Palmetto Bluff is a very special place. Time is suspended there. My mother and I had our hearts set on relaxing in low country nature during our road trip, so we made a reservation at Montage Palmetto Bluff. This award-winning resort only 30 minutes from Savannah is located on 20,000 acres of land, much of which is nature preserve. Bird sanctuaries, tidal marshes, forested bike paths, and the beautiful May River stretch across the landscape. Its beauty rivals that of some national parks.
Our first stop on our tour was Savannah, Georgia, a city which utterly enchanted us. The live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, the gently hued historic architecture, and the dramatic passing thunderstorms gave the city a painterly, other-worldly quality. Moreover, the people were the friendliest we've met anywhere, always ready with a smile, and occasionally a ghost story.
Many wonderful trips are devoted to gourmet food, striking architecture, beautiful interiors, and charming cafés. This was not one of those trips. This was a trip of big mountains, big sky, grab-and-go barbecue, and highway motels.
After taking some time to explore Washington, D.C. and its many museums, we were in the mood for a leisurely day outside. Having recently learned from a wine bottle (where else?) that Virginia does, in fact, have an abundance of vineyards, we decided we would find one nearby and make a day of it.
Rolan has been working in D.C. for the last few weeks, so as soon as I finished my last class of college (!), I hopped on a plane to visit him. I love D.C. for its exceptional layout (designed by a French man), its free museums, its historic charm, and its endlessly fascinating present.