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Southern Charm in Savannah

After three fun days exploring Florida’s historic St. Augustine, we headed north to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.  I had last visited Savannah about 30 years previously with my parents on a roadtrip and still remembered the leafy squares and munching on ‘hush puppies’ by the water.

I have spoken often of my love for airbnb and in Savannah we experienced yet another gem. Nestled in the cobblestone streets of the Historic District, we had a beautiful 2 bed apartment which looked as though it had stepped off a Pinterest page.

Part of Savannah’s beauty is that you really don’t need to do much to soak up the charm. You can just wander the streets around the Historic District to feel like a Southern belle.  My favourite streets were off Bull Street, particularly Madison and Pulaski Square.

We spent three nights in Savannah and this was the perfect amount of time to see the city, relax in our apartment and also spend a day on Tybee Island.

What did we do in Savannah?

  • Located in the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop is the Savannah Children’s Museum.  This is a beautiful children’s museum, unique in that it is mainly outdoors.  I would recommend this place for the Under 5s although I happily enjoyed playing Connect 4!  Adjacent is the Georgia State Railroad Museum, perfect for train enthusiasts! Sadly Jetlag & Mayhem announced they had no interest in trains and wanted to get ice cream instead…
  • Forsyth Park has several playgrounds for kids and the Forsyth Fountain for splashing around in (bring your kids swimsuits).
    On Saturday mornings there is a small Farmer’s Market where you can load up on delicious cinnamon buns and watermelon juice to give you energy to push the kids on the swings.
  • River Street is a lovely spot for an early evening stroll. Always check out what’s on in advance, when we were there it was the Savannah BBQ, Jazz & Blues Festival. The paddle steamers are beautiful to watch as they swan down the Savannah River and there are some very talented buskers.
  • Congregation Mikve Israel is the 3rd oldest Jewish congregation in America, located in a beautiful neo-gothic building, built in 1878.  I got dragged on a tour around the synagogue 30 years ago and went to revisit (guided tours run 10am to 3.30pm daily). Unfortunately it was the Sabbath so didn’t get to have a proper look inside.
  • Visit Tybee Island, a 30 minute drive from Savannah. We went during high season and found a parking spot close to the Pier.  Lovely beach and safe swimming (although we did watch them catch sharks from the pier!). There is a Marine Science Center but as we knew we were headed to the bigger South Carolina Aquarium, we decided to skip it.

Where did we eat?

  • The Crab Shack on Tybee Island is apparently where ‘the elite eat in their bare feet’. We enjoyed yummy seafood in beautiful swamp surrounds. After your meal, you can also feed alligators!
  • About a 10 mins drive from the Historic District is Wiley’s Championship BBQ. The real winner here are the succulent ribs.
  • There are loads of atmospheric coffee shops dotted around town but my favourite coffee was at Savannah Coffee Roasters.
  • Keep your eye on what’s on – we went to a Savannah family fun afternoon at a local park, filled with food trucks! 
  • Your kids won’t want to leave River Street Sweets. Hover around the entrance for praline tasting.
  • I am still gutted we never made it to Mrs Wilkes Dining Room – it’s Monday to Friday only people!

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