Georgia Coast Road Trip
Start off with a lunchtime cooking class at Kitchens on the Square (kitchensonthesquare.com or 912/236-0100; $25) in Savannah. In their little demo kitchen inside the store, just off Ellis Square, learn how to make a four-course menu of Southern classics, such as shrimp and grits, pimiento-deviled Tybee Island crab, and savory succotash. And, even if you don’t have a Betty Crocker bone in your body, you get to eat whatever’s prepared.
After lunch, browse the shops on Broughton Street (pictured).
Be sure to stop in the Savannah Bee Company (savannahbee.com or 912/233-7873), where you can learn how honey is produced and taste the differences in artisanal varieties, from tupelo to sourwood to orange blossom.
Late afternoon, head down Scenic Highway 17 as it meanders through towns shrouded in Spanish moss.
The next day enjoy a homemade breakfast at the inn (waffles, creamy egg soufflés), and then let young owners Jeff and Kelly (she doubles as the town mayor) point you in the right direction to explore Darien, a tiny coastal town founded in 1736.
For dinner, go local with some of the best Brunswick stew (the area’s namesake staple) and ’cue at Southern Soul Barbeque (southernsoulbbq.com or 912/638-7685).