At 3:30 a.m. the alarm is not a happy sound but up we went. We quickly dressed, grabbed our bags, and checked out of the hotel within a half an hour. Thanks to our early departure we made it to Boston in record time. My family wanted to do lunch together since my cousin from California was visiting so Greg and I stopped for take-out.
We parked and walked over to the Gourmet Dumpling House in Chinatown. I placed our order and had a 20-minute wait. The creature of habit that I am I crossed the street and ordered a bubble tea at Tea Do and then picked up desserts for everyone at Bao Bao Bakery.
Our lunch was a lot of fun and I was so happy to see my cousin before she headed home. Finally, we made it home and started to unpack and get ready for the week ahead.
We skipped lunch so we decided to have an early dinner before checking into our hotel. We decided to try The Vault Kitchen & Market for our meal. We were seated close to the bar area and our server was warm, offered suggestions, and very professional. My perfectly balanced and refreshing cocktail was the Thai Margarita. I ended up ordering a 2nd one throughout our meal since I enjoyed it so much. For food we ordered the grilled calamari, seared shumai, duck dumplings, lao sausage, and chicken claypot.
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.
We slept in, which for us is 7:30 a.m. and stopped in the lobby for coffee. Greg enjoyed a hot coffee while i opted for a caramel iced coffee. The Kimpton Brice Hotel offers an adorable selection for their guests.
We continued our sightseeing of Savannah with a morning walk around the historic district. We love the architecture, parks, churches, and cemeteries.
After a short rest in our hotel room, we decided to take another evening stroll down River Street. We enjoyed watching the riverboat dock, purchased pralines at River Street Sweets, and tried to find a spot for drinks and snacks but nothing seemed to work for us.
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.
A few years ago we joined friends for a road trip to Savannah, GA. To see our hotel review click HERE. For yummy restaurant reviews visit HERE.
Here's a quick video from Ft Pulaski. To learn more about Ft Pulaski click here.
Our latest road trip was mainly about experiencing food from New England to Savannah. When we were walking around Savannah we did stop at some of our favorite shops! Here are some of our can't miss places:
The Salt Table - Offering salts, seasonings, tea, sugars, oil, and vinegars. We purchased Mediterranean Green Tea with Pomegranates, Black Tea with Cherries, and Ginger Sugar. The store offers tastings of each item (which they are tons). Naturally, Greg tried the Ghost Pepper Salt. Although it was hot he says it had good flavor.
Savannah Bee Company - Offering honey, gifts, dog treats, beauty products, snacks, and beverages. Savannah Bee Company also has a tasting bar to try out the many varieties of honey offered. On this trip our favorites were the Raw Tupelo, Black Sage, and the Winter White Honey.
The Paris Market - Offering home goods, gifts, jewelry, kids clothing, beauty products, and also has a small cafe. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything I just had to have this time but I love looking around and taking in the atmosphere of this store.
Terra Cotta - A boutique offering women's clothing, shoes, and accessories.
The Grateful Hound - Offering pet accessories, food, and treats.
River Street Sweets - Candy, Candy, and more Candy! This store is my favorite for Southern Pralines!
On our next visit to Savannah I will be sure to find out some more fabulous shops!