Last month, I went on a road trip that started in Orlando, FL and ended in Charleston, SC. Our two main destinations were Savannah, GA and Charleston. This is the first post recapping that trip and this one will focus on Georgia, mostly Savannah. It was wonderful!
Jekyll Island 5k
I have a goal to run a race in every state (you can see my progress on the Races Map) so I wanted to check off another state while on this trip. I found the perfect opportunity with a 5k run on Jekyll Island, GA. We stayed at a hotel on Jekyll Island, that was less than a mile to the race. I woke up earlier than planned and since we were on the coast, I walked outside to the beach to see the sunrise. It was beautiful!!
I am not a morning person so I do not see the sunrise often, but this almost made me want to wake up earlier!
After a quick hotel breakfast (peanut butter toast, banana, and milk), we headed over to the race area to get our packets and get ready for the start! I was running the CASA 5k Jingle Bell Run. The race was small and started on time. It was a beautiful morning for a 5k! My aunt was at the finish line and captured a nice shot of me coming in.
My official time was 31:37 and I finished 4th in my age group! The girl that finished 3rd in my age group beat me by 1 second! Dang, I shouldn’t have taken that walk break!
After the race, I headed back to the hotel to shower and pack up. We had a lot more to see and do!
St. Simon’s Lighthouse
Next stop on our journey was St. Simon’s Lighthouse, on St. Simon’s Island, about 30 minutes from Jekyll Island.
I love visiting and climbing lighthouses (even though I’m scared of heights and often get scared during the climb or at the top). I climbed to the top of this one and my aunt snapped a picture of me from the ground:
We ate lunch nearby at Barbara Jean’s, that serves made-from-scratch homestyle southern cooking and are best known for their crab cakes. I was not yet in the habit of photographing my food but I tried their delicious homemade wheat rolls, pumpkin bread, and a crab cake. And then for my meal (!) I had chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. It was delicious but man was I full!!
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Next stop was almost 2 hours north – Tybee Island Lighthouse. It is about 30 minutes outside of Savannah, where we were going to be staying for several days.
This one was not as good as St. Simon’s but still fun to see and to climb!
And then we were in Savannah!! We stayed for 3 nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District. It was a wonderful stay, the staff were great, and we were within walking distance to everything in downtown Savannah!
Paula Dean’s Restaurant – The Lady & Sons
Of course we had to eat at Paula Dean’s restaurant while in Savannah. My aunt had been there several years back and said it was packed then but with Paula’s criticism in the news, it was not super packed when we went. But the food was great!! They had a buffet of good ol’ southern food so we filled up!
Oh my, the fried chicken and mac & cheese were delicious and were my faves of the meal! They also served the garlic biscuits and pancakes to us once we had our food. I didn’t really know what to do with the pancake! If they hadn’t served “mini” desserts, I might have eaten it as a dessert. Again, I was stuffed after this meal!! I can see why obesity and health issues are a problem in the south.
Savannah Christmas Tree
We saw this beautiful Christmas Tree while walking around in Savannah (it was the beginning of December).
Tour of Savannah
We took a trolley tour around Savannah the next day. I noted in my phone places I wanted to go back to take pictures (and eat!) after the tour.
I just loved the character of the buildings and all the beautiful, massive trees! Since I had just taken family photos for my cousins in FL a few days prior, I was definitely wishing we could’ve taken the photos in Savannah because it would be such a fun place for a photo shoot!
I snagged some running shots for my Instagram!
Savannah is such an adorable place – I would highly recommend a visit!
They are known for the “squares”, which are small parks every couple of blocks that have benches, statues, trees, and such. They were very cute! It’s also where Forrest Gump was filmed.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
One place I had on my list to visit was definitely Leopold’s Ice Cream. I love ice cream and this place is well known and has been around a long time. Luckily, it did not disappoint! I got a scoop of pumpkin and a scoop of peanut butter. It was delicious!
We had dinner at B&D Burgers per the recommendation of our trolley tour guide. I got the goat cheese burger and curly fries. Amazing!
We also did some tours of historic homes, including the Owens Thomas House and The Davenport House and the Telfair Academy art museum and learned more of the history of Savannah.
And of course I wanted to take some more fun photos, such as a tree pose with all the awesome trees:
And running along the river:
The Funky Brunch Cafe
On our last day in Savannah, before heading on to Charleston, we ate at the Funky Brunch Cafe, where you can make your own pancakes. It had been years since I’d done this, and I was not the pancake expert at first!
I got better at it and the strawberry chocolate chip pancakes were a great combination!!
Overall, we had a fabulous few days in Savannah and I would love to go back when it’s warmer and more flowers are in bloom as I bet it’s even more gorgeous!
Stay tuned for my Charleston travel recap coming soon!