We traveled to the south for two weeks in October. It has become our tradition to take a couple weeks off after the rush of wedding season and summer to enjoy some R&R and time to reconnect. In the past, it has been Italy, Northern California, Puerto Rico and this year it was the beautiful southern part of America.
Our trip began in Nashville, there was a lot of honky tonkin’, good food late nights of live music, and more good food, crazy weather, traveling to small towns, art and did I mentioned the good food. We stayed in East Nashville with dear friends. A couple highlights: Rick played a few songs on Broadway, I never seen him play the drums with so much joy and the other highlight was the hot chicken.
The next stop was the Serenbe, a progressive and sustainable community just outside of Atlanta. This place was utopia. Beautiful land, wonderful restaurants, nice people, charming architecture, open space, great artist community, farm lands, and the Serenbe Inn. We stayed at the Inn in a converted horse barn, the digs were spacious and sweet. We went for long walks, visited the animal village, traveled to surrounding towns, ate well, relaxed, and canoed. A couple highlights were the sweet donkeys (Stacey’s favorite animal), our dinner at The Hil, and seeing the Walking Dead being filmed at a nearby town.
We left Georgia in our Mini Cooper in the worst rain storm we had ever seen, Richard was a champ driving through the downpour and as we neared the Carolina coast, the rain stopped and it was bright blue skies. Although, we were tired from traveling we immediately rented bikes at our hotel and rode with so much energy on the sandy beach. After our ride, we dined on lots of crab. The next day we explored Hilton Head Island, and took in the breathtaking spanish moss dripping from the trees and swampy alligator water. Highlight of the Carolinas were the fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, bike riding the beach, and Palmetto Bluffs. Next, time we are staying here.
After a couple days in South Carolina, we drove back down to Georgia to spend a few days in Savannah. Oh, Savannah you stole our hearts. We fell in love with every bit of this city. The Brice Hotel was divine, we again ate such great good, strolled the brick lined walkways, trolleyed along the streets for a view of the historical homes and history, listened to blues, jazz, country and rock music, saw the ships come into port at sunset, visited nearly each of Savannah’s 22 Squares, and enjoyed the unique handmade goods and antique shops. Savannah was our favorite part of the trip and oddly enough the least amount of photos we took. Savannah highlights were our photo shoot and time spent with Lindsay, Leopold’s, brunch at the Soho, and enjoying a glass of wine on a sunset stroll though the city.
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