It's not the new year yet (and it was 79 degrees today, so it doesn't even feel like December), but I'm already trying to get a head start on my resolutions. One thing I want to do is to be more spontaneous - I don't want to spend my life just sitting around waiting to plan stuff and saying "someday."
Before I leave for New York in 4 (!) weeks (and leave my car), I want to take as many mini road trips as possible. Today, this meant taking the 2 hour drive up to Savannah. I had been there before a few years ago with my friend Kris, but we didn't spend as much time walking around as I wanted to. I hopped in the car without a plan - the way it should always be if you ask me.
My first stop was Vic's Coffee House over on River Street, where I got an Irish coffee. I've seen River Street before, so I decided to spend the day exploring a different part of town.
Historic Savannah is home to many beautiful older houses. I could have spent all day looking at all of the different styles. One thing that I really love about the south is the older architecture - especially when the house is decorated for Christmas!
One of my friends has always told me to check out one of the older cemeteries in Savannah. The last time I was here, I didn't even realize that the cemetery was only a few blocks away. This time, I made my way over.
Colonial Park Cemetery was opened in about 1750, and it was used for burials until 1853. Today, it is used as a park. Some of the people buried are Button Gwinnett (who signed the Declaration of Independence) and Archibald Bulloch (the first President of Georgia). Since it's a (much) older cemetery, the majority of the graves too worn to read. The Historical Commission has signs put up near some of the more distinguished graves.
I wasn't really sure where to go after the cemetary, so I Googled ideas for Savannah. That's when I remembered that parts of Forrest Gump took place in Savannah. I went to Chippewa Square (where I sadly didn't see the bench), which is a beautiful little area in the center of town.
I walked by the diner where Jenny worked...which is apparently closed on Saturdays?
Do you think the waitresses here dress like Jenny did?
I was ready for lunch, but wasn't sure where to go. Fortunately, I remembered this place that my friend Jenn always goes to when she runs races in Savannah - The Ordinary Pub.
It was also just about Happy Hour! But, they were out of cider (cry), so I just stuck with water. I know...boring.
I went with the grilled cheese and tomato soup: "grilled cheese with swiss cheese, smoked gouda, & sharp cheddar, on challah with cranberries, & a cup of our roasted tomato basil soup with gouda cheese sauce & balsamic vinaigrette reduction."
It was the bomb. Really. I didn't think cranberries would work, but now I want to try to make this on my own.
Like I said, I could look at the different architecture and home designs all day.
A very Southern Christmas. Note the guy in short sleeves in the background.
Before I started the drive home, I had to stop at Woof Gang Bakery to grab some treats for Cookie. This store had everything for pets - treats, toys, clothes. I grabbed a few cookies (staying within budget...) for her. Spoiler alert: She loves them.
Savannah made for a great little day trip. I think that since it's a historic city, it's important to go in with a plan of things to do. There is a lot to see, many places to eat or drink at, but there aren't a lot of actual activities. If you like to walk around and see sights, you'll love Savannah!
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