Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Savannah and Charleston

Before I start this post thank you to everyone who left me such kind thoughts and heart felt wishes you are all amazing people and the reason I love to blog! Thank you so much for your care and support! I have missed you and I can’t wait to get back in the swing of things!

My mom and I went to Savannah and Charleston right when I started winter break and it was awesome! We spent two days in each city and even though it rained or was cloudy 99% of the time we still loved it, neither of us had been before. Savannah had the most beautiful old homes in the historic district as did Charleston although most not as old because they were destroyed in the Civil War, where as Savannah wasn’t. Thank you Sherman!

In Savannah we ate at Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Son’s, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone but it wasn’t that great. Apparently it has become very touristy and the food reflected that :( bummer. We also took a historic inn tour of bed and breakfasts in restored historic homes that had decorated for the holidays. Which was AWESOME! You all would have loved it I would have taken pictures but we were asked not to.  We also visited Hilton Head Island just to say we’ve been there and walked on the beach.

In Charleston we visited Fort Sumter which I enjoyed because I love history.  We also visited a plantation, Middleton Place, which all that was left was a guest house but the gardens are beautiful and one of the oldest in America.  All in all it was a great trip and I love the south! I wish I could own one of the beautiful old homes there with the amazing gardens and huge mossy oak trees, I almost died of joy. The neatest part about Savannah was the beautiful little squares, 22 in all, situated throughout the city every couple of blocks that had been there since the colony was established in the 1700s. They are beautiful and I got pictures of a few. Ok time to share pictures!

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A couple of the squares in Savannah

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Forsyth Park in Savannah

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Pretty inns in Savannah

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We just liked this street with the huge oaks and magnolias and moss, sooo pretty.

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Hilton Head Island beach

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Charleston Harbor

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Fort Sumter

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Gardens at Middleton Place Plantation

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Only building on the plantation that survived the Yankees lol

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And just for fun my Dachshund with her reindeer hat haha

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Thanks again to everyone who left me such nice comments. Love you all! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year! All the best! Allison



Glad to see you back...and all smiles! So you love History...If it were not for the past there would be NO future..it is the past that has made us appreciate moving forward in the world...Move forward Allison! Sadly enough the hardships of the past creat the beauty of the future...look at all the beautiful smiles in you pictures...Move forward!!!! Life awaits you with new history to be made!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have been lucky enough to see Savannah at Christmastime but never Charleston.

Thank you so very much for sharing such a lovely day.

Dawn said...

So nice to see you again Allison! The photos are wonderful and you and mom look great. It looks like you both enjoyed it so much.
Happy New Year!

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh I just love Charleston and the SOUTH!! So happy that you and your Mom got to go on a girly vacation to two of the most fabulous places in the world!!!
I have heard that The Lady & Sons is blah...so sad 'cause I love me some butter and Paula Deen!!!
Here is to a brand New Year for you and new possibilities. I hope you find peace and happiness all over again in 2010!!!

Susie Q said...

2 of my favorite places ever! We took a trip there for our 25 anniversary and I SO want to go back soon! I loved seeing your pictures! You had such a sweet time with your Mom I know!
LOVE your sweet doggie!

Piney Rose said...

Wonderful pics! We went to Charleston a few years ago and it was probably the best vacation we have ever had thus far. Loved it!!

Bernideen said...

Great trip, photos and loved the moss!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It looks like you had a blast, Allison. My sister used to live in Charleston, and I love it. There are still many original homes left in Charleston. I don't know who the tour guide was, but Sherman didn't burn it all to the ground. ;-) LOL! My sister lived in the carriage house for many years of a house that belonged to Admiral Lord Nelson (I think that's correct as memory serves me). Her carriage house was in Ansonbourough and was often on tours a million moons ago.

I love Savannah, too. Sorry to hear about Paula's restaurant. There's a wonderful inn there called something like the Pink House, and it has a good restaurant if you ever decide to return. Their she-crab soup is marvelous! Wish you had made it further down the coast to St. Augustine. We have Nights of Lights, and you would have loved that. Additionally, we are the oldest city in the United States (continuously occupied European settlement as we are forced to say because Pensacola is a smidge older but was wiped out in a plague). We're about three hours south of Savannah.


Sheila :-)

Cindy Shea said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures of your trip with us! I have always wanted to visit the south and see those spanish moss covered trees in person. I love to watch old movies and they always seem to have those gorgeous trees in the background. Bummer about Paula Deen! I'm sure it was fun anyway. I am so glad to see you are smiling again...keep your chin up as you are one special gal. :)

Gayla said...

