Road Trip: Savannah (Part 3)

If you’re behind on our little road trip, you can catch up here and here!

*I’m just going to be honest right now and tell you that 50% of the photos in this post are Ben’s, not mine. For some reason I just was too busy being distracted by the ocean, food and a cute boy to remember to take pictures. Make sure you check him out since he’s the best boyfriend ever for letting me use them. 🙂 Here’s his website and his Instagram.*

On Thursday I woke up to the beach, water and Ben and let me tell you … I wouldn’t mind do that every day. 🙂 After a slow-moving morning, we put on some sandals (and sweatshirts because it was WINDY) to walk down the beach.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

We didn’t have anything specific planned in Savannah besides a late dinner reservation, so we took our time getting ready. After a little internet searching, we found a place for lunch that looked super cool and different called Treylor Park. Definitely my favorite place we ate at!

We started off with PB & J wings and OMG they were SO good. Of course I didn’t take any photos, but YUM. You can see the remnants of the sauce in the photo below. Then we both got tacos – Ben got Hawaiian Tacos and I got Chicken & Pancake Tacos that were OUT of this world (I’m hungry just thinking about it).

Chicken & Pancake Tacos from Treylor Park

For dessert we got Deep Fried Oreos and a Bacon Brownie (I wish I could use the heart-eyed emoji right now …)

Treylor Park Bacon Brownie

Treylor Park Deep Fried Oreos

The brownie was amazing, but the oreos were just so-so. I thought I’d like deep fried oreos for some reason – I do not. 😉

Our server was such a sweet girl and we had a ton of fun just looking through the menu, eating and drinking (obviously) and enjoying not being in the pouring rain that *thankfully* only lasted for the two hours we were at Treylor Park.

After we ate enough to feel like we were dying (well, at least me – Ben can eat like a bazillion calories a day and still have abs #notfair) we started walking around the city.

Savannah

Don’t mind the awful screenshot from Ben’s Snapchat story, but it’s cute. 😉

We walked through a cemetery and then walked to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The pictures don’t do it justice.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

After the church, we continued to walk up and down the streets and over to Forsyth Park.

Savannah, GA

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

savannah

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

After a bit more walking around, we headed back to our hotel on Tybee Island to take a nap and get ready for a nice dinner back in Savannah.

We got back into Savannah around 8 and headed to Jen’s and Friends for crazy martinis. I got a S’mores Martini and Ben got a Reese’s Martini. We shared a second Strawberry Shortcake Martini, but we were both feeling it after those drinks. Not in a drunk way – in a “that’s a lot of sugar” way. Neither of us drink often plus the drinks were super heavy. Don’t get me wrong – SO good and worth the stop if you’re in Savannah. Just maybe eat some real food first. 😉

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

We walked a couple blocks to our final dinner destination at the Olde Pink House – Ben was really excited about this one. 🙂 We had a 9:45 reservation (only time we could get in) but it was worth the wait! It was set in an old “house” (duh) that apparently was haunted (the ghost did not visit to my delight … unfortunate for Ben). Our server was amazing and the food was delicious.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

We started with a BLT salad recommendation from our server that they split for us – fried green tomatoes (my fave), bacon and black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing.

Can I please go back just to eat?

After the salad, Ben got the special which was a crab-stuffed grouper and I got salmon. My salmon wasn’t amazing, but really … when is salmon amazing? 😉 Ben’s was really good, though and the service/space was totally worth the late reservation.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

After dinner, we drove back to our hotel and immediately crashed from the crazy day and crazy amounts of food.

Friday we woke up to a beautiful sunrise that was absolutely breathtaking. Made it even more difficult to leave … but we left around 8 to head back to Chicago.

We stopped in Asheville at a Waffle House (apparently a “southern road trip essential” – so basically a lot of fricken butter on eggs ha!) and then headed through the mountains back. We had driven through the mountains on our way obviously, but it was at night so it was fun to see it during the day. So beautiful. I started driving around 3 until we stopped in Indianapolis at 9 p.m. for Chipotle (probably the healthiest thing I ate all week).

We listened to a ton of music on the way back plus part of the audio book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” which I loved. the only reason we stopped listening to it is because we hit a wall of exhaustion and need to switch to screamo and dirty rap to get us through the rest of the drive. 😉

Our trip was amazing and I’m so grateful to have Ben in my life – someone who would even think of doing something like this and planning it all is pretty special. A lot of people thought we were crazy doing a road trip together, but I loved my time with him away from all of our life/work stress where we could just focus on relaxing together. Even our 32-hours in the car went well together – we only had a couple of weird conversations once the exhaustion hit and our brains were no longer working. I’m so incredibly lucky to have him in my life. 🙂 Okay, enough sap.

That was my trip! I hope you enjoyed reading it. It was fun to look back at all of the things we did, especially since this week is extremely stressful and emotional (my last day at my full-time job was yesterday!) More to come – life it only going to get better, I can feel it.

Have you been to Savannah or Charleston? 
Do you base your trips around food like Ben and I did? 😉 

Road Trip: Magnolia Plantation (Part 2)

Okay, on to the next part of the trip! If you’re behind, check out my first post yesterday for all the details.

On Wednesday, Ben and I got up, headed to the hotel lobby for some breakfast (yummmm) before heading out to the Magnolia Plantation outside of Charleston.

Magnolia Plantation

We walked around the plantation a bit before jumping on the tram tour where our host told us all about the rice plantation, the slaves that used to be there and everything you would want to know about the wildlife there. So fun!

Magnolia Plantation

After the tram, we headed out to eat some lunch (more PB&J and gummy worms – woo!) and then headed to our self-guided swamp tour where we saw and alligator WAY too close for comfort. I was too busy walking very quickly away from it to take a picture while Ben was taking a video, so you’ll just have to imagine it. 😉

Magnolia Plantation

After the swamp tour, we headed out to drive to Savannah. Thankfully it was only a two-ish hour drive, so we got there right around 5 p.m. and headed into B. Matthews for a quick dinner. The food was good, but nothing out of this world. Our bartender (we could only get a bar seat – they were full with reservations) was awesome, though!

B. Matthews

We headed out to Tybee Island (a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Savannah) where we got to our hotel that Ben magically found with an ocean view (smartest guy EVER).

Since we had been go-go-go the last few days, we spent the night watching a funny movie and just listening to the ocean waves crash outside our window. Not a bad way to fall asleep. 🙂

Tomorrow will be my last post from this week-long road trip! It’ll be all about our last day in Savannah and then our drive back to Chicago. I can’t believe the trip is over, but it’s fun to write out these posts.

Have you ever been to plantation?