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'Downton Abbey'-style trip in Georgia with chauffeur Tom Branson

November 15, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • Allen Leech, left, plays Tom Branson on "Downton Abbey." He will appear at a weekend of events related to the PBS show at Sea Island, Ga. Here, on set, his character talks to Robert Crawley, played by Hugh Bonneville.
Allen Leech, left, plays Tom Branson on "Downton Abbey." He… (Matthew Lloyd / For the Times )

"Downton Abbey" fans, in January it'll be time to jump on a plane and head to ... Georgia.

That's where Irish chauffeur and Lady Sybil's widower Tom Branson (a.k.a. actor Allen Leech) will be holding court in mid-January at Sea Island, a coastal resort about 80 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla.

Leech, along with Jessica Fellowes, niece of "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and author of "The World of Downton Abbey," will oversee a slew of activities about the popular PBS show that begins Season 4 on Jan. 5.

The weekend begins with a pub quiz and dinner ($35 a person) led by Leech and Fellowes with teams such as "Mary" and "Edith." (You get the idea.)

On Saturday night, there's a Q&A event with the two that's free to hotel guests and then an intimate dinner with them ($250 per person), with a part of the proceeds going to PBS.

On Sunday, it's a screening of an episode and a period-dress ball with dinner ($125 a person). Of course, you'll have time to do other things too -- play golf, walk the coast or just unwind -- at the Forbes five-star resort.

When: Events are Jan. 17-19.

Price: $395 a night, based on double occupancy (for those staying longer, a third night costs $8). It includes the room plus free Q&A session with Leech. Airfare (by way of Savannah Atlanta or Jacksonville) is extra.

Info:  Sea Island, (855) 714-9201
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