Monday, September 26, 2016

Visiting Savannah and Charleston

My visit to Savannah and Charleston was with two friends that are sisters and they let me tag along to these places that we all have been wanting to see.  The home that we stayed in is in the top left corner, and was built in 1899,  and had a beautiful square (park) across the street.  The sisters let me have the master bedroom suite.  Isn't the mirror over the fireplace unusual?  The fountain was one of several that were on the patio courtyard to the side of the house.  


Being in Savannah, we just had to pay a visit to Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons, which had a wonderful buffet, which Sylvia had made reservations ahead of time.   We also stood in beginning at 10:00 to eat at the family style lunch at Mrs. Wilkes'.  I actually counted 23 different dishes that were passed around the table!!  We gave Paula Deen's a 4-Star and Mrs. Wilkes' a 5-Star. 

Pat, who is sitting in the middle, and I,  just love our tea and we were excited to find Gryphon's, which is run by the Savannah College of Art and Design, and looks like an English Pub.   Coffee- loving Sylvia was a good sport and joined us.  We all had a pot of a different tea and we gave our teas a 5- Star, but the tea meal, and the experience a 2- Star, as it was a bit disappointing.  

 

We did love the romantic look of Savannah with the Spanish Moss draped from the trees, and Pat and I visited an old cemetery, but the headstones were so worn that we had a hard time deciphering anything.  The Cathedral was so beautiful both inside and out.  

We took the Amtrak from Savannah to Charleston and really enjoyed the experience.   I was happily surprised to see more leg room, a chair that reclined decently, a leg rest and foot rest.  What a nice way to travel and it was only $16.00 and took 1 hour and 40 minutes.  We took a taxi to our new abode in Charleston.


 Of my goodness, were we ever charmed by our cottage, pictured in the top left corner, in Charleston! The cottage had actually been the slave quarters at one time, and sits behind the main house., which was built in 1820.    The furnishings were perfect and we were so happy that we went here after our Savannah home.  The owner provided such wonderful amenities for our stay, such as eggs, yogurt, soft drinks, half and half, an assortment of snacks, fruit, wine, coffee, tea and sweeteners. I can't rave enough about this delightful home.  We all felt that we could move right in and be perfectly happy.  It reminded me of the quaintness of the cottage in the movie, The Holiday.


 There are so many wonderful restaurants in Charleston and we enjoyed the food immensely, except for our first try of Boiled Peanuts! We took a harbor boat cruise which was narrated by a former history teacher, and learned so much about the area.  We took carriage rides (which we loved), and trolley tours at both  Savannah and Charleston and took advantage of the free buses.  Everyone in both cities were so friendly and polite.

I was captivated by the window boxes and the architecture, and enjoyed walking around both cities.  On our last day after breakfast, we strolled through the Farmer's Market, which was one of the nicest that I've ever seen.  

I hope I've inspired you to visit these cities to experience Southern hospitality for yourself.  

Next week, please visit:

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Thank you for your visit!  xo


52 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a fun vacation Kitty! I can't believe next week will be October already... Happy Fall:@)

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  2. I'm so glad to hear you had a nice trip to two of my favorite cities Kitty! I would have never thought to take Amtrak from Savannah to Charleston, what a great way to travel, especially for the price and when gas was scarce from the pipeline leak & shortage! Your Charleston cottage looks so quaint & charming too!

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  3. Kitty, You are a wonderful tour guide. I've never been to Savannah or Charleston, but would love to go someday. Great pictures. Looks like such a fun trip with your friends!

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  4. Oh what a fun trip! I love Charleston but never been to Savannah. I hope I can visit it someday... Christine

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  5. What a wonderful trip, so many beautiful places. A trip I would love to make some day BUT definitely not in the summer. Looks like you had a lot of fun and made some precious memories. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Kitty
    You are a world class traveler! This sounds like such a fun trip! And it's so great that you got to share it with friends (and with us)!

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  7. Looks like such a fun trip! That cottage in Charleston looks adorable.

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  8. Thanks for the photos! Looks like a wonderful experience ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  9. I just love those two most charming southern cities! It has been several years now since we visited but the memories are still fresh in my mind. You have helped bring those to mind with your lovely tour pics! Thank you and so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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  10. First Hawaii and now travelling with a couple of friends...so nice to see you getting out like this Kitty.
    I'd love to visit these charming cities some day too and have tea!
    Is your blog on the Texas tour party?

