Frommer's The Carolinas and Georgia

Frommer's The Carolinas and Georgia

by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

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ISBN-13: 9780764567537
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/24/2003
Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #194
Edition description: Book and Map
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince are co-authors of a number of bestselling Frommer’s guides, notably Italy, England, France, and Spain. Porter, a bureau chief for the Miami Herald at 21, was the author of the first-ever Frommer’s guide to Italy and has traveled extensively throughout the country ever since. He is joined by Prince, formerly of the Paris bureau of the New York Times.

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From steep, sloping mountain forests to lush farmlands that evoke the English countryside, the Carolinas and Georgia offer a landscape as diverse and colorful as the personable demeanor of the region's residents. The tri-state area has aged gracefully with time, leaving in place an amiable drawl and such culinary traditions as hot buttered grits and fresh boiled peanuts, yet it has also managed to rival its Northern competitors in technology and style. Long burdened with a "Scarlet" reputation cluttered with pickup trucks and good ol' boys, these Southern states now boast bright, neon-lighted cities complete with contemporary architecture, high-tech industry, exhilarating sports events, and intricately designed highways--not to mention big-city gridlock.

Still, the Old South lives on, at least in pockets, and some achingly pastoral countryscapes seem to be torn from the pages of such Deep South authors as Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. But it is in the bosom of the tri-state area, in a setting of old-style graciousness, that the muscular, gleaming New South engine of commerce, industry, and innovation powers on.

Cliches die hard, though, and Hollywood has been reluctant to let go of its love affair with the colorful Old South. Best-selling novels and Academy Award--winning screenplays continue to mine the mystique of a South clad in its own troublesome history. The region has become a major attraction for writers and movie producers lured by superb natural settings, historic ambience, and (in the case of the producers) beneficent right-to-work laws. So many movies have been made in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, that it has been dubbed "Hollywood East"; (the popular TV series "Dawson's Creek" is also filmed on location there).

Table of Contents

List of Maps.

What's New in the Carolinas & Georgia.

1. The Best of the Carolinas & Georgia.

1 The Best Scenic Drives.

2 The Best Family Vacations.

3 The Best Places to Rediscover the Old South.

4 The Best Small Towns.

5 The Best Golf Courses.

6 The Best Beaches.

7 The Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts.

8 The Best Moderately Priced Hotels.

9 The Best Budget Hotels.

10 The Best Restaurants.

2. For International Visitors.

1 Preparing for Your Trip.

2 Getting to the U.S.

3 Getting Around the U.S.

Fast Facts: For the International Visitor.

3. Planning Your Trip to North Carolina.

1 The Regions in Brief.

2 Visitor Information & Money.

3 When to Go.

What Things Cost in Asheville.

North Carolina Calendar of Events.

4 The Active Vacation Planner.

5 Tips for Travelers with S pecial Needs.

6 Getting There.

7 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: North Carolina.

4. The Outer Banks.

1 The Outer Banks: From Corolla to Oregon Inlet.

The Lost Colony.

2 Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

3 Ocracoke Island.

Two Cuts to Blackbeard's Neck.

4 Cedar Island.

5. Wilmington & the Southern Banks.

1 Wilmington & Cape Fear.

Side Trip: Bald Head Island.

2 Beaufort.

Side Trip: Harkers Island.

3 Morehead City.

4 New Bern.

5 Historic Bath: The State's.

6. The Piedmont.

1 Raleigh.

2 Durham.

Field of Dreams.

3 Chapel Hill.

4 Winston-Salem.

The Search for Mayberry.

5 Greensboro.

6 Charlotte.

Finger-Lickin? Down-Home Cooking.

7. Southern Pines & the Pinehurst Sandhills.

1 Pinehurst.

The Links of Pinehurst.

2 Southern Pines.

8. Asheville & the High Country.

1 Enjoying the Great Outdoors in the High Country.

2 Asheville.

The Greatest Mansion in the Mountains.

3 Boone.

4 Banner Elk.

5 Beech Mountain.

6 Blowing Rock.

7 The Blue Ridge Parkway.

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

1 Cherokee: Gateway to the Smokies.

Unto These Hills.

