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Savannah is a wonderfully romantic city. But, what do you do with a 4-year-old and 6-year-old there when you’ve already been a few times and it feels like you’ve done everything? Well, life can throw curve balls at you all the time. Someone can become ill just as you arrive at your destination. In December, that’s exactly what happened.
We usually stay at the mid-range hotels, often at Hilton and Marriott brands that typically offer a clean night’s stay along with some extras like modern furnishings, suites, and device charging stations. Occasionally, we get a special treat and step up our hotel game a notch. This time, we stayed at the Cotton-Sail Hotel. One of my favorite features about this historic hotel is the flooring, gorgeous 200-year-old heart pine wood reclaimed from the original structure.
This room was a much-needed peaceful respite with incredible river views.
I’ve never actually done any official tours of Savannah since it is one of the easiest cities to create your own guide and just walk. Although, I do believe that’s one of the best ways to learn more about a city and hear stories you may not get to read about. After our stalled sick visit, we returned a couple of weeks later, after Christmas and packed in a few new experiences.
Typically, I keep a long list of must see and do activities for each place I visit but after you’ve been to the same place a few times, you run out of new things to do. This is also when you start to know the area a little better and get closer to living like a local. You take a little more time to understand how things work instead of looking for things that work for you.
The sites and restaurants we visited in Savannah in 2018 & 2019:
African-American Monument – Another River Street statue that pays homage to the city’s role in institutional slavery.
Blowin Smoke– Taco Tuesday!!!
Bonaventure Cemetery – download the self-guided tour before you go.
City Market – Beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Be sure to eat, shop, look at art, and take a drink to go.
Crystal Beer Parlor – – Another landmark diner that is always on the recommended lists. It was interesting, and the food was fine. Nothing that blew me away though.
Factor’s Walk – – On a bluff above Riverwalk, sits a row of red brick buildings that where cotton brokers/factor’s bargained during the cotton trade. The iron bridges and walkways are my favorite part. Be warned, the stairs are steep, some are much steeper than others.
Forsyth Park – What is not to love here??? Beautiful backdrop for a photo and a large playground that’s hard to pull them away from.
Fort Pulaski – take the self-guided tour to become a junior ranger at this National Park.
Full– – hardest place to find since I didn’t actually see a sign the first time we tried to go here for takeout. We wound up just doing a Door Dash delivery instead.
Georgia State Railroad Museum –a National Historic landmark and you can ride it!
Green Truck Neighborhood Pub – OMG! Foodgasm and good service.
Kayak Kafe– I love this place, been to both locations. YUM-Me!
Mercer-Williams House –My favorite House in Savannah.
Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters – This historic home was the highlight of the Telfair Museums for me. Wonderful guided tour that my littles even loved. Start them early and it will be totally normal to walk through these historic places.
Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner – My husband calls me the “shredder” in my reviews when I have a bad experience. I won’t say anything bad but let’s just say I haven’t returned and it’s not on my recommended list. But, it’s a landmark so don’t listen to my experience, try it for yourself.
Savannah Children’s Museum-I was so blown away with this museum the first time we visited. It’s a wonderfully creative use of outdoor space. It’s also an inexpensive good time for the littles.
Telfair Academy– check out the American & European art here, and of course, the Bird Girl Statue. Remember, the price is $20 for adults but that gets you into all 3 Telfair Museums.
The Jepson Center for the Arts– Beautiful museum with some good hand on activities for the family
The Pirate’s House the kids liked the kids menu that turned into a pirate’s hat
Treylor Park- three words: pickle back shot. Been to all locations and I love the menu here.
Tybee Island – spend some beach time on this barrier island.
Wormsloe Historic Site – home to the oldest standing tabby ruin in Savannah and the most picturesque live oaks.
Zunzi’s– south African inspired meals. I get weak for some grilled veggies, bring it on.