field notes from savannah, georgia

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Late last month, we went to Savannah for a quick two-day trip and had the best time which is not hard to do because it’s a town that has so much charm. I’ve been saying that Savannah is what would happen if someone took everything I love about other cities and put it all together to make a perfect city.

We drove from Jacksonville, which would usually take only about two hours but it took us a bit longer because of some major traffic on I-95. But, that’s okay because we had BTS playing and everything was all good! We stopped halfway through the trip and got caught in a downpour of rain at this random gas station in Georgia that had a full-on food court inside, where we got some fries and headed back out on the road.

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By the time we arrived in Savannah, the skies were clear blue and all of the rain had disappeared. We made it to our hotel, the Marriott Savannah Riverfront, which has a huge atrium overlooking the river and gorgeous furniture in the lobby. I kept taking photos of different chairs because they were giving me so much decor inspiration. We checked into our suite, which was massive and had both a view of the river and of the atrium which was unique. We were so close to the river that it honestly felt like being on a cruise as you couldn’t see the ground unless you were right up close to the window.

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We got freshened up and then headed downtown to have a picnic in Forsyth Park, which I’ll talk about more in a later post. After that, we walked around admiring all of the beautiful architecture. We walked down Bull Street through several squares and stopped in at Alex Raskin Antiques where we fell in love with a blue-and-white Dutch tile oven and lots of cool old art books.

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Our destination in mind was E. Shaver Booksellers which has now become my favorite bookstore for so many reasons. As if the exterior isn’t charming enough, the inside has several different rooms with winding bookcases, comfortable chairs, and old typewriter and best of all, three cats who wander around quite a bit but mostly nap. The ginger cat was genuinely one of the biggest cats I’ve ever seen. He was huge! Also attached to the bookstore is a little tea shop where you can sit and study or hang out.

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After the bookstore, we went up to Broughton Street to explore The Paris Market, one of my all-time favorite spots in Savannah. The upstairs has beautiful books, hats, stationary, and other things for sale as well as the cutest little café where we ordered two cups of delicious rosé, which was exactly what we needed in such scorching weather. Downstairs, they sell tons of home goods that are seriously right up my alley. It was like someone crawled into my brain and designed a store around it. I ended up leaving with a book of matches and a notebook.

That night, we got ice-cream from Ben & Jerrys, walked around the riverfront where Jason Bateman was there shooting an episode of “Ozark”, then headed back to the room to get cozy and watch the second night of the Democratic debates. Our room had two TVs, so we had the debate on one and a virtual fireplace on the other. 😇

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The next day, we headed out in the morning to tour the campus of Savannah College of Art & Design, where I am looking to go for my Master’s degree (🤞🤞🤞). This was my first time touring the campus and while I expected to love it, I did not expect how much I would love it. I thought I was spoiled doing my undergrad at Flagler on a historic campus, which was amazing, but wow, these SCAD students have it made. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous their facilities are and how they've seemed to think of everything to make students’ lives easier logistically.

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After the tour, we went back to E. Shaver to pick up a book and then walked up the street to have lunch. Before lunch, we stopped into The Emporium, a beautiful wine market inside the Perry Lane Hotel and then hopped across the street to Parker’s. Okay, so Parker’s is amazing. It’s a gas station but unlike any gas station you’ve ever seen. Inside is beautifully done and the food is just good, classic southern stuff. The mac and cheese is phenomenal and so is the lemonade! We ate outside in the shade at their picnic tables on the sidewalk and the whole scenario just had such good vibes.

Have you been to Savannah before?