Savannah City Guide

Oak Trees On Liberty Street SavannahSavannah is a beautiful and history city. You can spend hours wandering the cobblestones of the Historic District admiring the Oak lined streets with Spanish moss hanging as far as the eye can see the 18th and 19th century architecture sitting elegantly just waiting to be admired.

Here is a list of some Savannah highlights you can do in three days.  (There are certainly more things to see and do but our time was limited and we stuck mainly to downtown).

Savannah Square Oak Tree Black & White1. Squares: Originally constructed for the military, square evolved into spaces to pay tribute to figures via statues and for the public. There are 24 squares in the Historic District and each is beautiful enough to want to visit all 24.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist2. Churches: First Baptist Church (1833) and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (pictured).

3. Sweets! Take a break and have some sugar.
Leopold’s Ice Cream founded in 1919 and home of the “Tutti-Frutti” flavor.  River Street Sweets known for their world-famous pralines, chocolate and candy.

Colonial Park Cemetery Savannah4. Cemeteries: Colonial Park Cemetery established in 1750 (pictured). Bonaventure Cemetery is perhaps the most famous in Savannah and worth a visit as well.

5.City Market is closed to traffic and full of shops, restaurants and bars. It was in full swing on Saturday night and was great for people watching. The original market is where farmers and traders sold their goods.

6. Tybee Island is about 20 miles outside of Savannah and a good escape from the Savannah heat.

River Street Savannah River7. Just north of City Market is River Street. Steep stairways take you down to the street which runs parallel to the Savannah River. Here you can watch huge cargo ships make their way up the river.

Walkways connect Bay street to the inns and shops on River Street.  Lined with several renovated warehouses that were used to store cotton and other goods River Street now house inns, restaurants and shops. Right off River Street at Bull Street lies City Hall.

8. and 9. – Especially good for kids:
Georgia State Railroad Musuem – Several trains are on display to walk through and every visitor can get on a train complete with a ride on a turntable.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum – Located in the former home of William Scarbrough there are dozens of model ships on display in nine galleries. The gardens surrounding the museum are gorgeous and many Savannahians have their wedding receptions in the gardens.

Food/Drink

1. The Olde Pink House a Savannah institution.

2. For a craft cocktail, food and gallery try the hipster paradise of Ampersand. I had The Forbidden with ruby-red grapefruit Deep Eddy Vodka, agave nectar and fresh lime juice.

3. Breakfast at J. Christopher’s but make sure you come early or there will be a wait. If you can sit outside (first come, first served) and enjoy the oak lined street. Our breakfast was delicious and steps away from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Next time: a.Lure Savannah, Goose Feathers an Express Cafe & Bakery, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, SCAD buildings, Fort Pulaski and more of the city neighborhoods.

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