GOING OUR WAY
Savannah/Charleston or Boston/Maine: Trips that combine history and literature
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Who: Rosanne "Scotty" Scott, 57, and her husband, Jack Crawford, 66, of Alexandria
Where: A coastal cruise or visit to a historic city
Why: To celebrate their 25th anniversary
When: A week to 10 days in fall
Budget: Up to $4,500
"Our interests have to do with things nautical, historical and literary. A cruise could be nice -- something smallish or medium-size . . . . So could a trip to some notable home or site (Biltmore? Winterthur?), or to a city with some history, such as Savannah or Charleston. We could incorporate more than one stop and it could be by both land and water. We were thinking of something along the Eastern Seaboard."
Jack Crawford, of Alexandria, is getting ready to retire from the U.S. Coast Guard, where he has been involved in the gulf oil spill cleanup. His wife, Rosanne Scott, is a writer and editor interested in authors such as John Updike and Flannery O'Connor. Both enjoy visiting historic estates. To celebrate their silver wedding anniversary, they'd like to visit a historic city or take a cruise. We've come up with three possible itineraries: one on land, one by sea and one that combines the two.
Option 1: Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.
These two cities, about two hours apart, will satisfy the couple's love of history and literature. Although Scott said that the couple prefers driving to flying, getting to the South Carolina/Georgia coast is a chore: The trip to Charleston takes about 8 1/2 hours. Instead, hop a nonstop flight from Reagan National to Charleston (expect to pay about $230 round trip with a sale fare on US Airways) and rent a car (about $300 for an eight-day rental).
In Charleston, stay at the John Rutledge House Inn (800-476-9741, http:/
Charleston is known for its historic houses, many of which are open for tours. Among those worth visiting are the Aiken-Rhett House (843-723-1159, http:/
Explore the historic towns of Beaufort and Bluffton on the drive to and from Savannah.