Savannah had been on my “must visit” cities list for quite a while, so I was SO excited when I realized our route would be taking us right past the “Hostess City of the South.”
Our campground was just 20 minutes south of Savannah — perfectly situated to explore the city. We took our first afternoon there to catch up on work, do some much-needed laundry, and watch Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to set the stage for the next day’s adventures.
Monday dawned with absolutely perfect weather — sunny, breezy, and 70 degrees. Our first stop in Savannah was Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park in the historic district. It was shady and calm under the gorgeous trees dripping with Spanish moss.
And of course we couldn’t miss taking a picture of the gorgeous fountain!
From Forsyth Park we headed north towards Jones Street, voted one of the most beautiful in North America by Southern Living magazine. And it was lovely! We couldn’t resist peeking into many of the secret gardens tucked behind the beautiful homes lining the street.
Our next stop was the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
The outside was impressive, but the inside was truly breathtaking.
After spending some time admiring the beauty of the cathedral, we headed back towards Forsyth Park to enjoy a picnic lunch. We snagged a great spot right by the fountain and enjoyed a little people watching while we ate.
Fortified by lunch, we hit the streets again. First stop: Gallery Espresso for a delicious pumpkin spice latte. Then we headed towards the Savannah Bee Company, a fantastic store with a smorgasbord of honey products — everything from large wine bottles full of artisanal honey, to beauty products, to beeswax candles and mead. We enjoyed a delicious mead tasting and even brought a few bottles home to enjoy on the road.
We made our way up town, all the way to the river front. I loved this ship statue.
By this time we were in a little bit of a hurry to get back to Forsyth Park for the scheduled highlight of our evening — more on that in a minute! — but I couldn’t miss one more important stop: Leopold’s Ice Cream. We each enjoyed a scoop of honey, almond & cream ice cream and it. was. a. mazing.
From there we headed back towards Forsyth Park, where we head scheduled a pickup for a Hearse Ghost Tour of the city. We had briefly considered taking a trolley ride around the historic district, but when I searched “Savannah tours” and this ghost tour popped up, we knew we had to do it. We had reserved a spot on the 5:45pm tour and it was just getting dark as we hopped into the hearse.
Our tour guide, Spooky Steve, had crazy eyes and a gravelly voice that definitely set the stage for the tour, and we thoroughly enjoyed being regaled with stories of the ghosts and ghouls alleged to haunt the city.
When the tour was over, we headed back to the campground for one more night at the KOA. We had both absolutely loved our day in Savannah, and would gladly have spent more time exploring the city and enjoying its parks, delicious food, and relaxed atmosphere. Savannah, we’ll be back!