Hello from Savannah! #CoffeeTalk

palm trees savannah

Well, it’s been a whirlwind trip. We arrived Wednesday night, and we’re already headed home. In fact, I prepped this post last night because I knew I wouldn’t have time to write much this morning with an 8AM flight!

We’ve had a great time, and I’m happy to get home to my kids, but I am not looking forward to returning to the cold and rain. I made a promise to myself to stop harping about the weather in Philly, but it is almost impossible not to point out the stark contrast — after all, that is why we came down here. Fortunately we were not disappointed. It has been absolute perfection here in Savannah. This is my kind of spring weather. Even the locals are saying it’s nicer than normal right now.

We saw a lot of the city (thanks to everyone who recommended the trolley tours!) but we didn’t do a lot of touristy things. We are kind of lazy travelers. We’re are happy to walk around a new city, eat a few good meals, and sit by the pool. We also photographed 7 outfits in the 2 days we were here, so it wasn’t exactly a vacation, but we’ll take it!

sunset on Savannah River

We stayed at the Westin, which is located across the Savannah River from the downtown area, so we had to take a Ferry every time we wanted to go into town, and that was a bit of an obstacle. Also, it was quite a walk from the Ferry landing to the historic district, so a few times we just called for an Uber. While we enjoyed the resort atmosphere (and did I mention the pool? lol!) I don’t think I’d arrange it this way again.

That said, we’ve had a great time, and it’s been nice to get away for a bit and escape some of the dismal weather back home.

Many of you have asked for recommendations and a review of some of the things we did while we were here. I highly recommend the trolley tours. We used Old Town Savannah Trolley Tours (there are a few different ones.) We just did the most basic — the Hop-On Hop-Off tour so we could, well, hop on and hop off, lol. It’s a great way to get a lay of the land and the history of the town. Thanks to all who recommended that.

Other than that, we did a lot of wandering around and admiring the parks and buildings, usually while we were looking for spots to shoot my outfits. That was fun, it’s such a pretty city.

We made dinner reservations for both nights based on your recommendations, but we were winging it for breakfast. The first morning, we ended up at what appeared to be a local hot spot — Goose Feathers Cafe. My eggs and bacon were fine, but the grits were excellent. The second morning, we weren’t quite as impressed with Clary’s Cafe, but it was okay. They’re grits were bland, but my omelette was good. Being gluten-free, I usually order eggs or an omelette when I go out for breakfast, so I can’t speak to all the carbolicious goodness I saw being carried to the other tables. Paul indulged in a sticky bun at Clary’s that looked amazing.

After breakfast yesterday, we found ourselves walking by Leopold’s Ice Cream at about 11am. We had heard that it is legendary so we decided it was our obligation as seasoned travelers to try it out and give our opinion. It was absolutely amazing. Don’t miss it if you come to Savannah! I recommend the Peanut Butter Chippy.

Leopold's Ice Cream

Also, we happened across a cute macaron shop, so I bought a box to bring home to my girls. They love them.

For dinner on Friday, we ate at the Olde Pink House. It was charming, and the service was very attentive, but — don’t hate me — I didn’t love my food. I know everyone loves that place, and I’m really glad we got to eat there, and there was nothing wrong with the food, but I ordered 3 different dishes and didn’t love any of them. They were interesting, and I enjoyed the BLT Salad (with Fried Green Tomatoes) best, but it was still nothing I’m dying to order again. Paul liked it more than I did.

Here’s what I wore that night. This off the shoulder top is on major sale, by the way!!!

Last night we ate at Alligator Soul, and OH MY WORD, so good. Everything about it was impeccable — the service, the pacing, the atmosphere, the wine, and the FOOD… have mercy. My only minor complaint is that my dinner wasn’t very warm, which I found strange because everything else about the experience was a perfect 10, but I feel nit-picky even mentioning that.

I wore my Joie blouse (also on sale) with skinny jeans instead of the bootcuts from my blog post.

Also, speaking of things going on sale, that black knit mock neck dress is 40% off now! Sorry, that is totally unrelated to this post, but I couldn’t believe it when I saw it last night, and I wanted to be sure to share!

Here’s a shot of Paul and me before dinner on Friday night — this is the only proof we have that he was on this trip, ha!

JL and Paul

Okay, so this post is a little disjointed, sorry about that! We are headed out to the airport so I don’t have a lot of time to proof and polish. Finally, I’ll leave you with this — a selfie I took by the pool yesterday afternoon.

I wouldn’t mind doing this every year!

We’re excited to get home and visit with my mom and the kids before she heads back home. Hoping for a smooth flight and no delays.

