February 28, 2008

Welcome to Savannah! (Part 1)

Our trip to Savannah was ab-so-loute-ly devine! You can't imagine a city more beautiful or so typical of the Old South. We arrived on Friday afternoon and after checking into our room (there will be another post on our room, Bonaventure Cemetery and of course - Paula Deen!), we got out and started walking. The city lends itself to a wonderful walking adventure. Everywhere you turn, there is so much beauty to behold. The city is home to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and there were a lot of students out and about. No matter what time of day or night we were out, we saw folks just walking along, enjoying the scenery. It was very reminisent of what I consider an old-time downtown where everyone lives and shops. Remember Andy Griffith? It's a little like that but more sophisticated.

Savannah was established in 1733 by its founder James Oglethorpe and a group of English settlers. Oglethrope is credited with creating the city squares that make Savannah so unique. The squares are surrounded by homes, churches, shops and galleries.

During the Civil War, Savannah was the "prize" at the end of the Union army's "March to the Sea" in December 1864. It was spared by General Sherman who made Savannah a Christmas gift to President Abraham Lincoln.

Today, Savannah invites the traveler to experience its spendor and discover secrets of the Old South. Come along with me and experience some of the beauty of Savannah.

Just down the street from our hotel was this wonderful shop - The Paris Market. If you are ever in Savannah, I highly recommend this shop. So "chic"....filled with natural decorations. The shop owner was very kind in allowing me to take pictures of their store.

I fell in love with the green plates and bird's nests. I bought six of the birds nests and you will see them on my Easter table. If you look close, you'll see the "placemat" is simply torn brown kraft paper (I'm going to try and do this on my tablescape too!)

I love these robin's egg blue quail eggs (got several of them for my bird's nests)

The storefront window just beckons you to come in and see all the goodies

Do you remember the book "Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil?" Well, this is the famous Mercer House where it was filmed. We got to go inside and the tour guide gave us a great history of the house. There never was an actual Mercer that lived in the house but it has retained its name as the original owner of the property was named Mercer. He lost all his money during the Civil War. When Jim Williams acquired the property, he restored it to how it appears today....in fact, his family members still live in the home.

The front window to your left is where Mr. Williams shot his "partner". Jim Williams was tried three times of the "murder" but was acquitted all three times.

Savannah Cotton Exchange along the river banks

These pigeons were everywhere along the River Walk....they loved you to throw bits of food so they could eat. They did not appear to be afraid of humans, in fact, they would just about land on you if you had something to eat!

Savannah River Queen on the Savannah River

Now for some of the exquisite architecture on the squares. These are all private homes that are occupied. Stunning! Look at the detail over these windows.

Hubby loved this house....everywhere you looked you saw towering oaks filled with Spanish moss

There were planters everywhere you looked. I wonder how they get them to look so beautiful in February?

Looking through one of the squares at a home on the other side

I could not get over the fig vines that covered walls everywhere you looked!

So stately with their black doors and ivy-filled planters

I love this doorknocker. This was a design studio with shops in Savannah and London

When we got to Charleston, this plantation was right off the interstate. It was in the process of being restored but the tree lined drive made you feel as though you were arriving at Tara
We didn't stop and get out because you could not go in the house due to construction but I thought it looked so southern with its oak trees and moss

Final stop in Atlanta and of course had to go by Ballards Backroom!

Tomorrow I'll show our hotel, tell a little of its history and finally tell about going to eat at The Lady and Sons! OMG it was soooo delish!


Nonnas News said...

What a wonderful vacation!! I've been wanting to go there someday, and you make me want to do it all the more. What a beautiful city! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear and see more of your trip!

Janet said...

Glad you are back and I look forward to the rest of your vacation posts.

Angela said...

Isn't Savannah just the best? :-). We go every fall now (thats when it's not so crowded). We stay on Tybee Island, which is only about 15 mins or so from downtown Savannah. There is always so much to see & do. I really love that place a lot:-).
Have a great weekend and can't wait to read the rest of your fun:-)

Carol Bennett said...

Judy, I'm glad you enjoyed Savannah! It's just beautiful! We go any chance we get.Look like our youngest will be moving there soon because his office has been moved close by, he's in Hilton Head now! Rough life, huh? lol

Tara said...


Thanks for the Savannah tour, I was anxious to see what you were up to there! My son attends art college in NYC and has a good friend who is a SCAD grad. She just had her first fashion show at Bryant Park during fashion week beginning Feb and he was able to attend her show--talented girl!My son is thinking of SCAD for grad school and it was lovely to see the town as we have never been there! Thanks again!

Kelly said...

Oh your trip just looks wonderful - all of those stops are just dream stops for me - especially Ballard Back room - did you get anything there?
can't wait to hear more!!!!!!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

welcome back, Judy! Those are great pics of Savannah, one of my favorite places to visit. Looks like ya'll had a great trip. And I can't wait to hear about the Lady & Sons Rest. It was just getting started the last time I was there & I have never been. Would love to go though! I know Paula puts on a spread. Hope you got to meet her.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Yeah, did you get anything at Ballards?? I've been to both the Atlanta stores many times, but the bargains are few, I think.


His Doorkeeper said...

My cousin wanted my sister and I to go to Savannah with her and this really makes me want to go!

I love Ballard's and get a catalog from them almost weekly it seems. I have ordered tables and tablecloths from them in the past. I love their beautiful things. A little expensive sometimes but I get ideas from their catalogs!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Judy,
"WELCOME BACK HOME" from your wonderful vacation. I so loved seeing all the pictures you took from Savannah. It looks like a very beautiful place to visit. The Birds' Nest's are just adorable as well as the Green plates and placemats. I can't wait to see what yours will look like. The quail eggs are so unique looking. I do love looking at old houses and buildings like that. The trees and the moss are always a joy to see. I am just in awe at how they keep things so green looking and so neat looking around the houses and buildings. "THANK YOU" for taking us along on your Savannah tour. I am so looking forward to seeing more. I do love the River Queen boat. I am always amazed at those kinds of boats. I sure can't wait to see and hear about Paula Deen. SHE ROCKS!!!! Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Anonymous said...

Judy, thank you for inviting me for your Savannah tour. That was really sweet of you. Your blog is wonderful and educational too. We will be at Paula Deen's bright and early...at least I will. We are only there one night but really looking forward to visiting Savannah. :) Susan

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