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A Weekend Getaway in Savannah

Savannah, Georgia is a lovely city with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you want to swim at the beach, walk the historic district, get tipsy by the river or go on a ghost tour, you will find it in Savannah! At a little over a 3 hour drive, it makes the perfect weekend trip from Charlotte.

My husband and I recently celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a weekend getaway in Savannah, Georgia.  Savannah is less than 4 hours drive from Charlotte, so it makes the perfect getaway as you can leave early on Saturday morning and still be back to work on Monday.

My husband was in charge of booking the room for the night, and he found a pretty good deal on expedia for a two-room suite at the Oglethorpe Inn & Suites.  The inn is located in a good central location for those wishing to visit the beach as well as the historic district.  Drive time from the hotel to Tybee Island was roughly 35-40 minutes, and we were able to get to River Street in a little over 20.

The inn was slightly dilapidated, but in a charming old south-scrolling cast iron balconies on each level-fountain in the main lobby kind of way.  The room was spacious and clean, the complimentary breakfast was ample and the pool felt refreshing.  We would most definitely stay again, but the suite was unnecessary for us, so we would most likely just book a standard room.

Savannah, Georgia is a lovely city with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you want to swim at the beach, walk the historic district, get tipsy by the river or go on a ghost tour, you will find it in Savannah! At a little over a 3 hour drive, it makes the perfect weekend trip from Charlotte.

After checking in, we changed into our swimsuits and headed out to Tybee Island!  Like a couple of dummies, we left our beach towels at the hotel room and had to stop at a little surf shop for new ones, Tsk Tsk.  After buying the needed supplies, we drove around a good bit looking for a parking spot, but finally found one down a side street of beach houses.  Just a tip: Nearly every street has paid parking spots-some metered and some with the payment boxes that accept credit cards so there is no need to search endlessly in the small lots near the boardwalk or the street spots on the main drag.  The beach, surprisingly, was not very crowded for a Saturday afternoon in June, and we had a great time playing in the waves and watching the sea birds dive bomb for fish.  After a couple of hours in the ocean, hunger pains had us heading back to the hotel for a shower and change of clothes, and then we were back on the road pointed toward River Street.

River Street is a little touristy, but it is still a ton of fun!  (Parking is also difficult to come by around here so just suck it up and pay at a nearby garage).  First stop for us was dinner, we looked at a few menus, most places have one posted outside the front door, and finally decided on Barracuda Bob’s as it was reasonably priced (my requirement) and had an acceptable beer selection (his requirement 😛 ).  I had the crab cake sandwich and he opted for the mile-high Reuben.  We were both very happy with our sandwiches, although he grumbled a bit “it looks more like a kilometer-high sandwich”, but it ended up being plenty of food.  Bob’s french fries were exceptionally good, and the tables are really cool!

Savannah, Georgia is a lovely city with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you want to swim at the beach, walk the historic district, get tipsy by the river or go on a ghost tour, you will find it in Savannah! At a little over a 3 hour drive, it makes the perfect weekend trip from Charlotte.

Next stop: Wet Willie’s for frozen daiquiri style beverages.  Savannah has a lovely lackadaisical approach to open containers, if your drink is in a plastic cup, you are good to go. It really makes you feel like a rebel to walk around boldly sipping an alcoholic beverage in full daylight out on a public street, and when we asked if we could bring our drinks into a shop (and this is an exact quote):

“Baby, this is Savannah. You can bring your booze anywhere.”Tweet:

 I had my tarot cards read by a psychic, we listened to a band play on the outdoor stage, we watched caricatures being drawn, sampled freshly made taffy in the candy shop, and had a cup of coffee in a small cafe before finally heading back to the hotel for the night.  River Street has something for just about everyone!  Tip: Don’t forget to check out the different sets of historic steps, just use caution if you are wearing heels or ordered the “call a cab” from Wet Willies, because those stairs are STEEP.  I felt like I was doing power lunges trying to walk up them!

