A Trip to Savannah

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My sister and I started planning this trip back in January when it was cold and dreary outside and the thought of Savannah in the spring sounded like pure bliss! Also, the Avett Brothers were playing a concert then so it worked out perfectly: a pretty city plus one of our favorite bands. Done! We had no idea that it would end up coinciding with the same exact week Mark and I would close on our house, but life's funny that way. We signed the contract and then hopped in the car to Savannah. 

Savannah is such a gorgeous city that you could simply wander around with no real plan in mind and still have a wonderful time. And that's exactly what we did. I had a general plan of seeing all twenty-two of Savannah's historic squares and we managed to walk to seventeen of them while we there. A lot of them are surrounded by churches and historic homes, so it's a really great way to take in a lot of the famous sights while still getting plenty of exercise! You can find a complete list of all the squares on Savannah.com.

After one full day of walking, we spent the rest of our trip in pure vacation mode. We drove out to Tybee Island for ice cream, hung out in Forsyth Park for a few hours, ambled down some cute streets and in a few shops, and ate our fill of seafood on River Street. I'm still dreaming about the meal I had at Vic's On the River

If you're planning a trip to Savannah, here are a few things I would suggest:

+ Staying at a hotel downtown is ideal since parking around the city can be a hassle and almost all downtown hotels offer parking (for a fee). That said, if you're trying to pinch a few pennies (like we were), there are very nice hotels near the Savannah airport with free parking that are just a short skip away from the city. We drove into the city in the morning and paid $10 for an all-day parking garage (there are lots of these around the city) and explored the city on foot. 

+ Trolley tours are iconic in Savannah. If it's your first time visiting, go for it! But, again, if you'd like to save some money, there are lots of self-guided walking tours available online that you can download to your smartphone and take at your own pace. This is one of my favorite ways to explore, since I can skip out on a tour any time I feel like it *ahem* see a good looking menu.

+ Speaking of eating, there are some really fantastic restaurants in Savannah. A lot of them require reservations, but lots of the patios are first-come-first-serve. It's a great solution if you can't make up your mind in time to make reservations. Another great option is to get your food to-go and have a picnic in one of the squares. 

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