Savannah, my home away from home. I have made a weekend trip to Savannah at least once a year (if not twice) since I started traveling, and I’m not tired of it yet. Honest truth, I could easily live there. History, food, ghost, architecture, the beach (if that’s your thing), shopping, cobblestone streets, Spanish Moss, parks with fountains. The list could go on and on.
Savannah is, in my opinion, one of, if not the best Southern weekend getaways. So how do you see it in a weekend? Here’s my itinerary…
Day 1, Friday—I drive down after work (it’s a 4-hour drive for me from Atlanta) and check in at my hotel. Usually, if I am going to do a ghost tour, Friday night is when I plan it. I usually go for the latest booking time (those times are usually not kid friendly, hence why it’s my choice). After the ghost tour, I head to the hotel to bed.
Day 2, Saturday—We are going to fit a lot in today. If you know anything about how I travel, then it’s expected. After breakfast, head to Bonaventure Cemetery. If Spanish Moss and dirt roads are your thing, the entrance to this place will amaze you. Take a while to check it out. It’s probably lunch time now (or 9 AM, but considering I am not a morning person…), and you have a lot of choices. Savannah is known as the home of Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons and I’m going to be the first to admit, I’ve never ate there. If you want typical touristy, then do wait the several hours it takes to be seated (or put in your reservation months in advance). But if not, head to River Street where you will not find a shortage of great restaurants (The Shrimp Factory and Olympia Café are my favorites). After lunch, spend some time on River Street taking it all in (the river, the cobblestone street, the dangerous steps to get there, all iconic Savannah). After this, I am going to suggest the most touristy thing in the world, a trolley tour with Old Town Trolley. They have a stop right on River Street, so start there (or at the visitor’s center, the main hub with the easiest parking). They give you the quickest overview of the city and some fun facts you might otherwise not know. A non-stop ride is about 1-1/2 hours.
After that, head to Leopold’s Ice Cream for a nice break. And then I’m going to suggest two more stops. Forsyth Park to see the fountain and park, and then the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to see a beautiful church. After taking in the sites, head to the Pirates House for dinner (make reservations in advance, although not necessary). This is an actual pirates house where they would come and drink, with a ton of history (your trolley tour should overview this). There is an underground cellar that leads to the river where they would actually kidnap people and force them to work on the pirate ships. Blackbeard is rumored to have been here. How cool! After dinner, you have to do the Sorrel Weed House (buy tickets in advance). This is supposedly the most haunted house in America (if you’re into that stuff). Aside from ghost, it has a ton of cool history to hear and part of Forrest Gump was apparently filmed here (along with most of Savannah). After this, you’ll be exhausted and ready for bed. So do just that!
Day 3, Sunday—Beach day. Because I know, most people love the beach. I am the exception to this rule (hello fair skin) but I do love Tybee. So wake up early and check out of your hotel and head towards Tybee. You’ve got to check out the lighthouse first, then head to the beach. I park at the far end of the island (opposite the light house), where there are fewer people, but if you want to be near food and the boardwalk, then park there. After an hour or two on the beach, head towards the boardwalk to clean up and get ready for the best seafood of your life. When driving out of Tybee, you will see signs for the Crab Shack. This is where you will eat lunch, and then thank me later. I know I’m biased because I’m a Georgia girl, but the food here is awesome. The atmosphere is incredible and they have alligators. Enough said. After you stuff your face with the best fried crab this side of the Mississippi, you will head home. Or stay forever (I totally wouldn’t judge you).
So there you have it, seeing Savannah in a weekend. Can you see everything? No. But you can get the most bang for your buck by doing some research. So tell me, have you visited Savannah before? If so, what is your favorite thing to do or see? If not, have I convinced you?
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