Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Historic Seaport of Georgetown, SC

The temperature on Wednesday reached 12 C so we thought it a nice day to do some exploring.

We started our day by checking out the Spring House Restaurant for breakfast which was nice but unfortunately no ocean view.

We stopped at the Visitor's Centre at Murrells Inlet to get some information and a map for the Georgetown area. It is about a 30/40 minute drive from Murrells Inlet and we arrived there around noon. Established in 1732, Georgetown is South Carolina's third oldest city. The oak-lined avenues of this "little Charleston" city boast group tour treasures. The riverfront has lots of history and is alive with activity in tourist season. We strolled along the main street, Front Street, which reminded us of Rainbow Row in Charleston with all the nice colored businesses and shops.

We followed a historic district map which gave us information on a number of historic properties in the area. We found the history, the southern style houses and the huge trees quite interesting. We could easily see why Georgetown was referred to as "little Charleston". It was nice to see the flowers blooming in the many nice gardens.

This large white plantation house reminded me of the US Ambassador's house in Ottawa.

After strolling around the residential area, we took a walk along the harbourwalk. Overlooking the Sampit River Harbor, the boardwalk is lined with restaurants, galleries, antique shops and specialty stores. People were enjoying a meal or a drink on some of the patios on the boardwalk as it was nice and sunny. As February is not peak tourist season, the atmosphere in Georgetown was tranquil and we enjoyed our time there.

On our drive back to Garden City Beach, we stopped to browse in Ace Hardware and saw these awesome hand-painted bar stools. With a price tag of $109.00 each, they are still in the shop and we are the proud owners of photos only.

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