Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guest Post: Vacationing in Savannah, Georgia

Vacation. Origin of VACATION - Middle English vacacioun, from Anglo-French vacacion, from Latin vacation-, vacatio freedom. First Known Use: 14th century. Synonyms: breakholiday ,leaverecess

While Ms. Tracy is away from her blog, I wanted to share with y'all one of my favorite vacation spots! My name is Chelsea.  I’m in my twenties and plan events for a living. On any other day you can find me over at Meant to be Happy.  I love taking vacations.  It’s also one of the perks of my job! I travel quite a bit and always try to turn work trips into Chelsea trips.  Of all the places I’ve visited, my favorite vacation destination’s is Savannah, Georgia. I grew up going to this place every summer.  Maybe that is what ties me to it. It’s quaint, it’s southern and charming.  It’s also Paula Deen’s hometown { and I love THE lady}.  If you love historic towns and unique towns you will fall in love with Savannah.  It is full of historic breathtaking homes. 

What do you need for a perfect day and night in Savannah? You’re walking shoes. Be prepared to walk. A lot.  It’s such a beautiful town.  Let’s start with the squares.  There are 24 of them.  They are little areas where certain streets meet and each square honors a historical figure or event in Savannah’s history. I highly recommend going on a tour. They tell you about the history and meaning behind each square.
One of my favorite restaurants ever, was The Chart House in Savannah.  It is located on the river {River Street to be specific} so as the night approaches you have an amazing view of the bridge and the river as the sunsets.  The streets are cobblestone, so be careful if you’re wearing pretty heels, I recommend sandals for these steets. 
Girls, there is so much to tell about this town.  I will tell you I love Tybee Island. It’s about 15 minutes from Savannah, you get a beautiful view as your cross the water to Tybee.  It is a very secluded beach with a lot of local, old timey beach shops! And I may or may not have been there when Miley was filming her movie The Last Song {flop, I know, but I was there!}.  I feel awful but I cannot tell you the name of this adorable restaurant we ate at.  It was on an inlet and I felt like it was a scene right out of The Notebook, beautiful, quiet, southern and charming.  I actually stayed on Tybee Island as opposed to Savannah! Just to be on the beach.

One last thing before you visit Savannah!   You have to promise me you will do this.  You have to read Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil.  It is a based on a true story of a murder that took place in Savannah years ago.  The author is such an amazing writer, I could truly hear the characters speaking and I had no trouble imagining what they were like.  I finished the book on the way to Savannah. Once there I went downtown and immediately went on The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil TOUR. IT was amazing and so cool to see the actual homes, mansions of these people I read about.  The gentleman who gave us the tour was actually connected to one of the families in some way.  Below is a photo of the Mercer house, if you read this book, you’ll know why I was intrigued to visit this house!
Where are some of your favorite vacation spots? I hope you all get to visit Savannah at some point, or at least read Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil.  It’s a must read! Have a great week.


Dree said...

I've always wanted to go to Savannah! Thanks so much for this post!

Heather said...

Gosh I ADORE Savanna, GA! It's one of my favorite places on EARTH! I miss it so much! All the wonderful shopping, historic buildings, fudge shops, ghost walks, plantations, it has it all! I want to have my wedding there one day - if I ever get married that is... LOL

Hannah said...

Oh how I adore Savannah! My sister lived there for a while and I visited as much as possible. Have a wonderful weekend!

LC said...

I've heard so many good things about Savannah, and those pictures are beautiful. Now I really want to plan a trip! That book sounds interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love Savannah, my best friend got married there last year in one of the squares and it was just beautiful. But my favorite place to visit is definitely Charleston, SC hands down because not only does it have a historical backdrop but the night life in downtown is great and the beaches (like Folly) are so close! ;)

Ashley said...

I went to Savannah for the day, a few weeks ago with my sister. It is such a gorgeous city!! But one other thing, make sure you bring your sweet tooth...Savannah Sweets has the best chocolate pralines known to man! Haha I definitly used my walking/running shoes a bit more after discovering the sweetness that is Savannah :)