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Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beloved cities to visit in the south. Just a short five hour drive from Tampa, Savannah is a city full of history, great food, and good old-fashioned southern hospitality. One of the best ways to get an overview of the city is to take a trolley tour through the beautiful historic district. These narrated tours really highlight the rich history of Savannah and allow you to discover all that the city has to offer. Within the historic district there are 22 beautiful squares with moss draped oak trees and magnificent antebellum architecture. Each square has a history all its own. Some very famous historic homes are located within these squares such as the Davenport House and the Mercer House made famous in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You may also tour the former home of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts.
Another well-known area in Savannah is River Street. Day and night, River Street is always bustling. Full of shops, restaurants, musicians, and local craft vendors, a walk on the cobblestone streets takes you back in time.
Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the United States, making an evening ghost tour an absolute must. Several types of tours are offered including walking tours, trolley tours, or my personal favorite, a ghost tour in an open-top hearse!
Dining in Savannah provides visitors with much variety, from cuisine to dining style. Several restaurants stand out and have become traditions in the South. Of course, Savannah has become known as the home of Paula Deen and her world-famous Lady and Sons Restaurant. Lady and Sons features a large buffet of all her southern favorites. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time, as this is a popular tourist spot. One of my favorite places, a bit off of the beaten path is Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Located in the basement of an old boarding house, Mrs. Wilkes delivers the definition of southern comfort food. Parties are seated around large tables of ten and all food is served family style. Make sure you come hungry because you will get more food than you can possibly eat! They are only open Monday – Friday for lunch only so make sure you make time for this during the day.
Accommodations in Savannah are plentiful from historic Bed & Breakfasts, upscale boutique hotels, popular chain hotels, and even some haunted inns for the adventurous and brave at heart! I would always recommend staying in the historic district where you can walk to most all the attractions in Savannah.
A visit to Savannah can provide a wonderful trip into our country’s past, combined with modern flair and wonderful entertainment, a must-see town for travelers.