Trip to Eastern USA

BraeNZ(Northland New Z)April 18, 2008

Hi all

Thank you for your help - this is what we have planned to date - would appreciate any other ideas.

While in New Jersey, visit Longwood Gardens?

Tuesday, 26/08/2008 - Philadelphia to Cape May visiting Leamings Run Gardens, Higbees Beach for seabirds, Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May lighthouse. Stay at the Inn of Cape May (historic)?

Wednesday, 27/08/2008 - Cape May to visiting Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (different wildlife at each?) and Chincoteague Island. Stay B&B Chincoteague

Thursday, 28/08/2008 - In Chincoteague, then Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, to Williamsburg, stay Williamsburg

Friday, 29/08/2008 - Williamsburg to Charlottesville visiting wineries, stay Dinsmore House?

Saturday, 30/08/2008 Â Charlottesville, visit friends, then to Charlotte visiting Mt Rogers National Recreation Area. Visit Daniel Stowe Gardens.

Sunday, 31/08/2008 - Charlotte via Congaree National Park to Savannah

Monday, 1/09/2008, Labor Day - Savannah via Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to somewhere west of Jacksonville, north of Gainesville.

Tuesday, 2/09/2008 Â Florida visiting butterfly farms

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pikecoe(9)

I live "somewhere west of Jacksonville, north of Gainesville." In this area is Olustee National Battleground and Museum. Glenda

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 9:42PM
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BraeNZ(Northland New Z)

Thanks for this Glenda. I had actually just been looking at a map on line, at a place called Lake Butler, thought this might be a good place to stop as we headed south. Have looked up Olustee National Battleground on the www - very interesting! Will include that on our list of things to do.

Do you happen to know of any B&Bs or accommodation places near here that you can recommend? When I look for such places on the www, always it comes up with large commercial places - I'd prefer to for owner-operated, small personal places where we can meet the locals.

You can write me directly if you wish, braenz at gmail dot com.

Thanks in advance to you or anyone who can help planning our journey from afar!

Jacqui

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 1:13AM
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pikecoe(9)

Lake Butler is a very tiny community. Kinda like if you blink as you are going through it, you'll miss it. I don't know of anything interesting there to see unless you're interested in correctional facilities and a state prison nearby. Not familiar with any B&B's in that area. 30 miles southwest is a small town High Springs. There are several B&B's there. The Grady House is the one I would use. I don't remember the names of others. Lots of local folk. In the area is Camp Oleno. There are lots of springs in this area. Swimming, camping and I think they have horseback riding. There's Ichetucknee Springs State Park to the west at Ft. White. Ichetucknee River is a beautiful clear river and people from all over the U.S. and Canada come to go tubing. However Labor Day probably isn't a good time to do that due to the number of people. Their limit is 800 and they usually have to close the gates at the main springs by 10 am. I would suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce in High Springs if you are interested in that area.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 10:34PM
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pikecoe(9)

http://www.originalflorida.org/things_to_do/springs.asp
Check out this website on calandar of events, things to do and Food and Lodging. Glenda

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 11:26PM
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BraeNZ(Northland New Z)

Thanks Glenda, you've been very helpful... there are some great ideas on that site. Oh if only we had more time!

Jacqui

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 11:52PM
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pikecoe(9)

http://www.gradyhouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=33
Here's website for the Grady House B&B. Glenda

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 12:00AM
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redrumed(5)

I thought I posted this, if it goes twice I'm sorry.
http://www.winterthur.org/
This is a nice place to stop - you will go by it on your way from NJ to Longwood gardens.
http://chincoteague.com/
This site is nice. I have stayed at the Refuge Inn and really liked it. You can rent bikes and bike into the park. They are famous for the oysters, We have them shipped to us several times a year. Also the refuge inn has room w/stoves and such - so if you want to buy the local seafood and cook it up you can.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:44PM
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BraeNZ(Northland New Z)

Thanks Redrumed... this is excellent. When I was a little girl I read a book about the wild ponies on Chincoteague, so looking forward to that very much!

Jacqui

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 9:54PM
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