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Well I decided go small go now. I secured a job in Norfolk where my boat is docked. I plan to work this summer while living aboard. I am going to sail sail sail and shake down both the boat and myself the plan is to leave this winter and head south. What I would love to hear is all of the cant miss places on the way. The food you haven't lived until you have tried. The bars with the best drinks. The breath taking scenery. If anyone has suggestions in anchorage and moorings. Books to bring along fiction and non. What you guys have done for odd jobs.
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You definitely want to stop in Charleston, S.C. - a beautiful little Southern city. Try the Boulevard Diner, the Mustard Seed, and some creole food at Vickery's on Shem Creek, all in Mount Pleasant, across the Wando River from Downtown. Middleton Place is probably the best plantation to visit in the area (where the movie "The Patriot" was filmed). A self-guided walking tour of the area south of Broad St. on the peninsula is a must.
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Thanks James this is exactly the sort of info I'm looking for
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How far "South" are you going?

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How far "South" are you going?
Y'all know there's a "places to eat"-related line just begging to be played here.

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At least as far as the Caribbean, but I would love to visit more exotic locations.
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Savannah GA - lots of history there, from the heyday of sail. Fort Pulaski was really interesting to me, as was the tour of the country's oldest synagogue. I visited by land, so I don't know about moorings and marinas.
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You definitely want to stop in Charleston, S.C. - a beautiful little Southern city. Try the Boulevard Diner, the Mustard Seed, and some creole food at Vickery's on Shem Creek, all in Mount Pleasant, across the Wando River from Downtown. Middleton Place is probably the best plantation to visit in the area (where the movie "The Patriot" was filmed). A self-guided walking tour of the area south of Broad St. on the peninsula is a must.
Dining while in Charleston:
For elegant dinner: Circa 1886.
For unique per-prohibition cocktails and top notch bar food: The Gin Joint
For Breakfast: Poogan's Porch

For grocery shopping: Harris Teeter on East Bay

The West Marine requires a taxi, rental car, or bus, but is not far from the Charleston City Marina. Which is pricey, but has very nice facilities and a helpful, courteous staff.

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Looks like I may need to spend some time in charleston. Anybody have any info further south? any great spots in florida or the carribean?
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Looks like I may need to spend some time in charleston. Anybody have any info further south? any great spots in florida or the carribean?
The Keys are great! Most all the Bahamas are wonderful, we just got back from Georgetown, Exuma. That is a total cruisers hangout.

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