Mom and I flew into Savannah Thanksgiving day. My brother and his fiance picked us up from the airport. We visited the 100 acre Bonaventure Cemetery that afternoon. It's Savannah's most famous cemetery and is hauntingly beautiful. Very picturesque. The moss hanging off the gigantic trees gives an eerie vibe to the place. It's extremely haunted (or so they say). It is free to drive/walk through.
|Little Gracie's grave. One of the most haunted grave sites in the cemetery. She supposedly cries tears of blood.|
|The cemetery is backed by water. Beautiful.|
We stayed at Staybridge Suites in the Historic District for $98 a night. It was the perfect location. Savannah is a very walkable city. It's relaxing to walk along their 22 historic squares. This is a city where drivers wait for you. Think the opposite of New York City. No traffic or honking.
|Tree full of Spanish Moss in one of their many squares|
Did you know that Savannah has been named the most haunted city in America? I believe it after the stories we heard on our ghost tour.
Ice cream at the famous Leopold's is a must. They are top 10 in the world.
|Be prepared to stand in line.|
We ate pizza from Vinnie Van GoGo's (recommended by a local) which is located in the City Market. Only $2.50 a slice and the slices are gigantic! The place was packed when we were there at 10 p.m.
You must walk over to the City Market. It has live music on the weekends and neat shops and restaurants. This area is different from the shops along the river, but is within walking distance of it.
Saturday we drove out to Fort Pulaski which was a major part of the Civil War. It's about a 10 minute drive from the Historic District. We got in for free thanks to their military discount.
Be sure to use the Dot system if you're tired of walking. They have a free bus, trolley, and ferry.
|One of my favorites! I love Poms!|
|My brother with his favorite. This chow chow was a winner!|
After that we toured the Owens-Thomas house. It was $15 to get in. Unfortunately, no one is allowed to take pictures on the inside of any of these antebellum homes so I only have outdoor pictures. They are all furnished with gorgeous antiques. Many of them originals to the homes.
|Back of house|
|Back of house (or courtyard)|
|In the Paula Deen store that's connected to the restaurant.|
|I love this buffet!|
|Paula and I. BFFs.|
As we walked out of Lady & Sons, we heard fireworks down by the river. They had a great fireworks show with boats going up and down the river all decked out in Christmas lights. Free!
My brother and his fiance left Sunday morning. He had to head back to base (Fort Benning) and she had to get back to Lincoln, NE for nursing school. Mom and I stayed an extra couple days.
Sunday, we did the Historic Homes tour and walked through the Juliette Gordon Lowe Birthplace. She helped start the Girl Scouts. The house was beautiful.
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Monday we toured the Andrew Lowe house. He was the wealthiest man in Savannah during his time. His home was immaculate. They just don't build them like they used to. They let active military and their dependents in for free as well. Thank you!
That afternoon, mom and I mostly shopped and walked around. Here are some random pictures from throughout our stay:
|Green-Meldrim House under some renovations.|
|Outside one of the three candy shops. They have free praline samples which are dangerously good.|
|The Grand Victorian Lady|
|Store fronts along the river.|
Long story short, visit Savannah. It's a city full of fascinating history, spooky tales, and charming architecture. Next up on my places to visit - Charleston!