In the Heart of Historic Savannah on a Vacation of a Lifetime

Janet and Warren outside the Hamilton Turner InnAfter a fun two days on Amelia Island, the next destination on our Vacation of a Lifetime adventure was the beautiful Hamilton Turner Inn  in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia. Our suite was the amazing Noble Jones Suite, which had elegant period furnishings, tall arched doorways and huge 11-foot windows overlooking Lafayette Square.

After some down time, Warren and I headed for dinner at The Olde Pink House, a restaurant recommended by several of our friends.

We walked for about 20 minutes before we realized that we were headed in the wrong direction – but luckily, as hunger loomed, a passing pedicab driver picked us up and took us to the restaurant for a great, and hearty, meal.

Although we didn’t think we would be hungry again, one look at Hamilton Turner Inn’s fantastic breakfast the next morning of wonderful biscuits, stuffed French toast and sausage changed our mind.

Breakfast at Hamilton Turner Inn

While we were eating, we saw a man wearing a bathrobe walk his dog past us, and were told that he is a local dentist who does this every day. The staff said that was just an example of some of the quirky things about Savannah, which we were about to set off to explore.

Azalea Inn and Gardens on a Vacation of a Lifetime

We arrived at the next (and last) destination on our June Vacation of a Lifetime trip ready for some relaxation after a long day seeing historic Savannah by trolley and on foot. Teresa Jacobson and her assistant, Shannon, greeted us at the Azalea Inn and Gardens as if we were celebrities.

This lovely place is near Forsyth Park in Savannah’s historic district. Our roomy suite, The Cotton Exchange, had a private deck that overlooked the beautiful gardens and pool. We later enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while visiting with other guests. One couple was celebrating their 30th anniversary and another couple their 40th. Clearly this is the place to come for a romantic getaway to Savannah.

The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast beginning with poached pears, then a buntz soufflé with mixed berries and a serving of sausage. During breakfast, Teresa explained that the mural that had been catching our eyes depicted historical events in Savannah, but with a twist.

Stack of Breakfast Mugs at Azalea Inn and GardensThe artists from the Savannah College of Art and Design had given different faces to the historical figures: there were the faces of Ted Kennedy, some of the students’ professors, the former owners, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars!

It was hard to say good by to the people at Azalea Inn and Gardens, but it was time to return to Texas. We enjoyed getting to know Teresa and Shannon, and I would have taken Teresa’s little dog Joey home with me if I had thought I could get away with it!

Our trip to Amelia Island and Savannah was fabulous, and made even better by each gracious and welcoming host of the Amelia Island and Savannah, GA, bed and breakfasts in the Select Registry family.

- Janet

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