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SOUTHERN SOJOURN

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Don’t be surprised if you barely hit the speed limit on this four-day route linking Charleston and Florida—a ride through Low Country requires you to slow your roll and take it all in.

DAYS

1 & 2: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Book two nights at the elegant Zero George (from $599 a night). Eat buttermilk-biscuit breakfast sandwiches at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit and then swoon over every house on your walk through the South of Broad neighborho­od. At Amanda Lindroth, buy some block-printed table linens and wicker serving trays for dinner parties back home. Then sip hibiscus mojitos at the rooftop Citrus Club before a Southern dinner at Husk. Spend the next day leisurely—have brunch at Butcher & Bee, visit the beach on Sullivan’s Island, take a sunset sail on the Schooner Pride, and enjoy a romantic dinner at Chez Nous.

DAY 3: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

In less than two hours, Spanish moss is everywhere you turn. Check into Perry Lane Hotel (from $259 a night) before walking to Forsyth Park. After perusing the exhibits and ace gift shop at the SCAD Museum of Art, browse the cozy home goods at Hygge. When the clock strikes 5 (OK, 4), embrace the city’s tippling traditions at the speakeasy-style Alley Cat Lounge. Then head to the Wyld for an Oaxacan old-fashioned followed by a twice-cooked pork taco.

DAY 4: ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Get an early start on the three-ish-hour drive to this centuries-old city. Unload at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront (from $229 a night), then nab a courtyard table at the Floridian for shrimp-andsausage pilau. Drive north to Vilano Beach, a destinatio­n with few tourists, then come back to town and visit Mission Nombre de Dios. Grab refreshing strawberry-basil pops at the Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops before a cheesy, yes, but thoroughly fun nighttime ghost tour.

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