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March 28th 2011
Published: March 28th 2011
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Wes’s diligent internet research found us the Red Gate Farm RV Park. The major selling point for us was proximity to town (it’s only 8 minutes from the center of Savannah). But, it gets an A++++ in so many categories; I am going to post more about it; and The Mackey House in a separate blog. The Mackey House is the adjacent event venue (think destination weddings/corporate events) with real southern flair.

This is our third trip into Savannah. We once came for a day trip by water taxi from Hilton Head and once did a trolley tour and a few museums and restaurants. This time we had four days. The photos tell the tale of this great stop as we slowly work our way home.

Many thanks to Bob and Allison (Thurmond) Smith who moved to The Landings a gorgeous community on Skidaway Island some years ago. They gave us some great ideas (45 Bistro in the Marshall Hotel downtown and Rock on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel near City Hall and the Riverwalk) and gave us a great tour and lunch at one of the golf clubs at the Landings. Some of my AMA friends from
Apple BlossomsApple BlossomsApple Blossoms

The shrubs abloom in Savannah were breath taking! Azalea, dogwood, wisteria, and apple and cherry blossoms were brilliant. Anemones were nodding colorfully in gardens all over town!
the “founding days” will remember Allison.

We probably surprised ourselves by being more “settled” and spending more time at the RV site. We had work to catch up on and the setting was conducive to “taking it down a notch!” Very serene!

Tybee Island, is Savannah's beach district. It has a historic lighthouse, a nice beach, nice restaurants, and t-shirt stands and souvenier shops typical to beach districts. The commercial district was well and good; but it is the beautiful marshes with long docks and lots of birds that remind us of Forest Gump and The Pelican Brief."

Our stop near Pawley's Island at Lichfield by the Sea was personally rewarding as we spent time with a second cousin I recently met via FaceBook. Marilyn and Bob and Wes and I hit it off beautifully and we enjoyed their gracious hospitality. Marilyn and I had fun doing some geneology research and we enjoyed a relaxing Sunday "at home." It's the first we have been in a real home and had a homecooked meal in going on 7 weeks. We also got a taste of wonderful local seafood as Bob's guest at Nance's Creekside Restaurant in Murrell's Inlet.
City Hall, Savannah, GeorgiaCity Hall, Savannah, GeorgiaCity Hall, Savannah, Georgia

This, like Schenectady's, is a picture post card City Hall


We are postponing our trip to the Outer Banks, a French meal at Kim & Eric Masson's Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bar (Little River, SC) and the delights of Brookgreen Gardens near Huntington Beach State Park for next fall. Unfortunately, after all of the beautiful weather, Mother Nature is turning against us. The weather is too "iffy" for the beaches and ferry crossings in our planned itinerary. Bob and Marilyn want us to meet up again when we next pass through.

We're heading for Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park, MD for a few days in Washington, DC. Hoping the rain, wind, and snow don't ruin the Cherry Blossom Festival.


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Harper Foulkes HouseHarper Foulkes House
Harper Foulkes House

Love the symmetry of the double curved stairs.
"Gophers" Praline Candy in Process"Gophers" Praline Candy in Process
"Gophers" Praline Candy in Process

Market Square is a nice two block pedestrian stretch with tons of restaurants, galleries, boutiques and this candy store / ice cream parlor.
Pete the Cat ArtPete the Cat Art
Pete the Cat Art

James Dean's "Pete the Cat" art at the A.T. Hun Gallery is so commical. Loved the work of gallery owner, artist Chuck Hamilton!
Market SquareMarket Square
Market Square

This was our first visit to centrally located Market Square in Savannah! Many nice restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Market Square PlanterMarket Square Planter
Market Square Planter

I am going to let my purple cabbage go to seed, now that I know how nice and spikey the yellow flowers are!
WisteriaWisteria
Wisteria

Our wisteria at home might just bloom for the first time this year - getting a little anxious for home!
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Late Lunch at Paula Deen's

This was quite the meal. Delicious true Southern fare including fried and roasted chicken, pork chops, grits, gravy, collard greens, black eyed peas, lima beans, and more! The lunch buffet was $13 and included salad and dessert. Our reservation was at 2:30 so it was a very satisfying late lunch / early dinner!
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Lady & Sons Buffet

Another reason to never say never! My well documented avoidance of buffets took the back burner at Lady & Sons - Paula Deen has to be the best (next to Mrs. Wilkes) in presenting southern fare. We were there close to the end of a shift and noticed tons of food left on the steam table - then we realized why - staffers were filling "to go" boxes to bring the excess chicken et al home for dinner.
The Back Porch Owens Thomas HouseThe Back Porch Owens Thomas House
The Back Porch Owens Thomas House

A "door gate" was left ajar inviting a peek at the parterre garden and back porch of this historic mansion.
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45 Bistro, Marshall House, Savannah

We met Alison and Bob for drinks here. The art throughout Savannah is amazing. Savannah College of Art & Design has had a huge affect on the town. Art and artists everywhere!
The Rock on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel!The Rock on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel!
The Rock on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel!

Fun night spot in Savannah with an incredible 360 view of the harbor and the city.
Joanne, Allison, & BobJoanne, Allison, & Bob
Joanne, Allison, & Bob

Wes took this at one of the two marinas at The Landings. It's on the inland waterwway. It's quite the lifestyle these two have choosen!
View From Uncle BubbaView From Uncle Bubba
View From Uncle Bubba

Love the view of the marsh grasses! LOOOOONG docks with nice boathouses at the very end.
The Crab Shack Tybee IslandThe Crab Shack Tybee Island
The Crab Shack Tybee Island

We didn't eat here as we had a coupon for a free appetizer with an entree at Uncle Bubba's. I ordered the entree, 1 dozen big juicy Parmesean Roasted Oysters and Wes ordered the entree (The Big Bubba). The oysters ($12) were free!
Tybee Lighthouse - Great View Tybee Lighthouse - Great View
Tybee Lighthouse - Great View

We climbed and we climbed and we climbed! Well worth it; great view!
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Roofy - Atop Marilyn & Bob's Son's Beach House

The "land yacht" wasn't allowed where Marilyn and Bob live; so they came up with a plan for us to park it at their son and daughter in law's nearby (and way cool) beach house.
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Wade Tour Bus - A Touch of Home

It's fun to happen upon something so familiar when we are visiting other cities. Here's a little bit of Schenectady in Savannah.


29th March 2011
Tybee Lighthouse - Great View

Tybee
I am so jealous!! Tybee, Savannah, Charleston...some of my favorite places on earth! I used to get down there a couple of times a year. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous this time of year. Dogwood, camellias, azaleas...I miss them so much!
29th March 2011

Jealosy Not Allowed
Please don't be jealous - what great memories you have of this wonderful area. I know, Wes and I are so lucky! Plan a trip soon!

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