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I absolutely love the East Coast of the United States especially the South. I have lived up and down the southern east coast all my life and one of my jobs in Tallahassee for three and a half years required me to travel the state of Florida frequently. I once drove from Florida to Hope, Maine in two days. What I remember from that trip is the sound of the loons on the lake at night, the Red's Eats lobster roll in Wiscasset, and a great recipe for fresh scallops from my friend's mom.


Having traveled to California, down to Texas, up to Maine, I never want to leave the South - the smell of the summer shade under the trees, the strum of bluegrass, Spanish moss like white Christmas lights, being close to the coast and in the view of the mountains, baking with family recipes, the sounds of the birds and the frogs at night, and slow talking.

I use this space to share my love of the South and fabulous people. East Coast Journal publishes stories of TRAVELS, HISTORY, ARTS, FOOD, ADVENTURES, and the people who live them.


Michelle Gill

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  • Murrells Inlet

    When I was a child and we would go to Myrtle Beach with my grandparents, Murrells Inlet was where we would go to eat out. It has changed alot since COVID but it is still a great option to stay in a quieter area next to Myrtle Beach. We stayed at an Airbnb called Shug's Shack. Shug was super friendly and it is a cute little first floor apartment. She also owns her own jewelry shop. The apartment was within walking distance to some restaurants. Drunken Jacks has always been our favorite restaurant and everything we had was fabulous. They make the best hush puppies served with honey butter. A new yummy find was the Brown Fox Coffee box! I definitely recommend the Brown Fox. Another good find was Uncle Mikey's Brick Oven Pizza!

  • Perly's Delicatessen Restaurant

    Perly's original owners were Harry and Mary Perlstein. Mary met and married Harry in England during World War II. She moved to America in 1945. They opened Perly's in 1961 in Richmond. Perly's is now called Perly's Delicatessen Restaurant under new ownership. The menu continues with the traditional Jewish foods but with a modern flare. I cannot recommend Perly's Delicatessen Restaurant enough. "It's Yiddish for delicious." And it is just around the corner from Linden Row where we stayed. They have the best French toast that I have ever tasted! I also had their beef bacon and it was amazing. Look for more articles about Richmond in the future! What should I check out on my next visit? Tell me in the comments below! © 2022 Michelle Gill

  • RC Theatre, downtown Lexington

    What a great little theater! It has been recently updated and the seating is especially cozy, leather recliners. We saw Where the Crawdads Sing and enjoyed the whole experience. Plus it's a little cheaper than the normal movie theater. 12 W Nelson Street Lexington, Virginia More favorites in Lexington > What are some of your favorite places and things to do in Lexington, Virginia? - comment below

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  • Travel Blog | East Coast Journal | Key West to Maine

    Welcome to the East Coast Journal! a personal travel blog with articles from guest writers CONTACT INFORMATION: Publication of Buffalo Creek Designs Michelle Gill, Editor TRAVEL Historic Hotels, Inns, Restaurants, & the best Coffee Shops. GUEST ARTICLES Published authors and people I meet along the way share their travels & stories. BLACK HILL Family recipes and some of my own recipes with a dash of stories. EVERYONE HAS A STORY. EVERY STORY MATTERS. STORIES and those who write them from KEY WEST to MAINE. TRAVELS, HISTORY, ARTS, FOOD, ADVENTURES, and the people who live them

  • TRAVEL | East Coast Journal

    ROANOKE Cuban Island Restaur ant Downtown Roanoke Murals - art Chris's Coffee & Custard Billy's Fullhardt Knob - hiking On the Rise Bakery disc golf courses hiking in the Roanoke Valley RICHMOND Linden Row Inn Stella's Grocery & Trail Hut Perly's Restaurant Delicatessan LEXINGTON RC Theatre on Nelson STAUNTON MURRELLS INLET Brown Fox Coffee Uncle Mikey's Brick Oven Pizza Drunken Jacks GREENVILLE TALLAHASSEE

  • Recipes of the South | East Coast Journal | Michelle Gill

    black hill country home in Blue Ridge Virginia What a Catch! Citrus Scallops Great Grandma Zimmerman's Angel Custard Great Grandma Martin's Fried Apple Pies Mrs. Canner's Ginger Cookies Cowboy Cookies Basic Bread recipe Faye's Pecan Pie

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Buffalo Creek Designs


Buffalo Creek Designs is a website design company located near Buffalo Creek in Virginia.

East Coast Journal was originally created to showcase my fabulous clients and their work and eventually became my own travel blog with guest writers. I worked for over 3 years traveling the state of Florida visiting resorts and restaurants as an event planner. Seeing a place as a local gives you a whole new insight into it's people, their towns, their food, and their stories.



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