The post is brought to you in partnership with Old Town Trolley Tours, a company that provides sightseeing tours to highlight the best of Savannah.
A few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary, and we wanted to plan a weekend away to celebrate. Lucky for us, we have so many cool destinations only a few hours away from Charlotte.
I’d been dying to visit Savannah, Georgia, so we planned to take the four-hour drive in September for our anniversary weekend. All of the hurricanes that passed through this fall had plans of their own, and we ended up having to postpone our trip until November.
I’ve heard so many good things about Savannah from multiple people. About all of the cool sights to see and places to eat and after visiting, I’d say you really can’t go wrong with anywhere you choose to go.
The city is gorgeous.
From the tree-lined streets to the historic sights, our weekend was packed full of adventure (and a hint of relaxation). I quickly fell in love with Savannah and all its southern charm.
Read on to learn more about our weekend getaway.
When we first decided to visit Savannah, my immediate thought was to book an Airbnb or hotel for our stay. After doing some research and exploring our options, we landed on staying at a bed and breakfast.
If I’m being honest, I was a little unsure of staying at a B&B. I stayed at one once with my mom and sister when I was younger and assumed they were mostly for older people and that they are all haunted and creepy.
Boy, was I wrong.
Staying at The Justine Inn was the perfect way to experience Savannah! The Inn, located in an old brownstone, was built in 1877 and was nestled only steps away from Forsyth Park and a couple of blocks from everything else we needed. Every room was filled with charm and chandeliers, and the staff was terrific.
Hands down, my favorite part was the clawfoot tub (complete with chandelier) in our bathroom. It was the bathroom of my dreams.
The Justine Inn allowed us to truly experience historic Savannah in all of its beauty in ways that staying at a hotel simply could not.
We wanted to make the most out of our time in Savannah, and we knew the best way to do that would be to leave the sight-seeing up to Old Town Trolley Tours. With 15 stops and the ability to hop on and off all day, Old Town Trolley Tours is a MUST when visiting Savannah. Not only is the Trolley great for showing you around Savannah and giving you a history lesson on the way, but it’s also a great way to get from point A to point B at your leisure.
On Saturday, we hopped on at 9:30 AM and rode the trolley all day to get us where we needed to go. That included places like The Cathedral of St. John’s the Baptist, The Prohibition Museum, Forsyth Park, River Street, and more.
The main trolley runs from 9 AM to 5 PM, but Old Town Trolley Tours also offer a Ghosts & Gravestones night tour (which we had to take!).
If you know me, you know I love a good drink, and you also know that I know next to nothing about history. So I enjoyed learning about Prohibition at The American Prohibition Museum. The museum housed interesting displaying, fun facts, and probably the coolest, a speakeasy that carried drinks made during the age of Prohibition.
Savannah is known to be one of America’s most haunted city, so we obviously had to go on a ghost tour and see for ourselves. While unfortunately, we didn't spot any ghosts, we did hear some really cool stories and got to visit two of the most haunted places at night, the Andrew Low House and Perkin’s & Son’s Ship Chandlery.
Savannah has so many historical and unique sites to see it was impossible to visit them all in one weekend. We could have only walked the streets and through the 22 squares and kept ourselves occupied all weekend. Here are just a of few places we visited:
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is easily one of the most stunning buildings I’ve ever stepped foot in. The grand stature is apparent from the outside of the building, but walking inside I was in awe of the architecture.
This is the largest park in historic Savannah. The atmosphere takes Southern charm to another level with trees covered in Spanish moss lining the walkways and the Forsyth Park Fountain sparkling front and center. I could have easily spent a full day sipping coffee and people watching the park. It’s a must-see for any trip to Savannah!
In Savannah, anywhere you looked there is something beautiful or unique to see. I was obsessed with the chandeliers and antique mirrors in every room of the Justine Inn, the ironwork surrounding houses and scattered across town, and (obviously) the clawfoot tub.
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