interior design trials, triumphs, and inspirations
Savannah oh na-na!
February 28, 2018
As per the Birthday Girls request, a two day tour of the beautiful and historic Savannah left me totally smitten and counting down the days until I can visit again! For her fifth birthday, our eldest daughter Georgia Gail asked for a trip to a hotel in Savannah. It is a short drive for our family and the main excitement for a young child is experiencing a new place; so why not indulge her adventurous side?
All of this leads us to The Olde Harbour Inn! Located on River Street, our suite was wonderful and perfectly situated to the fun of Savannah.
I LOVED the pale pink shade of the painted bricks and our little window box was perfection with cabbage and pansies. It set my spring loving heart a flutter.
We had a balcony over River Street and the light coming in was beautiful, even though it was overcast the majority of the time we stayed. My favorite parts of the room were the incredibly tall ceiling (thanks to the loft bunk), the natural wood and mirror sconces, and that jaw dropping gorgeous Greek key lacquered dresser!
The girl's favorite aspect of the room was hands-down, the queen loft. Complete with skylights over the bed and its own sitting area. They felt like such big girls with their own room.
This is the view our balcony had of River Street. We were located on the far end of the excitement but we had a great view of all the big boats heading up the river!
We dropped our bags, stretched our arms, and decided to immediately stretch our legs by walking the historic cobblestones of River Street. Georgia had to have her moment with the 'Georgia Queen' sign steamboat; it is officially on my bucket list of things to do in Savannah.
We recreated the famous Waving Girl statue, which is something I remember my family doing on a vacation years ago. I cannot wait to see the two photos side by side!
The cutest shop on River Street is Byrd's Cookie Co. Sputnik chandys, painted brick walls, and free samples of the most perfect tea cookies ever made! What more could a girl ask for...
...How about an adorable set up of the always charming Cat Studio tea towels, pillows and glasses? I could not resist bringing home the Georgia tea towel and a few of the delicious cookies to snack on through the trip. We bought the cheddar biscuits (for the hubs, who is a savory not sweet type of person), the key lime coolers, and the Georgia peach cookies. These little bite size gems were all delicious and the store is equally as satisfying! A must-visit on the Fetching guide to Savannah. Another fun stop on the Fetching guide to Savannah is the Shell Shop which offers a shell lover HOURS of treasure hunting in a 300 sq foot space. The little ladies each selected a shell and I found a great piece of coral which is simply stunning.
The Dora shell was Magnolia's choice and it took every fiber in my being to not swap it out with a different option...any other Mom's out there know what I mean?
Morning coffee on the balcony with my growing bump was the perfect way to start each morning. There is something divine about hot coffee and fresh air, don't you agree?
Keeping with the shopping must-sees on the Fetching guide of Savannah is the incredible Emily McCarthy Shoppe! You are greeted by fabulous displays of color and creativity which can turn any overcast or rainy day into a magical memory.
Brass, zebra, monstera, and splashes of pink: this store is preppy perfection! I stumbled upon a little clearance pile which I spent too long looking through, but everything about this store drew me in and begged me to stay. Even the complimentary suckers for little shoppers are adorable; they look like edible slices of malachite. I left with goodies for me and the cute sucker goodies for the little ladies.
A new perfectly matched Greenery pillow cover for my living room, a gorgeous sheet of oyster print paper which will be incorporated into the Fetching baby's room, and the perfect Fall pillow!
The other part of our birthday gift to Georgia was a tour on the trolley. She requested a ride as soon as she spotted a trolley and the weather obliged; so our little crew hopped aboard at the Savannah Visitors Center and began our adventure touring the beautiful city.
The open window and cool breeze combination was heaven! Perhaps this is the pregnant in me, but it made for the perfect napping situation. In reality, I was much to interested in seeing EVERYTHING to blink, let alone nap. But, after a long day I would have passed out on a trolley ride. Here follows all the photographs of beautiful architecture and history...
Give me all the moss and iron details.
The landscapes were every bit as inspiring as the homes and businesses they surrounded. Who wouldn't love to have a Magnolia and Palm growing in their front bed?
One of my favorite buildings was the Savannah Cotton Exchange. The deep red brick and oxidized copper with the black cast iron accents equaled perfection. The perfectly positioned Griffin fountain keeping guard out front was just icing on the cake.
