Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Savannah City Guide

I heard things move a little slower down south, but tbh that didn't include Shay and me. In a three day trip to Savannah over the summer we did so. many. things. This trip was planned, somewhat spontaneously, out of a coincidental desire to take a trip to Georgia. Shay had an artist friend giving a talk back at her exhibition opening at the Telfair Musuem and Savannah has long been on my list of places to visit. So we picked a weekend, booked our flights, found and Airbnb, and found ourselves in sunny Savannah at the end of July. 

I realize it's now October, and I'm bringing this to you quite later than anticipated, but you know how it goes. My main hurdle was getting through the hundreds of photos I took, and with a city as beautiful as Savannah, choosing which ones to include was next to impossible. Nearly three months, later here's what you get: just over 50 photos from our weekend in Savannah, with a guide to all of our new "old favorite" haunts. In just three short days I fell in love with Savannah, and I hope these photos capture some small part of that. 

P.S. Shay is a literal model in all of these. It's unreal. 

To Do and See

Forsyth Park

Shay and I visited Forsyth Park before we even checked into our Airbnb. This was honestly because our check in time wasn’t until 3:30pm, even though we got into the city around 10am. It’s the largest park in Savannah’s historic district and absolutely gorgeous. We relaxed on a bench by the famous fountain with all of our bags. Shay graciously guarded them while I took photos.

Trolly Tour

Just embrace your nerdy tourist life here, trolley tour sticker and all. Trust me, i’ll be fun... especially when costume clad characters like Forest Gump climb aboard to give a speech. I’m not joking. The older women sitting in front of us literally yelled “run Forrest!” There are two major trolley tours in the City but you’ll want to go for Old Savannah Tours. They’re the one that’s locally owned, and even though I’ve only been on it once, I’m fiercely loyal. Having purchased the “hop on hop off” tickets, Shay and I not only used it for learning about the city and napping (cough Shay cough), but we also used it to conveniently travel around the city’s major areas.

The Book Lady Bookstore

Seriously charming bookstore full of new and used books, there's also a little coffee bar attached where you can grab a latte before perusing the fiction section.  I ended up buying a used copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil here. It's set in Savannah, and we kept hearing about it on all of our tours because it's still the longest running New York Times best seller since being published in 1994. 

Ghost Tour

Savannah is crazy haunted. Everyone kept talking about it “being built on the bones of it’s own dead.” Naturally, I wanted to go on a ghost tour, but Shay was not about it at all. I talked her into it by promising it wouldn’t be super scary — That was such an empty promise though, because honesty how the hell would I know? We ended up doing a haunted pub crawl which was a ton of fun! You walk from bar to bar with a tour guide and stop in front of sites to talk about historic hauntings. Plus Savannah has no open container laws, so you can literally just carry your drink around with you. 

Bonaventure Cemetery

Over 170 years old, this gorgeous and historic cemetery is open to the public and owned by the city of Savannah. At nearly 103 acres, it seemingly goes on forever. Shay and I explored specifically in search of Gracie Watson, a young girl who was famously the subject of one of the city’s more well known ghost stories.