Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our exploration of the South continues...

We've been busy this fall trying to discover the region of the country that we're currently calling home, and over the last two weekends we've visited a few new places that we really enjoyed. Two weekends ago, we went to Savannah with Cam's parents. They've been in town for the past two weeks and have visited us here in Greenville, and have also been driving around to visit other cities in the South. We met them in Savannah on Friday night after work, and had a lovely weekend in a very charming city. Savannah has a very Southern feel, and the giant live oaks dripping in spanish moss make you feel like you've gone back in time.


 Savannah is home to one of my favorite Food Network personalities, Paula Deen! Her restaurant, The Lady and Sons, is right downtown and even though it's really touristy and the food totally blew my system because it was so rich, we had to try it out! They only take reservations day of, so people start lining up at 8 am to get a spot for lunch and dinner, and the line was wrapped around the block by 9 am.


Luckily, Cam and his dad got up early and got in line to get us a spot! The buffet lunch consisted of fried corn bread, cheese biscuits, fried chicken, cheesy meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, blacked eyed peas, gooey butter cake, and a whole bunch of other stuff...it was really good when I was eating it, but by 7 pm I was ready for bed!

 Savannah has a lot of really beautiful old homes and churches, and we got to see a lot of the interesting parts of the historic district on our walking tour.


 Of course I had to get a picture with our tour guide, Savannah Dan, I loved the seersucker suit! I'd highly recommend his tour if you're going to be visiting Savannah! 


 There are so many gorgeous old homes in the historic district, the pictures don't really do it justice, it's a very dreamy place...


On the way back to Greenville from Savannah we stopped in Hilton Head, SC and took a walk along the ocean, it was such a beautiful sunny day!


We also stopped at a nature preserve in Hilton Head where we saw butterflies, birds, an armadillo, and an alligator in the wild...scary stuff...probably because Cam loves watching Swamp People, so I think I've subconsciously developed a fear of gators...


This past weekend, my friend Lisa was in town, so on Saturday we drove up to Asheville, NC. Cam and I actually went to Asheville back in September, but we wanted to come back and see it when some more of the leaves had changed. It's such a beautiful city set in the mountains, and we like it because it's got a little bit more of a liberal hippie vibe that reminds us of Ann Arbor/Portland. We actually didn't spend a ton of time in downtown Asheville this weekend, because went out to see the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt just before the turn of the century, and it's famous for being America's largest home. It was built in a French chateau style, and was so gorgeous inside and out. You weren't allowed to take any photos inside the house, but at 135,000 square ft, it was impressive as a lot of the palaces we saw in Europe, while still feeling distinctly American. Cam and I now have year long passes to visit the Biltmore, so if anyone wants to come down and visit us, we'll take you there because it's only about an hour from our house!


While the Biltmore House is very impressive, the whole estate itself covers 8,000 acres and the setting is so idyllic. The house is set right in the mountains, and we had perfect weather this weekend. These are some views of the mountains from the home's elaborate gardens, it was extremely peaceful...



What's nice about living in Greenville is that you can drive one direction and be at the ocean and then drive the other direction and being in the mountains. We've been pretty busy this fall trying to see as much as we can, but we've still got a few more little adventures planned before the holidays as we continue to discover more of our current corner of the world...

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