Oooooh, what a great trip. I loved seeing all those places, though I doubt I get there any time soon. I'm glad you shared all of them. Glad to see you BACK!!! Hugs...

Karen said...

What a great trip! I am going to Savannah in April, ladies long weekend away - I can't wait. I've never been to the south well, except for hockey in Atlanta but that didn't count . . . so am really looking forward to it. Your pictures are great! What a wonderful trip!

Love the dog. My girlfriend has one named Duchess and they could be twins!!!!

Happy New Year! Hugs.

Rosemary said...

Hi there,
Happy New Year!
I have missed you. So sorry to hear about Taylor!!
Your trip looked amazing, I have always wanted to go there.
I'm sure things will get better in 2010 and you will get back into the swing of things.
All the best!!

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Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

What a wonderful trip, Allison! My aunt and uncle visited Savannah a few years ago and wasn't too impressed with the Lady and Sons restaurant either. Like you said, too touristy. But at least you can say you've been there and tried it! I so enjoyed your pictures, it's the next best thing to being there! Have a safe, healthy, and wonderful New Year. Talk to you soon!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Oh Sweetie, I just scrolled down and read your last post. I am so sorry. I know I don't have to tell you, but you deserve someone who appreciates, loves, and respects you. Don't fret though, not all men are cads! Hope this New Year provides you with a fresh start and new beginnings. Hugs, Lorna

Cathy said...

Hey you...I am so thrilled that you are back...I have missed you too!!!

I am so sorry to hear of your break up...I have just finished nursing my precious daughter through her terrible break up. I am just about convinced that boys suck. I don't think they understand the devestation their actions cause!!! She is finally dating again and living life but I think she still has little phases of sadness. I hope you are doing well and getting out in the world and having some fun. Time is the only thing that helps...I'm afraid.

Looks like you and your Mom had a wonderful trip!!! I love both places you visited...two of my favorites on the planet!!!

I hope the New Year brings you great joy and happiness!!!

Janie's World said...

Wow, looks like you had a great time! Savannah is an amazingly beautiful city. Every house, every square, every street with trees covered in spanish moss is so beautiful.

Chatelaine said...

Allison, Glad you are back to blogging. A vacation to Savannah and Charleston sounds like a nice distraction for a broken heart.

I've always wanted to take a trip to Savannah and Charleston. It looks so festive for the holidays.

Hope you had fun and have a Happy New Year. Your dog is cute!

Rosy Inspiration said...

Beautiful photos! I have seen pictures of Savannah and the historic buildings and old homes, they make me want to go and visit. Sounds like you had a great time. All the very best to you for the new year.

xinex said...

Hi Alli! What beautiful pictures! Your mom and you look lovely and so happy. Glad to see that....Christine

Ladybird said...

Two of my favorite places. Great pictures.

Betty said...

So glad you came by...goodness! You followed in our footsteps...Savannah and Charleston are two of our very favorite places to visit. We've eaten at Paula's twice...once when we carried visitors from Wales...the food is so-so...we visit Hilton Head...we have a niece who lives there and we've been to Middleton Place. I bought Blackwatch Hollyhock vintage seed there and each time they bloom I'm carried back there in my memories.

If ever you have the opportunity please visit Madison Georgia. It's the antebellum town spared by Sherman on his march to the sea. Gorgeous homes and beautiful bed and breakfasts.

You are the winner in the boyfriend situation...

Wishing you a blessed 2010...Betty

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Glad to see you back posting and so sorry to hear why you've been MIA, but what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger! Your trip looks wonderful, I'd love to see the south some day!

Terry said...

So glad to see your awesome photos .
Thank you for sharing the gift of your delightful journey .
I envy your travels.
What a neat thing to do with your Mom .
I wish you all the best in 2010.
May your life bring you great joy,good health and many happy little moments that make your heart fill with delight.
Blessings to you and big hugs !
Happy Trails

Laurie said...

That's a trip I would have loved to have been along on! You look lovely in all the photos!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your photos are so beautiful...I've always wanted to visit Savannah...love the moss...the magnolia trees...and the historic homes.

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweetie!
What a FUN time it looks like you two had. You both look like sisters too, how neat! Hope that my dd and I will be able to share fun experiences like this as she gets older...at 18 I am still her mom she rolls her eyes at..lol

Also, was missing you and wondering what had happened. So sorry sweetie to read your news. I hope you can move on and find someone who really LOVEs you and will treat you with the respect you deserve!

Happy New Year!

Sares said...

