Visiting Historic Savannah, Georgia
I was lucky enough to spend my 40th birthday visiting Savannah with my wife and a few close friends. My wife made arrangements for us to stay at the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn in the historic district for the weekend get away. Consequently, we spent the majority of our visit in the historic section browsing the shops, enjoying the unique architecture, and sampling the local fare. The Inn was located in walking distance of River Street, where there are shops, restaurants, boutiques, and pubs. Of course, we had to make some time for a little kayaking as well.
The Historic Downtown District
Being the oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is full of rich history. In addition, the downtown historic area is made up of 22 park squares and a beautiful waterfront area. Consequently, it is an easy to place to see as a pedestrian. The ghost and trolley tours are an excellent way to become familiar with the history, as the guides are full of knowledge and tales.
Stay At A Bed & Breakfast
In my opinion, staying at a Bed & Breakfast is the best way to enjoy this historic city. Our home away from home was the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Chatham square and near the heart of historic downtown. The interior was beautifully Victorian, from the hardwood floors and ornate furniture to the red brick wall. During the breakfast hours, we had our morning meals in the courtyards so that we could enjoy the warm fresh air of the season. The Crystal Beer Parlor was also within walking distance of our Inn, which was great because the bourbon beers decided to sneak up on me after dinner!
Located on the Savannah River, River Street is full of boutique shoppes and century old architecture that has been restored and re-purposed. The cobblestone streets keep the area authentic, down to the trolley tracks. In addition to the elegant Inn’s and hotels, the shoppes include antiques, amazing dining, pubs, art galleries. My son’s favorite was the candy store, where all of his candy dreams come true. Seriously, they have everything you can imagine.
Wormsloe Plantation is a historic site in Savannah with a main road showcasing a beautiful canopy of live oak trees and Spanish moss. Furthermore, there are several ruins to explore in the park with placards providing a summary of the history of the site.
Kayak To The Cockspur Lighthouse
We discovered the Cockspur Lighthouse by coincidence while kayaking on the Tybee Island intracoastal waters. The lighthouse sits on an island in the South Channel of the Savannah River. A journeying kayaker can easily paddle to the rocky shoreline. Although beds of oyster shells can make access to the lighthouse treacherous, it’s not hard to overcome. The interior of the lighthouse consists of brick and mortar, with a staircase leading to the crow’s nest. In closure, this was my favorite discovery of the trip and hope to return soon for a sunrise.