15:00 | Stop at the market
Gray, a luxury restaurant Housed in an old Greyhound bus station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, it was named one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world by Time magazine in 2018. In the same year, its founders, Johno Morisano and award-winning chef James Beard Mashama Bailey, opened Gray Market, part bodega, part canteen, just two blocks away. While it can be difficult to get a reservation at Gray, the Market offers lunch counter service and convenient take-out options like a chicken salad sandwich ($ 7), crudité cream ($ 10), biscuits ($ 3) ) from the bakery and soft drinks.
17:00 | Stroll to Forsyth
Forsyth Park, the city’s oldest and most popular public green space, covers 30 acres and features two playing fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts. The fountain, modeled on the fountains of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, is located at the north end of the park. Here you’ll likely see local artists selling their work and wedding and dance photographers getting ready for the perfect shot. On the Whitaker Street side of the park, look for the Garden of Fragrance, designed for the blind with fragrant flowers and Braille plaques, in an old fort.
19:00 | Spend time downtown
While downtown Savannah gets a lot of (well-deserved!) Attention, you’ll also find plenty of restaurants as well nightlife options in the center. Start at Starland Yard, a lively outdoor food truck park, complete with patio seating, a bar, and the brick and mortar Vittoria, a Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria. Within walking distance, you’ll find nighttime options like the Two Tides Brewing Company and the Wormhole, a noisy bar with local comedies. For a cozier venue, try the Black Rabbit, a small sandwich shop and pub that sells beers, specialty cocktails, and sandwiches (starting at $ 7 for half and $ 14 for full). The $ 10 cocktails have almost lyrical names: Affectionate Reverence combines hibiscus and apricot-infused tequila with lemon and coats it with an egg white and tempranillo float.
9:30 | Have a coffee
Beat the downtown brunch crowd by staying downtown. Troupial, a Venezuelan coffee bistro, landed this year in the Starland district, in a two-story yellow house from 1915 near the railroad tracks: just follow the smell of the espresso. In addition to more than a dozen coffee options, Troupial also offers fresh pastries, homemade bread rolls, and street food. Start with an order of tequeños, Venezuelan cheese pastries (five for $ 10), then try one of their many arepas ($ 10), a cornmeal pocket stuffed with fillings like scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, black beans and avocado.
11:00 | Spend time downtown
After brunch, drive up to Broughton Street. Take advantage of the city’s open container policy and grab a takeaway mimosa from Common Restaurant as you explore downtown. Nourish, a family-run shop selling natural bath and skin products, is perfect for those who can’t resist the smell of lavender or a fizzy bath bomb. 90s nostalgia buffs and video game lovers should visit Planet Fun, Savannah’s favorite toy and comic store. A few blocks from Broughton is River Street, the famous cobblestone street that runs alongside the Savannah River. Here you’ll find seafood restaurants, dive bars and souvenir shops housed in old cotton warehouses, plus street musicians playing Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River”.
13:00 | Discover the black story
Savannah is also home to the First African Baptist Church, one of the oldest black churches in North America and a major landmark. For a shrine tour, purchase a $ 15 ticket from their website and arrive 10 minutes before the 1pm start time. Inside, a guide will explain that the sanctuary was completed in 1859 highlighting the original elements, such as the solid oak pews in the balcony that were made by enslaved Africans in the 1800s, some of which still bear classic Arabic script engravings from the 1800s. ‘West Africa. Other notable Savannah Black history sites include the Beach Institute on Harris Street, a black history and art museum housed in Savannah’s first school for African Americans; and Second African Baptist Church on Houston Street, where General Rufus Saxton passed on General William Tecumseh Sherman’s proclamation “40 acres and a mule”. Although the church does not host guided tours, visitors are welcome to attend a function.
15:30 | See (and touch) art
For all the sleepy southern stereotypes, Savannah boasts a thriving arts scene with more than 20 museums, art galleries, and artists’ markets in the downtown area alone. Great museums, some built or once maintained by slave people, show centuries-old art as well furniture. For a more contemporary experience, visit the Jepson Center for the Arts. Located near Telfair Square, this museum houses six different exhibition galleries, including an interactive digital gallery called TechSpace and an ArtZeum, a totally tangible upstairs space with 14 activities that invite children to rethink the concepts of art and play. Your $ 22 Jepson ticket also includes visits to two other locations: Telfair Academy and Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters.
