Long-distance friendships can be hard. Especially if they weren’t long-distance to begin with. In our case, we went from seeing each other several times a week, every week, to living 238 miles apart. (Seriously?!) But we cope because we’re best friends and that’s what you do.
We’ve even made it a priority to meet in person at least twice a year. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it definitely gives our friendship a much-needed boost. There is nothing better than spending an entire day or two with your best friend, after being apart for months, and picking up right where you left off.
Even luckier for us, the halfway point between Jacksonville and Charleston just happens to be beautiful Savannah, GA. It’s the perfect setting for a reunion with friends and it makes a great day trip for both of us. So, on a gorgeous Saturday in September, with our husbands in tow, we met in the heart of downtown Savannah.
Actually, we met at the Hilton Savannah Desoto because it had the closest public restroom to where we parked and we were desperate. (Apparently, we all slammed huge cups of coffee on the way there. Oops!) Then, we went exploring.
First, we hit up some nearby shops. We love to read so The Book Lady was a must. Then, we popped into this charming folk-art gallery, Roots Up, that’s a couple doors down from the bookstore. The gallery features several different artists and has some truly unique pieces. Lastly, we came across a chocolate shop. Or, more accurately, a chocolate library.
Dreams do come true.
After our yummy snack, we headed to the main event: lunch at SOHO SOUTH
CAFE. The delicious food and casual atmosphere made this the perfect place for us to linger over a meal and catch up. And, because it was the weekend, they were serving brunch! You know we jumped on that bandwagon. 🙂
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Tybee Island, which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown. We tried to go to the beach but, it was so packed, we changed our minds. Instead, we got iced coffees at Tybean Art & Coffee Bar, which we highly recommend, and checked out a few more shops.
We ended the day back in downtown Savannah, where we got our fix of Mexican food at Carlito’s Mexican Bar & Grill. Let’s just say, good food was had and not-so-good pictures were taken. (How awesome is that Que Pasa sign, though?!)
Overall, it was a really great day. It wasn’t about what we did or where we ate. (Even when we lived in the same city, it wasn’t about that.) It was about the face-to-face conversations and the laughter and hugs we’d been missing. We wish we could have spent more time together but we soaked up every minute we had and can’t wait to do it again. ❤