Places to go and things to do in the Southeastern US. It's all about affordable memory-building family adventures.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Twelve Days of a Dixie Christmas - #11
A Countdown of our Favorite Southeastern
The Christmas season is taken pretty
seriously in the southeastern US, and the Richardson Tribe has a dozen suggested
destinations to make your holidays more adventurous. Over the next 12 days, we
will publish a new destination each day until we reveal our #1 Christmas holiday
The Carnegie family, one of the most prestigious and wealthy
dynasties in the Americas, once spent their Christmas with their loved ones here
on Cumberland Island. Today you can visit this once exclusive nature preserve
for little to nothing. Cumberland Island, an official National Seashore, is a
barrier island paradise known to few. Located near St. Marys, Georgia,
Cumberland is at the southern-most portion of the Georgia coastal
To access Cumberland Island, you will take a ferry from the town of St. Marys. The marina where the ferry resides
is really quite charming with multiple sailboats docked nearby. It almost has a
"New England" feel to it. The ferryboat ride is just long enough to be a "ride,"
but short enough to remain interesting to the kiddos. The ferry will stop at two
locations on Cumberland Island. We recommend the second stop because bicycles
are available for rent there, and because the narrative at the first stop can be
quite lengthy (but informative).
The island has several miles of barren unoccupied beach, but the real
attractions involve dunes, live oaks, armadillos, and wild horses. There are few
places\ on earth that would compare to Cumberland Island's natural beauty,
vegetation, and wildlife.