It’s all about Southern charm for this girl this summer, filled with sunny beaches, great food and a ton of history.
We decided to take a road trip down south instead of flying this time which gave us more time to explore all the cool places on the way down. Our first stop was to Richmond Virginia which was about a 6 hour drive from NJ. Richmond is a really pretty city and is also the Capitol of Virginia with beautiful Government buildings and a museum district. We stayed at The Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond which is the oldest hotel in the city. The grand staircase is said to have been filmed for “Gone with the Wind”. The hotel had a shuttle service to take us to our restaurant in Carytown which is a cute little area near the University of Richmond made up of beautiful restaurants and cool stores. http://www.jeffersonhotel.com. We ate a a fabulous restaurant called Water Coastal Kitchen on their beautiful porch. It was a great way to start the trip down south. http://www.watercoastalkitchen.com
Bald Head Island
After about a 4 hour easy drive down the south east coast we reached Southport NC where we parked our car and took the ferry to Bald Head Island. It is a pristine island filled with families and electric golfcarts. It was refreshing not to have cars on the narrow roads although it was like the Indy 500 of golfcarts racing around the island. We rented a beautiful 3 bedroom house through Bald Head Realty and had use of the two club houses on the island. There is a beautiful market on the island that has just about everything and I would encourage making use of the market or bringing supplies as there is not too many food options at night. http://www.bhirealestate.com. Our unit came with bikes that we picked up at the clubhouse down the lane but you could rent bikes, kayaks or paddle boards but make sure you rent them before you go as the island was really busy over the holiday weekend and during the summer months. http://rentals.coastalurge.com/paddleboard-excursions for rentals.
http://www.bhic.org One of the greatest spots on Bald Head Island is the Sea Turtle Nest Protection Project where you can do a night time turtle watch to catch a sighting of the loggerhead turtles coming on to the beach to lay their eggs. Volunteers are there to make sure that the turtles are able to reach the shore safely to their nest. This goes on From May through late July with the hatchings sometime in the early fall.
Workshops for Young People”
The conservancy sponsors workshops for young people, including canoe trips, turtle walks, beach sweeps, and conservation programs, but its biggest task is the preservation of the endangered loggerhead turtle. More than 30 percent of all the loggerhead turtle nesting sites recorded on the North Carolina coast are on this island. The Sea Turtle Nest Protection Project is responsible for monitoring the nesting of these endangered turtles and holds special programs about them.
Www.andellinn.com Visit beautiful Kiwah Island. We decided to book the very stylish and new boutique hotel Andell Inn by Marriott. Walk in to a very chic and fun lobby with beautiful decor. Hip music and a fab bar and patio area. Ha e drinks or a meal on the beautiful wrap around porch with lake views. Cool fact. Breakfast is included and each accommodation is a beautifully decorated spacious suite.
Fresh fields shopping area filled with restaurants a fab market and Lots of shops is a two minute walk from the hotel. The amazing staff will tell you all you need to know about to do on Kiwah.
Reserve kayaks, paddle boards and bikes at Mingo Point. Or rent bikes at Night Heron Park. We took a two hour kayak and we’re lucky to paddle with a family of Dolphins out for happy hour snack **reserve before your stay especially for bikes on a busy week in the summer **