RTX Weekend Escape: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah is a coastal city where Southern charm is manifested through art, architecture, boutiques, cuisine and cocktails, all set amidst a backdrop of alluring history and walkability. Relax in this enclave of rich history full of wonderful colors, tastes, sights and smells. Envelop your senses in this city that shines, any time of the year. Welcome to Savannah.

Savannah, GeorgiaDay 1

Enjoy your morning at Forsyth Park and its magical Spanish moss-draped oak trees and classical fountain. The park also features a fragrant garden for the blind, two playgrounds, a café, and Saturday farmer’s market. Savannah’s art scene is on display at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where student work is exhibited and rotated based on the academic term, along with its own store on Madison Square. Alternatively, check out the latest exhibits at the Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by internationally- acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. The center focuses on modern and contemporary collections but doesn’t stray from classical European masters, either. There’s also a hands-on children’s museum space and daily drop-in studio with activities for all ages. Continue your cultural stroll with Architectural Tours of Savannah, a walking tour showcasing the city’s history throughout 300 years. For dinner, try The Grey, a former Greyhound Bus Station that’s been turned into a highly-acclaimed restaurant.

Savannah, GeorgiaDay 2

Work up an appetite with Savannah Bike Tours and check out the city’s downtown. The tour goes through the historic district with an experienced, licensed guide. Take a walk around the city’s 22 squares, each with its own personality. After, experience taste bud nirvana at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, featuring tasty fried chicken, cornbread, sweet potato soufflé, okra gumbo and biscuits. In the afternoon, marvel at the Sistine of the South, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, filled with elaborate stained glass and 34 intricate murals. For dinner, try Cotton and Rye, new American cuisine set inside a former bank. At night, take a ghost tour through the most haunted city in America.

Savannah, GeorgiaDay 3

Step out of the urban scene on your last day and experience Savannah’s beach. A quick 20 minute drive brings you to Tybee Island’s sandy beach, long pier, and lighthouse, which is open every day except Tuesday and has an attached museum. You could easily bring a cooler and lounge on the beach all day, soaking up the sun and Atlantic surf. For further stimulation, hit up the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, take an eco-kayak tour, or hike a simple nature walk in this unique coastal environment. When you’ve built up an appetite, the Crab Shack at Chimney Creek offers all things seafood. Try the Captain Crab’s Sampler Platter, filled with crab legs, Georgia shrimp, mussels, crawfish, corn, sausage and potatoes.

Savannah, GeorgiaGetting There

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, located 10 miles west of the city, serves seven airlines with multiple flights per day. There are a variety of rental car companies, taxis, limousines and motor coaches that also service the airport. For those driving, I-95 runs through the city north to south and I-16 brings visitors in from the west.

 

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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