Shopping in Savannah, GA
Mirrored after the port city of Charleston, South Carolina, the city of Savannah, Georgia embodies a combination of the Old and the New South. With live oak trees draped in hanging Spanish moss, and magnolia and dogwood trees on every corner, Savannah has all the charm of a quaint Southern town. However, there is plenty to be seen and done in this city, including anything from visiting art studios, eating at an outdoor café, shopping, or partying the night away. Some call it the “Most Haunted City in America” due to its rich past, while others call it the “Hostess City of the South”, because of its immense tourist appeal.
Top Ten Places to Visit in Savannah, GA:
1. City Market
2. River Street
3. The Waterfront
4. Factor’s Walk
5. The Lady and Sons
6. The Pirates’ House
7. Wormsloe State Park
8. Tybee Island Beach
9. Forsyth Park
10. The Historic Savannah Theatre
For those in the Southeast, Savannah, Georgia is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. The bridge over the Savannah River, the Talmadge Memorial, leads to this port city. There are plenty of eclectic and quirky shops, along with art galleries, high end clothing stores, antiques, bakeries, candy stores, and souvenirs. In essence, there is something for every type of shopper or even window shopper. The Historic District nestled along the Waterfront, embodies the rich history of Georgia’s first city. This history includes slavery, pirates, and an old South tradition. In the area of the City Market, River Street provides chic stores, sushi restaurants, and modern art galleries, bringing the New South appeal to the historic architecture, cobblestone roads, and old fashioned Southern atmosphere.
Because of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the city holds several galleries and has a rich art culture, especially in Ellis Square. Many unique gifts and one of a kind art pieces can easily be found along Factor’s Walk. The busy sidewalks are full of patrons visiting picturesque boutiques after stopping for a break at outdoor cafes. When looking for one-of-a-kind antiques, Bull Street and Broughton Street both offer a wide variety. The city also has shopping malls in the Southside area, with more of the name brand stores and chains, including some high end labels. Even if going on a shopping spree is not an option, walking along the streets and throughout the historic squares of Savannah is an experience all on its own.
One must take a break from shopping long enough to stop for a meal. Of course, much of the tourism in Savannah has come to revolve around Paula Deen’s ever growing in popularity restaurant “The Lady and Sons”, located on the corner of Whitaker and Congress Streets. But be prepared to wait in line for your shrimp and grits, as one often forms all the way out the door, spilling onto the sidewalk. The Pirate House, another famous restaurant is actually a restored tavern that pirates used to frequent.
After a long day of walking and shopping, the nightlife in Savannah does not disappoint. Although Savannah is an old Southern town, the city knows how to let loose at night, as many visitors have discovered during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that take place each year drawing in millions, including an annual festival and parade. The laid back attitude of Savannah also means that the city does not adhere to strict regulations. The city upholds its reputation for Southern hospitality with special “To go cups” available upon requested at various bars and restaurants, much like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. There are restaurants and bars to suite anyone’s every need and desire, served with a smiling face and genuine Southern charm.
Alternatives for non-shoppers:
Because it is a historic port town, there are carriage, walking, and trolley tours of the architectural buildings, historic sites, and locations where scenes from many famous movies were filmed, including Forrest Gump. Wormsloe State Park is the only remaining plantation in Savannah. A live oak lined road canopied by hanging moss leads to the entrance of this historic multi-acre plantation. Because of its past, the city offers several ghost tours of old haunted buildings and graveyards. For a more light-hearted day, a trip to the beach is only miles away on Tybee Island Beach, about twenty minutes from downtown. Adventure seekers can take a kayaking trip along the Savannah River. Or take a Pedi-cab along the Waterfront, to Forsyth Park, to sit around the large cast iron fountain, or to one of Savannah’s many gardens. One can even see a show at the Historic Savannah Theater, located on Bull Street, originally opened in 1818.
The numerous bed and breakfast inns in Savannah may be quite expensive due to the fact that the city of Savannah has become such a tourist attraction. However, Savannah, Georgia is the quintessential getaway city for anyone looking to relax, to shop, eat good food, absorb the rich history and culture, and have a fun night out on the town.
By Carrie McCloud