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5.26.2009

An Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah, GA - 15 Things You Must Do

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

For today's Travel Tuesday blog post, I wanted to highlight a recent trip. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend our good friends 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 recommendations for any readers who want to use this itinerary for a weekend trip to Savannah).

This is the first of two parts for a weekend in Savannah, as I will break down a specific walking tour for our "ghost hunt" evening in next week's Travel Tuesday blog post.

I hope this is helpful!  If you ever find yourself using any of these tips for a long weekend in Savannah, Georgia, please let me know how it turns out for you!

What to do during a long weekend in Savannah, Georgia

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: 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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Friday Morning

Itinerary for a weekend in Savannah, GA

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 itinerary 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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Friday Afternoon

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!

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Friday Evening

Where to eat in Savannah: The Olde Pink House

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 delicious 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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Saturday Morning/Midday

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 Hammock Road, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Recommendation: get the Low Country Boil for only $12.99. You will not be disappointed!

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Saturday Afternoon

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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Saturday Evening

What to do in Savannah, GA: DIY Walking Ghost Tour

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. Click here for our free guide for a DIY walking ghost tour in Savannah.

We ended our DIY Savannah ghost tour up by the river, where 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!

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Sunday Morning

Where to eat in Savannah: Paula Deen's Lady & Sons

Where to go for Sunday brunch in Savannah: 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 only 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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Sunday Evening

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.

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah: Monday Morning

Back to the airport, and off to wherever you came from!


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