Summertime in the South

photo 1 (2)I spent a few days in Savannah, Georgia and on Hilton Head Island over the Fourth of July weekend with my husband’s family, and we had a great time. We spent our first full day, July 4, on Hilton Head. I ate the crab legs in the photo above at The Crazy Crab, in a resort called Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island, and they were delicious.

photo 5 (1)Harbor Town

photo 4 (1) Rocking chairs at Harbor Town

photo 2 (2)Family on the beach

photo 1 (3)The food, the culture and the history of Savannah were such fun to explore. It’s a city that embraces its past like almost no other place I’ve ever visited. We got to check out a handful of excellent restaurants and took a trolley tour around Savannah to learn more about its history; though touristy to be sure, it was a lot of fun.

Forsyth Park, pictured above, was one of my favorite spots in Savannah. It’s beautiful.

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The Sentient Bean, where we got our morning coffees every day.

photo 2 (4)The Back in the Day Bakery was cuter than I could have imagined and their lavender cookie and Mexican chocolate cookie both were to-die-for.

photo 3 (4)A classic Sazerac at the Olde Pink House. Almost as good as the one I had in New Orleans. I had grouper stuffed with crab with cheesy grits — tasted much better than it photographs — and Matthew had some amazing slow-cooked pork shank with greens. If I could choose one place to revisit, the Pink House would be it.

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photo 2Local specialties at the Piggly Wiggly.

photo 4 (5)We checked out the Sparetime, a craft cocktail bar and restaurant whose owner hails from Omaha. We liked what we found and also felt right at home. The Sparetime could just as easily fit in Dundee or Benson as it did in Savannah. My whiskey sour was top-notch, service friendly and atmosphere eclectic.

photo 3 (5)photo 5 (2)My visit wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to Shop SCAD, the retail arm of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I spotted a Scott Blake original.

photo 4 (3)We also dined at Vic’s on the River; I couldn’t resist a shot of this fragrant arrangement.

photo 3 (3)My entree at Vic’s — more grouper.

photo 1 (1)Rocking chairs are everywhere in Savannah — even the airport.

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