Just like that good ole fine wine Savannah gets better with time. Yeah yeah, I know its a corny line but it’s true for this beautiful southern coastal city. With the addition of new urban designs the city still manages to maintain its historic charms with cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture.
Steps away from Lafayette Square you will find one of the most amazing historic hotels in Savannah. Hamilton-Turner Inn which was built in the 1800s is a must when it comes to lodging. You are sure to feel as though you were transported back in time with lavish accommodations and southern hospitality.
After settling into your room head down to River Street. A mile walk (cutting through Lafayette Square) along Dayton Street you will run right into the revitalized waterfront. Here you will find restaurants offering southern cuisine, bars and Ferry Cruises that take you along the Savannah river offering views of Old Fort Jackson and Savannah’s skyline. This is a great place to spend your first night in the city.
Savannah Historic District
Spend your day learning about the history of the city by a self-guided walking tour. From your hotel head down Abercorn Street and stop for some of the best Belgian Liege waffles at Mirabelle Cafe topped with items such as strawberries and whipped cream to bacon, tomato, and cheese.
Directly across the street, on Lafayette Square, you will find the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist standing in all its glory. Built in 1873 the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah is a must see.
Continuing on Abercorn Street you will come across The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters. By exploring the gardens, carriage house and slave quartets you will see the juxtaposition of the powerful and rich and the poor and least powerful people from the 19th century. Afterward head over to City Market off of W Bryan Street an open-air market offering art, Food, handcrafted goods etc. And at night experience live music and stroll from place to place with “to go” cups sipping on your favorite drinks.
There is more to Savannah than just the historic area. Spend your last day exploring a few out of the box sites.
All over Georgia, you will come across old dirt roads lined with tall Oak Trees but one of the famous roads is Oak Avenue leading up to Wormsloe Historic Site. Head out early to get great pictures of this mile and a half picturesque road. Keep in mind you will have to pay a fee if you drive up the road but parking outside the gate is free so save yourself some money and just walk the length or part of the way.
I know cemeteries are creepy and morbid but 15 minutes away from Wormsloe you will find the most beautifully haunting place: Bonaventure Cemetery. One-Hundred-year-old oak trees with long moss hanging from the branches and beautifully adorned headstones and grave plots will make you forget you’re hanging out with the dead.
Heading back into historic Savannah spend your last evening strolling through the beautiful neighborhoods where you will end up at Forsyth Park for sunset.
There are many well know cities in the USA to spend a weekend away but if you’re in need of a laid back relaxing weekend or a romantic getaway for Valentines Day then Savannah may be the place for you!