Instead of spending the Memorial Day weekend barbecue hopping, Kyle and I headed down to Savannah, GA. It was both of our first times traveling there and I had dreamed of going for years. Savannah was everything I imagined and more. There was so much to do and explore that is was nearly impossible to cover it all in one weekend, which just means that we will have to go back, and I am so OK with that.
On the first night, we stayed at the River Street Inn. It was a beautiful five-story historic hotel right on the Savannah River. The Inn was built 200 years ago and was previously a cotton warehouse. Kyle did all the planning and made every moment so special. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. We had a cozy room right on the corner, which gave us a view of the Savannah River and the city. I loved everything about the decor. It had a canopy bed, old hardwood floors and long luxurious drapes over the floor length windows. It was like taking a step back in time. Some people claim that the inn is haunted. You all know I’m totally into the ghost stuff, so I had to do some research. Apparently the staff and guest have reported sightings of a man in tan pants that walks down the halls, lights flickering on and off, and the sound of wheels rolling so loud that the bed shakes. The most haunted room in the hotel is on the third floor, 317. Staff and guest say that they hear their names being called. It’s never a mean spirit or bad energy that is felt or witnessed.
We didn’t experience any weird ghost encounters. The only weird thing was that we both felt dizzy every time we walked into the room. Our theory was that the old elevators made us dizzy and since we walked straight to the room, we didn’t feel it until we stood still.
As an antique lover, I really appreciated the old lamps, rugs, photos, and art they had throughout the inn. I especially loved the old brick walls and period furniture. I could sit in an antique chair with a cup of coffee and a newspaper every morning and never get sick of it.
After getting checked into our hotel, we headed out to grab a bite to eat for lunch on River Street.
It was so convenient that our hotel was within walking distance to almost everything. We stopped at a little shop next door to buy an umbrella and then walked down the old cobblestone pathway to River Street. We decided to have lunch at Tubby’s Seafood Restaurant. We started off with some tasty local steamed shrimp in a spicy garlic hot sauce. I ordered the Caesar salad topped with a crab cake. The crab cakes were super delicious and flavored perfectly. I would have never thought I’d eat a Caesar salad with a crab cake, but the combo worked.
I was excited to try all kinds of coffee shops while I was in Savannah. Coffee is my blood type. The first coffee I had was from Vic’s Coffee House on River Street. I always order a small latte (8-12 oz.) with skim and three shots of espresso. This was such a fun and spunky little coffee shop. They offered all kinds of desserts, fruit smoothies, and alcoholic drinks.
The rain let up after we were done eating. We decided to take a walk to Broughton Street because it’s full of shops, restaurants and art galleries down in the historic district. It’s definitely one of the main streets for action.
Shopping was one of the best parts of walking down Broughton Street.
After making our way back to the hotel, we got all cleaned up for dinner. We headed across the street to have a cozy meal at B. Matthews Eatery. This corner restaurant was so warm and inviting. It had old rustic walls, dark ceilings, and soft lighting fixtures. I ordered the pan-seared salmon with tomato-spinach ragout, lemon-caper brown butter with parsnip frittes. The salmon was cooked perfectly and fell apart with the touch of a fork. Every bite was as good as the first.
It started pouring on our walk back to the hotel, but we embraced the rainfall. Sometimes the beauty of nature is refreshing and vibrant if you let it be. You can’t control every moment, but you can surely make the best of it.
The best part of waking up is, of course, being alive, but the second best part is the coffee. We eyeballed Cafe M while walking to the inn on Saturday. We agreed on having breakfast there Sunday morning. This little cafe had my name written all over it. The white walls, the rustic wood floors, the French style patio tables, and the refurbished furniture is how I would describe the perfect cafe. This is why Savannah felt like a dream. Not only was the cafe super cute and filled with so many delicious options, but the staff’s friendliness was memorable and something that should not go unnoticed.
I’m usually not a huge fan of drip coffee in a cardboard cup, which is why I normally order lattes when they are to-go. I was so happy when they offered coffee in a mug. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a bit of a coffee snob, or just extremely detailed and picky when it comes to my coffee. That first cup is the best cup and it has to be taken seriously. I also hit the coffee jackpot since they had a medium dark roast brewed. I don’t waste my time with a light roast.
