Roadtrip to Savannah
The weather in Atlanta during the height of summer can be oppressive. This year beat the heat and plan a getaway to the seashore in Savannah, Georgia. It's fewer than four hours to the coast, and Savannah moves at a slower, chiller pace. The moss-draped trees in immaculate gardens look like something out of a Hollywood film and encourage leisurely strolls in the shade. This coastal city is full of art, trendy boutiques, incredible restaurants, and oozes southern charm.
Dublin, Georgia, is the perfect mid-way point between Atlanta and Savannah to get out and stretch your legs. Stroll through history at the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Park right in the city center. If you have time to spare, take an audio tour of the park and learn a bit more about the iconic 54 x 10 mural by Corey Barksdale. The Northview Cemetery is worth a visit too. The imposing stone mausoleums and Spanish moss-covered trees create a respectful atmosphere for visiting the historical graves.
Walking the city takes energy! Fuel up at a local eatery for the rest of your journey. Get a taste of the south at Company Supply. The Cajun and Creole rotisserie cuisine is made fresh daily and is dripping with flavor. Start with southern staples like pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes before digging into a whole, fire-roasted marinated chicken.
If you hit the road bright and early, it might be time for a coffee and a pastry at Williamson's Bakery. This full-service bakery is the best place to grab donuts, croissants, cupcakes, or even order a specially made treat for an upcoming event. Since 1927 (initially named Blue Bird Bakery), it's been around and hasn't slowed down since. The heavenly aromas wafting out the door will have your mouth watering in no time.
If you're looking for a bite in Savannah's historic downtown, look no further than The Collins Quarter. This local spot is a little taste of Australia that serves an off-the-charts brunch. Chow down on bananas foster French toast, sausage and biscuits, short rib hash, or keep it light with coconut chia pudding. Wake up with a spiced lavender mocha, or get the party started with the espresso martini.
The ultimate fine dining experience in Savannah is the love child of James Beard award winner Chef Mashama Bailey and managing partner John O. Morisano. They converted an old Greyhound bus station into a destination eatery for elevated soul food. The menus are structured around seasonality, and The Grey offers both four-course and six-course options in the dining room.
The diner bar menu features southern staples with a highbrow twist like deviled eggs with smoked catfish, red rice balls with green goddess dressing, and carrots to dip in a boiled peanut hummus with lime. Do not, under any circumstances, skip dessert. The brown sugar tart with candied pecans, bourbon milk, and Chantilly is the stuff of dreams.
Want a cold beer and the most affordable oysters in town? Bernie's Oyster House on River Street has one of the best beer and shellfish deals in Savannah. Get yourself a bucket of shuck-it-yourself oysters and a pitcher of domestic for around $20. Oysters are listed as market price, but since they're coming right from the gulf, they're rarely more than 10 cents apiece. It's a dive, but who needs to be fancy when slurping the freshest bivalves with an ice-cold beer?
Get to know Savannah with the help of an expert at Old Town Trolley Tours. The tours feature unlimited hop-on-hop-off options and visit 15 historic locations throughout the city. The guides know their stuff and can suggest restaurants, bars, or off-the-beaten-path attractions that fit your interests. Reserve a "Ghosts and Gravestones" tour and immerse yourself in Savannah's spooky past.
Fans of the book or the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" must visit the Mercer Williams House. The house is the site of the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford and the previous owner of the house (before it became a museum), Jim Williams, accused of said murder, had an eclectic style when it came to decorating. Tours begin at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday and the last tour of the day start at 4:10 p.m.
Savannah has a variety of lodging options that fit every budget. If you're hoping to splurge elsewhere, numerous hotels are perfect for anyone planning only to use their room to sleep. If you're feeling fancy, there are also a ton of more luxurious options. You'll also find a mix of historic hotels and familiar chains, so there's something for every budget and traveler.
6800 Abercorn St., Savannah, 912.356.1234
126 W. Bay St., Savannah, 912.200.3700
102 W. Bay St., Savannah, 912.721.3800