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  11. Kitty, you have had a fabulous summer with going to Hawaii and now Savannah and Charleston. I have dreamed of going to Charleston ever since reading the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. The brick cottage is adorable and it sounds like you had a perfectly lovely time with your friends. I'm so glad! These are memories you will enjoy for years to come. Thank you for sharing with us and also for your sweet comment on my blog. Have a beautiful day, my dear friend.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  12. Oh, Kitty, I just loved taking this tour with you! I have always wanted to see this part of the country! Everything looks so beautiful and I can just imagine the delicious food and genteel atmosphere. Your accommodations are so pretty and you all look so sweet together enjoying the fun. It must have been hard to leave.....Sending hugs xo Karen

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  13. What a fun trip. I would love to travel on Amtrak! I need to find a route that we can take. And this is a beautiful city to spend time in. Hugs!

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  14. What a lovely trip! I have been to both cities. Beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  15. You are such an awesome tour guide! What lovely places to visit and stay. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! Hugs XO

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  16. You are such an awesome tour guide! What lovely places to visit and stay. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! Hugs XO

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  17. What a wonderful trip! It's always nice to have friends that you can travel with. I really liked how you organized and labelled the collages. Charleston is on my bucket list so I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful city through your eyes. I've only been to Savannah once, but I was too young to remember much. Clearly, I'll have to go back and re-experience the southern hospitality!

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  18. Yes, I would love to go to Charleston. Thanks for sharing your trip.
    warmly,
    deb

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  19. What fun things you do, Miss Kitty!

    You know my daughter and I went to Savannah once for a days and loved it - we ate at Lady and Sons, too - she got the buffet and I got the chicken pot pie. YUM. And to this day I am kicking myself because I didn't realize how close we were to Charleston. I love you took the train to it - for so cheap - wish we had done that, oh well. Next time. I'd love to go back - it's so different from my world here.

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  20. what an interesting sharing loved all pics specially the mirror lady and garden sculpture

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  21. Kitty, I enjoyed the tour very much! Brought back memories of our visit to Savannah two years ago. That cottage sounds wonderful!

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  22. It's been a pleasure seeing the sights you experienced, Kitty. Lovely places, lovely photos. It looks as if you have had the best time.

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous photos and the history/stories behind them! Glad you got to go to Paula's restaurant, I had heard from others that it wasn't as good as they thought it was going to be, I was interested in your opinion and I thank you! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  24. Kitty, looks like your trip was wonderful. Two cities to enjoy and experience southern charm at it's best. Looks like the B&B were awesome, not to mention the food. Thanks for sharing your trip, I want to go soon!

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  25. Dearest Kitty such a lovely place. I have a facebook friend who lives there somewhere. I was invited to go but because of my panice disorder i wasn't able. Lobe your photos. And i adore that white and blue house at the end.. Dreamy.. Thank you for sharing your trip. Have a great week, with love Janice

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  26. Sweetest Kitty, what a grand adventure you had! Everything is so beautiful and the food looks amazing :) I am glad you were able to get away for a little bit and enjoy yourself, dear friend.

    And speaking of getting away, I loved seeing photos of your trip to Hawaii. What a blessed time you must have had with your precious family.

    Much love to you!

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  27. What an amazing trip! I have always wanted to visit these two cities. The history, architecture and food really interests me. That's wonderful you were able to take the train between the cities. Seems so convenient. Glad you were able to travel with friends. Travel companions always make the experience so much more memorable. Thanks for sharing all of your great photos!

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  28. Hi Kitty,

    Welcome home! I'm SO glad you got to visit these two cities, the grand old dames of the South! Which one did you like best? I love the place you stayed in Charleston -- Wow!! Hal and I always get the best food in Charleston; it makes me hungry to think about it. ;) It looks like you had a great time, and maybe you'll go back someday.

    I enjoyed your pictures, Kitty, and thank you for sharing. Have a good week!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  29. Hi Kitty, welcome home!! Love seeing the pics of your great trip. Looks like you sure had a special time touring these cities. Getaways like these are special. The sites, food and being with great friends make it perfect. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Blessings my friend. xo

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  30. Kitty, what a wonderful way to tour those two great cities - with good company, enjoying good food and accommodations. I love how you rated your experiences, particularly the culinary. Great recap, both places of which I've visited and thoroughly enjoyed. I'm glad you did too.
    Rita

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  31. Oh Kitty how exciting. I haven't been since 4th grade and I remember it. I'd love to go back and see all of these places.

