The Discoverer
The Discoverer
Savannah, Georgia, USA
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Savannah, Georgia | @alexlleblanc
Come for the cobblestone streets and amazing food, stay for the sense of warmth and welcome that colors every interaction. Savannah isn’t Georgia’s capital (though it used to be) or largest city, but in many ways it’s the Peach State’s heart and soul — a place where visitors looking for a sense of what makes Georgia, well, Georgia can feel at home as they experience its living history.
Fun Fact:
Savannah was presented to Abraham Lincoln by General Sherman as a Christmas present at the end of the Civil War.
#visitsavannah | landbysea
March — April
It isn't just the pleasant weather that makes spring the best time to visit Savannah, though it helps. That's also when you'll see the azaleas in full bloom, namely mid-March until the third week of April. These romantic flowers enliven the city with pink hues that aren’t to be missed. Expect temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit during the day and bring a sweater for post-sunset temperature drops.
Savannah Historic District | @mylittlelifesjourneys
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Equal parts romantic and lively, Savannah's Historic District is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country. Containing more than 20 city squares, it’s full of charming 18th- and 19th-century architecture, shaded plazas, tours featuring historical reenactors (including Forrest Gump), and old-timey shops. No trip to the city is complete without spending a leisurely afternoon in this area, so take a stroll and get lost in time.
Bonaventure Cemetery | @lgale
Take the Graveyard Shift
Not many graveyards draw visitors for happy reasons, which is what makes Bonaventure Cemetery so unique. Its tree-lined paths and distinct architectural style have made it one of Savannah’s best-known haunts for well over a century, to say nothing of such famous residents as interim Supreme Court Justice Samuel B. Adams and silent-film actress Edythe Chapman. Take a free guided tour, as it's easy to get lost on Bonaventure's 100+ acres, or go offsite for one of Savannah’s many ghost tours — it is one of the most haunted cities in America, after all.
Tybee Island, Georgia | @perrytrails
Roar Back in Time
If you've ever heard the expression "from Rabun Gap to Tybee Light," you may already know that Tybee Island is Georgia's easternmost point. It's also home to a historic lighthouse first built in 1736 and the site of a military training exercise where the Air Force accidentally dropped an atomic bomb — don't worry, it never detonated. A different kind of history lesson can be found at the American Prohibition Museum, which has been roaring longer than the Volstead Act ever did. It’s as informative as it is compelling, with dioramas and immersive exhibits showing how the country’s efforts to combat the so-called booze problem both succeeded and failed. (And, since you’re surely wondering, there is a ‘20s-style speakeasy complete with era-appropriate cocktails.)
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist | @samtanimal
The Sistine of the South
You don't have to be a believer to appreciate a beautiful house of worship. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia, more than lives up to its nickname of the Sistine of the South. Self-guided tours are available throughout the week — they're free, but a suggested donation of $3 is much obliged — and those who'd like to learn as much as possible can take a docent-led tour. Whichever you go for, the Cathedral makes for a serene, humbling stop on any trip to Savannah.
Nicole’s Discovery
"Savannah is a southern historic gem! Walk beneath a canopy of moss-covered trees taking in views of timeless architecture, charming parks, and savor first-class southern cuisine."
The Grey Market, Savannah | @jispe
Almost Home-Cooked
It wouldn’t be the South without some down-home cooking, and no one does it like Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. A line gathers long before the local favorite opens its doors for lunch at 11 AM, but the wait is more than worth it. Once inside, you’ll be seated with strangers at one of the large tables for 10 and indulge in the likes of fried chicken, okra gumbo, black-eyed peas, and macaroni & cheese. The meal will set you back $25, which is almost a bargain considering how much food you get. (Note: there are no reservations and credit cards aren’t accepted.) For something that combines the old-school vibe of a lunch counter with the sensibility of a New York bodega, try the Grey Market. It's deservedly famous for its daily chicken dinner, which feeds two people for $39 and includes an entire rotisserie chicken, two sides, bread, and a bottle of wine.
The Alida Hotel | @thealidahotel
History in a Hotel
If you’re after an authentic experience that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Marshall House. Its 68 rooms tend to go for $130 per night or less, with a $25 amenity fee that includes evening entertainment, a nightly wine-and-cheese reception, and 15% discounts at participating businesses on Broughton Street. The hotel itself is charming in the way that only an establishment opened in 1581 could be, especially if you're into ghosts — it's said to be one of the most haunted places in the South. The Alida isn’t haunted, but don’t hold that against it. Part of the revitalized Riverfront Street, the boutique hotel has the largest penthouse in Savannah and plenty of other fine rooms to choose from (not to mention a rooftop bar, in-house restaurant, and lovely pool.)
The Gingerbread House | @mrsyoonique| @yelpsavannah
Great Jones Street
"I highly recommend taking a stroll down the iconic Jones Street. It was voted one of the most beautiful streets in the USA, and they're not wrong!" – @itsmemikepe
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