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Amelia Island to Charleston, Low Country, South Carolina and Georgia: 10 days

The Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia is an overlooked place for taking advantage of the spring and fall season when most boats are heading for the shipyard. The spring is that time when it's still too cold to be in New England.

The Low Country offers peaceful, scenic cruising through the Barrier Island protected marshes with a great variety of activities and small towns to visit. Golf could be a big part of this trip as there are world class courses at every stop.

Day 1: Amelia Island

We may begin on historic Amelia Island in the town of Fernandina. It has a long, wide beach for walking and biking and an old village with red brick sidewalks and some quirky and interesting shopping and restaurants.

Day 2: Cumberland Island National Seashore

As we cruise to Jekyll Island we will be able to see where John Kennedy Jr. was married before his tragic accident. You may tour the famous Jekyll Island Club where the iconic American families of Morgan, Vanderbilt Carnegie and Mellon all had homes built in the 1920s. The Club is now a hotel and museum. The Federal Reserve Bank was established here at one of the famous retreats. A good read before your trip is "The Creature from Jekyll Island" which explains the rich history.

Day 3: Sea Island & St. Simons Island

Sea Island and St. Simons Island are on the route leading to St. Mary's and the Isle of Hope; a small settlement in a forest of old growth oak trees flowing with Spanish moss. It's a nice place to walk and relax before dinner onboard.

Day 4: Savannah

We carry on to the Garden City, Savannah. Tours of all sorts abound in this historic town, or just watch the interesting river traffic go by as you relax onboard along famous River Street.

Day 5: Hilton Head Island

We set out for a short cruise through the marshes into South Carolina, past Dafuskie Island and on to Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island. Gold, tennis, bike trails, beaches, shopping and more shopping. Harbor Town is a great stop that has something for everyone.

Day 6: Palmetto Bluff

Off the dock and up the river to Palmetto Bluff, a peaceful and well-restored little hamlet . A nice stop for lunch and a walk or overnight for a rest after the busy visit to Hilton Head.

Day 7: Beaufort

We head down river and across Port Royal Sound, cruising past Paris Island, the training base for the US Marine Corps, and into the small seaport of Beaufort. (The town in South Carolina is pronounced buufort, while the town in North Carolina is pronounced bow-fort!). The tour by horse and carriage is a good one with some surprising facts about civil war and its effects on the area.

Day 8: Kiawah

The famous and stunning resort of Kiawah is our next stop. The remote island was owned by the Saudi Arabian Investment Group for many years and was brought back into the hands of a prestigious C Charleston family in the early 90's. There are several golf courses here including the Ocean Course where the Ryder Cup was played and the PGA Championship has been hosted. Kiawah Island's resort has any and all amenities including restaurants and a gorgeous spa.

Day 9 & 10: Charleston

We travel to the Holy City, Charleston, a splendid town to finish our trip. Charleston is known for its cobblestone Market Street, church steeples, historic harbor, great restaurants and friendly people. One day may not be enough for you!