Savannah, GA: June 2015

My friend Krista and I have taken a girl’s trip in June for two years in a row now.  The first year we went to Elkin, NC (in North Carolina’s wine region) and this year we decided on Savannah, GA.  When we picked Elkin, we were trying to find a centrally located place for all parties involved, but this time around we just kept an eye on Groupon deals and waited for a good “enough” deal to a place we were interested in.  We eventually found a deal for the Inn at Ellis Square in Savannah, GA and it was an easy decision.  Savannah was on both of our lists of US Cities to visit and the deal allowed for dates in June.

Krista drove down to Wilmington Thursday night and we went on to Savannah.  Friday morning we woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (since we got to Savannah too late to pick up beer and stay up late in our room…) and started off to explore.  We decided to walk down to River Street and check out the shops.  We especially enjoyed the hippie shops (I inexplicably bought some essential oils I will never use, and Krista sensibly bought a dress that she actually wears) and of course, the Savannah Bee Company.

To be honest, the reason we probably liked Savannah Bee Company so much is because there were snacks.  They had more bee and honey products that I knew existed.  They had coffee samples (honey coffee is so smooth!), snack plates with crackers/cheese/honey (my favorite), straight up honey, honey combs, etc.  So much fun stuff to try!  I also ended up getting some mint flavored chapstick that has become my absolute favorite kind of chapstick, knocking off the long-reigning medicated Chapstick.

Save the bees!
So much delicious honey.
Anyone remember that weird Facebook thing that went around a few months ago….?

We decided to get lunch from the much acclaimed Zunzi’s sandwich shop.  Zunzi’s is a big hit on Yelp and Trip Advisor, I got the Godfather and Krista got a pita.  Both were good, but I don’t think they quite lived up to the hype?  I’m not a huge fan of sandwiches in general, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

After that, we headed up Bull St. with Forsyth Park as our end goal.  The scenery on the way to the park was so beautiful and was everything I love about the American South.  It is SO absolutely charming I could barely stand it.  I wanted to find and wear a hoop skirt and a parasol like Scarlett O’Hara.  Between the squares, the old buildings and the spanish moss, I was in absolute heaven.  The squares in Savannah were originally created to give colonists space to perform military practices, but today they house all kinds of monuments and benches.  We stopped and took pictures in almost every single one.  This day was one of the hottest days of the year, 98 degrees with 183748% humidity, so lots of breaks were completely necessary.  Every couple of streets we would stop into a place for a beer, enjoy the A/C and then motor on with our to-go beers (YES THAT’S RIGHT.  That’s a thing here).


The shade was much appreciated.  On second thought, maybe I WOULDN’T want to stroll around in a 100 lb dress and hoop.
This drink was at The Public and between the A/C and UFO’s Big Squeeze grapefruit shandy, it was the most refreshing thing to ever happen to me.
The entrance to Forsyth Park, so pretty!
These margaritas melted in about 3 minutes

Forsyth Park was so beautiful, we walked around for about half an hour and started our way back to the hotel to get showered up for dinner.  Again, we weren’t in any major hurry, and we ended up making some stops along the way.  We stopped for a drink or two, then decided some coffee would be necessary.  We ended up stopping at The Collins Quarter and had mimosas and then a coffee flight (gotta balance those uppers and downers).  The coffee flight (called “Flight to Oz”) was really awesome, maybe one of my favorite things that we got all weekend!  Especially loved the one with ice cream and dark chocolate ganache.  Yesss.

Coffee ice cream on the far right.  Delicious.

We weren’t super hungry for dinner, so we decided to go Moon River Brewing Company nearish to our hotel for some appetizers and beers.  Our favorite beers were Yoga Pants (what an excellent beer name, yes?) and Wild Wacky Wit (always a fan of wheat ales).  Food wise, we enjoyed stuffed mushrooms (so good), the leak and goat cheese cake, and the garlic fries.  Definitely recommend!

No pictures of food apparently, but here some profile views of Krista and an American Indian.

After Moon River, we decided to head down to the river front to hit up Wet Willie’s, which is a really awesome bar that serves about a million and one different kinds of slushy drinks.  This place was pretty packed inside, so we took our drinks back out and hung out on some of the benches around the bar outside.

We mostly stuck with the margarita, but all looked good!


