Georgia is such a beautiful place- I blame the huge oaks draped in Spanish moss. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I could see myself living in Savannah. Other than being the first city I’ve been to with poor cell phone signal, it’s perfect. It’s not so far down south that the heat is unbearable, yet it’s still the south with warm winters and mild weather. The people are hospitable and friendly. Savannah has small beautiful parks throughout the city between city blocks lined with stunning architecture and stories of the past. History is everywhere; it’s in the statues of war heros and in the significant buildings such as the birth place of the Girl Scouts or the houses of old political figures. As for Savannah’s food, yum! We had Victorian sponge cake, pecan pie, custard tart, chocolate silk pie, and, of course, peach cobbler.
Savannah’s Tybee Island has a great little beach town with all your typical touristy shops, restaurants, and entertainment. We went to their Marine Science Center where we watched a baby sea turtle get fed before checking out their beach and pier. We happened to be there for Mardi Gras so we celebrated by going to the parade and wearing beads. It was a lot of fun, they had pre and post parade entertainment with a DJ before and a band afterwards. It was family friendly and they did a great job with it.
On the way into Hilton Head, we went to the Coastal Discovery Museum which is a building of indoor displays about the area’s history, geography, biology, botany, and culture along with displays outside including gardens, salt water marshes, boardwalks, and even marsh tackey horses. Hilton Head oozes with class. They have strict zoning laws so there aren’t the loud touristy shops like you may expect to see. Instead, all the buildings on the island have a similar look, in similar beige and tan hues, and are built in the same style. We only spent a day there and it was too cold to swim, but we did go to the beach and walk through the water because it isnt really a trip to Hilton Head without beach time. The beach area is again, classy. It has stamped concrete and brick pathways, porch type hanging swings, a nice changing area with showers and rest rooms, and meticulously clean sand without a single piece of garbage in sight. They even offer free golf cart shuttles around the hotel and restaurant areas near the beach, which we took just for the ride. Since Hilton Head is a golf vacation destination, we decided to get in a game of mini golf there. We went to Legendary Golf which was by far the best mini golf course we’ve ever played.
I would describe Atlanta as the polar opposite of Hilton Head. Atlanta has never been my favorite place but the kids wanted to go so we made a one day stop there on our way from Savannah to Nashville, where we are now. In Atlanta, we walked the Belt Line, saw where Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised, and drove around to see some of their well known iconic areas. Midnight, our kitten who could have beeb named Curious George, got sick in Atlanta so we made an expensive pit stop at the emergency vet to get him back on track. He’s back to his old self now.
*pic- the walkway to the beach from the street at Hilton Head’s Coligny Beach