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During July and August, when sweet and juicy white and yellow peaches are in season, I get more excited than a twelve-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. Not only are peaches delicious, they are full of vitamin C, fiber, and folic acid. So when I came across a stall brimming with beautifully-hued, tender peaches at the farmers’ market, I impulsively bought eight pounds.

When I chose my peaches I made sure to pick the ones that smelled sweet and were slightly firm, but not hard. I also avoided peaches that had deep cuts, were heavily bruised, or mushy. Although most of the peaches I picked were ripe, a few were unripe so I planned on placing them in a brown paper bag and leaving them outside for a day or two when I got home. The ethylene gases that the peaches release makes the fruit ripen faster.

Because the peaches I bought were so aromatic, I ate two on my way home. I also ate one before dinner and had another for breakfast. But by late afternoon, I realized that I had nearly six pounds left and they were going to go bad if I didn’t do something with them since peaches tend to last only three to five days in the fridge.

Normally, when I have a lot of fruit left over, I just make a pie. But since I’m afraid my drawstring pants will start cutting off my circulation if I eat any more pie, I decided to forego the idea. In a moment of weakness, however, I flirted with the idea of using all my peaches to make a cobbler instead (hey, it’s technically not a pie), but in the end I came up with five ways to eat peaches…without making a pie or cobbler.

Grilled

I love a fancy dessert as much as the next person, if not more, but grilled peaches make a simple and wonderful dessert. Grilling peaches adds a smoky quality to the fruit that enhances its sweetness. Simply cut the peaches in half, pit them, brush them with softened butter and grill them face-down over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Turn them over and cook for another couple of minutes, or until they are soft. Grilled peaches tastes great with ice cream or topped with yogurt and honey. Pork and gamey meats like duck also go well with grilled peaches.

In a Salsa

Once upon a time salsa was made only with tomatoes, but now there are more kinds of salsa than there are past judges of American Idol. Fruit salsas are especially appealing because the acidity of lime balances the sweetness of almost any fruit. Peach and avocado salsa is by far my favorite fruit salsa. Because peaches are firm, they hold their shape well, while the avocados add a nice creaminess to the salsa. I like to serve the peach and avocado salsa with pan-seared pork, but it also tastes great with chicken, fish, shrimp, or chips.

Added to a Salad

During the sweltering months of July and August, most of us would rather sit through a bad date with a pez-collecting actuary than turn on our oven, so we end up eating a lot of salads. Break up the monotony of your salads though, by tossing in freshly sliced peaches. My favorite salad is a combination of slightly bitter and peppery arugula, a simple vinaigrette, and shaved Pecorino Romano. For a little protein, throw in some toasted walnuts or grilled chicken.

Poached

When peaches are poached, good things happen. The peaches are infused with the wonderful flavors of their poaching liquid and become incredibly tender. Try poaching peaches in simple syrup with a cinnamon stick and star anise. You can also try a slightly more sophisticated version, peaches poached with Cava and vanilla.

In a Sandwich or on a Burger

Sandwiches are also another perfect way to avoid turning on your oven during the summer. Instead of eating your peaches alongside your sandwich, why not add the peaches to your sandwich. The sweet and salty combination of prosciutto, ricotta, and peaches on focaccia are perfect for any meal or you can try a grilled cheese sandwich made of havarti cheese and peaches on pumpernickel. Another great sandwich is thinly sliced peaches, smoked ham, and watercress on a baguette.


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites:


Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

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Savannah, GA: Top 5 Things To See & Do

Savannah, Georgia has always been on my bucket list of Southern cities to see. I have dreamed of those long-bearded Georgia live oaks bending, twisting, hanging low over brick-lined paths and quaint streets full of history and charm for years. To be honest, as the Southern girl I am, I’ve felt a little red-faced that I had never been. I mean, wasn’t it some sort of obligation at this point? To visit the city that breathed time, romance, and mystery all at the same time? One our oldest cities?

This summer I finally got my chance. I jumped at it. And Savannah did not disappoint.

Savannah offers plenty for travelers who want to wander arm in arm through the city’s tree-lined streets, historic parks and homes. Established in 1733, Savannah is home to both Revolutionary and Civil War history. Its historic district is easily walkable with a small community feel, seemingly shielded from the rest of the world by curtains of moss and leaves.

But it still manages to maintain a distinct air of sophistication, due largely in part to Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD dominates much of the historical district, bringing new life and second chances to many of the 100+ year old homes and buildings. You can see its influence in the fashion, food, and atmosphere of the many prim little shops and boutiques that line the streets.

With strong roots in the past and a face toward the future, Savannah is a Southern belle at her finest.

Below is a list of our top 5 must-see’s and do’s from our inaugural trip. We researched and read a lot before going. Sampled a bit of everything while there. And narrowed it down to these top 5 favorites. We focused on the free (or almost free) with the exception of our eats, of course. We do have priorities, you know.

