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Need help with itinerary... Jacksonville to Charleston

Mar 30th, 2005, 03:43 PM
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I highly urge you to get off Interstate 95 on your way to Charleston in Walterboro for a drive through the ACE Basin.

ACE-Basin Wildlife Management Area is comprised of the Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto Rivers. ACE Basin represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast. It currently is around 11,000 acres but is expected to expand by 7,000 more acres.

It is unbelievably beautiful to drive through. South Carolina Highway 17 goes straight through the ACE basin and is not a slower route to Charleston.

http://www.fws.gov/acebasin/

 
Mar 30th, 2005, 03:47 PM
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I'm sorry, my numbers are off.

The ACE Basin consists of 350,000 protected acres of wetlands along the SC Coast.

It is a joint effort from the US Fish & Wildlife, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and private landowners.
 
Mar 30th, 2005, 04:41 PM
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St Mary's might be nice for lunch on the trip back. It is not that far off the highway and an about an hour from downtown Jax.
I agree with mms, not much there, but Amelia Island is very pretty.
When we were househunting, we looked there first.
Rocky- I have photos of our trip to Savannah and I have some of Forsyth Park, if you want, I could send them to you..let me know.
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Mar 31st, 2005, 06:39 AM
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Scarlett, I would love to see the pictures. Wow, you guys are great. We will definately try and get to Amelia Island and the ACE Basin. I went a little crazy yesterday and booked most of my trip. My one "mistake" happened when I couldn't find many available/affordable hotels in Charleston. I ended up bidding on Priceline and ended up with Francis Marion for two nights. I KNOW! I didn't look at the reviews before the bid... The only good part was that I only spend $75 a night. Since I saved so much money, I can splurge for the last night in Charleston. Should we stay on the beach?
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Mar 31st, 2005, 12:13 PM
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Rocky - it's been a while since I stayed at the Francis Marion but it was fine and convenient when I was there. What has happened to make people turn against it?
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Mar 31st, 2005, 12:35 PM
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Hi Rocky, give me your email addy or I will give you mine..Forsyth Park is in the group of photos as is a red brick building that is most likely what is now the Mansion .
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Apr 1st, 2005, 08:15 AM
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If you are splurging your last night in Charleston, stay at either Market Pavillion, the Harborview Hotel, Charleston Place, or Planters Inn.

There is nothing wrong with the Frances Marion.

The ACE Basin is on the way to Charleston. You would have to drive out of your way to miss it so there is nothing to 'try and make it up to'.
 
Apr 1st, 2005, 08:37 AM
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Thanks Scarlett. My e-mail is [email protected]
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Apr 1st, 2005, 10:12 AM
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Rocky, The Mansion is brand new. I just got this from Travelzoo:

Special Offer from Mansion on Forsyth Park: How HOT is this deal?
1 2 3 4 5 6

$139 -- Luxurious Savannah Hotel, Grand Opening Special
Savannah, Ga.
Travel dates: April 11-July 31
Top 20 deal - sells out quickly!
Be one of the first guests to stay at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah's historic district with their $139 grand opening special. This special applies to their Premium King rooms, featuring crystal chandeliers, oversized soaking tubs, flat screen televisions and pillow-top mattresses. Good for stays between April 11-July 31, the price of this room will skyrocket to a regular rate of $249 per night once the special ends.
For an additional $80 upgrade to the Bohemian Butler Floor, complete with personal 24-hour butler service.

Update (3:38pm ET, March 30, 2005): The following dates are now sold-out: April 30 and May 6-8, 28

Book by April 9: Call the hotel directly at 1-888-711-5114.
Or, Click here to book online through Mansion on Forsyth Park's website.

The grand opening celebrates the transformation of this original 1888 Victorian mansion into a hotel with the addition of an expansive wing of 126 chic, new rooms. A member of Preferred Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, Mansion on Forsyth Park is home to a fine-dining restaurant, where guests can enjoy an extensive wine list and private dining art galleries. With its onsite full-service spa and culinary school guests are offered the finest in amenities.

Mansion on Forsyth Park
700 Drayton Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
phone: 1-888-711-5114
www.mansiononforsythpark.com



 
Apr 1st, 2005, 10:48 AM
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Thanks GoTravel. That's the special I booked. Since it just opened (March 25th) I don't think anyone will be able to give me a review. I'll have to make sure to write a trip report and give my own review.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 05:13 PM
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Thanks GoTravel for mentioning the deal on Travel Zoo. I was able to book The Mansion on Forsyth Park for our trip to Savannah May 2nd and 3rd. It sounds like it will be great. We will be staying at Casa Monica in St Augustine the two nights prior. I understand it is owned by the same hotel group. I was not familiar with Travel Zoo and I thank you for that information. It looks like a great site!! Thanks again! Rocky, when will you be there? I think before my trip? Would love to get your feedback, so please give us a review.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 06:45 PM
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Rocky, be on the lookout for an Ofoto album or a Kodak Gallery album..they changed Ofoto!
The Mansion looks just great! I am pretty sure it is the brick building in the background in my Forsyth Park photos
Marcia, we were just in St Augustine last week, had lunch at Casa Monica..then walked across the street to the Lightener Museum. That was really fun..it was such a hot day, it was a relief to be inside the museum. Try to go if you have time, it is interesting.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:50 PM
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Rocky, I just got back from Charleston earlier today (I ran the Cooper River Bridge Run) and last night we walked over to the Francis Marion. The location is fine, there is a rooftop bar/restaurant catty corner to the hotel, it is across the street from Marion Park and very near the museum. I really think you'll like the hotel.

Let me know which you pick for your splurge.

Glad I could help Marcia!
 
Apr 2nd, 2005, 04:03 PM
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GoT, how did you do in the race?
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 04:03 PM
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sorry- run
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:11 PM
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Thank you for asking Scarlett!

I was happy with my time (just over an hour) considering how dismal race conditions were at the start.

While we were waiting at the start (42,000 entrants for the walk and run), it POURED rain. Not drizzle, not showers but the sky opened up. Cold, wet, miserable and trying to keep my muscles warm.

Thankfully the rain stopped right as the race began. Then we hit the bridge (the span is 2.5 miles) and the wind started. Not wind but gale force winds of 40 miles per hour.

I loved the race and it was exhilerating and can't wait to run it next year over the new bridge Arther Ravenel Bridge (this was the last year for the Silas Pearman Bridge which will be torn down this summer).

http://www.charleston.net/specialsec....aspx?pageID=1

Should have some interesting photos. They had a great suppliment in todays Post and Courier.

Have you made your plans for Charleston yet?
 
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