I love to travel because it always brings me back to me. When I travel, it takes me back to my roots. The happiest moments of my life were when I was travelling through Europe while studying abroad. I loved exploring new cities, meeting new faces and enjoying new cultures. Everyday was an adventure and each adventure was better than I thought it would be. My heart will never forget climbing up the Eiffel Tower, lounging in a thermal bath in Budapest, or sipping red wine on rainy night in a Roman hostel. Travelling gives you the best, most unforgettable experiences of your life. Hold and cherish these memories. Return to these memories and places when you need to feel instantly content and inspired by the world's beauty.
This past week, I visited Savannah for the first time with my boyfriend, Dave. This trip was extra special, because this was the first time I have ever traveled with a romantic partner, and it was our first holiday together as couple. I am pleased to report our trip was absolutely perfect... and I'm not just saying that. #nofilter.
Savannah is a beautiful setting for any couple trip. The magical live Oaks combined with the fascinating history, flavorful food and exciting nightlife, make for an ideal getaway from everyday life. We stayed at an adorable Airbnb which alone was a flawless vacation from city life! It was such a treat to not be surrounded by roomies while squeezed into a closet together. We had a full kitchen! A porch! A family room! Two closets! It was incredible.
Our days were filled with exploring the city's historic neighborhoods and squares, while also multitasking with eating. Lots and lots of eating. When in the South, do as the Southerners do. Here were our favorite Savannah experiences.
Parks and Squares
Park Forsyth and all of Savannah's 24 squares (and counting) are gorgeous! The Park was right near our Airbnb which made for the perfect spot for relaxing walks, including a trek to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning. You can't miss the beautiful fountain on the North side of the Park, the one that you see when you Google "Savannah" LOL. It's absolutely stunning and even more so in the heat of the night. Savannah's squares show off the city's magical live Oaks and serve as ideal resting spots and Instagram photo opps. You're welcome.
We went on an awesome ghost tour from Blue Orb, which was a fun way to learn about "America's Most Haunted City" and get a little scared! We toured around the city by foot for two hours and were shivering while listening to the spooky tales that make the city so fascinating.
For a fun, wild night head to Club One for their famous drag show. These ladies are doing the damn thing! We had a blast singing and dancing to the fun hits these ladies performed. Slay, slay, slllaaayyyy!
Savannah Bee Company
I never liked honey until I tried Savannah Bee Company's honey. It's the BEST. The store is located in downtown Savannah and is a MUST visit. While at the store, you can sample all of the honey, honey beauty products (lotions, shampoos, face masks!) and mead. I had never even heard of mead before until I sampled it on this trip. Mead is a super old alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water. It's pretty good and totally worth trying!
The Olde Pink House
This restaurant is Savannah. It represents Southern charm and class with it's fine setting, superb service and menu filled with the region's finest cuisine. The food had me asking "Paula who?" because it's that bomb. Still thinking about it.
As a New Yorker always looking to escape New York, the pace of Savannah was refreshing and appreciated. People are super nice and welcoming, even friendly! We rode our bikes everywhere and it was shocking to not be scared for my life. I can keep up with the pace here.
Savannah is a charming getaway that allows you to relax and enjoy the Southern life. Nothing fancy, just real good times, squares, fried chicken and drag queens.
This is the real me: what I love, what makes me happy and what makes me buzz.