January 27, 2011

What I got for Christmas…

Kevin had been teasing me for weeks.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

At first I thought it might be a calendar, when I saw the skinny, flat box and spiral-bound pages.

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So I eagerly flipped the page to find out what it could be.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Can you guess? I had no idea!

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Even though I grew up just a few hours from Savannah, I’ve never been!

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Here’s where he picked for us to stay…

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

A certain room…

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Here’s why he picked the Foley House…

Mysterious boarder. Disappears in the middle of the night. Eighty years later, human remains are found buried deep within the walls of the house…

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Did you catch that bit about the garden??

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift


Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

He did all this himself. The photos, the descriptions. He put it all together. He had it printed, bound, and gift-wrapped it for Christmas morning.

That’s a pea font up there. He had just asked me the week before what my favorite font was… Sneaky.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

He wants to do one of these!

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

He planned a day of shopping…

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Is that beignets I see up there?

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Paula Deen’s restaurant.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Oh, he knows what I like.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Did I read 12 different varieties of cupcakes are baked fresh each day?

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

Gotta bring the pups to protect us from the ghosts.

Romantic Ways to Give Someone a Trip as a Gift

We’re headed to haunted Savannah next month, so let’s talk ghost stories before the trip…

Have you ever experienced anything paranormal??

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Faunna Bartlett January 27, 2011 at 2:20 am

While visiting Savannah, go visit the Juliette Gordon Lowe house! Who is Juliette Gordon Lowe? The founder of Girl Scouts! I have seen Ghost TV Shows that say her house is haunted! While you are there, you will probably also see Girl Scouts touring the house as well. The Girl Scouts make it a field trip for their girls, you will probably see some in their uniform!


Angelamhiere January 27, 2011 at 2:24 am

Your hubby is so cool!!! very nice present! ^__^

Nicole from Cali January 27, 2011 at 2:31 am

What a wonderfully creative present – and amazing husband! Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the US – have fun and thanks for all the fun fonts :)


Jessica January 27, 2011 at 2:38 am

That is pretty much the coolest gift ever!! Your husband did really good :) Hope you have a great time on your trip!


Bobi January 27, 2011 at 2:40 am

wow… what a creative man you got. I am impressed. By the way Beignets are the best treat of the South in my opinion.


Shar January 27, 2011 at 3:07 am

How Sweet & Thoughtful ~ Enjoy Your Trip!

Here’s a story!

I’ve been researching my family tree ~ looking for information on my Great Grandfather, and I finally find the 1920 U.S. Census Record listing my Great Grandfather, Grandma & Great Great Grandparents! As I gasp at finally finding my first document ~ I start calling my husband (who fell asleep on the floor in front of the television) to come over and look what I’ve found. All of a sudden, the television starts static freezing and making a buzzing noise. As I say, “Oh Sheeze” ;0) I go back to the dining room and my garage door (motor) starts going up & down! Then the television starts going crazy again.

OK – it’s 2:00 a.m. and our garage door had been going up and down by itself for days – but we had disconnected it so the door wouldn’t keep going up and down (waiting for the repair man).

Crazy! Television is only 2 years old – never did that prior or since! And the garage didn’t act up after that night – before it was repaired.

Enjoy! BTW – watch how Miley & Howie act ~ see if you notice them always looking in the same place (at a ghost!) ;0))


Kim January 27, 2011 at 4:20 am

Savannah? I am SO jealous!

Nothing paranormal here, although I did have something strange happen to me after 9/11. I was sitting in my bedroom on Thursday night, 9/13. I had no television on in the house and I heard about 15-20 seconds of loud screeching, wailing, screaming, and a loud crash, mixed with the sound of a loud noise that I couldn’t quite make out. (I later learned it was the sound of chirping that could be heard at ground zero.) I thought there might have been a crash outside the window so I ran over to the window. Nothing. It was very, very strange!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 27, 2011 at 4:31 am

Have a blast in Savannah!

My life is one big experience in that paranormal, I swear! Funny you should ask that question….just today I posted about being psychic. On my food blog. Makes perfect sense, right :)


Paulette January 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

I haven’t, but years ago my mother got up in the middle of the night and saw a soldier walk into our bathroom, then go into the living room and sit on our couch. She said she was awake but very sleepy. Also heard a coin drop on the floor. She was a little scared but wrote it off to dreaming. Next day while cleaning she found an old coin inside the pillows of the couch. Strange, wonder what happen to that old coin? Paulette


disneypal January 27, 2011 at 4:51 am

I live in GA so have been to Savannah many, many, many times! You will love it! I see Kevin mentioned “Back In The Day” bakery – make sure you go there – you will love it. If you like Pizza, go to Vinnie Van Gogh-Go, best pizza in town. Also, I didn’t see it mentioned but Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House is a must if you want a good traditional Southern meal.

Take a walking ghost tour while there – much more detailed than a bus/trolley and also you get to see the city closer.