Our hotel was right next to a Five Guys (we could literally see it from our window)….so of course we hit that up on our way home and they screwed up half of our order.  We were kind of irritated but also kind of hungry and buzzed and whatever about it.

The next morning, we headed to one of Savannah’s more popular coffee shops, Savannah Coffee Roasters.  This place was really cool and they had a lot of legit food options.  We were kind of thinking we would just get coffee and maybe food from somewhere else, but when we saw the menu we decided to stick around.  The croissants looked amazing but they ran out RIGHT before our turn in line.  Oh well.  I ended up getting a yogurt/fruit/granola bowl and Krista got a French sausage roll (TWSS).

Just go ahead and disregard my gum in the bottom right corner…


We had a few things on our potential agenda for the day and decided to just start walking and see what we could get to.  Our list included seeing The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Colonial Park Cemetary, Green-Meldrim House, finding the Forrest Gump bench and possibly eating at the Lady and Sons.

First up, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist:

Roman Catholics were prohibited in colonial Savannah, the church was formed after the American Revolution and this church was built in 1873.

Marshall House, one of the oldest hotels in Savannah.  The hotel was built in 1851 and housed Union troops during the Civil War.

We also found out during our walking around that the bench from Forrest Gump was not an actual bench and was built (and subsequently removed) from Chippewa Square.  We tried to take a picture in the same spot (you can kind of tell the white-columned building in the background?), but still not QUITE the picture perfect moment we were envisioning.  Oh well!

After the bench we walked to the Lady and Sons, only to find a 2 hour wait at 2 pm (?!).  I suppose that should be expected for such an “famous” restaurant.  We decided it wasn’t worth it and found Tequila’s Town instead.  You can never go wrong with mexican food and more margaritas.  Never.

These were called the Forrest Gump tacos.  Because of the shrimp, get it? Hardy har har.

After lunch we were kind of pooped but decided to motor on to the Colonial Park Cemetery.  The cemetery was a fairly long walk from where we were, and the heat really got to us by the time we arrived.  We walked around a little, and it was really neat to see the old graves but we were kind of “done” at this point and didn’t stay long.  We decided to forgo the rest of our list and relax and get ready for the night ahead.

We ended up at B. Matthews Eatery for dinner before our fun activity for the evening (spoiler alert: HAUNTED PUB CRAWL).  We ended up with one of the best cheese plates of my life, the seared House-made gnocchi, and the brown rice penne.  All were delicious and gave us some much needed sustenance for the evening ahead.

We walked over to Six Pence Pub to grab a few drinks and wait for our tour to start.  We had talked about doing some sort of ghost walk or tour in Savannah, and in searching around we were pretty excited to one with alcohol involved.  This particular tour was the highest rated one on Trip Advisor and ran us $23.  That doesn’t include drinks for the evening.  At each pub, we would grab drinks and then head outside and wait for everyone.  Once everyone had drinks, we would convene and the guide would give us some history of the bar and tell us a related ghost story.  It was so fun!  The stories (and the crowd participation) got rowdier as the night and drinks went on.  I would definitely recommend this tour!

First stop!

After the tour dispersed, we hit up a couple more bars and eventually headed back.  We had to walk by Five Guys again to get home, soo…in we went.  And they messed up our order AGAIN.  This time Krista ordered a bacon cheeseburger, and got a bun full of vegetables only.  No meat in sight.  In our post-pub crawl haze, we wrote an angry email to them, which we found out the next day actually went to the Five Guys Android app developers, whoops.  Needless to say, we didn’t get a response.

And that concluded our trip to Savannah!  The next morning we got up and hit the road (after a MINOR car difficulty that involved me leaving a light on and a dead battery and waiting for AAA and trying to figure out how to get them into the parking garage….).

Have you ever been to Savannah?  Is there anything better than walking around outside with alcoholic beverages?  What is your favorite way to eat honey?  Does anyone want my essential oils…?


This post is part of the Travel Tuesday link-up!  Thanks for hosting, Courtney and Lauren!


Random Friday #9

Whooo Friday!

friends happy

  • Today’s Friday is super short for me, we are heading out of town to good ol’ Parkersburg WV today for Molly’s baby shower!
  • We started popcorn ceiling removal in our dining room over Thanksgiving, but we also got suuuper lazy with it and did like one step of the process per day.  That resulted in us painting the ceiling at night this week, which has been just the absolute worst.  Having to do shit other than make dinner and work out in the evenings after work depresses me like whoa.  What about MY TIME.  When do I get to laze about and READ and WATCH TV.

