3.10.2015

Road Trip - Savannah

I've always wanted to visit a few southern cities that Jacob has zero interest in, so when Carrie asked me if I wanted to go on a vacation I suggested a little road trip. She'd never been to the east coast at all, so she was game. And since she didn't know anything about the area and isn't one to research, I basically planned the whole thing. We started off in Savannah, Georgia and it was just as lovely as I imagined. I didn't plan on the FA-REE-ZING temps though. Like most of the east coast, Savannah was dealing with a freak cold front. It was sunny though, so we bundled up and made the most of it.

We started our day at Wormsloe Historic Site because I had to see Oak Avenue in person. The one and a half mile entrance to the plantation is lined with over 400 live oaks draped in Spanish moss, which was planted in the 1890s. It's breathtaking and the pictured don't do it justice. The road is super bumpy and there isn't much to do at the end, but driving under the canopy was worth $10 to me.



When we got downtown, we thought the best way to see the city was to take a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour, but because it was so cold, we didn't bother getting off. We drove by tons of museums, cemeteries, historic houses, churches, and some of the 22 squares. The squares are what make the city so beautiful to me. They are all parks, surrounded by churches, homes, and museums and filled with monuments, memorials, statues, and fountains, and all covered by huge live oaks. They are gorgeous.




After the tour, we walked around Forsyth Park in the historic district. The 30-acre park is filled with playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, walking paths, a cafe, gardens, soccer and rugby fields, and  the fountain, which was covered in icicles. Pretty, but cold! We didn't last long here.


Everyone recommends Mrs. Wilke's Dining Room for the best southern meal, but the restaurant is only open from noon to three, Monday through Friday. It would have been a very cool experience because all guests are taken to the dining room and they eat family style around a large table with whatever food is already on the table. There's no menu! We missed the time slot though, and were told there was probably a huge line anyway. So we did the next best thing and ate at Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady & Sons. I had my first ever fried green tomatoes (delicious!) and a traditional meal of fried chicken with all the sides. So. Good.


After dinner, we wandered around River Street for about an hour. There are antique shops, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and galleries. We grabbed pralines from the famous Savannah's Candy Kitchen and picked up a few souvenirs, then sun set and the temperature dipped and we were out of there!



Before we went back to the hotel we stopped by Leopold's Ice Cream. The creators of the flavor Tutti Frutti have been around since 1919, when three immigrant brothers from Greece opened up shop. When the siblings died, it was left to one of their sons, Stratton Leopold. He later left the shop to other family members in order to move to Hollywood to produce movies (Mission Impossible 3, Paycheck, The Sum of All Fears), but opened this new location with his wife in 2004. The shop uses the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar, and telephone booth from the original store. It's also covered in movie posters, signed photos from huge stars, and movie memorabilia. It was so much fun!


Next up: Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach.

11 comments:

Susan S. said...

Gorgeous! I love the south.

Pink and Green Mom said...

I lived in Savannah for a couple of years. You will definitely have to go back when it's a little warmer!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I have been dying to go to Savannah ever since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I really need to get there one of these days!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I've never been there, but it's on my list. I absolutely would pay $10 to ride under that canopy too.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've always heard Savannah is gorgeous and a lot of fun. It's on the list.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Gosh I need to visit!! With or without freezing temperatures. ;)

Jodi said...

That tree lined road is GORGEOUS! I've been once but only for a day in college and I would love to go back after reading your post. Despite the cold it looks so pretty!

Elle Sees said...

i love savannah! haven't been there in a few years.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I love road trips, I would love to be able to go on another one soon but that isn't up to me it is up to Tim as he is the one who has to have time off work to do such a trip. Savannah looks really nice

Kimberlee VDW said...

Looks like a great time! The South has a lot of charm. I've been wanting to do a road trip to New Orleans. I have so many great cities I need to visit.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I want to go to so bad!! It's always been on my list, with Charelston, too! I can't remember, have you been to NOLA? Oak Alley Plantation is pretty amazing and has been used in movies.

I LOVE fried green tomatoes! They're hard to find in SoCal and now I'm craving them. Yum!