What to do in Savannah, GA

Don’t know what to do in Savannah? Let me help you out, my friend. I get it, there are a lot of things to see and do in Savannah.  It can be overwhelming. First of all, ride the trolley! Then proceed to Broughton street and these must-do things below.

 

6 Places to Go in Savannah, GA

 

These are the places I absolutely must go whenever I hit up downtown Savannah.

 

1. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

 

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Have you ever been to a chocolate bar? Did you even know there’s such a thing as a chocolate cocktail? If decadent cakes and dessert cocktails are your thang, then Lulu’s Savannah is the place to go. So many amazing, sinfully delicious choices.

Tip: they have a killer cheese plate that you need in your life. Trust me.

 

2. World of Beer

 

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If you’re looking for craft beer in Savannah, you absolutely must visit the World of Beer. With hundreds of beers from around the world and design-your-own flights, WOB is a must-do on Broughton St. Hands-down one of the best attractions in downtown Savannah.

Tip: They don’t offer food in-house at this location but if you ask they will provide menus to local eats that have agreed to deliver to WOB.

 



3. The Spice and Tea Exchange

 

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So many smells to smell! Not only are there fantastic tea blends available, there are also flavored salts and sugars. The walls are lined with jars with cork lids that you’re allowed to sniff to your sniffer’s content. The one thing that you MUST smell is the black truffle sea salt. I’m pretty sure this is what heaven smells like.

 

Tip: Usually samples of one or two kinds of tea are available in the center of the store.

 

4. The Savannah Bee Company

 

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First of all, get in line for long string of free honey samples. So good.  When you’re done with that head to the back of the store of $5 honey mead tasting. I promise you’ll leave with a bottle of mead.

This Savannah honey company has a great story and is definitely a business to support.

Tip: Don’t miss their other amazing products. My favorite lip balm of all time is the Savannah Bee Lavendar Rosemary lip balm. I brought two with me to India and made my BFF promise to send me more if I run out.

 

5. The Paris Market

 

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Or, as I like to call it, the Pinterest in Real Life Store. The Paris Market in Savannah is gorgeous and one for wandering through. Everything is just so PRETTY. It’s a great place for finding decor inspiration.

Tip: There’s a ground floor and a lower level. Near the back of the store of the ground floor are many tester bottles of very swanky (read: expensive) lotions and perfumes. Treat yo self!

 



6. Civvies Thrift Store

 

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This ain’t your mama’s thrift store. It’s super hip and I never feel cool enough to be there. But I go anyway. If you love vintage, recycled clothing, you definitely need to spend a few minutes playing dress up at Civvies.

 

Tip: Don’t miss the sign. The entrance from the street takes you straight up a flight of stairs and to the store which is on the second floor.


So that’s the big six – my favorite stuff to do Savannah. All but Lulu’s is located conveniently on Broughton St. But never fear, it’s just around the corner.

 

Have you been to any of these places? What’s your favorite thing to do in Savannah?

 

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Jekyll Island – Spookiest Driftwood Beach Ever

Jekyll Island is a unique and non-touristy coastal haven off the shores of Georgia. For a small tract of land it has a lot to offer. But its real claim to fame is the beautiful, haunted, Driftwood Beach.

 

We’ve traveled all over the world but this nearly deserted beach on a tiny island off the coast of Georgia holds a special place in our hearts. It’s beautiful in a spooky sort of way. It looks like it should be the back drop for some blockbuster movie set in a dystopian future.

 

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We grew up  an hour’s drive from the Georgia coast. And since growing up and having a family of our own we’ve often jumped in the car and spontaneously headed for the beach. Usually in the late winter/early spring when summer is so close you can almost taste it.

 

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Driftwood beach is not a swimmer’s beach. It’s rare to sea sunbather’s  and splashers on this particular stretch of sand. It’s a quiet, peaceful beach. It’s not touristy or flashy. And while popular (particularly for photographers) it’s almost always empty.

 

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It’s a fantastic beach to take little ones. It’s uncrowded and they never get tired of climbing on all the fantastic trees. Nature’s jungle gym.

 

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Driftwood beach is also a great place to take dogs.

 

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The driveway leading to the beach is lined with the sprawling oaks that coastal Georgia is known for. There’s shady parking available and a nice picnic area. We always pack a lunch.

 

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Alongside the parking/picnic area is a grove of oaks that are lovely and provide even more opportunities for the perfect photo op.

 

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Near the entrance of the driveway there’s also horseback riding available. We’ve never done it but we’ve often been passed by a small caravan of riders on the beach.

