Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Trip To Savannah, part I

We're home from our Savannah adventure!  Thank you all so much for your helpful comments and suggestions... I printed them all out and they served as our personal travel guide.  Thank you!  You might remember that our original travel plans called for two days in Savannah and one day in Charleston.  But, I have to confess: we never made it to Charleston!  Seriously.  We booked an extra night at The Gastonian and spent all three days in Savannah.  I hear that Charleston is completely wonderful...  so, I guess we'll have to go back and visit.  Oh gee darn.  :)

It goes without saying that I completely fell in love with Savannah.  Love the architecture, love the history, love the parks, restaurants, shops, and I love their entire Southern attitude.  I said I wanted to move there, but I think that a yearly visit might be in order (that way, I can stay at this fabulous hotel once a year). 

This city is just SO PRETTY.  Here are a few snapshots from our trip...

Forsyth Park, developed in the 1840s and named after Georgia Governor, John Forsyth (1780-1841).  The park was expanded in the 1850s to include ornamental plantings, walkways, iron fencing and of course, the idyllic fountain stands at the center.  The park is just gorgeous in person and there were lots of people walking around, riding bikes, and enjoying the scenery.

me, in front of the fountain in Forsyth Park (husband behind the camera)

oak trees with silvery Spanish moss...

our charming Bed & Breakfast

a set of front steps near our hotel, and a gorgeous hanging light fixture in the same neighborhood (while this one is electric, many of the outdoor fixtures were gaslight! They created the most woderful flickering light in the evenings)

Savannah has the most beautiful collection of well-kept historic homes.  Everywhere you looked there was another townhouse with large shutters and iron railings.  And, the color schemes were so inspiring!  This one was a lovely olive color.  And in the same neighborhood, the antique cast iron fish downspouts were fabulous!

More stunning homes with iron railings (love the giant pots with the topiaries)... and, on the right, I loved this cast iron dog sitting outside the front door!

standing in Chippewa Square and looking at Gallery Espresso (a hippy dippy coffee house that also serves food, and wine in the evenings).  Six Pence Pub is across the street.  We grabbed an outdoor table and ate dinner there on Thursday night.

The Green-Meldrim House
We toured this historic home on Thursday morning.  While they don't allow cameras inside, you can take a glimpse of the grand interiors HERE.  It was built by Charles Green (a wealthy cotton merchant) in the 1850s for $93,000(!!!) and it's pretty incredible.  During the Civil War, it served as the Union headquarters for General Sherman.  Charles Green moved into a few upstairs rooms while the Union officers occupied the rest of the property.  It was here that General Sherman sent the telegram to President Lincoln, notifying him of the fall of Savannah. 
Saint John's Episcopal Church (which is the building next door) owns it now. 

Pretty front doors, in glossy black and red.  Love the brass door knockers, love the letter slots...

another beautiful home (this lantern was gas powered)

One of the many properties own by SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design).  You almost feel like the city of Savannah is their campus (there were creative looking people everywhere!). 
LOVE the black trim on this building.

goregous ironwork, brick sidewalks, and grand entrances.
We loved this sweet garden entrance with the bright red door.

one of the many landscaped squares, scattered all throughout the city.

a walk down on River Street...
cobblestone streets, homemade praline candies (that you could smell a few shops away!), and riverboat rides!  We didn't get on the boat this time, but might take the tour on our next trip.

The Paris Market (loved this shop!), the Savannah Bee Company, and of course Paula Deen's "The Lady & Sons" (didn't eat here this week, but we'll make reservations the next time we're in town).

we took a trip to Tybee Island,
saw the lighthouse and ate chicken fingers (with yummy honey horse radish sauce) at Spanky's.

The Gryphon Tea Room was delightful.  I loved the tiled floors and bright orange windsor chairs!  Plus, look at that ceiling.

Thank you for indulging me and letting me share my Savannah vacation with all of you.  We had such a fabulous time and can't wait to go back!  We also came home with more enthusiasm for our own home renovation... while gas powered lanterns are out of the question, we do feel inspired in other ways.  New home projects will resume this spring! 

I still want to post about our hotel, and the FABULOUS Savannah shopping (antique stores and gorgeous home stores).  More to come.

I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday. 


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Susan said...

So happy to hear you loved it...and happy to help with the suggestions! Couldn't you just move into Paris Market?! Your photos are fabulous, and I just might be staying at the Gastonian next time...;)

A Vintage Vine said...

So glad you had a great time!!! I got my fabric and I love it! I'll let you know when I finish my project!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures...It looks just splendid and warmer than the North East! We had a great trip there a few sept ago...had cold drinks at Gryphon...and had lunch at Paula's. Got there around 9 30 am for lunch reservations. I want to go on a boat ride next time too. Isnt it great that you can walk everywhere. We took the trolley tour. I loved all the architecture & the fountain. We stayed at the Mansion at forsyth park..but I did not care for the modern art.
We also toured the mercer house.

Charleston will make another great trip. It is so nice to get away. No trips planned right now for me so your pics were just what I needed! thanks! Jennifer aka Gigi

Life of Style said...

Love that city! If you like to ready my old neighbor pen mane Mary Kay Andrews writes a series of fiction books about Savannah and the area. They are fun reads but she pays a ton of attention to details about antiques, homes, etc. Savannah Breeze is the name of one of the books. Glad you had fun!

Ashley @ Susie B. Mag said...

This trip looks fabulous! I'm loving the orange chairs at Gryphon. Can't wait to go to Savannah now!

John About Town said...

Ah, such a fabulous little city! Have you seen 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'? If not, you should add it to your Netflix queue stat. It was filmed entirely in Savannah, so everything is imprinted with that dreamy Savannah aesthetic. Good soundtrack too!

Nichole@40daysof said...

Thanks so much for posting all of this. Savannah has been on my list ever since we went to Charleston eight years ago. You will love Charleston as well.

RLG said...

Looks amazing (and romantic, too).
Thanks for sharing. xoxo

Jill Seidner | Interior Design said...

These pictures are amazing! I've never been to Savannah, but now I am eager to visit! Would love to see a follow up post on your hotel and shops. Thanks for sharing!

Jill Seidner | Interior Design said...

These pictures are amazing! I've never been to Savannah but now I am eager to visit. Would love to see a follow up post about your hotel and shops. Thanks for sharing!

Erica {Studio Eriksdotter} said...

I've always wanted to visit Savannah as well so it has been such a delight to follow along on your trip.

Design Prescription said...

I'm slightly partial to Charleston since I live here, but the pictures look wonderful!

I'd love to give you local tips when you do make it to Chucktown!

Cat said...

It is so lovely isn't it? I lived there for a year.

HRH The Duchess of State said...

How nyce indeed dahhling that you made it to our little Garden and liked it!

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