Soak Up Savannah at Your Own Pace
As the oldest city in its parent state, Georgia, Savannah holds a special place in peoples’ hearts. Although it ceded its title as state capital long ago to the larger and jazzier Atlanta, it has retained its charm and dignity. A visit to Savannah will refresh and relax you as you’re treated to that famous Southern hospitality and enjoy the pace of life in this seaside town. However, it’s also bound to spark creativity in your mind as you experience its vibrant culture, including a lively arts scene, fascinating history and healthy interest in the macabre. It certainly maintains its status as a Southern gem!
Go Back in Time
Founded in 1733, Savannah is rich in history. Whilst visiting, you can take in the thought-provoking Telfair Academy, a public art gallery and significant historical landmark; the Davenport House Museum, dedicated to teaching visitors about Savannah life in the 19th century; and Old Fort Jackson, preserved by the Coastal Heritage Society.
With so many historically significant sites to explore, any history buffs will be in their element. For an easy way to pack a lot in, you can take the Old Savannah trolley tour with conductors on board to point out and explain the most interesting and famous bits of history to you. You’ll find yourself with plenty of new historical facts to impress and intrigue friends back home.
Find Your Inner Artist
Art aficionados are truly spoilt for choice in Savannah. Whether you’re interested in the modern and accessible art of the street-side galleries in City Market or would rather visit the modern and imposing Jepson Center to see some of the classical masters, you can do it all in this city.
The arts scene in Savannah is in good shape, so you’re bound to leave having got those creative juices flowing. As well as a great selection of galleries, there are the annual film and music festivals, where other mediums are celebrated all over the city and those attending are treated to previews of work not yet available to the general public.
Take Some Downtime
With so much to see and do, it’s a good idea to take some downtime during your visit. Savannah’s café culture is perfect for when you want a rest with a bite to eat and a tasty cup of coffee. All diets are catered for in this stylish and contemporary city; The Sentient Bean is a great place to stop off if you have vegetarians or vegans in your party, whereas The Gallery Espresso take their coffee very seriously.
Just because you’re resting your body doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your mind active. Whether it’s completing the daily crossword, giving your mind a brain workout or even trying your hand at spinning games, make sure that you incorporate some mental exercise into your itinerary every day. You’ll thank yourself for it in the end, as you’ll have more energy with which to explore this charming city.
Of course, one of the things that makes Savannah most desirable is its great shopping scene. The Starland neighbourhood is a captivating place to visit, where vintage is number one and you’ll find plenty of antique shops selling curios. Elsewhere, you’ll find modern, spacious stores in the Moon River district, selling sumptuous homeware and gifts.
With events like the Savannah Book Festival and the unique, quirky shops found over at Tybee Island, your only problem will be leaving enough space in your suitcase to fit in all the trinkets you’re sure to pick up during your stay.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
A city with such a rich and varied history would not be complete without a good ghost tour. Well, Savannah certainly delivers in this respect. The Grave Encounters trolley tour is filled with frights, as guides take you around all the most haunted sites in the city. Complete with the appearance of bloody-thirsty ghosts, it’s definitely not one to take alone!
You can also find Bonaventure Cemetery just outside the city, a traditional Victorian cemetery with picturesque trees, plants and monuments. It was made famous by the book (and subsequently, the film) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and you can take a guided tour in the evening… if you dare.
Savannah is the quintessential Southern belle of a city, filled with all sorts to keep you occupied during your stay. It’s beautiful Southern Gothic architecture will have you constantly looking up to marvel at the well-preserved buildings, whereas its plethora of exquisite churches will keep you spellbound. This place is infused with history, from The Pirates’ House eatery, to the Civil Rights Museum, to the intriguing Factors Walk.
After a trip to Savannah, you’ll come away feeling much richer for the experience. So, don’t delay, start planning your trip now and you can thank us for it later.