The Long Weekend Road Trip: “The Hostess City of the South”

In our search for a warm adventure with opportunities to remain socially distant, we found the ideal location, Savannah, GA. What makes this lovely city so special? The variety of activities and southern hospitality will entertain one and all!

Savannah, founded in 1733, is a pedestrian friendly city. Every few blocks, visitors will find a beautiful square (22 of the original 24 remain). Visitors can walk from the riverfront to Forsyth Park in less than 30 minutes.

City Market

How about shopping? City Market offers a variety of boutique shops, especially gifts for art lovers. With the Savannah College of Art and Design close by, shoppers will also find a lively art scene.

Forsyth Park Fountain

Do you enjoy architecture? Grab a cup of coffee one morning and walk the streets of Savannah. We particularly enjoyed wandering Forsyth Park. The park offers plenty of opportunities to soak up some sunshine and enjoy the beautiful gardens while surrounded by some of the most stunning homes found in the city.

Bird Girl (by Sylvia Shaw Judson, 1936), made famous from Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Early evening on the riverfront

Looking for a lively party scene? Explore the many pubs, live music, and nooks and crannies found along the river front!

Check out the old power plant found at the west end of the historic riverfront. The space was remodeled into a free museum filled with 20’ geodes, fossils, and other unique finds from around the world.

Got ghosts? Savannah is considered the most haunted city in America. Ghost tours can be a lot of fun, especially when the tour guide is an old history buff! We discovered that my Gt. Gt. Grandfather, Jeremiah Hagee (who served under Sherman at the age of 14), probably camped in Colonial Park Cemetery when Mayor Arnold surrendered the city to General Sherman in December 1864.

Celtic Cross in Emmet Park

One of the busiest times of the year is around St. Patrick’s Day. Savannah’s parade is 2nd only to NYC! Savannah is also home to 12 Irish organizations!

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We had the opportunity to celebrate Mass for the first time in a cathedral. St. John the Baptist Cathedral, completed in 1896.

The Pirates’ House, one of the oldest buildings in the city, mentioned in Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island

Whether you are looking for history, architecture, shopping, gardens, ghosts, the art scene or the party scene, Savannah offers something for everyone! Check it out!

Thanks for reading!

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