Over the last five years we have had plans to stop in Savannah several times but something always got in the way. Since it is only two hours from Charleston we were going to go, but again one thing or another has stopped us from taking the trip. So I was thrilled when Lee said he wanted to go on Saturday and even though it was an overcast day, we packed up the dog and headed to Savannah. The drive itself was pretty, although the freeway was pretty packed with folks going south for the holidays, so we ended up going secondary roads and got to see several small towns. We also saw multiple stands along the way and stopped at a couple of them to see what they had,.
We didn’t really have much of a plan for Savannah, just a loose idea of things we could do and having the dog complicated things. Our first stop was Forsythe park which I knew was dog friendly from the pictures. It was absolutely gorgeous and we walked around the park and into the nearby neighborhoods. We loved the old architecture and the history that permeated the area. I’m just going to share it with pictures.
My absolute favorite part though was a lovely fountain that had a trumpet player that was playing Christmas music. It was absolutely beautiful and very photogenic, so forgive me all the pictures, but it was hard to pick just one.
The park led out into other smaller squares that often had a memorial in them and houses surrounded them. They were beautiful and we could have walked all day among the houses but I was getting hungry. Jack liked the walking though and he did great with the crowds.
The most beautiful house we saw was The Armstrong House. Absolutely gorgeous.
We also got to see a 300 year old oak which unfortunately was gated off from people. It was a beauty though.
After the park we drove down to the river area but that didn’t look dog friendly and I wanted to eat lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant but we couldn’t find a place close by to park. Ultimately I decided we could go to the original Crab Shack on Tybee Island with the thought we would avoid the heavy crowds and we could take Jack to the beach. We did avoid the crowds as the restaurant was pretty empty, but it was also on the gimicky side and the crab boils started at $25. That was more than either of us wanted to spend but we did get a couple of nice lunch specials for $8.99. Afterwards we started towards to the beach but then I realized that dogs weren’t allowed on the beach at all, not even with a leash. That really surprised me, but at least I found out before we got there since it is a $290 fine! Yikes.
By this time it was 2pm and we could have gone back into Savannah, but both of us decided to leave some things for another day. Our youngest daughter Kay was driving down from Maryland to stay with her sister to see her, and we both wanted to see her that evening. More on that in the next post though!
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