Savannah- Day One

We met up with Jane in Columbia… had lunch at our old standby Panera’s and then it was drive time again. The four and half hour drive to Savannah is long… that’s for sure but we were relieved when we finally came to the welcome center where we could stretch our legs.

After a quick breeze in the French Knot…

Where I founds some felted beads to make a necklace… It was time to mozzy onto our ‘port of call’ … The Gastonian… Weary as we were, we walked up the back steps and check in… and headed up 2 flights of twenty steps the third floor… and the Mary Telfair room we’d be staying in… All I can say is burn… calories melting away=)

Impressive yes?

Now for the pictures of the room…

Twin beds…
I’m the only one who used the dresser.
I only sat in this chair once… but it was rather comfy.
This was amazing… just had to get a picture of it…. trimmed ivy in the shape of a tree…
While this is the back entrance, it’s the one that everyone uses… very steep wooden steps, heels maybe not the best choice in footwear.

Once we got our luggage up (one went flying down a flight due to a seriously faulty handle… we chilled for a sec before heading downstairs for the afternoon repast that happens everyday from 4-6pm… Savory scones seem to be The Gastonian’s specialty and the garlic pepper scones did not disappoint.

Yes… it was as good as it looks. And very filling… enough the one night we didn’t even go out for dinner.
Time to go to Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons to try and secure a reservation… which can’t be gotten till the day of… only to find out we can’t get in till 9:15…

So with time to burn we drove around River Street (very seedy/touristy on the side that faces the river), finally got a spot in a parking deck and got some pics of the Bohemian hotel…

One of the hotels I was orginally thinking of… glad I picked the other hotel… the other side of River Street… well let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be walking alone at night…

We took the elevator down to River Street… and walked to the Savannah Bee company…. The shop was absolutely amazing… and I got a little jar of orange blossom honey… If the pictures below inspire you… I suggest you go onto their site and get something for yourself…

http://www.savannahbee.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?display=home

Savannah Bee Company (River Street location)
Another picture… the shop really was amazing… definitely a place to you must visit…

8:15pm… after circling around for a parking deck in a city whose streets I can’t begin to understand…and ending up at the same parking deck we left just an hour before… we finally made up to the reservation desk at Lady and Sons to check on the wait… only to get the same answer… we are still booked for 9:15… so what are we do to during an freezing cold night in Savannah but go into Paula Deans Store…

Southern Ladies Under Tremendous Stress (aka) I love it… but no I didn’t buy it…
After making a purchase at the shop (no I didn’t end up buy the napkins above… but FYI they have the phrase in mugs, shirts, hats etc) We went into the waiting area…. when who should walk around the corner (no not Paula) but a waitress saying they had an opening up on the third floor… and we could come with  her…
Another elevator trip and we were upstairs and seated in a room already brimming with patrons… Each level has it’s own buffet, dining area, bar, elevator and restrooms…
Lady and Sons…
My mom and sister (brave souls they were… and not afraid of a little dairy… decided on the chicken pot pie… While I being tired and not quite as hungry (I’d ran into Jimmy Johns around 5:30p and got a sandwich)  I got a few pieces of fried chicken (pulled off the fried bit to reveal the most delicious tasting chicken ever) and some Jasmine Rice. Yummo!
But no one could expect how massive the chicken pot pie that would come out next… You have to see it to believe it…
This is a pic of the pot pie that my sister and mom shared compared to my hand… it was the largest pot pie I’d ever seen…
We ended up leaving around 9:10, leaving before our original reservations… Awesome right? We walked down the street to our parking garage (the streets of Savannah are extremely sketch at night… if not in the daytime as well…
So we headed back to the Gastonian and up to the room after snagging a few yummies from the 8-10 dessert/wine in the dining area…