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A Taste of Southern Charm: 48 Hours in Savannah

Hunting for fun cities to plan a weekend girls getaway can be a challenge. Arguably one of the most historic cities in the states, Savannah Georgia offers loads of southern charm. If your wandering pack are still seeking summer getaway inspiration, look no further! Sun, soul food, and spooky adventures can all be found on Georgia’s atlantic coastline. Be sure to arrive in Savannah with an empty stomach to experience a taste of southern charm.

B Historic in Style

First and foremost, southern hospitality is easy to find at B Historic Savannah. In fact, the warm smile on the concierge’s face felt just like home. She offers an introduction to the city, circling points of interest on a map. Most importantly, she includes the best spots to find southern cuisine. This trip was partially a workcation, therefore its location and amenities made for an ideal way to get the most out of 48 hours in Savannah.

Beautiful homes and spanish moss lined streets in Savannah's Historic District.

Beautiful homes and Spanish moss line the streets of Savannah’s Historic District.

Spanish Moss and Southern Charm

Break in those sneakers, Savannah is a walking kind of city. To get a taste of southern charm, take a stroll up Bull Street and wander through one of the charming 24 squares. Strangely enough, wandering through the gardens is worth the trip. 

After working up an appetite exploring, grab a snack and dine alfresco in Forsyth Park. The charcuterie and cheese board from the Coffee Fox will your stomach from grumbling. You may even be privy to an impromptu Jazz concert while you eat. Finally, grab a selfie with your pack in front of the catalogue-ordered fountain from France.

Selfies in Forsyth Park Savannah GA

Be Spooked on a Haunted Pub Crawl

Ghost hunters beware, Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Ultimately, our crew hit two birds with one stone on a Ghost City Tours haunted pub crawl. The tour begins in the eerie basement of Tondee’s Tavern, where it is rumored slaves were brought from pens to be sold at auction. Unfortunately, the tunnels have been closed for safety reasons. However,take a look as you climb back up the stairs, can you find the remains of the tunnel opening? 

The tour is two hours and moves at a perfect pace for curbside drinking. Yes, open containers are allowed on the streets of Savannah. Stops include the Pink House and Abes on Lincoln.  Look out for the ghost of Anne in room 204 at 17hundred90 Inn. Afterward, end the night with one of the Inn’s famous key lime pie shots at the bar in the basement.

17hundred90 ghost anna taste southern charm jeanne harran

Can you spot Anne in this picture?

 

Eat your Soul Food at Mrs Wilkes

No trip to Georgia is complete with our experiencing a taste of southern charm at Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room. Mrs Wilkes took over the boarding house in 1943, offering a family style southern cooking to the public.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room family style lunch

Oh Mrs. Wilkes, I’ll have a little bit of everything!

Today the dining room is open for lunch Monday thru Friday, and be sure to bring cash. The dining room has quite the reputation in town, as a result be prepared to wait at least an hour in line. Trust me, the fried chicken and sweet potatoes was absolutely worth the wait. Bring a copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to help pass the time in line. This page turner is a great way to learn about the scandalous past of the Mercer house in Monterey Square.

Scene of the crime, mercer house!

Scene of the crime, Mercer House no doubt!

Trolley your way through Savannah

Normally hop-on-hop-off bus tours should be avoided. Of course that is my humble opinion. As a matter of fact the best way to explore new cities is by foot, but Old Savannah Tours has certainly will change that perspective. At any rate, I hopped on and settled in for the ride. The trolley hits all the main attractions such as the fountain at Forsyth Park, St. John’s Cathedral, City Market, and the Pirate’s House.

Don’t be surprised if the famous faces of Savannah step onboard and educate you on their association with the city. For instance, you could meet Forrest Gump in Chippewa Square or architect William Jay in front of the Owens-Thomas House.

Another thing to keep in mind, Savannah in June is HOT and MUGGY. The trolley is not air conditioned so take a break for safety sake. Furthermore, be sure to bring a water bottle along for the ride. Don’t let dehydration get in your way while exploring a new city.

Dance the Night Away Downtown

From dueling piano bars to speakeasys on the river, there’s plenty to do after dark. You can find live music downtown most nights during the week. In addition, drinking in the street is allowed in Savannah. Just be sure to pour the beer in a plastic cup before venturing to the next bar. Uber does service the city, and is a great way to arrive safely back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

What to Do Next Time Around

First and foremost, take more than 48 hours in Savannah to explore! Regrettably there wasn’t enough time to see it all, but I hope to venture back soon. In the mean time please check out my bucket list. 

How will you experience a taste of southern charm this summer?

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Jeanne Harran

Author Jeanne Harran

Jeanne is a digital creative by day who is always itching to take her next adventure. She was bit by the travel bug while living in London in 2007 and has been exploring ever since. You can find her on Instagram @jmharran.

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