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  • So, obviously, I skipped working out at all this week to preserve my TV watching time.  Between that and being sick, I’ve taken an unplanned two weeks off of working out.  I’m starting to actually feel bad about it, so I’m committing myself to picking back up my LG/running plan next week.
  • I should REALLY feel bad about it because Krista and I signed up for the Shamrock Half Marathon in March.  What is wrong with us?
  • We are in the process of planning a trip to Asheville this December between Christmas and New Year’s with two of our best friends!  I have never been to Asheville so suggestions and tips are very welcome.  Our current list of things to do looks like this: 1. Beer 2. More beer 3. Maybe see some mountains? 4. Beer Beer Beer.
  • I made this recipe this week, it was so good!  Nick refers to it as “fancy hamburger helper” (side eye), but it’s much better than that would imply and used up a ton of stuff that we already had.  I think I only had to buy Rotel and cilantro.  I used ground beef instead of turkey since we have so much, but only used a pound vs 1.3 pounds.
  • I finished the Outlander TV show season one! (I love how in every Friday post I complain and having no time to watch TV and read and then proceed to blather about everything I’ve watched and read.  In my defense, I watched 90% of the season over Thanksgiving time off.)  It was really good, I was nervous that I wouldn’t like it as much as the book, which is why I put off watching it for so long, but it was really awesome.

What are you watching/reading?  Any fun trips coming up for the end of the year?

Grand Caymans: May 2015

Alternate titles: A Snorkeling Review from Someone who Loathes Snorkeling


Exactly How Many Sea Creatures is Felicia Afraid of and How Can We Increase That Number?

Whew, I really did not plan to take a week off of blogging but between having a cold, a wedding, and the holidays, here we are.  Today I’m recapping a trip we took in May, then I’ll do a Savannah, GA girls weekend recap, and then on to Greece!

We originally started to plan a trip with Nick’s brother and sister-in-law in April of last year.  The initial plan was that they would come down here to Wilmington over Memorial Day to hang out, go to the beach and the pool, grill out, etc.  The plan quickly evolved into “well, maybe we can take a few days off too and drive to Florida from here for a weekend at a different beach” to “well, flights to the Caribbean are actually pretty cheap for that week” to “well, how about we do a week in Grand Cayman?”.  This was all planned out via text while Garrett was at work away from his phone, so he left work with a long weekend visit to his brother’s and came home to a week long vacation in the Caymans.  Luckily he’s a trooper and was down for whatever.

We didn’t have a ton of time for planning, since we only decided on the trip at about a month out, so we quickly booked our tickets and an apartment on VRBO (this one, to be specific).  For this vacation, we decided to rent a car, for several reasons.  A couple of the things we wanted to do were spread out and we would have paid just as much in transfers and taxis than to just rent a car.  We also thought it would be hilarious to watch Garrett navigate driving on the other side of the road, complete with turning into the wrong lane and constantly mixing up the blinker and windshield wipers (AND IT WAS).

We also came up with a list of things we wanted to do:

  • Snorkeling (can’t say this was high on my list, due to a previous snorkeling attempt that ended in a meltdown for me, but hey I go with the flow)
  • Turtle Farm
  • Hell
  • Rum Point
  • Stingray City (again…not my cup of tea but never say I’m not a team player)
  • Relaxing (my favorite)
  • Drinking (my 2nd favorite)

We didn’t have to do much else to prep for this trip.  English is the spoken language, they use the same plug type as America.  We already owned snorkel gear from a previous trip to the Caribbean (I would definitely recommend getting your own if you don’t already have some.  Ours were like $25 from TJ Maxx and were much nicer than the rentals given on excursions).  One thing we did purchase were waterproof phone cases, and we were really glad that we did.  We were able to take pics in the water of each other and the fish while we were snorkeling.  The guys even took videos of snorkeling they did without us, and it was cool to watch those when they got back.

View from the plane


Garrett and Molly arrived on the island before us, so they were able to get the rental car, check in to the condo and pick us up from the airport.  On our way back from the airport, we stopped at the grocery store to get supplies for the week.  It was also conveniently located next to a liquor store.  We had read before the trip that beer is insanely expensive in the Caymans but we still experienced a little sticker shock at seeing the $35 price tag on a 24-pack of local beer.  We (stupidly) decided that we would just drink liquor drinks all week to SAVE MONEY!  We got a mix of alcohol and some mixers, and also stocked up on breakfast and lunch items (we planned to go out to dinners). Yeah, we ended up going back out for several $35 cases of beer throughout the trip.  These oldies can’t handle their liquor like we used to.