I loved this mug so much. It reminds me of my grey and floral bedspread. I like anything floral and grey is my favorite color, so these mugs had my name written all over them. When I was finished with my coffee, I flipped the mug over to read the details and search for it online. I found it in seconds! I ordered two mugs for my place to keep as a reminder of my beautiful weekend. You can find the mug along with other matching pieces on replacements.com. They are very affordable too.
We headed down to the hotel’s gym after breakfast. It was such a cool looking gym because they kept the historic theme. It’s nice to have someone who enjoys working out on trips. Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself, so if you hold each other accountable, it seems to all workout (no pun intended.)
We did some ab workouts and arm toning workouts. We planned on walking everywhere on Sunday so we didn’t focus too much on the legs. I have so much to learn from him!
After the gym, I grabbed some coffee from the lobby and headed up to the room to get ready for the day.
The sun decided to make an appearance for a bit. We packed all of our bags and headed to our next place. I had no idea what to expect or where we were staying. Kyle made everything a surprise. I’ve never been one for surprises or not planning, but this was a nice change for once.
We pulled into the President’s Quarters Inn. I guess it was a weekend full of bucket list check offs. I have always wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast and the President’s Quarter’s Inn was over the top!
The first thing you notice while walking in is the gorgeous courtyard surrounded by vines and flowers. There are little outdoor dining tables next to a romantic gazebo. Everything was so inviting and whimsical.
The staff instantly became our friends. They joked around with us and made us feel right at home. They had all kinds of advice on what to do in Savannah and went above and beyond to make our trip unforgettable. If you’re looking for a bed and breakfast to stay at in Savannah, don’t think twice about booking here. We had the best experience ever and we can’t wait to come back.
The President’s Quarter’s was built in 1855 and each of the sixteen guest rooms is named after U.S. Presidents who have visited the city. The inn is located in the historic district on the Oglethorpe Square. I love that the inn kept the historic look by furnishing rooms with antique fixtures and period furniture. Even though Mr. Grumples stayed back in Charlotte with the grandparents, I like the fact that this bed and breakfast is dog-friendly. Dogs are family too.
We stayed in the George H.W. Bush suite. The room was ginormous and so elegant. The mahogany king sleigh bed was to die for and so comfortable. I felt like I jumped into House of Cards and was sleeping in the White House like Claire Underwood. We heard that Robert E. Lee stayed in this room during his visit to Savannah in the late 1800’s.
Not only was the room a surprise, but also there were wine, gourmet chocolates and a bouquet of flowers Kyle had sent to the room before our arrival, sitting on the beautiful mahogany desk. Again, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
After getting settled into the inn, we headed out for more exploring. We wanted to have a non-planned and carefree weekend so that we could do whatever we felt like at the moment. I really liked that because sometimes it’s stressful to rush places on a schedule. I did know one thing…coffee was a definite must.
I love reading all of your suggestions on places to stop while I’m on trips. I usually pull my phone out to go over the list of recommendations provided. I most certainly take notice in all of your coffee shop referrals! When I saw The Coffee Fox coffee shop, I remembered it from several of your comments. I knew I had to try it out.
I ordered a small latte with skim and three shots of espresso (my usual.) I also ordered Foxy’s house-made granola — old fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, pecans, coconut, honey, cinnamon served with low fat plain yogurt. The granola was AWESOME! Kyle ordered the Huevos Racheros Quiche which had black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, onions and monterey jack. It looked pretty good!The Coffee Fox also offers craft beer, wine and cheese plates.
I loved their decor. It was super funky and entertaining for the eyes. I kept looking around at all the art and details. My latte was creamy and rich; just the way I like it. I don’t like when there is more milk than espresso or too much espresso and not enough milk. As Goldilocks would say, “it was just right.”After walking around and filling up on coffee, we took a drive out to Tybee Island to walk the beach and visit the Tybee Island Light House. It’s only 18-20 miles away from the historic district. It’s a gorgeous drive too. We wanted a quick bite to eat for lunch, so we stopped at 80 East Gastropub. It had so many great reviews and was close by. The menu was very large with so many options to choose from. I just wanted something light because Kyle made dinner reservations for seven.
