We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The family has always enjoyed The Cloister on Sea Island for cozy, comfy getaways. We will miss the old Cloister which felt like home to us, but the new building has opened and it looks good (photo). Their relatively new "Lodge," where I have also stayed, is splendid, and its bar is huge and plain wonderful for an apres golf gin Martini or two.
Their azaleas will be in their full glory soon, if not sooner.
For decompression mental-health short and relatively inexpensive vacations (with great golf), it often comes down to a choice between The Cloister and Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda (assuming you know somebody with a Mid-Ocean Club membership).
Both places guaranteed glitz-free zones - leave your jewelry at home - and thus Maggie's Farm types of places. Pearls at dinner are OK, but no tacky gold.
Thank you for your kind words about one of many lovely locales in my native Georgia. The Georgia islands and coast have beauty and history galore, including the wild horse herd on Cumberland Island and the lemur colony on St. Catherine's, and the path of Desoto's exploration. One should enjoy a mountain visit to Young Harris at the base of the state's highest peak, Brasstown Bald. Young Harris is the hometown of one of the only great remaining Democrats, Zell Miller. But for mountain vacation in the south, you can't beat Grove Park Inn in North Carolina, where the hot waterfalls in the spa are unequalled anywhere and the outdoor jacuzzi has a poolside bar and magnificent views. The Inn also hosts a ghost, The Pink Lady. Nearby is the nation's largest private resident, Biltmore, which has a decent winery, restaurants, and a hotel on the estate. Christmas is a special time to visit Biltmore and is an experience not to be missed.
Please come again, and I hope you were treated kindly and graciously during your stay. It is the hallmark of our Southern culture.