Jera recently began begging for us to go to the beach. Her mind was filled with dreams of sandcastles and waves, and she made sure we didn’t hear the end of it. We were sitting on a patio outside after a cold snap during our wedding weekend, enjoying our brunch when it dawned on us that the weather was much too perfect to not take advantage. On a whim, we hurried home and started packing up for a spur of the moment mini-trip to Savannah, GA. What We Packed: Only planning to be gone for a day and a half, we just grabbed the basics. We were sure to pack swimsuits (just in case), but also included a plenty of winter wear, just in case it was chilly. Luckily, we already had a nice selection of fruits and veggies to pack in a cooler. Finally, we hit the road with two dogs and the little one.
Duration of Car Travel: 6 hours Accommodations: Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District 201 W Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401 We were originally planning to camp, however the thought of setting up a tent, in the dark with two dogs and a toddler seemed quite unappealing. Thus, we quickly used Hotel Tonight to find an online deal. This app offers last minute deals for booking rooms the day of. It’s a handy little money saver for the traveler on the go. We chose Hotel Indigo because of it’s convenient downtown location and their pet friendly policy. Their service staff were warm and friendly, and the building and lobby were beautiful (great high ceilings), but the noise in and around the hotel made our stay a little less comfortable than it could have been otherwise. We probably wouldn’t stay there if we ever planned another trip (50 points to Airbnb!) Food: We just snacked in the car on the way down so by the time we arrived, food was not our priority after driving 6 hours. Favorite Stops: Once we arrived downtown, we realized we were in the heart of the historic district and walked around a bit to explore the area. It was 8pm on a Friday and the city was rowdy. So we realized immediately that this wasn’t the most toddler friendly, so we headed back to our hotel to call it a night.
We woke up bright and early (thanks to the sidewalk traffic/neighbors), and packed up our things. Jera was eager to get to the beach, so we drove straight to Tybee Island. The drive was serene and peaceful, full of fog and water cranes. Food: Upon arriving on Tybee Island with extremely low blood sugar, the hangry search for food and coffee began. One piece we didn’t account for was that it was winter on the island and all the shops and restaurants were closed (whoops!). The place was nearly deserted. Graham was observant enough to spot a little café called the Sunrise Restaurant. It was a perfectly casual/classic American café, serving the island locals their breakfast and lunch. The hash browns were everything we could have wished for and Jera enjoyed her giant blueberry pancake. After our food and about 5 cups of coffee, we were ready to hit the beach. Favorite Stops:
Tybee Beach: There’s a big main pavilion and beach access near the café where we ate, so we took the easy route and posted up there. Jera splashed and played in the freezing water, while the dogs chased and nipped the heels of every peaceful passerby. We later found out that there is a $500.00 fine for having pets on the beach (if you get caught). After a couple hours we decided to pack it up, put on some dry clothes, and hit the road.
Bonaventure Cemetery: Absolutely our favorite stop of the trip. Established in 1846, it sits atop a scenic bluff on the Wilmington River. This place alone is what has always drawn us to Savannah. We love the history and grandeur of the city itself, however nothing compares to the haunting beauty of moss-draped trees, paired with intricately carved headstones of some of Savannah’s most noted historical figures. We walked and walked, observing the old souls and admiring the elegance of the place. Everywhere we turned, was a photographic opportunity.
Wormsloe Historic Site: This spot was formally known as Wormsloe Plantation and has been kept in the family of Nobel Jones (1700-1775) for over 250 years. Situated on the Isle of Hope, the site wowed us with it’s antebellum history and 2 mile long, oak avenue (over 400 oak trees… incredible!). We even enjoyed the walk through the grounds itself, as it boasted a wide variety of wildlife and unique botanicals. The afternoon sun was waning, and thus, this was our last stop of the day. We decided to make the drive back to Chattanooga.
We were all exhausted for work/school on Tuesday, however, it was worth it to step out of Chattanooga (if only for a day). The historical, old-south culture of Savannah proved to be delightfully restorative. If we were to go back, our next adventure would be to camp on Cumberland and visit with the marshes, mudflats, and wild horses (this requires reservations and a little more planning time, as it can only be accessed via boat.)