I ordered the Artisan salad. It came with onions, cherry tomatoes and artisan lettuce tossed in a strawberry vinaigrette. Our waitress was super sweet. She filled us in on some of the local spots and her favorite non-touristy areas to visit. We took her advice and drove away from the main drive to park and walk the beach. It was super windy and overcast, the perfect photo taking conditions! Being on a beach makes me happy, even if it’s overcast or too cold to swim. I love the waves, the smell, and walking barefoot in the sand.
I can see why so many movies are filmed on Tybee Island (other than the nice tax incentives). One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks films, The Last Song was filmed there. It is so beautiful and peaceful. I believe they are actually filming Baywatch there right now. Imagine seeing The Rock walking down the beach? I’m sure sharks are even scared of him. Tybee Island has three miles of public beach to enjoy. If you like fishing, this is your place! The beaches also have public piers for you to set up your poles on. Apparently, the wild caught Georgia shrimp is to die for, but not worries if you can’t catch any; luckily Tybee Island has over 25 fabulous restaurants that will most likely serve them.It was so relaxing to walk the beach while the waves creeped up to the shore washing away the sand that covered our feet.
Tybee Island is known for their wildlife. The island is filled with birds, sea turtles and even manatees.
Soon Kyle will be better at blogging than me. I loved watching him take photos and play around with the camera.
I could spend all day at the beach taking photos. I tried to limit the amount of photos added to this post because I didn’t want it to get too overwhelming. I do have several I sent to the printers for framing and I cannot wait to see how they turned out. I was inspired after visiting several art galleries in the historic district and now I’m going to give this black and white thing a shot. I’ll let you know how the photos turn out.
We headed back to the inn around four to get ready for our guided tour around historic Savannah, followed by dinner. We rocked out to Ray Charles on the way back.
It was pouring again, but the tour was still so much fun. We learned all kinds of interesting and weird facts about the buildings and the city. I really enjoyed touring all the squares and learning about their significance. We had dinner at Garibaldis. It was an elegant restaurant with gold ceilings that I couldn’t stop staring at. We sat in a cute little corner booth with flowers and a candle on our table. It couldn’t have been any more romantic.
We decided to treat ourselves to a plate of calamari. It was served with an apricot shallot sauce that complimented the calamari perfectly. It reminded me of a sweet chili sauce but not as spicy.
Our waiter was so professional and I was so impressed with how well he knew the restaurant and the menu. I would be a hot mess if I were in his shoes.
This trip was all about the seafood for me and Savannah had so much to offer. I went with the seared salmon for the second night in a row. It was a great choice again! It came with whipped potatoes, lump crab, spinach,
mushrooms and Asiago cream sauce. I tried Kyle’s steak and they cooked it to perfection. This restaurant did not disappoint.
After dinner, we put on our workout clothes and headed out for a night walk around the historic district. We even eavesdropped on some of the walking ghost tours. I think that would be such a fun job, I had to practice some of my spooky storytelling voices.
Everything is lit up at night, so you can enjoy the beautiful history 24 hours a day.
We walked by the Diner that Jenny, from Forest Gump, worked at. Did you know that Jenny was played by Robin Wright (Claire Underwood?) Leave it to Kyle to have all the fun facts.
We stopped at the Woof Gang Bakery. Kyle picked up tons of treats for Grumples and spoiled him rotten!
I even picked up a Savannah bone for Becca’s pup. We walked around for miles until we were too exhausted to keep going, so we headed back to our Inn and called it a night.
I got up bright and early to get ready for the day before we headed down for breakfast at 8am. I really appreciated the set up and the fresh coffee bar.
We took our coffee and tea outside to sit while we waited for breakfast. I also bought a mug so I could bring a little piece of the inn home.
There were two breakfast options to choose from. We could have went with the blueberry pancakes, but we both decided on the fresh fruit, yogurt, breakfast bread and granola! Everything was super delicious and fresh. I especially liked the granola, it has me wanting to make my own homemade granola this weekend.
I was so sad to pack up and say goodbye to the staff at the bed and breakfast, but I was really looking forward to our final afternoon in Savannah.
We made our way down to the Colonial Park Cemetery. I had to stop on every block to take a photo of something.
We spent about an hour walking through the cemetery and reading all about those who were buried there.
There is so much history to be told in this cemetery. This is a favorite spot for people to visit on ghost tours. I’m not sure if any of you believe in orbs, but there are two visible ones in this photo.
