Eclectic boutiques, trendy galleries, and eccentric nightlife come alive amid the charming cobbled stone squares and overgrown parks of Savannah Georgia. Romance is in the air in this lovely coastal city where horse-drawn carriages amble along oak tree-laden paths. The perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway or indulgent shopping adventure. While you’re there, don’t miss out on these 10 incredible hidden gems.
Wormsloe Historic Site
A trip to Savannah is not complete without visiting Wormsloe State Historic Site, the city’s magical tabby ruins. Stroll along the avenue lined with oak and Spanish moss, explore the historical ruins and wander along the 7-mile nature trail. Before you head out, check the website to see the schedule of theatrical events where visitors are able to interact with historical interpreters.
Although it may sound somber, a trip to the Bonaventure Cemetery is a great outing for historians, art-lovers, and photographers because of its beautiful scenery. The cemetery is home to over 100 acres of breath-taking historical monuments and sculptures celebrating the life of the citizens of Savannah. The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free guided tours of the grounds on the second weekend of every month. If you can’t make it in time for the tour, try downloading the app to take the self-guided tour and support the Historical Society.
Hearse Ghost Tours
If the talk of town history and eerie cemeteries has you in the mood for something a little more spooky – don’t miss the Savannah Hearse Ghost Tour. The tour takes you around town in a real hearse, as your guide explains the history behind the city’s notorious ghost stories. Equal parts comedy, history, and adventure; this tour is full of surprises and fun.
Looking for something a little more light-hearted? You will be on top of the world on an introductory flight with Amphibian Air. Climb into the open cockpit of the hang glider with your qualified instructor and take off into the sunset. Find out how it feels to be a bird soaring high, as you glide through the sky. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, don’t miss out!
The SCAD Museum of Art.
Spend an afternoon of intrigue and inspiration at the award-winning contemporary art museum for international artists, the SCAD Museum of Art. The museum is home to an array of mediums featuring local artists as well as international exhibitions. Be sure to check the events page to take part in monthly film screenings, artist panels, interactive performances, and more. Call ahead to book a guided tour to learn the history of the building and the creative process behind each of the exhibitions. Be sure to stop in at the TAD cafe to browse through the whimsical souvenirs and enjoy a gourmet coffee.
Although Savannah is full of glamorous shopping options if you are looking for something truly unique we recommend Alex Raskin Antiques and The Paris Market. Alex Raskin specializes in home decor and redesigning antique furniture to keep up with the latest trends. Meanwhile, The Paris Market is full of one-of-a-kind eclectic treasures from hand-made jewelry to real French-milled soaps and hard-to-come-by kitchen tools. You are sure to find some memorable souvenirs in these charming shops. Check out the detailed events calendar on The Paris Market website to find out about events and workshops where you can learn to craft your own luxury products.
Dinner at Sandfly BBQ
If all that shopping has worked up an appetite, head over to Sandfly BBQ to try some Savannah-style barbeque. The restaurant is a local favorite, known for its sumptuous hickory-smoked barbeque, zesty sauces, and creole cuisine. They are closed on Sunday but Monday to Saturday, you will see them open from 11:00 am “until we run out”.
Cocktails at the Mata Hari
After a long day of adventure and exploration, treat yourself to a cocktail at the mysterious Mata Hari speakeasy. Call ahead to get the key for the secret door and dress to impress if you want to get into this exclusive club. Once inside you can kick back and relax with handcrafted cocktails by the in-house mixologist and enjoy the tantalizing cabaret show. This secret hideout is absolutely not to be missed.
Beers At Abes On Lincoln
If you’re looking for a more casual spot to sip a local craft beer, you can’t beat the atmosphere at Abe’s on Lincoln. On the corner of Lincoln and E. Bryan St. this cozy, quirky dive bar is a great place for a casual date. The interior is decorated with thousands of napkin sketches of Abraham Lincoln himself, feel free to add your own contribution as you enjoy a masterful microbrew.
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