Savannah Favorites

I had been wanting to visit Savannah for many, many years. Aside from the southern charm and of course the infamous southern cooking, I knew that the paranormal activity in Savannah was high – and I love that kind of stuff. When I found out that my stepson was going to be graduating from Army boot camp at Fort Jackson, SC, the first thing I did was google how far it was from Savannah. Imagine how excited I was when I saw that it was only about two hours! Score.

There were so many things that I loved about Savannah. So. Many. Things! Here is a recap of my personal favorites:

1. The ghost tours!

If you’re a regular around here, you may have already read about my experiences on a few of the ghost tours that Chris and I went on. While we were there, Chris and I went four different ghost tours. Two of them were trolley tours and the other two were walking tours. We heard a couple of the same stories on the tours, but since Savannah is so haunted, we heard different tales on each tour.

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I love learning about the history of new places as well as searching for signs along the way that the other side actually does exist. