We are headed to Florida this week! We our going to attend my sister-in-law's graduation as she gets her masters and we will also be making a trip to Savannah, Georgia -- a place I have always wanted to go, it has been on my list for ages. You dear readers have given us excellent recommendations in the past, that we have tried out and loved so I would enjoy hearing about any of your must-sees and favorites in this part of the world. We will be in the areas of Orlando, Winter Park, and Tallahassee Florida as well as Savannah, Georgia. I am going to be sure to scour Grace's Savannah guide. Thank you kindly!


(images from last trip to Florida)


Anonymous said...

Savannah is beautiful, and now is a good time to come because it's not too hot! here's some places you can't miss:

Morning Coffee:
Gallery Espresso

Zunzi's (take-out, the owners are South African and Italian and the food is amazing, i suggest the conquistador sandwich, or the lasagna)
Angel's BBQ (literally a hole in the wall BBQ place, the mac n' cheese is so good)

Noble Fare
Local 11 Ten
SOl (caribbean food, outdoor seating)

Circa (english pub)
Distillery (amazing beer list)
Pinkie Masters (dive Bar)

The Paris Market & Brocante
Custard Boutique
Savannah Bee Co

Also, you have to check out Forsythe park, and if you can, go on a pub crawl.

Hope this helps!

Amanda said...

I've only been to Savannah once and while I wasn't able to visit too many places, I have to agree with anonymous... Zunzi's is well worth a visit! Such delicious food!

Jessica said...

ohh Savannah is the BEST!! Have fun!

Stop in for my giveaway before you leave, its a gorgeous bit of Paris for you!

Annie Coggan said...

Take a trip out to Tybee Island and go to North Beach Grill-the best fish tacos......very Jimmy Buffet-

Kristen said...

I live in Charleston and often have weekend romps to Savannah.

I agree with Gallery Espresso for coffee. My hubby and I grab coffee and walk around the squares.

Try Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for amazing family style Southern Food for lunch. Well worth the wait in line.(Cash only)It's close to Forsythe park where you can walk off that mac n' cheese and fried chicken.
Also in Savannah you can have open intox... so grab a margarita and hit those streets. :)

Have fun and go to Paris Market and Brocante to have a Swoon-Fest!

by Sara Hicks Malone said...

I grew in Winter Park - it's a beautiful place placed with brick streets. You won't want to miss Park Avenue, and of course- Rifle design is in WP, so you'll want to stop by there. The WSJournal just did a write up on the city, here's the blurb...

What to do: Take a break from outlet shopping and theme parks 10 minutes away from downtown Orlando by having a seat on a pontoon boat for the Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park. Experience an hour-long guided tour through three of the region's seven lakes and two man-made canals. As the boat sputters past luxurious architecture and sprawling sub-tropical flora the skipper will fill the time with quirky anecdotes and facts. Tickets for adults are $12 and $6 for children, and tours run every hour on the hour daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (312 East Morse Blvd., 407-644-4056). For those who prefer to explore on land, try a stroll through any of the city's 12 parks, including the 47.6-acre Mead Garden with a butterfly garden, boardwalk and bike trail (1300 South Denning Drive, 407-599-3334). Shoppers will appreciate any of the town's merchant districts—known as Designers Row, Hannibal Square, Park Avenue and Winter Park Village—where upscale boutiques on the palm-tree lined street house unique finds for the home and wardrobe. And for a pampering pit stop try YOLO, or You Only Live Once, a salon and spa that offers customized facials, massages (including ones for new moms or moms-to-be) and a glass of wine with your pedicure or manicure (327 Park Avenue South, 407-622-1611;

Where to eat: For lunch, select a panino named after one of the restaurant's locals at Palmano's Trattoria and Wine Bar like the "Mr. P," filled with salami, pepperoni and other trimmings, for $8.59 (333 S. Park Ave., 407-647-7520). Under a roof strung with lights, the outside seating area provides breezy seating. Homemade family recipes for classic Italian dishes make Pannullo's the best place to eat on Park Avenue, Winter Park's main street (216 South Park Ave., 407-629-7270). Try anything dressed with the house tomato sauce like the chicken parmigiana for $16.95, served with salad, bread and a choice of fresh vegetables or pasta.

