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 a little bit of 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, plus a killer rooftop, live music, a massive wine flight that serves up 7-9 of their wines and sherry, and tasty cheese-and-meat platters. For more information, click here.
2. Orlando, Florida
When people think of Orlando, Flordia images of Disney and Universal Studios tend to jump in their line of thought. However, Orlando has a thriving nightlife in their downtown, which has the feel of a traditional Main Street with 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 near Lake Eola, a vast lake surrounded by tons of great restaurants, a wine shop (with Lakeland Winery only 30 minutes away), and tons 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 sibling 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 dot downtowns or take a ferry to Fort Sumter. The huge straw market and Millionaire's Row are also 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 you 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 there are plenty of attractions for Nascar fans and Bike Week enthusiasts, other visitors will enjoy being able to drive straight 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 sides. Check out the visit Flordia website here to plan your trip.
5. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head, the quickest jaunt on this list, is recognized for its outstanding golf with 25 courses, including Harbor Town, home to the famous RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. With miles of sandy beaches, bike paths, and coast provide plenty of areas for active types. The numerous tucked-away plantations operate as their villages with cute boutiques, restaurants, and docks to browse and enjoy. Check out what's happening on the Hilton Islands website here.
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