For those that live in the Southeastern United States, there are several cities and towns that Southerners take pride in - towns that are filled to the brim with excellent hospitality and charm. People flock to the South from all over the nation to get a glimpse of one of the most intriguing regions in the country. Greenville, South Carolina has its unique, artsy flair. Charleston is a great destination for history lovers, and Atlanta has a little bit of everything. Another quintessential Southern city that can't be overlooked, however, is Savannah, Georgia. With its cobblestone streets and emerald tree canopies, and an event going on nearly all the time, visitors are sure to be charmed, as well as entertained.
Here's how to spend a weekend in this beautiful town!
If you've had a long drive or simply want to get acquainted with the feel and layout of the city, a Hop-On Hop-Off tour is always a great way to relax and take in the view. Most any tour company you choose to go with will have a tour guide, providing you with fun facts and information on the city as you ride along. Get off at whatever points interest you most, and when you're finished there, simply get back on the trolley to see what else is in store.
After an exciting tour of the city, you're going to be hungry, and nothing will satisfy your hunger quite like a traditional low country boil! At the River House Seafood Restaurant, guests enjoy this dining experience sitting along the Savannah River in an 18th century restored cotton warehouse. There's plenty of other great food experiences to be had in Savannah, though! Get a taste of Southern BBQ or Savannah's famous fried green tomatoes. Any foodie is sure to have a grand time in Savannah.
You've had a real low country meal, and you've gotten a glimpse of Savannah, but on your next day in the city there is a wide array of options when it comes to things to do!
If you're ready to take in the beauty and architecture of Savannah, head to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Although the construction of this magnificent structure was completed in 1896, the history of the church's congregation goes back to colonial times. After marveling at the cathedral, check out the Savannah Historic District, where beautiful gardens and homes await you. Finish off your self-guided tour in Forsyth Park, home to the iconic fountain pictured above. Forsyth Park is a gathering places for locals as well as tourists, with its grassy fields and gardens.
If you're more into the history of the area than anything else, there are numerous options for you as well. Visit the Davenport House, a home built in 1820 that began the Savannah historic preservation movement. Take a step back in time at Old Fort Jackson. Learn about Savannah during times of war, and feel the ground shake as authentic cannons are fired. Other interesting historic attractions include the Andrew Low House, the Webb Military Museum, and the Owens-Thomas House.
After a day spent relaxing or shopping or exploring, get your spook on on a ghost tour through the city. The town is full of legends, superstitions, and stories that, whether you believe in them or not, are intriguing nonetheless!
On your last day, be sure to stop by Cafe M for either breakfast or lunch before you head home. Famous for their macarons, you will feel like you've stepped across the ocean and into a real French bakery! It's sure to be a "sweet" finish to a wonderful weekend in Savannah! No doubt, though, you'll want to come back very soon.