Road trip fans – you’re going to love this one! We recently tool a whirlwind road trip to Savannah, Georgia. We stayed for just a few days and only got out to see Savannah proper for one evening. But that one evening was spectacular and we packed a lot into just a few hours. Read on to see all that we did!
We wanted to experience the city and hit up some “new to us” spots on this trip. You see, we’ve been to Savannah once before and hit the popular spots up on that trip (Paula Deen’s restaurant, a walking tour, Moon River, etc.). This time we wanted to see Savannah more like a local.
My first thought was to send a tweet over to Amy Brock at Visit Savannah. Amy lives in Savannah and she is the social media pro over at Visit Savannah (I’m sure she will hate that I called her a pro but she really is – she does a phenomenal job!). I knew I could count on her to recommend some great places and she certainly did! She sent me a long list and we headed out.
My favorite stop (on Amy’s recommendation I should add) was Leopold’s Ice Cream. Upon entering, my first thought was that Leopold’s reminds me quite a bit of Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream Shop here in Cincinnati. It has a charming old world feel and it was the perfect place for a sweet treat. Leopold’s was founded by Greek immigrants in 1919 (not unlike our own Skyline Chili!). This location is not the original shop but it does have the original fixtures including the black marble soda fountain and wooden interior phone booth. My daughter had a chocolate malt and quickly awarded it “the best chocolate malt I’ve ever had” award. I had a waffle cone with coconut ice cream. After being used to some great Cincinnati flavors and ice cream purveyors, I must say that Leopold’s is right up there with Graeter’s.
Next stop – World of Beers. This place is quite the beer drinking experience! They have tables outside and tables inside and tables upstairs plus a bar that runs from the front to the back. And behind said bar? An entire wall full of taps and beer refrigerators. I failed to ask how many varieites of beer they have. I would venture to say they had at least 100 taps plus all the beer you could dream of in the refrigerators. Sadly, I didn’t see any Hudy and had to have something else 🙁 Our uber-friendly bar tender posed for a picture with us…
And did I mention the best part about beer drinking in Savannah – you can order it in a “travel cup” and walk around town with it! That’s right – get your beer TO GO!
With beer in hand, we made our way into a few shops along Broughton Street. One of my favorite stops in Savannah is the Savannah Bee Company. Located at 104 West Broughton Street, this is their flagship store. The shop is so very charming and they capture the feel of Savannah perfectly in the decor.
They offer a wide variety of honeys and all kinds of honey related products (lip balms, a body care line, gifts, etc.). They offer honey tastings at the counter, led by a staff member who explains what you’re tasting. They also have a number of “self serve” honey and honey-related items to sample at the counter. My favorite? A piece of honeycomb atop an apple slice and topped with Brie. Yum!
We popped into a most amazing and unusual home store – 24e. My pictures truly don’t do this place justice and it’s a must see if you have even the tiniest interest in home goods and furniture pieces. The shop is an eclectic mix of new and old – from sleek white leather recliners to a row of colorful old cash registers. Don’t miss their INCREDIBLE one of a kind, locally crafted reclaimed wood tables. TO DIE FOR… seriously!
After we popped into a few shops, we decided to head down to Savannah’s riverfront area. We took a stroll down River Street. Lined with shops and restaurants and candy stores on one side and the river on the other, this is one stop you don’t want to miss! River Street is true Savannah – water, stone, gorgeous southern architecture, bands, locals, and tourists.
I would not do Savannah justice if I failed to mention the trees and the squares that make Savannah famous. In fact, it is the trees and the squares that helped make Savannah rank as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America” (USA Weekend Magazine). There are 22 squares and each one is different. Most (perhaps all?) are historic in nature and feature fountains and statues along with markers which explain the history of each square. And the trees! Oh, it is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see. The trip is worth it just for the trees. Seriously!
I know there are sooo many things I’ve missed here and I’m sorry to cut you off here, Savannah. But that means there will just have to be a part two… and perhaps a part three even! We will be back!