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In Savannah, huge oak trees covered with hanging moss adorn the cobblestone streets and transport visitors to a simpler time. Despite its charming appearance, there is more to this historic city than its overwhelming beauty.
When visiting Savannah, kick off the day with brunch at Huey’s on the River. Located on the waterfront, Huey’s is a taste of New Orleans with a creative twist. Sit down and dine or grab one of the restaurant’s famed beignets to take as a snack on a morning walk along the cobblestone streets.
Of the town’s original 24 squares, 22 are open for the public to stroll through, with historic landmarks, including a statue of Savannah’s founder, James Oglethorpe, seemingly positioned around every corner. Visitors may also opt for a Savannah tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage or an evening candlelit tour from Cobblestone Tours, complete with fully-costumed guides.
With its colorful history, Savannah is said to be one of the world’s most haunted cities. Blue Orb Ghost Tours offers shiver seekers a genuine look at the darker side of the city’s past, with documented evidence of chilling local stories and legends. Offering a variety of tours, including the monstrously scary (and age restricted) Midnight Zombies Tour, Blue Orb has must-see Savannah tours for thrill seekers and history buffs alike.
Savannah’s downtown is not the only place to soak up history. Nearby Savannah neighborhoods like Isle of Hope offer more sightseeing and history just off the beaten path. Originally established in the 1800’s as a summer vacation retreat for well-to-do Savannah families, Isle of Hope is home to many glorious Antebellum mansions lined along the shore.
Also counted among notable Savannah neighborhoods is Tybee Island, where locals and visitors alike can immerse themselves in Georgia beach life. Just 18 miles from downtown, Tybee was once a favorite playground for pirates in search of hiding places for their treasure. Even now, the island serves as an excellent hideaway for Savannah natives, with beach bungalows and sophisticated restaurants peppering the shoreline. History buffs, have no fear – while the family splashes in the waves and peruses the pier, head to Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum to revel in the past at what is recognized as one of the most beautifully restored lighthouses on the continent.
Back in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, grab a salad and a healthy helping of bread pudding at Goose Feathers before walking over to Bonaventure Cemetery. Another Savannah tour that is not to be missed, Shannon Scott’s tour of Bonaventure takes visitors on an informative excursion to explore the cemetery grounds and the history of the souls buried there. Take in a morning or afternoon tour, or for a more thrilling experience, wait until night falls and explore the cemetery after dark.
Families, beach bums, and history buffs alike will find that Savannah is a charming blend of past and present with a hint of southern hospitality.