|Charleston Tea Plantation, mid-stop on our road trip|
In the next few weeks, I will devote a blog to each special place we visited. But, in the meantime, here's a snapshot overview.
|Flager College, once Hotel Ponce de Leon|
|First of many sunsets on "the tour".|
|Inside the Lightner Museum|
From St. Augustine, we headed northeast to Jekyll Island. We stayed at the Club Hotel, which began its start in the Gilded Age as well. Once the exclusive resort of the wealthy northern families, including Astors, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, today all guests will feel as pampered as any one of the vintage one-percenters.
|Jekyll Island Club Hotel, started as an exclusive resort for the Gilded Age one percenters|
We had an absolutely wonderful afternoon tea in the Club Hotel's dining room. (You will want to stay tuned for the upcoming blog on this lovely tea room experience!)
|Delicious tea fare at Afternoon Tea at the Club Hotel Dining Room|
Our "home-away-from-home", Sans Souci, part of the Club Hotel at Jekyll Island with big porches and beautiful furnishings.
|Our third floor room had an expansive porch with excellent views|
Tried to log in a few notes for blogging before the big porch called to me to view the sun setting.
|Who am I kidding? I've got to shut down - almost time for sunset viewing!|
|The only US tea plantation - this had been on my list for a long time!|
We took the trolley tour of the farm, the self-guided tour of the factory, and spent a good deal of time in the gift shop. With a couple cups of tea and a full tote of goodies, we were ready to go!
|Across the Ashley River is downton Charleston|
|The Calhoun Mansion, aka the "OMG House".|
|Silver tea set in Calhoun Mansion gift shop|
|No Chelsea's but consolation was found at Biltmore gift shop.|
|OMG! It's our neighbors in Jelico, TN!!|
|Road trip booty: tea, books and china. To the silver tea set, I say, "I'll be back!"|