10 Enchanting Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia on the Perfect Weekend Trip

10 Enchanting Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia on the Perfect Weekend Trip


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Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful, elegant towns we’ve ever seen, and one of the most historically important places in the United States. But underneath all that genteel beauty and historical importance lies a fascinating web of stories, myths, and legends, ranging from quirky to downright morbid. And that nuanced, complex dichotomy is what makes Savannah absolutely enchanting.

Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with a place? As travelers and storytellers, that feeling is what we live for. Y’all: we fell for Savannah HARD. I’m talking like, we were looking at homes on Zillow 2 nights in. On the way home, we were obsessively reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – an absolute must-read for anyone mildly curious about Savannah, and referred to locally as The Book – and listening to podcasts about Savannah, like this one. For weeks after our trip, we gushed to friends & family about how amazing and unique and wonderfully weird this place is. And we couldn’t figure out a way to condense our newfound obsession into a single post, so instead, we’re writing …well, let’s just say a few.

In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan your trip, and all the best things to do in Savannah, Georgia! Let’s get started.

Psst: Planning a trip to the south? Here are some posts that might be useful for your trip:

One of the best times of the year to visit Savannah is in late March, when the whole town is covered with fragrant blooming azaleas!

Tips for Visiting Savannah, Georgia

We had a few questions before our trip to Savannah, and in case you have similar questions, here are a few suggestions and practical tips to help you plan your trip! Feel free to leave us a comment below this post if we haven’t addressed your question.

  • When is the best time to visit Savannah? In general, the best time to visit is anytime that isn’t summer – that’s when Savannah gets incredibly hot and muggy. We’d also recommend avoiding St. Patricks’ Day weekend unless you’re looking for a party – the town is insanely crowded. We visited in March, the week after St. Patty’s Day. The weather was absolutely flawless and the town was covered with blooming flowers! We’d also love to visit Savannah in October – we can’t think of a more perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit.
  • Do you need a car? You don’t need a car during your trip to Savannah! Historic Savannah is pleasantly flat and very walkable or bikeable, and there are even free shuttles throughout downtown – more information here. The airport is located outside of town, but you’ll have no trouble getting a taxi or Lyft from the airport – expect to pay around $25. If you want to take a day trip, such as to Bonaventure Cemetery or Tybee Island, you can either rent a car or book a tour that includes transportation – or again, just take a Lyft.
  • Are there many mosquitos? During the summer, there are likely to be mosquitos. But during our trip in March, there were very few! To be on the safe side we recommend bringing along a bottle of our favorite bug repellant lotion.
  • Is Savannah safe? We spent all of our time in historic downtown Savannah, and we felt absolutely safe at all hours of the day and night. Er, well, except when it comes to ghosts, at least…
    • NOTE: We’ve gotten a few concerned comments from readers that Savannah is not actually safe at night, particularly around River Street. That isn’t something we personally experienced firsthand on late-night walks through the squares, but we’ll defer to the expertise of locals and other travelers who have spent more time in Savannah than we have. We’d love some more clarification on what safety issues to be aware of – please drop us a comment if you have information that we can use to better prepare our readers!
  • Do I need to read The Book? Can I just watch the movie? Yes, you should definitely read The Book before your trip. We tried to take a shortcut and watched the movie version of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood, during our visit. And, I mean, the movie makes Savannah look absolutely stunning, but the movie itself is just …. not that amazing (other than the scene-stealing Lady Chablis, who played herself – as only she could.) To get the full effect, not just of the true-crime story of murder in the Mercer House but of all of Savannah’s quirks, flaws, eccentricities, and many colorful characters, read the book before your visit. It will add an extra level of depth and intrigue to your trip!
The historic Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn is one of the best places to stay when visiting Savannah, Georgia.
Our charming room at the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn! Staying at a historic B&B is quintessentially Savannah – and this one serves sweet tea and milk & cookies every day. Now THAT’S Southern hospitality.

