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.
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Thank you for your visit! xo