Road Trip to Georgia

Departing Wilmington on Thursday morning, we’ll drive to Aiken, South Carolina (approx. 4 hours, 260 miles). After spending the night in Aiken, we will depart for Cordele, Georgia (approx. 3.5 hours, 210 miles). Dinner on Friday night will be on the Dearing, a 1925 Pullman Car, part of the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad (depending on how many people, max is 14).

Saturday will be spent riding the SAM, a 6.5-hour round trip from Cordele to Plains, with a stop in Americus and a 2-hour layover in Plains. Riding in vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains. Explore President Jimmy Carter’s hometown, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. Coach, Deluxe, Premium and Chairman’s Class seats are available, ranging from $39.99 to 119.99 (Chairman’s includes lunch). Saturday dinner at a local restaurant.

On Sunday, the group departs for Savannah (approx. 3.5 hours, 180 miles). Explore Savannah that afternoon on your own or with a group, followed by a group dinner in a local restaurant. Those who want to spend more time in Savannah can stay Monday or drive home on your own. Details on accommodations and restaurants will be provided once we get a sense of how many are interested in going. However, the SAM frequently sells out, so if you are interested, you should get your tickets ASAP. Tickets are available for the March 25 Presidential Flyer trip.

Questions? Contact Catherine Fort at or 571-278-4580.

I thought you might be interested in this article in Georgia Magazine, written by my friend Borden McGahee, who, with her husband Nelson, owns The Dearing.

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Mar 23 - 27 2023


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