18:00 | Enjoy drinks and jazz
For dinner, head to Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant, a lively, family-run restaurant serving authentic Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. Start with a mojito ($ 10) or a sangria ($ 8) – both are powerful. For dinner, try lechón asada ($ 12), their famous roast pork with mojo sauce, with a side of plantain chips or Yuca chips. On the weekends, a surprise awaits you: every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 pm, Rancho hosts the local Jody Jazz Trio. The combination of strong drinks, great dishes, and live music makes this restaurant a popular option with locals, so book early.
21:00 | Bar-hop Congress Street
When you exit dinner, turn right and head along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you reach Congress Street, where you will see a row of bars and cocktail lounges open until late at night, most open until 3:00 am. seen from the roof, walk a block to Grove Savannah and order Champagne pop, a large fruity popsicle in a glass of brut. Across the street, the American Prohibition Museum will have opened Congress Street Up, the museum’s night lounge serving 1920s cocktails. End the evening by dancing at the Peacock Lounge, a hidden speakeasy in the basement of the Chinese Flock restaurant at the Wok. Look for the blue neon-lit entrance in the alley behind the restaurant.
10:00 | Explore the beach
Grab a muffin or chicken cookie from Back in the Day Bakery before heading to the beach. Just 20 minutes east on US 80 (30 minutes of traffic), Tybee Island is a barrier island with more than 3 miles of beaches. On the way, stop at Fort Pulaski National Monument, built in 1829 to protect Savannah Harbor, and inspect damage left by Union rifled guns during the Civil War. In South Beach, you’ll find the Tybee Island Pier, beachside shops and lively bars. For a quieter spot, continue along US 80 until it becomes Butler Avenue and eventually dead ends at a paid parking lot (download the Park TYB app). This is Back River Beach, known for dolphin sightings, good fishing, and calm waves.
13:00 | Climb the Tybee Lighthouse
Before leaving the island, visit the Tybee Island Light Station & Museum. On 3 acres, it’s one of the country’s most intact light stations, with the state’s oldest and tallest lighthouse and all of its supporting historic buildings. Inside the Tybee Island Lighthouse, originally built in 1773 and partly destroyed by fire in 1861, you’ll find 178 steps to the top, offering aerial views of the island. Consisting only of masonry and metal, the reconstructed lighthouse is now completely fireproof. Your $ 12 ticket (free for children aged 5 and under) also gives you entry to other Light Station buildings, such as the 19th-century warden’s cottages and kitchens, where the guardians of the Faro and their families.
Jepson Center for the Arts has interactive exhibitions and children’s galleries that encourage play.
Troupiala Venezuelan café, serving 18 espresso options in a converted Victorian home.
First African Baptist Church it is one of the oldest black churches in North America.
Forsyth Park is 30 acres of expansive lawns perfect for strolling and picnicking.
WHERE TO EAT
The gray marketPart bodega, part lunch counter, serves Southern-style brunch and take-away lunch options.
Back in the day is a bakery run by cookbook author Cheryl Day.
Rancho Alegre Cuban restaurant it is family run and offers live music weekend.
Starland shipyard is a popular food truck park in the artsy Starland District.
The Black rabbita sandwich shop and bar, it is hidden from the noise of the center.
Two tides is a local brewery “specializing in acid, haze and funk”.
The wormhole it’s a noisy bar with locals comedy nights.
The savannah of the foresta three-story restaurant with a rooftop bar, makes Instagrammable cocktails.
Street of Congress is a night lounge serving 1920s cocktails inside the American Prohibition Museum.
Peacock lounge it’s a neon-lit speakeasy hidden in the basement of a Chinese restaurant.
The Alida Hotel is a downtown luxury hotel in a converted brick warehouse. Enjoy sunset views of the Savannah River in its $ 360-a-night rooftop pool.
For a more welcoming option, consider one of the city’s many palaces converted into bed and breakfasts, such as the Typographer’s Innwhich offers four private suites ($ 175 to $ 300 per night) that show Italian architectureoriginal ceiling medallions and beautiful heart pine floors.
The Thunder Bird Inn, a former roadside motel on the west side of downtown, has bright 1960s furniture, rotary phones, and a Moonpie on every pillow. Doubles from around $ 150.
There are many short term rental optionsparticularly in the city center and around Forsyth Park.
This article originally appeared in the New York Times.
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