About six months ago we got a save the date for Aa’s cousin’s wedding in Savannah, GA. We weren’t sure where they were going to get married, he’s from Tulsa, she’s from Dallas, and they go to school in Savannah. But when we found out, the very first thing I did was call my parents and ask if they would babysit O for a few days. They said yes and we planned a long weekend in Savannah, a place I have ALWAYS wanted to go!
It was really hot, (90’s) and pretty humid which is kind of my least favorite weather ever, but I still totally fell in love with the city. Savannah is unique from an urban planning point of view because it was planned in a grid with 24 squares or little parks throughout what is now the historic district.
The squares are these beautiful little urban oases full of live oaks, fountains, gardens and benches every few blocks. If more cities were like this, I think we would all be happier.
Of course when we are on vacation without O we get our fill of nuts. Imagine our joy upon checking into our hotel and opening up our welcome bag from the bride and groom to find this:
We checked out the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum which I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. I mean, I only have 4 words: Ships in a Bottle. Enough said.
We also took a trolley tour of the city, stopping along the way for one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. It was a little place called Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (Yes, there used to be an actual Mrs. Wilkes) in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. This place is only open M-F 11-2pm, and you have to arrive early and wait in line. We got there about 10:10 and waited for 50 minutes to get in. It’s a family style restaurant where you are seated at a big table for ten with whoever is next to you in line. And when you sit down, the table is completely filled with southern cooking. I think there were something like 25 different dishes. Aa had what he says is the best fried chicken of his entire life, and I enjoyed at least 20 different vegetable sides. There were only a few things that weren’t vegetarian. The spread included, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, lima beans (the best ever!), cabbage, biscuits, cornbread dressing, creamed corn, okra and tomatoes…you get the idea. You even get iced tea and dessert for only $18. It was such a unique experience that it was well worth the wait. We left stuffed and happy!
And of course we saw lots of beautiful historic architecture.
But I think my favorite part was that this is one of those cities that is just so full of texture and history everywhere you look. Do you know what I mean?
The wedding itself was held at a beautiful site outside of Savannah called the Majestic Oak–a HUGE tree that they think is over 300 years old. It was one of the most heartfelt and beautiful ceremonies that I’ve been to and we got to spend lots of time with Aa’s family catching up and having fun (I hit the in-law jackpot, they are awesome!)
And after four fun-filled days with my parents, O looked like this!
Too much fun!
All in all, I can’t wait for another excuse to go back. Have you ever been to Savannah?