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A Weekend At The Ballastone Inn

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As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, my boyfriend Ed and I visited Savannah, Georgia for the first time together a few weeks ago. It’s somewhere both of us have desperately wanted to visit. We knew as we were planning our weekend getaway that we wanted to stay somewhere unique to Savannah. After talking to the owner of The Ballastone Inn, Jennifer Salandi, we knew we’d found it. 

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The Ballastone Inn is located in the Historic District of Savannah and has been a prominent mansion since the mid 19th century. You can really feel the rich history of the building as you walk up the staircase and enter the double doors into the elegantly adorned foyer. The Ballastone has been many things – A townhouse, a boarding house, and apartments. Now, it is one of the most awarded and loved southern bed and breakfasts by magazines, websites, and even Good Morning America! 

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I wish I could convey exactly how beautiful The Ballastone is. Everything about it – the antebellum-inspired furnishings, the kind and knowledgable staff, even the way the floors creak as you walk across the foyer and up the staircase to your suite all embody the many years The Ballastone has stood as a distinguished part of this southern city. It’s something you have to see and experience for yourself!

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Every night, we wrote down what we wanted from an assortment of options on the breakfast menu and what time we wanted it. In the morning, we walked across the foyer to the tea room where breakfast is served. Paired with coffee and tea served in the most beautiful china, it was the perfect way to prepare for a full day of exploring the city!

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My favorite part about The Ballastone Inn is the garden. With the lights strung around the trees and the gorgeous chandelier hanging from the branches above, it makes for the perfect spot to sip coffee in the morning and cocktails at night!

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We stayed in the Victoria Suite which was beautiful and unbelievably cozy all at once. If you ever want to feel like a REAL princess, spend a weekend in this room. I almost made Ed fan me with a giant leaf and feed me grapes by the end of the weekend. In all seriousness, staying in this room was a truly special experience. The most memorable part was sitting in those chairs during the afternoon and chatting with the staff, many long-time locals of the city. It was the perfect opportunity to ask for restaurant, drink, and shopping recommendations!

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The Ballastone Inn was the perfect way to spend the weekend. I say that because it’s more than a bed and breakfast, it’s an actual experience. The rooms, the staff, and the southern hospitality make it a truly special hotel. If you asked me what to do as a first time visitor in Savannah, Georgia, I’ll tell you to spend a weekend at The Ballastone Inn!

xo Jenna 

Revolve Maxi Dress in Historic Savannah

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“Have you ever seen a more beautiful staircase?” Those were the first words that left my mouth when Ed and I parked our car in front of The Ballastone Inn last Friday night. Nestled away in the heart of The Historic District in Savannah, Georgia, we spent our first weekend exploring Savannah as guests of The Ballastone Inn. As one of the first bed and breakfasts in the Historic District, you can really feel the rich history and elegance of the inn as soon as you step foot on the staircase. You can discover more about The Ballastone Inn and our time in Savannah in tomorrow’s blog post! 

We woke up bright and early before breakfast on Saturday morning to capture the morning light as best as we could. The rising sun peaking through the giant, moss-covered oaks was really something to behold. I wore this floral maxi dress for our first full day in the city and it was perfect for the hot, humid weather. This wicker cross-body bag is my new favorite accessory. I’ve carried it with me nonstop since I bought it for our trip! 

xo Jenna

5 Instagram-Worthy Brunch Spots in Charlotte

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If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, you’ve already heard the news. On Monday, the city passed the “Brunch Bill” – a bill declaring that we can enjoy bottomless mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays beginning at 10am instead of noon! This is amazing news for local businesses and brunch lovers! Charlotte has so many amazing brunch spots all over the city. It’s a picture-perfect paradise for any brunch goer, especially those that can’t resist sharing their delicious dishes on snapchat and Instagram! In honor of the Brunch Bill beginning this Sunday, I’m sharing the top 5 Insta-Worthy CLT Brunch spots!

300 East. Located in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city, family-owned 300 East in Dilworth has an extensive menu and draws you in with its cozy atmosphere. How many brunch spots can brag that the building itself is Instagram-worthy?! I suggest sitting on the outdoor patio, it’s the perfect people-watching spot!

Vivace. My personal favorite – Vivace is best described as contemporary, fresh Italian. You walk inside to a huge two-story restaurant with mod decor. Sit outside on the second story for an amazing view of Pearl Street Park. My favorites are the meatballs and the benedicto vivace! So delicious!

Little Spoon. A quaint American brunch spot, this is one of the most popular brunch spots in the city, and with good reason. The menu is different every time I go, and ingredients are always fresh and local. The dishes here are VERY Instagram-worthy. Check out their website and you’ll see for yourself. 

5Church. Contemporary and filled with incredible art, 5Church is an amazing Uptown brunch spot. The wall art alone is picture-worthy. Their drinks are amazing, and I love the shrimp & Anson Mills grits!

Georges Brasserie. My boyfriend and I are regulars here! Georges has the most incredible french brunch buffet. Their outdoor seating – complete with coveted french rattan chairs – is the picture-perfect spot. The best part? Dessert! Their beignets are incredible. 

xo Jenna

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