Savannah, Georgia, brims with southern flair and historic charm.
WITH ITS MAGICAL moss-laden gardens, historic architecture and down-home cuisine, Savannah is an idyllic destination for a weekend getaway. Seeking a taste of the true South, I couldn’t wait to soak up this city’s culture and romance. A frequent walker, I happily discovered I could tour virtually everything in Savannah’s historic district by foot from my boutique hotel, Andaz. The hotel is also conveniently located alongside City Market, a four-block cobblestone and open-air marketplace. Trolleys, bikes, carriages and buses are other options to tour the churches and graveyards, three historic forts, stately inns, pocket gardens with fountains and statuary, and over a dozen museums. Each afternoon, I reveled in Savannah’s artistic side, browsing creative local boutiques like Paris Market & Brocante, a treasure trove of unique finds in an 1874 Victorian grocery store, and ShopSCAD, the gallery store for the Savannah College of Art and Design. After lots of sightseeing and shopping, comfort food was a must. I recharged at the Olde Pink House Restaurant, known for Low Country cuisine, and Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, a beloved lunch spot with hearty southern favorites. My idyllic weekend culminated in a stroll along River Street to view the serene Savannah River. Vintage buildings and warehouses along the water drew me in with a tantalizing blend of arts and crafts, antiques and sweet treats.
Forsyth Park’s elegant fountain anchors the historic district.
The Georgia Queen riverboat docks along River Street (above); horse-drawn carriage rides take visitors on sightseeing tours of the city.