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Jun 10th, 2012, 05:31 AM
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Places to see on I77 from Florida to Cleveland

We plan on traveling I95/I77 from Florida up through Virginia around the end of June (2012). What are some recommendations of places to see that are along that corridor?
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Jun 10th, 2012, 08:02 AM
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Savannah and Charleston are both great places to visit. Did you want to spend a few days or just just a few hours?
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Jun 10th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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I agree with cd,both are beautiful with Chareston a lot more to see. If you did have more time and wanted a break Hilton Head is very relaxing also, not right on the path but not far.
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Jun 10th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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If you've never been, Fort Sumter boat cruise gives a lot of history: http://www.spiritlinecruises.com/sumter_overview.asp
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Jun 10th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Traveling I-77 will bring you up to my neck of the woods, the real Mayberry. Check out Mt. Airy, NC (www.visitmayberry.com). It is a fun little town with a number of options for hiking, shopping, and great places to stay and eat. If you think this would interest you and you have any questions about it, fire away. I love to talk about this part of beautiful North Carolina.

If you love a good milkshake, stop at the Peach Stand off I-77 at the Tega Cay/Fort Mill exit in SC just before you cross over into NC. Pretty darn good and I never travel that route without a stop!

Welcome to North Carolina!
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Jun 10th, 2012, 10:36 AM
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OH, and if you stop at the Peach Stand be sure to get your peaches. they will be in high season.
I guess you'll take 95 to Charleston and then I26 up to Columbia SC to get to I77.
In Columbia you could eat SC BBQ at a Maurice's.
Charlotte is certainly on your way--lots of good museums right downtown. Our new Bechtler is a world class modern art collection. The downtown Mint is wonderful. Museum of the New South. Founders Hall at Bank of America headquarters has incredible frescoes. Lots of good eating/dining.
I 77 won't really take you to Virginia, except for passing through a beautiful short stretch. It does do WVA on the turnpike. Pretty drive.
I wouldn't bother getting off the road for Hilton Head. It's a big housing development "near" the ocean in some places. If you want a beach area, just keep coming to Charleston and go over to Wild Dunes for a visit--closer and prettier.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 11:12 AM
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Thanks all for the ideas. I have been to Charleston and its a great place, but the Ft Sumter cruise might be an idea
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Jun 11th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Well, there's LOTS to do in Charleston besides that also. The Hunley exhibit is now open and VERY fascinating.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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Here's a few places to stop and rest on I 95 before you reach I 77. When you get to Jacksonville, FL on I 95 get off at Exit 353 C on W Union St. and go about 8 blocks to Pearl and take a left to Jenkin's Quality BBQ which is home owned by the Jenkins' Family for over 50 years. Get off I 95 at Exit 373 and go W to Callahan's BBQ.

Jenkin's Quality BBQ @ 830 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 904 - 353 - 6388.
http://www.jenkinsqualitybarbecue.com/

Callahan's BBQ @ 45007 State Rd 200, Callahan, FL 904 - 879 - 4675.

Get off I 95 at Exit 1 and go W on St. Mary's which turns into Scrubby Bluff Rd. and go to Jack's BBQ. Or you can get off I 95 at Exit 3 at Kingsland, GA and cross E King Ave. to Boone Ave. which is the next street then take a left to Blue's BBQ at the Chevron Market for good BBQ.

Jack's BBQ @ 1359 Scrubby Bluff Rd., Kingsland, GA 912 - 729 - 1500.
Blue's BBQ @ 1330 Boone Ave. Extension E, Kingsland, GA 912 - 576 - 8682.

Get off I 95 at Exit 29 and go W on Highway 82 about a mile to Gary Lee's Market for good road food.

Gary Lee's Market @ 3636 U. S. Hwy. 82, Brunswick, GA. 912 - 265 - 1925.

Get off I 95 at Exit 49 to the right at Darien, GA and go NW on Highway 251 less than a mile to Smokey Joe's BBQ. It is between two hotels on the left and has excellent pulled pork.

If you want the best fresh seafood on your trip get off I 95 at Exit 49 in Darien, GA to the right and go E on Highway 251 to Highway 17. Take a right on Highway 17 and go S for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Broad St. just before crossing the bridge. Go one block and take your first left on Screven St. and have some outstanding fresh seafood at Skipper's Fish Camp. [size=3 font="times new roman"].

Smokey Joe's BBQ @ State Hwy. 251, Darien, GA. 912 - 437 - 2555.
Skipper's Fish Camp @ 85 Screven St., Darien, GA 912 - 437 - 3474.
http://www.skippersfishcamp.com/

Get off I 95 at Exit 58 at Townsend, GA to the right on Highway 99 and go less than a mile to Highway 17. Turn left and go N about 2 miles to Pine Harbor Rd. Take a right and go E about 2 miles to Sepelo Station Crossing and fantastic fresh local seafood and hand cut steaks.

Sapelo Station Crossing @ 1172 Pine Harbor Marina Road, Townsend, GA 912 - 832 - 3555.

Get off I 95 at Exit 67 at Townsend, GA to the right and go S on Highway 17 for 1.2 miles then take a left going E onto Harris Neck Road just past a small church. Go 5.7 miles E to the Jessie Grant Road and look for the purple OSD sign on your left. Turn to the right at the sign for about 100 feet to Old School Diner for the best fresh seafood around. OSD is open for dinner Wednesday/Saturday and Noon to 10 PM on Sunday. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. This might be the best road food you will have on your trip.

