Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plantations, Civil War and Mint Juleps



We finally decided on our family’s perfect summer 2011 vacation destination.

The pre-requisites for this trip were as follows:

1. Low Cost
2. Reasonable driving distance
3. Interesting for all family members
4. Two weeks in length (ok, we stretched it to 2 ½ weeks)
5. Did I mention, Low Cost?

Gone with the Wind and Scarlett O’Hara gave us the answer; we’re heading south to Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, with stops at Richmond, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This mix keeps everyone happy with loads of beaching/relaxing, a wealth of historical/cultural sites, ghost tours and great food, all at a reasonable price.

Through VRBO and Vacation Rentals, we booked a two bedroom cottage on a resort with pool in Charleston for $500.00 a week and a gorgeous, newly decorated, ocean view condo on a Hilton Head resort for $700.00 weekly. Both properties were booked directly through the owner. If you want tips on how to do this, check out my article, Book Privately and Save a Bundle.

We've also been using group internet coupons to pre-book tours and attractions for less than half price…but I’ll leave that for an upcoming article.

I’d love to hear any suggestions or advice that you may have for our venture to the South. In the meantime, I’ll practice my drawl and perfect my recipe for Mint Juleps.

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