Where to Stay in Savannah, GA

In a place as perfectly preserved and historic as Savannah, we think the best way to soak up the full Savannah experience is by staying somewhere historic. Like, for example, a quaint B&B that serves sweet tea and cake every afternoon and milk and cookies every evening. Now THAT’S the quintessential Savannah experience!

We stayed at the absolutely charming Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn which dates back to 1853. In addition to daily tea and cookies in the parlor (at least, we think it was a parlor, it seemed like the sort of place you’d call a parlor), we also loved the included breakfast (they’ll make you pretty much anything your heart desires), the beautiful courtyard, and the fantastic location!

The Savannah B&B Inn is located off of Chatham Square, literally a block away from Forsyth Park (the one with the incredibly beautiful, famous fountain), just around the corner from Mercer House (the one from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, with the ghost stories and the mystery) and walking distance from absolutely everywhere within historic Savannah. It’s tucked away into a quieter section of the historic district so that you avoid most of the crowds and tourists that you’ll find closer to River Street and downtown. We highly recommend staying here! Learn more at the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn website, or check out more reviews on Trip Advisor.

  • Travel Tip: No matter where you choose to stay, we recommend staying south of Liberty – it’s much quieter.
Lia and Jeremy among blooming flowers in Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia is one of the most romantic, historic, elegant, fascinating, and complex places we’ve ever visited. We’re high-key obsessed with it and we’re DYING to visit again!

How to Get to Savannah, GA

Here’s the thing about getting to Savannah: it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do from the West Coast. But rest assured, it’s well worth the trouble (and we say this having hopped a red-eye flight just to spend the weekend). The good news is that it’s quite easy to get to from the other half of the country!

There are a few ways to get to Savannah. If you’re driving, you’ll be able to get to Savannah from I-95 or I-16. You can also take an Amtrak train, which seems fittingly charming. For more details, click here.

If you’re flying, you’ll fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Let me just stop here and say that this is hands down the most adorable airport in the world.

Listen, I’ve seen a lot of airports in my line of work, and “adorable” is the last word I’d use to describe any of them. But Savannah’s airport is freakin’ ADORABLE. It looks like a movie set. It is SO CUTE! Apparently, the reason is that this is the home airport of Gulfstream private jets, aka the inventors of the G6 – you know, as in “Like a G6.” I don’t know why, but this tickles me. I was tickled by Savannah literally the minute we landed and the tickling did not stop, y’all.

Anyway, to fly into Savannah, you’ll likely need to stop over in a larger airport nearby, most likely Charlotte. Here’s a handy dandy reference that lists all the flights out of Savannah.

Things to do in Savannah, GA

3 of Savannah, Georgia's 22 historic squares.
We have roughly 29782768 pictures of Savannah’s 22 stunning squares, and it was really hard to pare it down to 3. They’re kinda like Pokemon: you gotta see ’em all!

Explore All 22 Squares

If you look at a map of Savannah, you’ll notice a pleasing arrangement of streets perfectly aligned around a pleasing arrangement of little green squares. Savannah is a geometrically planned dream come true, and honestly we’re baffled as to why every city in the world isn’t laid out this perfectly.

Other than being getting-lost-proof (bless), this geographically pleasing layout also makes for the perfect way to start getting to know Savannah!

You can spend all day exploring Savannah’s 22 picturesque squares… and you should. Like, make a list and start checkin’ em off. Rank them. Play favorites. Assign them personalities. They’re as integral to the city of Savannah as the Oak trees draped with Spanish moss lining the streets!

FWIW, by the end of our 3 days, we decided that our favorite was Wright Square.

Ice cream and fried oysters in Savannah, Georgia.
From ice cream to fried oysters, and other stuff in cones: the food in Savannah is next-level ridiculously good!

Stuff Yourself Silly

The strangest and most amazing thing happened during our trip to Savannah (strange and amazing both being two excellent words to describe this city): we had a PERFECT food streak. Everything we ate – EVERYTHING – was absolutely amazing. Delicious. Flawless.

I mean, look, we love food and we eat a LOT when we travel. But we’ve never had a perfect food streak before. Usually there’s at least one dish, or one meal, that makes us say “hm, well, that was just OK.”

