Savannah, GA {Window Shopping}

Happy Friday! I think I still may be in a little bit of denial that my vacation is over, thus waiting like a month to tell you about the fantabulous shopping looking I did in Savannah. But today is the day your suspense ends (ha!) Let’s go shopping, shall we?

We spent a day in Savannah. It’s about an hour drive from Hilton Head and while it is completely worth it, one day is no where near enough. We still packed in as much as we could, which was a lot.

First stop and 99% of our purpose in Savannah: The Lady and Sons. I heart Paula so much and let me tell you her restaurant is well worth all the hype.

I made our reservation three weeks in advance. I have no idea if that was necessary but I made mine as soon as I had the date. Being in Savannah and not eating at Paula’s is like going to Disney World and not seeing the mouse- translation: sin.

We arrived a bit early and way hungry and they actually could seat us ahead of our reservation time- all the way up on the third floor. This place is serious. Everything is just so pretty. They even put a little sprig of mint in your tea. You know Paula likes to add “vegetables” where ever she can. Let me make it easy for you to decide what you want here…I’m not a fan of buffets but this place is not your average buffet. Get it, trust me. You get a choice of 3 desserts: Peach Cobbler, Banana pudding or… Gooey Butter Cake. Yes, please. Delish.

The Lady and Son’s is delicious and the service is even better. The entire staff is so warm, happy and helpful- from the gift shop, to the servers, to the bus boys. The famous “Jelly Roll” who is responsible for the bisuits and hoe-cakes even stopped by to see how we liked it. This really is southern hospitality at it’s finest. (let the record show, I love Paula’s cooking, but my mama still beats her on EVERYTHING!) So now it’s time for my second favorite past time (eating being #1) SHOPPING. Savannah’s shopping is almost as good as their food. I didn’t do much buying, but I did some serious browsing.

Savannah Bee Company was new to me. It’s on Broughton Street and absolutely beautiful. They have everything you can imagine made from honey and lots of samples that I couldn’t handle. Did you see what I ate right before? The door is actually what made me go in. How beautiful is this? Continuing down Broughton Street, we stopped at Clipper Trading Company housed an old store. The current stock is far from $.50 and $1.00 but it was beautiful. Just look at the rich details. Just down the street I found Villa Savannah. I loved everthing in there. If there was room in the car, this all would have been MINE!For bonus points, I actaully have these! I got then at Marshalls ($4.99!) and they’re on the gallery wall. And now for our feature presentation: I’ve only been to Savannah one other time, but that’s all it took to fall head-over-heels for the Paris Market. Here are just a few of my favorites…While I love the Paris Market, clearly, it is a bit expensive for me. I did bring home just a little something that you will see soon enough. I know the suspense will kill you :)

Off of Broughton Street, near the heart of SCAD I found this amazing little fabric store. Fabrika I wanted a yard of everything, but left empty handed. The embroidery hoop trend is one that I have not embraced, but after seeing their take on it, I may become a believer.

Whew! I warned you we packed a whole lot into our day! And guess what- that was not everything. There is still more to share, but I’ll wait for another day. You’re welcome :)

Have you been to Savannah? What’s your favorite spot and have you tried Paula’s Fried Chicken? Put it on your list for sure! Happy drooling :)

Home Sweet Vacation {Condo Crashing}

As promised, I wanted to show you our little vacation rental, but first the story of how we ended up there. You should know that spontaneity is not a language I speak fluently, so you can imagine how long I researched to find the perfect place to lay our heads for vacation. I searched and searched and searched for weeks. We knew we wanted a few things…

  1. Hilton Head Area
  2. On the beach- not a short walk, not across the street, ON the beach was my non-negotiable and it had to be the real Atlantic, not the Bay or a marsh or anything but the ocean with sand, saltwater and waves.
  3. Affordable
  4. Not furnished from grandma’s basement and yard sales.

Hilton head is a strange (but wonderful!) beach area. Parts are very old (see #4) and the newer stuff seems to be either way out of our price range or off the beach. There are several different beaches within the island and I looked at them all. 49 times each.

After searching VRBO about a bajillion times I finally ran across a little potential gem. It was on Forrest Beach (an old part) but had been totally renovated and looked really nice. A few emails and phone calls with the owner and it appeared we had our place.

For me, finding something on VRBO was a bit of a stretch. I haven’t been there or seen it myself so I just had to trust that it was exactly what it said it was. One of the benefits that I didn’t realize at the time is having direct contact to the owner of the place. As soon as we paid for the room, Charlene sent us detailed instructions, a parking pass, and even a list of restaurants she loves there (complete with recommendations, contacts and a map). It was a dream come true for a planner like me!

When we arrived on Friday afternoon, after the official “check-in” time, we found almost exactly what the pictures showed us. Almost is the key word there. After being on the road for EIGHT HOURS there were no sheets on the bed, dirty towels in the floor and evidence that the cleaning crew missed their job.

It was a little disappointing, but remember how I told you it was so nice to have access to the owner? I picked up the phone and the owners took care of us. They got someone there immediately who thoroughly cleaned the place and it was picture perfect in a little over an hour. Was that a perfect way to start a vacation? No way, but I like to judge true customer service by what happens when there is a problem and they more than passed. Both Charlene and her husband were so apologetic and even offered us a later check-out. And we had a gorgeous beach to waste the time at, so who’s complaining?

So, we’re in, it’s clean, let’s talk about the place. First of all, it’s teeny. Teeny Tiny. Please forgive the bad lighting, but I took a picture standing the far wall looking the opposite direction. Teeny.

Technically, 4 people could stay here but I would NOT advise it but it was just fine for two people who like each other.

