At the end of October Sam and I went on a driving vacation through some of the south east side of the USA. We flew from Grand Cayman to Miami and the hired a car for a quick drive up through Georgia. Â Here’s a quick run down of the route we took.
We Â drove over 1700 miles and saw a whole bunch of awesome places. We got to hang out with our the Vetters and see some live music thanks to Plain Jane Autmobile.
Our first stop was in Savannah. After landing in Miami at just after 9am we went downtown to hire our car. On a recent heads up I had learnt that hiring the car from any location other than the airport can result in almost half the cost. By the time we were driving out of downtown Miami it was maybe just 11.30am. We were checked in and in our room in Savannah by 7.00pm ish. Not bad going for that journey with at least 3 stops.
We had to hoon it up the road because we had dinner reservations which were at 8.30pm. There wasn’t much online about the place we booked apart from the fact it is one of the oldest restaurants / buildings in Savannah.Â The Olde Pink House really is something special, from the outside of the building to the inside of your stomach. It is indeed old and very pink. Being in Savannah we opted for seafood. Now we may live in theÂ Caribbean but seafood is done differently almost everywhere and in Cayman not all of it is necessarily fresh fish (it may well have been frozen and shipped in). Between us we ate VERY well, apart from a slight mishap ordering wine at first (we only got a half bottle). Originally I ordered Shrimp stuffed with crab with some sort of greens and tatoes on the side whilst Sam ordered the speciality of the joint, Crispy scored Flounder. We ended up swapping as both obviously preferred each others meals more. Oh and there was a side of grits, but not very memorable after we went to Atlanta and had grits with Matty and Lorri at a place a block from where they live that was just crazy good breakfast!
The next day after a tasty southern breakfast of many different types of quiche we went for a walk around the waterfront of Savannah. It was very muggy and almost unpleasantly wet. It felt like you were sweating but in actual fact the air was just so damp you got wet! The buildings were amazing everywhere with a very steep embankment down to the waters edge.
Onwards again just around 16 hours after arriving we got back in the car (a Chevy Cobalt, which for $11 extra a day I should have made into a Mustang!) and headed over to Atlanta. It wasn’t the most pleasant of drives, we stopped off for a lunch break and ended up with a poor selection of American fast food only to drive back to the Interstate and see a lovely looking local fish / seafood joint. Soon afterwards the rain kicked in and it looked like it was there to stay. It was coming down so hard at one point with the wipers on full speed or anything slower you had zero visibility out of the windscreen and we were completely reliant on other cars lights and the gps! It let up eventually and we ended up at the Georgian Terrace which whilst it looked fantastic ended up being a bit over priced compared to the next stay at a Holiday Inn Express!
The main and maybe only reasons for visiting Atlanta was to see our bestest friends Matty & Lorri Vetter with their new addition Von Marten Vetter. We did had an absolute blast with them from going out to the pub, breakfast and an awesome veggie restaurant to going to a couple of concerts or gigs to see Matty Vetter do his rock star thing with Plain Jane Automobile. They are an awesome band native to Orlando Florida who thanks to Matty living in Atlanta now also frequent the music scene a bit further north too. If their live show is anything to go by then that range will spread much further soon as they are one band you don’t want to miss an opportunity seeing, check them out on itunes if you don’t believe me!
We then spent the remainder of our vacation up in Helen, GA. Helen is a Bavarian styled village aiming itself at tourism with it’s unique theme and boundless natural beauty. We stayed for 3 nights and had a great time doing many things such as hiking, waterfalls, gem grubbing, eating and drinking (Oktoberfest was on!). Infact we did so much I will leave you with one photo and prepare another post just about Helen.