What do retired Michiganders do during the winter? Travel to Florida. Randy and I joined the throng this year for our first ever retirement trek. We decided we were going to be vagabonds with no true destination in mind or hotel reservation. This was really a change for me since I like to have plans.
We did know we did not want to travel the I-75 route since we have made that trip too many times, with too many other vehicles on the road. We wanted this trip to be leisurely.
We left our home and did go to Cleveland for a couple of days to see grandkids, and of course children. From there we caught I-77 and traveled through the mountains of West Virginia. It was a beautiful ride. There was just enough snow on the ground and trees to make the journey beautiful.
The advantage of having no time frame is the ability to stop whenever the moment hit us. For us, that first night stop was in Elkin, North Carolina.
If you are traveling I-77 the Fairfield Inn and Suites here are my recommendation. The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms are large and clean. It is also located close to a shopping area.
That night we went for dinner at Twenty One and Main Street Restaurant and Wine Bar. What a great restaurant in historic downtown Elikn!
The following day our travels took us to Savannah, Georgia. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it. From their river walkway, historic downtown, and many parks it is a unbelievably cool city.
Photo Credits: Randy Heath