You know when you go somewhere new and you find yourself falling in love? This is how my love affair with Savannah and Hilton Head started. We had a few days off after Christmas, but we didn’t want to sit at home the whole time. So, I looked into how long it would take us to get to some of the cities I was interested in visiting. This list consisted of Orlando (only for Harry Potter World); St. Augustine, FL; Savannah, GA; and Charleston, SC. Finally we settled on Savannah.
About two weeks before we B asked if I knew anything about Hilton Head. He had heard of it being a fun place to go, but he had no idea if there would be anything for us to do there. Little did he know that Hilton Head is known for golf, which also happens to be his favorite pastime. So we decided to take a day to visit Hilton Head, and it was definitely worth the hour long drive. Here are the highlights from our trip.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Since we spent the least amount of time on Hilton Head Island, I’ll start there. We left early in the morning to make B’s tee time. it was a pleasant ride as the sun rose over the river. We spent the first part of the day at the golf course, which was absolutely beautiful There was a good view of the beach from hole ten. The original plan was to stop by the beach that afternoon, but they are still working on the beach after Hurricane Mathew. After golf, we went down to the Harbour Town Lighthouse. To get to the light house, you have to enter into Sea Pines. You can climb the lighthouse, which doubles as a museum for a small fee. I recommend going to the top for the view if for nothing else.
Wormsloe Historic Site
After spending part of the afternoon in Hilton Head we went back to Savannah. Since we were already away from downtown, we stopped by Wormsloe Historic Site. This sight is technically a state park. It is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Live oaks line the road into the historical site. After parking, there are trails that take you through the historical site. There is also a museum. We spent most of our time exploring the trails and different locations along them.
Downtown and the Historic District
The rest of our trip was spent around Savannah within walking distance of our hotel. We walked to Forsyth Park to see the fountain, strolled down River Street and Broughton to check out the shops and restaurants, and wondered around City Market. Most importantly, we ate ice cream at Leopold’s. Leopold’s is a must do if visiting Savannah.
Another great area to visit is the City Market. We ate pizza at Vinnie Van Go Go’s, a great local restaurant to try. If you love cookies, Byrd’s Cookie Company has free samples of their cookies, which include Georgia Peach and Chocolate Cheesecake. City Market is also a great place to look at local art. If you don’t see what you’re looking for there, head over to River Street for more art and stop by the River Street Sweets for candy apples and fudge.
There are also several great local stores found on Broughton Street. The Paris Market is a wonderful place to shop and the macaroons are good too. The Savannah Bee Company is another local store that we loved. You can try any honey, and they are all good. We ended up purchasing whipped honey in several flavors. Another stop to make on Broughton Street is the Coffee Fox. If you love coffee as much as I do, this is a great place to stop.
Once you get off Broughton Street, Jones Street is a great street to walk down to see the homes in the area. Another stop in the historic district that we loved was Forsyth Park. The fountain is beautiful and the park is a great place to sit and relax. If you love books as much as I do, on your way back toward the river from Forsyth Park stop at The Book Lady for a great selection of new and used books. I picked up three used books I plan on reading in 2017.
Savannah stole my heart. From the shopping to the food to the culture, I found a place to visit again and again.
Now, here are a few pictures from our time in Savannah.