Scopin’ Savannah

June 19, 2009

We made it to beautiful Savannah! Spanish moss and all :)

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Car ride snacks

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When I called around a few nights ago I found the Romantic Inns Of Savannah website. I put out a request for a room for only Friday night under $150 and got several calls back. Lucky us, one place offered us a really fancy room for $149 since it had already been rented for Sat/Sun and Friday was going to be a loss (likely).

So we ended up with this SWEET suite at the Dresser Palmer House!

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With a gorgeous bath-

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And our own balcony!

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We love B&Bs because they usually have complimentary wine and cheese for cocktail hour, they have a free gourmet breakfast, they are more personal so you meet all kinds of people and you can find great deals on them (this was less than Travelocity’s other downtown hotels.) We’ve stayed in a number throughout our years and have always had a blast getting to know the inns and innkeepers.

This B&B had a wonderful wine and cheese spread already out when we arrived!

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We enjoyed it on our pouch and discussed dinner plans

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I had a bite of each of the cheeses, the berry and two crackers

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And a small glass of pinot

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At 7:15 we headed out to find dinner. What would we do without the iPhone!? (Waste paper printing ideas probably)

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Despite the technology, we walked for over an hour and started to get frustrated finding a place to eat that was charming and local but not too expensive. It wasn’t hot, but we were covered in humidity sweat!! We eventually settled on Garibaldi’s. (Having already eaten at Belford’s, Jazz’d, and 45 Bistro on previous visits.)

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I ordered a glass of Zinfandel

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He got an amber ale from Oregon

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And we were delivered the most amazing salty bread loaf. We debated the quality of the bread for about 20 minutes. I thought it was fab, Matt just OK. (He’s biased ;) )

Sorry for the flash – it was DARK! We ate this whole loaf!

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We decided to share an appetizer- some kind of goat cheese stuffed squash that was fried and amazing!

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For me entree I got a salad special – Fried Baby Scallops with Maytag Bleu Cheese, Candied Cashews and Apple Slices in a Port Vinegairette

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And he got a Crab + Lobster Red Snapper with Risotto and Asparagus, which was divine and I had a few bites.

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We had fun comparing our facial features in the mirrors :)

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I wanted an ice cream cone, but Matt patted me on the shoulder and said it was the wine that wanted it.

He was right.

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We are 90% sure we do not want to move here, but we’ll have to see what the ‘burbs are like. According to our host, there is TONS of crime here and we wouldn’t want to live anywhere but the burbs unless we could afford a downtown mansion. Not the best news!

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Off to take a shower and to (the king size!) bed!

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1 april June 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Have a wonderful weekend Kath!

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2 Andrea June 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm

So this is totally random but I had to post about it! I have read your blog for a while now but don’t really post a lot. I love your fitness tips, recipe ideas and find you really inspiring in how you incorporate health into a normal lifestyle :) Anyway! So I live in Greensboro NC now and was diving home today (Columbia,SC) and saw a honda with a KERF sticker on the back. So I got all excited to see who it was and I am pretty sure it was YOU and your husband Matt! In an attempt to not look like a crazy stalker I refrained from freakishly waving excitedly or giving you an awkward thumbs up. Haha But I had to post about it anyway because what are the odds, right? Hope your travels go well! Thanks for all you do :)

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3 Laura June 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I’ve never been to Savannah (ROAD TRIP), but it seems like a calm version of Charleston. If you don’t mind me asking, what makes you guys pretty sure that you wouldn’t want to live there?

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4 Macrae June 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Hey Kath!
I read your blog all the time but wanted to comment this time. I grew up in Savannah, first on 48th st (near Washington street with the huge oaks), then moved to historic downtown. Whoever said there was crime is right, but no different than anywhere else. Savannah has spots downtown that are not safe but you just have to be smart. Have you checked out the “islands”? Wilmington or Dutch Island? There is also a gated community called The Landings. Ardsley Park is where I grew up and it is full of families and young adults. Savannah is great, the water is soooo close and the food is yummy! Try to find SoHo’s Restaurant, it’s a must. It’s on Liberty St down town and Terra Cotta is an awesome clothing shop! Let me know if you have any questions :) Have fun!!
Macrae

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5 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) June 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Wow, your suite is gorgeous! All of that food looks amazing. Hope you’re having a great time!

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6 Jennifer June 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I stayed at the same B&B! Interesting about the crime- I didn’t realize that, but it doesn’t surprise me b/c parts of the downtown are pretty sketchy. And the burbs there are…. burbs. Pooler is a spot many people seem to gravitate too btw.

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7 Rachel in Greensboro June 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Were those stuffed squash flowers? They look delish!

Have fun!

