Summer vacation

We LOVE history. We don’t excel in it, but we love it. Especially living history. Our family vacations almost always include some kind of historical walking tour or immersion – like Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Williamsburg, Virginia.

So… where to go this year? That is the question. Recently we watched all episodes of North and South, Book I and Book II. Daughter LOVED them. Soon after, we watched Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Daughter loved that as well. Her vacation suggestion, therefore, is to go to either Savanna, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina.

Since vacation for us is in July, I’m thinking both will be heat-stroke havens. BUT… we survived Disney World in mid-July one year, so we can survive one of these locales, yes?

We’re leaning toward Charleston for this year. My limited research shows they offer a Civil War walking tour. Since we’ve already taken part in the Gettysburg walking tour, we figured this would give us a more rounded sense of that war. History lesson for a homeschooled child!! 😀

We also love the idea of the vast open space, the waterways and tours of plantation homes with all their original furnishing. Nature trails and the like are also a treasure for us. I think this will be a great trip – especially since we might skip the idea of flying there and drive down instead. Yay!!

Have you been to Charleston? Are there any non-touristy must-sees we should know about? Any inside scoop on proper attire? I ask that because I hear Historic Charleston is all about finery in the evenings. Is that true?

As you can see, I have a lot of research to do, but I’m getting excited just posting here about it. That’s always a good sign. 🙂

20 Responses to Summer vacation

  • I’ve never been so I’m no help but I wanted to say, I think how you do/plan your vacations sounds cool! Sounds fun and I know y’all will have a great time. 🙂

    Keep us posted on the progress.

  • I’ve never been to SC or Georgia and probably will never make it but I love delving into history whenever I travel. I always laugh when I go anywhere with my friend–she knows all the women’s shops. I know all the libraries and museums. How’s that for being mismatched?

  • Debbie, I wish I were going to those deep South cities. Charleston, I’ve heard, has the charm and ambiance that our minds conger up. Heard the food is to die for also. Your daughter’s enthusiasm will make it extra fun. Happy Mothers Day tomorrow!

  • Laura,

    Thank you for saying that. We put a lot of planning into our vacations and want them to really mean something to each of us. I think having only one child helps make the planning unique.

    ~Debbie

  • Linda,
    Too funny about your and your friend… but I’ll guess it makes for a very diverse vacation, yes? 🙂

    ~Debbie

  • Kathleen,

    Thank you for the mother’s day wishes… my best wishes to you, too.
    I think it’s the charm and ambiance, as you say, of Charleston that’s exciting me. It’ll be a bit of a culture shock but I’ve a feeling by the time the week is over, coming home will be just as much of a shock. LOL.

    ~Debbie

  • I know very little about Charleston. But….you’ll post about your vacation, right?:)

  • Every time I’ve been to a southern state I have been charmed. I haven’t yet been to SC but I would love to go. You’ll have to ‘take me with you’ in your blog.

  • Every time I’ve been to a southern state I have been charmed. I haven’t yet been to SC but I would love to go. You’ll have to ‘take me with you’ in your blog.

  • Every time I’ve been to a southern state I have been charmed. I haven’t yet been to SC but I would love to go. You’ll have to ‘take me with you’ in your blog.

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • Barrie,
    Just try and stop me! LOL!

    Beth,
    I’d rather take your blog along with me. 🙂 It makes me laugh, I truly enjoy your blog. But, yes indeedy. I will ‘take you with me’ in my blog.

    ~Debbie

  • I grew up in Kentucky, so I sort of have a “spiritual foot” in the South. . I’ve never been to Charleston, though. It WILL be humid. Orlando in July was a good intro.

    As for the dressiness, you might want to post a query on one of the RWA lists. Someone from SC will likely reply. I think a lot will depend upon the venue. A family venue in the evening might be as dressy as nice casual (along the lines of Chico’s or Coldwater Creek stuff). Unless there’s a church involved, I think things may be more relaxed than you’ve anticipated.

    What’s important is to Have Fun.

  • I grew up in Kentucky, so I sort of have a “spiritual foot” in the South. . I’ve never been to Charleston, though. It WILL be humid. Orlando in July was a good intro.

    As for the dressiness, you might want to post a query on one of the RWA lists. Someone from SC will likely reply. I think a lot will depend upon the venue. A family venue in the evening might be as dressy as nice casual (along the lines of Chico’s or Coldwater Creek stuff). Unless there’s a church involved, I think things may be more relaxed than you’ve anticipated.

    What’s important is to Have Fun.

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