Skidaway Island State Park

Bonjour and aloha, mes amis,

Executive Editor Colette Antoinette La Fleur signing on to titillate you with another adventure of Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Hawaiian Princess.  This update comes from one of the most interesting and beautiful places in the south, Savannah, Georgia.

Skidaway Island State Park is only 20 minutes from the center of the action in Savannah,  on River Street.

This is our first trip to a Georgia State Park and it was everything we could ask for and so much more.  The park was extremely well maintained, the showers were clean  and the campsites were huge.

All of the sites are pull through.  Just drive in and park your camper.

There was enough room for two more campers and a few tents on our site.

The main reason for this stop is Savannah.  Savannah reigns supreme as the queen city of the south.  History, architecture, entertainment, excellent cuisine, walk-able and friendly.  This is the place to park your car and explore to your hearts content.  There are 22 squares in the city, each one surrounded by antebellum architecture, art and history.

Forsyth Square is one of the most beautiful in the entire world.  As a Parisian, I know beautiful cities.

Pulaski Square has a monument in honor of Polish General Casimir Pulaski, an 18th century freedom fighter who was killed during the Siege of Savannah.

Surrounding the squares are excellent examples of antebellum architecture.

Not to be outdone, the narrow streets are also lined with wonderful homes, shops and interesting nooks.

The homes are embellished with wrought iron,

gas lights,

brick and cobble stone,

and tree-lined streets.

No trip to Savannah is complete without a stop on River Street.  Walk the street made from ballast  stones of the great sailing ships, enjoy good food, fine music, street entertainers and a walk along the river.

Madame, Him and yours truly took our own advice and took to the streets on foot.  Around every corner is history, art, music and interesting people.

The Savannah Civic Center provided quality entertainment, plays and musicals.

Juliette Low started the Girl Scouts in Savannah on March 12, 1912.  This is the entrance to Mrs. Low’s house.

A historical plaque marks the spot of Juliette Low’s home.

Temple Mickve Isreal was founded on November 20, 1790.  It is the oldest congregation now practicing  reform Judaism in the United States.  The Temple is a perfect example of gothic architecture.  The congregation is active in the community and were having a street festival as we passed.  Mazel tov!

Located throughout the city and around the squares, benches are provided for taking a breather and are also a grand place to enjoy the scenery.

Another “must do” is taking one of many ghost tours.  You can walk, visit cemeteries, ride the hearse or take a haunted pub crawl.  No sense learning about ghosts and being thirsty at the same time.

After walking around, Madame needed lunch and a cool drink.  They came across this quaint place.

An English pub in the center of Savannah.  It’s worth a stop.

You must not and cannot visit Savannah without enjoying some wonderful southern cooking.  Our first night in town Madame met an old friend Cheri DeBore-Stinson and her husband Randy.  The only place in town to start the reminiscing and laughter was The Shrimp Factory.

Ask a local where’s the best place in Savannah to eat fresh Shrimp and the answer is easy: The Shrimp Factory.
Seafood and Savannah go hand in hand, and here you’ll find one of the city’s tastiest options for casual, coastal dining along the thriving riverfront. Housed in one of River Street’s former cotton warehouses built in 1823, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. You’re sure to remember you’re on the water once inside these old walls, decorated with whimsical coastal art, as well as, traditional John Stobart prints.
The building’s original heart of pine beams, Savannah grey brick and ballast stones, complete the casual coastal feel.

Bring your biggest appetite because the food is delicious and the portions are huge.

Following dinner it was time to cut loose and enjoy the night life.  There’s no shortage of fun in Savannah.  Off we went to Savannah Smiles, a dueling piano bar.

The place was packed and the music was rockin’.  The music was non-stop and the piano players took requests and never missed a beat.

There were no shortage of bachelorette parties while we were there and I’m sure the next morning a lot of future brides with hangovers.

 

Cheri and Our Princess had a fabulous time.

The next day we met Cheri and Randy at Tybee Island for a day at the beach.

The beach was crowded, but the weather was fickle and we were forced under the pavilion.  After the rain passed, leaving the streets temporarily flooded, back to the beach.

It was rough when we were there and the wind was fierce at times.

Here is Him, Randy and Cheri sitting under the umbrellas.

The two friends enjoying catching up and a beach day.

The rain clouds chased us from the beach, so we retreated to the Rock House.

Nothing better than rock and roll, bar grub and a cool beverage.

Of course our humble servant wouldn’t just leave it there, he had to have another dozen raw oysters.  He said they were good, but nothing beats Apalachicola, Florida oysters.

We had heard about a place called Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.

Mrs. Wilkes.

Entrance to Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia
Mrs. Wilkes’ is noted for its homestyle traditions, in which guests are escorted in shifts of 10 into the dining room, where a variety of dishes are freshly laid on one of several long tables.  There is no menu; dishes are selected by the restaurant and change daily. Travel Holiday in 1993 recalled that the “tables were set with steaming bowls and platters of tasty Southern food”. Jeff Gordinier of The New York Times noted in a 2015 article: “it’s no secret that visitors mad for ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ make a beeline for Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for fried chicken, candied yams and macaroni and cheese”.
The guests sit at the table and pass the dishes around to one another in the style of a family.

The food kept coming and everyone ate their fill.

There are usually long queues waiting to get in.

The food is so good even President Obama had lunch there.

Here are just some of the folks we met while waiting in line and enjoyed visiting them.

At least once when you go to Savannah, you must go see Bonaventure Cemetery.

Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The peaceful setting rests on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. Citizens and others can still purchase interment rights in Bonaventure. This charming site has been a world famous tourist destination for more than 150 years due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is the largest of the municipal cemeteries containing over 100 acres. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The grave markers, mausoleums, statues and tributes are astounding to see.

The live oaks are spectacular and lend their shade to all who visit.

Sadly, we have to say good bye to Skidaway Island State Park and Savannah.  We head two hours up the coast to Edisto Island State Park, fifty miles south of Charleston, SC.

Au revoir and Aloha

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