Travel Guide to Savannah

What's New — By spencerspellman on May 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

One trip to Savannah, Georgia and you’ll realize why this quaint coastal city is what many may call the crown jewel of the south. From the cobblestone streets to the horse-drawn carriages to riverfront shopping to the authentic European pubs, it’s often love at first sight. However, like any city, there’s some things you’ll need to know.

First and probably foremost, keep in mind the weather in Savannah. The coastal town is located in the deep south, which means it’s not unlikely for temperatures during the summer to each the high 90s, not to mention the humidity. If you come during mid-spring, you’ll beat the summer crowds and hit the peak blooming season for Savannah’s beautiful azaleas.

If possible, try to make your lodging accommodations and trip itinerary as close to River Street as possible. Unless you’re taking a day trip to Tybee Island or going shopping at the Oglethorpe Mall, most of your time is going to be spent near the riverfront, since this is where most of the restaurants, attractions, hotels and tour operators are. Parking is often a challenge, as you either have to use valet, metered parking or public parking garages. There are several public parking garages near River Street that charge approximately $10 per day. When you get tired of walking, there’s public transportation in the form of a trolley or bus, which will be your best bet.

With so many restaurants in Savannah, it can be difficult to pick the right one. There’s certainly no shortage of Savannah seafood restaurants, ranging from Irish pubs to family style restaurants. So how do you choose the right one? Follow the locals. Most of the tourists head straight for River Street each evening, as there’s no shortage of every type of restaurant you can think of. However, many of Savannah’s best restaurants are a few blocks away from the riverfront. Take Six Pence Pub for example, which is located several blocks from River Street. Featuring an expansive menu with both European and American classics, Six Pence is an authentic English Pub that is frequented by locals, though best known for its placement in the film Something to Talk About with Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid.

[photos by Spencer]