May 15th, 2015 by Mark at PocketMaps
We here at PocketMaps love Savannah, of course, but sometimes you have to get on the open road and see another corner of the world. This Southern tour includes everything: wineries, happening nightlife, beaches, and great eats.
1. St. Augustine, Florida
People that love Savannah tend to love St. Augustine since they both have plenty of history, trolley cars, and ghost stories. One must-stop is the San Sebastian Winery. With free tours and tastings, a killer rooftop, live music, a massive wine flight serving up to nine of their wines and sherries, and tasty cheese and meat platters, For more information, click here.
2. Orlando, Florida
When people think of Orlando, Florida, images of Disney and Universal Studios tend to jump into their line of thought. However, Orlando has a thriving nightlife downtown, with the feel of a traditional Main Street and almost every type of bar imaginable: an underground speakeasy, wild dance clubs, Irish pubs, rooftop stargazing spots, and an old-school 80's joint. This area is also close to Lake Eola, a large lake surrounded by many great restaurants, a winery (Lakeland Winery is only 30 minutes away), and lots of locals (unlike the land of Mickey Mouse!). Check out this comprehensive list of bars and nightlife here.
3. Charleston, South Carolina
In many ways, Savannah's sister rival, Charleston, South Carolina. Still is a great place to sneak off when you want to do some high-end shopping and eat at one of the homes-turned-restaurants downtown or take a ferry to Fort Sumter. The huge straw market and Millionaire's Row are worth checking out during any visit. And when you drive up, be sure to pull over for a quick stop at the Old Sheldon Church. Free and open to the public, this will only take about fifteen minutes, and the ruins were once burned by that scoundrel Sherman, who spared our beautiful city. Check out the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau here for a list of things to do and see when visiting.
4. Daytona and Ormond Beaches, Florida
Daytona is home to "The World's Most Famous Beach," thanks to the annual Daytona 500. While Nascar and Bike Week fans will find plenty to keep them entertained, other visitors will appreciate the ability to drive right onto the beach and set up camp. Ormond Beach, located just minutes away, is an excellent area for hidden treasures like a self-serve wine bar, perfect Greek and Irish pubs, and many dive bars. The less-than-a-mile wide strip of land where a portion of these cities lay between the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax Highway equals breezy nights. There are even dining and nightlife options overlooking the river and ocean. Check out the Visit Florida website here to plan your trip.
5. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head is the shortest tour on this list. It has 25 great golf courses, including Harbor Town, where the well-known RBC Heritage Golf Tournament is held. Miles of sandy beaches, bike paths, and coasts provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The many hidden communities are like little villages with shops, restaurants, and docks to look around and enjoy. Check out what's happening on the Hilton Islands website here.
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