The saturated hues which accompanied all the different shades of brick added coastal charm mixed with a dash of historic sophistication.
Another favorite motif used around town is Greek key! I love this classic pattern and every time I spotted it, I gasped a little and tried to take a photo. I also had this reaction when we drove past the famous 'Forrest Gump' square; everyone together now, "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."
The crooked window of the oldest brick structure standing in the United States (it is not sloppy photography...it is really that crooked) was intentional and was believed to confuse Ghosts or unwanted spirits from coming inside.
Spanish moss, pink blooms and more Greek key!
Simply beautiful skyline...
We took a break from the trolley and visited The American Prohibition Museum, (this was not for Georgia's birthday but it was the hubs one request). The history is still fascinating, and the museum itself is very interactive (as in every employee dressed in period appropriate clothing) and you walk at your own pace. I fell in love with the Art Deco wallpaper, and the simple flower combination on the real speak-easy table tops.
After a full day of exploring the city squares, I can say that taking a trolley tour definitely feels like a tourist move, but the history the guides provide and the breeze blowing through your hair makes it a must-do on the Fetching guide. Especially opt for the hop on, hop off tours where you can load up on photos and take time to grab a bite at some of the yummy and unique restaurants of Savannah.
Speaking of restaurants, we will move forward to one of my favorite parts of any trip...FOOD! Our first night, the birthday girl requested Spaghetti and Meatballs. This was not the seafood dinner the hubs and I had in mind, so we took the little ladies out first and we saved our appetite for another stop later that evening. Corleone's had the perfect plate of spaghetti and meatballs which the ladies LOVED, and allowed my husband and I to enjoy an aperitif before dinner (I had tonic water and lime which has been a favorite this pregnancy).
The seafood dinner the hubs and I planned became more of an appetizer roulette at Sorry Charlie's Oyster Bar. We ordered the soup du jour which happened to be shrimp and sausage gumbo, the crab cake and fried green tomato stack, Casino baked oysters and the hubs had a couple local raw oysters, which I was informed were delicious!
The must-try food of Savannah, is the Conquistador sandwich and a TALL sweet tea at Zunzi's. The tea is a blend that is exclusively Zunzi's; it is so popular you can buy it by the tin. We were the first in line and as promised, they provided a complimentary meal; our trolley guide mentioned the "first in line" tidbit but we were skeptical. The Conquistador was delicious and huge! You can sample all the different sauces Zunzi's offers, which is perfection for all food lovers! Zunzi's is the type of hole-in-the-wall (literally in this case) that the hubs and I love finding when we visit any new city.
Another favorite for me leaving Savannah was Screamin' Mimi's pizza. Any trip we take, and I mean any trip, we have to try a local pizza shop. For us it is market research and keeping us up on our game. You might think that owning a Pizzeria would mean avoiding anything resembling a pie on a vacation...but not our family! The hubs and I were divided on the best slice in Savannah (yes, we tried not one, not two, but three different pizzas in the span of two days). His choice for champion was Vinnie Van Go-Go's, but for me Screaming Mimi's JUMBO slice straight from the oven was the champion (but I still like our pie better and the girls agree).
These slices were bigger than the ladies cute faces! We just happened to pull into the Screaming Mimi's parking lot to get our plans together and stretch our legs after the drive. Maybe the serendipitous arrival is part of my attachment to this slice, but if you want a delicious pizza in Savannah, Mimi's is my choice!
Finally, I want to highlight the other hotel which we used for our overnight retrieval of the new pizza ovens. Hotel Indigo, which is inside the old Savannah Bottling Company building.
The old factory is the shell of this boutique hotel meant very tall ceilings, and a floor to ceiling mural of vintage glass bottles! It was a perfect crash pad for one evening, and the girl's were quite content with the pull out sofa.
The super tall windows, let in the best morning light, and highlited the quirky decor in the best way.
Overall we LOVED SAVANNAH and I am looking forward to many more trips to this enchanting southern city!
Thanks for taking time to read, and I hope this has inspired you to plan a trip of your own! Let me know if you have some Savannah favorites and I will certainly add them to my future travel plans.