Spring Transition 2016: Beaufort, NC

Beaufort, North Carolina. There are so many interesting and strategic locations along the North Carolina coast that the Grampstr's is visiting Beaufort, NC for the first time.....and so glad we decided to stay here for the night. A welcoming, comfortable and fun community! 

A spur of the minute recommendation lead us to the Beaufort Grocery Co for our evening meal. It was our good fortune that fresh squash blossoms were in season.


Chef Charles Park is a master chef!! Every tidbit of food was scrumptious. We will return to this port if not just for the wonderful community, most definitely for this gem of an eating establishmemt🍽

Spring Transition 2016: Georgetown, SC

Giant oaks spreading their limbs across the avenue. Resurrection fern gracing the branches budding happily as moisture graces the land. Moss covering the gnarly roots of the oaks working in unison with nature.....this is what you experience as you stroll the streets and avenues of this history rich community of Georgetown. Mansions built with the gains of plantation owners; Subtle yet sophisticated. A community with a sense of pride and a commitment to preserving its past. Southern feel. Hospitality and welcome to day trippers and comfortable dockage by day, week, month or stay in the community for long term live-aboards. You won't find any chain stores or franchise restaurants or shops here. This is a community of proud local businesses. They treat you as a welcome guest weather you are a local or a visitor.
Georgetown, South Carolina is worth a visit!

Spring Transition 2016: Bald Head Island

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A rare gem! Bald Head Island, North Carolina is just two miles from the mainland yet far from the maddening crowd. This little island has golf carts and bicycles for transportation and no cars allowed. Miles of beaches and sand dunes with privacy prevailing. There are no franchises, no honkeytonk, and 'nothing to do' but enjoy the beauty and nature that is in full supply. An old lighthouse, miles and miles of trails and unobstructed views. This is not for everyone, it is for me!! It was a gift and a privilege to spend three days on Bald Head Island!

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Spring Transition 2016: Ohh the Food!!!

Venice Yacht Club is nestled between the ICW and the Gulf of Mexico. This club has found a way of bridging its members between semi formal and relaxing casual. On this trip we were lucky to arrive on pasta night. The chefs created personalized dishes for each guest. There was shrimp, clams,  scallop, sausage, beef and chicken. Veggies included spinach, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, onions, capers. Sauces were as creative as you wished with scampi, tomato, Alfredo, vodka sauce. I know I left out numerous ingredients!! Oh, garlic!!!And yes, pastas:  spaghetti, penne, fettuccini, and gluten free.
All I know is, if you wanted it, they had it!
Add to this being able to order from the menu if you didn't care for pasta night!!  I know, it's all about the food, right??
Wrong!! The Venice yacht club is located within reasonable walking distance from a wonderful little downtown dotted with numerous shops and restaurants.  Go in the other directions and you can be entertained for hours by the activities at the inlet to the gulf. From sunrise to sunset and beyond Venice is an endearing community.

3 Feb 2015: Meeting Friends- Heading to Miami

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Cruising along the ICW  (intracoastal  waterway) from Venice to Fort Myers at a faster clip makes one realize that this portion of the journey is best enjoyed at a slow pace. The mid Gulf Coast has so much to offer that two weeks just bobbing along is a much more gentle way to stop and poke and enjoy all the quaint gulf towns  and yacht clubs and get the full benefit of soaking up all the positive energy along this coast. Having a individualized custom charter experience allows one to set the pace.

Doing a transition charter, however,  requires staying on course and sticking to a schedule. A transition experience is for learning new skills such as navigating the locks and getting the pace and timing of bridges. Often the captain must make decisions of going open water or protected waterways. There are many factors to consider in making these choices. Yesterday we were able to cruise the ICW in respect of the winds and currents of the time. We almost had no choice to go only open waters due to the closing of the Boca Grande bridge due to construction. That would have meant dealing with rough open seas which requires its own special considerations. The bridge changed closure dates caused by their own setbacks which gave us the desired option of running the ICW.

Our port of call for the evening was the St Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers. We were heartily welcomed there and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner with some snowbird friends from Pennsylvania/Cape Coral.

 
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