Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Traveling Georgia's Northern Coast"

Enter the world of upper crust 19th-century Savannah and tour the beautiful home of Scottish cotton merchant Andrew Low. David Zelski gets some much needed therapy from Spy the Ox at the Melon Bluff Nature Preserve and Palmyra Plantation. Explore Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island and Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill, two forts that both had roles in protecting Georgia's coast during wartime. And Phil Proctor learns to make gourmet Shrimp, Greens and Grits at Belford's in Savannah's City Market.

First African Baptist Church

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the First African Baptist Church has a rich history and is also home to a dynamic fellowship and active congregation. If you like gospel music, visitors are always welcome during Sunday morning worship services. Be sure and see the underground railroad tunnels, the stained glass in the sanctuary, and the Church museum.


Located in Savannah's City Market, Belford's restaurant serves breakfast (Monday-Saturday), lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch. As Phil and Gerald discovered, the Shrimp, Greens and Grits are delicious. Intrigued with this innovative take on a traditional dish, the Traveler team returned for dinner and were delighted with the fabulous cuisine. Just thinking about the Filet Mignon With BĂ©arnaise Sauce is enough to make our mouths water! You can check out their menu online.

Andrew Low House

From 1849 until 1927, Andrew Low, his family, and his descendants occupied this elegant home on LaFayette Square in Savannah. Andrew's son William inherited the house upon his death in 1886. That same year he married Juliette Gordon, who in 1912 would create the group that would later become known as the Girl Scouts of America. You can read all about the family's history on this website, but there is no substitute for visiting the Andrew Low House in person. Tours led by professional docents are offered daily except Thursdays, when the house is closed.

Fort Pulaski

You can find out all about the Fort Pulaski National Monument at this official National Park Service website. For history buffs, there is a link on the website to the Official Park Handbook that chronicles Cockspur Island's history from 1733 through post-1865 resortation efforts.

Fort McAllister

Visit the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites website to find out more about Fort McAllister Historic Park in Richmond Hill. A really unique feature about McAllister is that it is not only an Historic Site, it's a State Park too. That means there are cottages and tent, RV, or trailer campsites that you can reserve if you're planning a trip. They have a fishing pier and boat ramps. For those who prefer to rough it, they have Pioneer campsites too.

Melon Bluff Nature Preserve and Palmyra Plantation

If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful break from the world, explore the Melon Bluff Nature Preserve and nearby Palmyra Plantation. David and Phil certainly enjoyed their stay at the Palmyra Plantation Barn, and there are many options for the nature lover in you.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Georgia Traveler journeys Corridor Z!

On this week’s episode of Georgia Traveler, we explore Georgia 520, known as Corridor Z, from Albany to St. Simons Island. David enjoys the family fun at the Parks at Chehaw while Phil finds great food at Jimmie’s Hotdogs, both in Albany. We explore the local legend of Hogzilla in Alapaha and Keely takes Phil on a canoe ride through the Okefenokee Swamp. The whole team “coasts” to a stop and experiences fabulous luxury at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island.

Georgia Traveler's "Corridor Z" episode airs Saturday, July 5 at 7 PM and Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 PM.

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