Jekyll Island is a part of the Georgia State Park system, which is a big reason the atmosphere is more nature-centered and less touristy than, say, nearby St. Simons Island (which we also love). Because it is a State Park, there is a parking fee to enter to island.

 

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Basically, what’s not to love about Driftwood Beach? It’s quiet, lovely, and cheap. The perfect day trip for families with kids. My pictures really don’t do it justice. For some better landscapes, google this unique beach.

 

And while you’re there, poke around the rest of Jekyll Island a bit.

 

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If You Only Have One Night In Savannah

Recently Jeremy and I jaunted off to Savannah for a night away from the kiddos. I have only recently discovered the amazing, historic downtown Savannah and I am absolutely in love. I can’t believe grew up 2 hours from this treasure trove and never explored it.

 

My only complaint is that there are too many things to do in Savannah!

 

If you only have one night in Savannah, do this.

 

If you only have one night in Savannah:

 

 

I was so excited about this trip. I planned my little heart out for our two days and one nights worth of Savannah. Planning for trips is one of my love languages. I love to get organized and do the research. What you see below you is a nerdy work of art. After tons of research I found and printed a map of Savannah’s historic district. I then labeled the map with all of the most important places I wanted to visit, complete with a key at the bottom of the nap. Go ahead, be jealous.

 

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Tip: I found a hotel in Savannah’s historic district on Groupon. I also snagged 42% off trolley tours in Savannah on Groupon.

 

There were a ton of choices but we went with the most affordable hotel that would keep us in the historic district. I wanted to check in and then be able to stay on foot for the rest of the trip.

 

Historic trolley rides! I cannot get enough of historic trolley rides. I’m not usually much of a history buff but if I’m going to wander around an old city I want the deets!

 

If you are going to a historic city, take the trolley ride!

 

Tip: Not only will you fall in love with Savannah more by learning about it’s history, you’ll find restaurants and businesses along the ride to make note of and seek out later.

 

During our trolley ride I spied a tiny adorable yarn shop called The Frayed Knot that I made my way back to. It was darling and filled with fancy yarns that this beginner crocheter has no business picking up. But I did find something my speed on a 50% off table.

 

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We also learned about the Owens-Thomas house during our trolley tour and decided to explore it further. It’s an incredibly interesting house built in 1819.

 

Owens Thomas House Savannah

Bonus: when we asked about their military discount we learned that (for now in 2015) it’s completely free to active duty or veterans and their families. The same deal is true for the Telfair Acadamy and the Jepson Center which are both art museums. During my pre-planning phase of the trip I had wanted to check out the Telfair Acadamy so it was a nice surprise to get free admission.

 

The only pictures we took on the whole trip were at the Telfair Acadamy so that we could show our fourteen year old (the artist) some of the exhibits.

 

Telfair Academy

Anyway, we had a great time. Sometimes you just need a night away, amirite? And even better if it’s in an amazing city like Savannah. We would have to stay at least solid week to explore all of the old mansions, churches, and cemeteries. Not to mention the shops and restaurants. Sigh. I can’t wait to go back.

 

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Wild Adventures and Free Rollercoasters

 

Have you ever heard of Wild Adventures Theme Park? Unless you live in south Georgia, probably not. It’s a bit of an anomaly. A huge amusement park right in the middle of the nothingness of cow fields and country churches. Seriously. And it’s half zoo. With like, lions and tigers and stuff.

Seriously, check it out on google maps earth view and zoom out a bit. Middle. Of. Nowhere.

 

And it’s a mere hour and a half from where we live. Which is about as good as it gets. You have to drive at LEAST an hour, usually more, to find something interesting in our neck of the woods. But the closest amusement park (Six Flags, Disney, etc) is hours and hours away.

 

Anyway. Some friends of ours have season passes and needed to use their “bring a friend” tickets before 2014 bit the dust. Enter Bowmans.

 

And if you’re keeping count, yes, this is the second time we’ve been gifted free theme park tickets recently. #birdsoftheair literally. Because rollercoasters.

 

Now here’s the part where I make you look at crappy quality photos. You’re welcome.

 

The Boomerang is probably my favorite coaster at Wild Adventures. Not too long, not too scary, and doesn’t leave me with bruises. Ten Year Old thinks it’s alright.

 

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Here’s a video of it in action. Yep, I’m on there somewhere. We’re actually going backwards because it was the last half of the ride.

 

 

There may also have been some petting zoo action.

Wild Adventures petting zoo.

Wild Adventures petting zoo.

The only bad part of the day was that Six Year Old ended up being sick. He very obviously didn’t feel good but everytime we asked him how he felt he said “fine”. Kids. The next day he really was fine.

