Weekend in Savannah

I think it’s safe to say we need another weekend to recover from our weekend! We took the girls to Savannah for the first time, we had never been but always heard what a beautiful city it was. And it did not disappoint!

We got in town early Friday, and our first stop was for an early lunch at B. Matthews, a super adorable little brick building with ahhmazing food. The girls ran around across the street at the park under the willow trees while we waited for our table, so it was a perfect thing to do when we first got out of the car! We got early check-in at our hotel, and then headed straight to Tybee Island since it was going to be the warmest day of our trip. It was in the mid 70’s but with the wind coming off the water, it was still pretty chilly. The girls didn’t mind one bit and had the best time running into the water, building sand castles & collecting shells. Claire only ate a few hand fulls of sand so we will call that a success!! πŸ˜‰ We couldn’t pass up a good spot for seafood so we grabbed dinner at The Crab Shack on our way back, which was delicious and brought back all the fun beachy vibes from when we used to live in St. Pete!

We stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront,Β which was the perfect location. Just out of the way enough that it was super easy to get in and out of, but also right next to a trolley stop & just steps away from River Street! The hotel was so beautiful, our room faced the water so we could watch all of the cargo ships (if you have seen the movie Captain Phillips, seeing the actual size of these ships will totally blow your mind!). The hotel had a pool, bar & fire pit on the roof, which was such a fun spot to hang out in between all of our outings, we would love to go back once it is warmer!!

Staying in a hotel means everyone is up extra early, so we had a head start on our day and were out the door before 8:00 am. We grabbed some coffee at the highly recommended Coffee Fox, where they had cold brew on tap. My kind of place!! We wandered around downtown for a few hours, went to the city park and ran into a Forrest Gump impersonator which was easily the highlight of the trip for Brandon! We stopped in The Paris Market (which was definitely the cutest place ever!!) and The Savannah Bee Company.

Probably our favorite restaurant that we ate at was brunch at Pacci Italian Kitchen. Not only was it the cutest restaurant of all time, but the food was incredible & the atmosphere was so laid back and kid friendly. Highly recommended if you are ever in the area, we can’t wait to go back!!

We took the girls to Forsyth Park, the big girls played while Claire took world’s shortest cat nap in her stroller, but there was a bubble soccer tournament going on that everyone was totally entertained by so I don’t blame her. In the afternoon, we jumped on the Historic Trolley Tour and it was AMAZING. Seriously so much fun learning about all of the town’s history, and learning that we absolutely MUST come back sometime without the kids! We highly recommend this if you are visiting with kids, as you get to see SO much of the city in a short amount of time, with the windows down & a few snacks, the kids were happy as clams riding along and our tour guide was so entertaining!! Also, you can bring your drinksΒ on the trolley, can I get an amen?! πŸ˜‰ We were all losing steam after the tour, so we decided to do an early dinner and call it a day. We grabbed pizza at Vinnie Van GoGo’s (and it was definitely just as good as everyone said!!) and stopped into the Savannah Candy Kitchen, both were in the City Market area. I am still savoring the last bit of my bag of white cheddar popcorn and never want it to run out.

We left on Sunday, and although we do wish we had more time, two nights away with three toddlers seemed like twelve, so we were ready to be back in our own beds. I won’t pretend like this trip was a breeze, we have probably never felt more outnumbered than we did this weekend, with two kids who wanted to be carried almost all the time (the traffic downtown is a little crazy & depending on what street we were on, there wasn’t always grass & parked cars between the sidewalk and road) so we needed to always be holding someones hand, carrying another and/or pushing one in a stroller. Add a drinkΒ in the other hand, and well, hands were full.Β And if you have toddlers, you know their attention spans are pretty short, so it is always aΒ race against the clock to keep everyone happy. But overall, they loved it, and so did we, and all the chaos was totally worth it!!! Until next time, Savannah!Β 

Our hotel stay was courtesy of StayinSavannah.com, which we highly recommend as a resource for planning your Savannah trip & finding all of the best places to visit!Β 

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    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    March 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, I’d love to visit one day! My best friend comes from Savannah and she always talked about it before she left Hong Kong over 10 years ago. I’d love to visit her there as well.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    Hannah
    March 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for keeping it real mama! Traveling with toddlers is never easy, especially the sleeping and driving. This looks like the sweetest trip and the girls look like they had a blast!

