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Wrap up on 2016

This is the crazy post where I try to dig back through my brain and figure out how many nights we spent in hotels.  I can safely say not near as many as 2015.   Our family needs are changing and we do more small weekend trips away now that our daughter is older.

2016 saw us take a spring break trip to check out three colleges for said daughter.  The Holiday Inn IHG mail in promotion points came in really handy for this trip to Pennsylvania.

Franklin & Marshall

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We also did a couple of single nights in hotels before a college visit to make sure we arrived on time and for a little family break.  Nothing wrong with relaxing in a hot tub and eating seafood on a weeknight.

Since our daughter was heading to South Africa for a few weeks in June we used a night in Radisson Kalamazoo for a family night.  Enjoying their great pool area and local food before we went our separate ways for most of the summer.

Kalamazoo Radisson

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August saw the girls having free time and Southwest airline credit to use so we went to Savannah and Charleston for a long weekend.  I did not want to lose $124 in credit from when I re-booked price changes. I let Daughter pick the destination and I was surprised by her choice.  She fell in love with the south and everything about Savannah.

Bonadventure Cemetary

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Labor day brought us to South Bend for a quick get away.  The work hard play hard Club Carlson promotion was offering triple weekend points so we took in the Celtic Festival.

Learning to throw an axe.

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Then we took our long December vacation to Louisiana and Mississippi.  This time we cleaned out my husbands IHG points account leveraging it for three nights.  I really wish IHG did more mail in promotions!

Creole Queen foggy ride

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Also new to us this year was staying a hotel night before a long race.  It is easier on the family if they can hang out at the room for a couple of hours after an early starting run.  No parking hassles, no freezing while they wait or looking for bathrooms. I like walking to the start and knowing they are comfortable.

Foreshore adventure run

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So this years math:

3,358 airline miles in 2016

19 nights in a hotel

2 nights in a Bed and Breakfast

Losing the second night free benefit with Club Carlson kept us lower on our stays this year and I am not really focusing on one chain at the moment.  Whomever has the best promotion gets my business for now.   We seem to be doing more driving than flying these days. And with my daughters schedule its really hard to get away for more than a couple of nights at a time.

For 2017 we start off with a bang, my daughter has an opportunity in D.C. so we will soon be headed there for a bit.  We are tossing around heading back to Florida for our winter getaway.  We were lucky with mostly nice and unusually warm weather in Louisiana but going further south should up our warm weather chances.

Creole Queen

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Who knows where this crazy hobby will take us this year!

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Mabel’s Cupcake Emporium

We stumbled on a cupcake place near Ellis Square, my favorite type of stumble!

Mabel Cupcakes

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Another Stay at Foley House Inn

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.

Foley House Inn

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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah

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.

Saint Johns

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Do You have any Opening for a Carriage Tour?

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….

Savannah Tour

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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!

More information here: http://www.madisontourcompany.com/tours.htm

Call us at:
(912) 658-1364

 

 

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Finally the Olde Pink House

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!

The Olde Pink House

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The Cotton Exchange for Lunch

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.

The Cotton Exchange

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Savannah Candy Kitchen for Ice Cream

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.

City market ice cream savannah

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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.

More information here: http://www.savannahcandy.com

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17Hundred90 Restaurant

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.

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Savannah Creepy Stroll Ghost Tour

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.

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