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  32. I love Charleston. I didn't care for the boiled peanuts either but was entranced by fried green tomatoes and had them every day. It looks like you had a fantastic time. Thanks for the shout out about our blog tour and for linking up to Monday Social.

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  33. Kitty, I want to travel with y'all. You ate at some wonderful places. Thank you for joining Monday Social and sharing your Savannah photos.

    Judith

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  34. So glad you enjoyed your trip to Savannah and Charleston. Love how you narrated things for us and the stars you gave. Savannah is a lovely town and I loved the Cathedral. When I walked in it was one of those WOW moments for me. I am only about 3 hours from Savannah. My man loves anything historical...especially the old plantation homes. I've never been to Charleston though. That is on my list to do. You are so beautiful my friend. Glad you have had some fun times! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  35. Hello Kitty, wow I have never been to Savannah and Charleston and I'd love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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  36. Kitty, how wonderful to step away and visit Savannah and Charleston. You gave us a perfectly lovely tour. Loved seeing the sights and of course you ladies having so much fun. About those candles on my autumn tablescape, they are birch battery candles I bought at Michaels.

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  37. Hi Kitty,
    I would love to visit both places. I love that charming little cottage in Charleston that you stayed at. You are right, it does resemble the cottage from The Holiday! The shrimp dish looks amazing and I know I would love the Tea place too! It looks like a wonderful time Kitty! xo
    Linda

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  38. This seems like a wonderful Southern experience and I must say I really enjoyed our tour with you.

    Diana

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  39. Oh Kitty, I am so glad that you had so much fun! I loved Charleston and the food was absolutely amazing. Shrimp and grits, yum! I would love to go to Savannah some day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  40. Two of my favorite Southern cities! Thanks for sharing your photos -- they brought back happy memories. I saw your link at the Monday Social. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

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  41. Kitty, you are just a jet setter these days!!

    Savannah is one of my favorite places on earth. Such a beautiful town with more calories than anyone should dare consumer. :) We haven't been to Charleston but it's on the bucket list for sure.

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  42. What a fun time this must have been...I've never been there but hope to go someday. So enjoyed your photos....xoxo

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  43. Oh Kitty, what a grand time! We are thinking of going to Charleston in the spring and I'd love to get more details from you! Looks beautiful! What could be nicer than friends, tea, food, beautiful surroundings, and history all around?! Glad you had a good time. xo Deborah

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  44. Savannah and Charleston are 2 of my very favorite cities Kitty, and isn't it funny how different they are even though they are so close together? You have been traveling up a storm and it sounds like grand fun! Yes, that mirror is unique!
    Jenna

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  45. Kitty, your trip looks like so much fun and the places that you stayed are gorgeous! I remember that little cottage in The Holiday. So quaint and welcoming! You must be exhausted from your travels. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  46. Kitty, what a lovely trip! And one I've always wanted to make. I have a very close friend who shares this travel dream/goal, so someday ...

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  47. I've always wanted to go! Sounds like so much fun!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  48. Oh, Kitty, your trip looks like so much fun!! Your photos brought the twin cities to life. Savannah is on my bucket list. have a wonderful weekend, my dear!

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  49. Dear Kitty:
    What a great trip. I always think of Laura Child's tea murder mysterys when I think of Charleston. Even your cemetery photo reminds me of one of the books where she was making scones for the historical society cemetery crawl and a man "falls over dead" while giving a speech. It must of left me with a great impression because I still remember the details. Your bed and breakfast looks really lovely so I am glad you shared your lovely trip!

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  50. What a lovely place to visit, so much beauty and history. Glad you enjoyed yourself.
    Amalia
    xo

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  51. Kitty, Savannah and Charleston conjure such pictures of Southern Genteel living for me. What a delight to see some real life photographs of those places. Thankyou! Mimi xxx

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  52. What a fabulous trip, Kitty! It's been on my bucket list to visit Savannah for a long time. I've been to Charleston a couple of times, but not nearly long enough. I had Afternoon Tea at one of the hotels, and got to visit the Tea Plantation, but it was too hot [July] to do a lot of other sight-seeing. You went at a great time.

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