Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas in Savannah


We took a little day trip up to Savannah this weekend.  It's been a while since we went on one of our little trips and there is so much fun stuff going on this time of year.  I chose this weekend because it was the Christmas Tour of Homes- I've always wanted to see inside those beautiful Savannah homes so why not?  Well, the rain...that's why not.  The weather was awful.  It poured.  In between downpours I was able to take a few pictures but around 5:30, we raised our soaking wet white flag and drowned our soggy sorrows in pizza at Vinnie Van GoGo's.



I really loved seeing all of the natural Christmas decorations that people used to decorate their front steps.  I'm a big fan of using fruits, flowers, and other natural things to decorate rather than crazy colors and cartoon figures, etc.







The absolute best store in Savannah is The Paris Market.  Their displays are so creative and everywhere you turn there is something else neat to look at.  It's got a very Anthropologie feel to it- minus the clothes and add a cute little espresso bar.


































Let me say this.  I've been on a lot of home tours in different cities.  I thought that Savannah would surely rank up there at the top with one of the best.  I mean, how could it not?  I know that the rain put a damper on things but I was pretty disappointed that none of the upstairs were open. Not a single one! We went into 6 different homes, saw a living room, dining room, kitchen, and then were shuffled out the back door.  I kept thinking, "that's it?"  I know it's a lot of work to get your entire home prepared for a home tour and you've got to put away personal belongings etc but why open your home if you aren't going to show the whole thing? Or maybe just close off the master bedroom?  We finished touring all six houses in 24 minutes.  TWENTY FOUR MINUTES!  We paid $35/ticket.  $70 for twenty four minutes.




This tiny adorable house was the first stop on our home tour.  It's one of the oldest homes in Savannah.  It was probably my favorite home because it was so unique.  I mean it was tiny! And it still felt really old.  We didn't get to see the upstairs but I really loved the little fireplace in the middle of the room.  This home is a vacation rental.




Out of all of the homes, this was the only one where I even remotely liked the decor.  And then someone passive aggressvely told me that they didn't want anyone on the tour taking pictures because "they're private residences and all".  Well, hundreds of people are walking through your home so maybe you should have thought about that beforehand?






 A day trip to Savannah is always a good little getaway but I can't say that we will be going on anymore home tours there.  At least we brought home some goodies from The Paris Market!



15 comments:

  1. I just went to Williamsburg last weekend for a tour of homes, and they had the same rule. No pictures. While I understand that they are private residences, it was a bit disappointing as I really wanted to snap some pictures so I could use them for inspiration in my own home.

    Since you like the decorations with the natural elements you would love Williamsburg. Everything is decorated with fresh fruit and greenery.

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    1. I'd LOVE to go to Williamsburg! It's definitely on my to do list.

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  2. I have not been on that many home tours, but I went on one in Savannah and was really disappointed as well. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with that experience. And you're not lying about the Paris Market! It's one of my favorite parts of Savannah for sure!

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  3. Savannah seems like such a gorgeous city.

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    1. It really is. I still think that I like Charleston more but it might be because I know it like the back of my hand. I think that Charleston has better restaurants.

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  4. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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  5. I would have been disappointed, too. My friend Skylar was the chairwoman for the New Orleans Spring Fiesta, which is a spring tour of homes in the French Quarter and I always wanted to go, but never got to. Her daughter was the fiesta queen some time ago, too! It is really neat to go inside of the classic homes in the French Quarter because they are such unique forms of architecture. :)

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  6. I went on the St Augustine Christmas home tour a week or so ago and you could only go on the first floors on it. The homes (6) there were decorated by different garden circles so there was a ton of greenery and flowers, not to many personal touches. But it was good and $20 pp and closer to home

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  7. The hometour I went on last weekend didnt have any upstairs open either! I felt like I waited in line longer to get in then I actually spent in the houses. Such a bummer! I am right with you with the more natural Christmas decor! I wish more people would get on that bandwagon :)

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  8. I love your sass! that would have burned me up too. 24 minutes...aw hell no.

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  9. Really wanting to visit Savannah someday...and I just KNOW I'll love that shop!

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  10. I would have been disappointed too! I'd love to visit Savannah some day, looks gorgeous

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  11. I love Savannah and would have been disappointed too. You'll have to come to Nashville sometime. We do a home tour right!

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  12. We have been involved Ina. Number of home tours, and these days the upstairs is often off limits. I'm told its a liability issue, but people are always disappointed not to see the whole show.

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