Road Trip Day 7: Hilton Head Island to Savannah (R/T)


Forsyth Fountain, located in a park by the same name in Savannah, Georgia.

I took a bus tour of Savannah today.  This is my third visit to the city, and I fall more in love with it every time I go.  It is truly a beautiful city, with lots of green space — lots of squares filled with trees and landscaping and park benches surrounded by historical homes.  I also got to eat at the Lady & Sons again.  I didn’t have to wait, I just walked up and got seated right away.  It was just as good as the last time I ate there and the wait staff was absolutely wonderful, nice and polite and very attentive.  As far as good Southern cooking goes, I don’t think you can get much better than the Lady & Sons.  I did get rave reviews on another establishment called Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, which is only open from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, reservations are not accepted, and you stand in line and are seated at a table with 11 other people and served family style (all the dishes are placed on the table and you pass the dishes around and get to know your seat mates).  Sounds like a place I’d definitely like to try on my next visit. 

The tour I selected was one where you could get on and off the bus and re-board an any one of the other 14 stops.  A bus comes by every 15 minutes or so.  After lunch, I boarded the bus to finish the tour, and the tour guide was a guy named Hollywood and he was SO funny – he really made the tour fun.  I’d recommend asking to get on his bus if you decide to take the Old Town Trolley Tour in Savannah.

I left Savannah about 2:00 p.m. and headed back to Hilton Head Island.  Today was overcast with intermittent sprinkles and I did encounter one brief shower while walking back from the Lady & Sons to the trolley stop.  Thankfully for once I brought my umbrella!  It was also very warm and humid.  Once back in Hilton Head, I headed to Harbour Town, and you have to pay $5 to get onto that part of the island.  Harbour Town has a marina and some hotels and a "lighthouse.”  It is not a real lighthouse, but I don’t think anyone cares.  There were also some shops with the standard overpriced tourist fare (t-shirts, clothing, knick knacks, etc.)  I think it is probably very pretty with the sun setting in the background and the beautiful colors in the sky.  No such luck today with the sun.

Once back at the hotel, I brought everything up from the car to pack into an organized system so that I’m not making 5 million trips from the car to the house when I get home tomorrow.  I then went down to the beach and walked for awhile and waded in the warm surf, and enjoyed the cool breeze.  It was heaven…  At the tiki bar, the guy was playing more 70s ballads and I got a frozen drink. I went back to my room to shower and then went to the hotel restaurant to find light fare for dinner, only to find out the hotel was hosting a Chamber of Commerce meeting out by the pool and for $10 I could partake in all of the heavy appetizers they were being served, so I had a small plate of forgettable appetizers and enjoyed a couple more cocktails and the music at the Tiki bar.

Now it’s time to get packed up and head home tomorrow.  I did see a sign for a LeCreuset outlet store located on South Carolina Exit 38 on 95 North.  Definitely planning to stop and see what’s up there.  I may be coming home with some new cookware…

It’s been a great trip, but I’ll be glad to get home ;-) 

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