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Fun things to do in Savannah, Georgia

by Rachel Civil 10/31/2018

Forsyth ParkFun things to do in Savannah, Georgia

For the past seven years, I’ve been going to New Jersey for the summer. The first two years, I piled all my belonging in my car, along with my dog (my baby, my companion Lucky who passed away last year). We would embark on our journey, only to stop at a hotel for the night. The Last 4 years, I took the Auto train which is way less taxing on my body, but this year however, I decided to drive and made it a road trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After spending a fun-filled week with my family which included slumber parties with my nieces and nephews, bonding time with my brothers and sister. We also celebrated mom’s 70th birthday and our parents 46 years anniversary. I set out to Savannah Georgia. After a three-hour drive, along with dealing with my loving family for a WHOLE week I was worn out…. lol

I had the most amazing time exploring Savannah; a charming, picturesque and magical city I felt at peace there. There is so much to do and see so much rich culture, historical homes, architectures, museums, arts and the parklike squares which I am in awe of. As a foodie, I love love the food and the friendships made. I will be sharing some of the things I did hopefully that will inspire your travel to Savannah.

My first stop was at the Kehoe House, a Bed and Breakfast Inn which features 13 original guest rooms. It is one of the historic home in Savannah; an 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion which has been exquisitely restored. I stayed in the Emma Kelly room, not sure if I should call it that, it was more like a suite. My room boasted a private sitting area, a private bath with jetted tub and shower. The staff really made my stay memorable. They were over the top amazing, very warm, cordial and helpful, treated me like a princess which I loved. I checked in around 4 PM, the concierge made sure I had a map of the city with instructions, gave recommendations to restaurants.

Every afternoon, hors d’oeuvres and Kehoe wine are served while a harp player played beautiful music. Desserts and coffee are also served in the evening. I woke up to made to order breakfast, I had egg whites with veggies and nicely crispy bacon with freshly made orange juice.  They also offer complimentary bottles of water, turndown service with homemade cookies, Wi-Fi and newspapers. This historical Home really knows how to do the southern hospitality thing to a tee.

What to do?

There is so much to do there, there is something for everyone It really depends on your taste. After hors d’oeuvres and some red wine, I set out to explore the city. I walked to The Ordinary Pub, a local restaurant where I had seafood and grits their version of shrimp and grits. The portion was fairly large and the food was good. Later, I decided to do a tour; there are many tours being offered like the Civil War tour, the horse drawn carriage tour, the ghosts tour. I chose the haunted ghost tour at the Sorrel Weed Mansion, which is really not my thing but I am of the beliefs that you should try new things at least once in life. Not only was I tired, the Emcee had a fake English accent which made it really hard to understand. The highlight of the tour for me was the trolley tour which was an opportunity to see the city from a different view point.

The next day, I walked to the Harbor, admiring all the great architectures, cannons, parks and monuments throughout the city. I visited the City Market which was bustling with local musicians, bistros and art galleries. There I met Jery Bennett Taylor, a local artist and vendor who gave me an history lesson on one of America’s oldest African crafts; the sweetgrass basket. They are exquisitely made, time consuming, and made with the best materials thus very expensive. Today Sweetgrass baskets are purchased by museums and art collectors throughout the world. Check out a short video that I recorded of Mrs. Jery herself on www.LuxeLifebyRachel.com and on my Facebook business page Luxe Life by Rachel; while there please like my page to keep up to date.  

From Bull street, I walked to all the squares down to the Forsyth Park and did some shopping at the antique shops. I was awestruck with the 22 parklike squares; they are surrounded by all the beautiful architecture, historical homes. Each square has its own flavor, its own flair. One might be really serene while another might be bustling with activities such as street artists, musicians, kids playing, proposals, and weddings which I had the opportunity to witness.

Each square is shaded by huge Southern Live Oaks dripped with Spanish moss, giving refuge from the smoldering heat. Beautiful fountains gurgling and monuments of those who contributed to this beautiful city. One of the monuments I stumbled upon is dedicated to Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War’s bloody siege of Savannah. My people contribution to the United States, I am so proud.

The notable historic buildings like the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the South’s first public museums. The First African-American Baptist Church, one of the oldest congregations in the United States, The Temple Mickve Israel is the only purely Gothic revival synagogue and the third-oldest Jewish synagogue in the United States. Just to name a few.

Transportation?

There is really no need to drive here, I personally like to walk. If walking is not your thing, you can take a trolley tour, horse drawn carriage ride, Uber is also available, there are pedicabs, like my new friend Randy who recommended one of the best restaurant in Savannah, Vic’s on the River.

Where to eat?

Just in case, you did not hear. I love, love, love great food and great wine, red wine to be exact. I ate breakfast at the Kehoe House, I had lunch in a couple of local spot but the highlight of my stay was Vic’s on the river. This fine dining restaurant with an extensive wine list is located in a 19th century warehouse with a view of the Savannah River. I sat at the bar where I met a couple from Texas and a young lady who recommended my new favorite, the famous She Crab Soup. My mouth watered every time I think about it lol…

My dining experience started with a bottle of red wine, as an appetizer Chef Kerry’s She Crab Soup, a rich combination of cream, crabmeat and roe, couple with the warm, freshly made buttermilk biscuits whoa heaven. and for my main course I had the succulent, mouth-watering Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops with a citrus risotto, lemon herb cream, and truffle oil; which is to die for.

Honestly, my visit was way too short, so much I did not get to see and do. I hope to go back and make new life experiences. Have you been to Savannah? What would be your recommendations? What were some of your favorite things to do there?

 

 

        

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To international and domestic buyers and sellers of luxury properties who appreciate expert advice on homes that reflect their lifestyle in the South Florida areas, Rachel Civil is the real estate agent who is dedicated, hard worker, reliable and focus to help you achieve your dreams. 

Rachel’s passion for fine dining, great wines, theatre and international culture coupled with her devotion to her clients and her listening skills has prepared her to better understand her client’s needs, wants, and desires for a home that will be suitable for their South Florida lifestyle.