Travel Guide: Savannah, Georgia
Drive about 100 miles down the coast from Charleston, SC and you’ll hit the next destination in our travel series, Savannah, GA.
Savannah really takes the cake when it comes to being a gorgeous city. From the historical architecture and cobblestone streets, to the Spanish moss that lines the streets and the river vistas with close proximity to beaches, downtown Savannah has southern charm written all over it!
WHAT TO SEE
When in Savannah, the best form of transportation is walking or biking, so be sure to bring your walking shoes. The 22 squares of the historic downtown city will keep you busy! If you’re looking to see as much as you can in a short amount of time the trolley tour is for you. The city has a few hop-on-hop-off trolley tours for you take advantage of. Did you know Savannah is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S? If you’re looking for a for a spooktacular ghost tour this town has you covered.
For those looking to spend an afternoon outdoors Forsyth Park is a great spot. The park covers 30 acres of land and is the ideal location for sun bathing, people watching, picnicking or relaxing and taking in the scenery. The Forsyth Park Fountain sits at the north end of the park and is one of the most well-known features of the park. Another outdoor stop on this must-see list is Bonaventure Cemetery. Just three miles outside of historical downtown sits one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
Savannah is a very artsy town full of history, so museums should definitely be on your to-do list! Some fan favorites are the Scarbrough House and the SCAD Museum of Art. The Scarbough house is full of southern elegance and has gorgeous gardens on the property. The SCAD Museum features contemporary art and highlights the eclectic side of the city.
If you’re looking for some retail therapy during your trip you are headed to the right place. The downtown area has numerous shopping neighborhoods including the Downtown Design District, home to an array of antique shops, galleries and boutiques, and the historic Madison Square has unique local shops nestled all around.
WHERE TO EAT
To all the foodies out there, Savannah will not disappoint. The town serves a modern twist on traditional southern cooking like you haven’t experienced. If southern cooking isn’t what you’re looking for the fresh seafood, incredible sweets and variety of other cuisines are sure to amaze you.
Start your day with double espresso and waffles at Mirabelle Café. This place is a waffle lover’s dream! From sweet to savory you can’t go wrong.
If you’re a late riser, brunch at Collins Quarter is a must. The casual café environment is inspired by the historic Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia. They deliver a unique experience by pairing specialty coffee with their innovative cuisine. For a more southern style lunch, Soho South has a trendy space with a menu full of classic favorites.
If you’re visiting in the summer month’s you will need a cool afternoon treat to survive the heat. Leopold’s Ice Cream is the perfect place to escape the summer sun and recharge.
End your day with dinner at The Olde Pink House or Aligator Soul. You guessed it, Alligator Soul is going to give you that eclectic southern dining experience we talked about. Paired with their great atmosphere you will enjoy every minute of this southern flair. The Olde Pink House is located in an 18th century mansion and has live entertainment every night. Sit inside or on the beautiful patio, but make sure to schedule a reservation to ensure a seat is available.
Our travel series has just gotten started, so make sure to check back for more southern travel destinations throughout the summer! Did you miss the feature on Charleston, SC? Check it out.
By: Amanda Thrupp
Amanda Thrupp is a marketing coordinator at Ameris Bank. She is a Columbia, South Carolina transplant from Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda is a lover of coffee, enjoys travel and new experiences and considers herself a food connoisseur.
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