The listing was very accurate, it had been recently renovated and it was sooo homey and cute. The walls were a pale grey-blue and it was appropriately beachy. The warm wood tones on the laminate floor really balanced out all the cool and beachy tones.

You actually walk in through the bedroom (see picture on the right above). Storage space was plentiful in this little place. There were THREE closets which we used to corral our junk (have I ever told you I’m a compulsive over packer?) and there were cute little hooks everywhere. I never knew how helpful that was until staying here. I hung about everything from a hook!

Just beyond the bedroom is the bathroom. What makes this space is the finishes. Look at the tile in the shower. So pretty!Lots more upgraded finishes…… and lots more hooks!
They continued the same flooring, wall color and big crown moulding throughout. The kitchen, living and dining area are combined into the larger of the teeny areas. The kitchen has great finishes just like the bath.As you move to the right of the kitchen, you find the eating area and TV. I just love the accessories and color here! All of the rattan furniture has the same blue finish and the couch ties in perfectly. And the view wasn’t too bad either. I’m not sure how much they DIYed (if any) or where everything actually came from but I spied a few items that I have seen at TJ Maxx and Marshalls (comforter, pillows, lamps, accessories).They may or may not have painted the furniture, but I think that is a brilliant way to still have that beachy vibe, but modernize it a bit. The crown moulding was one of my favorites. If we ever get to add it to our house, I want it big and chunky like this. It makes such a statement!

After five short nights we had to pack it all up and head back to our real home sweet here, but it was such a great vacation. Teeny as it was, this was a wonderful place to call home for a few days. Now when can I go back?

Have you had any good VRBO happy ending stories? What’s your favorite way to find a vacation spot? Oh, and one more question… When can I go back?

Friday, Oh Friday…

Happy Friday, friends! It’s kind of a bittersweet day around here because it is Friday, the weather is fabulously fallish and we’re off work, but it’s our last vacation day and Monday means a return to normalcy- work and all. Ouch.

I mentioned last week that while I was so ready for Fall, there was still a bit of summer left and that is just where we have been…

ahhh!

I was in college the last time I went on a real beach vacation and the last longer-than-a-weekend trip Robb and I went on was our honeymoon. We were due a very relaxing fun time away so we saved our pennies (actually our tax return, same thing) and we packed up for five days at Hilton Head. It was awesome and wonderful and I want to go back. Stat.

We stayed in a super cute, but super teeny little condo right on Forrest Beach, spent a day in Savannah (not enough, but we packed a lot in the day and on our plates at the Lady and Sons!), and enjoyed a few days of doing nothing but laying around on the beach and figuring out where to go for dinner. Seriously, can I go back? Please?

As I pause to wipe the tear from my eye, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that, thanks to my fabulous vacation I have lots to share next week! Like a little window shopping in Savannah, a view inside that cute little condo that has just been totally redecorated and approximately 500 pictures of the sunrise on the beach. Just kidding on that last one. I may have taken about 500 pictures of the sunrise alone, but I promise not to share more than 200 ;)

AND tomorrow marks the first day of FALL so I am ecstatic to add some fall cheer around here. It’s my favorite. Fall and Smiling :)

As I mourn vacations come and gone and look forward to my most favorite season of all I hope you have a great weekend. Go plant a mum or buy a pumpkin!

It’s Not My Fault…

… I blame the Pacific Time Zone, the Olympics, Harper Lee and Apple.

I’m a very, very bad blogger. The worst ever. So bad that this is about the bajillionth time I’ve started a post like this and I haven’t even been at this for a year, but really it’s not all my fault this time.

I had two work trips- one being to DuPont, Washington and that time change did not agree with me one bit. I’ve been to Seattle a couple of times but this was my first trip to venture a bit south and I think it may be prettier than Seattle. I didn’t get to enjoy it much because of their crazy traffic, my crazy tiredness due to the stupid Pacific time zone and facilitating all day #introvertneedstorecharge but we had dinner in Olympia one evening and here is how gorgeous it was.

And when you’re driving in on I-5 (perhaps the worst interstate I’ve ever encountered. Sorry Washingtonians, your traffic is all kinds of awful. Even my coworker from Atlanta said it was worse. We’re considering getting Tshirts that say “I Survived I-5,”) you catch these little glimpses of Mt. Ranier. I love Tennessee and I think it’s beautiful in it’s own way but I honestly think this is the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the country I have been to. Even with the worst interstate ever.

Not the best pictures ever from the backseat of a car in the middle of rush hour with an iPhone that is on it’s last leg, but you get the point. Ah-Mazing.

And I must show you these HUGE potted plants at the restaurant. Must copy these!

And then there were the Olympics. It’s kind of hard to write something brilliant when you’re glued to the TV every night. And by “glued to the TV,” I mean, I fell asleep on the couch every night watching the Olympics but would conveniently wake up to see the US win gold and feel like I saw everything. Missy Franklin is my new hero. Call me, Missy.

And I’m also following through with one of my personal goals: Rereading To Kill A Mockingbird. I think that book is better every time I read it. I also think I may change my name to Scout.

And just this weekend I realized a little issue with my bajillion year old, love of my life MacBook. The battery is done. Stick a fork in it. It only functions when plugged up which in theory is just fine but if you own a MacBook you know how easily it unplugs as a safety feature. Now that feature kills everything. #saveeverythreeseconds

So there is my laundry list of excuses of why I cannot get everything done. You see it’s not my fault one bit. It’s also not my fault that my house is a mess, Avery needs a bath and my to do list is longer than my to do time and money. But I’ll get there eventually. And until then, here’s a cute little picture of Avery snuggling.