Toyota Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary

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I know I’ve been building this up for a bit but I am so excited to share me and Joshua’s most recent getaway to Savannah + St. Simons island. Two Friday’s ago Joshua and I made our way to Savannah, GA. IT’s somewhere Joshua had never been and I had only visited for 24 hours, a very quick trip.

Our Toyota Corolla made our drive smooth and easy! We left late Friday morning, in order to beat the traffic. This allowed us to hit cruise control and enjoy the ride! One thing I have to point out about the cruise control on the Toyota Corolla is the car has a pre-collision system. This advanced safety system is designed to alert you, and even may apply the brakes, if it detects a potential frontal collision with another vehicle. Aka it let’s you know when you’re getting too close to the car in front of you. Which I honestly need and really loved!

Another great feature for a 3.5 hour car ride, satellite radio. Joshua is the biggest fan of this! He seriously loathes commercials so satellite radio is everything to him. I also, don’t hate the constant music and endless entertainment. That just meant I could sing the WHOLE entire car ride. Sorry Joshua!

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

photos by tank top photography 

We arrived in Savannah around 1:30pm and headed to our hotel. I literally waited until the day of to book our hotel #whoops. So we ended up at the Residence Inn which I was kind of bummed about as I wanted to stay somewhere with some Savannah character. But it ended up being amazing! This particular Residence Inn has renovated several cottage homes behind the main hotel and they are now hotel rooms. We ended up having one of these and it was HUGE. Not to mention the outside is so historic and adorable. I would honestly highly recommend staying there {just ask for a cottage room}. It’s also walking distance to everything!

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Next we headed to The Paris Market where we met Wendy from Apt. B Photography for a photoshoot {see photos here, here, here, and here}. The Paris Market was my second favorite place in Savannah that we visited {favorite to come}. You absolutely HAVE to stop if you’re visiting Savannah. There’s a little bistro where you can grab macaroons, pastries, flatbreads, paninis, sparkling water, frosé, and wine. Additionally, they have a market full of amazing items. Including artwork, jewelry, candles, kitchenware, clothing, interior design books, candy, and more.

After spending some time in the store, we started shooting photos and then heading to different locations. Luckily, we had the Toyota Corolla and Joshua to keep the air on as we travel from location to location and I partook in outfit changes. It was SO nice to hop in the air in between looks and have the air on full blast! The car definitely cools down quickly, which is a huge plus when dealing with serious Savannah heat + humidity.

Following our photoshoot and drives around the different Savannah squares we headed back to our hotel for a quick change. Then it was off to dinner. We ate at The Collins Quarter which was a quick walk from our hotel. I was so happy we walked after all we ate, I needed to move ha! Next week I’ll be sharing a full posts on our meals during the trip and a restaurant guide! Let me tell you though, The Collins Quarter was my FAVORITE place in Savannah that we visiting. Amazing! You absolutely have to go if you’re in town.

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Saturday we spent the day exploring. We drove around the different Savannah neighborhoods and revisited some of the squares from the previous day. We then popped back into The Collins Quarter for brunch as we were told by several we HAD to! I am now telling you, you HAVE to. Their brunch is out of this world {again, more to come next week}. Following brunch, we hopped back into our Toyota Corolla and drove down to the river. Thankful we had rear backup camera when it came time to parallel park. Seriously that feature is a dream. We then spent a little time walking around and exploring the Riverfront Plaza. Savannah Bee Company has a shop here {as well as downtown} which is a MUST hit shop when visiting.

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

After we explored all of River Street it was back to the Toyota Corolla for us and we were St. Simons Island bound. Once we started getting close there were moss covered trees everywhere. I was truly in heaven. A little kid with their face smushed against the car window. We took some time to drive around the village and surrounding neighborhoods. We were loving the lane departure feature as there are some serious bends on the island. A couple roundabouts too.

As the rain clouds covered the sky, we decided it would be a good time to check into our hotel and lounge for a bit. We made reservations at the Ocean Inn and Suites and sadly this did not turn out as well as the Residence Inn in Savannah. I would not recommend staying here. The overall building + rooms are very different from the photos online. I will say though, the location is perfect. However, there are other places you can stay. Including St. Simons Inn and the Village Inn and Pub. Additionally, if you want to stay on the beach and a little further out from town there’s The King and Prince, The Cloister at Sea Island,  The Inn at Sea Island, and The Lodge at Sea Island.