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    Elizabeth W.
    March 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    We love Savannah! I love that ya’ll have more travel plans because these posts are the sweetest!

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    Kristin
    March 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Such an awesome city to visit. Glad you guys had fun!

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    Julie
    March 6, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    These pictures are full of pure joy! Thank you for sharing with us!

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    Katie snead
    March 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    This looks so fun! We love weekend getaways with just us and the kids! We tend to spend most of our true vacation time visiting family, so I totally cherish little trips alone! (Even the stressful days!) love that you did this!

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    Sarah
    March 7, 2017 at 4:54 am

    We took out two toddlers (we have another baby girl now!) to Charleston for one night and it was the same – a lot of fun and totally worth it, but hard! Ours were awake at 4:30am hahah. We actually haven’t done a hotel stay since then (this was last year). We’re thinking of planning a spring break trip but I think we’d rent a house through AirBnB or something. I don’t know if I can handle a hotel with them again!!!

    Glad Savannah was fun!! Hoping to check that place out, too!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

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    Justine
    March 7, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Looks like such a fun city! You guys are brave for doing it with three toddlers but they are memories you will all cherish forever!

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    Sara Tinley
    March 7, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Oh my goodness your pictures from the trip are gorgeous! We live 20 minutes from Savannah and you managed to make me want to head downtown this weekend! So glad you guys had fun!

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    Stephanie
    March 7, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I’ve lived in Savannah my whole life and love it so much! Glad y’all had a fun weekend! It was almost 90Β° last week and then the weekend was chilly (for us at least!) – definitely come back when it’s warmer! Next time take the girls to the Savannah Children’s Museum, get a scoop of ice cream at Leopold’s, and see one of the great shows at The Savannah Theatre!

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    Kathryn Evans
    March 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Ellie’s hair! Such gorgeous girls, all of you!

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    Leanne Hanley
    March 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Very nice pictures, guys! Your hubby is hot! Looks like a fun(and crazy) vacation.

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    Kate Powell
    March 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    My hubby and I are always looking for cute cities that we can escape too sans kids. I’m adding this one to our list πŸ™‚ It looks beautiful and so glad your sweet fam had a happy and safe mini vaca. Funny you mentioned St. Pete…we are heading there Thursday for quick getaway! I know you are one busy mama, but if by chance you read this and have a minute to respond, I would LOVE to know just one of your top restaurant picks. Xo 😘

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      Jessica Garvin
      March 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Ahh, have the best time!!! We love St. Pete! Our two favorite places are El Cap (the best hole in the wall Burgers and $1 beers!!) and Mazarros Italian Market, which has the best canolis, subs and lasagna, but you can also roam around and shop, buy wine, and just enjoy the beautiful atmosphere!! πŸ™‚ And if you make your way to St. Pete Beach, Caddy’s on Treasure Island and Jimmy B’s at the Beachcomber were always our fav spots!! XO

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        Kate Powell
        March 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        Thank you thank you! We are so excited and definitely will try some of these places! Many thanks πŸ’—

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    Gabrielle
    March 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Savannah! I used to live in Tennessee and I always kick myself for not making the trip (I live in Washington State now). Hopefully one day I will be able to make it back that way to visit!

    -Gabrielle

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    Annie
    March 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    We are headed to Savannah next week with our just-turned-2 toddler. If we can only hit up one Sunday brunch – which one do you pick? B Matthews or Pacci?

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    Trina Denk
    March 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

    is that purse you have, the one from Nordstrom’s?! The Sole Society purse?

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      Jessica Garvin
      March 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      It is!! I love it so much, it has been out of stock for a while but they have tons of similar ones this year! πŸ™‚

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    EJ
    March 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Looks awesome!! XOXO

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    Lindsdey vonB
    March 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I live in Savannah and am so glad that you and your family had a great time visiting our beautiful city! It is so family friendly, always tons of stuff to do, very eclectic with the Sav College of Art and Design, and we have had amazing weather so far this year. Love reading your blog (for 4 years now!) and seeing your house posts and pics of the girls!

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    Deirdre
    March 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Can I ask where your cream shirt is from? I love it! Thx!

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