Happy New Year!
Wait… is saying “happy new year” 23 days into the new year still a thing? Asking for a friend.
How have you been? Not much has changed since we last spoke apart from breaking my toe. Oh, and I stopped biting my nails after 26 years so that’s a major milestone for me!
Between work-related trips to South Florida, out-of-state weddings, and visiting family in Puerto Rico, it’s felt like I’ve been living out of my suitcase for the past two months. But I’m here now and that’s all that matters!
Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Halston and I traveled to Savannah because we both had the immense pleasure of being in my brother’s bridal party. Let’s take a second to admire how adorable Alex and Stefanie were that weekend: (pics by Chelsea Renay)
We arrived on Saturday for the wedding rehearsal at Harper Fowlkes House and a delicious lunch at Collins Quarter, followed by a massage at Milan Day Spa with the bride, while the boys split off and went to Abe’s on Lincoln, an Abraham-Lincoln themed tavern where guests doodle pictures of the former president and tape them around the bar.
Being back in Savannah reminded Halston and I of the fun we had in December, so we decided to share some of our favorite places with you!
Where we laid our heads to rest:
Our Airbnb was located on Tattnall Street, just a short walk from Forsyth Park. The loft had a queen bed, a day bed, a full kitchen, washer/dryer and internet.
In order to avoid exorbitant parking fees around town, we purchased a visitor parking pass during our trip.
- Coffee Fox
- Back in the Day Bakery
- Cafe M Savannah: I’d like to give this little French spot a shout-out for crafting the most delicious salmon quiche we’ve ever had in our lives. We went back in January, and I’m thinking breakfast at Cafe M needs to be a monthly thing from now on… hey, it’s only four hours away from Orlando!
Lunch and Dinner:
- Huc-A-Poos Bites & Booze
- Savannah Seafood Shack
- Flying Monk Noodle Bar
- The Olde Pink House: The first time I visited Savannah with my friends, we couldn’t get a dinner reservation earlier than 9:00 p.m., so making a reservation weeks ahead was crucial. Serving delicious and inventive Southern food, the restaurant didn’t win me over because of their very, very mouthwatering flounder, but through their collared greens and grits — two sides I absolutely hate, but couldn’t get enough of at the Olde Pink House! I couldn’t believe it! We went back for lunch two days later without a reservation and walked right in.
- In Vino Veritas Wine Bar
- Leopold’s Ice Cream
- Six Pence Pub
- Savannah Bee Company: While we already have a Savannah Bee Company location at Disney Springs and I’m already familiar with their products, our location doesn’t offer mead tastings, so we had to stop by! Previous to this experience, I had no idea that there were so many varieties of mead, ranging from sparkling to semi-sweet to sweet, or that the ABV was so high!
- Forsyth Park
- Colonial Park Cemetery and Bonaventure Cemetery
- Tybee Island Light Station and Museum
- Paris Market & Brocante: This store, and adjacent cafe, are basically what the inside of every girl’s head looks like. I wanted to live there.
- City Market: While “touristy” and somewhere I’d avoid, we strolled around City Market early in the day and found a place to sit down and sketch (my sketches were atrocious), people watch and enjoy peach sangrias from Cafe at City Market.
- E. Shaver, Bookseller: Savannah’s oldest (and cutest!) bookstore, and historic landmark commemorating Halston’s most severe sneeze attack, courtesy of the two cats who live in the shop.
- Wormsloe Historic Site (Wormsloe Plantation): This state historic site was established by one of Georgia’s founders, Noble Jones. Here we saw the ruins of his family home, a museum and a demonstration area interpreting colonial life. Honestly, we would’ve paid just to drive down the oak tree “scenic tunnel.”
- Haunted Pub Crawl with Ghost City Tours: I had previously gone on an incredibly fun haunted pub crawl in Savannah with Tara Haunted Tours, and Halston had recently gone on one in New Orleans during a bachelor party, so we had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, the cold weather kept most of the would-be attendees away, so it ended up being us two, another couple, and the world’s corniest tour guide. I feared that Halston and I would have a permanent eye-roll following the tour.
- Chippewa Square: Forrest Gump made Chippewa Square famous in the scene he is sitting on a bench, waiting for the bus. Unfortunately, the bench was a prop and has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum, so Halston and I moped around the square for a good five seconds and then took a picture sitting on the ground where the bench once sat. Forrest Gump fans can visit Debi’s Restaurant, the diner where “Jenny’s” character worked.
Have you been to Savannah before? Did we miss anything?