When John and I were looking for a getaway, we knew that the south was one place we could go that would feel like a real vacation where we got to experience life that felt a little different than ours here on the west coast. We settled on Charleston, SC, but we also knew that being so close to Savannah, GA, we couldn’t pass up a chance to visit that charming city as well. In a quick 24 hours we saw and did as much as we could. The horse drawn carriages, and ornate antebellum architecture lining cobblestone streets shaded by oak trees covered in Spanish moss was enough to make my camera go into overdrive. After visiting Charleston, I would describe Savannah as the “Fat Amy” to Charleston’s “Beautiful Bella.” She’s less polished and maybe going to get you in a little bit of trouble, but you know you’re always going to have a great time with her. Here are the things I would recommend in Savannah based on our quick tour of the city.
Serving up award-winning, homemade super-premium ice cream, unchanged since 1919, a visit to this historic (and famous) ice cream institution is a must. Owned by Stratton Leopold, an active member of the Hollywood motion picture community, serving as Producer on films such as Mission Impossible 3, the Sum of All Fears, The General’s Daughter, Paycheck and Parker. Stratton has worked on many other blockbuster hits during his nearly 50 years in the film industry including The Big Chill and John Carpenter’s They Live. Props and posters from these films can be found in the shop today.
Ok, so in my opinion, the food here was expensive, and not necessarily the best…good, but not great. That being said, I still recommend a visit to this historic restaurant. Housed in Savannah’s only 18th century mansion, it is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants. The setting is beautifully southern–you dine in the gorgeous rooms of the old mansion, and the service is impeccable. Don’t miss at least stealing a peek at the amazing bar in the basement.
This beautiful old grocery building has been re-purposed as a super chic boutique in the heart of Savannah. I could have spent hours wandering in there and I *might* have brought home a few treasures. 😉
Things to Do
Savannah Dan will give you an unforgettable 90 minute walking tour of this beautiful city teaching you about it’s history with entertaining stories and funny anecdotes. It was super hot on our tour…like 95 degrees with 90% humidity, so just make sure you are up for the heat if you are there in the summer months! I was like a wet rag afterwards!
The Park covers 30 acres in the historic district of Savannah. There are charming squares all over the city, but this park is home to the famous fountain I’m sure you will recognize once you see it. Long sidewalks covered with canopies of oak trees, it is a beautiful place to wander. Concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sun bathing, reading, relaxing…can all be seen going on in Forsyth Park depending on when you are there. On Saturdays there is a great farmer’s Market.
On this entertaining nighttime tour, you will learn why Savannah, Georgia proudly bears the title of America’s most haunted city. You might even see for yourself why people think it’s haunted. 😉 This was a highlight for me.
We enjoyed a nice stay at the Andaz located right in the heart of the historic district within walking distance to just about everything you could possibly want to do. Rates are reasonable and rooms are comfortable.
I hope you enjoy your stop in Savannah and have a wonderful time. Have you already been to Savannah? What are some of your favorite places to eat, things to do and see in this area? Did you have a great stay at a Savannah hotel? I’d love to hear about it so I can check it out on my next visit. I’m looking forward to returning and exploring more of this charming city.
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