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07
February
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Best-loved for its beautiful Historic District, Savannah is full of charm and Southern grace. Georgia’s oldest city is laid out in 22 squares and filled with 18th-century mansions, churches, and Revolutionary and Civil War monuments surrounded by live oaks draped in moss. Restaurants, museums, galleries, and unique boutique shopping amidst it all make Savannah’s Historic District the perfect destination for history buffs, foodies, and those looking for a romantic getaway.

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The best way to explore the Historic District is by walking, or you can take a trolley or horse-drawn carriage tour. This way you can experience the amazing architecture and gated gardens up close. Old Savannah Tours and Old Trolley Tours offer a number of themed tours from Hop On & Off to Ghost and Graveyard tours. Must-see historic homes to tour include the Mercer Williams house, made famous by “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and the home of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. The Telfair Academy, Jepson Center, and Owens-Thomas House are mansions-turned museums that make up the South’s oldest public art district. There are also many old buildings turned into lovely bed and breakfasts in Savannah Historic District such as The Inn on West Liberty that are worth staying at for a unique experience. Take some time to stroll through Forsyth Park and admire the huge fountain in the middle, war monuments, and fragrant garden for the blind. Stop by Chippewa Square made famous as Forrest Gump’s bus stop.

For dining, shopping, art, and music head to City Market, an open-air market spread over four blocks in restored warehouses. It’s also the scene of several bars where Savannah’s mixologists love serving their signature cocktails. Stop in Vinnie Van Go Go’s for hot, fresh pizza or Belford’s for their award-winning menu of regional dishes. Since Savannah is a foodie’s paradise, you’ll find plenty of dining options from fresh seafood entrées to Southern cooking. Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room is the place to go for all-you-can-eat comfort food, or enjoy locally-sourced seafood and produce in an elegant old mansion at Elizabeth’s on 37th.

A trip to Savannah isn’t complete without a stroll up and down River Street. The Savannah River borders the north edge of the Historic District and is the site of a variety of festivals all year long. Old cotton warehouses along the cobblestone streets have been converted into restaurants, bars, gift shops, and galleries. It’s also a great place to people watch as huge ships lumber past in the background. You’ll want to drink in the whole scene as you plan your next visit to Savannah’s Historic District.

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