5.23.2013

Sweet Home Savannah

The last weekend in April Brandon and I were able to get away for a few days in Savannah.
We absolutely loved living close to Savannah, and since we moved last year we are still only 2.5 hrs. away. It's not a bad drive at all.
Brandon hadn't taken off work since Christmas, so this trip was long overdue.
We had a great time eating seafood, shopping, and soaking up all the natural beauty of Savannah.
It was great to get back "home" for a visit.
We say home because we lived outside of Savannah for 2 years and left big pieces of our hearts there.
If things would have worked out for us to stay there, that's probably where we'd be today.
We kicked off our arrival dinner at Uncle Bubba's, which has a fabulous location.
We used to frequent this restaurant when we were locals, but I am so disappointed to report that the quality has decreased.
It just wasn't nearly as good as it once was and that breaks my heart.
We soaked up the marsh views and the salty air.
Later that night we went to Lovin' Spoons for some frozen yogurt.
The next day we spent shopping on Whitaker in some of my favorite little shops.
 I just love No. Four Eleven! They do amazing monogram and embroidery work.
They are getting ready to work on a project for me and I am so excited about it.
I also love D. Luxe...they have the most wonderful candles as well as some really fabulous home and garden decor.
Plus, I just love the owner-he is such a doll!
Y'all, these candles are amazing.
There is a candle for each square in Savannah with its own unique scent that is pertinent to the history of each square.
I could have dropped several hundred dollars and bought them all.
I ended up choosing Orleans Square and I think Columbia Square was a close second.
Oaks and moss on Jones Street.
There is just no place that compares to the oak lined streets of Savannah.
We waited patiently in line for a delicious lunch at Brandon's favorite Savannah restaurant, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House.
It's one of those places that you have to sit at a table with folks you don't know, which normally I don't mind.
But every single time we eat there we end up being the only Southerners/locals at our table and it can be exhausting trying to explain what each dish is and why you put cane syrup on your biscuits and watching them try to eat fried chicken with a fork and then having to listen to the complaints...why are people so rude?
Someone actually had the nerve to call us "hicks."
They clearly have no idea what a true hick is. I just love ignorant and disrespectful people, don't you?
I was quick to inform them that hicks, as well as other poorly-mannered and ignorant people, live all over the U.S.
There were a few folks who were happy to hear our recommendations and who willingly ate biscuits with cane syrup and fell in love. 
Delicious fried chicken.
Savannah is rich in history, culture and style.
She sways when she walks and her words flow seamlessly when she talks.
She is the Hostess City of the South.
We've spent many hours lying under these old oaks, sometimes with our dogs, sometimes with just one another.
We always talked about our love for this city and for the lowcountry.
We shared our dreams and goals.
We shared an admiration of God's handiwork.
You can see my skin glistening in that coastal humidity.
Oh Forsyth Park, you were a clue and we didn't even know.
Brandon was raised in Forsyth County Georgia.
One of our favorite places to spend our downtime in Savannah was Forsyth Park.
Now we live in Forsyth, Georgia. (Monroe County)
How can you not revel in the details and the beauty of the architecture here?
This is the oldest continually operating historical society in the South.
We also spent some time shopping on Broughton Street.
The Paris Market is one of my all time favorite stores.
It is truly like taking a trip to Paris, or so I imagine.
For dinner we went to one of my favorite Savannah restaurants, The Olde Pink House.
It was coming a rain shower, so the picture quality is poor.
Delicious crab cake with fried green tomatoes and remoulade sauce.
I had the scallops,
Brandon ordered a sampler of scallops, crab cakes and some other delicious things.
Another one of our favorite things to do in Savannah is drive around at night and look at the magnificence of the homes lit up.
It's truly breathtaking.
Can you get over these Corinthian columns?
Someday I will have some Corinthian columns of my own.
I just adore them.
I love the height of church steeples in Southern cities: Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans.
There is something so spiritual about seeing a city skyline with steeples protruding amidst the other squared-off roof lines.
City hall in all of her golden splendor.
The Lady and Sons
 The Soho South Cafe is a fabulous place to have brunch.
Be prepared to wait, though.
They do not take reservations and they are busy, busy, busy.
 Brandon had their biscuits and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs, which were some of the best eggs I've ever had. I think they put cream cheese in them.
I had crab cakes eggs benedict. I love both of them separately, and I really love them together.
Their biscuits are out of this world.
They also have the best jams and jellies. I believe they were imported from Germany.
 Of course I had to have dessert...Berry Bread Pudding with cream cheese...delicious.
We don't usually love River Street because it is a total tourist hole when it comes to shopping and dining, but we do love the River Street views of the Savannah River.
Please ignore the glimpse of my tummy.
I'm not sure why someone didn't politely tell me to pull my shirt down.
I'm not a fan of baring my midriff in public unless I'm in a swimsuit.
I didn't come home empty handed.
I always find unique treasures to remind me of one of the places I called home.
I love Low Country Luxe candles.
Why are they so expensive?
It's literally burning money and I just can't get past that, but oh how I adore them.
They have delicious scents like Savannah, Charleston, Spanish Moss and High Cotton.
I got a new pair of mint julep cups from the Paris Market.
I would love to have an entire set someday.
We couldn't go without getting our dapper little pug a new bowtie, either.
Aren't you ready to go to Savannah now?

