Guns, gardens and romance in Savannah

Wow DD did a lot of driving on our holiday. Fortunately he’s super-zen, so it hardly flustered him at all (except when I was behind the wheel).

After his conference finished in Florida, I sent us on a six-hour road trip to Savannah for the weekend (via the Kennedy Space Center and St Augustine) with a stop at the atmospheric Copper Pig for BBQ – we’ve both decided American ‘BBQ’ food ain’t our thang – and a pit of live alligators.

I’ve wanted to visit Savannah FOREVER, especially after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

DD has never read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and had never really given Savannah as a destination much thought, but he agreed to the epic journey anyway. Bless him.

He initially suggested we stay in a generic hotel to keep costs down, but I was all noooooooo, if we stay in Savannah it has to be somewhere with CHARACTER.

I could tell he was skeptical, especially when he heard the room rate, but he was totally blitzed when we turned up out the front of Kehoe House after dropping our rental car at Savannah Airport, because it was GORGEOUS.

We walked through the divine front doors to be greeted by a receptionist who asked us to sit down and have a glass of homemade lemonade while we decided what we’d like to have for breakfast the next morning (we chose the Southern eggs benedict), and got the rundown on all the bed and breakfast’s special features, which included wine and nibbles every night from 5pm to 7pm. Noice!

And then we were taken to our room, which was beyond lovely.

So, all in all, I don’t think an average of $250 a night was too bad, especially considering some of the crappy accommodation you get for that price in Australia. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kehoe House if you have a visit to Savannah on the cards.

On our first night, DD came up with the left-field suggestion of going to a duelling pianos bar called Savannah Smiles. It was hilarious. Loved every minute, though it was a bit disturbing when the paramedics arrived and strapped an unconscious, middle-aged woman onto a stretcher and wheeled her out.

Have you ever been to a duelling pianos bar? There are – obviously – two pianos on stage and two very versatile pianists who take requests (when accompanied by tips). They know the words and music to EVERYTHING. Grease, Frozen, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, various country music classics I’m totally unfamiliar with …

Such a fun night out.

On the second night, we asked the Kehoe House receptionist for a recommendation on a bar with a view since I’d gone to the trouble of frocking up and donning red stilettos I bought in Orlando. She checked out my heels and for some reason the concept of “the honeymoon being over” in her relationship came up. Why? Because her husband was furious it took her two hours to get ready for the gun show they were going to the previous weekend.

Well, one does want to look their best for a gun show, doesn’t one?

We might not share her taste in weekend fun, but her suggestion on a bar was brilliant. We sipped white wine at the Bohemian Rooftop Bar looking out over the lights of the city and harbour. Gorgeous.

By day, we went on a trolley tour of the city and wandered around checking out the atmospheric local cemetery and amazing architecture, including Mercer House from the Midnight book.

The city is crawling with tourists, it must drive the locals mad, but it still manages to retain loads of character.

We totally loved our weekend there.

Happy snaps …



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