Friday, May 23, 2014

Savannah!

Guys, I am moving to Savannah! I wish.

Have you been to Savannah? Did you know it's awesome? I kind of knew, but didn't totally know.

This one is for sale!

H., L. and I spent 4.5 days in Savannah recently. Just a short holiday/extra long weekend. And what a lovely, lovely place. I guess everyone knows it's beautiful, but what I didn't expect is just how nice it all is. The people are friendly, the shops and boutiques are enticing (too enticing!), the food is delicious. It doesn't feel small - it has the sophistication of a big city, but yet feels small at the same time. It's just a really, really nice place.


If you were the kind of person who, say, enjoys sitting on a patio all afternoon leisurely having a sip of wine, this would be your heaven. Unfortunately, if you are the kind of people who have a wee child and getting day-drunk isn't an option, you can only watch those patio-sitters with a little bit of envy.

We booked a little cottage in the Historic District via Airbnb, called Laura's Cottage. And it was totally perfect.

Laura's Cottage - our home away from home for a few days
As I mentioned earlier, Laura's Cottage is allegedly haunted. I didn't know this until after I booked it. Eeeps! I'm happy to report that I saw no ghosts or experienced anything very spooky. However, on our last evening at the cottage I read other people's reports of sightings and paranormal experiences and then I got a little freaked out. That night, in the middle of the night, L. woke up and was pointing at something in the corner, and I admit that I was kind of spooked. But L. is really into pointing and points at everything, so he could have been pointing at a light or a picture frame or a speck of dust or an otherworldly apparition. Could have been anything.


The people of Savannah seem to love babies. Walking L. around, people would smile at him and make comments about him, or stop and chat with him. He loves dogs, and points at all dogs he sees, and people would bring their dogs over so he could have a closer look or pet them. H. and I were taken aback at first - maybe New Yorkers just really don't like babies and people outside New York really do. But L. got a lot of attention from strangers. Then again, he is the cutest.

Ghost hunter

Eating and Doing:

Traveling with a baby, we mainly ate out only for lunch, and made breakfasts and dinners in our cottage. This also saves money! But here are some good spots for eats:

Soho South Cafe - this was actually my favorite meal in Savannah. Not only is the space bright and airy, but the food was really good.

Belford's - This restaurant is pretty touristy, but that didn't take away from it being good food. They also had a nice patio for eating and people-watching, a waitress who my small child was clearly in love with, and they were pretty nice after my small child made a big mess.

The Crab Shack (Tybee Island) - Again, this place is very touristy, but was a really nice place to sit outside. And it was perfect for entertaining L. who was happy to watch the many cats that roam around and the dogs that are allowed to sit on the patio. And if you like mountains of crab and shellfish: this is your place!



Mostly we walked around town and admired the homes and squares. We moseyed.


We drove out to Tybee Island and climbed the lighthouse.



We also visited Fort Pulaski while we were out that way.

We visited Bonaventure Cemetery.

We (I) did a lot of shopping and window shopping. Good stuff! But I'll save those details for a post of their own.

We did not, actually, tour any mansions or go to any museums. That's kind of weird, I know. We will do it next time!

All in all, a good time was had by all. On the way home I tried to convince H. that we should move there and open a small business! I was only half-joking.

(All these photos were taken with our phones, because I forgot to bring my real camera! Dang!)

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