Following that excitement we were off again to fill up our bellies at NANCY’s. Y’all this place is a must for any fashion lover. The restaurant is a boutique during the day and at night you’re still able to shop around. So fun! Joshua and I really indulged here and I cannot wait to share more in my food guide. Since we were basically in a food coma we headed to the local Harris Teeter and picked up a movie ha. Vacations are all about lounging right?

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Sunday we made a short drive to the beach. There are several public access points but what you’ll find is come afternoon there aren’t a lot of beaches. The water comes all the way up to stone barriers. So we headed to an area called Myrtle beach that was recommended to us. Here we had beach all afternoon and were able to walk for quite a ways to check out the homes along the beach {my favorite}. We also played lawn {beach} dice, bocce ball, and soaked up lots of rays!

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

We took a break for Mexican. Do you even go on vacation if you don’t indulge in Mexican food?! Bubba Garcia’s was the place to go and the perfect mid afternoon beach break. Y’all this place is GOOD and my top recommendation for lunch on the island. Then back to the beach for us. Another feature I love about the Toyota Corolla is the USB port. This was perfect for charging my phone in between activities. Being a blogger {and someone who loves taking photos of their hubs} I drain my battery pretty fast. So this little feature was incredibly helpful!  

We then indulged again for dinner that evening at Georgia’s Sea Grill. YUM! Famous for their crabbed stuffed hushpuppies. Yes that’s a thing and yes they are incredible! We then popped into a couple local places in the village before turning in for the night.

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Monday we spent some time walking around the village again, popping in and out of shops. We also walked the pier, snapped a view photos, and watched the fisherman. Deciding we were quite tired from the sun and all of our adventures, we piled all of our luggage and ourselves into our Toyota Corolla. Wanting to “house hunt” we drove around a couple neighborhoods on the island and explored some back streets. Then we were Charlotte bound. Thankfully the Toyota Corolla is very comfortable, which made the 5 hour car a whole lot better!

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Savannah to St.Simons Island Travel Diary // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Overall, we had an incredible trip with a vehicle made for exploring a new city! We already have another trip to Savannah in the books and are beach bound again in September. Stay tuned for that trip!

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jessica

You’ve convinced me I need to go to Savannah, loving these photos!

xo Jessica
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Courtney Hardy

Savannah looks so fun. I love the pictures that you took! The town has such a cool history.
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Nataly

This looks like so much fun! I love your beach coverup!

Kelssey Layton

Savannah is one of my favorite cities! SO hot this time of year but so much fun and such great food!

Anna English

Savannah looks so charming! Totally adding it to my travel wish list!

Dana

Okay, this trip looked SO fun! Also, satellite radio is a MUST for road trips!

Pink Champagne Problems

Jim

Beautiful presentation of this great American city on the coast. My wifes been bugging me to take her to Savannah for a long time. Now it’s gone to warp speed to take her there. Liked your write-up on the Toyota. Reminds me why a drive one. Good work.

Jenna Colgrove

this is a gorgeous post!!

Morgan

A restaurant that’s also a boutique?! Sounds like a classier version of crackle barrel!! Definitely adding it to my list!

-Morgan
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Lily

I bet you had a wonderful time! I love all of these fun outfits too!
xo, Lily
Beauty With Lily

Kim

Savannah looks so charming! Would be great for a girls weekend or a romantic weekend with the hubs! It also sounds like the Toyota Corella was the perfect car for this road trip.

xoxo,
Kim

    Laura Leigh | Louella Reese

    It really is incredibly charming! More so than I had expected. Yes, definitely a great spot for either of those occasions. The car was wonderful!!

    xo Laura Leigh

Stephanie

Not only does this sound like a fun trip (which omg it SO does) but also your vacation outfits are on POINT and your transportation sounds like it was absolutely amazing. The car sounds super luxurious and enjoyable. I hope you had as much fun as it looks like you did in these photos! 🙂

    Laura Leigh | Louella Reese

    Aw you’re so sweet! Thank you gal! We definitely had a great time. The car was fabulous. I’d love to have it for every road trip!

    xo Laura Leigh

Narhee

How exciting! Love your outfits, looks like a lot of fun!

Narhee | Made in Mauve

Amanda Kruse

What a fun, short beach trip! I love the beach cover up!

xx,
Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

Sarah Lennon

We had a chance to drive a new Camry and we loved it! Thinking about a Toyota for my next car

Erica @ Coming up Roses

I loveloveloved all of your photos!! It looks like you guys had a great time!

Jessica

That looks like a fun trip! But can we talk about all these outfits? Love the first look the most!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Nina

Sounds like a great weekend! SSI is on my travel to do list!

xx Nina

Heather Dawn

Sounds like such a lovely weekend! Absolutely love these photos lady!!