GA · Savannah

Savannah, Georgia Trip

I’ve been dying to visit Savannah forever.  I’d always heard it was a charming city, and Paula Deen being there didn’t hurt either.  What I found surpassed my high expectations.

Wormsloe Historic Site:  The famous tree lined with gorgeous oaks leads to the ruins of a former plantation owned by Noble Jones in the 1700’s, who arrived with the first settlers from England.  It is the oldest standing structure in Georgia.

Laurel Grove Cemetery South:  I loved driving through this old graveyard and looking at beautiful, historic grave sites.  Weirdly enough, this was probably my favorite part of this trip.

Bonaventure Cemetery:  Hauntingly beautiful cemetery located on the Wilmington River.  Featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Gingerbread House:  This gorgeous home was built in 1899 and is used primarily as a venue for weddings and bridal parties.  It’s a great example of the Gingerbread style from Germany’s Black Forest region. Largest of the cities municipal cemeteries at 160 acres…and you can drive through.  My VERY favorite stop in Savannah.

Tybee Island Social Club: We visited on Easter so they only had a specific brunch menu, but it was delicious and flavored well. The best part about this experience was the patio seating and the live music.  Really cool place!

Vic’s on the River:  This was our favorite restaurant in Savannah.  The food was amazing, the view was even better, and on the wall is a map of Sherman’s march from Tennessee to Georgia hand drawn by Union soldiers.  Tons of history, a must visit!

Below Zero. Tucked in the Savannah Seafood Shack on Broughton, you can watch them make your ice cream as you wait in line! Rolled ice cream originated in Thailand and can only be found in a handful of cities: New York, Atlanta and now Savannah!

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Myrtle Beach · Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Hits and Misses

The Gay Dolphin Gift Shop.  Lots of stuff.  I mean, a lot.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel.  Tip: buy those tickets online.

Pirate’s Voyage.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Dinner with a show!

 

Captain Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Sushi and Seafood with a view!

You’re here!
Full view of restaurant
Gorgeous Oaks near restaurant
Hushpuppies
Oysters on the half shell
Crab Dip
Spring Rolls…eh
Spider Roll
Sushi

 

Side Salad (look at that crouton!)
Gumbo
Crab Legs

Croissants.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Best food in Myrtle.

Croissants
Acai Bowl
Strawberry and Nutella Crepe
Eggs Benedict, Potato Casserole and Ambrosia
Fish tacos
Chai Latte
Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin
Chicken Salad Croissant, Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Ambrosia Salad

Hamburger Joe’s.  See my review on Yelp!

Cheeseburger

MISSES 😦

Baron’s Steaks and Spirits.  Here’s my review on Yelp.

Filet Mignon with potato casserole
Chocolate Cake
Creme Brulee with Caramel Sauce

Margaritaville.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  It’s not horrible, but once was enough.

Margarita Hurricane
Watermelon Margarita
Crab Dip

Lava Lava Shrimp & Calamari
Taco Salad

 

Helen Georgia · Places

Helen, GA

My family

My family and I decided to take a much needed long weekend trip to Helen, Georgia over the Easter holiday.  We had the best time in this beautiful little town!  My only issue was we needed one more day to enjoy everything Helen has to offer!

We stayed at a lovely resort called Mountain Lakes and stayed in their Alpine Chalet.  It was a fun place with tons to do on site, all included in the price!  For starters, our chalet had a dining room, private deck with chairs and benches, living room (with sleeper sofa and a fireplace!), kitchen (fully equipped), bathroom, master bedroom and an open loft upstairs for the children.  To get to the loft there was a spiral staircase.

The resort had enough to do for us to never leave the grounds!  It has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, every board game you can imagine, ping pong, tennis, shuffle board, mini-golf, boating, fishing, horseback riding, swimming in the lake and at 2 outdoor pools, and activities planned every day!  We opted for the Easter egg hunt, the Bingo and the Pancake Breakfast after the Sunrise service on Easter Sunday.

When we first ventured into Helen, we stopped at the coolest rock shop.  The kids each got a rock and we headed on in to Helen proper.   We walked the main shops, and then settled on a place called the Troll for dinner, so called because of its proximity to the bridge that goes over the river it is right beside.  While the food left much to be desired, the riverside seating more than made up for it.

The next day we set an exhausting pace.  We went back into Helen and enjoyed a covered carriage ride pulled by Wilbur the horse!  We shopped at Charlemagne’s Toys to let the kids spend some vacation money that was blowing a hole in their pockets.  We decided to get back to nature after our retail therapy of the morning and hike to the Dukes Creek Falls and have a picnic lunch.  We stopped at Hofer’s of Helen, a German bakery, to pick up some desserts:  a blueberry muffin, German chocolate cake, German Chocolate Cakeapple fritter and a Sacher torte.  Yum!  Our next stop was to one of the best food shops, Betty’s Country Store, that I’ve been in in awhile and bought sandwiches that were to die for!  We happily headed down the 1.1 mile hike down to the falls and then enjoyed our hearty lunch.

Afterwards we cruised up to Brasstown Bald, one of the highest peaks in the south.  It made me sick to my stomach, all of those hairpin curves, but it was a beautiful sight, once we reached the top.  Afterwards, we went back to the resort to enjoy some on site activities, mainly a little putt putt!

After a suprisingly fun game of Bingo with the whole family, we headed into Helen to our “splurge” restaurant:  Hofbrau HouseThe Hofbrau House.  Oh My.  It was the best food I’ve had in a looooong time!  We had Jaegar Schnitzel and knockwurst with all of the trimmings.  If you are in Helen, you do not need to miss it.

We had the best time, and I’d recommend Helen to anyone!