I am so thrilled to be writing this blog post! If you follow me on the gram (and you definitely should) you probably have noticed that I have been doing a lot of traveling recently. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to go on some very exciting trips.
One of the things I do before going on a trip is research about the city I’m planning to visit. I love reading blog posts about other people’s travel experiences. So I thought, why not write about my travel experiences too? Now we all know I am a total foodie so the majority of these upcoming posts will be about the best places to eat…..obviously. However, I will also share other tidbits about my travels as well.
My husband and I just celebrated our one-year anniversary! This has been an amazing and eventful year so we wanted to celebrate our love somewhere wonderful. After discussing many places to visit, we finally decided on Savannah, Georgia. I visited Savannah several years back but it was only for a few days and my husband had never been so it was the perfect choice. Savannah is a gorgeous city enriched in historical architecture, beautiful trees, and amazing food. I mean AMAZING food.
The Ultimate Savannah Travel Guide – Part 1
First, lets start with the best place to stay while visiting. There are so many places to stay in Savannah and all are gorgeous but in my opinion, River Street Inn is a no brainer. This adorable historic hotel is located at the best possible place in the city. It overlooks River Street and the river so you can see all the ships passing through the port. It is in walking distance from so many great restaurants and shops and it feels like you are traveling back in time when you walk through the doors. The rooms are so clean and have a great cozy feel. Plus, they are much larger than the average hotel room. You cannot go wrong with this place!
You cannot visit Savannah without going on at least one tour but there are so many to choose from! It will make your head spin trying to decide which tour to choose. Luckily, I like research. So, after reading about several different tour companies, it seemed that for the overall tour about the city, Old Savannah Tours had the best reviews.
We went on the tour where you have the option to get on and off at any stop. There are trolleys that pass through each location every 20 minutes throughout the day so you can finish the tour. This made it much more enjoyable because you could control how long you wanted the tour to be. About halfway through, my husband and I started getting hungry so we got off at one of the stops on the tour and had lunch, then got right back on the tour trolley after we ate.
We also took a ghost tour, which was exciting. The residents of Savannah are very superstitious, so they make the ghost tours a lot of fun. There are also so many different companies to choose for this as well. Howeveer, in the end, we went with the Old Town Trolley Tours and they did not disappoint.
One thing I love about Savannah is that there is so much to do and you can walk everywhere to do it. My husband and I never used our car or even had to get an Uber while we were there. We walked to every destination and it was fantastic. Savannah has sub-tropical weather so if you want to walk to most places but you are not used to the heat and humidity that the lovely south encompasses, I would suggest visiting in late October or through November. We went the second week in October and while the weather was gorgeous, it was between 80-90 degrees most days.
There are plenty of historic mansions to tour and they are all beautiful, there was not one particular mansion we liked touring over the other. So try them all! There is a pass you can buy for $20 that lasts for one week and will provide you access to most of the mansions. This is definitely the way to go if you want to tour more than one home. You can get information on the pass at the visitor center.
Savannah Travel Guide – Shopping
Shopping, I cannot forget about the shopping! Savannah has the most wonderful shops and local boutiques. Some of my favorites are Jcrew, Lulu Lemon, Kendra Scott, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and the list goes on. The place to shop is definitely Broughton Street. Every shop you would ever want is on this strip, along with great locally owned cafés and restaurants. We spent an entire day on the Broughton strip and still didn’t go into every store.
Honey is a happening thing in Savannah and you will see a lot of advertisement for the Savannah Bee Company. While it is a great store, the place to get your local honey is the Capital Bee Company on East Broughton Street. My husband and I had the pleasure of talking with the owner and he makes all of the honey locally and there are so many flavors to choose from. Plus, you can sample any of the honey before you buy it! They also have candles, local art, and my personal favorite, Mud Pie products!
This blog was longer than anticipated, because I want to give you as much information as possible, so I split it up into two parts. The next post will be about all the wonderful food Savannah has to offer and will go live next week, so stay tuned!!
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