2 The Smokies: Just the Facts.

3 Seeing the Park's Highlights.

4 Sports & Outdoor Pursuits.

5 Camping.

6 Where to Stay.

7 Where to Dine.

10. Planning Your Trip to South Carolina.

1 The Regions in Brief.

2 Visitor Information.

3 When to Go.

South Carolina Calendar of Events.

What Things Cost in Charleston.

4 The Active Vacation Planner.

5 Tips for Travelers with Special Needs.

6 Getting There.

7 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: South Carolina.

11. Charleston.

1 Orientation.

Neighborhoods in Brief.

2 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: Charleston.

3 Where to Stay.

Family-Friendly Hotels.

4 Where to Dine.

Family-Friendly Restaurants.

5 Exploring Charleston.

Frommer's Favorite Charleston Experiences.

6 Organized Tours.

7 Beaches & Outdoor Pursuits.

8 Shopping.

9 Charleston After Dark.

10 A Side Trip to Edisto Island.

11 Kiawah Island & the Isle of Palms.

12. Hilton Head & the Low Country.

1 Essentials.

2 Beaches, Golf, Tennis & Other Outdoor Pursuits.

Hilton Head's Wonderful Wildlife.

3 Where to Stay.

4 Where to Dine.

5 Hilton Head After Dark.

6 Side Trip to Beaufort.

13. Myrtle Beach & the Grand Strand.

1 Essentials.

2 The Beaches, the Links & Beyond.

Building a Better Bear.

3 Where to Stay.

4 Where to Dine.

5 The Grand Strand After Dark.

6 Murrells Inlet: The Seafood Capital of South Carolina.

7 Pawleys Island & Litchfield.

8 Georgetown.

14. Columbia & the Heartland.

1 Columbia.

2 Side Trips from Columbia.

3 Aiken: Thoroughbred Country.

15. The Upstate.

1 The Upstate's Great Outdoors.

2 Pendleton.

3 Greenville.

4 Spartanburg.

5 Along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway.

16. Planning Your Trip to Georgia.

1 The Regions in Brief.

2 Visitor Information.

What Things Cost in Atlanta.

3 When to Go.

Georgia Calendar of Events.

4 The Active Vacation Planner.

5 Tips for Travelers with Special Needs.

6 Getting There.

7 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: Georgia.

17. Atlanta.

1 Orientation.

Neighborhoods in Brief.

2 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: Atlanta.

3 Where to Stay.

4 Where to Dine.

Family-Friendly Restaurants.

5 Attractions.

6 Especially for Kids.

7 Organized Tours.

8 Outdoor Pursuits.

9 Shopping.

10 Atlanta After Dark.

18. Athens, the Antebellum Trail & Augusta.

1 Athens.

2 Madison.

3 Eatonton.

4 Milledgeville

5 Washington.

6 Crawfordville.

7 Augusta.

19. North Georgia.

1 The Great Outdoors in North Georgia.

2 Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

3 Calhoun/New Echota.

4 Adairsville.

Will the Real Scarlett O'Hara Please Stand Up?

5 Tate & Jasper.

6 Dahlonega & Environs.

7 Blairsville.

8 Alpine Helen.

9 Clarkesville.

10 Rabun County.

20. Macon & the Southwest.

1 Macon.

2 Columbus.

3 Callaway Gardens.

4 Warm Springs & FDR's Little White House

5 Plains: Jimmy Carter's Hometown.

6 Thomasville.

21. Savannah.

1 Orientation.

Neighborhoods in Brief.

2 Getting Around.

Fast Facts: Savannah.

3 Where to Stay.

4 Where to Dine.

5 Exploring Savannah.

Martinis in the Cemetery.

6 Organized Tours.

7 Outdoor Pursuits.

8 Shopping.

9 Savannah After Dark.

22. The Golden Isles & the Okefenokee Swamp.

1 Sapelo Island.

2 Brunswick.

3 St. Simons Island.

4 Little St. Simons Island.

5 Sea Island.

6 Jekyll Island.

7 Cumberland Island.

8 The Okefenokee Swamp.

Appendix: The Carolinas & Georgia in Depth.

1 History 101.

Dateline.

2 Southern Living Today.

3 What's Cookin? in Dixie.

Index.

North Carolina Index.

South Carolina Index.

Georgia Index.

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