SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, GEORGIA ISLANDS, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, MAY, 2015

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Savannah is a lovely, lovely town. It is so full of history and beauty. In 1732, Colonial Georgia became the 13th Colony. The Colony was established to protect South Carolina from Spanish invasion through Florida. Savannah was the first city in Colonial Georgia. Savannah has 24 ‘gathering place’ Park Squares one for each Ward traveling from the Savannah River Street to Park Avenue’s Forsyth Park. Each manicured shady public square contains; azalea bushes, magnolia blossoms, Spanish moss draped oak trees, ornate antebellum architecture, center statues, monuments and a walking lane down the middle.

My very first girlfriend at age 6, Lucy Steudel Donovan, Steve and me explored Savannah and plotted where Lucy and I would take the other Miller Beach Indiana Girls when they came into town. Peachtinis were a must at the Westin Savannah Harbor on the river. Steve had some golf and alone time at the KOA Savannah while Patty partied with Lucy, Joanne Ruberto Mitchener, Nancy Green Irwin and Lydia Muth Price.

Historic Churches, Victorian District homes, Jones Street tree lined Brownstones and side gardens, City Market, River Street on the Savannah River, ‘Factor’s Walk’ restored cotton warehouses shops, pubs, restaurants. The 1771 Old Pink House Restaurant is wonderful any time of day and Belford’s in the City Market is a perfect place to end the Girls Weekend vacation. Colonial Park Cemetery was interesting especially remembering the 1994 book “Midnight of the Garden of Good and Evil” with all the Savannah references.

SCAD Savannah College of Art & Design’s campus is located all over the city limits of Savannah. Campus busses with students travel through the downtown, various buildings, mansions, and an old movie theater. Caitlin and I went on a South East College tour trip her high school senior year and toured SCAD and College of Charleston.

OUTSIDE OF SAVANNAH CITY LIMITS

Tybee Island Crab Shack Restaurant had the crab shell deposit buckets in the middle of the table, very fun to eat there.

Skidaway Island is on the Intracoastal Waterway with salt marshes, maritime forests, and walking trail boardwalks. The Skidaway Beach was popular the day we were there.

McAllister State Park is on the Ogeechee River south of Savannah. The salt-water marsh, palm trees, palmettos, giant live oaks draped in Spanish moss is an excellent example of the lowland scenery. I took one of my favorite photos of a man fishing off a pier at sunset in McAllister State Park.

The town of Richmond Hill is 21 miles south of Savannah. It sits on the Ogeechee River and was a fun place to relax, recharge, laugh, drink, and sleep.

St. Simons Island had adorable boutiques and Catch 228 for lunch was great. We crossed the impressive Sidney Lanier Bridge into Jekyll Island.

Jekyll Island’s character is reflected through out the 1886 Jekyll Island Club Hotel. So charming.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston, South Carolina is elegance and style. The Miller Beach Girls took a day trip to Charleston. We explored on foot and in a horse drawn carriage. This historic city is filled with cobbled stone streets, hitching posts, copper lanterns, ornate plasterwork, wrought iron fences, formal gardens, and cathedral church steeples instead of sky scrapers. Poogan’s Porch is a fun place to have brunch, except do not ask the hostess to take your group picture!

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