Day 1: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Arrive at the Jekyll Island Club in Southern Georgia. This grand old hotel, a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was a big hit with our tour group two years ago, so we’re thrilled to work it back in.
Day 2: Monday, March 5, 2018
Morning highlights include the beautiful beaches of North Florida, a ferry ride across the St. Johns River, and a private tour of a fascinating car collection. After lunch we’ll sample some scenic beach roads as we head in early to St. Augustine, one of our nation’s oldest cities. We end the driving day at the historic Casa Monica hotel with plenty of free time to check out iconic St. Augustine sights like the oldest fort in America, or perhaps quirkier fare like the Alligator Farm. We’ll enjoy an evening stroll to dinner at a downtown restaurant.
Day 3: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Our morning drive leads south along the beaches of Highway A1A and through the oak hammocks sheltering Bulow Creek. Then we’ll head west into the Ocala National Forest for some great driving roads before we enjoy a stop at NPD’s sprawling car collection. The tour will overnight at the Hilton in Gainesville and enjoy dinner at one of the area’s best restaurants.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Today we continue our time in Old Florida with a stop at the cracker- style home and farm where author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings penned The Yearling, then get in some antiquing in Micanopy before an early lunch at the throwback Yearling Restaurant. Next we head through Ocala’s world-renowned horse country to Tallahassee, where we’ll enjoy a private tour of an eclectic automobile collection. We’ll overnight in Tallahassee near the state capitol.
Day 5: Thursday, March 8, 2018
We’ll exchange orange blossoms for azalea flowers as we head north to historic Thomasville, Georgia, home of Pebble Hill Plantation. We will tour the graceful home filled with beautiful works of art, then enjoy lunch in the quaint little town. After that we travel the back roads through the famous Okefenokee Swamp as we return to Jekyll Island in time for dinner.