Road Trip

Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia, brims with south­ern flair and his­toric charm.

Country - - CONTENTS - AN­DREA CAUGHEY David­son, North Carolina

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.

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