For today's Travel Tuesday blog post, I wanted to highlight a very recent trip. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend Sarah and Lenny's wedding in beautiful, peaceful Savannah, GA at the beginning of May. In order to try and get a good experience of the city, we decided to make a long weekend of it. The itinerary I put together for the hubs and I turned out really well, so I thought I'd share it here (with a few modifications to fill in the time we spent at the wedding with a few more activities for any readers who want to use this itinerary).
This is the first of two parts for Savannah, as I will break down a specific walking tour for our "Ghost Hunt" evening in next week's Travel Tuesday blog.
Enjoy, and if you ever find yourself in Savannah and doing any of these suggestions, please let me know how it turns out for you!
I still havent uploaded our pics from our DSLR, so I will edit this post later once those pics have been added. I just have a few from our point and shoot sprinkled throughout now.
Thursday Night or Early Friday Morning
Fly into Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. FYI, not many cab drivers in the city take cards (wha? where am I...?!), so either bring cash or call Yellow Cab (1-866-319-9646). Savannah Yellow Cab became our best friend, as they were one of the only co's that accepted plastic.
Get yourself to the Historic District! There are many great hotels right in the action. We opted to stay slightly away from the action (The Baymont Inn & Suites in Garden City) because it was not only 1/3 of the price of hotels in the Historic District, but also included breakfast, airport shuttle, and shuttle to/from the Historic District for free. But most of the activities suggested in this itin take place in the Historic District, so you may want to opt to be closer. We were very happy with our choice in the Baymont, though.
Walk around the historic district to start taking in the beautiful trees with the famous Spanish moss, and the amazing historic buildings. Your hotel should have a map, or you can view one here. The area is pretty small, and can be easily walked around.
For "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fans, you can check out the Mercer Williams House at 429 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401.
Lunch at Mrs. Wilke's Boarding House at 107 W. Jones Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Reasonably priced and has been labeled as some of the best eats in Savannah. The staff even wore fun T-Shirts that said something to the effect of "If the Colonel made our chicken, he would have been called the General." Be aware that they have odd hours (as do a few Savannah restaurants), with a break between lunch and dinner and Sundays closed.
First African Baptist Church at 23 Montgomery Street, Savannah, GA 31401. One of the oldest black churches in the country, and the first in Savannah. Was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. Call 912-233-6597 to schedule a free tour!
Sit on a veranda somewhere and enjoy a mint julep! I did not get to do this, as I had just found out I was pregnant. Maybe someday!
Dinner at the Olde Pink House at 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401. This is a more upscale restaurant, and reservations are recommended. I can not recommend you try this place enough if you are in town. It is upscale Southern cooking, with beautifully presented and unique takes on soul food favorites. The food and service were both top notch. I highly recommend the following food items: Caesar salad topped with crispy cornmeal-crusted fried oysters ($9.95), local shrimp served with country ham and grits cake ($8.95), and the oh-my-god-is-this-for-real declicious fried pork chops.
Take a romantic stroll through the Historic District. It is really warm and nice at night, and there are benches in all of the numerous squares throughout the district.
Cab to Tybee Island. Note that this is a pretty hefty cab fare ($45-$50 each way), so renting a car may not be a bad idea if you plan to venture to Tybee during your stay. For more information on Tybee Island, including downloadable brochures, click here.
Lunch at The Crab Shack at 40 Estill Hammmock Road, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Recommendation: get the Low Country Boil for only $12.99. You will not be disappointed!
Take a trolley tour of the Historic District. Sure, you've been walking around and have seen some things already, but it is really nice to be able to take it all in while seated, and with someone there to explain the history and significance of the old buildings and squares. We paid $20 each for a 90 minute tour. They usually run about $22 each, but there are coupons at most hotels for discounts.
Haunted Savannah walking tour. As Savannah is hailed as America's most haunted city, there are many, many paid walking and trolley ghost tours in the evening. The hubs and I decided to create our own walking tour based on some online research and Google mapping. Next Tuesday I will detail-out our walking tour.
We ended our ghost tour up by the river. We had dinner at Huey's on the River (115 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401) for some delicious Cajun/Creole cooking on the river front. Great crawfish ettouffee!
You can't go to Savannah without a trip to Paula Deen's Lady & Sons restaurant at 102 W. Congress, Savannah, GA 31401. We chose a good day to go, since Sunday they only serve their brunch/lunch buffet, and are onyl open from 11:00-5:00. This way we got to try a number of different items. Warning: after this you will officially be on fried food overload, and while it's all delish, you will probably need a fried food detox afterwards. :)
Stroll around the City Market section of the Historic District. Live music is playing and there are several restaurants, souvenir shops, and a lot of people watching.
I skipped right to the evening here, because they brunch/lunch buffet will fill you up and knock you out.
Dinner at The Pirate's House at 20 E. Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401. I HIGHLY recommend as an appetizer the Low Country Spring Rolls for $8.95. They are spring rolls, but made up with southern delicacies inside like pulled pork and collard greens. YUM!
Romantic stroll along the river. There are a few bars, shops, and ice cream and candy stores with which to entertain yourself. Or just sit and relax by the river side and admire the steam boats rolling on down the river. ;)
Back to the airport, and off to wherever you came from!