Not in Savannah. Everything. We ate. Was amazing.

There are so many incredible places to eat in Savannah that we had a tough time limiting ourselves – and this list. Maybe spend a week fasting before your trip to prepare. Here’s where we recommend eating during your trip to Savannah:

  • The Grey: Made famous by its appearance on Chef’s Table, the Grey is located in a formerly segregated Greyhound station – a powerful statement because its’ head chef, Mashama Bailey, is a woman of color. You’ll need a reservation to eat in the dining room, but you don’t need one to sit at the adorable bar counter – you’ll just need to wait for a spot to open up. We recommend arriving after opening – it’s easier to find a seat at the bar later rather than earlier. Oh, and be sure to order the croquettes.
  • Treylor Park: Don’t let the trailer park theme fool you: the food here is flawlessly foodie. Our recommendations? PB&J Wings (that’s pecan and peanut butter with peach jelly – because hello, you’re in Georgia), Fried Chicken and Peppered Pancake Tacos, Biscuits and Gravy, and the Popcorn Shrimp. The latter is named appropriately: it’s literally fried shrimp served on top of popcorn. We’re BIG fans of pun-based food.
  • Soho South Cafe: The fact that their bread basket comes with pimento cheese and bacon jam should tell you all you need to know about this place. I didn’t really understand what “refined southern cooking” meant until I was hip deep in some Goat Cheese Grit Cakes and my Seafood Pot Pie arrived. Y’all, dayum.
Delicious food in Savannah, Georgia.
Clockwise from the top: the low country bowl from Savannah Seafood Shack, a lavender latte from Collins Quarter, and fried catfish from Husk.
  • Husk: This was one of our most romantic dinners – and the most pricey – but it was well worth it! Order the ribs with popped sorghum (like…WHAT), but just don’t look at the price tag. Again, it’s worth it. You can trust us, we eat a lot.
  • Leopold’s Ice Cream: This is where Tutti-Frutti ice cream was invented. Which like, honestly, was a flavor I always associated with my least favorite Jelly Bean. But MAN OH MAN was I wrong. Y’all. The Tutti Frutti ice cream at Leopold’s is chock full of candied fruit and rum-soaked roasted Georgia Pecans, and I can say without any hesitation whatsoever that it is the best ice cream I have ever had in my entire life. (A note from Jeremy: I’m addicted to ice cream and Lia is not as much of a fan, but ya girl would not stop talking about how she needed more Leopold’s). We went back 2 days in a row to get a cone, and waited in line for 30+ minutes each time. DO NOT miss out – Leopold’s is absolutely 10000% worth the hype! TravelTip: To minimize your wait time, try going before noon or around sunset on a weekday.
  • Savannah Seafood Shack: We weren’t exactly sure what a low country boil was, but we were eager to try this Savannah staple, and this is one of the best places in town to get it. It goes like this: you’ll get a bag filled with steaming hot andouille sausage, shrimp, corn on the cob, and potatoes, all doused in Cajun seasoning and other delicious things. Dump it into a bowl and tuck in. OH MAN, is it good. TravelTip: pay the up-charge for pre-shelled and de-veined shrimp if you’re uppity Northerners like us. Also: the fried oysters here are delicious, too. You can’t go wrong, honestly.
  • Vic’s on the River: A romantic restaurant on River Street with a stunning view of the water, Vic’s on the River is the kind of place that serves you honey butter biscuits instead of french bread. Try the She crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp & grits.

Note: Two places that we didn’t get to eat – only because they weren’t open during our trip – were the historic family-style Southern staple Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room and the iconic Olde Pink House, each said to be one of the best places to eat in Savannah. Which breaks our hearts. Y’all, we have to go back. Please eat there and tell us what you think!

Savannah is the Hostess City, and it makes a DAMN good drink. Clockwise from the top: a tiny Frozen Sherry Cobbler from Husk, The Passenger from The Grey, and the Ramos Gin Fizz from Alley Cat.

Enjoy the “Hostess City” One Drink at a Time

Savannah’s nickname is the Hostess City, and a proper Southern hostess always provides drinks for her guests.