 

The next morning, after a continental breakfast and a quick dip in the pool, we spent a little time in Forsyth Park.  This 30 acre park is located in the historic district and was originally created in the 1840’s, and the gorgeous fountain on the north end is a must-see.  There was a great walking path flanked by the magnificent trees (oak I think) with all the hanging moss, perfect for a morning stroll.  Parking is free in the lot on the south end, and I believe there is another lot near the cafe that is  kind of in the middle of the park.

Savannah, Georgia is a lovely city with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you want to swim at the beach, walk the historic district, get tipsy by the river or go on a ghost tour, you will find it in Savannah! At a little over a 3 hour drive, it makes the perfect weekend trip from Charlotte.

 

Before jumping in the car to head back to Charlotte, we stopped in for a cup of coffee at a cool hipster cafe called the Sentient Bean (conveniently located directly across the street from the parking lot).  We only intended to get coffee, but the haunting aromas in this place had us ordering our 2nd breakfast…or was it elevensies?  The food is farm to fork and all options are either vegetarian or vegan.  We went with the breakfast tacos and home fries, and the house-made ketchup was #yumyumyum.

We had intended to hit up the animal preserve on the way out of town, but, unfortunately, they are closed on Sundays.

**bonus tidbit:On the way home, we stopped for lunch in Columbia and had the delicious BBQ buffet at Maurice’s BBQ.  The buffet included chicken, ribs, pork, plenty of vegetables, salad, and best of all-banana pudding.  If you find yourself needing lunch in Columbia, this is your spot.**

Savannah, Georgia is a lovely city with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you want to swim at the beach, walk the historic district, get tipsy by the river or go on a ghost tour, you will find it in Savannah! At a little over a 3 hour drive, it makes the perfect weekend trip from Charlotte.

 

Savannah makes an excellent weekend trip from Charlotte because the drive is very manageable and the city has plenty of things to keep you entertained!  

Is there a great Savannah spot that we missed?  Do you have another favorite place we should try for a  weekend trip?

21 thoughts on “A Weekend Getaway in Savannah

  1. We went last year. It was a first time visit for us. We stayed in a B&B type place right by Forsyth Park. It made for good people watching from the balcony. Right after the owner told a ghost story, a storm hit and we had no power the rest of the night. It was a little creepy in the old, old house we were in.

    We are different on vacation. We walked to River Street in the rain with no umbrellas, did the scary steps, went to Wet Willie’s multiple times, ate pralines, and then had some shrimp & grits somewhere. We did a food tour and that was fun. I liked Savannah! I live in SC and had never been. Next time we’ll do Charleston (I’ve also never been). We walked all the places and didn’t have to park anywhere. Me likey.

    That moss just makes for great pictures, doesn’t it? The foodie tour guide told us some scary story about it — about where it grows and where it doesn’t, and why. Ghosteses and stuff 🙂

    1. You MUST message me before you go to Charleston. My husband and I spent a week there last year, and I have ALL SORTS of recommendations. Seriously. Seriously. Seriously.

      1. We actually stayed just a little bit out of town at this place:
        http://www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com/
        It. Was. Amazing.
        Honest to God, it was the best hotel/B&B experience I’ve ever had. The grounds are gorgeous , your room comes with all-access to the plantation gardens, and… wait for it… it’s cheaper than regular hotels (i.e. Holiday Express) in the heart of Charleston.
        I’m pretty much convinced it’s the only place we’ll ever stay while there.
        As for other things we did there: I know this sounds a bit weird, but we LOVED the Charleston Tea Plantation. We also visited the Angel Oak Tree, which was cool. The Old Slave Mart in Charleston is depressing (for obvious reasons), but it is also super informative and worthwhile. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to clog your feed to much. The two other things I will HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend in Charleston are these restaurants: The Tattooed Moose, where you HAVE to order the Famous Duck Club, which combines duck confit and apple-smoked bacon, with a side of their duck fat fries with a bleu cheese fondue and roasted garlic bulb. It’s freaking orgasmic. The other is Xiao Bao Biscuit, which is this little hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurant where we had, I swear, the second best meal of our lives (the first being at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT). You HAVE to order the okonomiyaki, which is just a fancy way of saying “cabbage pancake,” but I swear, it’s worth it. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD in Charleston!!!

