kazoo Factory. You’ll learn all about how the kazoo was invented and how it has come to be America’s most beloved musical instrument.
After our tour we begin to retrace our travel returning north with a stop enroute for dinner included at Cracker Barrel before checking in to Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg, VA. Meals: B, D.
Day Seven, Friday, September 18, 2020
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Begin boarding to depart for a visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. Experience what it means to be a Marine – See American history through the eyes of a marine. Learn how diversified American youngsters are transformed into self-disciplined, courageous, cohesive comrades-in-arms forever woven into the historic fabric of the Marine Corps. Here you will enjoy the movie We, The Marines, an action-packed, giant screen adventure that immerses audiences in the unparalleled experience of becoming and serving as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. The film follows the journey of Marines from boot camp to training, deployment and finally homecoming, bringing to life what it takes to serve as a Marine! Enjoy lunch on own while at the museum. Depart for Home Meals: B.