Old School Diner @ 1080 Jesse Grant Road, Townsend, GA 912 - 832 - 2136.
http://oldschooldiner.com/
Get off I 95 at Exit 76 at Midway, GA and go E on Highway 38 to Sunbury Rd. Take a left and go to Brigantine Dunmore Rd. Take a left and go to Sunbury Crab Co. which is open for dinner serving outstanding fresh seafood. This might be the best place you stop for the seafood is outstanding.

Sunbury Crab Co. @ 539 Brigantine Dunmore Road Midway, GA 912 - 884 - 8640.
http://sunburycrabco.wp.net/

Get off I 95 at Exit 87 at Richmond Hill, GA and go W on Highway 17 half a mile to Smoking Pig BBQ next to the BP Station on N side of Highway 17. The ribs and chicken are excellent. This is probably your best stop for BBQ in GA.

Smokin Pig BBQ @ 3986 U.S. 17, Richmond Hill, GA. 912 - 756 - 7850.

Get off I 95 at Exit 102 at Pooler. GA and go W on Highway 80 4/5 blocks to Don's Famous BBQ.

Don's Famous BBQ @ 217 US Highway 80 E., Pooler, GA 912 - 748 - 8400.
Get off I 95 at Exit 5 at Hardeville, SC and go S on Highway 17 which is Speedway Boulevard. Go 5.5 miles and take a left on Highway 170A which is S 27 34 and go 3.5 miles to Oakatie Highway. Take a right and go to The Pink Pig.
The Pink Pig @ 3508 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville, SC 843 - 784 - 3635.
http://www.the-pink-pig.com/

Get off I95 at Exit 21 at Ridgeland, SC and go E on Grahamville Road to State Road S/27/13 and take a right. Take your next left and go to The Old House Smokehouse on Highway 336 or Old House Road for good steaks and seafood. Get off I 95 at Exit 21 at Ridgeland, SC and have great pulled or chopped port at BBQ Grill. They also have BBQ ribs and chicken. I think it's better than Dukes.
Old House Smokehouse @ Hwy. 462 @ hwy.336, Ridgeland, SC 843 - 258 - 4444.

BBQ Grill @ 8084 East Main St., Ridgeland, SC 843 - 645 - 4414.
Duke's BBQ @ 690 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 843 - 726 - 6244.

Get off I 95 at Exit 38 at Yemassee, SC and go SE on Highway 68 to Castle Hall Road to Ray's Rib King for good BBQ.
Ray's Rib King @ 4 Castle Hall Road, Yemassee, SC 843 - 589 - 2919.

Get off I 95 at Exit 57 at Walterboro, SC for good BBQ @ Duke's. Low Country is good but Duke's is best.

Duke's BBQ @ 949 Robertson Blvd., Walterboro, SC 843 - 549 - 1446.
Low Country BBQ @ 635 South Jefferies Blvd., Walterboro, SC 843 - 549 - 8355.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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I would listen to the advice from the locals rather than using a cut and paste list that has shown up on numerous other websites.

cd, cmcfong and Gretchen know what they are talking about.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 12:40 PM
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Awhile ago we visited Warther's woodcarving museum in Dover Ohio.
Mooney was a real craftsman.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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I plus 1 the Mayberry stop and the Peach Stand too. In Mt. Airy, stop at Snappy Lunch.

In Charleston, you could also visit the Yorktown on the Mt. Pleasant side of the harbor. Ft. Moultrie, out on Sullivans is nice as well.
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Jun 11th, 2012, 06:27 PM
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If you are coming to Snappy for a pork chop sandwich, it's closed on Sundays. Check the website for hours on other days
http://www.thesnappylunch.com/location.php
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Jun 12th, 2012, 04:11 AM
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We did that drive in April, driving from Akron to Anna Maria Island and back. This weekend, I just drove 77 down to 81 to N. Carolina.

The drive down 77 is beautiful through Ohio, W. Virginia, Virginia, Carolinas---cheap gas in Virginia--I paid 2.19 yesterday and gas is 2.75 here in Ohio.

I would have loved to have stopped in Savannah but we just drove straight through, staying a night in a motel each way. I would have also been interested in checking out the Lake Norman area--you pass 4 exits for Lake Norman.

We packed a cooler and stopped at some very nice rest areas. Tamarack is good stopping place for us--about 4 hours from Akron. I have never done the craft shop but you see signs for Tamarack forever.

If you like whitewater rafting, there are Whitewater outfitters at Beckley WV. We have used Class 6. WV also has some beautiful state parks. There is one near Beckley and I think you will also pass the exit for Pipestem.

I stopped at a fruit stand in N. Carolina this weekend and picked up peaches---they were great.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 06:13 AM
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LindainOhio, typo on the price of gas??? I would love it to be $2.75! But alas, right around $3.75.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 07:29 AM
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In the NC wine country, Raffaldini Vineyards is only a few miles off I-77 and is pretty stunning:

http://www.raffaldini.com/index.php

There's no restaurant, but it's a good quick stop to stretch your legs and they do have some light fare to eat with a great view.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 08:02 AM
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That's a good idea, and maybe even more, would be Shelton Vineyards. They pretty much got the NC wine appellation started. Here is the website, with a map, and since others have suggested going to "Mayberry" (Mt. Airy) it would even sort of be on the way.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/he...ml?_r=1&ref=us
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Jun 12th, 2012, 08:34 AM
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The Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards is a very nice property. I also recommend some of the Mt. Airy and Pilot Mountain bed and breakfasts for overnighting. I will be glad to make specific suggestions if this interests you. The Harvest Grill at Shelton is quite good. Headed there myself to hear the Tams (they are even older than I am)!
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