Just before noon, we were ferried across the Savannah river to the historic city for another day of pleasure. The day began with a visit to The Old Pink House for lunch. Initially called the Habersham House, it opened in 1771. Eventually the soft, native brick bled through the plastered walls, changing the exterior color from white to Jamaican pink. James Habersham, Jr. lived here from 1771-1800. In 1811, it became the first bank in Georgia and was filled with the money of the colonists. The restaurant is a beautiful example of colonial architecture. It also served as the headquarters for Union General Zebulon York in 1865. The food was, of course, delicious.
The rest of the day was spent shopping, visiting art galleries and museums, and eating. We wandered in and out of shops throughout the afternoon, buying little, but looking a lot. We did spend some cash at the Blick Art Supply store, however. I always buy Cindy’s art supplies online through Blick, so we were excited to see a retail store in Savannah. So, we stocked up on a few paints, canvases and brushes. Art galleries were everywhere. It’s always a pleasure to see the works of local artists. While we were visiting one of the galleries, I turned around and noticed Cindy was running out the door. I was wondering what was going on, when the store clerk said that Paula Deen was walking by on the street. Cindy hurried over to meet her. She was unbelievably nice and generous with her time. Her demeanor was unhurried and she seemed like a genuinely kind person. Cindy was so excited to meet her and have her photo taken next to Paula.
Mid-afternoon, we visited the Telfair Museum of Art and the Jepson Center. We were excited to see the Bird Girl sculpture in the Jepson. This young lady, cast in bronze and made in 1936 by Sylvia Shaw Judson, is famous for her appearance on the cover of the novel and in the movie of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She stood over a families plot in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah until 1993, when she was photographed for the cover of the novel. Later, she was moved to the Telfair Museum.
The Jepson Center also had a very neat exhibit called, The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting. It features a number of paintings by Sir Winston Churchill, as well as some of his personal items. The exhibit explores the relationship between his painting and his decision-making as a leader of state.
For dinner, we walked back down to River Street to visit Huey’s on the River, a restaurant which serves New Orleans-style cuisine. We topped off our meal with some delicious beignets, for which Huey’s is known. They were wonderful! My first time having them was at Café du Monde in New Orleans a few years ago. Cindy wasn’t with me, so this was her first experience with these delicious powdered-sugar-coated, deep-fried fritters of deliciousness!
Around 6 p.m., we ferried back to the Westin marina for the evening. We hung out by the pool for a while, taking a refreshing swim and enjoying wifi in the beautiful evening air. Tonight is our last night in Savannah. Tomorrow, we continue our journey northward. The next destination is Charleston, SC, but we’ll probably take three days to get there, anchoring out each of the next two nights. It may be three days or more before the next post. Until then, we’ll be making our way through the Palmetto State.