No teacher becomes a teacher in order to have those delicious spring and summer (okay, and fall and winter) breaks but I’d be lying if it doesn’t keep us locked in once we start. (JK, kids, I love my job but mama’s gotta take it easy every once in a while). Today we discuss the infamous break, that which movies are made about and tweens the world over plan for months, if not years in advance: SPRING BREAK. Spring Break definitely isn’t what it once was (see ya, Cabo) but it still serves that same purpose of relaxation and recharging. This year Luke and I traded in margaritas and bikinis for mint juleps and pastels.
Why Savannah? For one, I’ve had an eerie obsession with the south since I was a kid. My elementary years were filled with novels that took placed in Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia etc. Later on, my nose could be seen buried deep in the pages of a Nicholas Sparks masterpiece (yeah I said it) and aesthetically, the whole area has had my heart for ages.
For another, my incredibly thoughtful husband bought me a plane ticket to see one of my favorite humans in the entire world who had moved back to Charlotte, NC. This was where our trip started. Check out our itinerary below.
Note: in order to prepare, I read the “Savannah Bible” Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s AMAZING and got me so excited to explore that which I already researched plus a ton of others. If Savannah is in your future, this will make your trip so much more enriching.
Day 1- Driving from Charlotte, NC to Charleston to Savannah, GA
• Cyprus Gardens: You may know this place as the location of Noah and Allie’s canoe ride amongst the swans. More swampy in real life, just as beautiful if not more so. Pro tip: put your name in for the boats before walking around. The line can be brutal.
• Charleston: A quick stop through this gorgeous city for lunch, a downtown stroll, and some photos in front of gorgeous architecture, we were hooked. We stopped at Leon Oyster Shop’s before making our way to the start of our waking tour near Saint Philip’s Episcopal Cemetery. We snagged this wonderful route from an article written by Sandy Lang on Charleston Mag that brought us about town. We diverted a bit to see some gargantuan homes, many of which offer tours. Do some Googling and grab a reservation.
•Arrived in Savannah! We booked our home through Lucky Savannah which seemed to have the greatest selection of homes in desirable areas. We stayed here and found the location to be perfect with no need for a vehicle if staying in town.
•Wormsloe Historic Site: This was a bit of a drive but we were determined to find a deliciously moss-covered road and in my research came upon Wormsloe, a home of great historical significance to Savannah. It’s not only a great place to start your Savannah tour to get your bearings about how it all started but the ruins are on a crop of beautiful Georgian land. Pro tip: watch the video in the gift shop before touring around and if you’re planning on taking photos at the entrance, take them as soon as you see a tiny opening.
Bonaventure cemetery: There is a wonderful scene in Midnight that I insisted we recreate with a picnic of our own. We came, we saw, we ate, I couldn’t stop smiling, passerbys thought I was a creep but they don’t know the joys of dining with dead (obviously).
Taken from the very page that inspired our jaunt,
The Olde Pink House: A restaurant that will show up on nearly every list of Savannah must-dos. Highly recommend for a romantic evening out. Check out photos online to see if you want to be on the main floor, a more traditional setting, or downstairs which is a bit moodier and cozy.
Peregrine roof top hotel: Beautiful sight for drinks that felt both deliriously romantic and also very chic and metropolitan. Everything you need in a Southern drinking establishment, right?
Collins Quarter: A gorgeous spot for brunch that Luke and I ducked into after the skies opened up and it started to pour. I was so enamored by the sweet smells of breakfast and Luke’s adorable face I felt quite love drunk and massively over ate. I suggest you do the same. Let it be known it is quite the popular establishment so you may have to put your name in and walk around the block.
Mercer Williams House: Oh my gosh yes. Savannah is known for a great many things and, of the lot of them, my favorite might be the jaw dropping estates. They not only have a rich history, many fraught with controversy, but also offer a delectable insight into the time period to which the city owes so much of it’s success. I dare you not to spend the following hour and a half daydreaming about how you’ll convince the producers over at HGTV to give you your own program on the subject. MWH is another key component to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil but if that’s not your thing, there are many other brilliant homes you could check out.
KTs’ Drinks and a Show Walking Tour: I love Airbnb. Have I talked about how much I love Airbnb? I really do. I’m a longtime home renter, first time experience..er. If KT’s tour is any indication of how most of them usually go, I am hooked. We strolled around the historic district of Savannah, drink in hand (because #helloGeorgia), while she answered all of our weird and uncouth questions. I loved her and the crew we traveled with was also a delight.
One fact she taught us? This spectacular moss only shows up for the brief period after it rains. It makes the skyline sparkle with greenery.
Trolley tour: Okay so we didn’t end up doing this but it would have been on our list had we woken up earlier. Hop on, hop off trolley that takes you to a variety of sights. Listed below are a few we’d recommend:
Overall I could not have been happier with our trip. If heading to this part of the world is something you’ve considered, I hope this post helps make that decision a bit easier (go. Just go.). Enjoy!