Anna Maria Island (Savannah, Charleston and more – Part 2)

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Hey! I’m back with Part 2, as promised.

We stopped at several other destinations along our trip South to Florida.
Namely, Beaufort SC, Charleston SC, Mt. Pleasant SC (stayed with family), Savannah GA, Tampa FL and Gainsville FL.

We didn’t get to spend much time in any (except a few days in the Charleston area with family) but it was nice to visit.

While still in Florida, we went into the Sarasota area and saw this along the way…..

Anna Maria Island Florida Vacation - Do you see the couple mimicking the statue - artsychicksrule

How neat is that?
AND do you see the couple mimicking the statue?
What a fun and great catch! Love that so much. (they did the pose after I got that shot)

After our vacation was done in Anna Maria Island, we headed out to the Tampa area….

Anna Maria Island Florida Vacation - heading to Tampa Clearwater - artsychicksrule

We did a little sight seeing and then moved on our way to Gainesville….

Anna Maria Island Florida Vacation - Had to visit my son's favorite - artsychicksrule

…to visit my son’s absolute favorite.

Anna Maria Island Florida Vacation - My son visiting U of Fla campus - artsychicksrule

So fun.

Then we made a stop in Savannah GA.
I adore this old city.
We stayed here for a Spring Break vacation back in around 2007.
That moss is so beautiful… you love it too?

Historic Savannah GA - love the moss - artsychicksrule

We stopped and took a stroll down historic River Street.

The walkover/down from the main street.

Historic Savannah Georgia - looking towards River Street - artsychicksrule

Savannah GA - Strolling historic River Street - artsychicksrule

(my guys on the left there)

Lots to see down here….

Savannah Georgia - Historic River Street - artsychicksrule

People singing in the street ….all kinds of things going on around here.

Savannah Georgia - Love River Street - artsychicksrule

It’s a great walking city. So much to see, so many beautiful homes and so peaceful.
I wish we would have had more time to visit!
Since we didn’t, I wasn’t able to get many shots on this trip.
One place I highly recommend seeing/visiting is Bonaventure Cemetery which is just outside of town.
We didn’t visit this time but did the last time we were here.
It’s unlike any other cemetery we’ve ever seen.

Next we made a quick drive through Beaufort SC.

Beaufort SC home - artsychicksrule

Love that moss and that home.

And finally, we made our way back to the Charleston area.

We love Charleston SC.
It may be a home destination for us at some point in the future!
We’ll see. :)

Great restaurants there… this one….

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - highly recommend - artsychicksrule

It’s called Tavern & Table and is on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant.

Look at the inside…..

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - those cabinets are amazing - artsychicksrule

That’s behind the hostess stand. Isn’t it pretty?

Every single thing in this restaurant was amazing but I felt a little goofy snapping so many shots! ;)

The light at the hostess stand….industrial glam.

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - those lights are amazing - artsychicksrule

The doors to the left walking from the hostess stand to the main restaurant (and outdoor seating) areas.

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - those doors are amazing - artsychicksrule

Look at that painted wood floor.

This “cold room” to the right…..

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - Window to a cold room - artsychicksrule


And that wide “hallway” led to the bar, dining areas and outdoor seating which is where we sat.

Tavern and Table Outdoor seating - artsychicksrule

Nice view.

And this is Red’s Icehouse next door (another favorite of ours but didn’t visit this time)

Tavern and Table - Red's Icehouse next door - artsychicksrule

This is was what I had to eat…..

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - wonderful food - artsychicksrule

Chimichurri Steak Salad with pearl couscous, charred sweet corn, dried cherries, toasted pumpkin seeds, oven roasted tomatoes, arugula and basil buttermilk dressing.
I would so eat it again! Yummy.

Good (and pretty!) drinks too….

Mount Pleasant SC - Tavern & Table Restaurant - amazing cocktails - artsychicksrule

We ate Brunch at SALT at Station 22 on Sullivan’s Island too (no photos but I recommend!)

I always enjoy visiting here.

So many great places to see and eat. ;)

Charleston SC - best ice cream EVER - artsychicksrule

If you are ever in Charleston, stop in and visit (and try!) this ice cream.
It’s divine. 
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on King Street. (here’s a teaser of their flavors –> Jeni’s )
The Sweet Cream, Wildberry Lavender and Brown Butter Almond Brittle are yummy!

I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of our vacation photos.
See you later this week with a beautiful furniture piece (I think so! ;) ) I painted with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and some other exciting details about something I hope you join in on too!

Sneak peek on Instagram of what I painted. If you already follow me there, you know what I’m talking about! :)
I can’t wait to share! I so enjoyed painting this one.

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  1. What a great trip! Wonderful places to visit! We love Charleston too! Both of our sons had their weddings in Charleston! One son went to college there and our younger son went to Florida State. Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to visit there again soon!

    1. Thanks Lynn! It was fun and we really made a true “road trip” out of it this time. Stopping at all those wonderful places along the way.
      How neat that both of your sons married in Charleston (and went to college there and FL)! We just love it there. :)
      We are looking forward to our next trip too already! ;)
      Have a great weekend!!

  2. Wonderful pictures. Looks like you had a great time. I never travel due to having a large family of furkids that I hate to leave so I really enjoy seeing the world through other peoples pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! We really did and it always goes by way too fast! ;)
      It is hard to leave the furbabies, I agree! They do stay at home most of the time though…with someone watching them so that makes it a bit easier.

  3. As native South Carolinians, we also love Charleston — Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island has the best burgers! We try to eat at Shem Creek when visiting too. A funny story. Years ago we took my Mom and Dad deep sea fishing and the boat launched from Shem Creek. I told Mom all day that we were going to take her to RB’s for dinner (also a great restaurant at Shem Creek) and told how much she would love it. She didn’t seem too excited. Anyway, when we got there that night she was very surprised because she thought I had been saying we were taking them to Arby’s. We had a great laugh. Glad you all enjoyed your southern sojourn.

    1. Hi Linda!
      I have heard of Poe’s but have never gone yet. Will have to try that!
      And, haha, the story about your Mom was SO cute!!! I love it! :) Thanks for sharing.
      We aren’t native but did live in the Lexington area of SC for 2 years. Maybe we’ll be residents of the lovely state again someday in the future! (Charleston area this time!)

  4. i am really homesick this morning with winter coming here in tn so i loved seeing all of your pictures i graduated from sarasota high school hmm a few years ago, and the shot from the skyway bridge is awesome, we fished from the old bridge a lot, and i too think charlston is gorgeous to visit i would not want to live there too much traffic lol thanks nancy xx

    1. Hey Chris!
      So sorry you are homesick…I don’t want Winter either! boo!
      That bridge is awesome. Amazing how a bridge can be beautiful but it was. I just love the whole area there.
      I love the area surrounding Charleston and the small islands. I would love to one day have a small home there and a small home on AMI!
      And travel between the two, wouldn’t that be amazing! ;) I can dream anyway!!
      Hope you have a great weekend!!

  5. How great. Maybe on your way back you can stop by St. Simon Island in Georgia.
    It’s beautiful as well as all the other coastal cities, but something special about it.

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