I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

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26 Responses

  1. First time to discover your site & I must say that I love your articles. I find your comments & stories so refreshingly honest and very practical. Thank you for being a voice for the over-40s women. Count me in as one of your regular readers from the Philippines (I might be the first from my country).

  2. My sister has lived in Savannah since the 60’s so we’ve been there a lot. It never loses its charm! Well, maybe except for the extreme humidity and swarms of gnats in the heat of summertime! Would love to see more of your swimsuit. What little I can see from the straps it looks like a very pretty print.

  3. Really enjoyed seeing Savannah, I love history and quaint towns, not to mention local food, so I think I’d love it! Love your cute clothing choices too, I really want that navy top, I think I’m going to treat myself. 🙂 Thanks for telling us about sales, you do a major public service lol!

  4. Great post and recap, as always???? Thanks on the heads up on the navy Lucky top. I just ordered it. And a dog collar that was on clearance for $9 to get free shipping. Safe travels!

  5. Thanks for sharing your little vacation! Always enjoy seeing great places and great weather! Safe travels!

  6. You covered quite a bit of ground. Next you must do Charleston if you have not been there.
    Love your “trip report”. It usually takes one trip to a city to figure out what you will do next time. Come enjoy our Southern weather again!
    Love all your outfits you featured too! You have a very patient husband obviously! Julie L

    1. Jo-Lynne- I meant the comment about your patient husband in the most positive way! He took all the photos of outfits while on a fun trip! What a great guy!!

      1. Hey Julie, I know you did. No worries! 🙂 He IS very patient – but he’s also the one who pushes me to think more strategically, bring more outfits to shoot, and “own it” when I feel self-conscious. He often jokes that he works for me, lol. All that to say, he is not just putting up with me; he’s more like a business partner. I am so grateful b/c I certainly wouldn’t be doing all I’m doing without him and his encouragement. 🙂

  7. Jo-Lynne, I’m so glad you and Paul had an enjoyable trip! I like what you two wore. From what I’m hearing about the weather, the flight should be smooth today. Tonight and tomorrow will be a very different story.

  8. Sounds like a great trip. Love all your outfits. Question on the leopard bag. Can it be carried year round? I bought mine late in the winter season and was wondering if it can be carried into Spring/Summer? Mine is the one from Sole Society. Really like it.

  9. Really enjoyed this post! My husband and I have vacationed in Savannah twice now and loved it, beautiful city. Do you ever style bathing suits? Not even sure if it’s possible to style them, haha, but I would love to see some different styles for over 40 women!! Thanks!

  10. So glad you enjoyed your trip, I live just outside of Savannah. We are experiencing some great weather, but the heat will be here to soon, you picked a great time to come. Love your outfits as always. Next time you visit try Dockside on River Street, their seafood is great.

  11. Glad you enjoyed Alligator Soul. The Olde Pink House was lovely when we went but it was for lunch. I’m wondering if thats why. Have travels back to Philly!

  12. We travel a lot like you & Paul do. Don’t rush us, lots of discovery on our own ( with recommendations), good food,, & give me a pool & a book & I hardly care where i am!! Savannah sounds lovely. Thanks for posting!

  13. It sounds like it was a great getaway! And much deserved after what I’m sure was a long month for you. Visiting Savannah has been on my wishlist for awhile. It seems like such a charming town.

    Loved your outfits and can’t wait to see your upcoming posts!

  14. Seeing those palm trees makes me long for hot summer days here in the northeast! Looks like a great trip! I need one of those with my husband soon!

  15. I would love to see that part of the country someday. I live in Northwest Oregon. Looks like a beautiful trip with nice weather. Always nice to get away for even a short time. I love that you shared pictures and told us all the infor. you did. I want to save it incase I ever get that way. 🙂 You look nice in what you chose to take with you on vacation. I’m with the other lady above. I’d love to see your swimsuit, as the colors look really pretty.

  16. PS Does the navy off the shoulder top you had on and is on sale have to be worn off the shoulder? I know I wouldn’t like off the shoulder, but love the top if you can wear it up.

    1. Hey Kathy, some can but this one really does need to be at least on the edge of the shoulder, or the bottom of the shirt won’t lay right. You don’t have to wear it pulled way down, though. I hope that helps.

  17. Looks like you had a good time; so happy for you! And I laughed at Paul being in ONE picture! We have vacation photo albums where you could swear the kids were motherless!

    1. LOL, and ours look fatherless b/c Paul takes most of the pictures. I do try to get some on my iPhone when we’re vacationing as a family so I have him in them too. This was more of a work trip for my blogy, so we didn’t make getting pix together a priority, but when this one guy was walking by and offered to take one, I was happy he did!

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