Insiders Guide to Savannah

If you are taking a trip to Savannah you are in for a great getaway. Make your travel to Savannah complete with these insider tips on what to do, where to stay, where to eat, where to have fun and the best locale for a bonus beach side trip.

A visit to Savannah will immerse you in history as well as classic Southern beauty and charm. This small town has a big list of things to enjoy. In the historic district, you will not need a car to get around; there is trolley service available and easy to navigate walkways. You can spend your time strolling from one unique public square to another – Savannah offers 22 of them all within walking distance. Your accommodation options include a long list of quaint bed and breakfasts, historic inns and many elegant boutique hotels. For a relaxing romantic stay, try the Gastonian or the Mansion on Forsyth hotels. Both hotels are highly rated in terms of quality service and elegant surroundings, and they are sure to please.

For many of us, shopping is what makes vacation so much fun. For the best shopping in the area, walk over to City Market. It is a renovated and rehabilitated four block shopping area that includes the studios of well-known artists, galleries and boutiques. Art offerings range from traditional to contemporary, and a shopper will find unique gifts and art of all types. Kerry Harried, a local artist, points out that this art is amazing and eclectic with something to offer for everyone. Spend an afternoon or two browsing through the shops and chatting with local artisans. Go home loaded with unique treasures you won’t find elsewhere.

The South is known for having delicious, filling, comforting food, and you will want to hit the best restaurants during your stay. When you have worked up an appetite, head on over the renowned Lady and Sons for a real treat. The Paula Deen inspired restaurant is sure to please and gives the best sample of true Southern cooking. Or you can head off for a delicious family style lunch at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. This restaurant has been open for over 70 years and makes strangers into friends over a shared traditional Southern meal. Keep in mind that Mrs. Wilkes’ is open only for lunch. Both these restaurants will help make your stay in Savannah memorable.

After a long day of shopping, eating, touring or just relaxing, get ready for a fun filled evening. For some nighttime excitement, head over to catch a show at the historic Savannah Theatre. If you want to learn why Savannah is considered the most haunted city in the country, sign up for a spooky guided ghost walk. Another fun option is to stroll along on River Walk, enjoying the breathtaking views of the setting sun and rising moon over the water. At River Walk you can also eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants lining the way or stop in for a drink at a local pub. There is no shortage of nightlife in Savannah.

If you need a break from the city and you crave some seaside time, Savannah is still the best home base for your trip. Just take a drive about 20 minutes outside the historic district to beautiful and historical Tybee Island. Soak up the sun and work on your tan on the sandy beach, enjoy an adventurous dolphin tour, relax as you watch the shrimp boats bringing home their catch, catch your own fish for your dinner or even get some exercise out on a kayak. A visit to Tybee Island would not be complete without a visit to and climb up the oldest and tallest lighthouse. When it is time to eat, enjoy a fun seafood meal at one of Tybee’s funky seaside bungalows. One of the wonderful things about Savannah is you can wrap a small town visit and beach vacation into one trip.

Savannah has something for everyone. Come to Savannah and enjoy relaxing, shopping, dining and even a seaside vacation. You will get to know why many people have fallen in love with Savannah and stayed in this city for generations.