1 - Kennebunkport, Maine
Aside from President George H.W. Bush leaping from the sky in celebration of his 90th birthday, Kennebunkport is a fun summer destination filled with picturesque outdoor activities and endless people-watching opportunities. Whether you opt to sit on a bench in the downtown area and absorb the views that include quaint inns, shops and the river, or participate in kayaking, a whale-watch or sunset cruise, you’ll be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery in the process.
STAY: The newest inn on the block is The Boathouse, located right on the river for the best views. Relax on your balcony, open a bottle of wine and watch the boating action before heading out to join in the fun.
EAT: At The Boathouse for oysters and fried clams. Wash it down with a few specialty cocktails.
For breakfast, it’s best to head out for a walk to Mornings in Paris, where you’ll get an authentic French experience; the staff and many of the customers practice the language of love.
DO: Kayak along the river, and spend some time strolling along the shops downtown.
2 - Tybee Island, Georgia
Also referred to as “Savannah Beach,” Tybee Island is a quintessential beach town offering constant ocean breezes and a salty ocean aroma to lure Savants from their steamy streets in summertime. A mere 18 miles away from Savannah, the best days on this easily accessible barrier island are spent doing nothing but rocking on a porch swing, looking out at the ocean and sipping on a cool white wine while enjoying the company of new acquaintances. Be lazy, be cool. Enjoy a swim with the dolphins or a kayak along the river to view the wildlife that may include some alligators.
STAY: At Surf Song B&B (tybeesurfsong.com) and breathe in the intoxicating scent of jasmine blooming everywhere. Breakfast and home-baked kitchen snacks are a highlight during a stay, as is a float in the refreshing pool. The rooms and interior design throughout this restored home are worth the stay alone, but it’s the service that will keep you coming back.
EAT: A contemporary version of a low-country spicy shrimp and grits dish at Sundae Café (SundaeCafe.com), where the locals flock and reservations are mandatory. And try the seafood pie appetizer.
A.J.’s Dockside (ajsdocksidetybee.com) is where you can enjoy one of the best fried oyster Caesar salads you’ll ever have on a waterside deck.
DO: Swim in the ocean, where there’s a good chance you’ll swim with dolphins.
Climb the 178 steps inside the Tybee Island Lighthouse Station, which is the second-oldest lighthouse in America. The view from the top is of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Savannah River. On a crystal clear blue-sky kind of day, the view is nothing short of amazing. Continue reading…