Gumbo and fried fish at Savannah’s District Seafood.

Savannah, Georgia, exemplifies southern hospitality and is known as one of the friendliest towns in the South.

With a winning combination of art galleries, museums, distinctive architecture, communal parks and cobblestone streets, Savannah is practically a small-scale European city. Its rich history and old world charm make it a worthy stop for families and solo travelers.

Here’s how to spend a weekend in the Hostess Town!

Getting There

The best way to get to Savannah is through the Savannah / Hilton Head Airport, which has nonstop flights from over 30 destinations across the country.

While you can get to the Hilton Head Island Airport in South Carolina, be prepared for a 45-minute (and expensive) Uber, Lyft, or cab ride to Savannah. Take it from someone who learned this lesson the hard way …

Where to stay

For an authentic experience, reserve a historic property through Airbnb / VRBO or a room at one of the many colonial-style hotels in downtown or on River Street. the River Street Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, and Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel are all interesting options. They offer comfortable rooms and direct access to restaurants, shops and bars in the area.

If you prefer a vacation away from the hustle and bustle, stay at Landings on Skidaway Island. Discover a different side of Savannah by playing golf, boating, biking, hiking / walking and spending time outdoors.

Enjoy District Seafood’s Southern Belle cocktail on River Street.

What to do

First and foremost, explore downtown! It is full of cultural events, festivals, concerts, plays and outdoor entertainment.

Savannah is the soul of coastal Georgia and is home to expansive gardens, parks shaded by Spanish oak trees, and remarkable statues. Over twenty city squares are filled with stately mansions and monuments from revolutionary and civil war eras. Take a carriage ride find out more – and don’t forget to take a walk in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Finally, head to the Savannah River and relax on River Street. The century-old warehouses on River Street have been converted into welcoming hotels, shops, restaurants and pubs. The working port, with its horse-drawn carriage rides, wagon rides and street performers, adds to this picturesque waterfront promenade.

Queen of georgia riverboat on the Savannah River.

River Street is perfect for watching container ships go by on the canal or boarding a river cruise. I recommend having lunch at Neighborhood seafood and take in the view with one of their signature libations in hand.

Farewell greetings

Sunset near Skidaway Island.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly captivated by my weekend adventures in the South. There is something for everyone on the shores of Peach State. Georgia will always be on my mind – can’t wait to go back!