Sunday, July 8, 2007

Vacation Spot

There's a place on the border between Georgia and South Carolina that's got everything a family needs for a memorable vacation. The Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers flow together to form the Savannah. Between 1955 and 1963 the Army Corps of Engineers built a dam on the Savannah River to form Lake Hartwell. The lake backs up into the valleys between the foothills of the Appalachians with hundreds of coves and lagoons. While many folks call Lake Hartwell home all year, there are places to rent for a vacation any time. It's a little spot of peace and quiet where you can instantly relax on your screened porch. If you're more interested in an active vacation, sailing and skiing are popular pastimes as well as fishing and puttering along on a pontoon boat. With 962 miles of shoreline there's plenty of lake to explore. Public parks, marinas, and restaurants are all easily accessible by boat or road. Interstate 85 crosses the lake's northern end and the towns of Hartwell, Georgia and Anderson, South Carolina and other smaller towns are close to the lake. Try the Skelton House Bed and Breakfast in Hartwell for a warm and friendly welcome. Siblings Restaurant, also in Hartwell, has consistently delicious meals and excellent service. In Anderson the Capri Restaurant is a local favorite. You can find national stores, movie theatres, and creative speciality shops in these towns. If your family fancies historical landmarks, you are in luck. Abbeville, S.C. was where John C. Calhoun launched his career. Andrew Pickens of Revolutionary War fame owned the land that the courthouse is built on. Bishop Henry Mcneal Turner, the founder of the African Methodist Church was from Abbeville as well as Thomas D. Howie, a World War II hero. The Lake Hartwell area can keep you busy for weeks or let you relax until you're human again.

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