We’ve wanted to explore Savannah, Georgia for some time now and we finally grabbed the opportunity.
Original Capital of Georgia
Savannah was the first city to be settled by the British in the Georgia colony and later became the capital. It was settled by General James Oglethorpe to protect the Carolinas from Spanish owned Florida and French owned Louisiana. It is a port city on the eastern coast of Georgia.
The architecture of Savannah reminded us of European cities we’ve visited but the moss laden trees really give it character.
Savannah has 22 squares, giving it a distinct European feel.
Savannah is a vibrant city especially during the tourist season when they attract millions of visitors. We visited several museums and took a city tour. You can also take ghost tours (it is supposedly the most haunted city in the south) and carriage rides.
Referred to as “Savannah Beach”, Tybee Island is a short car ride away. The Tybee Island Light Station was the first lighthouse on the Southern Atlantic Coast.
Along the beach are swings where you can rest as you take in the scenery. I wish we had these in Panama City Beach!
On the way to Tybee Island is Fort Pulaski, the largest fort in Savannah, designed to protect Savannah during the Civil War. The fort was no match for the rifled cannons of the Union army and it fell to Union soldiers. As you walk around the fort, you can see a cannon ball still lodged in the exterior walls of the fort.
100 Year Old Home
We rented a 100 year old home during our stay. It had a 4 sided fireplace shaped like a diamond so that the 4 adjoining rooms had their own fireplace, all sharing the same chimney. Very cool.
As we usually do, we sought out the local brew houses. We visited Moon River Brewing Company and enjoyed a nice amber ale.
Slide Show of Savannah
If you would like to see a slide show of pictures we took in Savannah, click the image below.
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