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We checked out of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and started heading back north. Along the way, we were going to pop into St. Augustine but the area was very busy and we didn't want to spend too much time trying to find parking. We ended up with a quick drive through and then continued on to Savannah GA. This wasn't our first time in Savannah but we picked places in the area that we haven't visited previously.
Our first stop was at Wormsloe Historic Site. We pulled in and I took photos of the gates while Greg went inside to pay our admission.
Driving up to the parking lot we stopped along the way for photos of the marvelous driveway. We walked past the visitor's center and made our way on to one of the paths. We walked past ruins, beautiful fauna, and then down to the wetlands. Before we could decide what to do next it started raining on us. Inside the visitors center, we purchased a couple of souvenirs.
After an error with Google maps, we finally found the creepy beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery. Between being in a cemetery and the cloudy and rainy weather one would think that it would be sad and dark.
Both Greg and I felt emotional, amazed, and the love that family members must have felt for those who are departed.
We opted to drive through the cemetery pulling over when we wanted to take pictures and were glad we did. Others parked in one of the lots and ended up getting soaking wet when it rained on all of us.
We absolutely loved our visit to the cemetery and highly recommend it for your next vacation in Savannah.
The grilled calamari was cooked well and had a gentle seasoning. We both loved it. The dumplings were kind of a hit and miss for me. The first issue was it's the same dough and shape. The shumai was fine but the duck dumplings were too finely ground for my taste. Greg enjoyed his lao sausage entree and the flavor was bold which I liked. My chicken claypot was outstanding. The dish was comforting, warmly spiced, and the chicken was tender.
After our meal, we drove to the Kimpton Brice Hotel. We pulled up to the valet and were helped with the car, luggage, and asked if we need any tips for places to visit. We chatted how we had been here before and how this was a last minute see what comes our way visit.
The lobby is adorable with seating areas, a coffee bar (in the morning), restaurant, and bar area. Check in was efficient. I can't really say any more than that. The hallway to the elevator is behind the bar/restaurant area and you feel like you're heading in the wrong direction but you're not.
Up to the 2nd floor, we found our room 214. The room is a mix of modern decor with warm accents. I normally don't like sink areas that are outside of the bathroom but given how adorable this boutique hotel is I let it go. The wifi is free for members of their loyalty club however it is an open connection so keep that in mind.
After wandering around Savannah for a little while we decided to enjoy a couple of cocktails at the bar. Both staff members were friendly but did seem a little overwhelmed at times. We both ordered Manhattan's and they were perfect!
Walking around Savannah before the rain started again was lovely. We walked the garden area across from our hotel and made our way down to River Street. Some of the shops were closing so we decided to visit again tomorrow. In the past, we enjoyed cocktails at Rocks on the Roof inside the Bohemian hotel but we weren't exactly dressed for evening cocktails so we'll have to visit again another time.
We continued our sightseeing of Savannah with a morning walk around the historic district. We love the architecture, parks, churches, and cemeteries.
I found a really cool looking vegan restaurant on Instagram and couldn't wait to try Fox and Fig. With a dairy allergy you rarely get to enjoy a good pancake breakfast so I was thrilled to see pancakes on their menu.
The exterior and interior of the restaurant are adorable and welcoming. For drinks, Greg ordered a coffee and I chose the Earl Grey Lavender Latte. My drink was amazing. The latte was creamy, sweet, and not overly floral from the lavender.
For our meals Greg chose the soaked chia porridge and I selected the coconut cream pancakes. Both of our dishes were visually stunning. My pancakes were fluffy, fresh from the lemon and coriander, and lightly dressed with syrup. I was a happy camper.
We chatted with our sweet server about how long they have been open, the savory meal options, and how good the pancakes were.
Whether you are vegan or not you have to try the food at this gem!
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Unfortunately, Old Fort Jackson wasn't open while we were in town so we decided to visit Fort Pulaski again. When we pulled up Greg read that the entrance fee was included in the America the beautiful pass and we recently purchased a new one. Score!
We briefly looked inside the visitors center before entering the fort. We started with the tunnels before entering the main area. We opted to wander around on our own but didn't spend too much time outside because of the heat and humidity. Inside the store I found a fun t shirt for the parks, and some small gifts for our nephews.
We were on our way to check out the beach on Tybee Island when we glanced at a sign for the Tybee Lighthouse. We turned around and headed to the lighthouse. Once we parked we found another fort, museums, and the working lighthouse. We paid our admission and decided to be crazy and climb the steps to the top! Did I mention that I still have a broken foot? What can you do sit around or experience these moments! The 360-degree views were wonderful and made the climb worth it!
We slowly made our way back down on our shaky legs and decided that we were getting kind of hungry. We decided to visit a previous favorite for some bbq. Wiley's Championship BBQ is a casual spot with amazing staff and delicious food. We both ordered lemonades to cool us down. My order was the pulled pork plate with green beans and sweet potato casserole. Greg opted for the brisket, beans, and coleslaw. My meal definitely one. The pulled pork is tender and flavorful but when you add their mountain sauce it's perfect! The sweet potato casserole was addictive! Greg's meal while good wasn't as good as mine.
We headed back to the Kimpton Brice and decided to order drinks and appetizers at the bar. My cucumber collins was refreshing and well balanced. Unfortunately, the staff was a bit frazzled again and Greg's Manhattan ended up as an Old Fashioned. Greg enjoys both drinks and didn't really complain. The octopus we ordered was very tender and seasoned well but the potatoes weren't cooked fully. The brussels sprouts were crispy and slightly sweet. Finally, the fried baby artichokes we ordered were delicious. These were the closest I've had to fried artichokes in Rome Italy. The artichokes were crispy, salty, and the dip was a good accompaniment.
Before heading up to bed we ordered a Manhattan and a Bourbon and again there was a mistake and we both got Manhattans. Not a huge mix-up but a little annoying to get two drink orders wrong.