If you haven’t read it, read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” before you go – it is a true story that takes place in Savannah.


Jane Crawford January 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

Amanda-Don’t you dare leave there without going to Savannah Candy Kitchen. It is a delight to the palate and a treat to the eyes. You HAVE TO HAVE their pralines. There is just nothing like them. Every time my girlfriends and I go to Savannah (we’re Florida girls), I load up on pralines and other treats to take back to my husband. You will love, love, love Savannah!


Julie Bogart January 27, 2011 at 5:42 am

Yes, I guess. I had a business meeting is Estes Park, CO ans stayed at the Stanley Hotel. Certified haunted. On the tour of the hotel, one of our girls was in the childrens hallway and while she was standing there one of her pigtails flipped up like someone was playing with her hair. We also had pieces of taffy which they say the ghost children love get moved from one room to another – ending up in the floor of a closet two rooms down and the guy in that room did’t buy any taffy and didn’t really hang out with the girl who had the taffy to start with. MANY different weird happenings that week. Enjoy! Watch for the white spots in your photos – they are the spirits!


Southern Gal January 27, 2011 at 5:58 am

Just want to say I live only a few hours from Savannah and have never been either. It’s an amazing place from what my friends tell me. One day…

The Savannah series of books by Denise Hildreth is a fun read if you want to get the feel of the place beforehand in a lighthearted way.

Have fun!


Denise O January 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

You will love Savannah! My hubby and I were there about 6 years ago and we did one of those Ghost Tours and had a blast! It was fascinating because you hear a lot about the history of Savannah. I would do it again! Don’t miss it. The food is wonderful too. Have a great time, wish I was going with you!


Sarah M. January 27, 2011 at 6:19 am

Oh my goodness!! We went to Savannah last year!! You MUST do the “Savannah Dan” tour!! He is the BEST!! Check out his reviews on Tripadvisor.com and tell him “jeremy Piven” and his girlfriend sent you. He will know what that means! Go eat the The Olde Pink House….seriously…one of the best meals of my life!! Take a walking ghost tour….much better than the silly ones where they drive you a round in a hearse…

have a BLAST!!


Deb.E. January 27, 2011 at 6:24 am

TWICE! An elderly mains face floats above my head while I tried to fall asleep, and “froze” my body where I couldn’t move to wake my husband. When the face disappeared, I was able to move again.

The other was a “friendly ghost” lived in our former home and was dying a long slow death from a disease. She would turn on our bathroom faucets every April & May. Come to find out, that was HER bathroom and the one she used during her illness. Come to find out she was VERY ill in the month of April and passed away in the month of MAY. Every year, she made her presence known in our home during the months of April and May.


Mandie January 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

Love your blog!

Oh my goodness! Savannah is my favorite place ever!!!! You will have so much fun!

Paula Deen’s restaaurant is so amazing, you will love it. Also, they have some of the greatest little candy shops where you can watch them make it all.

I have taken the Ghost Tour and I would recommend the walking one, as the riding one is kinda lame.

Also, a must see is the old town graveyard. So neat.( I really like graveyards..creepy much?) But there is so much history within it.

Have fun!!!


Trisha January 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

What a creative & thoughtful way of giving you a present!!! I went to Savannah in 2007 for St. Pattys day. It was a blast. I knew I recognized the fountain from somewhere!! If you have a chance while you are down there, check out Tybee Island. Its less than 20 miles from there and is a cute & fun beach town. Have fun & hopefully Wally doesn’t visit you!!! :-)


Karen January 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

I went to England two years ago for Spring Break and while there, I had dinner at a haunted rectory. Most of the ghosts had been banished to the outside of the rectory so we went out and took some pictures. FREAKY!!!!!!!!! I would take two pictures within the same 30 seconds and on one picture there was nothing and on the next there would be thousands of orbs! The only ghosts in the house now are little children and an elderly aunt. We heard them. There is also a portal on the backstairs where the ghosts come and go into the afterlife. Seriously… I have taken pictures for a LONG time and I have NEVER had so many orbs show up on my pictures like I did this trip!


Laura January 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

Ok, I’m jealous – I have been asking for that exact trip! It is still in my “bucket list”. Your hubby did well. Enjoy – it looks like it will be alot of fun.


Erin S. January 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

OMG… How fun!!! :)
I wish my husband liked that stuff, it freaks him out but I’d love to do some ghost hunting!!


Krysten Kolivras January 27, 2011 at 6:43 am

You & Kevin will ADORE Savannah! I visited Savannah in the fall for the first time with my sister, and loved it so much, my fiance and I have arranged our wedding there in April! Back In The Day Bakery is wonderful, and you must go to Sol on Habersham St, for their fried Avocado appetizer! You won’t be able to stop taking pictures – the opportunities are endless! Enjoy :)


Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share January 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

Kevin is so awesome! That is so much thoughtfulness and love and bound together in a book! What better gift then one where you get to go see new places and make new memories!! YAY for Kevin for the best gift! I can’t wait to see where you go and what happens on the ghost front!!