45 comments:

  1. Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the south! These pictures reminded me why I need a trip back there asap! :)
    :) Rebecca
    www.caravansonnet.com

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    1. Rebecca, it is a beautiful place indeed! I hope you get to come back for a visit! :) xoxo

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  2. I'm so glad we live close so we can go often. Just hate the traffic. I've lived here my entire life, but I've never eaten at any of those places, except The Lady & Sons. We usually just stick to Logan's or Olive Garden ha! We'll definitely have to try The Wilkes House. That food looks delicious!
    Love all of your pics.

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    1. Shae, isn't it wonderful?! The traffic is pretty rough-not enough ways in and out. Girl, you have got to try some local places! That is so funny. We never ate at a single chain restaurant while we lived there other than Chick-fil-A. Ha! Mrs. Wilkes has funny hours and it's first come first serve...so look it up or call them before you go. Also, it's cash or check only. Eat up! :) xoxo

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  3. I've never visited Savannah or Charleston, two cities at the top of my travel list. These photos and places make me want to visit even more!! thank you for sharing and honestly I would have been very upset at the people acting so rude at dinner. They chose to eat there, they need to enjoy the atmosphere, culture, and food of the true sophisticated south or I'd gladly direct them to the local fast food!

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    1. Meredith, dear, please come and visit me and I'll give you a grand tour of both! :) Amen to your dinner comments!! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  4. I love Savannah! Glad to see the locals don't rave over Lady and Sons. I found it disgusting....though I do love Paula Deen! Have never eaten at The Wilkes House but cannot WAIT to try it!

    When I visited Seattle, WA, the people there kept saying *Where are you from?* They viewed me, and all people from the south, as ignorant and narrow minded. I viewed them as opinionated and rude after that trip!

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    1. Nonny! I'm glad you love Savannah! I'm sorry you had a bad experience at the Lady and Sons. We actually enjoyed it when we ate there, but it's been a little over a year now since we've been. Hopefully it hasn't gone as far downhill as her brother's place. :(

      The SAME thing happened to us when we were in Seattle!! Brandon's brother lives in Vancouver, BC, and the people there just could not get over our accents. It was beautiful but I couldn't get back to the South fast enough!

      Love and hugs! xoxo

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  5. Beautiful pics!! Glad you had a chance to get away finally!!

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! It was so nice to get away! :) Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  6. We just visited Savannah two weekends ago, and absolutely loved it! There is so much to see and do that I feel like we didn't have time to visit all the fabulous restaurants! I can't wait to return soon.

