Now this is an amazing concept!
In the U.K. it’s what we would call ‘marmite’ – marmite is a yeast extract which you can have on toast or put in stews etc. but the key thing, which the company used to market it, is that you either love it or hate it – personally I love it!
My wonderful husband found this site on one of his Facebook feeds and curiosity got the better of him.
This is a holiday company with a twist, the twist being…
Until you get to the airport/train station etc. you have no idea where you’re actually going!!!
Now you see where the ‘marmite’ comment comes from – one of my best friends nearly had a panic attack at just the thought of going somewhere that she hadn’t completely organised!
Tell the company when you’d like to go away for a short break (we chose two nights) and set your price, the range was between $250 per person to $2,500 per person – as it was to celebrate our first wedding anniversary we went for $650.
You then fill out a questionnaire about interests and tell them where you’ve been before (so they can send you somewhere new!).
Pay your chosen price and wait…
The count down begins:
A week before the date we received an email telling us to be at Bradley Airport at 8:30am on the Friday morning and to pack walking shoes, a swimsuit, sunglasses and sun cream along with a weather forecast with the place name removed – it was going to be hot with a chance of thunder!
The next day an envelope arrived – not to be opened until we got to the airport!
The temptation to peek was almost unbearable but we didn’t! To say we were excited is an understatement!!
Being new to the states we’d never heard of Savannah… we were excited and intrigued!
First impressions were good (that’s an understatement!) the envelope contained a brochure, city map, suggested itinerary, where we are staying, how to get there and a handwritten note to wish us a wonderful stay in Savannah – nice touch!
We arrived at our hotel, a fabulous boutique inn called the East Bay Inn – our first taste of southern hospitality and we love it! There’s even complementary wine and hors d’orves in the evening!
It is a truly beautiful city, full of art, amazing food and fabulous people.
It is a city with a soul!
We especially loved B Matthew’s for brunch, my first taste of fried green tomatoes and I’m hooked! For dinner Circa 1875 was also top notch!
For a bit of fun we discovered Wet Willies Bar – slushy cocktails, what a fabulous idea – especially in this heat!
While we were supping our slushes we started chatting to a rickshaw driver called Juan who offered us his ghost tour, he was such a cool character we could hardly say no so agreed to meet up that evening…
It seems everyone in Savannah has a ghost story but Juan was brilliant! Two hours and two bars later we knew nearly all the stories from the civil war to old family feuds via architecture, film sets (I’m sure you’re aware that Forrest Gump was filmed here!) and the odd Ferrari! He also introduced us to Abe’s – a fab bar covered in napkin art, it turns out it was also one of our Pack up + Go recommendations!
There are also some amazing cemeteries – it’s not as morbid as it sounds!
If you love sculpture mixed with a bit of history and a good ghost story – I did say they’re everywhere – Take a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott, he is a great storyteller and you’ll get to learn all sorts of things!
It’s also got a few famous past residents, did you know Johnny Mercer founder of Capital Records and amazing song writer is from Savannah? You probably did… I didn’t realise he was a lookalike for my wonderful husband!
But if you want an adventure….
Pack up + Go!!!