“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, ‘What’s your business?’ In Macon they ask, ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is ‘What would you like to drink?”

John Berendt, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

So while you’re eating your way through Savannah, don’t hold back: get a drink, too. Or 2. Or 3…

Don’t worry, you can take it to go: Savannah’s open-container laws are just perfect for wandering through its stunning squares late at night, beverage in hand.

Here’s where we recommend getting a drink in Savannah:

  • The Grey: Sitting at the bar and sipping cocktails at The Grey was one of our favorite experiences in Savanah, not in the least because we were seated next to a friendly local who chatted with us for 3 hours (Savannahians are incredibly friendly and pleasantly chatty, we found). Order the Passenger or the Lefty, or whatever seasonal concoction your friendly bartender recommends.
  • Alley Cat: A tucked away speakeasy-style bar with, hands down, the best-designed menu we’ve ever seen. It’s like, a menu that’s also a newspaper, and it comes out quarterly. I’ve never sat and READ a menu at a bar before, but the Alley Cat is not your typical bar. We ordered the extra-AF Ramos Gin Fizz, thanks to a half-page editorial advertising its deliciousness, and it was amazing.
  • Mata Hari: True to its namesake, this sexy speakeasy is incredibly secretive. To enter, you’ll need to get a key. Our friend Annette at Bucket List Journeys has all the tips for obtaining one. If you make it inside, she recommends ordering absinthe, made the traditional way. Ooh, that’s so 1920’s we can’t even.
  • One Savannah staple that we have to include is the Chatham Artillery Punch. Here’s the thing: everything on this list was elegant and perfectly mixed for a refined palate. Chatham Artillery Punch is the opposite of that. This drink is what happens when you’ve got 13 nearly empty bottles of booze and you pour them all into a glass with some sugar, or whatever you have on hand. I’m not exaggerating, either – there’s a storied history about the drink (because everything in Savannah has a few good stories). When we asked our bartender at Fiddler’s Seafood what was in our drink, she listed off Champagne, Bourbon, Rum, and Cognac, and then just sort of trailed off with a shrug. Listen: this isn’t the tastiest thing you’ll drink in Savannah, but it’s certainly the most uniquely Savannahian drink – and by far the strongest. Do what we did and take it to go, as the locals do.
Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.
Forsyth Park is one of the most photogenic spots in Savannah, Georgia! Arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds in the background.

Capture Savannah’s Beauty

Photography has become one of our favorite ways to mindfully connect with a city – when you’re looking through a lens, sometimes you see little details or capture moments that you might not have noticed otherwise! We spent several hours just wandering through Savannah with our camera, taking in all of its details and beauty.

While all of historic Savannah is downright jaw-dropping, there are a few spots that are tailor-made for photos. Take your time and slowly wander to best appreciate all of Savannah’s charms. Here are our favorite places to go if you’re seeking that perfect Savannah photo op! (Note: Please be respectful of local residents and rules, and NEVER trespass on private property just for the sake of a photo.)

  • Forsyth Park: The most recognizable fountain in Savannah is in Forsyth Park! This is an excellent place to take an early morning stroll, and snap a few photos before the crowds roll in.
  • Jones Street: This stretch of historic Savannah is said to be the most beautiful street in the USA, and we have to agree. There’s no shortage of photo-worthy ops, so we recommend walking the entire length of the street to take it all in.
  • The Gingerbread House: I think the name is self-evident, don’t you? This historic example of “Steamboat Gothic” architecture looks … well, like a Gingerbread House! Wander down this way and you’ll explore a totally different part of historic Savannah – the Victorian District.
  • Savannah Belles Ferry: Take in views of Savannah from the river during a free ride on the Savannah Belles Ferry. There are 4 different ferries, each named for the “Belles” of Savannah – impactful women who contributed to Savannah’s history.
  • Peregrin Rooftop Lounge: At least 3 locals recommend this spot to us as the best place to view Savannah’s skyline. Head up to the roof of the luxurious Perry Lane Hotel to sip a refreshing drink on the patio and capture the sun setting over the city and the river.
Lia exploring Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia.
Explore Savannah’s fascinating history on a walking tour. It’s the best way to hear Savannah’s wonderful and sordid stories as told by a local!