Here is a creepy little story that showed up on the cemetery’s website…
“The Colonial Park Cemetery is also home to one of Savannah’s most famous ghosts, that of “Rene Asche Rondolier (or Renee Rondolia Asch), a disfigured orphan who was said to have called Colonial Park his home in the early 1800s. Accused of murdering two girls whose bodies were found in the cemetery, Rene was dragged to the nearby swamps and lynched and left for dead. More dead bodies turned up in the cemetery in the days that followed. The townspeople were convinced it was Rene’s ghost and some still call the cemetery, Rene’s playground.”
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is beautiful. You can’t miss it.
The church’s history is so interesting.
The parish was established in the late 1700’s by immigrants fleeing France and Haiti. The Cathedral was finally built 35 years later and Pope Pius IX recited the diocese in 1850. It was the only Catholic church in Savannah and was soon destroyed by a hurricane. After the hurricane, they built and repaired the church up into a cathedral. This cathedral must have had bad luck because it caught on fire in 1898 and was rebuilt again one year later. The cathedral was officially restored inside and out thirteen years after the fire. In 1998 they did another two-year renovation on the church to honor the 150th year anniversary of the parish.
Fountain in the Lafayette Square.
The Hamilton-Turner Inn took my breath away as we walked by it. (update! we stayed there!)
The inn was built in 1873 by Samuel Pugh Hamilton on The Lord of Lafayette (what he was informally known as) square.
I loved reading all about the history of this inn and taking a look inside.
I could stare at the Savannah trees all day long. Gorgeous hydrangeas in the square.
The Alex Raskin Antique shop was on of my favorite mansions. It remains unrestored and historic.The mansion is on the Monterey Square and was completed in 1869.
Like all the other buildings in Savannah, the history is so interesting. Read more about the history of the Antique shop here. I would imagine it to be one of the most haunted spots in Savannah…
The Mercer Williams House Museum. Built in 1860 and designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer.
This house was from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, owned by Jim Williams! His sister is the current owner of the home.
This four-story mansion is the 100-year-old Armstrong house. In its 100 years of life, it’s only had three owners, the originals being the Armstrong family. It became a junior college in 1935 but is now a prestigious law firm.
One of the owners was a Character from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Jim Williams, real antique dealer and the only person in Georgia to ever be tried four times for the same crime.
The home was built with an Italian Renaissance style.
We made our way to Forsyth Park. It’s made up of 30 acres in the historic district of Savannah. It has the famous fountain you see in almost all of the Savannah photos. This is a beautiful place to walk and the trees hang over the paths.
After all of the morning exploring, we were ready for some coffee!
We decided to go to The Paris Market.
Kyle ordered the White Wolf Tea. I was kind of obsessed with the white mug and the wooden spoon. I know what my next purchase will be…
It was so hot out, so I went with an iced latte with skim and three shots of espresso. It was really really really good! I didn’t have one bad coffee on this trip.
I always make people try my things.
Kyle had never had a macaron before, so it was important to change that.
We had a Matcha green tea macaron and Snickers Macaron. Both super amazing and I knew he’d be a fan! They are not what you expect them to be. I remember trying my first and falling in love at first bite.
The Paris Market was also a boutique/gift shop. We did some exploring upstairs and downstairs. The books laying on the staircase was like a work of art.
I heard that the Marshall House is pretty haunted…and look an orb!
We did a little more antique exploring before lunch. Look at all those old cameras!
We had lunch at the Kayak Kafe. I loved this place because it was fresh and healthy! I ordered the Broughton Cobb salad. It had organic greens, roma tomatoes, Vidalia onions, applewood bacon, roasted chicken, asiago & sliced avocado. I had the balsamic vinaigrette for my dressing and everything was super delicious.
After our lunch, we decided to walk back to the car and head back to Charlotte.
The Owens Thomas House.
As we were getting ready to head home, we came across this adorable kitty! I had to snap a photo one last time.
I had the most magical and unforgettable weekend in Savannah with one of the greatest guys. I needed someone to pinch me over and over to believe that it wasn’t a dream. I cannot wait to go back and experience more.
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite part about history?
- If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet?
- What is one place you’d like to visit for the weekend?