“He’s leaving, on that midnight train to Georgia. Says he’s going back to find a simpler place in time” – Gladys Knight
Savannah, Georgia is full of gorgeous oak trees draping the city in shade. We fell in love with this charming, romantic place. There are horse-drawn carriage rides, historic landmarks, and they allow open containers on the streets. What more could you want? How about a beach? Tybee Island is just a short 30 minute drive away.
The Kehoe House is a historic bed and breakfast we called home for our 3 night visit to Savannah. We loved staying here and would highly recommend it, unless you are scared of ghosts. Because like most places in Savannah, it is said to be haunted.
Our first stop was dinner at the Olde Pink House. They serve popular southern dishes like fried chicken with a side of homestyle mac and cheese, which I had to get. The restaurant is large with many different rooms, but I would highly recommend making a reservation as it is extremely popular.
After waking up to breakfast in bed, (the Kehoe House does it right!), we headed out to Tybee Island for some fun in the sun.
Tybee Island allows alcoholic beverages on the beach, so you can really r e l a x.
Street parking was harder to find on a weekend, so I would try to get to the beach before noon. Parking kiosks closest to the beach take credit cards only.
After the beach, we cooled off with some ice cream from Leopold’s. No matter the time of day, there is always a line at this original ice cream shop. I thought it was worth the wait for their chocolate chewies and cream – crispy chewy chocolate cookies with Georgia pecans in classic vanilla.
Our self-guided Savannah walking tour started at Forsyth Park. Savannah’s largest and most popular square. There was a wedding going on when we arrived. What a beautiful background for a wedding, as long as you don’t mind the humidity.
We made our way down to Jones Street, named one of the most beautiful streets in America.
As a former girl scout I was excited to see the birthplace of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. We did not do an official tour, just peeked in from the street, but it is one of the most visited sites in Savannah, so get your tickets ahead of time.
We enjoyed all of the city squares and took our time admiring the new and old merging together. We ended down in the River District to grab some dinner and walk along the historic steps, but be careful the steps can be steep and dangerous.
We enjoyed a nice dinner at Vic’s on the River. The scallops were amazing. Afterwards, we grabbed a drink and walked through the shops of the River District. Our dessert was trying all the samples of pralines – Mmm.
On our way back to Atlanta Airport, we made a stop at St. Bonaventure cemetery. I never thought a cemetery could be so beautiful. It is an easy day trip from Savannah, and popular for a reason. The draping Spanish moss trees mixed with the old graves add for one spooky memorable site. Bring some bug spray!