Oh Savannah, I love you so. Your Spanish moss covered trees draping over the streets and sidewalks draw me in. And your laws allows you to carry alcohol on city streets makes me love you even more.
We were just about our of Florida when we stopped at rest stop when I got to really see Spanish Moss covered trees up close. I’ve always thought they were pretty, but seeing it in person took my breath away. Justin joked that I like them because they are depressing and droopy looking. I’m not going to argue with him because he really might be on to something. Eyeore is my spirit animal some days, after all. I just love those trees so much! It made me want to drive home and grab the kids and race back to Georgia to have family pictures done. All I can picture is the five of us standing in the street, hands intertwined, under a canopy of Spanish Moss.
We pulled into Savannah around 3:30 pm, and headed straight our hotel. Holiday Inn Express in the historic district. This was perfect because my email said that check in was at 3:00. I ran inside to check us in and was told our room wasn’t ready yet and check in wasn’t actually until 4. Ok, Weird but whatever. It’s only 30 minutes so we paid for parking and lugged out bags inside to wait. We met up with some friends in Savannah and they were already checked in, so at 4 when our room still wasn’t ready we threw our things in their room and headed to River Street.
Our first stop was Wet Willies, because why wouldn’t I need to stop and get an alcoholic slushie? Since I was in Georgia I decided it would only make sense for me to get a “Peaches and Cream” daiquiri.
It was so good and the perfect way for me to get my obligatory peach consumption. We walked around a little bit downtown before heading back to the hotel to see if our room was ready yet. It was 5:00 and we never got a call that it was ready.
Luckily it was ready. I had been in the car all day and all I wanted to do was change clothes and straighten my hair.
Interesting fact! Even if you minivan has an outlet don’t be surprised if it isn’t powerful enough to power your hair straightener. Don’t ask me how I know that, but I definitely found that out during this leg of the trip. (I got a little bored in the car.)
After we changed we walked downtown for dinner and then to make the rounds through the nightlife. We had dinner at Wild Wing Café. I had the Colorado Copper boneless wings. They were good but really a bit too spicy for me.
After dinner we walked around downtown ducking in and out of stores and bars. Savannah at night is a little crazy. There were people so many bars. They closed off a street downtown by the wing place and there was live music and dancing in the street. So very cool and something that happens there all the time. I really think everyone should experience Savannah at least once.
Also, while you are there make sure you stop and get some ice cream at Leopold’s. I’m not exaggerating when I say that we stood in line for 40 minutes for ice cream at 10:30 at night. I’m also not exaggerating when I say that I have zero regrets about this. The ice cream was delicious and the little ice cream shop was so adorable. While we were standing in line a bride, groom and bridal party came rushing out of the restaurant and hopped onto a bike trailer. We’re pretty sure they had their wedding inside the ice cream shop. I mean, why not?
We walked around a little bit more before heading back to the hotel for the night. While our hotel was a pain to get into (And parking was $22) it was in the perfect location. I probably wouldn’t stay in the same hotel again, but I would definitely find another downtown hotel. There are plenty to choose from!
The next morning, Justin and I got up early, grabbed coffee and went out for a walk around River Street. Savannah at night is fun but Savannah early in the morning is gorgeous.
I couldn’t get enough of walking around the city streets.
Walking around Savannah in the rain with our coffee just felt natural and calm. And it almost made me wish I was a runner because those were the only other people out and about.
All in all, I really liked Savannah. I wouldn’t have minded staying a little longer but I was also DYING to get to Tybee Island, which was only a 20 minute drive away. I’m so thankful that our amazing friends met us there. I don’t think it would have been nearly as much fun without them. Stayed tuned! I’ll post my Tybee Island recap soon!