One of the positives things about living in Orlando, Florida, as opposed to our home town of Perth, Australia, is that you are only a few hours drive from other major cities and bordering states. The unique thing about America is that it has such diversity between its cities/states. If we drive 3 hours south of Orlando, we reach Miami. A world unto itself, it is almost like you’ve travelled to South America, without having to actually leave the country. If we travel 4 hours north of Orlando, we get to Savannah, Georgia, which couldn’t be any more opposite from the high rise metropolis of South Beach. I had such a lovely time there I had to write about it and share it with you guys.
It has been said over and over that pictures cannot do Savannah justice. I would have to agree with that. It’s really like something from a movie set, surreal almost. It’s one of my in-laws favourite places to visit in America and they suggested we take a trip there. So my husband Mark surprised me with a little getaway last week, and I’m so glad he did. The small town is shaded by Magnolia Blossoms and Live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Its history begins in 1733 and is filled with stunning homes and lavish mansions from the 17th-19th centuries. It also has a reputation for being one of America’s most haunted towns. My hubby is a fan of anything paranormal, whereas I’m completely opposite. Not sure if I believe in any of that stuff but I will say, I do get freaked out easily.
Now, onto our itinerary – We arrived in Savannah around 5pm on Sunday, checked into our hotel and promptly headed to its historical district. We weren’t familiar with the town so we ended up getting a hotel in midtown; however I would suggest staying in the historical district, as that is most likely where you will be spending most of your time. We were pretty hungry so we headed to a farm to table restaurant (of course), called The Public Kitchen and Bar. It was very cute and the food was fantastic. We had their natural, grass-fed burgers and we weren’t disappointed. After dinner, there was still a bit of light outside so we took a stroll around the area to take it all in. We then decided to have some dessert (okay I wanted dessert 😁 ), so we went to a place called Elizabeth on 37th and had a triple chocolate cake and their seasonal fruit pie (so good!). The restaurant is designed to look like a “1900’s southern Mansion” which was very cool.
The Collins Quarter
On Monday we had breakfast and coffee at a place called Collins Quarter, a beautiful Australian style café located in the historical district. Mark had eggs benedict, which he said were good, but my omelette was a little disappointing. The coffee however, was fantastic (as it should be) and I was so happy to be in a place that resembles what we have back home. After breakfast we took a trolley tour of Savannah, the company we used was Old Town Trolley Tours. The tour went for 90 minutes. It was good because we got see parts that we probably wouldn’t have seen for ourselves, and we just took notes of the places we wanted to spend more time at later. If you don’t have access to a car, it is a hop on-hop off ride so you can come and go as you please. After the tour we went and had a casual lunch at a place called the Green Truck Neighbourhood Pub, and as the name suggests, they source all their meat and produce from local farms.
The Collins Quarter
We then returned to Collins Quarter and had another coffee. We doubled up today as we found out they are closed on Tuesdays so we wouldn’t be able to return 😭 . After our caffeine hit, we went for a walk to explore the things we saved from our trolley tour such as Forsyth Park and a few of the districts historical squares. For dinner we went to an upscale farm to table restaurant called Local 11 Ten, which was restored from a 1950’s bank. Mark had booked a ghost tour for this night (much to my dismay), so after dinner we headed down to Colonial Park cemetery to meet with our tour guide. We went with a company called Ghost City Tours, and the tour was called Beyond Good and Evil. Our tour guide turned out to be an Australian man and he was definitely an entertaining character. Not sure what to say about the ghost tour, I wasn’t too fond of it (refer to the second paragraph), and Mark said it wasn’t scary enough for him, but overall it is still worthwhile doing if you’re interested in learning more about the “darker” history of Savannah.
Tuesday (and our last day) we woke up a bit late (mainly because I didn’t get much sleep after the ghost tour from the night before, therefore hubby doesn’t get to sleep either haha), and headed to get some lunch. We decided to go to a place called Pie Society, a British style bakery. I had a pie and Mark got a couple of sausage rolls, our food wasn’t great, but at least we had something in our belly’s. We then went and did a tour of the Sorrell Weed house and a tour of the Mercer house. I highly recommend the Mercer house as it is incredibly grand and filled with lavish furniture from the 18th and 19th century, 18th century English and American portraits, and a collection of Chinese porcelain. It is also the house from the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood, and stars Kevin Spacey as the homes former owner, Jim Williams. With all our tours done, we had an early dinner at Gryphon tea room, a 1926 Scottish Rite architectural design restaurant, which serves organic, local ingredients. We then went for a last drive around the town before heading back to Orlando.
I would definitely recommend going for a visit to Savannah if you get the chance, it really is like stepping back in time. The place is so beautiful and lush, especially in the spring. My tips would be to bring bug spray, sneakers and to stay in the historical district, especially if you don’t have access to a car. Hope you have enjoyed this! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask..