My mom, Grandma, and I traveled down to Savannah GA right before Christmas to spend a few wonderful days together. Savannah was designed in 1773 by General James Oglethorpe, and it was the first planned city in North America with a system of squares. Here are a few of my favorite things we saw and did.
Old Savannah Trolley Tours
We decided to do a trolley tour of Savannah, and it was a great decision. We could hop on and off the trolley so if we wanted to spend more time at one place we could. I enjoyed this trolley company because at each stop we were greeted by a costumed character such as Forrest Gump, or a historical figure such as Robert Louis Stevenson. They then gave a brief monologue about who they were and why the site was important to them.
The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters
This beautiful house was built in 1816 and considered one of the best examples of English Regency style architecture in the Americas. The tour was very informative and well put together. They did let me take photos inside, so I will soon we writing another blog post specifically about this house. Be sure to subscribe to be notified of it’s posting.
For lunch we went to Leopold’s ice-cream shop. Now- I know what you’re thinking- and yes, they do serve actual food, not just ice-cream. This adorable ice-cream shop was started in 1919 and is just about to celibrate it’s 100th birthday! It has a cute old-timey soda shop feel. We got soup and sandwiches for lunch and then had the “Savannah Socialite”- dark chocolate ice-cream with pecans and caramel- with three spoons for dessert.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Sometimes referred to as the “Sistine of the South” the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is beautifully built with lovely stained glass. The cathedral is also home to the largest most extensive nativity scene I have ever seen. The nativity scene took up the entire front right half of the Cathedral. It included a waterfall with real running water. As we visited the Cathedral before Christmas, there was a note in the manger that read “Waiting for Jesus”.
Colonial Park Cemetery
The Colonial Park Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Savannah’s earliest citizens. The cemetery was established about 1750, and it was the original burial ground for the Christ Church Parish. The cemetery was enlarged in 1789 to become the cemetery for people of all denominations. Among those “buried” here are Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. There is a large monument to him here, but his body is not. He died in a dual, and no one is really sure where his body ended up.
The Pink House
My family and I were lucky enough to have dinner at the Pink house the week before it caught on fire, and I am so grateful that we were because it had been my dream to eat here for so long. We had a late dinner here and were then able to go walk around the house, so it was basically dinner and a house tour! I will be writing a separate blog post with photos from the inside. Be sure to subscribe to be notified of it’s posting.
The Riverside Inn
The River Street Inn, located on the infamous River Street was built in 1817. It was originally a cotton warehouse, one of the many used to store the large amounts of cotton moving out of the Savannah’s port. In 1853, the top three floors were added, allowing additional storage on the third floor and offices on the fourth and fifth.
I love our hotel location and the view of the river was amazing! We had a room on the 4th floor. We were able to see large barges, cute tug boats, and beautiful paddle boats float up and down the river.