Weekend in Savannah!

23 Jan

How many of you accepted Friday’s challenge and did something nice for someone else?  You don’t have to tell me what you did, I just hope you played along because I’m certain it made your day better if you did.

We went to Savannah this weekend for two reasons:

  1. My youngest step-daughter, Kinsey, and her husband, Justin, live there so went to visit them, and
  2. We were celebrating the end of the first major phase of chemo!  Yay!!

It was my first “trip” anywhere since starting chemo so it was nice to get out of town and do something touristy.  The only time I thought about cancer was after several trips up two flights of stairs to their apartment when I had to remind them that I don’t walk as fast as they do because “I have cancer, people!”  :)

Best part of the trip – getting to see these faces:

We stayed at a beautiful Victorian Inn – The Forsyth Park Inn – directly across from the very large, but very nice Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park Inn - Savannah, Georgia

The positives:

  • It was a beautiful home.
  • Sunday Breakfast was divine (Bananas Foster French Toast + Fresh Fruit + Bacon + Eggs)
  • The staff was very nice.
  • The bed and pillows , although small (Full Size) were comfortable.
  • We had our own private balcony with seating area for 4.
  • Directly across the street for the massive Forsyth Park which is perfect for walking and running.
  • Our room was at the end of the hall upstairs, so it was quiet.

The negatives:

  • Our room (#8 which was the only one available at the time we booked it) was teeny, tiny. I mean t-e-e-n-y.
  • The shower was probably the very worst shower experience I’ve ever had.  The water pressure was non-existent and the stream of water was about as big a around as penny without much pressure.  Showering was a challenge.
  • The first breakfast seating (at 8:30) was a little later than us early birds would have liked.  Would have been nice to have a 7:30 or 8:00 option.

We booked this through a Groupon offer, so we got it for 1/2 price.  I was slightly disappointed in the experience even at half price.  At full price, I would have been VERY disappointed, specifically in the size of the room and the shower.  A good shower is a major necessity.  I feel like, for the money, we could have stayed in a nice hotel and had a better experience, but if you just LOVE the uniqueness a bed & breakfast and can tolerate a poor shower, this might be for you.

We also got to walk along the River front and experience some of the yummy homemade candy (love saltwater taffy!) on Saturday and on Sunday, we drove out to Tybee Island.  It was cold, windy, and drizzling rain, but we did it anyway.  :)  We froze on the pier and I have lovely (not really) pictures of us with some seriously wicked hair that I will not be posting for public consumption.  Ha ha!

We also stopped at Fort Pulaski and checked out this Civil War relic.  It has a fascinating history:

  • Construction began in 1829 and lasted 18 years!
  • The cost for building the fort in 1829 was $1 million.
  • 25 million bricks were used to build it.

After all that work, the fort was surrendered after only 30 hours of bombardment by Union Captain Quincy A. Gillmore and his troops.  At one time, the fort was considered unbreachable, so the Confederate army was stunned by how quickly it was overtaken by the Union army’s NEW rifled cannons that had double the range of any previously used cannons.

This is the Confederate army’s idea of a bunk bed:

Bunks at Fort Pulaski

These differ DRASTICALLY from MY idea of what a bunk bed should be.  :)  There is a reason the good Lord brought me into this world in 1969 and not 1829.  Have mercy.

It was a great weekend in Savannah and I’m so glad we had the chance to go experience the city with Kinsey and Justin.

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope your week gets off to a great start!!
♥ Rachel


2 Responses to “Weekend in Savannah!”

  1. The Savvy Sister January 23, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    We vacation at Savannah every year and stay on Tybee Island. Don’t you just love the feel of all the history of Savannah? Glad you had a good time!

    • rachturner January 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      It seemed like every inch of the city was covered in history. Would love to go back when we have more time. Tybee looked so quaint and peaceful.

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