For years I have wanted to go to Savannah. It all started when I was an ESL teacher in Korea. On one of our many nights of drinking wine together my friend Lise and I shared stories on our favourite cities to visit. Lise mentioned that her favourite city by far was Savannah – with all the gardens on every block, beautiful historical architecture and Southern charm.
When my fiance and I showed up in Savannah we weren’t sure where to go or what to expect. We parked by the river and walked around the tourist area. It was pretty busy and lots of tourists were walking around, going in the boutiques, and tasting the local seafood. The cobble stone streets and old buildings created a wonderful ambience, but one of the coolest things were the sidewalks, which was concrete with oyster shells and other shells mixed in. It was super original – I’ve never seen anything like it before!
Once we had a coffee in the outdoor market we headed up to higher ground and walked around the old town. It was gorgeous! There were big, beautiful, historical homes with wonderful landscaping, and at almost every block there was a small city park. With the slow, Southern pace, beautiful homes and lovely little parks Savannah was the most walking friendly city I’ve been in.
We didn’t have a plan in particular for the day, we just wanted to explore and visit the city – given the small city and walkable environment it was easy to do!
So we strolled, visited the parks, read all the plaques and learned about the monuments in each park, and strolled some more.
When it was time for a break we happened upon a gorgeous building – the Forsyth Mansion. We sat back, had a glass of wine and admired the phenomenal restoration of the historical building. It was stunning and fuelled so many ideas about how I would decorate my fantasy house.
When the sun set we strolled back to the car, admired the final scenes and headed back on the road to our next stop.
Savannah was a beautiful city to visit, and if I’d had more time I would have loved to stay in the Forsythe Mansion, eat at the great restaurants and live like a Southerner for a few days.
Up Next: Key West, Florida