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Jun 30, 2003 01:22 PM

Road Trip - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida

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We are two California Hounds who are going to embark on a roadtrip down the East Coast and are looking for any great stops along the way. We're starting in Washington DC and driving down I-95 through NC, SC and Georgia - to I-10 in Jacksonville and then over to Destin, FL. We'll definitively veer off the road up to 30 miles or so for a great meal. We'll probably stop for a night or two in either Charleston/Savannah/Beaufort (would love suggestions on which has the best food and atmosphere).

We aren't looking for anything fancy - just great food. Definitely nothing that would require anything other than casual attire. Any type of great boiled peanut or fruit stand or whatever would be welcomed too. I have great childhood memories of family roadtrips through the South and stopping at wonderful little roadside places for boiled peanuts or BBQ, etc.

Thank you so much for your suggestions. I know they will make our trip very memorable.

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    1. re: johnb

      Thanks. I actually printed those out last week. Now I just have to re-work the itinerary so we can be there on the weekend!

    2. The Fearington House, Pittsboro, NC, 919 542 2121, Woodlands Resort and Inn, Summerville, SC, 803 875 2600, Planters Inn, Charleston, SC, 843 722 2345, Gastonian Inn, Savannah, GA, 912 232 2869. I would not stop long in Beaufort, have lunch, walk around an hour or so and head out. If you get to Amelia Island, try The Ritz Carlton. Good luck.

      1. i have a suggestion, don't stop in lumberton, nc, it's right off the interstate and sucks. don't waste your time at south of the border either, it's gross.

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        1. re: d

          There is one and only one reason to get off I-95 at SOTB:

          One of the Blenheim Ginger Ale bottling plants is right down the street.

          Amazingly, the folks who own SOTB bought Blenheim back in the 1980s AND HAVE NOT RUINED IT!

          1. re: Bob W.

            Blenheim's Ginger Ale - now that will wake your mouth up in a hurry! A national treasure in my opinion.

            1. re: Gator

              "A national treasure"... That's a perfect description.

          2. re: d

            I am completely with you on that one. I stayed in both Lumberton and Dillon on our last trip and even the more decent hotel chains like Hampton Inns veered dangerously close to the fleabag category.

            That said, when I was flipping through the Lumberton phone book, I noticed that there were some taquerias listed. I've forgotten the names, but they sounded like real Mexican joints. Someone should check them out.

          3. g

            If you are driving through the south on I-95 you just have to try all the BBQs. As chowhounds I'm sure you know southern BBQ features pork. Pierce's in a south Richmond suburb is my favorite BBQ(Tennessee-style). North Carolina BBQ is unique with its vinegar-based sauce. There are several good places in Rocky Mount/Wilson close to I-95. I like Columbia-based Maurice's(mustard sause)in South Carolina which now has a branch right on an interstate exit. And finally, the Ga. Pig south of Brunswick is quite good. I can't recommend any other type of food that's with 30 minutes of the Interstate.

            I can however recommend both Savannah and Charleston for both the history and excellent restaurants.