After the store, we headed to the condo.  The condo we stayed in is part of the Regal Beach Club complex, and I really can’t recommend it enough.  We were thrilled with the place, and most importantly, with the associated beach.  Regal Beach Club is located along Seven Mile Beach on the west side of the island.

Source: Wikipedia

We chose this area because it’s well populated and has a ton of stuff (grocery stores, restaurants, shops, etc) within walking distance.  The beach was particularly nice.  White sand beaches with calm, deep, blue waters.  The whole package.  Seven Mile beach has a lot of condos and hotels all along the water, but I biasedly think our area was the nicest.  The Regal Beach Club wasn’t super packed and we always had plenty of chairs to pick from, no matter what time of day we went down to the beach.  Our beach chairs were well spread out and uncrowded, especially compared to the Marriott next door.

After we put away groceries, explored the condo and made drinks, we headed down to the beach.  As mentioned above, the beach and water were amazing and we stayed in the water until dark.  This kind of became our daily routine, in the mornings the guys would go find a snorkeling spot and Molly and I would sit on the patio and drink our coffee and chat for about two hours (I love not doing anything productive in the mornings until I’ve had several cups of coffee, which Nick hates because he’s always raring to go.  This was so nice!) before heading down to the beach.  We would all eventually meet up at the beach and then go inside for lunch.  The afternoons would be more hanging out in the water, drinks, and occasionally exploring somewhere else.  Then we’d all get ready and head out for dinner.

Since the days are all pretty similar and kind of run together, I decided to just recap stuff that we did, rather than a day by day.


  • Coconut Joe’s – We had a great experience here, loved the coconut shrimp, the Caribbean Chop salad, and the Rasta Pasta!  Definitely recommend
Me and Nick at Coconut Joe’s! 
Garrett and Molly
  • Ragazzi Restaurante & Pizzeria – This might have been mine and Molly’s favorite restaurant of the week.  I wouldn’t have expected to find such amazing Italian food in the Caymans, but there you go.  We especially liked the blue crab spring roll, the seafood linguine, pepperoni pizza and fried zucchini.  The crab ravioli also looked amazing, we didn’t get it, but definitely would have if we went back (which we were totally planning on doing).

  • Cimboco – We actually didn’t love Cimboco.  I got the banana leaf snapper which was ok, but Garrett got the Cayman margherita pizza, and it was pretty weak.  It reminded me of a frozen cheese pizza :/  Don’t recommend.
  • Pepper’s Bar and Grill – We went here the first night in search of some ‘authentic’ Caribbean food and this place did not disappoint.  We got pretty much all of the “jerk” offerings (chicken, pork and pork sausage) and we loved them all!
  • XQ pizza – only half of us went here one night, while the other half of us were either passed out, or wandering alone on the beach all liquored up and then crying while watching a wedding at the next door Marriott.  Not naming any names here.  But apparently the pizza was fantastic.
  • Alfresco – We went here our last night, it was tough to make it during the week since we had to drive and usually nobody was sober enough to do so, but we were taking it easy due to travel the next day.  We loved this place!  We couldn’t get enough conch and tried the marinated conch and conch fritters.  We were all surprised to like the marinated conch the best.  I also got the house made gnocchi, which was AMAZING.  So soft and fluffy.  The fish and chips were also pretty delicious.


As mentioned above, snorkeling is NOT my favorite thing to do, because I’m a huge baby about creepy things touching me in the water, so I was definitely apprehensive about how much snorkeling we would be doing on this trip.  Nick and Garrett are pretty well obsessed with snorkeling and spent most mornings (apparently mornings are a good time to go, because more fish are out?) checking out nearby spots.  Molly and I snorkeled close to our hotel and particularly enjoyed going from shore near our hotel and the neighboring Marriott.


Marriott Reef Balls –  If you are nearby, these are totally worth checking out!  This was my favorite spot (take that with a grain of salt since I don’t actually love snorkeling), mostly because the reef balls were so far down and I could just swim over the top without actually getting close to anything.

