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:
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.
Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters
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
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.