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Savannah-h-h, GA.

Posted 06-28-2013 at 06:10 PM by BillB44

Left the hotel for a relatively uneventful (not complaining!) 260-mile drive to our next destination--a place that is on our must-see list, Savannah, Georgia. Well, there was one event en route: a breakfast stop at a ubiquitous Waffle House--they’re almost as prevalent as McD’s. I liked it, Kathy not so much. But her standards are much higher than mine on little things like cleanliness, friendliness, tastiness. Me, a fresh waffle with unlimited maple syrup and crispy hash browns in five minutes for under six bucks and I’m a believer.

Anyway, we had reservations at a State Park about 15 miles outside Savannah and it was a beauty. Being Tuesday, we had our choice of several spots so it only took two loops thru to settle on #58. A pull-thru (i.e. no backing up required) with two out of three hook ups (water & AC) and covered with massive oaks sagging with Spanish Moss. Plus, a chorus of cicadas singing in unison at random intervals. Now, this is the south.
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And so, too, is Savannah. What a show stopper. After getting oriented at the visitor center we took a 90-minute carriage tour for an overview and it was so worth the $22. The history, the architecture, the lore of this gem of a town is deep and long. Spared by General Sherman on his march to the sea (because he thought it too lovely to burn) much of what we see today is as it was originally. (We also learned Spanish Moss isn’t from Spain and isn’t really moss. Seinfeld would love it. Oh, and it can be full of chiggers. So the campfire I tried to kindle from the stuff last night wasn’t too smart.) Laid out on a grid in 17-something, every few blocks features a lush park with surrounding homes.
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Tradition dictates that you eat lunch either at Paula Deane’s or the Wilke’s Boarding House. The Deane buffet was too heavy and hot and the line at Wilke’s was too long, so we asked the host at Deane’s where he’d eat and he said Belford’s. He was right. KB did shrimp I did pulled pork with Spanish rice & fries. Was nummers.
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Then, next four hours we walked the town, did a historic home tour, took in a modern art museum (talk about a change of place!) visited several shops; our favorite, the Savannah Bee Company, where you taste, sample and study varieties of honey like rare wines. Really nicely designed and done.

Then, around 4:00 we took a drive out to Tybee Island, another place locals talk about because of its access to something we’ve been looking forward to for 4,000 miles: the Atlantic Ocean. This is a quiet little beach town which fronts the Atlantic with several pay to park spots, so we did.

We kicked off our shoes and the sand felt good and gritty, the water surprisingly warm! Not like the beaches I grew up with. (OK, Maya, with which we grew up. No? Not like beaches with which we up grew.?)

After strolling and unwinding (Savannah is beautiful but hectic) we found it was nearly dinner hour so went to a crazy fun place recommended by our Belford’s waiter, the Crab Shack. Other than the fact that I don’t like shellfish or seafood, this was a great find. Its huge decks sprawled under massive oaks and hung over the inland waterways.
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This was a long, tiring but sensory-packed day. Should probably have allowed two and done it more leisurely but we want to keep moving, because next stop is Charleston, S. C.
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    rodsterinfl's Avatar
    Just got back from a trip in that area! We were in Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia, Greenville and St. Augustine before returning home to south FL. We did NOT like Charleston. I know, everyone went on and on about how great but it was disappointing. We went to Savannah last year and it was neat. Also, we liked Hilton Head and the surprise of all was the Greenville SC area. What a beautiful town.
    Posted 06-29-2013 at 10:27 PM by rodsterinfl rodsterinfl is offline
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    bocotim's Avatar
    Great blog entry, beautiful pictures - Thanks for sharing. Must have a waffle now....
    Posted 06-30-2013 at 08:18 AM by bocotim bocotim is offline

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