And by the end of the day I was feeling a little anti-coaster myself.

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And to top it all off, it was a perfect, sunny, 78 degree day in December. Thanks, Georgia. I complained about the cold weather around Christmas but accepted it’s gift of warmth for Wild Adventures day.

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A Visit to the Okefenokee Swamp Park

 

Yesterday we decided to take a spontaneous picnic to the Okefenokee Swamp Park entrance. The Park itself is pretty darn neat, but it costs roughly an arm and a leg to get in, especially if you want to do the good stuff (read: boat tour). But there are a couple of gardens and outer building you can access for free. Plus, you are still guaranteed a gator sighting. Because swamp.

 

Okefenokee Swamp Park

So we walked around a bit and I attempted to capture gators on film in mid-day lighting on all manual settings (read: impossible).

The Okefenokee Swamp Park

We ate our peanut butter sandwiches outside the entrance.

The Okenfenokee Swamp

And then we walked around the gift shop for a few minutes so that we could photo-op with ole Oscar and I could ask about ticket prices for the future.

The Okefenokee Swamp Park

I got my ticket price information, snagged a post card, and just as we were about to head back home someone from the park approached us. She introduced herself as someone from the church we call home and said she recognized us and had put together some guest passes so we could enter the park.

#birdsoftheair, amirite?

 

The Okefenokee Swamp Park

So we did the nature show, the train ride, and the boat tour in the limited amount of time we had left in our afternoon.

 

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The swamp is equal parts terrifying and beautiful. It seriously contains all the worsts kinds of everything. Alligators, venomous snakes, spiders, every kind of flying bug that can bite or sting you (we fought off yellow flies something fierce yesterday. They are  the worst).

 

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Also, I climbed to the top of this 90 foot tower and now my legs are pretty sure I’m dying.

 

Fire Tower Okefenokee Swamp Park

But the view was pretty.

 

View from the Tower, Okefenoke Swamp Park

Not bad for a random Wednesday afternoon. Once again, I love the flexibility of homeschooling.

 



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Mother’s Day – St. Simons Island

Spontaneous beach day at St Simons? Yes please.

 

I had, you guessed it, the best Mother’s Day Ever.

 

First off, let me just say that the kids have been driving me a little bananas lately. And by “the kids” I mean “the boys” because my thirteen year old is an angelic nerdy girl child who never has caused me a problem in her life. #knockonwood #PTL

 

But the boys, oy vey. They’re not hard-to-handle boys they’re just . . . BOYS. Boys that are home ALL DAY LONG and are not afraid to ask you the same question 1,489 times even though you’ve given them the same answer every time (no).

 

Boys who are prone to bicker and play favorites and be less than willing to take turns.

 

So after sleeping in on Mother’s Day (9:00 AM, baby) and being asked a couple of questions against my will, I decided we needed to get of the house. ASAP.

 

It was a gorgeous, not-too-hot kinda day so I batted my eyelashes, played my Mother’s Day card and asked for a day trip.

 

St Simons Island

 

Some fantastic coastal islands are just an hour from us but for some reason it’s been ages since we had a real beach day. Not just a take-your-sandles-off-and-dip-your-toes-in Hi and Bye kind of day but a bonafide PACK-ALL-THE-TOWELS-AND-SHOVELS-AND-BUCKETS sort of reckless abandon.

 

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And it did this mother’s heart good. To just sit in a chair and sip on a cold drink and watch the Wild Things win at childhood. No fighting, no boredom, no questions . . . just exuberance and sunshine.

 

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And it made me realize something; We haven’t been getting out enough. And it’s escalated into this icky, bored, cabin fever sort of energy in our family. But between the birthday party on Friday and the beach trip on Sunday I felt completely refreshed. Like our family balance had been reset.

 

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We need more time to unplug. I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. We need whole hours that are set aside to devote to not being interrupted. (Because, geez louise, being interrupted is the worst).

 

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Because seriously, how presh is this?

 

I want to make memories with my children. I haven’t read Carlos’ book #MomentMaker but I’m fairly sure that’s what it’s about. My kids will never be tricked into believing their childhood was perfect. But I would like them to come away with a little magic to take into adulthood with them. A little reckless abandon and exuberance and sunshine.

 

Life is too short, y’all.

 



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My 12 Year Anniversary on St Simons

 

Alright, y’all.  We’re going to do this straight up photo album style.  I had such a good time on my day away with that husband of a dozen years that I want it chronicled somewhere.