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

what an amazing gift! i think i’m going to surprise my hubby with something like that for Christmas next year…maybe a trip to Aspen?! :)


Lori Register January 27, 2011 at 7:01 am

What a thoughtful and creative gift. A few years back, I went to St. Augustine, FL and went on the Ghost Tour, and haunted Sailboat Ride…It was sooo much fun!! Enjoy yourself and let us know how Savannah is!!


Amy January 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

I think I just fell in love with your husband – :-D Awesome, have a great time, I can’t wait to see pictures from the trip!!


Amanda January 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

Wow, that sounds like an awesome trip!!! Your husband sounds so sweet and loves you very much! I hope you have great weather and enjoy the trip!


Cerise January 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

My husband and I drove through Savannah on an East Coast road trip and we both agreed to go back one day. It’s so beautiful there! Have fun!!


Cori January 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

Wow, what a sweet, thoughtful, romantic gift! I live in Georgia but haven’t been to Savannah in over 15 years. It’s so pretty there! And how fabulous to find a bed and breakfast that will take pooches! Oh, and I’ve never had any paranormal experiences…. and I’m hoping to keep it that way!! :)


Melissa Sherbon January 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

OH!!!! I love Savannah! My husband and I honeymooned there. We stayed 15 miles from Historic Downtown on Tybee Island. Next time (because you WILL want to return!) you have to visit Tybee and stay with Mermaid Cottages!!

You will feel the spirits around, and the entire city is amazing! Make sure to eat at Vinnie Van Gogo’s in the City Market. YUM! And the Olympus Cafe on River Street has the best ever Georgia Peach Frozen yogurt EVER! The shopping district in to die for…

I’m so excited for you! Have a blast and I can’t WAIT to see your journey in pictures!!!


Andie January 27, 2011 at 7:22 am

Yes. Or, at least I thought so. My Granny died when I was 11 (my Mom’s Grandma). I had just gotten home from school. I heard a noise in the living room and turned around to see my Granny’s face in a mirror hanging on the wall. She was just standing there with a blank look on her face (so out of character for her). She was friendly, smiled all the time, and just full of life. I freaked and ran to my room. My Granny always sat in her rocking chair in her living room while she watched TV. When I went to my room, I hopped into bed and covered myself from head to toe. I heard heavy breathing coming from my right, so I slowly turned down my covers to see that my rocking chair was rocking. I started to panic. Then I saw a few papers fly across my room. That’s when I ran out screaming, panting, and crying. My Mom just happened to walk in the door and I told her what I had experienced. She just looked at me like I was nuts and told me that I shouldn’t make up stories like that. She was still hurt by her death, so I suppose she thought I was being mean somehow. True story, though. Very creepy.


Debi January 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

What a sweetie pie hubby you have. Sounds like you will be having a wonderful trip…..don’t forget to write all about it when you get back. Oh – and pictures – don’t forget pictures. I don’t have any ghost stories myself but one of my friends sisters lived in a house once and told us that the woman that died there visited all the time and moved things around…..(not sure I really believed that one)..
Oh almost forgot…..”Nice work Kevin”


Melissa Sherbon January 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

OH! I remembered, I have heard amazing things about Blue Orb Tours. I can’t wait to return to take their tour and the Haunted Pub Crawl!!! There are so many ghost tours…make sure you take more than one!


Liz January 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

Oh what a great gift! I’m not sure what I would be more excited for: the ghosts or the shopping…or the dessert plans! Ok, ghost stories: I have a few unexplained things that happen in my home from time to time…shadows, noises, lights turning on & off, smells – you know strange things. BUT my hubs and I also do a little paranormal investigation from time to time…we have a lot of the equipment too! So our date nights are sometimes on investigations – we love it :)

Enjoy your fun trip and DO share when you get back!


Mary Beth January 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

How cute! My boyfriend and I went to Savannah this fall for his birthday and absolutely loved it. We went on the Old Savannah Tours ghost tour and had a great time, the stories are so fascinating. Make sure you get to The Lady and Sons about an hour before they take reservations, the line gets long fast. Also, don’t forget to add Leopold’s to your list, they have awesome ice cream. Have a great time! :)


Rebecca January 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

If you happen to be in Savannah on a Wednesday evening, check out Eric Culberson and his band at the Live Wire Music Hall on River St. Here’s the link to his schedule. http://www.ericculberson.com/tourdates.htm
He has several albums out and if you like good rockin’ southern blues, he’s your man. Lot’s to do in Savannah and one trip won’t be enough.


Tanya January 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

Savannah is gorgeous! I went to college there (SCAD) and had the best time. I know I saw it on the list Kevin made, but you MUST go eat a praline from River Street Sweets. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious – I’ve even daydreamed about them on occasion since moving. I also highly recommend getting some Chocolate Chewies and Cream Ice Cream from Leopolds-It’s super good and has a great atmosphere. Enjoy your trip!


