In my last post I discussed the outline of a roadtrip my new husband and I took back in August. This roadtrip was a mini-moon, or as I like to say, the first of a 3-part honeymoon series (more details on that later). What we failed to realize before going into this trip was that our destination, planned activities, and time of year did not go together nicely. Georgia. In August. Hiking and camping. We were hot. Despite the heat, we had a blast and lived to tell about it.
First stop: Savannah
Where to Stay
Finding the right place to stay in Savannah was extremely time-consuming. There are endless amazing options, from Airbnbs to historic mansions to modern flats, we really struggled to find the perfect place to stay at the right price point. The struggle largely came from my never-ending desire to travel cheaply so as to do as much as possible, mixed in with the fact that this was our honeymoon and I wanted to be able to splurge at times. The heart wants what it wants and in the end I couldn't have been happier with the decision- the Historic Gastonian, part of the historic lodging series and voted the Best B & B of Savannah.
Located about two blocks from Forsyth Park, this boutique B&B is made up of two Italianate-style mansions that were built in 1868. Rated AAA Four-Diamond and recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the finest places to stay in the world, I knew we picked a winner. It is also featured in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. If all the awards and recognitions are not enough to convince you, maybe the photos are.
Seeing as though we were on our honeymoon, I naturally selected the Honeymoon Suite and it's probably one of the best decisions I ever made. It is 850sq ft of luxury with an adjoining private balcony where we were able to eat our made-to-order hand-delivered breakfast, surrounded by live oaks.
What to See
The Central Park of Savannah, Forsyth Park, is comprised of 30 acres located right in the middle of the historic district. While the most notable feature is the large fountain at a crossroads of paths lined with live oaks, the park has a lot to offer. A child's play area, tennis and basketball courts, large fields for soccer, frisbee, and the Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club, and a Fragrant Garden for blind visitors are all highlights of not only the park, but the diverse community that comes to enjoy the area.
Anyone who visits Savannah will inevitably fall in love with the architecture, but when you travel to the city with an actual architect, the love affairs goes to a whole new level. My new husband was absolutely enthralled with the endless rows of houses, dating back to colonial periods and featuring Italianate, Greek and Gothic Revival, Victorian, and more. Now I will be perfectly honest and say that most of those things mean nothing to me outside of the fact that the buildings are large, ornate, and beautiful. My favorite part was that the city embraced the natural elements, leaving walls covered in ivy and stoops blanketed with moss.
Probably the most identifying sign of a Savannah sidewalk is the drooping, swaying branches of the live oaks, covered with moss and providing shade to the heat-soaked streets. At first I thought these were going to be a sight that I had to seek out. I quickly came to realize that was not the case and that they are a dime a dozen. However, they are impossible to grow tired of and we enjoyed the view as we sat on our private balcony and admired their swinging vines.
Where to Eat
As I mentioned earlier, we had made-to-order breakfasts each morning of our stay. This meant that we were very full and didn't seek out a lot of food options. What we did seek out were periodic snacks to keep us going until the next large breakfast. My favorite place we stopped in for a bite was Jazz'd, a basement tapas bar that featured dim lighting, sultry live music, and a full menu of food and drink.
Pro Tip: If you're looking for a quick bite to eat or some shops to stroll through, check out City Market. Around since the 1700s, this open-air market features four blocks of shops, restaurants, and art. Grab some gelato, pick a bench, and watch this amazing city pass by.
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