A Lowcountry Visit: Savannah and Hilton Head
Hi friends! I hope everyone has been enjoying their emergency brownies. Last week my husband and I ran away from work and other life responsibilities to take a little tour of the Lowcountry – namely, Savannah and Hilton Head Island. I’ve been in Virginia for over a decade now, but I was born and raised a northerner, so the deep South is still a bit of a mystery to me. Pictures of those beautiful spanish moss-covered trees drew me to Savannah, and with the opportunity to explore nearby Hilton Head Island as well, I couldn’t say no!
Note: If you’re not interested in my vacation photos, skip to the bottom where I’m giving away some awesome free chocolate!
First stop, Savannah, Georgia! Savannah is such a beautiful city. There are tree-filled squares all over the city (22 in total!), historic buildings and monuments everywhere you turn, and the lovely Savannah river flowing through the middle of it all.
We worked up a good appetite exploring the city and it’s history, then headed to the most highly recommended restaurant in all of Savannah, The Olde Pink House. Guys, this place lives up to the hype. The atmosphere, service and food were all some of the best I’ve ever experienced! Our server was great at making recommendations, including suggesting that my husband add a scoop of vanilla ice cream from dessert to his stout – beer float! Like I said, basically a genius. He nearly passed out from delight.
Of course, I can’t go anywhere without finding chocolate and while The French Broad Chocolate Lounge will always be my first love, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in Savannah is pretty great too! When I saw the double chocolate peanut butter pie in the glass case, it was love at first sight. I ate the whole darn thing.
On the way to Hilton Head, we stopped to take in the sights at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. It was gator city in there! We must have seen more than a dozen of them sunning themselves that day. There were also tons of wading birds. This nature lover geeked right out.
When we arrived in Hilton Head, I was surprised by how green it was. I’ve never been to an East Coast beach town with so many trees! Gorgeous. I also loved how pedestrian / bike friendly the island was, with paved trails so prolific we were able to bike over to breakfast one morning. It was bliss. The perfectly executed eggs benedict at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe didn’t hurt either!
There was also a large Forest Preserve and another Wildlife Refuge nearby that we enjoyed exploring.
In addition to the natural beauty, there is so much great food is available in Hilton Head! Food Network chef Robert Irvine’s restaurant Eat! came highly recommended and the food there did not disappoint. We went on tapas night so I got to try a variety of dishes. They were all good, but I highly recommend the short rib gnocchi – it was to die for! We also visited former Next Food Network Star contestant Orchid Paulmeier’s restaurant One Hot Mama’s. We saw her running around and she’s just as cute as she was on TV! Her place is known for BBQ, but I was in the mood for tacos so that’s what I ordered. No regrets. Her tacos were among the best I’ve ever had! Last but not least, Neo was our other favorite Hilton Head restaurant. Neo is a farm-to-table restaurant that boasts 90% of it’s menu is sourced within 90 miles. That would have been enough to sell me on the place, but then I spotted the Holy $#!t BBQ Pork Nachos on the menu and couldn’t resist. They are worthy of the name!
We have a winner! Congratulations MonicaD! Please check your email to claim your chocolates!
Now don’t worry. I wouldn’t just disappear for a week and then make you suffer through all of my vacation photos without throwing in a little something for you too. Southern sweets shop Sucré has generously offered to give one of my very lucky readers their special 15-piece Indulge Chocolate Collection!
To enter, leave me a comment below and tell me: What do you love about the deep South? If you’ve never visited the Southern US, tell me what you’d like to see most or your favorite place to vacation!
And now for the fine print… US residents only. One entry max per person, per day please. I reserve the right to disqualify anyone who doesn’t follow the rules. Contest ends Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 5pm EST. One lucky winner will be selected at random. Winner will be emailed, posted here on the blog, and announced on Twitter. In the event that the winner does not respond within two days, a new winner will be selected. Disclaimer: Sucré is not paying me or compensating me in any way for this giveaway.