#5 -Wander the Savannah Squares

Take some time to tour the squares. They are the heart of Savannah, and you pretty much have your pick of how you would like to do this. There are trolley tours, carriage rides, bike taxis, and walking tours. We grabbed a map and a downloadable app on our phones and struck out on our own.

Originally laid out on a grid that centered around 4 squares by the city’s first mayor James Oglethorpe when he founded the city and the 13th colony of Georgia, the city now boasts 22 squares. Each square has its own monument or fountain, manicured green space, brick paths, and is surrounded by charming churches, historic homes, shops, and museums.

If you don’t have time to tour all 22 squares. Try Madison, Chippewa, Wright, Monterrey, and Johnson for a good overview of what Savannah has to offer. I personally am quite fond of Reynolds, Orleans, and Lafayette too!

#4 -Eat Dessert

Eat other things too, of course. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Two of our favorite places in Savannah were LuLu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream.

LuLu’s has been voted best desserts in Savannah 10 years in a row! All of their cakes, pies, and treats are house made and absolutely indulgent.

Heaven help me. We indulged twice.

Their goat cheese and fig jam cheesecake was hands down one of the most fantastic things I have ever wrapped my lips around. It’s seasonal, so make sure to ask about their seasonal specials. We can also vouch for the dark chocolate coconut cake, chocolate peanut butter pie, and key lime coconut pie.

Leopold’s Ice Cream quickly became another one of our favorites. (Ok. Sigh. We might have done this one twice too.) Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by 3 brothers from Greece, and some of their recipes remain unchanged today. As a matter of fact, one of my faves, the lemon custard ice cream is an original, untouched 1919 recipe. I also recommend the coconut, Savannah honey & almonds, and dark chocolate with Habanero sugar. (You can buy the same Habanero sugar Leopold’s uses at Savannah’s The Salt Table . After tasting it, we just had to and I can’t wait to use it on some slices peaches or maybe fudge!)

Savannah’s restaurant scene tends more to the chef-driven or touristy spots. As we are mostly ones to haunt local dives and hole-in-the-walls, so we had to change our strategy a bit.

One exception was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah standard. Mrs. Wilkes serves southern-style comfort food- fried chicken, greens, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and the like. It was spot on authentic, served boarding house style. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only, and be prepared to stand in line. We arrived at 10AM so that we could be ready when they opened the doors at 11.

#3 -Make Time for Tybee

Tybee Island hosts Savannah’s beach life. A great place for collecting sand dollars and watching dolphins, Tybee Island harkens back to a time that moved at a slower pace. As a result, ditch your car. The best way to get around Tybee is by golf cart or on a bike.

Bike rentals for the day are inexpensive. We rented cruisers and toured the 3 mile island, pedaling through parks, cottage-lined streets, past salt water marshes, and even on the beach itself. Trikes and tandem bikes are also available. You can tour the working light house (originally built in 1736), watch freighters head out to sea, and wade in the head waters where Tybee Creek meets the Atlantic.

#2 -Journey Through Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery may seem like an odd addition to a top 5 touring list, but Bonaventure holds the title of one of the most hauntingly beautiful graveyards in the world. It has considerable historical significance, is rich with lore, and in some respects seems more mysterious secret garden than final resting place.

Situated on a bluff of the Wilmington River on the original land of the Bonaventure plantation, the 14.3 acres of Bonaventure’s historic cemetery is landscaped with untamed ancient palms, azaleas, bearded live oaks, and magnolias. But the real allure are the sculptures, monuments, and architecture softly patina-ed by weather and time.

The cemetery was founded in 1846. But since many of its residents were relocated to Bonaventure as soon as it opened, many of the headstones and markers date back much earlier.

A note here. The need for bug spray is the real deal at Bonaventure. A few bugs here and there don’t bother us. Living in the South, they come with the territory. But the warning for repellent is not just for those who can’t stand a mosquito or two. The mosquitoes are abundant enough to carry you, your spouse, and at least one small child clean away.

#1 -Picnic in the Park

Make plans to spend at least one evening with a picnic in Forsyth Park or one of Savannah’s squares mentioned above. Let’s face it. Savannah is great. It’s great for girls’ trips. It’s great for shopping. It’s great for history and sightseeing. But most of all, Savannah is just downright romantic.

What to take on your picnic? Most restaurants will deliver takeout right to your hotel. So plan ahead to call in your order. The grab that takeout bag, a picnic quilt, and head out just before sunset. Plan to spend the whole evening. Of all the things you do in Savannah, slowing down a bit and just enjoying the perfect setting and the one you traveled with will be the thing you remember the most.

Want to read about another one of the South’s great cities and other things the South has to offer? Try these ASD favorites: