Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Savannah is one of those quintessential southern cities that completely retains its traditional roots and southern charms. We can thank the Northern Union army for sparing the city from being totally demolished during the Civil war, unlike Atlanta and some of the interior cities of Georgia that were burned to the ground. Suprisingly well preserved with gorgeous squares, greenbelt parks and stunning architecture, Savannah has maintained it’s genteel Southern lifestyle and dignity while being actively marketed as a tourist destination to the Southeastern region of Georgia. Magnificent private mansions and the historic district boast of the richness to magnificent architectural styles and sophisticated taste of influencial Savannah families and creating a prestigious presence to this lovely city.

On a relatively short two day tour of the city, I was able to see many of the iconic monuments and historic landmarks around the city. Here are highlights of the two day visit to Savannah

Visit Savannah, GA in 48 hours

A visit to Savannah, Georgia video highlights

 

 

 
The Savannah river Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – Drive from the low country region

It was only 7am and I was driving up from St. Mary’s (close to the Georgia/Florida border) which is about a two hour drive on Highway 95. It seemed like I was the slowest driver on the highway that morning with everyone zipping quickly past my relatively slow 75 mph, or maybe that’s just how people drive in this area?  Passing so many rivers and flat countryside, it was surprising how fast the drive is to Savannah. After finding my accommodation at the Hotel Brice next to the Savannah riverfront, I was ready to start exploring the city. Arriving mid day made for perfect timing for my first lunch destination at Mrs Wilkes Dining Room , a well loved establishment known for serving a traditional Southern food. Located in the basement of a stately brick home on James street, Mrs Wilkes buffet serves up a bountiful family style service with every type of Southern inspired dish that every Grandma would be proud of serving  visitors. After being divided up into groups of 10 people, we were lead to the back room with table service for our group all set along with over 15 types of typical Southern side dishes with crispy fried chicken, meat loaf and beef stew for entrees. If you plan on visiting to this buffet, come hungry since there is a lot of food presented on each table.

 

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia

Amazing lunch spread at Mrs Wilkes Dining Room

 

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia

 

Eating Southern food family style

 

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Savannah Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – the historic district of Savannah

After lunch, we ended up hopping on the Old Town trolley tours with a hop on, hop off service that makes it easy to stop at any of the squares or interesting attractions that you want to spend more time to explore on your own. What’s great about this tour is that the guides on the trollies are local and they each share lively stories of Savannah’s glorious past while driving around the many famous squares of the city. We were able to stop off some of the more scenic squares to check out the magnificent homes and amble down some of the cobblestone or brick roads. You can really enjoy the city by walking through these squares to admire the gorgeous architecture, fountains or statuary and then hop back on the trolley to another landmark worth getting off the trolley.

Tip – there are one or two day hop on/off trolley rides in Savannah, you can check out more details here for the schedules and updated prices.

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – Catholic cathedral of St. John the Baptist

 

Catholic cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA

 

 

One of the first stops was to the Catholic cathedral of St. John the Baptist. An imposing and ornate French Gothic style church built in 1876. A major fire and several renovation projects has created a beautiful structure to the outside façade and stunning interiors, altar details and the smaller chapels around the cathedral. Impressive stained glasswork, large scaled paintings, sculpture and architectural details make the interiors one of the most outstanding interiors to visit in Savannah, Georgia.

This is such an amazing cathedral to visit and the square facing the church is also wonderful to take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful fountain in the middle.

 

 

Catholic cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA

 

 

 

 

Catholic cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA

 

 

 

Oscar Thorne home Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – Owens Thomas house

Later in the day we visited the Owens Thomas house which is part of the Telfair museum.  A stunning English Regency style home originally built for a plantation/slave owner, it is now a museum that showcases the mostly intact collection from the Owens family furnishings along with an arts collection and collectibles. The home had passed through different owners and also was placed on the national register for housing the Marquis de La Fayette on his Americas tour. This was one of the first homes in Savannah that had running water and flushing toilets which was very sophisticated for its day in America. I loved to hear about what it took to run the household with all the slaves and all the finest details of the interior being explained including the latest fade of painted wood to resemble fine materials like marble and stone. There is a wonderful slide presentation in the slaves quarter in the back of the house and you are allowed to take photographs only in the garden and exteriors to the property. For more information about visiting the Oscar Thorne home, you can check out the Telfair Museum website here.

 

 

Oscar Thorne home Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

Front views to the Oscar Thorne home

 

Oscar Thorne home Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – Walking through a Savannah’s squares 

With a map of Savannah’s historic squares, it is very easy to do a self tour and walk around the historic squares of the city. Each square is typically dedicated to a major figure, founder or personality that has a historic background that is tied to Savannah and you will find a monument, fountain or some sculptural piece in the center of each square that commemorates a significant event or contribution to the city. A wonderful oasis that exudes formal and gracious charm, it is fun to walk through or just enjoy a few minutes to view each square and soak in all that Southern lifestyle.

 

Squares of Savannah Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

 

 

Carriage rides on the Squares of Savannah Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

Carriage rides are a fun way to explore the squares of Savannah

 

Beautiful fountains of Savannah Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

 

Day two of 48 hours in Savannah

Looking for an interesting breakfast place around my hotel, the concierge suggested I check out the Funky Brunch Café which was just a few blocks down the road. Definitely a colorful and quirky eatery with a really funny menu and titles for each entrée, I selected the Kevin’s Kombo and was completely stuffed from the generous breakfast plate that was served in front of me. With a full breakfast behind me, I was ready for a second day of exploring more historic sites around Savannah.

 

Funky Brunch Café in Savannah, Georgia

 

Quirky and colorful for breakfast at the Funky Brunch Café

 

Funky Brunch Café in Savannah, Georgia

 

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – Bonaventure Cemetery

The Bonaventure Cemetery – A morning visit to Bonaventure was perfect with our guide Shannon Scot , an artist and story teller who brought the dead alive with fascinating stories of the famous and quirky Savannites of the past including famous Eddy Mercer, Conrad Aiken, Weigand and other Savannah celebrities, This historic cemetery was just oozing with gorgeous stone work, dripping moss and curling live oaks, mysterious obelisks and Egyptian memorabilia of the trades masons of Georgia. Our guide explained that Bonaventure was treated more like a grand park that the local Savannites visited to get away from the dank and dreary city center, he also shared some wonderful stories of the famous dead, art, architecture and Victorian burial traditions and symbolism around the cemetery. If you are a fan of historic cemeteries and learning the amazing stories from the past, take Shannon’s entertaining and educational tour to take filled with factoids and intrigue to why visiting Bonaventure was like a visit to one of their first major parks in the city.

Check out more images and details of places we visited at Bonaventure on my post here for more inspiration to this amazing cemetery visit.

 

 

Bonaventure Cemetery Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Wide boulevards with curly oak trees dripping with Spanish moss

 

Bonaventure Cemetery Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Beautiful statuary of Savannah personalities were masterfully crafted from skilled artisans

 

Bonaventure Cemetery Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

 

 

A stately home in the Squares of Savannah Visit Savannah in 48 hours

Visit Savannah in 48 hours – The Andrew Low House

Located on the opposite corner to the Savannah Catholic cathedral, the Andrew Low House fronts an impressive square and exudes formal charm with its Italian villa styled architecture and details. This handsome home designed for Andrew Low – a wealthy cotton farmer who came to Savannah when he was only 16 years old where he worked for his uncles cotton firm and later became a partner and managing director.  It is fantastic entering a well maintained museum/home like the Andrew Low House which contains almost all of the original furnishings, artwork and collections to showcase what the wealthy lifestyle was like in Savannah during its golden years.

Although taking photographs of the interior are not allowed, you can take photographs of the exterior and the front garden which is formal and well maintained. For more information and hours to visit the home, you can check out their website here.

 Formal front garden of the Andrew Low House

 

Andrew Low House Visit Savannah in 48 hours

 

Accommodations in Savannah’s historic district

There are a variety of unique boutique hotels in the historic district that have been converted from private homes and old commercial buildings into hotels. We stayed at the fabulous Kimpton Brice Hotel, a modern southern belle that was originally an old livery stable, cotton warehouse and a Coca Cola bottling plant. Stylishly decorated in the Kimpton’s whimsical style, the contemporary design elements mix effortlessly with modern conveniences in each hotel room.

 

The Brice hotel in Savannah, Georgia

Gracious enclosed outdoor areas at Brice

 

 

 

The Brice hotel in Savannah's historic district

Modern and colorful bedrooms at the Brice Hotel

I found the stay and pampered lifestyle at the Brice matches perfectly with the casual Southern hospitality right down to the complementary afternoon wine and tea time with small bites. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a full day of discovery in Savannah’s historic district and enjoy being centrally located  downtown.

For more details, images and room rates with the Brice hotel, Check Trip Advisor here for the best prices and updated information.

 

Separate bathing/toilet area in the bathroom of the Brice Hotel

 

Check out these other historic inns around Savannah

Planters Inn – A classic brick hotel on Reynolds Square with elegant rooms and furnishings, spacious and clean rooms with excellent breakfast service

Mansion on Forsyth Park – An elegant hotel across from Forsyth Park, this classic converted mansion shows the old Savannah lifestyle, customer service and beautiful rooms and appointments.

River Street Inn – A historical and converted inn located on the waterfront within the historic district. Clean and classic inspired rooms and furnishings with all the modern amenities

The Kehoe House – An elegant home converted to an inn and located in one of the fashionable squares of Savannah, this classic Georgian style home dripping with beautiful craftsmanship and perfect Southern hospitality. Old style rooms still have modern amenities to make it a comfortable and unique stay in the historic district.

Check out these other historic inns of Savannah with Trip Advisor reviews and latest updated prices.

 

Savannah’s southern hospitality at its best

Often when most people think of the quintessential Southern city in Georgia, thoughts immediately get directed to the gorgeous city of Savannah, and no wonder. The city really exudes the Southern history, classic architecture and squares, and that complete Southern hospitality and lifestyle effortlessly. Thanks for visiting today and checking out this post on Visit Savannah in 48 hours.   If you enjoyed the images and post, could you please share it with any of the social media buttons located around the post.

 

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11 Responses to Visit Savannah in 48 hours

  1. Carole Terwilliger Meyers June 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    It’s amazing what can be squeezed into 48 hours! Savannah is on my list, and the first place I’ll be heading is Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Wow, does that look like a delicious lunch.

  2. Patti Morrow June 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    I live only a few hours away from Savannah and it’s one of my favorite romantic weekend getaways. I love all the squares and the Spanish moss dripping from the trees.

  3. Vicki Winters June 15, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Very informative and some beautiful photos as always!

  4. Jo - Lifestyle Fifty June 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Carriage rides and curly oak trees – I like the poetry of that! Would love to visit Savannah and your photos do it absolute justice and have tempted me to make a plan!

  5. Lyn aka TheTravellingLindfields June 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Savannah always brings back memories for me of ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ and feeding pigeons. The book is obvious and the pigeons were fed by our then young sons who had an absolute ball feeding pigeons in one of the beautiful squares.

  6. Carol Colborn June 14, 2016 at 1:02 am #

    We were in Savannah in 2010. Your writing and photos brought back those lovely memories, especially that one with the flowers among the trees. The Squares are all so enchanting. I left my purse at a restaurant where we had lunch and had to go back the next day. Was I glad I got to go back another day!

  7. Connie Reed June 13, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    I have never been to Savannah but am intrigued every time I read about it. The food, moss-draped trees, stately homes—I hear Savannah calling my name.

  8. Rajlakshmi June 13, 2016 at 2:03 am #

    The place and the food… everything looks perfect for a vacation 😀

  9. Adam June 12, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    I remember visiting Savannah after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil… those squares throughout the town just felt so wonderfully romantic in time. Thanks for the memories – beautiful photos!

  10. Rhonda Albom June 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    I knew nothing about Savannah prior to this post. It is one area of the US I have somehow missed. It’s lovely. The food, like all the American meals we recently encountered, looks massive and delicious. It is the Spanish moss hanging from the trees that has me wanting to visit.

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  1. Repurposed hotels offer a glimpse into the past - More Time to Travel - July 21, 2016

    […] The Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, lives up to the description of a repurposed property in the historic downtown district of Savannah. The 1860’s three-story brick building has had many lives as a livery stable, cotton warehouse and lastly, as a Coca Cola bottling plant. Converted in May 2014 as part of the Kimpton chain of hotels, the Brice is both quirky, modern and also luxurious at the same time. You can check out more details about the hotel and images on Noel’s Savannah highlight tour here. […]

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