Molly's Muse No. 12: 2020 Top Travel

Happy Happy New Year, travel lovers. I've rounded up a few of my favorite adventures from 2020 to reflect on what a crazy and busy year it was. Like many, I stayed home for a while and spent my days planning and dreaming of how to make travel a reality in a world dealing with this pandemic. My travels weren't like they used to be, but I did find a way to travel socially distanced and safely.


The biggest form of travel that kept me going was by boat. I planned 2 boat trips in 2020 that were fabulous. One was along the Outer Banks, through Georgia and South Carolina. The other was though the Florida Keys. I had a couple trips in between that to our vacation homes, as all of our other travel plans were cancelled. The trip I am really anxious to re-schedule is to Bermuda! I was also planning on cruising through the Med and hitting the Greek Isles...things to look forward to in the coming years :)


Here are my 5 favorite places I visited in 2020, enjoy!



Nantucket


Summer wouldn't be complete without a trip (or 2) to my favorite little New England island. Some of my favorite moments from this year:


  • Biking to Madaket for a spiked lemonade at Millie's.

  • Strolling around town and stopping by Jack and Charlie's for ice cream.

  • Having a lobster roll at Cru.

  • Swimming and playing on the Galley Beach.


Cumberland Island


This historic island is filled with so many lost memories and upper crust ruins. It was totally worth the day trip; I'm already dreaming of the day I'll be able to return and stay at the one enchanting hotel there. My best memories:


  • Boating around the island.

  • Finding the wild horses.

  • Exploring the Carnegie ruins, "Dungeness".

  • Planning a trip to stay at the Greyfield Inn.


Hilton Head Island


This South Carolina island has been on my radar for the last couple years. Not only do they have the loveliest marina, there's so much to do. World-class golfing, magnificent bike trails, great boating and fishing, and top-notch dining. Here's some recommendations:


  • Spend the day golfing at Harbour Town Links.

  • Bike around the island on their lovely bike trails that stretch for miles.

  • Boat over to Dafuskie Island for the day.

  • Make a dinner reservation at CQ's -- an island gem!


Charleston


Charleston is a bit sleepy in the summer, but I was still able to check off everything on my list! One of which was exploring one of their historic plantations. Charleston is also full of great shopping and dining. This is what I loved the most:


  • Explore an old plantation, Middleton Place and Magnolia are great choices. They're both a short ride from town.

  • Walk around town and take in all the adorable, charming homes. Many are painted in beautiful pastel colors.

  • Make a dinner reservation at High Cotton...amazing food and southern charm!

  • There's plenty of shopping around King Street--and fantastic art galleries in the French Quarter.

  • Don't forget to get a photo in front of the notorious Charleston Market.



Little Palm Island


Take me back to Little Palm! This island will truly make all your worries and stress melt away. Tucked away in the southern part of the Florida Keys, the Little Palm Island Resort sits on just a few acres. I recommend taking a few days here to truly unwind and have a blast. If you go:


  • Start the day with a delectable breakfast at the restaurant (there's only one).

  • Take a kayak out and putz around the island.

  • Sun bathe at the pool or take a spa-day.

  • End the day with a tiki-torch dinner on the beach with your toes in the sand and a glass of crisp wine in hand.

As I reflect on 2020, I feel so very grateful for my well-being as well as the opportunities I was able to have this past year. I know not everyone was fortunate to have the ability to travel or even see loved ones. May 2021 bring more health, happiness, and prosperity to all!


-Molly

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