Where to stay: For a part vintage, part luxury feel, stay at the Park Plaza Hotel located in center of the town. Originally built in the late 1800s, the Old World furnishings of the lobby, the brick-lined walls in the bedrooms and the garden balcony create a picturesque scene. Rooms begin at $142 a night (307 Park Avenue South, 407-647-1072). The only other place to stay in town is the Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn with rates starting at $129 (110 S. Orlando Avenue, 800-992-3379 or 407-647-1166). Locals tout musical performances at the hotel's Red Fox Lounge (Mon. thru Sat., beginning at 8:30 p.m.), which are free of charge to guests.

nichole said...

That pink is such a "florida" pink, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

i apologize in advance for any time that you spend in orlando.

Cynthia said...

oooooooh I grew up in tallahassee:) My heart is still there:) If you get a chance Maclay gardens is so pretty this time a year as with the goodwood house. But, if you have the time wakulla springs a half hour is divine!! and is one of my favorite places in the world as with St. Marks lighthouse. Oh do have fun!

kneesee said...

clary's for breakfast, leopold's for icecream, a walk in bonadventure cemetery and a quick ride down to tybee island! i travel to savannah at least once a year, if not ten times. its family tradition!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I must admit I`m a real jealous right now. Unfortunately never been so I can`t really recommend anything, but have lots of fun and post loads of pics! :D

Anonymous said...

four rivers bbq in winter park is delicious and last i knew there was always a long line of customers waiting for food, and happy ones leaving.

JMM said...

Hands down you have to go to the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Also, I recommend getting gelati at Jeremiah's a short jaunt over to Maitland. Enzian theatre in Winter Park is a great independent theatre that has a full bar and serves food during the movie (good food)

I also recommend Park Plaza Gardens restaurant beneath the hotel on Park Ave. and BriarPatch for brunch on Park Ave. also.

Delicious cuban take out at the Black Bean Deli and I agree with
4R BBQ mentioned earlier.

Joslyn said...

look at this!
perfect timing ;-)

by Sara Hicks Malone said...

okay- i just realized I have a dozen typos in my comment. sorry! 'grew up' in WP, the streets are 'paved' with bricks. yikes! no comments after midnight for me.

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the price report said...

Downtown Savannah is beautiful! I also recommend Local 11 Ten for dinner (supper). My favorite boutiques were Bleu Belle (Broughton St) and Terra Cotta (Barnard St).

The SCAD student store is neat.

I like hot tea, and really enjoyed the Savannah Tea Room (Broughton) and the Gryphon Tea room.

Have fun!

Danielle Sigwalt Interiors said...

I LOVE Savannah! Just being there and walking around is amazing...

Annie said...

I can't believe all the shout-outs my lovely hometown of Tallahssee is getting this week! First Design Sponge (, now this! :) It really is beautiful here this time of year, so if you have some spare moments, spend them outdoors! Maclay Gardens is pretty, as is St. Marks and Wakulla (all already mentioned by commenters above). Textures Handmade Market is one of my favorite spots, located in the Midtown area on Thomasville Road. They house a bunch of handmade goods, as well as a delicious cupcakery! Red Eye Coffee is a great local coffee place. My husband and I love going out to breakfast; try Jenny's Lunchbox or Uptown Cafe (you can't go wrong with either!). FSU's campus is fun just to say you've seen the statue of Bobby Bowden, and the Old Capitol/downtown area is beautiful as well.

Savannah is even more lovely; you're sure to have a wonderful trip!

Anonymous said...

I've only been to savannah 3x, but eat here:

Orlando has a lot of chain restaurants but they have cute bubba tea and hookah cafes. & mexican.

Unknown said...

if you are heading there now stop in to the SCAD shop on 337 Bull Street, you can find so many goodies there from crafts to jewelery to incredible paintings by Marcus Kenney. Then go to the Paris Market to see the absolute best in old/new fusion.
Right now the Savannah College of Art and Design is having their annual SCAD style week, it is not to be missed. There are many guest speakers from Ralph Lauren to Etsy.
And finally, another great place to stop is Kobo gallery, which is on 33 Barnard Street. You will find tons of great local art there especially from a photographer named Imke Lass. She has some beautiful work on panels there.
Hope you enjoy it. I lived there for close to 5 years, and I still miss how green it is.

Wilson said...

the pink wall and the green weathered windows is BEAUTIFUL!

Carpet Cleaners Los Angeles said...

Congratulations to your sister! You must be so proud of her. Have a happy trip.

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