Take a Historic Walking Tour

The Savannah History Tour isn’t just the best historic walking tour of Savannah, it’s actually the best historic walking tour that we’ve EVER been on. And y’all, we take a LOT of historic walking tours.

In true Savannahian fashion, our tour guide, T.C. – one half of the ridiculously good-looking couple behind Genteel & Bard (is that a weird thing to say? But like, they need a TV show or something) is SO incredibly passionate about his hometown. His tour is full of facts, stories, pictures, and even audio recordings that paint a fascinating and nuanced picture of Savannah’s history and its present day, and his palpable and charming enthusiasm is utterly infectious.

T.C never stopped talking during the entire 3-hour tour, and we never wanted him to. He was the most energetic, entertaining, charismatic tour guide we’ve ever had, and his tour was an absolute pleasure. I cannot highly recommend this tour, or any of Genteel & Bard’s tours, enough! If you only take one tour during your trip to Savannah, this is it.

City Market is one of the stops on the First Squares Food Tour, run by Savannah Taste Experience.

Take a Food Walking Tour

One of our favorite ways to get to know a place is to take a food tour. There’s no better way to learn about a city than by stuffing your face with local flavors and dishes as you learn about its culinary history. It’s educational!

We’ve taken a LOT of food tours in our day, and not all of them were worth the calories. But we cannot stress this enough: everything on the First Squares Food Tour was where-have-you-been-all-my-life amazing.

The tour stops change from time to time, but during our visit the dishes included shrimp and grits, flaky sausage rolls and shepherd’s pie (a relic of the many European settlers in Savannah) bread pudding french toast (re-read that), pulled pork and bacon jam donut sliders (never mind, re-read THAT), Daufuskie Island Deviled Crab, and to finish it off, a honey tasting at Savannah Bee Company, including Lia’s favorite snack: apple, cheese, and honeycomb.

Trust us: you won’t go home hungry.

On the left: the Owens-Thomas House. On the right: the sign reads “the wealth that made the lifestyles of the Richardson and Owens family possible was created through the labor of enslaved men, women, and children who were never compensated for their work,” along with a memorial commemorating all 600 of those enslaved people – with blank spaces for those whose names were lost to history.

Tour a Historic Home

Savannah is an incredibly historic city filled with beautifully restored historic homes, so it should be no surprise that one of the best things to do in Savannah is to tour one of those gorgeous homes! Savannah is chock full of historic homes turned museums, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Historic Savannah Foundation, whose hard work transformed historic Savannah into the living and breathing museum it is today.

That said: not all historic home tours are created equally. The dark truth behind the wealthy, luxurious homes in Savannah is that most of them once housed enslaved workers, and the wealthy whites living in those homes made their money off the backs of enslaved people. We prefer historic tours that are honest about this complicated history and discuss the lives of EVERYONE who lived in the home – both wealthy and enslaved. Here are our recommendations.

  • The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters: If you only do one home tour in Savannah, we highly recommend it be the Owens-Thomas House tour. The museum recently “re-interpreted” their museum and tour to accurately and academically integrate facts about what life at the time was like for both the wealthy home-owners and the enslaved people who lived there. The museum pulls no punches: you’ll see everything from the lumpy mat where the enslaved nursemaid slept on the floor next to the white children she was raising to own her, to letters detailing abuse of enslaved people at the hands of the homeowners – all based on copious research and evidence. The museum is incredibly respectful to the enslaved, highly informative, and honest about what life was actually like inside a Savannah home in the Antebellum era. In addition, the owners of the museum also hosted a symposium and published a book titled Slavery and Freedom in Savannah. We deeply appreciated the commitment to transparency and honesty about Savannah’s complex history.
  • Davenport Museum: Located just around the corner from the Owens-Thomas house, the Davenport Museum is very first home ever preserved and restored by the Savannah Historic Foundation, and you’ll learn a bit about that history. While the Davenport Museum does respectfully discuss the lives of the enslaved people who lived in the home, the tour is more focused on the historic architecture and elements of the home itself.
The Mercer Williams House in Savannah, Georgia, setting of the murders made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
The Mercer Williams House is one of the most storied and infamous homes in modern day Savannah, but you won’t get any sordid details on the home tour.