 

We went to St. Simons Island for one night for our anniversary.  St. Simons is a little coastal island not too long of a drive from where we live in the swamp, and it’s covered in gorgeous live oaks. It just happens to be where we spent the one weekend of our honeymoon so long ago, so it was nice to celebrate our coupledom there again.

 

St Simons Island, Georgia

 

We walked on the pier and watched jellyfish float nonchalantly by.  We sat on the steps at high tide and just laughed and talked and liked each other.

 

 

We visited a couple of shops that we never go in when the Wild Things are with us because it’s just too stressful to keep up with everyone.  Consequently, I got my first henna.

 

 

I pushed outside of my normal social bounds and talked to lots of strangers.  Shop owners, restaurant workers, I talked to everyone.   Including this lady who was painting the side of a building.  There was some painting class scattered around the island because these little stands where everywhere.

 

 

We visited the same vintage clothing store that we had gone to on our honeymoon as teenagers (and bought some psychedelic clothes that we no longer fit into).

 

 

I’ve really been wanting to try wearing head scarfs so I was excited to find a vintage scarf that I loved.  Then I surprised even myself by bartering it down to a third of the price. I’m always too intimidated to barter with people, though I’ve always heard that most of the time all you need to do is ask.  To my pleasant surprise, the guy didn’t even haggle with me, I just dropped a number and he immediately agreed to it.  Yay me.

 

Blurry head scarf action.

We ate at a couple of ridiculously delicious places, including this little italian shop.  How cute is this?  I love me a dark atmosphere.

 

CJs St Simons Island, Georgia

And I had, I kid you not, the best pizza of my life.

 

We also did our fair share of walking around and enjoying nature and stuff.

 

St Simons Island, Georgia

Because of how we love nature and stuff.

 

But we also spent a great part of the time missing the kids and wishing they were there to show stuff to.  I found myself taking pictures of dogs and animals to bring back home and show Eleven Year Old because I knew she would love them.

 

St Simons Island, Georgia

Hey, I’m creeping and taking a picture of you walking your dog. You’re welcome.

 

I actually stopped this man and asked him if I could take a picture of his dog for my daughter.

 

And it physically pained me not to bring one of these home for her.  Tell me that’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

 

Awwwwwwwwww.

 

Anyway, we had a fantastic day.  Like, seriously.  The best day ever.  I, literally, mourned the island the whole trip back home but I consoled myself with our impending epic road trip this summer and our crazy awesome move to a new crazy awesome place that’s just around the corner.  Sigh. I wish every day was island day.



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How to have a spontaneous Labor Day

 

Travel to exotic places.

Play with Wild Animals.

Picnic with bohemian friends.

Play in the ocean, fully clothed.

Pose on some driftwood.

Pretend that a bridge…

…is a roller coaster.

Take a little nap.

Jump in a water slide bounce house in the rain.  Fully clothed, if necessary.

And last but not least, eat some pilfered birthday cake while listening to the rain.

The end.



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The Fair in Waycross, GA

You want to see a million pictures of my children in bad lighting, right? Well, good. Cause here it comes.

We went to the good ole county fair this week. And I have to say, it wasn’t worth the price. It cost us so much to get in that we didn’t want to spend any money on any of the good stuff once we got it in, like games and funnel cakes and corndogs. *tear*

But, of course, the Wild Things still thought it was the coolest thing ever, and don’t at all mind the dent in our wallet that the loud, bright, smokey trip afforded us. Except for Two Year Old, he stayed home with his great grandma. Because at these prices, and with this many Wild Things, if you’re not old enough to make a memory, yo stayin’ home!

Now, without further ado:

THE FAIR!

Various levels of jazzed to get in.

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Stamped, powdered, and ready to Partay.

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Quick detour by some locally caught eats.

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Even quicker breeze through the youth and educational building. Where we didn’t smoke.

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And didn’t really linger to get educated on important topics like…

Pet Rat Care

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And Dolphins.

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And we shot a hello at a farm animal or two.

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Before moving on to the real reason we got our hands stamped.

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Woooo.

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This ride broke before it started and we had to get back off.  : /  But at least I got a good picture of sweet Six Year Old, first.

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HAYYY!

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Notice Four Year Old in the background who refused to join in his sibling’s tea-cupping fun.

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That’s Six Year Old and Husband at the top of that death wheel. Yeah.

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Bumpa Carsss!

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Tornado envy.

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The only thing we allowed ourselves to buy, once inside. The biggest bag of cotton candy in all the land.

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Ferris Wheelll!

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And last but not least, their favorite ride, two years runnin’.

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And before we left, we took a gander at the CSX display. This is a railroad town, after all.

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Complete with redneck corner.

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Ah, the south.

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