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Well, in case you were wondering why it has been a full week since I last posted, I’ve been traveling and checking off my bucket list in the process.  I have long had a fascination for the South so last week, in celebration of my husband’s birthday, we took a trip down south that included several places that I have had on my bucket list for a good long time.  And, since it had been several decades (dare I say) since my husband had visited his City-of-Savannah alma mater, we decided to make the trip.

We first traveled to Washington, DC to visit my two sweet little grandchildren (and my kids too of course)

My Grandaughter - www.AfterOrangeCounty.comMy Grandson -

From there, we drove one and a half hours to Washington, Virginia.  There we stayed overnight at the highly acclaimed Inn at Little Washington where we had one of the most magnificent dining and lodging experiences of our lives. Checking that one off my bucket list.

The Inn at Little Washington |

Our next stop was Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, rated the #1 Resort in America.

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina |

We spent 3 glorious days and nights at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, experiencing the traditional Lowcountry way of life and soaking up southern hospitality at its finest.

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina |

Here we watched alligators…

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina |

and Egrets from the porch of our cottage.

Egrets in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina |

While in Palmetto Bluff, we toured the beautiful Southern Living Idea House, an idyllic example of Lowcountry architecture.  Checking Palmetto Bluff off my bucket list.

Southern Living Idea House | Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina |

We also visited the nearby village of Habersham, a perfect example of a perfectly planned community.

Habersham, South Carolina |

In Habersham, ancient oaks dripping in Spanish moss, line the streets…

Habersham, South Carolina |

community docks provide a perch for bird watching, crabbing, fishing and boating…

Habersham, South Carolina |

and residents moor their sailboats in the lagoon.  Checking Habersham off my bucket list.

Habersham, South Carolina |

The next stop on our journey was Savannah, Georgia, where we enjoyed an overnight stay at the historic Hamilton Turner Inn…

The Hamilton Turner Inn, Savannah, Georgia |

and dined at The Old Pink House Restaurant & Tavern.  Checking that off my bucket list.

The Old Pink House Restaurant and Tavern, Savannah, Georgia |

The last stop on our southern sojourn was a community called River Dunes in North Carolina.  

River Dunes | Oriental, North Carolina | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comRiver Dunes | Oriental, North Carolina |

I read about this community in Coastal Living magazine and have wanted to visit ever since.

River Dunes | Oriental, North Carolina |

We rented this perfect little cottage for the night…

Cottage Rental | River Dunes | Oriental, North Carolina |

and were treated to a wine and cheese river cruise where a mother and baby dolphin came to entertain us.

River Dunes | Oriental, North Carolina |

I really fell in love with River Dunes.  While I am checking it off my bucket list I plan to return one day soon.

So now you know what I’ve been up to for the past 12 days.  But, I have so much more to share from this trip and will be doing just that over the next few blog posts.  So stay tuned for lots more from Little Washington, Palmetto Bluffs, Savannah, Georgia and River Dunes North Carolina.  And, I’ll also take you on a tour of the Southern Living Idea Home.

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