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    1. Awesome! Glad you had a great time! We lived there and didn't get to eat everywhere we wanted to, but it gives you a reason to go back! :) xoxo

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  7. My husband and I are planning on spending an afternoon in Savannah next week as part of our roadtrip during our move to Florida so I loved reading this post and getting ideas of places to see. Your photos are gorgeous and make me so excited to see everything! We had heard wonderful things about The Wilkes house and had that on our must do list (although I must admit now I am little nervous about being a tourist and exhausting the locals at our table!) Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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    1. Sam, that's great!! Have a wonderful time! :) As long as you are respectful and pleasant at the table you'll be fine! It was the rudeness that was exhausting. When in Rome....you know :). Have a safe move-how exciting! xoxo

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  8. I can't wait to get back home next month!! And I totally agree about Bubbas!

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    1. Have a wonderful time going home! :) Yes, Bubba's had so much potential and it's sad they've turned into a tourist hole. xoxo

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  9. We visited Charleston and Savannah on vacation last year. While I fell in love with Charleston, we felt lost and unsure of what to do in Savannah. I had high hopes and was so disappointed (I fully attribute that to having no idea where to go). River Street was too "touristy" for me and I was a tourist! lol You just convinced me to give a city I had dismissed a second shot. It is so gorgeous and I definitely want to take all of your local insight and get the full experience. :)

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    1. Hey Megan! Don't feel bad-many people feel the same way you do! Charleston is much easier for a tourist to navigate! Charleston is much bigger in general, but the shopping and sightseeing is much more clearly laid out. I'm going to write a post soon comparing the two cities and giving insight on how to have the best experience at each one. Thank you for sharing! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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    2. Ah I can't wait for that post!! You make everything you do seem so charming and full of southern hospitality. You may have even inspired a complete home redecorating project! I can't quite pull off coastal in KY but that doesn't mean I won't try. Hope you had a great Memorial Day! xoxo

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  10. I live in Iowa & we don't have anything as gorgeous as Georgia :( Would love to visit there sometime. You are just so cute & sweet. Wish everyone was as sweet as you are & this world would be a much happier place :)

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    1. Molly, you should fly down here and visit!! :) You are precious! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  11. I live in Wyoming but was lucky enough to go to Savannah several years ago for a Hearing Conference and I feel in LOVE with Savannah!! We were there for almost a week and did many of the things you mentioned, except the local shopping! I will go back sometime in the future!!

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    1. Hey Stephanie! I've never been to Wyoming but I would love to visit!! I'm so glad you were able to visit our beautiful city and that you loved it! Yes, do come back! :) xoxo

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  12. Yes ma'am, ready to go back now! I went for the first time the weekend before you did. As you know it's a longer trek from Dahlonega, but I can't wait to make it again.
    I didn't get to do nearly as much as I could have or should have done. And I fell into the tourist trap of Riverstreet but at least it's out of my system now. haha.

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    1. Brandy, so glad you got to visit! yes, it is a further trek from Dahlonega. I love Dahlonega, but I hated that it took longer to get anywhere. Hey, at least you've done River Street and next time you can move on to see everything else! :) xoxo

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  13. Oh my! What a beautiful place to visit!! I would love to visit there. I've been wanting to for years, but just haven't. Our 10 year wedding anniversary is coming up this November, I may can talk the Hubby into visiting then. Fingers crossed :)

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    1. It truly is! You should definitely consider taking an anniversary trip there-it's very romantic and that's an awesome time of year because it's not as humid and it's not as crowded. :) Good luck! xoxo

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  14. Hey there! I'm a new follower to your blog. Love all your beautiful pictures and decorating ideas. You have made Savannah look very enticing! I hope to visit soon.

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    1. Hey Kristen! Thank you so much for introducing yourself and for commenting! :) I hope you can visit soon! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  15. Since moving down to Georgia this year I've gotten to visit Savannah a couple of times and love it!! My fiance and I are planning on doing our engagement photos there soon and I'm completely reinspired after seeing all of your great pictures! If you have any suggestions on spots for good pictures I'd love some help!

