We have recently visited Savannah and completely fell in love with the city! We spent 2 nights there and we think it was a good amount of time for a first visit. But we can’t wait to go back and see it all over again 🙂
Savannah, Georgia is one of the oldest cities in the US and it mantains its historic charm. It’s a very easy city to visit, with amazing buildings everywhere you go and it’s full of Spanish moss, which gives that extra charm. Here you will find tips for visiting this lovely city, like where to go, eat and stay. Are you ready?
Places to visit in Savannah
That’s where us tourists have to go! Cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings, charmings parks/squares make this area simply amazing! Walking is a must and you won’t be disappointed!
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River Street is full of century old buildings with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and so much more! It is on a lower level compared to the rest of the city and that was a surprise for us because we had researched a lot before going on this trip and nobody ever mentioned that! But this is cool! You have to go up and down through some historic steps (that’s what they are called), so it’s kind of an adventure (you can get there by car as well, but we recommend to walk).
This is Savannah’s “Central Park”. Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah.
Chippewa Square (and all other 21 squares!)
Chippewa Square is one of the most known squares in all of Savannah and it’s probably because Forrest Gump made it famous! Don’t get me wrong, it’s really beautiful, but it is as gorgeous as any of the other 21 squares in this area. Visit as many as possible!
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This area in the Historic District is full of restaurants, cafes, art galleries and specialty shops.
Wormsloe Historic Site
The site was once the Wormsloe Plantation, a large estate established by one of Georgia’s colonial founders, Noble Jones. The site includes a picturesque 1.5-mile oak avenue, the ruins of Jones’ fortified house, a museum, and a demonstration area interpreting colonial daily life. It was raining when we were there so we just paid a 10 dollar fee to drive on the oak avenue. Because you have to walk (a lot) to get to the other places we decided to only visit the avenue. But it was beautiful and totally worth the visit!
Savannah Bee Company
We really liked Savannah Bee Company, so even though it’s a store we decided to add it to the list! Its amazing how many products can be made of honey. And on the store you can sample a great variety of honey which was specially nice for us since we can’t bring any honey (or products made of honey) back to Brazil 🙁
Where to eat in Savannah
For our first dinner we chose Willy’s BBQ, considered one of the best barbecue restaurants in Savannah. We liked everything, but what we really love was their barbecue sauce. And the best thing is that you can buy it so you can take that amazing Savannah flavor back home – and that’s what we did 🙂
We had lunch at B.Mathews Eatery, a modern restaurant but full of Southern cuisine’s classics. We had Shrimp and Grits, Salmon BLT, Fried Green Tomatoes Bennedict and, as a side, fried sweet potatoes.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
It is considered the best ice cream parlor in Savannah, so expect a (usually long) line to get your ice cream. But it’s totally worth the wait!
We tried 3 different flavors: banana, chocolate and butter pecan, and they were all fantastic!
Riverside Sweets and Riverside Candy Co.
Georgia is famous for its pecans so the praline was just perfect! But eat it as fresh as possible. We brought some home (in a sealed bag) but they got bad even though they were in their “best before” date, so we couldn’t eat them 🙁
Where to stay in Savannah
When you look for hotels in Savannah you’ll see there are 3 distinctive areas: Historic District, Midtown and Airport. The hotels in the Historic District are the most expensive (and very charming) and you don’t need a car to get around. The airport area is, of course, where you’ll find cheaper hotels, but far from where you wanna be. And the Midtown hotels offer a good balance, with reasonable prices, good quality and a quick drive to the main tourist sites.
That’s where we stayed! Pratically new, with a great room and nice breakfast. We had a car so location was perfect for us! We would definitely stay there again!
This hotel was an option for us, with an excellent price, free parking and breakfast.
We really wanted to stay in this hotel but it was over our budget. This inn is at the Historic District in a beautiful building full of history and ghosts! At least is what people say 🙂 It is a member of the Historic Inns of Savannah.
The De Soto is also at the Historic District but has a more modern feel. Very close to our arrival we almost transfered our reservation to this hotel but at the end we decided to stick to our original budget.
Driving in Savannah
The only thing you have to be worried about is that most streets are one way. That’s it! We read many people complaining that the squares had only one way streets, and they were hard to navigate, but for us, that was not a problem at all, and I’m sure it won’t be for you too!
Tip: Leave the Historic District and visit some residencial areas. The area around 35th e 40th close to Abercorn St. is so beautiful!
Parking is also very easy, with park meters on the streets and many paid parking buildings available all over town.
Well, as I said in the beginning, we can’t wait to go back to Savannah!
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