I have been putting off writing this post all week because I honestly didn't know where to start! The first thing I will say is that I love this town...everything about it. The southern charm, the historic buildings, the exquisite old architecture, the shopping, the cafes, the pubs, and even the haunted tales. There is so much to do! I pretty much had three full days of exploring and cavorting and I felt like I only tapped into half of what there is to offer. Savannah could be a perfect romantic get-away as well as a great girls trip for a weekend. I was there for my daughter's dance competition, but had plenty of "girl" time with a few of the moms on the trip. We walked, we shopped, we ate, we drank...and we did it all again the next day... and the next day. We had a car, but honestly, we walked almost everywhere we went and it was wonderful. It certainly didn't hurt to be walking off all the calories from our incredible meals and daily cocktails either.
So, let me just give you a glimpse of one of the places I loved best...
The Olde Pink House
Opened in 1771 as the Habersham House when the soft native brick began to bleed through the plastered walls and mysteriously changed the color from white to Jamaican pink. This stately Georgian mansion is a national landmark which James Habersham Jr. lived in from 1771 to 1800. The legend goes that his wife ran off with the architect of the home and Mr. Habersham hanged himself in the basement in 1799. It is said that his restless spirit frequently wanders around the home and is believed to be responsible for locking female patrons in the restrooms. Hence, all the locks have now been removed from the restroom doors. I tested a few of the bathrooms down in the basement tavern with a friend. We had another friend believing we were locked in at one time...I think the martinis we were drinking added to the fun that evening. However, there was something strange that happened as we sat sipping our cocktails and chatting. I can't rationally explain it, other than something fell from the ceiling and made a loud noise and everyone in the tavern startled for a moment or two. There was nothing there though. A local that we met told us she had been in the tavern a few months back with her daughter's bachelorette party and all of a sudden at about 11:30 at night all the lights went out. Most of the lighting in the tavern is candlelight so it makes you wonder...I'm a pretty big wimp and I get frightened fairly easily, so without my liquid courage I may not have stayed as long as we did in the tavern that night.
Lunch on Friday at The Olde Pink House.
We started with their signature cocktail, The Pink Lady...
A southern favorite....shrimp and grits
A few of the many exquisite dining rooms....
The grand ballroom where a wedding took place Saturday evening.
Planters Tavern in the basement of the home...a warm and inviting space with a cozy fireplace and over-stuffed leather chairs. The dimly lit rustic room is enveloped in romantic ambiance with just a touch of a haunted presence making it all the more intriguing.
Enjoying our Godiva Martinis in the basement tavern.
There was a piano player in the corner to our right playing old classics.
Perhaps the most romantic place to dine in Savannah is the wine cellar at The Olde Pink House. A cozy table for two is lit by candlelight only. The small cellar is made entirely of brick and you are surrounded by bottles of wine as you dine. (We didn't actually dine in here, just snuck in for a photo op when the romantic couple got up to leave.)
I can't say enough good things about our experience at The Olde Pink House. Whatever the occasion... lunch, dinner or just a stop for drinks along your way, you will without a doubt be pleasantly surprised by the impeccable waitstaff, the home itself and the delectable food and cheer. The Old Pink House captures the essence of historic Savannah and southern hospitality. Be sure to take a look around when you finish your meal. The staff is very welcoming and will encourage you to take a tour of the house and it's fabulous decor. I promise you The Olde Pink House is something you don't want to miss.