Auxiliary Sponsors Southern Charm Tour

This year, the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring an exciting 7-day Southern Charm vacation tour in October. See full details and rates by following this link. Our special of $100 off expires tomorrow, Friday, April 5. So, act fast and book now!

The tour begins in beautiful antebellum Charleston, South Carolina, where magnificent formal gardens grace much of the historic district. Enjoy a guided tour of the city highlighting the cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings, some with origins prior to the Revolution. Stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Experience southern plantation living as you explore one of America’s oldest working plantations, Boone Hall, set amidst moss draped oaks.

Travel south along the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to the charming town of Beaufort, the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Perhaps you’ll opt to explore Beaufort’s charms in a horse-drawn buggy or stroll around the streets at your own pace. Then, the tour continues in historic Savannah, home of the largest National Historic Landmark district in the United States. Spend the afternoon wandering this enchanting city’s tree-filled squares, the City Market or the River Street shops.

Next, a tram brings you on a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan once vacationed here along the 240-acre river edge. Visit another of the fabled Golden Isles, quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 106′ tall lighthouse and visit the Museum of Coastal History.

Then, travel south to the United States’ oldest city, St. Augustine, first settled in 1565. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided trolley tour highlighting the Old Spanish Quarter, historic Bayfront, “Old Town,” which dates to 1572, and the Plaza de la Constitucion with its shops and restaurants. Lastly, return to Jacksonville and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

If you miss the early booking special, there’s still time to make reservations at regular prices. Find out more by following this link. To book your reservation, contact Sue Van Sickle at (607) 737-4267 or

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