If you are seeking true Southern gentility Charleston and Savannah exude it! I can truly say these are two of my most favorite places to visit, dine, sightsee and thoroughly enjoy. Antebellum Mansions, great gardens, Plantations and history abound in both of these cities. I would be hard pressed to decide which is my favorite, as they both have so much to offer as you will see on your Interlude here.
I’ve decided to focus on the infamous Jekyll Island Club which is still a Victorian treasure. Located on one of Georgia’s most beautiful coastal barrier islands–widely acclaimed for its beaches, recreation and spectacular natural beauty–a truly momentous experience awaits you when you visit. The Victorian clubhouse, with its famed turret, and collection of adjacent structures, has been beautifully restored and remain the centerpiece of Jekyll Island’s renowned National Historic Landmark District – which you will tour on this adventure. The rich history and gracious service makes the Jekyll Island Club Hotel a celebrated and award-winning destination resort for over 25 years and it’s waiting to add you to its guest list. Founded in 1886, the Club was once the private winter retreat of America’s wealthiest families with such members as Morgan, Rockefeller, Pulitzer and Vanderbilt.
The Clubhouse is the center of Resort life and the Jekyll Island Historic District. Designed by Charles Alexander of Chicago, it was completed in just eighteen months in time for the Jekyll Island Club’s inaugural 1888 season. The structure is quintessentially American Queen Anne in architectural style, including its iconic turret that dominates the roof line, verandas, bay windows, extended chimneys and asymmetrical design. Exquisite interior details include Ionic columns in the dining room, twelve and fifteen-foot ceilings, oak wainscoting and other handsomely detailed woodwork, including leaded art glass and ornately detailed fireplaces. From its origins to today, The Clubhouse embodies the finest expression of a sophisticated sojourn.
Your Interlude includes dinner in the beautifully restored Grand Dining Room – splendid in the Victorian mode, the room is dominated by columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces, complete with intricately carved mantle pieces and marble surrounds, add elegance and grace to the atmosphere. From your vantage point at dinner you can soak in the beauty of the lawns and the river that can be seen through expansive windows. In early April, when you are there, you will glimpse the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees that color the landscape. We all look so much better in the glow of candlelight and, when added to lovely piano music – we’ve created an atmosphere of anticipation of the sumptuous gourmet meal to come.
Free time has been allocated for you to explore the island to shop, sightsee or just relax and soak in your surroundings.
I might suggest reading or re-reading John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or renting the video – just to get you in the mood! I loved both the book and the movie. If you are a reader, you might also look for books by the late Eugenia Price, particularly the Savannah Quartet – they are page turners and really put you in a Southern Frame of Mind.
Please review the detailed itinerary and prepare to thoroughly enjoy your Interlude into two exceptional southern cities. I can guarantee that this escorted vacation will far exceed your expectations.
Springtime in Savannah, Charleston & Jekyll Island – 8 Days, 7 nights (2016 dates TBA)
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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