Kristen@PrettySweet January 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

This is such a nice present! I’m so impressed!! He really put a lot of thought into this trip. =)

I’m SO excited for you guys to visit Savannah – we just took a vacation there in November and really loved it! We had honeymooned in Charleston two years before, so we wanted to find a similar city because we liked the atmosphere so much. There’s plenty to do, but also, it’s a nice relaxing trip. Win-win. =) We did a lot of the stuff on Kevin’s list (Leopold’s and The Olde Pink House! Yea!) but we also went to the Gryphon Tea Room (owned and run by the Savannah College of Art & Design) and Fort Pulaski (which my husband loooved and I liked a lot, too) and Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (Paula’s brother’s restaurant) and some other various places. I blogged about it all, but didn’t get to covering the last day yet…and that’s when we went to The Olde Pink House, so I must finish! =)

Excited to see your Savannah report!! Hope your trip is soon! ;)


Debra Carter January 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

You have an awesome husband!! Great gift!


Angel January 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

I have been there for a girl scout trip a long time ago. We did the Ghost Tour at night- which was fun, we went to Tybee Island which was really cool- and of course we toured Juliete Gordon lows musuem etc that was the place where girl scouts got started. You should have lots of fun. I really liked the ghost walk tour.


Robin S January 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

What a creative way to let you know about the trip! I’ll bet Kevin had a lot of fun putting it together and I can’t wait to see your photos from the trip. I’ve wanted to visit Savannah ever since reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

I had a “phantom car” experience along Rte. 684 in NY. I was driving along on a sunny afternoon, mid-week, so there wasn’t much traffic. In fact, I was practically the only car on the road for miles either way. I was in the left hand lane and noticed a car in the rear-view mirror, coming up really fast. I pulled over to the right to let it pass and then realized that after it disappeared from the mirror — it actually disappeared! It never showed up in the driver’s side mirror, nor passed me. There are no entrances or exits to the highway in that area and it didn’t crash into the shrubs along the median strip because I definitely would have heard something like that. Where did it go?


Hannah Nicole January 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

Awww! How sweet — what a lovely little gift. ♥


Sasha January 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

That is SO sweet!


Jenn January 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

You will love Savannah! My hubbie surprised me with a trip to Savannah last June on our 10th anniversary. It was amazing. I wanted to move there before we left. lol.

We did the Paula Deen tour which I thought was a lot of fun since I’m a huge fan. One of the stops was at Back in the Day bakery. Loved it!! We also did a couple ghost tours. One was really cheesy, but the other was really good. It tours one of the houses that has been featured on the Sci Fi channel’s Ghost Hunters show. I think it’s the one Kevin listed, the Paranormal Tour. It will leave you believing. lol. Our B&B also had a haunted story, which creeped me out a few times. It was a ton of fun though!!

Enjoy your trip!!


Tonya Isbell January 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

OH I am SO jealous!! I want to go to Savannah SO bad!! A group of my girlfriends (7 of us) went to Estes Park, Colorado and stayed in the Stanley Hotel. It was the most awesome trip ever!!! Here are some of the things that happened to us while there. . . .

One of the girls didn’t feel good, so she stayed behind (I would have NEVER done that alone. She tried to just rest in the lobby, but she kept falling asleep, so she went up to the room. She said she was laying across the bed sideways on top of the covers just trying to get rid of a headache when all of a sudden she felt something brush her from her gut to her chest. . . she said it was like someone ran their finger between her breasts. She said she opened her eyes and nobody was there, so she just covered up and prayed that there wasn’t another episode.

Then 4 of us were getting ready at two different times. . .one time a pair of sunglasses went flying off the dresser. Another time a makeup bag went from the top of the commode and flew onto the floor. There was nobody in there, but I’m still saying that gravity could have done that!!

NOW. . . the freakiest thing that happened was when we got back and all of us girls were looking at pictures. There was one of the girls standing at the end of the hall. . . gosh I’m getting chills just tell this. . . anyway, the picture was a pic of what appeared to be a headless man w/ a cane. It was FA-REAKY!!!!! She will NOT go back no matter how much we beg here. I have to agree that if that had been a pic of me, I think I would have issues going back too!!!

Have fun on your trip!! Your hubby rocks!!! That’s a special gift in more ways than one! :)


Claus January 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

After my grandma passed away, the toilet in her part of the house kept flushing itself!, and the lamp in her room was often found turned on. My mom was REALLY scared. One night, as I was “immerse” in school books, studying, I said out loud “Grandma, you do not have any unfinished business around, so stop it!, and let me study”. It never happened again. Coincidence? I’m not sure! but at least people are not afraid anymore to use that bathroom :o))
Looks like a great trip!! you will FOR SURE have the best of times. Great Christmas present indeed.


Kathleen January 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

WOW- Your husband is amazing. That was incredibly thoughtful and creative. Have a wonderful time on your trip!


Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic January 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

What an awesome gift!!! I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah and staying in a haunted hotel would be the bees knees! You are going to have so much fun. Please eat extra for me at Paula’s place I have been dying to go there!!! Enjoy and tell Kevin he gets mega awesome points for not only pulling the whole trip together but making that GREAT booklet for you to open on Christmas to present it!!!


Peggy Whisenhunt January 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

What a romantic husband you have, so creative and what a wonderful gift. You are blessed.


Nicole January 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

I haven’t personally experienced ghosts, but my mom’s family has. My maternal grandmother passed away when my mom was 18, leaving behind ten children and a husband. They have experienced some pretty crazy things like lights on my grandmothers doll house flickering, the dog licking the air in my grandmothers chair as if she were there and a knocking at the door a few times at 8:30pm (the time she passed) and nobody was at the door.


Deirdre Watts January 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

I’ve done this in Savannah! The ghost tour, that is, and I’ve seen these houses. It’s a spooky place at night, and it’s gorgeous! One of my top 3 fave cities in the U.S. The architecture, the ambiance, the vegetation, the river walk, the town squares, the slow pace of traffic in the squares. Be sure to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (or just see the movie…not as good, but quicker). It gives you a sense of the special Savannah ambiance. Be sure to eat a Low Country boil, where they throw all the seafood on your table and you dig in with your hands. Have fun.


Karen January 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

WOW…. Congrats girlfriend!!!! That is an AWESOME and INCREDIBLY sweet gift from hubby!!! Enjoy yourself. Can’t wait to see all the great posts you will have from there. I have ALWAYS wanted to go myself.


Kathryn January 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

You are going to have a ball! Savannah is such a neat place! My husband and I always book places with history and a ghost or two always helps! We stayed in Castle Leslie in Ireland where Paul McCartney got married and Norman the ghost was said to show up in our room from time to time. We also stayed at a B&B here in Charleston that is haunted. We live in Charleston now and when my BFF comes to town, we always go on ghost tours. The weirdest thing was that I captured a picture of an orb and you could absolutely see the face in it! You can see it here on my blog at http://jemsmom.blogspot.com/2010/04/do-you-believe-in-ghosts.html

Have a wonderful time!


Pam January 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I went to your site to see the orb and the beautiful but large photo of your daughter ( I assume didn’t read that far) scared the besheebee’s out of me. You could tell I was kind of creeped out already from the ghost talk. FUNNY! LOL

Jeannette Palmer January 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

What a creative gift! We used to do crafting get togethers with husbands in tow, but mine would not participate. Lucky you!


Christy D January 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

That is the sweetest most thoughtful gift I’ve ever seen!!! The trip is great but I love the idea of doing the book to tell you all about it!!! That’s awesome and so creative!! Sounds like a fun trip!! I love ghost tours!! I hope you have a wonderful time!!!


Suz January 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

What an incredibly creative present! I’m going to have to steal that idea!


Donese Scott January 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

Love, love, love Savannah! It’s a great city. You’re going to have a GREAT time!


Chere January 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

Amanda, What a thoughtful gift. Our son went to school in Savannah for fours years. Yes, he did not go to my beloved AU. Any way he said the show “Ghost Hunters” features ghost in Savannah more than any other city. You might look for that show on the web and see what you can find. You are luck that you are going to the cemetary in Feb. The little bitters are awful. Go and walk around on your on. You will be able to take the most beautiful photos. All the fountains are great spots. You guys will have a great time. You may want to take a wide angle lens.


LaraM January 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

What a thoughtful gift..and hubby. Nothing paranormal here..just wanted to say that Savannah is wonderful. We got engaged there…after dinner at the Olde Pink House we went to Forsyth Park and husband proposed. Enjoyed this post…kind of like a walk down memory lane. Have a great time!!


Mary January 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

My husband and I got married in Savannah in 2008. Our wedding photos are filled with strange orbs and lights.

Please, please, please visit Forsyth Park! It’s a photographer’s dream and a Savannah landmark. Tybee Island is a 20 minute drive, and besides a beautiful beach, you’ll find the historic lighthouse.

Enjoy Savannah! It’s one in a million!


Janet Gallaher January 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

what a romantic way to present your trip…lots of love and thoughtfulness went into that Kevin! Can I say been there, done that in Savannah? I live in Charlotte, NC so Charleston and Savannah are favorite get-away spots for us. We did one of the pub ghost tours and it was a blast…and I might add, did get spooky. Savannah is so full of history and a gorgeous city. Be sure and stop by Paula Deen’s place. One question…how do you do eat your way through all these travels without gaining weight??? I’m jealous. Enjoy your trip!


