Monday, August 29, 2016 Trip home to Orlando by way of Savannah
This morning we just kind of dawdled around and had breakfast at the hotel and packed. About 11 am we left to return the rental car and check our bag at RDU on our Southwest flight. We walked through security and found our gate and sat down. About 15 minutes later CC got a text saying our flight was delayed. We were right next to the gate and they didn’t make an announcement yet. After about 30 minutes the gate agent told us the plane’s AC had broken and they were fixing it in Nashville (BNA). CC looked at me and said do you want to drive? We waited for a little while and they told us it would be a 4 hour delay. The flight was not full and they were rerouting all the connecting people to other flights. Then CC said what if we spend the night in Savannah? Yes! I’m in. So we went to the desk to tell them we were driving. They gave us $200 vouchers on Southwest good for a year and we can use the portion of our ticket that didn’t get used. The agent got our luggage back and we went to Budget for a car. Now CC is a Fastbreak member and the cars are supposed to be ready but not at RDU. We had already waited 20 minutes for a shuttle to show up and now we were waiting to get the car. I think we spent about 45 minutes in the line. And there was only 1 person in front of us that was also a Fastbreak member!
Finally we got a car and were on our way! We love Savannah. Been there many times. Love the food, the shops, the history. A great day for a drive and the car they gave us had satellite radio (which didn’t work well for us). We had made a reservation for the new Homewood Suites by Hilton on the river. The room was great but small. It had a queen bed and a pullout sofa with a small kitchen and large bath. If we all 3 come here again it would be a good place to stay. We were right on River Street so close to what we wanted to do. Eat!
Before we left we stopped in to the Happy Hour for a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers to tide us over. They had a real great display of food, have to keep that in mind for another stay. CC likes a place called Huey’s for dinner so first we stopped at the Peanut Store to stock up since they would probably be closed when we finished with dinner. We had just been to the one in Sarasota so we didn’t need much but still bought 4 cans. Then we went through the Candy Store. And on to dinner.
We gorged ourselves with fried green tomatoes, red beans and rice, shrimp and grits and a hamburger. If that wasn’t enough we had the beignets for dessert. I think we went into a food coma. Afterwards we walked back to the hotel and went up on the roof deck. The pool is up there with cabanas and a bar. It would have been a nice place to hang out if we weren’t so full and tired of traveling.