We stumbled on a cupcake place near Ellis Square, my favorite type of stumble!
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Since we were using airline miles/credit and hotel points I told Daughter I would be able to grant her request to stay in a bed and breakfast. Oh the choices! There are so many great room options in Savannah. You need to start your search early because a few weeks out some places were booked solid.
I wanted to be futher from the river to show her a quieter side of Savannah. I really teettered with booking a superior king room with the balcony facing Broughton Street at the Marshall House. And then there was the Eliza Thompson House and Kehoe House that looked amazing. I was looking for a balcony and a king sized bed or two queens.
Ultimately I went back to Foley House Inn for its central location. Also Husband and I had such a nice stay a couple of years back. They had the Westmorland room available which is on the third floor with a balcony over looking Chippewa square. After Daughter found the E. Shavers Bookstore she spent even more time on the balcony reading her new book. We had stumbled upon the book store on our way to the Cathedral during tour hours.
I had been able to visit this church on our first visit. While wandering one day Daughter and I walked past it but it was closed for a wedding. She wanted to step inside so on Saturday we walked over from Foley House Inn to peek inside. Daughter was imagining how beautiful it had to be inside decorated for a wedding.
While I had a couple of weeks to plan this trip I was unable to schedule everything like normal. Daughter was gone for the two weeks prior learning how to be a great camp counselor as a counselor in training. So I made the dinner reservations and filled the one request she had for a ghost tour but that was it. Beyond that I figured we would maybe relax back at the bed and breakfast, or roam the historic area since she now enjoys shopping. Once we arrived in Savannah she became intregged by the idea of a carriage tour.
The carriage tours can be booked far in advance and I did not think to book one for our trip. We checked with a couple of companies along the squares and river front. Most had openings but it was right around the time we had dinner reservations. So we kind of gave up and decided to see what would happen after dinner at the Olde Pink House. I could tell Daughter wanted to take a carriage ride and she was petting all the horses we came across in our search.
After dinner we walked up to the carriage rides along the river to see if they had openings. They had some for the next morning if she wanted to wait until then. We stumbled across an empty carriage and wagon racing down a one way street. Sort of racing, they took off with the light next to each other and “raced” to the next corner. It was pretty funny to watch and the driver that walked the fastest was glad his horse “won.” Now Daughter was tracking all wagons to see where they loaded and if they had opening for tours. We followed an empty wagon up toward the city market and stumbled on a wagon and driver sitting along the square. We stopped to ask him if they had openings for the night, they did and the next one was at 8:30. Sold!
We climbed up into the wagon with three women we were sharing the tour with. Our driver Justin took us around some squares, past the cemetery, fire station, and Cathedral all with interesting and witty commentary. This was a fun tour and lots of laughs. I think we were on board around 45 minutes. To be honest I was not keeping track, it went fast and we are still laughing about the commentary on the tour. FYI because it came up on the tour the firefighters across from Colonial Park Cemetery have a calendar if you want to check that out. Heard it on the tour, not sure where you can find it but now you know….
Our driver dropped us back off at the same spot along Ellis Square at the end. The cost was $22 for people aged 13+, kids 6 -12 are $11. We really got lucky that being the hot summer season we stumbled onto an opening so if you want a tour book well in advance!
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I had wanted to dine at the Olde Pink House on our prior trip but Garibaldi won out. We did after dining spend a little time in the basement bar which was fun. This trip I was going to eat here, it was the first reservation I made!
After our cemetery tour at Bonaventure our guide asked us where we wanted to be dropped off. I had not made any lunch plans, hoping to just ask for suggestions. Usually the guides give you two or three ideas, our guide had just one suggestion.
We were dropped right on the river front near the river street access driveway. Less than a minute later we were outside the Cotton Exchange to see if they had a table available. Lucky for us the heat of August makes a little off season because we took the last empty table.
What is vacation without a little bending of the rules? For Daughter and I that means a treat right before bed. We took a quick walk (detour) to Savannah Candy Kitchen to grab a late night ice cream cone on our way back from the ghost tour.
This place is a candy heaven! They give out samples of Pralines!!! What is not to love? They are open until 11pm on the weekends, perfect for before bed snacks.
And if you are going to get ice cream before bed you might as well get a large waffle cone. I chose creme brulee gelato for my cone. Daughter went with her standard chocolate. A single waffle cone is $4.75 and plenty large! The creme brulee flavor was very tasty!
We sat outside in City Market listening to the band and people watching at 10:30 at night. The area was still bustling and most of the stores were open. The fountain was turned off in the square but many families and adults were still relaxing.
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I was looking forward to a nice meal before our ghost tour in Savannah. I wanted to be near where we had to meet the tour guide and then I remembered 170Hundred90. It was less than a five minute walk to the cemetery to meet our guide. We had made our reservation on open table a week prior and were seated quickly. The hostess was not the most welcoming person but our server was quick and pleasant.
My Daughter loves to go on ghost tours. Each time we visit a new city she has the request that I look to see if there is a ghost tour. Last time in Savannah we did the Creepy Crawl. https://stretchingittotravel.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/savannah-ghost-pub-crawl-good-creepy-fun/ This was a lot of fun but also an adult activity. The same company does a kid friendly tour.
We arrived at the main gate to Colonial Park Cemetery at 8:20 for our 8:30 tour. A few minutes before 8:30 the rest of our tour arrived. A troop of Girl Scouts and their parents from South Carolina.
Since I was going back to Savannah I was going to make it a point to do a couple of things Husband vetoed the last time. I am happy to say I was able to do both items that were vetoed and one of those was to tour Bonaventure Cemetery.
For various reasons Husband did not want to drive out here last time and take a tour. Not high on his list of fun things to tour a cemetery. I have always thought this cemetery was fascinating in pictures and I wanted to learn more about the history and symbolism. I turned to my favorite TripAdvisor to see what my options were. A few people do tours out at Bonaventure that had good rating but the one with the best ratings also drives you out there. Sold!
I booked a couple of weeks out with Dash tours. They offer a 10am and a 2pm tour. Several had suggested the earlier tour might be lower in temperature so that was the tour I wanted. Sunday at 10am was sold out, they have a limit of 12 guests on the tour. But the Saturday 10am had openings. Adults are $25 and kids 6-16 are only $15 for the tour including driving you out to Bonaventure. I was called by Tim about an hour before our tour to confirm our pick up location. He was able to pick us up right at the hotel at 9:50, and he was right on time!
It was a quick twenty minutes to the cemetery and Tim told us more information on Savannah along the way. At Bonaventure he offered bug spray and cold water.
We took time hearing about the markers and memorials in the cemetery as we walked. We learned about Grace and why gifts are left on her grave. The monument is said to be a very life like resemblance of the girl from 1889.
The carving and stone work in this cemetery are amazing!
Our guide tried to put us in the shade whenever possible as he spoke. And the cold bottled water helped but I would still suggest taking the earlier tour like we did.
I have never seen a cemetery like this one! We could have spent all day roaming and learning about all the markers.
The two hour tour passed very quickly. Tim asked each tour participant where they wanted to be dropped off. Some at their hotel and we were dropped at the river front for lunch at a place he suggested around 12:30.
More information and to book go here to his website: http://www.dashtours.net/