Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Escapes of The Corliss Group review

1 - Kennebunkport, Maine

Aside from President George H.W. Bush leaping from the sky in celebration of his 90th birthday, Kennebunkport is a fun summer destination filled with picturesque outdoor activities and endless people-watching opportunities. Whether you opt to sit on a bench in the downtown area and absorb the views that include quaint inns, shops and the river, or participate in kayaking, a whale-watch or sunset cruise, you’ll be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery in the process.

STAY: The newest inn on the block is The Boathouse, located right on the river for the best views. Relax on your balcony, open a bottle of wine and watch the boating action before heading out to join in the fun.

EAT: At The Boathouse for oysters and fried clams. Wash it down with a few specialty cocktails.

For breakfast, it’s best to head out for a walk to Mornings in Paris, where you’ll get an authentic French experience; the staff and many of the customers practice the language of love.

DO: Kayak along the river, and spend some time strolling along the shops downtown.

2 - Tybee Island, Georgia

Also referred to as “Savannah Beach,” Tybee Island is a quintessential beach town offering constant ocean breezes and a salty ocean aroma to lure Savants from their steamy streets in summertime. A mere 18 miles away from Savannah, the best days on this easily accessible barrier island are spent doing nothing but rocking on a porch swing, looking out at the ocean and sipping on a cool white wine while enjoying the company of new acquaintances. Be lazy, be cool. Enjoy a swim with the dolphins or a kayak along the river to view the wildlife that may include some alligators.

STAY: At Surf Song B&B ( and breathe in the intoxicating scent of jasmine blooming everywhere. Breakfast and home-baked kitchen snacks are a highlight during a stay, as is a float in the refreshing pool. The rooms and interior design throughout this restored home are worth the stay alone, but it’s the service that will keep you coming back.

EAT: A contemporary version of a low-country spicy shrimp and grits dish at Sundae Café (, where the locals flock and reservations are mandatory. And try the seafood pie appetizer.

A.J.’s Dockside ( is where you can enjoy one of the best fried oyster Caesar salads you’ll ever have on a waterside deck.

DO: Swim in the ocean, where there’s a good chance you’ll swim with dolphins.

Climb the 178 steps inside the Tybee Island Lighthouse Station, which is the second-oldest lighthouse in America. The view from the top is of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Savannah River. On a crystal clear blue-sky kind of day, the view is nothing short of amazing. Continue reading…

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