Late summer long weekend in Savannah
We are weeks into Autumn, but today feels like a sweltering summer day in Southern Ontario. The heat took me back to my recent 3 night break (second visit so far) to sweet Savannah, Georgia to take advantage of a super flight sale. Here is a quick roundup of some of my highlights of this compact, gorgeous and welcoming Southern city
|Streets of Savannah Georgia surrounded by Spanish Moss|
I arrived on the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend, so super hotels were quite affordable after that first night as most people were headed home either on the Sunday or Monday. This brought me to the decision of switching hotels during the stay (I do this regularly anyway to experience either different areas of a city or different hotel vibes and styles - or for cost savings) My favorite was definitely the Andaz Savannah located just a stone's throw from both lively City Market (full of shops, bars and restaurants) in one direction and the cobblestoned Riverfront in the other. It's a great hotel that manages to be comfortable, cool and hip with subtle arty design. Very comfortable bed and a good size room. There is an inviting bar and quality restaurant (22 Square) on site as well. This area offers character and convenience at the doorstep. I was able to go across the street and hop on the Old Trolley Tour (this was very welcome as per the ongoing on and off downpours that day) for a wonderful overview of historic Savannah. Around the corner is a bustling eatery called Little Duck Diner with swift service and great food. Just a few minutes walk away check out the crafty Coffee Fox serving delicious locally roasted coffee and sweet and savoury bites. Other food finds I loved were appetizers at the buzzy bar of the swanky retro vibed The Grey, decadent and unique PB & J chicken wings at Treylor Park, and the southern style lunch (including crab cakes!) enjoyed at the historic and genteel Olde Pink House
|Delicious lunch at the Olde Pink House|
A very fun and informative attraction I recommend in City Market is America's only Prohibition Museum. It's displays are attention grabbing and awesome. And you get to end up in like a superbly styled speakeasy. I enjoyed a cocktail popular in the 20s called Pimm's Cup. Other attractions on my itinerary were the Telfair Museums. All well worth seeing ($20 get's you into all 3), my favorite being the stunning Telfair Academy housed in a historic mansion built in 1818.
|Stunning and grand Telfair Academy|
But of all the experiences you can have in Savannah, one of the best is simply strolling along her streets with it's beautiful and atmospheric well manicured squares that all have their own unique story that beckon you to discover more, or to just sit on a park bench, slow down and enjoy the scenery.