Tania S. January 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

What a nice gift from your husband. My sister and I just spent a few days in Savannah back in October. We stayed at the Eliza Thompson House. The food at The Lady & Sons was excellent. We also bought cupcakes from Back in the Day Bakery, yummy! I know you are going to have a great time. Can’t wait to see the pictures you take and hear about your trip. (:


Rebekah T January 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

Oh my gosh!!! What a great gift…although I’d be a little nervous too. :) I watch Ghost Hunters all the time and there have been some awesome places in Georgia. My husband’s family lived in a really old Victorian styled home back when he was a little kid. They shared the home with two other families (Grandparents and cousins family). One night when all the adults thought that he and his sister were sound asleep they heard blood curdling screams coming from their room and ran in to find them both under the bed with the covers pulled down around their faces. My husband doesn’t remember screaming like that but he does remember a older man standing over them next to the bed with a top hat on and a long dress coat. He was just standing their looking at them. Many other people in the home including adults have told stories of seeing the same man and a few others in this home. Funny thing is that the house is now up for sale after many years of families living in it and it’s a great deal. Wonder why??? :) My husband wants to buy it and renovate it and make it a bad and breakfast. I’m not so sure I want to do that. :) Have fun in Savannah. We all want to see some cool pics with ghosties in them. :)


CantStopBaking January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

Oh. My. gosh. That brought tears to my eyes…can Kevin give gift giving lessons for husbands???So sweet!


Bryann January 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

How fun! What a great idea for a gift… go kevin! When I was in college I stayed with my aunt until I found an apartment. After the vietnam war an elderly woman lived there and housed vets who had no where to go. She housed many but one night a man had a night terror basically and murdered her. Years later my aunt lives there where strange things always happened … lights flickering, bad smells coming from nowhere, dogs crying for no reason. Anyways I was staying in my cousins room who was away at college. I felt something “poking” my leg… I tried to ignore it thinking it was my imagination and then all of a sudden something grabbed my ankle, like a hard “who are you in this bed” hard. Super scary… I never slept with the door closed again. And that is my ghost story.


Alison M. January 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

A friend of mine claimed that her room was haunted. Her house was a little suburban house, built in the 60s in MD. She claimed there was a ghost cat in her closet and strange noises had been heard by everyone in the house coming from that room. They did have a couple of pet cats, but they were not in the room at the noisy times. One night when I slept in that room, with the door closed, no cats in the room, I was awakened by what felt like a cat jumping onto my legs and walking across the bed. I opened my eyes and there was nothing there, and the door was still closed. Spoooooooky!


Kelly January 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

OMGoodness! He is too sweet! For him to do all of that truly shows how much he loves you! I am so excited for you both {and the dogs too}! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure.

I don’t have any Ghost Stories to tell but I do live very close to Bisbee, AZ and they have some haunted hotels there that I have been wanting to stay at. :]

Have a great trip!


Tami January 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

What a sweetie your husband is.

If you ever plan a trip to Arkansas make sure you check out the Cresent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Featured on Ghost Hunters it has a spooky past of its own.

Love your blog,


Karyn January 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

Yes, I have been in the presence of a ghost or two. I had an apartment with a very busy kitchen ghost. She would “clean” at night, or at least I think that is what she was doing. I had to ask her to let me sleep a few times. :) My apartment at the time was the kitchen/dining room of an old house, so she could have been a maid or cook. Never saw her, just heard her. Savannah is wonderful! Have a great time!


Toni January 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

How Sweet! You have an AWESOME husband! Way to go Kevin :) I don’t believe in ghosts but I am sooooooooooooooooo excited for you guys. You two (4) will have an amazing time!


Amy @DYKTMP? January 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

That gift was so thoughtful. I’m so jealous of your spooky Savannah trip!! No ghosts stories at the moment.


Jane January 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

What a sweetheart! Have fun and hang onto that man!


Connie Lynn January 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

Your husband is so sweet and creative! I am new to your blog. I am so glad to get your emails also. I am a follower of Ree Drummond ~ Pioneer Woman. But now I love following your blog too! I am going to try your recipe for the “snow cloud cookies” today.
Love Connie


Veronica January 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

What an incredible gift, all of it, the trip and the very toughtful way of giving it to you, hope yo have a great time. He seems like a great guy.

I’ve recently started following you, and wanted to tell you I’m really ejoying it, your photos are amazing


Pamela January 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

I am just blown away! My husband has surprised me with a few things, but nothing this creative and detailed! Kudos to your husband! Have fun!!


Rose January 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

you officially have the best husband ever :-)


Shantell Newman January 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

Verrrrry cute! He put a lot of thought into it! :)


Jessica January 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

Great job Kevin! I can’t wait to hear about your trip, I keep telling my hubby I want to go there (we’re up in Idaho!) expecially to eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant. I don’t know if I could handle all of the ghost stuff, that really freaks me out!


meredith rooney January 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

Just did a weekend visit to Savannah last month. The martinis in the Boar’s Head restaurant are amazing. We also did a horse drawn cart tour and that was very interesting and fun. The MOST amazing meal was in the PINK HOUSE Restaurant. A definite must! Have fun and if you haven’t gone to Charleston SC then you must make a trip there. Charleston is one of the prettiest and most interesting places I’ve ever seen.


jeny.tyler January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

I agree! I just posted a few photos on my blog of my hometown.

