Hi there! I recently returned from an inspiring, relaxing trip to the Georgia and South Carolina coast and wanted to share some of it with you here.
Four generations of Jones girls, ten of us total, met in Savannah to enjoy each other’s company surrounded by huge live oak trees covered in Spanish moss, horse drawn carriages, delicious food, beautiful architecture, rich history, and good shopping.
The architecture of the house we stayed at is called Steamboat Gothic. Elaborately carved woodwork with lots of ornate features is what sets this look apart.
Once we got settled in, I could hardly wait to get out and explore Savannah.
We did most of our sightseeing by foot, so we stopped frequently for some relief from the heat and refreshments. 🙂
The Paris Market and Brocante was filled with antiques, home goods, jewelry, perfumes, books, candles, candies, and a small cafe.
Dinner out was amazing at The Olde Pink House, an 18th century mansion. The story is that the stucco on top of brick turned a pink color when the heat from a fire occurred. The stucco remains the pale pink color it became at the time of the fire.
One day, I drove over to Charleston, South Carolina with my mom and sister. First stop was Boone Hall Plantation.
The plantation started as an indigo farm, selling the blue dye back to Europe. The deep rich, blue dye extracted from the indigo plant was rare and expensive. It was a symbol of status and wealth, and in high demand in Europe.
Over the years rice, cotton, bricks, pecans were grown/made at the farm. Now a much smaller farm, it still produces peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes.
The mansion on the property is not the original. This one was actually built in the 1930s.
After the plantation tour, we headed into town for lunch where we found some delicious Lowcountry shrimp n’ grits, chicken n’ biscuits, and crab cakes. We ate it quicker than I could snap a pic!
After lunch, we toured Charleston in style.
I don’t watch Southern Charm, but when I saw this house (below) I knew it was familiar…
It’s the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House, which Joni blogged about HERE. The renovation story is quite good and the house has been shown in several magazines – as well as the Bravo TV show.
After the ride, our horse was given lots of water and rested. And we went out for ice cream. 🙂
On the way back to Savannah, we pulled a u-ey for this cute roadside store.
Back in Savannah, we did more walking, shopping, and hit the beach.
One cool morning, we drove over to Bonaventure Cemetery. It has some neat old tombs and headstones.
By the way, have you heard of Find One Place One – The Kindness Rocks Project? I hadn’t until the young girls mentioned it. They brought painted rocks to place around the city. These are some pretties that my aunt Julie made.
I hope you are able to squeeze in a vacation this summer. Savannah and Charleston did not disappoint.
More updates on the house project coming soon!