This isn’t the first time that I’ve mentioned visiting Savannah, Georgia and I’m sure that it won’t be the last. Our family travels to Hilton Head every few months and when we are there, we always stop by Savannah for the day.
Here are ten of our favorite things about Savannah.
1- Taking the Oglethorpe Tour to really visit Savannah (If you search #VisitSavannah you will see a few of our instagram pics from our tour)
Here are Jack & I ready for our tour. He is turning 10 this summer and he was SO into the tour. He soaked up every piece of information that they gave him. Beau, 8, was equally as intrigued. It was great seeing that they were learning to love Savannah like we do.
2. The parks.
There is a little park at every block. Think of Savannah like a checkerboard and every red square is a little town park. The squares were originally planned to provide space and strategy for military reasons, plus it is used to keep the locals cool, under the shade of the trees.
3. Quaint cobblestone streets. I feel like I am walking back in time when I walk down these streets. We love to wander off the beaten path to really experience the charm of this historic city. The kids love these roads, too!
4. The Pirate House.
I could see the kids perk up at the mention of the Pirate House. According to ThePirateHouse.com, “Around 1753, when Georgia had become firmly established and the need for an experimental garden no longer existed, the site was developed as a residential section. Since Savannah had become a thriving seaport town, one of the first buildings constructed on the former garden site was naturally an Inn for visiting seamen. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, the Inn became a rendezvous of blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their fiery grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their adventures from Singapore to Shanghai and from San Francisco to Port Said.
These very same buildings have recently been converted into one of America’s most unique restaurants: The Pirates’ House. Even though every modern restaurant facility has been installed, the very atmosphere of those exciting days of wooden ships and iron men has been carefully preserved. ”
5. The little touches.
Look at this staircase… do you see that small opening at the bottom of the railing, on the third step? That was for visitors to scrape and clean their boots before they went up the stairs and into the house. I love these little things that make Savannah so special and unique.
6. The gorgeous trees.
I really can’t say enough about the scenery in Savannah. It is relaxing, peaceful and just beautiful. I have about 40 pictures like this on my phone, between myself and the kids taking pictures of the different parks. 🙂
7. The waving girl.
This is the statue of Florence Martus, a Savannahian. She greeted ships entering Savannah by waving a cloth at approaching ships from the lighthouse on Cockspur Island, in search of her long lost lover, from 1887 to 1931. Ships would return her greeting with a blast of the ship’s horn (many still do this to her statue).
8. “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Tom Hanks, as Forest Gump, spoke his famous line in the parks of Savannah, Georgia. They still have the bench in the museum in Savannah.
Oh- and Jenny’s restaurant is also in Savannah (the one where she worked in the movie, when she saw Forest on the news).
9. The buildings.
I love the homes in Savannah. Just to sit and hear the history of the homes and parties that took place here is amazing.
10. The feeling of the south.
It is true that the south is a slower pace… It is like the city was thought out to the very detail and then they just waited for it to grow to perfection.
We had the best time. We ate (or I should say “Stuffed ourselves full” at Paula’s Lady & Sons… and it was only fitting that we saw her husband, Mike, on our way out of the city. He looked over at us and said “Hi, Y’all.”
Yes… that is the south. That is Savannah.