Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pack My Bag- Vacation in Georgia

It hit me this weekend that in just under three weeks I'll be on vacation. A real, honest-to-goodness vacation! Dan and I are going to Georgia for a week at the end of the month, with stops in Savannah and Athens. It'll be so nice to get out of town for a few days and to see a part of the country I've never visited.

We'll fly into Atlanta and drive to Savannah, where we'll stay at the historic Planters Inn right within the heart of the city. We have no solid plans as to what we'll do while in Savannah other than wander around to soak up the sun and the southern hospitality. After a couple days, we'll drive to Athens where our really good friends, Kara & Clayton, live. They relocated from the Twin Cities a year ago and I'm looking forward to seeing all the places they go and the things they do.

In planning for the vacation, what's more fun than figuring out what I'm going to wear? It's going to be hot and humid in Atlanta at the end of May, so I want to bring a selection of dresses and skirts that are easy to pull on and wear all day while walking around. Here's what I'm thinking.

Shoes I only want to bring two pair. We'll be walking around a lot so flats seem like the best choice, as do the color choice: one pair of nude sandals and one pair of black.

Seychelles shoes
$80 - nordstrom.com



Casual Dresses
It's the south, where ladies are "done" from day until night...which I kind of love. There's no easier way to look pulled together than by throwing on a dress. Maddy, from Plus Model Magazine, wore a coral version of this dress when we were in Las Vegas this winter; it was extremely cute. I also like the idea of wearing my compass turtle pendant because I have a terrible sense of direction. Especially on vacation.



Same accessories, new dress. This Ikat print shirt dress looks cool and breezy. Perfect for bumming around Athens with our friends.



I appreciate separates that can be multi-purposed. Sealed with a Kiss's essential short skirt fits that bill because it doubles as a skirt and a strapless dress (hike it up and add a belt- voila!). And I like the stud detail on this basic tank because it means I can get away with fewer accessories.



Dressy Outfit
I'm anticipating that we'll go out to a nice restaurant at some point during the trip. This black maxi dress is perfect because I can dress it up with a few dramatic accessories for the evening...without losing a ton of space in my luggage.



So...which clothes will actually make their way into my luggage? That'll probably wind up being a game-time decision. So I'll let you know. In the meantime, let me know if you have any favorite spots in Savannah or Athens that I should check out, ok?

9 comments:

  1. I went to the University of Georgia and know my way around Athens really well!

    Here are some of my favorites!

    Casual Dining: Five Star Day Cafe (Hippie Soul food), Cali n Tito's (Cuban food), Big City Bread (good lunch spot), The Grit (Vegetarian - "townies" love this place), The Varsity (hot dogs and frosted orange), Transmetropolitan (Pizza), and Weaver D's (classic Athens Soul Food)
    Fancy Dining: Porterhouse (Steak), The Basil Press
    Bars: Allgood (good music, outdoor area), Walker's Pub (Coffee Bar and regular bar), The Arch Bar (Classy), Buddha Bar (Cider Sake Bomb is a must), General Beauregards (try the general's sweet tea), and The Winery (Good Champagne Drinks!
    Sites: North Campus (The Chapel, The Arch), Sanford Stadium (good photo op!), the botanical gardens, and Downtown athens (so many bars, we are the #1 party school for a reason).

    If you have ANY questions, feel free to shoot me an email!!

    Have so much fun!!

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  2. Thank you for all the suggestions, Meredith - I really appreciate that! I forgot that Athens was home to the #1 party school in the US...that's a pretty high bar to live up to!

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  3. While in Savannah drive over to Tybee Island, we went to both Savannah and Tybee Island a few years ago and they are both beautiful but Tybee Island has a beautiful beach and lighthouses.

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  4. Tybee Island sounds amazing -it's on the list now. Thank you!

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  5. It's always so much fun when we get to see what you are packing. um...please tell me that the turtle pendant is new and still available somewhere. I would go out an buy it right now.

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  6. Awesome! I'm a Savannah based lurker. :-) Dress cool!!!

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  7. Another University of Georgia grad here!

    I'll second Five Star Day & Cali n'Titos, but for fancy dining, Five & Ten is a must (the chef is a James Beard award winner).

    Enjoy your time in the South, and yes, dress cool! It's already in the 90s in Atlanta this week, and Savannah and Athens will be even hotter.

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  8. Thanks to all of you who took the time to give me your suggestions for local hotspots in GA. I can't wait to head south!

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  9. While in Savannah drive over to Tybee Island, we went to both Savannah and Tybee Island a few years ago and they are both admirable but Tybee Island has a admirable bank and lighthouses.

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