I have always wanted to go to Savannah. Saturated with old world charm and steeped in history, it’s easy to see why this city is consistently mentioned on romantic-towns-in-America lists. We decided to visit Savannah and Charleston this Memorial day weekend and loved it. We walked around for hours, which was a good thing considering how much food we were eating. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider Savannah for your next getaway –
1. Wormsloe Plantation
Wormsloe Historic site is 20 minutes from downtown Savannah but feels like a world away. You drive along a 1.5 mile avenue sheltered by live oaks and dripping with spanish moss. There are nature trails here and Savannah’s oldest Tabby ruins.
2. Bonaventure cemetery
This cemetery is located on the Wilmington river and is open to public. The sky was overcast on the day we were here, making it seem all the more spooky. You can walk here for hours looking at the interesting headstones, some from early 1800s.
3. Savannah historic downtown
We spent an entire afternoon taking in the historic downtown. There was so much greenery everywhere, with ivies growing on every surface possible. Most of the houses had wrought iron balconies overflowing with flowers. The historic district has cobblestone streets and several tiny squares to sit and take in the beauty.
4. Southern food
Savannah has really good food and there are several excellent places to get your Southern food fix. While we didn’t want to wait in line for Mrs Wilkes Dining Room, the dinner at the Olde Pink House was excellent. We also ate at Sweet Potato, which has the best banana pudding (endorsed by Man vs Food!).
5. Leopold’s ice cream
We did stand in line for an hour to try the famous tutti frutti ice cream at Leopold’s (priorities!). Tutti Frutti flavor was invented here in 1919 and its amazing. Definitely worth the wait. D had an obscenely large banana split and loved it.
6. Ghost tours
Although, I am too chicken for ghost tours, Savannah has some highly recommended ones (in a hearse no less). Check them out here –
7. Forsyth Park
The largest park in downtown Savannah is the perfect place for a picnic lunch. The park also has a fountain at its north end.
8. Charleston is 2 hours away
What’s better than visiting one city on a vacation? Visiting two! We drove to Charleston early in the morning and it took us less than 2 hours. A perfect day to walk around in the downtown, take in all the mansions on Battery drive and eat friend chicken and biscuits at Hominy Grill.
9. Caw Caw wildlife interpretive center
When I spotted the sign to the Caw Caw wildlife center, I was ecstatic to go on an impromptu hike and hopefully spot some wildlife in their natural habitat. However, what I did not expect (and was completely unprepared for) was an alligator sitting casually in the middle of our trail. I scuttled back from there so fast, we didn’t even have time to take a picture! D said I probably gave the gator the shock of his life freaking out like that.
10. Tybee Island
Tybee island is 20 minutes away from Savannah is known for its 5 miles of pristine beaches, perfect for relaxing at the end of your trip.
Have I convinced you to travel to Savannah? Leave me a comment below.