Savannah/Tybee Island/Cumberland Island

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kyle & I planned on going to Florida for Thanksgiving so our families could get together and have Thanksgiving at my mom's house. We also decided to take advantage of the grandparent situation in Florida so we could have a mini-vacation, just the two of us.

First stop, Savannah, GA:

Southern hospitality is a real thing, go to Savannah and experience it! 
The trees around this area make you feel things. 

We stayed at the Andaz Hotel and it had the most incredible bar and bartenders. NO JOKE. So, it was hard to stray from there often if we wanted a drink.  

We ate in the basement of Olde Pink House, named "Planters Tavern", there was live piano music, southern food, and a history lesson about the place from our waiter. So fun.

I didn't even realize you can drink publicly in Savannah until the last day we spent there, so I didn't get to take advantage of that, because I didn't feel much like drinking, but at least Kyle got to.

There are a lot of gorgeous cobblestone streets in Savannah, they make you feel as though you stepped into another time.

We ate a couple times at The Wyld Dock Bar, a beautiful, serene setting in the Savannah wetlands with delicious food and cocktails. For breakfast one morning we ate at The Collins Quarter. The Collins Quarter was my favorite place we ate in Savannah. The decor was great, best tile floors. The food and drinks were spectacular. The lavender mocha is to die for. 

I didn't take much pictures in Savannah, but I urge you to go if you haven't already.

Second destination, Tybee Island, GA:

It was a cold day in Tybee, so we pretty much had the beach to ourselves, which was nice.

The first thing we did is eat a a very touristy seafood restaurant that had live baby gators. It was not good. Luckily, once we got to our bed & breakfast things turned around.  

Surf Song Bed and Breakfast is a charming place with fresh baked goods, great hospitality, and a short walk to the beach. A very relaxing part of our mini-vacation. 

Final Destination, Cumberland Island, GA:

Cumberland Island is a 50 minute ferry ride from Fernandina Beach, FL. The inn we stayed at had it's on personal ferry that picked us up. We were the only people they had to pick up that day, so we got the ferry all to ourselves. It was a beautiful ride, we witnessed a few dolphins and wild horses during the trip.

We were greeted by inn staff as soon as we docked, and immediately got a walking tour and history lesson about the island. Not even three minutes into our walk up to the inn we were surrounded by wild horses. MEGA DREAMY.  

The Greyfield Inn is the only way to stay on Cumberland Island besides camping through the National Park Service. They also include all of your meals, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic) in your cost for staying, as well as guided jeep tours, bikes, and more.

After our tour of the inn we picked up the ready-made picnic lunch with our names on it from the kitchen, poured ourselves some sweet tea, and enjoyed our meal outside surrounded by low-hanging trees and wild horses. Then, we hopped onto a couple bikes and pedaled to the beach. The beach had one of the widest sand shores I had ever seen. 

We hopped back on our bikes and headed towards the ruins. We also had to make a couple of stops to let horses pass on the road. The bike to the ruins was very long, but we made it, enjoyed it, and took the long trek back to the inn so we could watch the sunset from the porch before dinner.

Once back to the inn we got a couple whiskeys from the honesty bar and cuddled up on the porch swing to watch the sunset. Then it was time to get dolled up for dinner.

Dinner is an affair at the Greyfield Inn. The men must wear suit jackets and there is a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres before we are called down to dinner for a four-course meal. Dinner was a blast, we got to meet so many great people and loved the conversation so much that we all gathered around the fireplace in the living room to visit more after dinner.

Once some people started heading to bed, Kyle and I moved back to the porch swing for more cocktails and the nighttime island breeze.  Everyone else thought we were crazy for staying outside because it was 50 degrees, but most of them were from California and Florida, and it felt amazing to us Midwesterners.  

After a night sleep and breakfast we took a packed ferry ride back to the mainland.

Cumberland Island was a place I will never forget, and I can't wait to visit again.


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