Down the Coast

In the summer of 2010, Drew’s family invited us to Tybee Island, Georgia for a beach vacation, so we decided to make the most of the opportunity by taking highways and back roads rather than the interstate.

First, we drove over the mountains to Raleigh, then through North Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina – where we visited Battleship North Carolina.

Raleigh Farmers Market
Raleigh Farmers Market

North Topsail Beach
North Topsail Beach
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina

Next we hopped on a ferry and made our way to Charleston, South Carolina.

Feeding birds on the ferry
Jini feeding birds on the ferry
Feeding birds on the ferry
Drew feeding birds on the ferry
Grabbed lunch at this delish little seafood restaurant on the waterfront in Southport, NC
Grabbed lunch at this delish little seafood restaurant on the waterfront in Southport, NC
Bridge into Charleston
Bridge into Charleston
Open-air market in Charleston
Charleston open-air market
That's Jini up there next to the old Custom House
That’s Jini up there next to the old Custom House
Self-timed pic in a Charleston park
Self-timed pic
The Anchorage, a cute B&B we stayed at in Charleston. It's now closed :(
The Anchorage, a cute B&B we stayed at.
Had an amazing dinner at High Cotton. Located right on the main drag, East Bay St.
Had an amazing dinner at High Cotton. Located right on the main drag, East Bay St.

From there we meandered down the coast to meet up with the fam in Tybee Island, Georgia.

Bridge into Savannah
Bridge into Savannah
View of the Tybee Island Lighthouse from our beachhouse
View of the Tybee Island Lighthouse from our beachhouse
If you've never been to Tybee Island, it's a wonderful place.
If you’ve never been to Tybee Island, you should go. It’s a wonderful place.
Our fav dive on Tybee, Huckapoos.
Our fav dive on Tybee, Huckapoos.
Huckapoos - Bites & Booze
Huckapoos – Bites & Booze
Historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and Station
Historic Tybee Island Light Station & Museum
View from the top of the lighthouse
View from the top of the lighthouse
Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier
Fort Pulaski, an American Civil War fortification
Fort Pulaski, an American Civil War fortification
Cockspur Lighthouse, the less known lighthouse on Tybee Island. To reach it you have to hike from Fort Pulaski and it's only accessible during low tide.
Cockspur Lighthouse, the less known lighthouse on Tybee Island. To reach it you have to hike from Fort Pulaski and it’s only accessible during low tide.
Playing around in the fort
Playing around in the fort
Poor Jini locked away in the fort
Poor Jini locked away in the fort

During our week-long stay on Tybee, we spent a couple of days in Savannah doing the tourist-y bus tours, eating southern comfort food and taking part in an epic bar crawl. Also – we found a $100 bill laying on a busy street one afternoon, what luck! (We did decide that it was only fair to ‘give it back’ to Savannah – you know, for good karma. So naturally we spent it all on our bar crawl.)

Savannah
Savannah
We love to stay at Hyatt properties, and the one here on Savannah's riverfront is no exception.
We love to stay at Hyatt properties, and the one here on Savannah’s riverfront is no exception.
Selfie with the municipal building - note its gold dome
Selfie with the municipal building – note its gold dome
Here were are on the riverfront with Drew's parents, Nellie and Don
Here were are on the riverfront with Drew’s parents, Nellie and Don
Southern Living called Jones Street the most beautiful street in North America.
Southern Living called Jones Street the most beautiful street in North America.
Had lunch at Clary's, you know from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fame. It's delish, by the way.
Had lunch at Clary’s Cafe, you know from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” fame. It’s delish, by the way.
So many historic districts, squares and cemeteries in Savannah.
So many historic districts, squares and cemeteries in Savannah.

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On our trip home, we stopped in north Georgia and visited Cornelia – a quirky little town with one of the world’s largest apple sculptures, and Helen – a neat city with obvious German heritage.

Selfie in Cornelia, GA with one of the world's largest apple sculptures.
Selfie in Cornelia, GA with one of the world’s largest apple sculptures.
Cute little Helen, GA. A German-inspired town that is supposed to have an awesome Octoberfest celebration.
Cute little Helen, GA. A German-inspired town that is rumored to have an awesome Octoberfest celebration each fall.
Goofing off
Goofing off
All the buildings in the city must conform to strict design standards. Even the fast food joints have a German flair.
All the buildings in Helen must conform to strict design standards. Even the fast food joints have German flair.

On the final trek back through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, we stopped at Fontana Dam for a look-see.

Fontana Dam
Fontana Dam
Fontana Dam
Fontana Dam
Selfie on Fontana Dam
Selfie on Fontana Dam

What a fun trip! We crammed as much sightseeing as possible into those couple weeks, and it was totally worth it. Shout out to our awesome fam, specifically Nellie and Don, for making the trip possible.