Restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and Green Truck Pub
It's a tie between Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and Green Truck Pub. Mrs. Wilkes has all of the delicious Southern fare you could imagine, and it's great for trying a little bit of everything. It's a must-do for anyone interested in experience home-style Southern cooking. I'd go back for the macaroni and cheese alone!
I couldn't not put Green Truck Pub as one of my favorites because although I love Mrs. Wilkes, it's not exactly a restaurant you can dine in on a whim. There is practically always a long wait (I waited an hour) and it has limited hours of operation, as in it's not open for dinner. I included Green Truck Pub because I go there more often than Mrs. Wilkes since it's just more convenient. Green Truck Pub is always winning all sorts of awards such as "Best Gourmet Burger" or "Best Restaurant" in Savannah. After trying out a few kinds of their burgers, it's not hard to see why! They offer beef, chicken, or veggie burgers, but salads and sandwiches are also on the menu in case burgers are not your thing.
Historic Home: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
I've toured a few of the historic homes in Savannah, but the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was my favorite. The inside is beautifully maintained. Learning about Juliette Gordon Low's life and how she started the Girl Scouts left me feeling inspired! I suggest going around Christmas time if you can because they do decorate it.
Bar: Lulu's Chocolate Bar
Lulu's is my #1 pick in Savannah so far for bars because I'm a big dessert lover. Relaxing with a drink is fine, but getting a drink AND a delicious dessert is even better. There's a full bar, but I always get a martini, as there is an extensive list to choose from. Just a few of the many types of martinis they have on the menu are: Pineapple Upside Down, White Chocolate Pomegranate, Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Covered Orange, and Key Lime Pie. Every dessert I've gotten from Lulu's has tasted just as good as it looks. I recommend their chocolate covered strawberries!
Square: Chippewa Square
There are so many great squares in Savannah, but Chippewa Square is quite beautiful. If you've seen Forrest Gump, then you've seen the square because that's where Forrest sits to tell his story. (That bench was just a prop, but you can see it at Savannah History Museum.) The square is close to the Savannah Theater and the First Baptist Church. The square contains a statue of James Oglethorpe, who was the founder of Savannah.
Tour: Blue Orb Ghost Tour
I thoroughly enjoyed taking the Uncensored Zombies Tour through Blue Orb. We stopped at the Sorrel-Weed house, Dr. Corson's house, the Mercer House, 432 Abercorn, the Espy house, and Colonial Cemetery. The tour mixes historical fact with anecdotes from those who say they encountered ghosts. Although no one on the tour saw anything supernatural, 432 Abercorn really creeped me out. Our guide told us that Calhoun Square (which is located right in front of the house) is actually an unmarked mass grave for slaves that were buried there without coffins. There is nothing in the square that acknowledges the slaves who were buried there which is another form of disrespect of the dead. He said that many people reported feeling suddenly ill or weak when visiting the square. 432 Abercorn scared us just because there were curtains in the windows that were moving back and forth slightly. Of course it was probably the wind, but it was still spooky nonetheless!
Street: Broughton Street and Jones Street
Broughton Street has many restaurants and shops, so it is naturally one of my favorite places in Savannah. It's a great place to walk around and get a bite to eat.
Jones Street is mostly just full of privately owned homes, but the houses on the street have so much character!
Sight in the Historic District: Forsyth Park, River Street, and The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
It was really hard for me to narrow it down to just one spot. All three of these places are iconic spots in Savannah and are special for different reasons.
Forsyth Park is a nice place to sit and relax on a bench and enjoy being outdoors. As with most parks, sitting in the grass and people-watching or reading a book is also an option. There are lots of joggers and it's a good place to get in some exercise. The best thing about the park is Forsyth Park fountain just because it's gorgeous!
River Street is another fun place to go to. Having the Savannah river right there makes the area more scenic. From River Street, one can enjoy views of the Tallmadge Bridge as well as the Westin. River Street does attract a lot of tourists and it can get quite busy on the weekends. There are speciality shops, an open-air market called River Street Market Place, bars, restaurants, and plenty of festivals take place here.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is also impressive. Don't just admire this structure from the outside--actually going in and looking around is well worth it. It's free but donations are accepted. Inside there are colorful stained glass windows as well as a large pipe organ.
Sights outside of the Historic District: Bonaventure Cemetery and Tybee Island
Is it weird to describe visiting Bonaventure Cemetery as an enjoyable experience? Just so you know, I don't typically hang out in cemeteries, but this one is quite picturesque. A lot of the gravestones and statues are really beautiful, and it makes for a peaceful retreat.
Tybee Island is another great attraction in the area. You can enjoy a beach day here, go up and tour the lighthouse, do some water sports, or rent a bike and explore the island.
Shop: The Paris Market
This shop has jewlery, home decor items, perfume, books, and there is a little cafe inside. I think it's a bit expensive, but there are some really creative displays. If you go, don't skip the downstairs section!
Coffee shop: The Coffee Fox
The Coffee Fox is locally owned and I often find myself taking a break in here after walking around Savannah for awhile. In the summer, it's a great place to stop and cool off. I usually just get an iced mocha, but I've heard good things about the horchata latte and will have to try one next time.
Dessert Place: Leopold's Ice Cream
If you like ice cream, then going to Leopold's is a must while in Savannah. It has quite the reputation and plenty of good flavors to choose from. Leopold's is the most famous for its Tutti Frutti ice cream which is said by some to have been born there, although there is some debate about that. Their sundaes are to die for.
If you've gone to Savannah, what are some of your favorite things about the city? If you haven't been, does anything on this list interest you?