Governor’s Beach – Nick said this was a good “beginner’s” site for snorkeling.  Nothing too crazy but certainly some cool stuff to see.

Devil’s Grotto / Eden Rock – This was their favorite snorkel site of the week.  There are two parts to it, Devil’s Grotto is to the left and is more cave-y, and Eden Rock is to the right and is more like a coral reef.  The water is really deep and it had more fish than they saw at other sites.  They had a close encounter with a large tarpon fish, which scared them both pretty well, but later we found out that they are harmless!  They just like to get close and check you out.  I would have absolutely panicked haha.



Rum Point – this area was fun, it had great scenery and we enjoyed the lunch we had here.  But it was also frustrating that we couldn’t bring our own food and drink and the watery was murky and had a lot of sea grass.  If you are close by or it works into your plans, I would say check it out, but don’t go out of your way.  I’d say we give it about a 3 (out of 5).

Stingray City – I think everyone (except me) was most excited for this excursion during our trip.  We used Acquarius Tours, which is highly rated on Trip Advisor.  Our tour consisted of a stop at Coral Gardens, Starfish Point and Stingray City.  I was most scared of the stingrays, clearly, but I surprised even myself and had to be coaxed into holding the starfish as well.  Who gets uncomfortable around a f*&$ing starfish?  My lameness knows no bounds.  Overall though, the tour was really good, we got plenty of snacks and the operators were really cool and hilarious.  I even liked the snorkeling, since again, most things were really far away and I could float and watch from far above.

My one gem of advice would be, when they start feeding the stingrays, if you are at all apprehensive get back on that damn boat.  It becomes a vicious feeding frenzy and stingrays come out of NOWHERE and start bumping into you and flapping and pulling up their gross little suction mouths.  Those sounds will haunt me in my dreams.  Some of us (again, not saying who) made a complete ass out of themselves and was screaming and running (a big no-no around stingrays as they can settle in the sand and you would step on them) until Nick grabbed them and tried to shuffle them back to the boat while taking all of the stingray bumps.  Horrifying.  But everyone else who is not lame REALLY loved it!  And I really don’t regret the trip, getting back on the boat sooner is the only thing I would do differently.

Snorkel Cayman Islands
Clutching onto Nick’s hand for dear life
Snorkel Cayman Islands
Things to do in Grand Cayman
No seriously, you guys handle the starfish, I’ll just stand here…
Things to do in Grand Cayman
Ok fine…I will touch one
Sure they LOOK adorable but they have little suction things underneath that stick to your hand. That’s creepy right?
Vicious predators lurking about
Molly being much braver than I. The guide came over to me with the stingray and I was basically GOD NO
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Not terrified at all
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Putting on a brave face
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Oh…we are kissing these things…all right I guess….
Stingray City Grand Cayman
NOPE. Do not like.
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Sane people
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Just for clarity’s sake, Molly also panicked when the feeding frenzy occured. Don’t let this smile fool you.

Turtle Farm – this was one of my favorite things that we did while in the Caymans, I think this is must-do if you are staying on Grand Cayman.  You can see turtles of all sizes and feed them.  You are also able to get into a tank and hold some, which was really fun.

When they come up to breathe, they do this gasping thing which is adorable.


This one slapping away at Molly
I made Nick pick up all the turtles and then I would just jump in for the picture
This is (hopefully) the least flattering picture I will ever post of myself, but it’s too hilarious. The turtle started FREAKING OUT right when I was getting close for the picture. He was slapping up a storm.  And I love Molly creeping around in the background looking for turtles.
Yay he’s calm
I liked feeding them from afar. This is fine.


Hell- Hell is a group of dark limestone formations on the island.  Seeing them was really cool, and this was maybe a 15 minute stop on our way back from the Turtle Farm.  There is also a post office here so you can send a postcard to someone from “Hell” if they’ve really pissed you off recently.  Definitely worth a stop if you are close by!

This is the first trip where we went to the Caribbean and didn’t do an all-inclusive.  We loved doing it this way!  I was worried that the logistics of getting our own food and drink would be annoying, but it really wasn’t and you have more control over the quality of everything.  The beaches were also less crowded and we didn’t have to be up at 7 am to go reserve a decent chair for the day.  This was seriously one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever been on.  So relaxing in fact, that half of us (won’t say who) went home with a special gift in tow:


We all agreed  that this was a great trip, and one that we would repeat.  Our current plan is to do it every five years!