My big girls and I rolled out of bed this morning wondering who in the world was going to cook us breakfast and pick up our mess and bring us fresh folded towels. After a brief vacay in Savannah, Georgia, where we were all spoiled to high heaven, I guess though we are more than happy to be home...really, who is going to bring us hot spinach quiche and veggie omelettes and pancakes and french toast and eggs benedict when our hearts so desire? Nobody, that's who. Back to reality for us all!
Savannah has been on my this-world bucket list for quite a while, and it was good to finally head over and check out what is by far one of the sweetest, most hospitable, most beautiful cities in the Southland. One of our glitches when we were planning the trip was that no one we knew had actually taken children there, and there wasn't too terribly much advertised for kids, either. Well, the Captain and I, we'll take this little gaggle of gigglers pretty much anywhere. 99% of the time, we're so glad we did, and Savannah was no exception. If you're looking for a sweet Southern city to take your family, I'd give Savannah a 5 out of 5.
Because I would secretly love to be a travel agent one day, it truly is a joy to pass along little tips and tricks of each little spot we visit. If you're planning to hit Savannah soon, these pieces of info might just be of usefulness to your family!
- Many of the streets in the city are made of cobblestone, meaning a regular old stroller absolutely will not cut it. Baby carriers and jogging strollers with utility tires are a must.
- Lady and Sons (Paula Deen's) Restaurant: Our girls were having an "off day," to say the least, when we checked in for our dinner. While the food was okay, we should have skipped out on that reservation the moment they were so keyed up that they knocked Paula Deen over (okay, her life-sized cutout, whatever) in the waiting area.
- Carriage and trolley tours are great for taking in much of the city's history with kids. Skip house tours. We have a sensitive little soul who could not have handled a ghost ride (not even a comedic one), so we opted for the historical tours. The on-and-off trolley ride was one of our favorite days because we got to slow down and take everything in. *The baby carrier is your friend for both of these.
- Festivals are common, both in the City Market and by the riverside. We happened to stumble upon a Blues Festival over the weekend that thickened the crowd a bit but was really enjoyable for us all.
- There are dinner cruises that seemed great, but we opted instead for short rides on the free ferry (green and yellow boats). On one of our trips, the big girls were acting so crazy I was sure the entire ship applauded when we disembarked.
- My favorite aspect of Savannah is that well-kept city squares/parks are everywhere. Some are more welcoming to dogs than they are to kids, if you know what I mean, but our favorites were Ellis, Forsyth, and Johnson. Ellis is near City Market with a splashpad and life-sized chess board, Forsyth is the ginormous park with two big play areas, a stage, a splashpad, and a ton of open areas/trails for riding, scooting, throwing, laying, sunning, picnicking, however your hearts so desire. If we lived in Savannah, I would birthday the mess out of Forsyth. Johnson was close to our hotel and Starbucks and the cupcake shop, so it was easily a winner winner chicken dinner. These were all great free options that entertained our girls to no end. *Stroller is key for park-hopping.
- Fort Pulaski was a cool Revolutionary/Civil War fort also serving as a state park. The five of us got in for about $10 and we had a big time running and climbing and exploring. *Baby carrier was best by far for this place.
- Tybee Island was another great free excursion for the girls. We arrived at low tide, making tide pools perfect for Sweet Love and the sisters to explore. Other than bringing a tent for the baby, I absolutely checked out of Life-hacking this particular trip to the beach. Everybody had sand all up in our kibbles and our bits and were wet and nasty all the livelong day but whatevs. They absolutely loved every minute of it. On the way back to our hotel we stumbled upon the Crab Shack (thank you, Yelp). It was super fun and super yummy and they even had some gators for us to feed (they even have a gator web cam that you can use to wave hi to friends and family while you're there). As a self-admitted seafood snob, I will freely admit that the steamed seafood platter was incredible...about as fresh and tasty as it gets. Crab Shack-high point for sure.
- The Savannah Bee was a fabulous little gourmet honey shop that had a honey bar, comb tasting, the sharpest ginger beer I've ever tasted, as well as various lotions and such made of honey. The best part was this cool little honey hive loft that the kids could play/watch movies/read honey or bee books in while we shopped and tasted.
One thing that tickled us was that Sassafras ran down this checklist throughout the week. We still aren't sure what was on the list or what it was she was evaluating but it absolutely warmed my own list-making heart to see her think that was something important. Lists are good in this house, oh yes siree they are.
Salt licks and Paula Deen attacks aside, we hope our wild rumpus of a family left as sweet a mark on Savannah as the city did on us.