        1. I’m taking notes of all these tips.

          When we went last year we stayed in Summerville at the Pink Dolphin http://www.thepinkdolphin.com/ The homemade breakfast was amazazing. Sometimes I wish she lived in my house so I could wake up to those hashbrowns every day.

    2. Next time we go, I’m sending you an invite. We can do a happy hour. Maybe Bekah can come be the tour guide 🙂

  2. OH MY GOSH! The next time you go, check out The Crab Shack on Tybee Island. It’s the BEST place ever.
    Seriously, I love Savannah. It’s the best.
    Have you ever read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or watched the movie?

    1. We are thinking of going back later this summer for more beach time, so we will check out the Crab Shack. I do love crab 🙂
      I haven’t read it or seen the movie, but I have wanted to read it for some time.

      We went to Charleston last year, but we didn’t have as good of a time, mostly because we didn’t know what to do. When we go back I will be bugging you for tips!

      1. Oh my gosh! DO go back!
        Some things I’d recommend off the top of my head:
        — Do the trolley tour in Savannah. I know it’s cheesy, but we love it. Take it all the way around the first time, determine what you think sounds interesting, and then use it as public transit for the rest of the day.
        — The Telfair Museums are surprisingly nice for being such small, private collections. It’s a nice (and affordable, if I remember correctly, but it may have been my student discount) way to enjoy the city while also being in the air conditioning!
        — The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is also nerdy fun. We really enjoyed that, and you can spend as much or as little time as you want there.
        — Right across the street from the Maritime Museum is… Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. OMFG. Just pick any of their desserts. You won’t leave unhappy.
        — Now, if you read/watch Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which I HIGHLY recommend that you do), then you can have some fun visiting the Mercer House. Either way, though, I recommend that, if you’re in for some more adult fun, going and seeing the Lady Chablis’ drag show. She’s hilarious.
        — Also prominent in the book/movie, but worth seeing period: Bonaventure Cemetery. SO GORGEOUS!
        — Restaurants, because, duh: For serious quality dining, Local 11 Ten . Mind-blowingly good food. For some historical and traditional fare, The Pink House (where Jefferson stayed). For some quirk, The Pirates House (the food’s okay there, but really, it’s the touristy fun that makes me visit every now and then; servers dress up like pirates, because, duh, and the house is truly ancient as all-get-out, has legit shangai tunnels underneath that were used to transport drunk fellows onto slave labor on ships, and… this is the best part… it’s the inspiration for Treasure Island.)
        So, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head, other than just lounging around the various town squares and antique stores and the Tybee Island beach.

        1. Ya know, I thought I saw someone dressed like a pirate at a bus stop, but I mean sometimes people dress weird, and I was trying not to judge. Maybe he just worked at the Pirate House.

          If we go back later this summer it will be with the chillrens, so we will likely spend the majority of the time on Tybee.

          1. Tybee is fun, too. My husband and I are pasty Midwestern natives, so we aren’t as beachy as we’d like. Now, give us an antique store and a high tea with clotted cream, and we’re down!
            (P.S. Sorry I spammed the shit out of your discussion feed. As you can tell, I’m passionate about these Southern cities!)

  3. We just moved out west after living in Waynesville, NC, for 5 years and we went to Savannah a lot. Love Tybee Island and Forsyth Park! The forts, parks, river boats, shops and restaurants are amazing. Vic’s on the River is a great restaurant, too. Hope you have many more adventures like this!

  4. I really liked reading this. My husband and I went to Savannah this summer for the weekend. We crammed as much as we could in the 2-3 days. I also wrote a blog post as well, but I like how we had different things, minus Tybee Island of course! We drove from Alabama, so it was a little but more of a way. Anyway, I absolutely love Savannah. I love the atmosphere of the place. I am hoping we can go back sometime soon.

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