There were several more tours that we didn’t have a chance to do ourselves but wish we did, like the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, home of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. Or the King-Tisdell Cottage, a beautiful Victorian “Gingerbread” style home that once housed a prominent member of Savannah’s wealthy Black society, and today serves as a museum to Savannah’s African-American heritage.

We also didn’t have a chance to tour the Mercer Williams House, which allows you to step inside the most infamous home in modern-day Savannah. But don’t mention anything about murder, prostitutes, or hoodoo – even though those are all part of the fascinating story of this home, its current owner and resident is the sister of Jim Williams, and she (understandably) doesn’t want anyone discussing her brother’s trial or death in her home. No idea what I’m talking about? Read The Book!

There are tons of historic home tours in Savannah, each one telling a different story about different members of Savannah’s society and history. But we found that not all home tours seemed as willing to critically and honestly approach its complex history. For example, the Andrew Low House at one point housed the richest man in Savannah, who was made wealthy by the cotton trade – only we didn’t see a single mention of the enslaved people who made that wealth possible on their website. Yikes.

We urge you to do a little careful research and read between the lines – or read reviews – before choosing which home tour to patronize, and keep your ears open for the stories that aren’t being told.

A trolley drives past a historic home in Savannah, Georgia underneath oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Every inch of historic Savannah is haunted. Yep. All of it. And honestly, that just makes us all the more fascinated by Savannah!

Meet Savannah’s (Many) Resident Ghosts

Savannah is haunted. Like, really haunted. You can’t just build a town on top of a Native American burial ground, become the largest port for the Atlantic Slave Trade, and suffer 3 devastating Yellow Fever epidemics (a direct consequence of the slave trade) and not end up super haunted.

Just how haunted is Savannah, you ask? Well, let me tell you a story. We’re at Collin’s Quarter, sipping some truly excellent coffee and flipping through our photos, minding our own business. Seated next to us is an older gentleman. He leans over to us, a photo pulled up on his phone of a park in Savannah at night. “I took this 2 years ago,” he says. He scrolls to the right. “Now look.” There’s a shroud of filmy white fog in the photo. “I took this just a second later, and there wasn’t any fog that night.” (Mind you, this interaction came out of NOWHERE.)

The barista, pouring coffee, casually nods. “Yep, that square’s haunted, just like the rest of the town.” And just like that, they’re swapping ghost stories over coffee. Y’all, we fell in love with Savannah right then and there.⁣

Savannah boasts the title of being one of America’s most haunted cities, so even as much of a skeptic (read: scaredy-cat) as Lia is, we just had to go looking for some ghosts.

The Mercer family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery, and the final resting place of Savannah’s beloved composer Johnny Mercer. Original photo credit: “Mercer Family Grave Site — Bonaventure” by Ron Cogswell

Usually the two us agree on everything from who should get the final rose on The Bachelor/ette to where to get the best tacos. But one thing we just don’t agree on is scary sh*t. Jeremy loves a good spook. Lia (rightfully) thinks the real world is scary enough.

So while there are certainly ghost tours of Savannah that are meant to spook you, we wanted one that focused more on history and stories than on jump scares. After researching the many ghost tours Savannah has to offer, we decided to go with the Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tour.

Our guide, dressed as the spirit of the deceased artist Prince (RIP), took us around the historic district regaling us with tales of spirits ranging from friendly and adorable to malevolent and terrifying. Some ghosts played pranks on the living until they became besties (aww), some drove their roommates to insanity (we can relate), and some are so bloody and terrifying that local residents will only speak of them in hushed whispers – so you’ll just have to go on a tour to hear those stories!

