We love Savannah, GA! From the River Walk to the Spanish moss, this city has such a unique atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. Here are some of our favorite things in Savannah.
River Street parallels the Savannah River lined with old buildings, cobblestone roads, and ships going in and out of the port. Stroll down River Street to find great dining, shops like River Street Sweets (which is a must for old-fashioned candy and southern pralines) and on weekends a farmers’ market.
Historic Carriage Ride
It is worth paying for a Historic Carriage Ride at least once on a trip to Savannah. The kids had a blast, and we were able to see the city along with interesting stories we never would have known otherwise. Along with some of the history, if you are the kind of person who likes ghost stories, Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. and there are plenty of ghost tours you can check out. From historic ghost tours (which are the more interesting ones to me) to actually ghost hunting inside the haunted mansions at 1:00 am in the morning!
City Market & Savannah Squares
Savannah is scattered with public squares with green space that served as commons areas in the old days. Walking through the city lets you explore these old parks with monuments, Spanish moss, and history around every block. City Market is a great place with dining, live music, unique boutique-style shops, horse and ghost tours, and more. Even Paula Dean’s store and restaurant is located here.
River Street Sweets
The most famous candy shop in Savannah! Stop by on River Street and taste samples of their pralines. The kids always love a fun treat from River Street Sweets.
Tip 1: Staying in Savannah
Staying inside the City of Savannah is pricy, and because we keep our travels frugal, we’ve discovered a great place to stay when visiting Savannah. There is a Super 8 just outside of the city (about 15-20 min drive to River Street). Normally a Super 8 isn’t our hotel of choice, but when we found this one on TripAdvisor.com, we had to try staying here. It is the highest rated Super 8 we’ve ever seen! So with reviews like this one has, we found they were spot on. Not only do you save money, but your stay is pleasant in this very modern, clean Super 8.
Tip 2: Parking in Savannah
Knowing where you are going to park ahead of time saves a lot of headache. Parking can be hard to find on the narrow cobblestone streets. There are several parking garages around, but we’d recommend the Whitaker Street Garage, which is closest to the City Market, just down the street from The Lady and Sons Restaurant (by Paula Dean), and a couple blocks from River Street. You’ll also find it is between two nice green squares (Ellis Square and Johnson Square).
Tip 3: Eating in Savannah
Savannah has an abundance of great places to eat… and that sometimes makes it hard to decide where to eat. If you can only pick a few good places on your trip, here are some we’d recommend.
- Zunzi’s Take Out: This is where the locals eat! And by the reviews on TripAdvisor, you will likely love it too! It is a spin on South African dishes, that offers vegetarian and gluten free options… but is remarkably good. It is outside dining, so only go when the weather is nice.
- Vinnie Van Go-Go’s: For the pizza lover, this place will satisfy. With inside and outside dining, and close proximity to the City Market, you can’t go wrong eating at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s. it is also on the more affordable side of dining. Just know, they are cash-only.
- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: A must try! I’ll admit, we haven’t yet eaten here, but one look at the reviews, and based on personal conversations we’ve had with locals, this is one place you have to go to… and we will eventually. The reason it is hard to get there is that it is basically only open from 11 am – 2 pm Mon-Fri. So if you don’t plan ahead, and be ready for a feast of a lunch, then it is easy to pass until a later time.
- Goose Feathers Cafe: An adorable little cafe with healthy options, close to Ellis Square. We stopped here for a warm sandwich. Very good, and one of the easier-on-the-wallet places to eat in Savannah.
- Huey’s On The River: For some quality seafood and a little nicer dining atmosphere, also right on the River, Huey’s is a great place to eat. A bit more expensive, but worth the money in my opinion. This place is the reason I like grits.