Kimberly January 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

Wow! What an AWESOME gift. He’s a KEEPER!

As far as ghost stories go, I originally hail from Bucks County, PA which, for those of you who don’t know, is where George Washington crossed the Delaware and where Aaron Burr hid out after killing Alexander Hamilton in a Duel in Lambertville, NJ. Anyway, they say that Room 6 of the Logan Inn in New Hope is haunted by Aaron Burr’s ghost and most people don’t stay the whole night.

Also, my brother-in-law had a great aunt who lived in a 1700′s farmhouse and she claimed it was haunted. She heard parties downstairs at night. One time she opened her bedroom door and there was a man wearing knickers, and one time she walked in the living room and there was a strong stench of rose perfume. On their property, they had a barn where my brother in law kept windows for his business. He brought my nephew, who was barely old enough to speak, with him one day. When they walked into the barn, my nephew pointed to the end of the barn and yelled “GHOST!”. My brother-in-law didn’t see anything, but needless to say they both turned tail and ran.

Here’s hoping you see lots of ghosts!


Linh C January 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

What a great way to present a gift! I have to show your blog post to my husband.

We’re going to Hilton Head Island in March for spring break and plan to do a day trip to Savannah. My kids would love the walking ghost tour, I want to visit the bakeries and my husband, well, he’ll have to follow along. My only concern is that we’ll be there around St. Patrick’s Day and I’ve read that it get really crazy there and not kid-appropriate.

I can’t wait to hear about your trip next month. :)


Lindzie January 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

Savannah is such a cool place. Make sure you go to the Savannah Candy Kitchen (It’s here: 225 East River Street) and get some salt water taffy and some pralines. mmm…pralines. They are so good! Enjoy!


Alicia January 27, 2011 at 11:07 am


You’ll love Savannah. My husband and I went there about 3 years ago for our anniversary and loved it. Make sure that you eat at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House. We were told to go there and avoid Paula Deen’s by our hotel (we stayed at the Marshall House Hotel). We did a ghost tour too. It was just ok…pretty cheesy. ha ha!

You’ll have a wonderful time there!


Jane January 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

Lucky you! Your husband is so fun to plan this trip! I have always wanted to go to Savannah, so I am a bit jealous. Have a wonderful time. Hope you “hear” from Wally. Jane C.


Stephanie G. January 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

omg! Kevin is so creative! He’s put alot of work into your gift…he’s a keeper for sure! Way to go Kevin!
Have a great time…can’t wait until you tell us all about it!


Elizabeth January 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

Okay, what a thoughtfull husband you have there!!!!


Carli January 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

The Pink House is amazing…. the best fish entree I’ve ever eaten, and I live in New Orleans.


Amy January 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

I strongly agree with several earlier commenters – you must eat at the The Old Pink House. Skip the Pirate House – very touristy and just okay. We too had been told to eat at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, but check their schedule as they aren’t open every day. We were told that Paula Deen’s is overrated, so we didn’t bother eating there, but if you do want to give it a try, get in line early!

I would recommend a trolly tour. You will get a ton of information while riding around, enjoying the sights.

I sure wish we had known about the bakery everyone is talking about!


jeny.tyler January 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Ohh…the sister city to Charleston (if you come here I will take you to some GREAT spots!) You will have fun. One of favorite books/movies takes place there…Midnight in the Garden of good and evil. There is quite a bit of voodoo and mystery when you get into the Low Country with all the influences of the past. I can’t wait to see what you think :)


Rhiannon January 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

ok seriouslly is he not the greatest husband in the world!?


mhsands January 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

You’ll love Savannah!!! If you’re coming in Feb, pack something warm. South Georgia not so warm and sunny right now! :)


E DeCap January 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm


We went to Hilton Head, SC last spring and spent an entire day in Savannah! And I love every minute of it. I wished we had had time to do Paula Deens, but we just didn’t have enough time to do everything! I would love to go back! I’ve been following your blog long enough to know you have a thing for sweets, so you MUST go to the Savannah Candy Kitchen if you have time! The place just reeks of sugar. We shared a couple scoops of ice cream *amazing* and left with an entire tin of fresh taffy! Have fun!


Kerry January 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Points on for your husband! That is a very cool gift. Nicely done, Kevin.

As for ghosts, the neighbors have a very sweet, maternal presence who lives with them. She does things like starting the dishwasher and closing the curtains at night. What they do not like about her, however, is when she leans down very close to them while they are in bed and says in a very soft, mommy voice, “Hiiiiiiiii.” NO THANK YOU.

Have a wondeful trip.


