Spring Break at Fripp Island and A Quick Trip to Savannah

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Hey friends!  It’s been a little bit since my last blog post so thought I’d do a little catch up post today and recap our spring break and share some details on the quick trip to Savannah.  We had spring break at the beginning of April so we went down to Fripp Island, SC to stay with my parents for the week.  Tate was baptized while we were there, and lots of my dad’s side of the family was able to attend, which was so wonderful.  We live far away from all of our family so any chance to visit with my grandparents and catch up with cousins and aunts and uncles is such a treat.  Tate was born 3 months before the pandemic started so we missed an infant baptism in 2020 and 2021 since so many things like that had to be put on hold.  I’m glad we were finally able to do it even though she’s already 3 years old!  Her sweet little dress was actually a $2.97 clearance purchase from Old Navy in 2019.  I got it for Caroline, who never wore it, and it ended up being the perfect dress for a toddler baptism.

my Sail to Sable dress (gifted) | sandals

We had glorious weather most of the trip, which you can never totally count on in early April in South Carolina.  It’s often lovely this time of year but can be chilly and windy at times too (like when we spent a month at Fripp Island when COVID first started while we were in limbo after moving away from Hawaii).  We spent lots of time on the beach, rode bikes (Caroline learned to ride without training wheels!), potty trained Tate, and even went out on my uncle’s boat and saw dolphins.  Easter was drizzly and cold but we were thankful for a mild trip the rest of the time!

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Summersalt swimsuit (I size up a size) | sun hat | Mohala Eyewear sunglasses (katiev for 15% off)

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Allyson dress from Madison Mathews – code KATIE saves you 10%

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Tom drove down with us but flew back to DC to work that week and then flew back South before Easter to help with the drive back home.  I picked him up in Savannah and my parents encouraged us to make a little getaway out of it so we spent the day wandering Savannah and enjoying a little kid free time.  We spent the night at The Bluff Historic Hotel not far from River Street.  I wore a new white dress from Madison-Mathews and code KATIE aways saves you 10%.  This dress is called the “Rosie” and it runs big, so size down a size.  The bow on the shoulder is so feminine and I love the eyelet at the bottom of this one.  There are lots of colorful ones too!

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First we had happy hour (oysters, rosé, and sliders) at Common Restaurant.  I didn’t get a good look at the full menu but happy hour was great and it was a lively place.

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Next, we headed to The Peregrin, which is a rooftop lounge and bar on top of the Perry Lane Hotel.  The frosé was yummy and the view was breathtaking!  Definitely add this one to your list if you’re going to Savannah.  I’d love to stay at Perry Lane Hotel next time too- the decor was impeccable and it was a great blend of historical and modern!

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Next, we wandered around a bit and I quickly popped into H&M and got 2 shirt dresses that look really elevated despite being under $30.  I got the blue and white dress and the solid black version (not pictured).  It runs true to size (which is not typically the case at H&M!)  Swap out the belt for a rattan belt for an even classier look!

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We eventually ended up at the Plant Riverside District, which is an old power plant on the Savannah River that was updated into a great outdoor space (live music!), shops, and restaurants.  I hadn’t been to Savannah in a number of years and don’t remember seeing this area last time, so I think this may be a relatively recent addition to the Riverwalk.  Don’t quote me on that though.  We listened to music outside for a while and then snagged a seat at the bar inside Graffito Pizza and had a great dinner.

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The next morning Tom and I woke up and went for a run to Forsyth Park and then we ran around it a few times.  You just can’t beat a charming park lined with live oaks covered in Spanish moss.

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It was a Saturday morning and there was a farmers market set up in the center of the park.  We finished the run in Forsyth Park and then miraculously got a table quickly at Collins Quarter at Forsyth, which is located inside Forsyth Park.  There’s another location too, both are very popular spots!  The food was great (shrimp and grits for me, crab cake benedict for Tom) and the decor was trendy and fun.

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On the walk back to the hotel I stopped in a cute boutique called Red Clover Boutique.  Tom was with me and we had to get back to the hotel and check out, but I totally could have spent a long time in there browsing the racks.  It had really affordable clothing and accessories- definitely worth a visit!  I believe Harper is their sister store and it’s a bit higher end.  It’s on my list for next time!

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We drove back to Fripp Island and then spent Easter with my parents and the kiddos.  Church is normally outside at Fripp Island but got moved inside due to inclement weather.  It was a great end to our spring break trip!  We drove home to Northern Virginia the next morning and quickly jumped back into school and regular life.  The house is still a mess and I have yet to fully unpack, but memories were made and it was a wonderful vacation!


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