Sometimes you just need to slow down. Inhale the aroma of blossoming jasmine. Bike leisurely under shady live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Strike up a conversation over a glass of sweet tea. Savor the Southern charm of Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah. Dine extravagantly. This is how a vacation is supposed to feel.
1 On a guided walk of Charleston, explore the lovely historic district with narrow brick alleys, hidden cemeteries, stunning architecture and flower-draped courtyards | Pedal past the grand mansions of Sullivan's Island on the way to historic Fort Moultrie | Dine in style at the acclaimed Peninsula Grill.
2 Enjoy an easygoing ride on Wadmalaw Island, where nearly 150 colonists settled in 1670 | Wander among the Camellia sinensis plants at the Charleston Tea Plantation | Soak up more of the charming culture of Charleston, the first city in the country to zone for a historic district.
3-4 Kayak in the ACE—Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto—Basin, watching for local wildlife | Stroll on a boardwalk through a submerged cypress tupelo swamp forest where you may spot alligators | Bike amid a lush semitropical forest of twisted palm trees to emerge at gorgeous Hunting Island State Park | Dip your toes during a leisurely beach walk.
5-6 Pass through a tunnel of ancient oak trees as you bike from world-famous Bonaventure Cemetery to Wormsloe Historic Site | Savor authentic Southern food at lively Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room—okra, lima beans, sweet potatoes and some of the best fried chicken around | Discover the city's wisteria-scented squares, oak-lined avenues and secret alleys on a guided walk.