Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Long Weekend In Savannah, Georgia

When my friends Casey, Leah, and I get together, we always have a great time. We had a wonderful weekend at Casey's house in Birmingham back in 2008. Casey and Leah both got married last year, so we decided this year we would include our husbands in the "girls' weekend". This year Casey was gracious enough to have us meet up at her house again, this time in Savannah, Georgia.

Chip and I met up with the crew on Saturday morning and had a delightful lunch at Back in the Day Bakery. I had a ham and grueyere sandwich on rosemary ciabatta slathered with sweet butter. It really hit the spot after the drive in from Atlanta. We headed down to the River Street historic district where we shopped, drank Sweet Water 420 drafts, walked around, people watched, and chatted. The weather was perfect: breezy, not too hot and no chill in the air.

Saturday night Casey cooked dinner for all of us. She made a fabulous dish of roasted cornish hens stuffed with a wheat bread, ricotta, rosemary, and sausage stuffing. It was so delicious - seriously good! As if we weren't wowed enough, she plated it with roasted asparagus and arugula salad. It was divine. After much talking and wine, Casey whipped up some cream to top off pound cake with fresh strawberries and peaches. After dinner, the boys puffed on cigars on the deck and the girls watched a chick flick. So fun!

On Sunday we slept late and chilled before our 6 pm date with a kayak tour guide! Casey called and hooked us up with a guide from PaddleFish. I was pumped about the possibility of seeing dolphins and everyone else seemed to be excited about getting on the water, too.

Literally 3 minutes after we all got in the water, some dolphins came right up to the marina and really put on a show. I don't know how I didn't get any pictures! I guess I was just in awe of seeing them, and forgot all about getting photos. Two dolphins jumped in & out of the water and swam near the marina for a good 10 minutes. It was great!

After we saw the dolphins, we really had to dig in to make it to the tidal creek - the tide was coming in as we were paddling down river and the wind was blowing into our faces. Once we made it to the creek though, we had a nice slow paddle. And the paddle back was even easier. All we had to do was ride the tide in and paddle a stoke here and there to keep straight.

Michael, Leah, and Chip


Casey and Michael

Our group on the tidal creek

Sun setting on the river

Michael. Casey, Leah, and Brian

After some beers and dinner at Tubby's Tank House, we headed to a ghost tour of downtown Savannah. But this tour was special. We all hopped into the back of a hearse and listened to the guide tell us chilling stories about many of the haunted places in Savannah.

I am so lucky to have such good friends! We had a great time catching up and sharing some of the things we love to do. I can't wait to do it again next year!


Priscilla said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, great photos! :)

Casey said...

Love your post! Michael thought kayaking was the best part of the weekend. Thanks for suggesting it! Glad ya'll finally made it home, hope it wasn't my bad luck rubbing off on you!