After spending the time we did in Charleston we were really struggling with being "unbiased" about our visit to Savannah - we'd basically already settled on Charleston without even getting down to our previous 1st choice....BUT....we tried. (Spoiler alert: we picked Charleston)
Our first night in Savannah we stayed at The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel. It was gorgeous.
If you can't tell, the place is seriously amazing! (And, like all Kimpton's, it's pet friendly!) When we arrived the lady who checked us in told us that apparently it was the Vice-President of the company's birthday, and he was touring this particular property.....so free drinks and music for everyone staying for a few hours! Score.
Can you spot the difference in our room??? :-)
After we got settled into our room (and played a bit of "hide-and-seek") we headed down to the hotel bar for our free drinks, then out to the gorgeous courtyard for music.
We really enjoyed listening to the City Hotel Band, a great little bluegrass group, in the courtyard, and hung out for quite some time before heading to explore Savannah.
The Brice (our hotel) is on the far end of Bay Street, and we were thinking we'd walk all the way up to Forsyth Park, so we had quite a hike ahead of us.
There were some very pretty streets in the historic district (honestly the only ones I photographed) but then about every other block there were areas that we weren't really comfortable walking through near dark....unlike in Charleston where we were quite comfortable the whole time. The historic district, however is amazing.
There is a park almost every other block through the historic district, it's amazing. They all have different plant life, and different memorials, etc. We strolled (as slowly as we could manage...which isn't very...) through them, and if we could move the parks to Charleston it would literally be the perfect city.
The sun was on it's way down, so we headed down towards the river (River St. actually) to see the sunset on the water.
The sunset on the river was actually really beautiful, and since we were just south of the container port and the bridge we got some awesome silhouette views of their structures.
We packed up all of our things (including the bottle of wine I bought at dinner....essential) and went to find a good place for brunch. There were a few places we found on Yelp that looked good, but when we walked by them there were already lines around the block...and we were hungry and impatient.
We crossed back down to River St. and actually found the best little brunch place in the Bohemian Hotel, called Rocks on the River.
Our food was delicious, Perfect. BUT - we forgot that laws in the south aren't quite the same as back home, and that perfect Bloody Mary or Mimosa we were looking forward to wasn't going to be an option until after 12....and we weren't quite that patient. So OJ it was.
We really did try to give Savannah a chance, but unfortunately Charleston was just too awesome. I already gave away our decision...but over brunch we settled on Charleston for sure.
Since we really didn't need to research areas to live we ended up driving over to a historic graveyard to see what was supposed to be cool Gothic style monuments, etc. It wasn't that exciting, but there were still some cool areas.
Our mini-moon was great, it was fun (as usual) to explore new cities, and we are SO excited for moving day to arrive!
Until our next adventure <3
I've been to a million bridal showers, but for some reason I just didn't put two and two together when it came to me. I'm getting married in just a couple of weeks, and last weekend (May 2nd) my beautiful family & friends threw me a surprise bridal shower!
Funny story, opening lingerie in front of 20+ friends and relatives made me turn redder than I am even in this photo. (apparently I embarrass easy...although I'm not sure this qualifies as "easy")
The shower had a great theme: Stock the Bar & Boudoir. Love it. Except that now my last blog post about wine is a little comical - I brought home nearly 45 BOTTLES OF WINE! Holy crap. I think maybe sometime in the next few months I'll have to blog about how to continue the wine habit but keep from gaining weight. (Haven't figured my solution out yet but I will, ladies). My bridal party even made and bottled their own wine (dedicated to Dave & I) at Central Street Farmhouse! What a fantastic gift!
I wish I'd had my camera on me so I could have taken photos of all the amazing ladies who attended and showered me with love - but I was camera AND phone-less. Thankfully there were several people who DID have cameras, so I may have to follow this up with some "better-late-than-never" photos.
For any of you who actually know me - you know that this is a PAINFUL blog for me to post....but if there are any ladies (or gentlemen) out there trying to lose weight (or just get yourselves in better shape) you need to hear this:
Wine is my guilty pleasure....it's my relaxation after a long day of work....definitely my drink of choice for really any occasion. (Like....a new day counts as an occasion if I'd like a glass of wine).
I just quit. No, I have not given up wine all-together (like I would EVER do that?!) but I have SERIOUSLY cut back. Here's why:
The exact calorie count varies depending on the type of wine, but they're all right in the region of 125. On and also, 1 GLASS = 5OZ. (does anyone ACTUALLY only pour 5oz glasses?!)
Again, the exact calorie count varies depending on the type of white wine, ranging from 118 - 125.....and again....one glass = 5oz.
Here's what that looks like:
How many of you actually pour this ^ size glass? I know I don't....my glass of wine usually looks more like this:
I was getting frustrated about not losing weight....I've got a wedding in a month for goodness sake! I want to look good! I have been working out faithfully (I'm a personal trainer....I better be) as much as I can, with the exception of the two months (December & March) that I was on medical restrictions, but staying right around the same weight.
One of the biggest factors for ANYONE trying to lose weight and get healthier is diet, which seems obvious, but sometimes things slip by without us even thinking of them - in my case, wine.
Dave (my Mr.) and I were talking about how we could eat healthier (honestly, I was just asking him to help me by not suggesting pizza at every meal...since I always love pizza) and he mentioned taking a look at how many calories I was consuming via my wine intake. Here's what we figured out:
1 serving (5oz) = approx. 125 calories. I usually drank one or two glasses a night, but I poured closer to a 10oz glass, therefore I was consuming between 250-500 calories PER NIGHT just in wine. This equates to between 1750-3500 calories PER WEEK!
Basically by having a (big) glass of wine or two every night I was taking in more than an entire day extra's worth of calories every single week. Damn.
I am not saying that just by cutting wine (or other alcoholic over-indulgences) out of your diet you're going to lose a huge amount of poundage, but it will definitely help. They do say "everything in moderation".....apparently my former wine habits didn't count as moderation. Again, damn. I'm also not saying that the ONLY thing required to losing weight is quitting drinking (I'm a pretty healthy eater otherwise, no soda, etc) but keep it in mind if your goals seem like they are JUST a little bit out of reach.
Cheers to the weekend! (and my glass of wine!)
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.