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26

May

2012

SC

Highway 17 Made The New York Times! (Part I)

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Carolina Country Store

11725 South Fraser Street (Highway 17 South)

Georgetown, South Carolina

(843) 520-5730

Well, what do you know – Highway 17 made The New York Times!  My little highway.  Not this website (what’s up with that?) – but regardless, I just think it’s great that my Highway got a little love from the New York Times.

In the Travel Section of The New York Times. the Frugal Traveler had a piece by Seth Kugel on the 15th of May titled “$100 a Day on a Southern Route” – here’s how he introduces the piece:

The quickest way to drive from the Washington, D.C., area to Savannah, Ga., is to steel your nerves, grit your teeth and high-tail it for nine and a half hours down the monotonous, multilane, McDonald’s-laden highway called I-95. Looking for Southern culture? Try a McRib sandwich.

But there’s an alternative. It’ll take you a lot longer — six days or so — but offers so much more: a mishmash of coastal and inland roads that form U.S. 17, from Winchester, Va., as far as Savannah. The route has one constant appeal — good barbecue — and, outside of gas expenses, it offers plenty of frugal options: bursts of Civil War history, alligator-filled wildlife reserves, old plantations and schlocky miniature golf courses.

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They picked some of the places that I’ve mentioned here before – the Carolina Country Store in the North Santee Community (south of Georgetown, South Carolina) and McClellanville, South Carolina (I’ve mentioned in these pages the The Village Museum, the McClellanville Diner and Deerhead Oak Mural, the McClellanville Feed and Seed, Blue Pearl Farms and Thornhill Farms).

Oh, and the McClellanville Shark – turned ‘watch dog-shark’ for Clammer Dave’s ‘Shark Plant’.  I’ve also recently (just yesterday!) posted about that iconic bar-b-que spot in Pawleys Island, South Carolina – Hog Heaven.  A few of the places I haven’t made it to yet, but plan to visit.

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The writer of the piece picked 14 different spots from Winchester, Virginia down to Savannah, Georgia.  In Virginia, he included:  Fox Meadow Vineyards, the Civil War Battlefields of Fredericksburg, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.  In North Carolina he included Moore’s Old Tyme Barbecue (New Bern, NC), and Seaside Bakery (Ocean Isle Beach, NC).  Then in South Carolina, Kugel mentioned Molten Mountain Miniature Golf (Myrtle Beach, SC), Hog Heaven (Pawleys Island, SC), Carolina Country Store (Georgetown, SC), McClellanville, Charles Towne Landing (Charleston, SC), and the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg(Charleston Branch).  Finally, he concluded the road trip with a free, self-guided tour of Savannahand a stop at Randy’s Bar-B-Q.

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Now, while I’m thrilled that the New York Times gave Highway 17 some attention, I do wish the author of the piece had contacted me first!  I’d have told him about the to-die for country ham biscuits at the Sewee Outpost and the Barn Jams at Awendaw Green (in Awendaw, SC), and I’d suggest they take a break, pull over, and walk the Arthur Ravenel Bridge that connects the communities of Mt Pleasant and Charleston, SC (and the location of the Cooper River Bridge Run).  In the community of Avondale (in West Ashley,/Charleston) it would have only taken a few minutes to pull over and check out the chART Outdoor Iniative – a wonderful collection of murals painted on the back of many of the buildings there.  And how can one not take a short detour and drive down the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway?

I know.  I like this highway too much, and I’d have trouble narrowing down what one should stop and see and do during a road trip.  But it’s amazing what this highway has to offer that is free or not very expensive – you really can experience quite a bit without spending a fortune (although that option is there too if you want it…).  While the New York Times missed a few things, at least they didn’t take I-95.  Kudos for that!