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Hi there, hope everyone had a fabulous and safe July 4th. We were at the beach (still are) and the weather despite a gloomy rainy stormy July 4th over the weekend was spectacular, couldn’t have been more beautiful! Well the southern goodness continues as I present my last post on the matter. If you missed my parts 1 and part 2, you might want to go back! From Charleston and Savannah we stopped in at Beaufort and Bluffton. Beaufort is utterly charming and I can see why so many movies have been filmed there and why it has been named as the #1 small coastal town to live in. There are the beautiful homes, lush old landscape, proximity to the water all enveloped in the most darling old fashioned feeling downtown. Really charming!

Bluffton is it’s artsier counterpart. It has a real artist vibe, a bunch of cute shops and some lovely homes as well. Then after Savannah we went to (and fell madly in love with) Palmetto Bluff. This might be the most beautiful community I have ever seen. AMAZING. I don’t think any pictures I took can truly convey just how spectacular it is, it is on about 20,000 acres and will ultimately have 400 homes. It has everything one could need, from it’s own town, world class equestrian center, boating center, shooting range, multiple gyms, tennis, nationally ranked golf course/club, and a major marina/yacht club is the works. I loved it so much that I am going back in Sept. with my husband and my brother in law and wife to look as a potential second home purchase down the road. Yes, it’s that amazing.

The Southern Living Idea House also happened to be in Palmetto Bluff and it was gawgeous!! I loved every single room and was basically ready to move right in:) Situated on a lake, decorated to lake house perfection… made me fall in love with Palmetto Bluff even more!

Then after Palmetto we went to Kiawah, I hadn’t been since I was a young adult, and didn’t have the appreciation for such things as I do now. Well again this was another spectacular place. Very much a resort, it is the kind of place I would love to go back to with my family. A beautiful combination of elegant seaside living with gracious southern hospitality…a winning combination!? I can see the draw for? families who go back year after year. There is once again, everything there, and it is also really beautiful.

On the final day back, we stopped briefly through Chapel Hill and Raleigh/Durham (great college towns) and indeed packed a lot of punch into our days, wouldn’t have had it any other way! It was like the ultimate road trip. Enjoy…..


A few highlights

Food– Ate really casual on this leg of our trip but by no means does that mean we did not enjoy every scrumptious bite, Shrimp Shack was described as being a hole in the wall but a must stop for shrimp lovers (that would be me)? The only thing fresher would have been to go into the ocean and get them yourself…sooo good! (near Beaufort) Jasmine Porch at Kiawah Resort, offers beautiful view so the Atlantic and great southern influenced food, great for lunch! The Pit (near Raleigh/Durham (if you like BBQ) you will be in heaven. Great southern cooking!

Hotels/resorts– Palmetto Bluff and Kiawah are true 5 stars in every sense of the word. Just amazing, cannot say enough.

Things to d0-Part of the fun of a road trip is just exploring along the way, loved touring through Beaufort and going to the Idea house at Palmetto Bluff, which is a must see. If you happen to be in that area, do go….so worth it! (runs through September) Visiting the plantations, Magnolia House and Middleton were a beautiful way to go back in time and wonder what it must have been like. The grounds are gorgeous and just walking where so much history took place was exhilarating.


So below some of our random highlights…


Visiting Magnolia Plantation


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Driving en route to Savannah…..IMG_2654 IMG_2655 IMG_2656 IMG_2657 IMG_2658 IMG_2661 IMG_2662


A little from Bluffton and Beaufort…..IMG_2663 IMG_2666 IMG_2680 IMG_2681


Arriving at Palmetto BluffIMG_2682 IMG_2683 IMG_2684

Driving in and around and the Southern Living Idea house…..



Charming supermarket/gift shop…IMG_2868 IMG_2869


This is their darling marketIMG_2871


A few details on the model homes we first visited I liked (LOVED the gas lanterns everywhere)IMG_2876


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This is the Southern Living Idea house….

