Memphis, TN -> Braselton, GA -> Port St. Joe, FL -> Pass Christian, MS -> and back
Traveling is one of my favorite things. I've said I'll go anywhere once, but it doesn't matter for me if it's a place I've gone a thousand times or never before - I really just like to go on trips. Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore, and sometimes you just need a direction to start driving. I received an invitation to attend my cousin's wedding at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia and that became my jumping off point. It is a charming place with a vineyard, winery, golf course, and spa. I was able to enjoy 3/4 of those things (hint: I didn't go to the spa). It's also nice to go from relatively flat river land to rolling hills.
I stayed across the way from the main resort at the Holiday Inn Express because I had my dog along for the ride, and imagine my surprise that there was a pancake machine in the lobby!
After a quick two nights of celebrating the couple, it was time to head to the beach. I go to the Florida panhandle and really don't think there are better beaches in the United States. So it was a hop, skip, and a jump through GA and AL, heading further down until the land stopped. It was absolutely beautiful, and worth every bit of driving.
It's that time of year that turtle nests are on the beach. I've never been lucky enough to see hatched turtles, but every time I go to this stretch of Florida known as the Forgotten Coast I manage to see something new. This time, it was star fish.
And some Pokemon. YES I downloaded it. Sometimes I play it. I always deny it in public...but it is kind of fun.
After checking on the house and getting in a few days of sun and beach walks, it was time to make my way back to Memphis.
Spotted on the trip - if Southern Creed doesn't work out, I think I could operate the eponymous Reba Motel.
Rather than a solid 10 hour drive, I chose two shorter ones, and broke up the journey with a stop in Pass Christian, MS to see my good friend Amanda Talley's (http://amandatalley.com/lookbook/) beach place. As always, she embodied the perfect hostess complete with a Magic Mike XXL DVD waiting in my room for the night.
We took her electric bikes out for a spin (I liked it SO MUCH MORE than I thought I would) to get some coffee at the cutest little shop and do some sightseeing. Even though it is only an hour from New Orleans, it is a world away and was exactly what I needed to end my midsummer trip.
Now, it's back to business...