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From the Georgia swamp back to the Florida tropics

After an amazing few days in Savannah and Charleston, it was time to head down South. From Charleston, South Carolina we drove to Jekyll Island, a beautiful place off the coast of Georgia.  We spent a few hours frolicking in the surf and then drove the 2 hours inland to Okefenokee Swamp. We were staying in Folkston, a gateway town to the swamp.  Folkston itself has small town charm and is a train lovers dream. This is due to its location on the CSX Transportation double-track main line aka “The Folkston Funnel.” During a 24-hour period, train watchers might see an average of 60 trains!

I loved our accommodation in Folkston, a deluxe B&B called ‘The Inn At Folkston‘.  The Tripadvisor reviews are flawless and this is in a huge part down to the warm and generous hosts, Ted and Alease Kelly. The Inn is a restored 1920s heart-pine bungalow. There are 4 guest rooms uniquely decorated with an individual theme. We were in the Family Room, which was extremely comfortable. The best part of our stay was the delicious, home-cooked breakfast served in the dining room.  The Kelly’s source local ingredients and make a mighty fine pancake and sausage!  Another shout out has to go to the town’s Thai restaurant, Thai Smile Cuisine which has some of the best Thai food I have ever eaten!

Unfortunately our visit to Okefenokee Swamp wasn’t as stand-out as our accommodation and dining experience.  We embarked on the boardwalk and encountered very little wildlife, aside from a tiny snake and certainly no ‘gators.  If we’d had more time, we would have done a swamp boat tour. However, having experienced an amazing bayou tour several years ago in Louisiana, we felt we would rather skip it and had to the beach.

From Folkston we drove an hour to Amelia Island, just off the coast of North East Florida. There are several high-end hotels on the island and I got a decent last-minute rate at the Omni Amelia Island. Perched on the blues of the Atlantic, the Omni has a family friendly vibe. The pools are great fun and there’s lots to entertain the kids.  We spent the afternoon doing very little more taxing than swimming, splashing in the surf and slurping ice cream.  

Later on we decided to venture off the property and head to Fernandina Beach. We had a delicious upscale dinner at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro (accommodating for the kids) and then a stroll around town, admiring the local boutiques and souvenir shops.

From Amelia Island our Disney adventure would begin. Starting with a surprise meet up for our kids with their cousins from the UK. More on that next time!

 

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