Tuesday we had reservations to eat at Paula Dean's restaurant, Lady and Sons, which is located in Savannah, Georgia. It was about an hour drive from our house on Harbor Island, so we decided to take a day off from the beach and explore a new city for the kids.
We booked the Savannah Trolley Tours and selected the option for getting on and off the stops as much as we liked. To my surprise, Eli loved it. Turns out that he's a little history dork too, and I can't wait to tap into this common interest with him.
Ellie didn't love it, but she was a great sport about tagging along. As long as we kept her fed, hydrated, and properly fanned, she was a champ. Bless her southern little heart!
Our first item of business was to find a place to eat because we were famished! Our super-awesome tour guide suggested Cleary's. If you've seen "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil." this will look familiar to you. That's because it's the store front for the pharmacy in the film.
I had the steak burger and fries, which were amazing! I didn't get a picture of everyone else's entry but I did get a solid endorsement from my people, so I feel safe recommending it.
After lunch, we walked a short block over to The Cathedral of Saint John The Baptist, which was absolutely stunning. The pictures just don't do it justice. The kids were in awe as we walked down the aisle and studied the architecture. Naturally, Ellie thought it was a castle...bless her. Eli was intrigued by religious practice that really are so different than that of our small-town Southern Baptist church.
Back on the trolley, we road through the streets of Savannah learning the history of the city, enjoying the sites around us and some very entertaining tour guides. What a fun job to have!
As soon as we made it to River Street, we knew we had to get off to let the kids explore. There are precious little shops up and down the street, which is where we found the ornament that will be on our tree this Christmas!
While Eli loved the entire experience, I think the highlight of Ellie's day came when we stopped at the River Street Sweats for a sugary treat. If you need proof of this theory, you need look no further than the photo evidence below. She has such a sweet tooth.
After hitting up the candy store and spending a ridiculous amount of money on sweets, we hopped back on the trolley to finish up our tour of Savannah. As we pulled back into the parking the lot, my family called to say that they had made it Savannah and were heading to the restaurant for our dinner reservation.
We were just a few minutes away and met them at Paula Dean's restaurant, The Lady and Sons for our 5:00 reservation. Because we had eaten a late lunch and indulged in the sweet treats, we really weren't terribly hungry.
Nonetheless, we ordered off the buffet and piled our plates full of country cooking favorites from mashed potatoes and gravy to pork chop, collard greens, mac 'n cheese, and everything in between. It was a wonderful meal and we left completely stuffed.
The highlight for me came when Eli boldly announced the the mac'n cheese was delicious but Miss Beths was way better. Miss Beth is my friend who makes the best macaroni and cheese you've ever put in your mouth. Eli loves it; Ellie begs for it, and they both have embarked on a quest to find one that's better. Sorry, Paula Dean. You've got nothing on Beth!
After dinner, we decided to do a FREE walking tour of the area, which was much needed considering the amount of food we had consumed. There is an app that you can download that uses GPS technology to track your tour and gives you historical information along the way.
We used that until my mom rented a Peditour from an unsuspecting guide who had no idea the chaos that was about to hit him. She road with the kids while the rest of us followed behind. It was a great setup and we all learned a lot about the area.
While the men went to get our cars, the ladies took the kids back to River Street. We were hoping to do free tugboat tours, but there had stopped running for the evening. We ended up getting snow cones and sitting on the river watching the massive freights pass by, which is not a terrible way to end the evening if I do say so myself.