Another good way to commune with the ghosts of Savannah is to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery. I know, visiting a cemetery isn’t like … the most typical thing to do. But then again, nothing about Savannah is typical, and when it’s one of the most beautiful and famous cemeteries in the world, well …you might want to make an exception.

To help you get to know Savannah’s many deceased residents and their stories, we recommend taking a guided tour led by a local (this one is highly recommended). Alternatively, the Bonaventure historical society created an inexpensive mobile app with a self-guided tour – more info here.

  • Travel Tip: You’ll need to use a car to visit the cemetery, which is about a 15-minute drive from town. We had no trouble finding Lyfts during our stay. Please be respectful during your visit, and as tempting as it may be to visit the cemetery after dark, it’s closed, so … don’t do it without an after-hours guided tour.
Savannah Bee Company tasting room and samples in Savannah, Georgia.
Savannah Bee Company is one of Savannah’s most famous institutions! Be sure to try Tupelo Honey, an incredibly rare varietal that is Savannah Bee’s claim to fame.

Score Some Samples

Samples are like Lia’s personal Olympics. Lia to samples is like Eleven from Stranger Things is to Eggo’s Waffles. Put something free and edible in front of Lia – doesn’t matter what it is – and you will have just made her entire day. What we’re getting at here is: Lia LOVES samples.

So we (Lia, mainly) was delighted to discover that there are multiple places in Savannah serving up excellent bite-sized morsels of food FO’ FREE. Hello, heaven! Here are the best places in Savannah to get your sample on.

  • Byrd’s Famous Cookies: This famous bakery dates back to 1924. When you enter the shop on City Market, you’re greeted with a long row of coin-sized cookie samples that run the spectrum from super sweet to savory, classic flavors to unique creations, gluten-free to gluten-full. We tried everything from Georgia Peach and Salted Caramel to Jalapeno Cheddar – and took a bag home for good measure.
  • River Street Sweets: I have a confession. I’ve had trouble sleeping since leaving Savannah. Time difference, you ask? No. Did a ghost follow me? I wish. No…I haven’t slept because I’ve been craving pralines from River Street Sweets. We cannot emphasize, enough how completely utterly amazing these pralines are. These delicious morsels of butter, sugar, half and half, pecans, and magic opened our eyes to what candy can be and we’ll never be the same. The second you walk into the shop on River Street, you’ll be hit with a tantalizing smell – and a warm, fresh sample. We immediately bought 5 pralines – and then went back for more samples on our way out. Psst: they deliver, so … that’s our Christmas wish list sorted.
  • The Savannah Bee Company: Although you’ll find Savannah Bee outposts in other cities, it hails from right here in Savannah! Stop by to taste the famously rare Tupelo honey, which is made from flowers that only bloom in a tiny spot near Savannah for 10 days a year. You can also try a huge variety of pure honey, whipped honey, and even honeycomb with apples and cheese! We also recommend a Mead tasting: for $10 you’ll get to sample 6 delicious honey meads.
River Street at sunset in Savannah, Georgia.
A twilight stroll along River Street is the. perfect end to a day of exploring Savannah, Georgia.

Watch the Sunset on River Street

The Savannah Port is still one of the largest in the country, and this historic stretch of road along the riverfront dates way back. Cobblestones dating back 200 years line the streets bordering warehouses once filled with cotton – and, sadly, enslaved people. It’s said that this area – and Factor’s Walk, just behind River Street – was the site of the most death, and therefore today is considered to be the most haunted part of town.

But though its history reflects Savannah’s dark and complex past, today River Street is a thriving tourist hotspot and one of the best spots to take a stroll, grab a drink (to go, of course), snag a few praline samples, and watch the sun setting over the Savannah River.

During our walk along River Street, we met a jazz musician, admired the Georgia Queen historic steamboat, and waved at the Waving Woman. We also paid homage to the enslaved families represented by the African-American Monument, one of the few sites in Savannah that explicitly references Savannah’s role in the slave trade (here are several more).

For a local’s tips about the best spots along River Street, check out this blog post by Sand, Sun & Messy Buns.

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