The 2020 Road Trip Reset

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

I must begin by saying that I take Coronovirus very seriously. When I'm home, I stay home, except to buy groceries or meet friends in very spacious outdoor areas. When I'm in public, I wear a mask, and I will not eat in a restaurant. When traveling, it is more difficult to do these things, but I believe it is still possible to travel safely and responsibly!

So many people are experiencing anxiety right now. Whether it is directly related to COVID-19 or the economic crisis that has resulted from it there is a great deal of uncertainty and unrest in the world, which is affecting people in adverse ways. When thinking about travel during normal times, I know that planning, illness, airplanes, etc are also sources of anxiety for some people. Much of that is currently out of the equation since our options for travel are limited. For those of us who are brave (or a bit crazy), a road trip is one of the few reasonable options.

While a road trip require less planning than an extensive international trip, there are still things to consider, especially in the midst of a pandemic. What is open? What are the safety protocols where I'm going? Is there outdoor dining? Should I just stay home? A travel advisor can help to figure that out and help with the details, and one reason I'm traveling now is to explore the options.

I don't know about you, but I'm not spending money on gas for commuting right now, so with my super efficient Prius, buying gas for a weekend road trip is not a problem! I visited The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, FL earlier in the summer, which I wrote about here. Earlier this week, I returned from a 2 night stay at the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, GA, and it was wonderful! I needed a RESET, and I needed a place with a pool, near the water, not in a big city, and with good dining options. The mission was accomplished!

With one quick stop along the way, a trip to Savannah is 4 hours from Atlanta, each way, so you can leave early and make it in time for lunch, which is what I did. I searched for non-touristy places to eat, and I found a wonderful place called The Wyld Dock Bar, which is in a marshy area on the outskirts of a residential area of Savannah. They have plenty of outdoor seating, mostly on a deck that overlooks the wetlands. I even saw a couple who had been eating get in their little boat, with their dog, as they were leaving. That made me reconsider my life for a minute. What a lovely life it must be to take a boat ride from home to eat at a place like this! Days later, that is still on my mind. Anyway, I had some delicious fish tacos and a glass of rosé and was ready to venture into town to check in to my hotel!

Rather than taking advantage of valet parking, I chose to find parking on the street. That wasn't much of a challenge, actually. The worst part was walking in the heat from the car to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel was quick and easy (all employees and guests wearing masks), and as you check in, you are given a glass of bubbly. I believe it was actually cava, so I won't call it champagne. It was lovely! I was slightly disappointed that my room wasn't ready when I arrived, but the attendant took my number and said she would call when my room was ready. After maybe 20 minutes, I got a call, and the room was ready!

The lobby of my building:

Perry Lane Hotel has two buildings. One houses the restaurant & coffee shop, rooftop pool & restaurant, and the fitness center. The other is just rooms, and the top floor is for events, with areas that are both enclosed and open air. My room was in the second building on the 5th floor, one floor below the event space. It was a beautiful room--very warm and inviting, but also with interesting, artistic touches, such as a Playbill from a Broadway show and a hand-written letter hanging on the wall. It also smelled wonderful, which is important to me (in this blog post). I will now associate Perry Lane Hotel with that fragrance. My first reaction was that it smelled like tea, and when I read the label of the bath products, I noticed that bergamot was an ingredient. Such a thoughtful fragrance since tea is something that brings us comfort!

As quickly as possible, I put on my swim suit and found the pool on the rooftop of the other building. Since the elevators were very quick. it didn't take long! The roof was pretty busy with people enjoying Sunday Funday, and honestly, it was probably a bit busier than I would have preferred during this time. However, I didn't feel unsafe. I was able to keep my distance from other people. Peregrin, the rooftop restaurant & bar, occupies half of the roof, while the pool area is the other half. Of course, people at the pool are encouraged to enjoy food from the restaurant/bar, and a server is available.

Video of a room tour and pool tour!

I was told that The Wayward, one of the hotel's bars would be hosting a cocktail tasting at 5:00, so I had to check that out. I found out that they actually offer you a choice of 2 cocktails, and you are allowed two per room. I decided to have one (sort of a rum old fashioned), then go in search of dinner and have another after returning. I went out for a walk, in search of a place with outdoor seating for dinner. Although there were a few choices in the vicinity of the hotel, nothing seemed quite right. I ended up ordering food to be delivered to my room from a restaurant I trusted, and that worked out really well. A salmon dish and a Caesar salad from The Chart House was a lovely dinner, and it also allowed me to spend more time in my beautiful room!

The next day, I went out for a walk along the river to see the more touristy area before more people were awake, and before it got too hot. It was a nice walk, and I returned to the hotel at around 10am, where I planned to stay for most of the day by the pool. For a while, I had the pool to myself for a while, which was wonderful. Then, a few people trickled in. It was never busy. I had hoped to eat lunch from Peregrin, but I found out at noon that they were closed for training that day. Not only was I disappointed that I had to find food elsewhere, but this also meant that I wouldn't get to try the things I wanted from their menu! I found a great salad nearby and took it up on the roof to continue to enjoy the pool!