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The beautiful Kiawah resort……

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As we were in the Raleigh/Durham area we were told we had to make a stop at the famous “The Pit”, known far and wide for their southern BBQ an since it felt sacrilegious to be in the south and not have experienced at least one BBQ, we happily obliged. It did not disappoint…good southern home cookin!IMG_3110 IMG_3111 IMG_3112 IMG_3113 IMG_3116


And upon arriving back to my sisters in Virginia, we drove out to the country the next morning where she took us to the most charming local farms to go blueberry/blackberry picking, it was such fun and a perfect way to round out a perfect trip!

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And that my friends rounds out my travels as we went on our Southern road trip. It was just so much fun, I loved not having a real schedule or itinerary and just winging it, and somehow it all works out. It was one of those trips I wasn’t quite ready for it to end, but we all know, they do. We have a part 2 in mind where we will travel through Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, go to Blackberry Farm (always wanted to go) and eventually down to New Orleans. Maybe next year!
Thanks for stopping in and wanting to share my travels with me, if you are headed this way and have any questions feel free to drop me a line! Wishing you a fabulous day…..

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Lynne Powell on

Looks like such a fun trip! Those food pictures are making me hungry πŸ™‚ I love how all the homes and resorts are decorated! A lot of inspiration, especially for mixing some modern and traditional elements. Thanks for sharing!

Leslie @ Around The Table on

Tina, Your pictures are wonderful and I can tell y’all πŸ˜‰ had a great time. The homes are so charming and I love to see them nestled among the trees. I can feel the Southern hospitality and the food looks delicious! Enjoy your visit in the Hamptons. We are back from our little getaway and it’s off to work for me today and back to home details and construction… Enjoy your day!

Joy Searles on

My office at Duke is a few blocks from The Pit in Durham. I was treated to lunch there last month for my birthday and it was delicious! Loved all your pics of some of my favorite places in the world. I’ll be heading to Charleston and Isle of Palms in October for another dose!

Kelly - Talk of the House on

Goodness! I feel like I have been on a road trip! Thanks for sharing it ALL with us. I loved Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, and Beaufort when we travelled there last year. (It’s on my blog too. πŸ™‚ ) We did not make it inside the little market at Palmetto Bluff so I was happy to be able to take a peek here. And good grief the Southern Living Idea house is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for all the photos from it. I hope you do get to make your part 2 trip. I have been wanting to make a trip to Birmingham myself.

Elizabeth@pine cones and acorns blog on

Tina, your trip looks wonderful! I love the resort! It looks like a relaxing place to spend a few days. The model homes look beautiful!

But I have to be honest, the photos from the blueberry and blackberry picking were my favorite! They brought back many happy memories of when we used to go with my grandparents!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

P.S. The pit is a favorite of mine too!

Sally on

A very belated Happy 4th July weekend to you dearest Tina

Im so sorry that my wishes are so late..I have had problems with your southern posts and the computer lets me see a little then crashes πŸ™
Its sad because I am very interested and your picture look gorgeous…Daddy loved the key lime pie down there too!! If you find the recipe…

So glad you enjoyed it, and now are at the beach. We just saw somethings gotta give on tv…again!! love that I guess you are somewhere near

I thought of you on 4th July, and all our dear friends over the pond, I hope you had a fabulous weekend, celebrating in style
Love to you xx

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering on

Hi Tina…I commented earlier and the internet ate my comment! I think this may be my all time favorite post of yours!! Palmetto Bluff looks AMAZING!!! I am going to try to convince my husband to go down to look at property there as well – maybe we can hang out in our rocking chairs together when we are old southern ladies! And, I NEED to go while the SL house is still open…heck…I want to BUY THAT house!
Thanks for the eye candy today! I hope you enjoyed this beautiful day at the beach! xoxo

Southern girl on

Your trip sounds wonderful but you must continue on through the South. If you plan on going through B’ham and New Orleans you really need to make a stop in Fairhope, Al. A beautiful bay side town that you just won’t believe! It is really a jewel and not to be missed.

splendid market on

Sounds like a great road trip, hopping to read the 2 previous stories. I love Charleston, but have yet to visit the rest,

Candace T on

So glad y’all had a good time in our beloved South! You can certainly see why we are a little more “round” down here! Hope you can make it up into North Georgia when you swing through Atlanta next year!

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