Day 15, Part 2: Savannah, Georgia

23 May

ROAD TRIP

After 15 days of staying on a very regimented schedule, we decided to let it all hang out on night 15 (and stay out past 10!), and boy oh boy, did we pay for it dearly, on Day 16…

We arrived in Savannah, Georgia after a fun morning on Cumberland Island (playing with wild horses!). It was late in the afternoon and the city was bathed in a gorgeous warm light. Savannah was everything I thought it would be and more…its quaint, romantic, artistic, eclectic, colorful, mysterious, unique and well, magical. As we drove through the city in search of our hotel, I was in awe of each and every street, building and tree. If you haven’t been to Savannah, one of the prettiest things about the city is that most of the trees are covered in spanish moss- it’s breathtaking and definitely adds to its romantic and mysterious quality.

 After arriving at our hotel, we checked in and headed to the hotel’s complimentary cocktail reception for a glass of wine. How very nice of them, indeed! Then we hightailed it to our room to shower and change for a night out on the town (the writing may have been on the wall at this point).

(photo by One Part Gypsy/ bag by Sud De Sur)

Our plan was to wander the town letting the wind take us wherever it pleased before we headed to Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady And Sons, for dinner. A solid plan indeed! After walking the streets for a bit, the wind ended up taking us into a tapas restaurant where we popped in for a glass of vino. We chatted with the bartender about her love of Savannah (in her words it’s a mix between New Orleans and Charleston) and then she asked the dreaded question…where were we eating dinner that night? When we said Paula Deen’s, her jaw dropped (in a very bad way). Honestly, I’m not sure I have ever seen a person more offended in my life.  After she collected herself, she said “You cannot eat at PAULA DEEN”S! It’s horrible! It’s so touristy and not authentic southern cuisine in the least! Let me make a few calls and see what other restaurants I can get you two into for dinner.” And with that, she was gone. When she returned a few minutes later, she informed us that we would be dining at the restaurant Alligator Soul at 8:30pm.

The wind had changed course.

The crazy bartender was right! Dinner at Alligator soul was pretty incredible. We dined like Queens ordering 1st courses, main courses, dessert and more wine (the writing was definitely on the wall at this point). I ate scallops and they were melt in your mouth good, but I am a sucker for a good scallop.

(photo by One Part Gypsy)

As we were finishing up dinner, our waiter said….”you girls should have a drink at The Bohemian Hotel after dinner. They have an amazing rooftop bar overlooking the city.” That was all he needed to say! We were headed to the rooftop bar!

Let’s just say that our night out in Savannah was AMAZING and the morning after was HORRIBLE. Nothing like trying to tackle a day exhausted with a hangover. BLAH.

A day of struggle and gardens up next!!

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12 Responses to “Day 15, Part 2: Savannah, Georgia”

  1. cravesadventure May 23, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Great Post & Great Photos – thanks for sharing. Savannah is on my travel bucket list:) Have a Great Day!

  2. barbarapotter May 23, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Finally back to reading. Have a lot to do to catch up. Sounds like fun. As I go to Atlanta often, one of these days we will make the trip to Savannah. Love when the wind blows you to a great place. Sometimes that is so much better than what we had planned.

    Back in 1969 and born and raised in South Philadelphia, where real home made Italian food (my speciality) is the best, my husband and I decided to have our honeymoon in New York City. A place we had never been and it sounded so exciting. Plays, musicals Iincluding Hair on Broadway), sights, hotels, train ride,shops and restaurants. Well we decided on a restaurant for Italian Food, that I believe was called Mama Leone or something like that, and of course a tourist trap. Oh, goodness had to be the worst so-called Italian food I had ever tasted. Somehow your blog today reminded me about that funny experience. Always defer to the locals for the best dining is my motto now. I will keep that place in mind when we go.

    • katemcclafferty May 23, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      I love that story! I have to admit I am happy I didn’t get sucked into the tourist trap! Hope you are feeling better. Sending good thoughts your way…:)

  3. Cassy May 23, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I have to admit… I kinda cringed at the idea of eating at a Paula Deen’s restaurant.. I love her, but going to smaller places that aren’t so well known usually turns out to be the best… and I am glad you found that out too! =D

    • katemcclafferty May 23, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      hahahah! Who knew Paula Deen’s would offend so many people!! LOL. I agree though…the smaller places are usually better:)

  4. eatwithfatjoe May 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Loved the purse!!!

  5. Texas Rambler May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Ah, Savannah, Janet’s (my lovely wife) favorite place. So much to see and do and what scenery… but best done in the sroing or fall because the hot humid summers are not much fun.

    We did do Paula’s, the food was OK but to get in was a hassle. Line up to make reservations and wait… long wait… then come back at the reservation time and …line up and wait… long wait to be called… what a hassle.

    We are heading to Charleston and may pop down to Savannah for the day. I know Janet won’t mind but we are traveling with others so they may have other ideas… Either place is a great place to visit…

    • katemcclafferty May 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      Charleston was by fay my FAVORITE city of the trip! I fell in love with that place! I hope you and Janet enjoy your trip…I’m only a little jealous:)

  6. free penny press May 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Savannah is a wonderful little city…and thank you Ms Bartenderess for find these two travelers another place to eat.. It is very touristy and the food is Bleh!!

  7. righteousbruin9 May 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Alligator Soul sounds awesome. We ate at Corleone’s, as it was raining when we drove into town and it was the first place we saw. My wife would never have been happy at Paula Deen’s; too much grease.

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