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8 rhodeygirl June 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

you look SO happy and relaxed Kath! I am so happy for you and Matt! Have I ever told you that? Congrats on 2 years!

Also happy you like your iPhone~

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9 Oh She Glows June 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Oh wow, I must agree with Rhodeygirl…you both look sooo relaxed and happy. It looks like you are having a fabulous time! And what a wonderful suite to luck out with. A suite like that would run over $300 in Toronto!!

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10 Meghan June 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Eek! I would so love for you to move to Savannah but there is some crime. Macrae did give some good suggestions about searching the islands a little bit. There’s a couple of cute organic eateries out that way, too!

I’m not native to Savannah so I find it a little odd-ball and quirky, which is why I personally love it, but you’ll know the right town when you find it. Good luck and enjoy the rest of your stay!

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11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm

SUCH a beautiful B&B Kath! I’m so glad that you found such a gorgeous place to stay at such a great price. Definitely makes the trip that much better.

That dinner sounds FABULOUS!

Sorry to hear that it looks that Savannah’s a no-go, but at least you found out now.

Enjoy the rest of your stay!!!

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12 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) June 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Wow, stuffed zucchini flowers; that’s awesome! Looks like a great time :)

Jenn

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13 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I’m not sure I’d want to live there, either, but it IS one of my favorite places to visit!

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14 Nicole June 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Wow!!! You’re room looks awesome!

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15 emmy June 19, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I have that exact shirt, I love it!

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16 Caroline June 19, 2009 at 11:22 pm

That hotel looks gorgeous!
*Adding Savannah to list of places to visit before I die*

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17 Heather June 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Your room looks awesome! And so did your dinner. Makes the pasta I had (that wasn’t that great to begin with) seem even paler in comparison, now.

And I’ve never met a cheese plate I didn’t like. =)

H

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18 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) June 19, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Ya know, Matt could get a lot of that amber ale around here…but the beer’s not the best thing from Oregon. Come go on a wine tour with me!!!

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19 Deb June 20, 2009 at 12:12 am

Funny how wines have their own brains. Wines I consume always want chocolate. What is it with that?

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20 Anne K. June 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

That looks like so much fun! Stuffed zucchini flowers sound so intriguing. You guys look so happy :D

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21 Susan June 20, 2009 at 5:35 am

Haha, you and Matt are too cute. Even if you don’t want to move there, I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay! That B&B suite is definitely pretty sweet ;)

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22 Christie @ Find My Weigh June 20, 2009 at 5:35 am

I had never heard that about Savannah. I have always wanted to visit there and your suite makes me want to visit even more, it is beautiful.

Have a safe trip, looks like you are having a nice time.

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23 Recipes for Creativity June 20, 2009 at 6:21 am

Too bad you don’t want to move there, but I’m sure you guys will find the perfect place at some point. Enjoy the rest of your time!

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24 Erica June 20, 2009 at 6:37 am

You guys are so cute! Josh and I have never stayed at a B&B and you’re making me want to! Can’t wait to hear more about savannah

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25 Ada June 20, 2009 at 7:01 am

That B&B looks so cute (and romantic)! Have a great time :)

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26 leslie June 20, 2009 at 7:09 am

sorry to hear you guys don’t want to move there – i’m sure you’ll find the right city soon enough! looks like you’re enjoying your stay nonetheless!

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27 Christina June 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

I love your suite. Looks like such a nice place to stay! Glad you’re having a good time :)

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28 Sarah June 20, 2009 at 8:12 am

Y’all should scope out somewhere near Austin, TX… there are already two Great Harvests in Austin, but there are lots of smaller towns that I think a Great Harvest would fit well into… Wimberly, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway. :)

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29 trish (girlatgym) June 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

Such a pretty room! And it looks like you’re having a nice trip.

Hope you figure out the living situation. :-)

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30 ashley June 20, 2009 at 8:18 am

Glad your getting some qt w/ the husband. Looks like you 2 really have fun with each other. Dinner looked tasty. have fun!

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31 Emily June 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

That B&B looks gorgeous!! I may have to try that one out the next time we visit Savannah…

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32 Lauren June 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

Oh, I absolutely adore Savannah…I’m from Georgia, and my best friend from college is from Savannah and i love to visit her. I’d love to move there. You’re right, crime is a bit high(although right now I live in Memphis, Murder city USA) and homes are expensive. But if you look in the right spots you can find one….and you’re so close to the GA Coast! <3 the islands.

Oh, I miss Georgia so much. I can’t wait to go home in a couple of weeks. My BF has never been to Savannah or the islands…I think a trip needs to be planned!

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33 Leanne June 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

What a great suite! That’s such a good idea to “bid” on a room like that. I love stuffed squash blossoms – we get those here in LA at a pizzeria and they are so good.

