First off ... Lodging:
View from the room:
We did a lot of walking on this trip. Savannah has 24 squares and I feel like we walked through all of them:
Again, flannel? Bad news bears.
I do highly recommend at least one tour, be it by carriage, bus, traveling bar (it does exist) or hearse (which seemed to be popular at night). We are fans of walking ghost tours and Savannah's did not disappoint. Voted America's Most Haunted City (yet also known as the Friendliest City, hence the title of this post), the two hour tour by Blue Orb Tours started out benign enough, but by the end, I was shaking in my Toms. Ask for Melissa -- she was a very funny and personable. But a word of advice: Don't wear platform wedges or spiked heels on a two hour walking tour. There are cobblestones.
I have an old grainy picture of the house in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," from when my friend Allison and I spent the day in Savannah in 1998. I had read the book just before that visit. I thought that I needed a new one with a better camera. It is a beautiful house during the day ...
... and a stop on the ghost tour at night. Spooky.
On the last night, we took a horse and carriage tour through the city by Carriage Tours of Savannah. It was probably my favorite part of the trip. The weather was perfect and we learned quite a bit of history that we did not pick up on our own. Our sweet guide Jana was very knowledgable and friendly. We even were allowed to pet the horses, as you saw above.
I don't know how much The Engineer enjoyed it, but our guided tour of the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low was another highlight for me.
We are a three generation Girl Scout family. She was quite the lady and ahead of her time.
The square where he sat on this bench in the movie was very close to our hotel.
And we would not be good Methodists if we did not snap a picture of the statue of John Wesley, who founded Methodism and preached his first sermon in America in Savannah.
The food, oh Lord. We did not have a bad meal. And almost everywhere we went, we dined al fresco, which just added to the vacation feel.
We ate outside whenever we could -- highly recommend Belford's (and their bread).
(Blurry phone pic)
The Public was conveniently located next to our hotel and we enjoyed a very nice lunch on their roof, but the best lunch award has to go to The Crab Shack on Tybee Island.
It was a really cool place that takes in stray cats and birds, (people will actually drop off their cats there) hence the Cat Shack.
Our carriage tour guide Jana recommended J. Christopher's and it did not disappoint. The ham and mushroom skillet was mouth-watering good.
We also did Sticky Fingers because it is Marc's all-time favorite rib place, but sadly, it did not live up to previous visits. I also had a macadamia nut latte at Gallery Expresso that has ruined me for all other lattes.
It was a fantastic weekend that I was sad to see end. But what of the Little and Big? So they did not get to go anywhere during fall break? Don't worry one iota about them:
Thanks for dropping by and have a great week!