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    1. Jessica, that's fantastic! What a perfect place to do your photos! I would recommend any of the following: Wormsloe Plantation, the Bethesda Home for Boys, Forsyth Park, and Bonaventure Cemetery...all have beautiful trees and grounds! They will be beautiful! Congratulations! xoxo

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  16. Oh I so think if we lived closer, we could be great friends!!! I've never been to Savannah but I will one day. Also, I have a house picked out in my town that I've already told my husband that if it is ever put up for sale we are buying it, yes, it has "the" columns!

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    1. Christina, I am sure we would be!! Y'all will have to come and visit! Love those columns! :) xoxo

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  17. Beautiful post! My husband and I are planning a trip to Savannah this fall, I can't wait! I will definitely be bookmarking this post so I will know where to go. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! How wonderful! I've written lots of posts on Savannah since I was a blogger when we lived there, so maybe you can go back and read some of those for additional tips :). Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  18. I love love love Savannah! When we went a couple years back it was terrible weather, so I'd love to go again when it's nice! The Olde Pink House was wonderful! I really enjoyed dinner there when we visited...definitely a must when visiting!

    Loving your gold tank and white jeans outfit, you look adorable! Glad y'all had a nice trip!

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    1. Nicole-y'all will have to come again and maybe we could meet up! :) I'm glad you loved the Olde Pink House! Thank you -you are so sweet! Got them both at TJ Maxx, $15 each :). Love and hugs!! xoxo

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  19. Wow! Looks like y'all had a great time! Love all your pictures!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  20. Reading thru this post was like a walk down memory lane. Makes me hungry too ha! There was a time when I couldn't make up my mind between Savannah & Charleston being my fav place til one day I decided they both could be!

    Sorry you had to encounter rude people, with nerve enough to show it not less. Unfortunately, they're everywhere these days:( You should have responded with a good ol' southern "bless your heart". That would have baffled them ;)

    Blessings to you & yours,
    Karen

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    1. Karen, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Both cities are beautiful and have their own unique aspects-I am forever telling these tourists to try to not compare them-they are each special in their own way. :) You are right about the rude people...they need to learn some manners..When in Rome...:) Blessings and Love to you! xoxo

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  21. I"ve always felt a pull to visit Savannah but never knew why. Now I do! Your pictures and descriptions are lovely and I look forward to planning a vacation there one day. Your joy and love for all thing southern is a beautiful thing, my friend! I'm a western girl at heart now, but I do miss the south sometimes. You can leave the south, but it'll always be a part of you.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear!! You must plan a vacation here for sure! It will change you! I'm so happy that you see my love for all things Southern as a positive thing! It's truly just my heart and soul, the South. Love your last line...Truth!!! Have a blessed day! xoxo

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  22. I read this last week and my computer died before I could comment;) I love Savannah and with it only being 3 hrs from us, it's such a fun weekend getaway! We have a lot of the same fave spots! Love Ms. Wilkes, Bubbas, Lady and Sons, and the Olde Pink House! My hubby being a pizza fan, we also love vinni van go gos! (think that's how you spell it?) Must try the Soho for breakfast next trip! I also love the shops but honestly usually don't do much of that but you've got me wanting those candles and plaque!! ;) Where did you find the "hey yall" plaque? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful pics! Savannah is so awesome and I look forward to your post on Savannah vs Charleston! I love both cities and totally think people need the scoop on how to enjoy Savannah without comparing the two. I think it's more about them complementing each other! Glad you had a nice getaway to a special place for you and your hubby;)

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    1. Brooke! I'm so glad to hear you not only love Savannah, but have enjoyed some of the wonderful restaurants, too! We love Vinnie Van Go Go's, too! We usually go there with our dogs since they are pet friendly! They plaque is a Paula Deen product, so you can get them at either of her restaurants, but you could probably order it online, too. I'm happy to know someone else is on the same page as me when it comes to comparing Savannah and Charleston!! :) Love and hugs!! xoxo

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