Marin D January 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

We love Savannah! That is where my husband took us for our honeymoon!!! We stayed on Tybee Island but went into Savannah everyday. LOVE IT! Loved it so much we named our daughter Savannah. :) Loved all the food and wandering around. Did a few tours and drove up to Charleston, SC. It was a ton of fun. We hope to go back someday and take our girls (we live in Las Vegas). We went to the cemetaries, parks, museums, and so on. Oh and when we went to Paula Deen’s restaurant, the boys were there! I have signed cookbooks!!! I know you’ll love it!!!


DawnÜ January 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Aww, How sweet your husband is! That’s so awesome idea gift! Your very lucky to go to Savannah, I always want to go there, meet Paula Deen, shopping, historic and of course, food & dessert. :D

Okay, Please pardon my english and hope you understand because Im Deaf..Im little blushing. Anyway, Of course, I do believe in ghosts. So let me telling you the story. I have been seeing a lot of ghosts in Indiana School for the Deaf where I grew up in the dormitories and schools along with deaf kids. Indiana School for the Deaf established 1843 in Indianapolis, Indiana. My deaf childhood friends and I frustrated with the ghosts who bothered us while we slept for bedtime. The ghosts tapped on our faces, feet, legs, arms, shook & stomped our beds, pulled our hairs, many happened to say. The ghost kids laughed at all deaf girls in same dormitory. Now, I work at Indiana School for the Deaf as an overnight resident advisor. Other staffs and I saw a black shadow ghost moving in Pre-school and Elementary dormitory & school while we decorated on bulletin board then we hurried to be done on bulletin board then we ran in the hallway with screaming, other staffs heard us and came to see us to say “Are you allright and Why did you screaming for?” but other seniority staff laughed and already know about the ghosts what the seniority staffs have seen many times and me too before but they said just ignoring them, they don’t bother you..Don’t worry, You will be fine. I have enough to see a lot of ghosts since I grew up, I know that’s kinda creepy for me to see the black shadow ghost. Yikes! Also, We usually saw the college student (male)tended to run around the hallway every late nights at 3AM for excerising while We supervised with the deaf kids during bedtime. We found out that college student died of heart attack in his staff apartment in Elementary dormitory about 3 years ago. We saw him being a running ghost around the hallway at exactly 3AM, We shocked that’s college student! That made us goosebumps to see a running ghost with wearing a short and top tank even running through the wall. We can’t hardly believe that happening. Other one is a deaf guy who passed away a long time ago, He always walked around the hallway every nights, went to bathroom and washed his hands but somehow I was supervising with other staff in elementary boys dormitory, I talked with sign language with a hearing staff then I stopped talking quickly then looked at a deaf guy ghost stood up in the hallway and watched me while I was in living room. I can’t see his face like just blurred blank face, I can see his body with white T-shirt, 1970′s blue jean with curly afro blond hair. He watched at me for a few min then he walked away. I ran and looked for him in the hallway but he gone. I can’t find him. I know that’s a ghost! Other staffs told me many different stories about ghosts as some are men, women, girls and boys. Some hearing staffs can’t stand to hear a lot of noises with screaming, pounding, tapping, dropping, slapping, stomping, etc. They said Wow, Too many to tell you this. How interesting creepy! Im still working there and ignoring the ghosts. :)

Hope you both and dogs enjoy in Savannah and have fun! Please post your sharing pictures from your trip when you all return home. :D Be careful on trip! Hugs


Whitney January 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

What an awesome gift idea! I only bought my husband the Eyewitness Travel guide for Ireland for his gift but this would have been way better!


Diane Clements January 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

No paranormal here but would like to know where you found your husband!


Amanda January 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Awesome gift! How cool…
Our home was built in 1904 and we’ve been remodeling for the past 6 years. We had a safe small play/rest are set up for our daughter, who was 4 at the time…Before we moved in she was napping and we were walking around the basement trying to figure something out when we heard pitter patter steps running in circles above us-thru the kitchen, dining room, parlor and back around again about 5 times. We just stared at each other and I rolled my eyes and went to the steps waiting for her to finally freak out and start calling for us…nothing. So I go upstairs to check on her before she went outside and couldn’t find her…I go into the room she naps in and she was passed out fast asleep…It wasn’t her runninig around. *chills up the spine. Nothing since….
Until about 3 weeks ago I woke to hearing our 2 yr old get out of bed and walk down the hall. I sent DH to check on him since he doesn’t get out of bed unless we get him out…asleep. Greattttt….


amanda jones January 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

We go there every year while vacationing in South Carolina. Make sure you go to Bonaventure Cemetery to take some pics. So many great photo ops there and like others have said, make sure you either read or watch the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. It will make the trip even more fun for you.


Tiffany January 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’ve never had a paranormal experience, but I just wanted to say what a great gift and an AMAZING way to present it. He obviously put thought and effort into that. How wonderful!


Shannon January 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

What a SWEET hubby!! :)

Girl, you HAVE to go to The Lady and Sons! Oh, holy cow it is so amazing it’s not even funny! Oh, I can’t wait to go back….

Have FUN!


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