At Home In: Savannah, Georgia

28 Jun

I can’t believe it has already been a month since our babymoon to Savannah! Before we head out on our next trip, I figured I should try to share a few details from that one.

We decided on Savannah somewhat randomly. Neither of us had ever been to any of the charming Southern cities so we were definitely interested in checking one out. Plus, this trip was going to be a little different than our others given that I was going to be 19 weeks pregnant. It’s funny to plan a trip when you really have no idea how you’re going to feel and what your body is going to be capable of at a future date. Savannah is small and walkable and, while there is lots to do, it was also somewhere we knew we could go and just rest in a cafe and be completely content. So Savannah it was.

Like a lot of our recent trips, we started our search for accommodations on HomeAway and VRBO. Through those searches I somehow came across the website for Luxury Savannah Living and eventually we decided on the Chippewa Square Suite in the Jones Street house. There are a ton of traditional B&Bs in Savannah but we really prefer the apartment rentals. I’m not an early riser, I don’t like to eat a lot right when I wake up so the breakfast part of a B&B is usually lost on me, and (if I’m perfectly honest) I don’t really go on vacation to socialize with new people. I’m much better off if I have a refrigerator where I can keep some yogurt and fruit and just eat it in some cute outdoor space by myself! The only downside to these apartments is that there’s no front desk to leave your bags at if you arrive earlier than the check-in time or don’t need to leave for the airport until long after your check-out time. Still, I like the charm and we just plan accordingly.

The link above has more pictures of the suite, but here are a few of my favorite things:

Master Bedroom – I will probably never paint a room this dark green and this is about as close to a canopy bed as I may ever get so it’s nice to pretend for a few days. And how about the picture rail? Love it.

Glass Door Knobs & Door Plates – I love love love glass door knobs. Hopefully one day we’ll live in a house with enough character to suit them!

Master Bathroom – Claw foot tub, huge beautiful gold mirror, pretty wall color, great floor tiles (sorry you can’t see them here), white pedestal sink. I mean, what’s not to love? It actually reminded me a lot of the bathroom from the Ritz-Carleton Sarasota (nice to see my photography has improved since then – ha!) which I was also smitten with. I really need to learn how to mix finishes like that. I love the feeling of something that seems casually pulled together instead of all matchy-matchy.

That mirror also happens to be very good for baby bump pictures so here is your classic, gratuitous blogger belly pic. 19 weeks, 4 days. I’m already much bigger than that! :)

Picturesque Neighborhood – My very favorite part about where we stayed, however, was the charming block where it was located. I love the buildings, the stairs, the live oak trees, and the secret little gardens you get to peek into as you walk by. And the beauty of the Savannah historic district is that every block looks just like this.

I know Charise is headed to Savannah in the fall so here are a few of my thoughts and recommendations for her and anyone else who wants to check it out! When we planned our trip we used a few resources to decide what to do and where to go: Savannah’s Official Tourism Site and Visitor Guide, Design Sponge Savannah Guide, and Garden and Gun’s Savannah City Portrait.

We opted for a one day tour bus to learn the city (and keep me from getting too tired) and then added on the ghost tour. It’s a little pricey and the ghost tour was a little theatrical for me (though I did like the stories) but I’m glad we did it. We liked all three of the Telfair Museums and it’s nice that they’re not huge so you can check out at least two in the same day. Given the history of the homes in Savannah, we really liked that the Owens-Thomas house and Telfair Academy gives you a peek inside what life was like for some of the original owners. We did an additional tour of the Juliette Gordon Low house too and, even though there’s a lot of talk about Girl Scouts, Pete was still able to enjoy the history of that one as well. Wormsloe Plantation is outside of the historic district (you’d need a car) but I loved the trees and actually learned a lot about the colonization of Georgia from the video in the visitor’s center. We didn’t really check out the trails but you do have access to them if you’d like to take a longer walk than we did!

Savannah has a ton of good food and we found it hard to go wrong. However, one we’d recommend not missing is the Crystal Beer Parlor. The portions are gigantic so we couldn’t finish all our food but don’t miss the Gawgia Cracka Nachos. Clary’s was also fun for a diner style breakfast, especially if you’ve read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. We thought Leopold’s ice cream was good but not amazing. I’m glad we had some but also glad we didn’t wait in the thirty minute line we saw one day! This last recommendation is funny but we also discovered a Parker’s near our place and proceeded to stop there multiple times during our stay. I think some of the stores are just gas stations but this one is a cross between and a gas station and a speciality grocer. What other gas station have you been to with growlers of micro-brew beer?! They also had Greek yogurt, sparkling juice, and desserts for the pregnant half of our group. ;)

There are also lots of great shops – many located close to one another, so I trust you’ll find what you like. However, if you happen to be near Whittaker and Jones Street, you should seek out One Fish Two Fish. I want to live in that store. Seriously.

This post has gotten long enough but if anyone has any specific questions let me know and I’d be happy to answer!

4 Responses to “At Home In: Savannah, Georgia”

  1. Krishann July 2, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I will take that bathroom please. Such beautiful photographs and your baby bump photo is gorgeous!!!

    • pleasantandhome August 3, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Thanks! :)

  2. Charise July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Sooo I am just now catching up on blog reading for the month. Thanks for all the recs – several of those were on my list, but I hadn’t heard of some places, so we’ll be sure to check them out. Thanks!!

    • pleasantandhome August 3, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      No problem! I think you guys are going to love it there!

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