Quick questions regarding registration for the summit – are you going to let us know ahead of time when registration will begin? I think all of you host bloggers and many readers are all east coasters. I’m on the west coast and don’t want to miss out if it’s posted in the morning and I don’t see it until 3 hours later. Let me know what the plan is.
Thanks!

Oh – and enjoy Jacksonville. My husband and I lived there for 3 months before coming to LA. The seafood is great. You probably won’t have much extra time but if you have any, a place called Slider’s near the beach is wonderful especially for oysters and shrimp.

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34 Mandy A June 20, 2009 at 8:46 am

Ever thought of moving to Nashville? ;) We even have a Great Harvest! :)

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35 Melissa June 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

Sanvannah is terrible with crime. I’ve always been told (by SCAD students) that unless you want your car windows broken, it’s best to take all your personal belongings out of your car and leave the car unlocked so that thieves can see that you don’t have anything of worth inside….it’s a little crazy but I guess after repeat windows broken, they gave up.

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36 Kath June 20, 2009 at 8:57 am

Andrea ,
OMG!!!!!! That was us!! SO CRAZY!!! Wish you had waved – that would have been hilarious :)

Laura ,
Just vibe, I guess. We need to do more research though.

Rachel in Greensboro,
Yes, flowers! That’s exactly what they were. THey were a special so I didn’t catch the flower part.

rhodeygirl ,
Aww thanks :)

Jennifer ,
NO WAY!!! We went to Jazz’d at your recommendation, but then we realized we’d been there before on our last visit and wanted to try something new.

Leanne ,
Yes, we will def. give you advance notice and are taking the west coast time into consideration. It’ll likely be evening or weekend.

Kath

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37 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale June 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

I feel the exact same way about B&Bs! They are always an excellent experience, especially if you check them out first via TripAdvisor.com!

Also, I LOVE fried zucchini blossoms – delish!

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38 Lindsay June 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

I’ve gotten the same impression when I have visited Savannah. My dad live just outside Hilton Head, and when Patrick and I visited last we took our bikes and headed to Savannah for the day. We ended up getting hustled by this guy, passed an OBVIOUS crack deal, and saw more homeless people than I have in any city as we biked all day in out and around of the historical district. I think it is dirty, for a southern city. Hope you find a good place to go since the fabulous Charleston isn’t in the cards!

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39 Dee June 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

That salad looks soooo decadent!

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40 Island Girl Eats June 20, 2009 at 11:42 am

What a beautiful room at the B&B. Much nicer than most hotels! I will have to remember B&B’s next time we travel.

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41 Erin June 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

B&Bs are the best. Looks like you got a fabulous deal on yours. Woot!

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42 Meghan June 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Looks like such a lovely, romantic get away.

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43 Doublechinned Allison June 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Hi Kath! I found your blog from a link at Token Fat Girl. That’s so cool that you’re visiting Savannah! I live in Savannah! It’s a great town. Not always a ton to do when you’re not a tourist, but there’s something about Savannah that just gets under your skin and makes you want to come back. :) It might be not as safe as Charleston, and you can call me biased, but I think Savannah has a bit more personality (and beauty) than Charleston! I hope you enjoyed your stay here.

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44 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Wow, what a beautiful B&B. Hope you guys are having fun!

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45 Jess June 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Such a cute outfit! Glad you’re having fun but too bad about all the crime :( Hopefully you can find a good house!
<3 jess

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46 Lauri June 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Hey lady! How do you find the B&Bs? You said yall “put out a request?” Ive never stayed at a B&B, but I would love to give em a try next time we go on vacation. Sorry I havent had a chance to get in touch with you about dinner- Ive been busy busy! What is your schedule like on tues & thurs? Maybe we can do dinner sometime soon!

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47 Kristin Carlson Shadley June 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Ooh, I LOVE Savannah! There’s a little tea shop downtown that’s awesome, I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s wonderful and they have fantastic scones if you happen to see it while you’re sightseeing. :)

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48 Melissa June 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Kath!

P.J. & I were in Savannah yesterday too! We went to http://www.elizabethon37th.net/ for dinner and it was AMAZING.

Didn’t know about the B&B travel site – very cool. We stayed at the Doubletree (used my hilton points for one of the nights) but wished we were at a B&B…next time!

Hope to see you soon!

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49 Julia June 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

Sounds like a fun day! I’ve been to Savannah once for a quick day trip. Such a beautiful place!
My fiance and I are having similar troubles trying to decide where to live in Sacramento, CA.
I NEED a safe neighborhood where we can run without worrying about each other and where we don’t have to worry about our cars getting broken into!
Good luck on your search!

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50 klm June 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

LOVE the green skirt!!

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