We decided that since our anniversary was a Monday, we’d get away early and spent a three-day weekend in Savannah, GA. It’s close enough to Jacksonville that we could drive and take the mutt, but we figured it was far enough away to still feel like a vacation. Plus, the second anniversary gift is cotton…so we went to the land of it!
I told you we booked an Airbnb trip, and this past weekend was it. Sneaky little Greenhorns 😉 . We picked a beautiful Victorian home just south of the historic district that included breakfast each morning and allowed our large dog.
We packed up mid-morning Friday and headed out around 11 a.m. Just the car ride made me feel warm and fuzzy. I loved taking them with my Mom growing up and look forward to taking my own kids someday. Jeremy and I have driven probably hundreds of thousands miles together throughout our 8+ years–our longest car trip was 950 miles from Florida to Illinois and we did it straight through. I love packing road snacks, singing with the radio and taking in the sights (and sleeping, but this trip was too short for that to be acceptable).
We arrived around 1 p.m. and the owners, Richard and Robert, were waiting to welcome us. After a short dog kerfuffle (they have a dog also, and dogs have their own ideas about welcoming strangers), we got a lovely tour of the house:
Before heading out, we dropped our stuff in our guest room.
We decided to walk to Forsythe Park, which was about eight blocks away, and stopped at a restaurant to grab a quick lunch at The Sentient Bean coffee house. Onward through Forsythe Park, we took in the lovely atmosphere and architecture.
But Alaska had a different focus.
After three hours in 100-degree temperatures, we decided it was time to head back and start planning dinner. As I scoped out the maps our hosts had provided, I quickly realized I was the odd man out.
So, I did my Friday post and then woke my sleeping beauties for dinnertime. We took a local’s recommendation to just relax at Moon River restaurant. It was good, not great. But the quality time and evening air was amazing.
We headed back to plan out the next day out and hit the hay. At 6 a.m., we met one of our hosts to go to a hidden race track to run Alaska.
She had a great time.
She didn’t know it was because we were going to lock her in her crate for the next several hours while we exploring. Here’s a photo tour of some of our fun activities from the rest of our day…
We went to Tybee Island:
We climbed the 178 winding stairs:
Jeremy made a friend:
I fell in love with the Tybee Island sea turtle signage:
We ate a huge lunch at the Pirate House:
We posed with their staff:
We walked all over the historic district and found a huge sweet shop called the Candy Kitchen that had some impressive novelties:
Then we headed home for my turn at a nap:
Once the temperatures went down and I woke up, we got freshened up and headed back out. And on the way, a bird pooped on me:
So we went back in to clean up and then headed back out. We got ice cream for dinner while we sat and enjoyed the Riverfront nightlife:
We crashed by 11 p.m.! The next morning was bittersweet. We had a lovely breakfast spread and got to chat with our hosts. Even Alaska and their dog, Gordie, were happy to attend.
But eventually it was time to head home with great memories and a list of even more to-dos for the next visit.
On our actual anniversary evening Monday, we treated ourselves to a nice local dinner out. What can I say, we’re suckers for celebrating each other…and avoiding washing dishes. 🙂 It was a nice wrap before a really busy fall and winter!
Have you celebrated anything lately? Weddings? Babies? Birthdays? Made it out of a corporate meeting alive? I’m high-fiving you. Do tell!