I am SO envious. I have always been fascinated with these two cities and if I could pick any city in the US to live it would be one of these. I think I read too many romance novels when I was younger where most of them took place in the south!

I hope you are feeling better about your situation and that the New Year brings you all good thinks Alli!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Allison.....So glad to see you back and smiling! We went to Savannah 2 years ago and didn't get to see everything but we are going back end of Feb on our way to Orlando. We want to go to Charleston too. I love history too and there is so much beauty in that area. That was a nice mother and daughter trip that you took! Happy New Year to you!~Hugs, Patti

Gail McCormack said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Hope you're enjoying the festive season ~ Gail

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Dropping back by on this first day of the year to wish you one filled with blessings!

Happy New Year, Allison!


Sheila :-)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I was so happy when I checked and you had posted something. I kept checking and there was nothing and then tonight I thought...she wrote...so..perhaps she is posting once again...AND THERE YOU were!
Needless to say I am delighted! What a beautiful young woman you are, Allison! You can certainly tell you belong to your Mom! :) I am so happy you had a good time.
I admit to wishing I could visit Paula Deen's restaurant. I always get grand idea's in my head of how something will be. Now if I ever get back there and do get to visit I won't be disappointed. :)
Your pictures are beautiful! What IS there about red brick that makes things so cozy looking. I would like to live in a red brick home someday. :)
You are really alright? I hope so! I think of you Allison. Your Mom looks like a wonderful woman and mother.
Hugs and love,

Jenny said...

Gorgeous photos! I've heard that quite a bit about The Lady and Sons! Sad. But what a cute blog!

sweetjeanette said...

I agree about the Lady & Sons. I've eaten there several times when visiting. If you're ever in Georgia, my family found a place called The Blue Willow Inn (In Social Circle) and they even have a cookbook by the same name. Oh my goodness!!!! Now THAT's a great place!!!!! Some of the best collard greens and dumplins, and fried chicken I've ever eaten!!! LOL. My family even routes their trip through Georgia to stop there, and The Dillard House! (a virtual eat-a-thon!!! ROFL!!!)

Enjoyed your blog!


Martha said...

I would love to go to those cities -- thanks for sharing -- I felt I've been there through your eyes!

Terry said...

Howdy Sweet Allidink
Hope you'll post more fun photos soon .
I really miss all the cool things you come up with .
Take care and stay in touch !
Big hugs
Happy Trails

Betty's corner of the world said...

Hey girl ...hurry back ...we miss you.
Hugz ... Betty

Rue said...

Hi Allison :)

I hope everything is okay. Your trip looked liked a lot of fun and probably just what you needed.


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Allison!

You went on my dream trip....we're planning that EXACT trip too.....probably/hopefully this spring.. It was so lovely to see the pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

Warm blessings,

The French Bear said...

Oh Alli girl, you are the sweetest thing!!! Look at you, you are so beautiful! I am glad you had a happy time with your Mom, it is so wonderful to see you smile!!!
Margaret B

La Petite Gallery said...

HELLO I Am A NEW VISITOR..I love where you live. I have been there, never made the Hilton

I saw that ft. isn't that the fort in the movie GLORY??


stop by for a chat...

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Betty said...

Dear Allison .... hurry back ... you are missed.
big hugz ....Betty

Anonymous said...

Very shorts, simple and easy to understand, bet some more comments from your side would be great

Anonymous said...

I wanna go to Savannah too. ;) Lovely pictures. You've inspired me to visit too. We've passed by Georgia but never really took the time to take it all in, especially Savannah which is so full of history and southern charm. Now I have to go. Thanks for sharing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Allison, I'm thinking of you and hoping you are doing well.


Sheila :-)

kids boots said...

This is amazing. I'm planning in visiting cities too. It's a good thing you post this.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I guess you are not coming back...but just in case you stop and read before you delete your blog...I want you to know it was wonderful knowing you...and thank you for taking us into your confidence so many time. You are a lovely young woman...enjoy your life.

Sandy said...

Beautiful photos, I love Savannah and lived just outside Charleston for aboit 13 years. In fact DH is working there again and I may be going back. I have visited Middleton many times, love the gardens. Boone Hall is another wonderful place to visit, you can easily spend half of the day there! Thanks for sharing.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

What a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to visit there.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I feel so bad that you are not blogging! Hope all is well.

Barbara L said...

So much enjoyed seeing your pictures! I grew up in Savannah and miss it a lot!

Plumbing said...

You've been to many beautiful place. I know many memories and new experience happened. So maybe I'll just wait for your next destination.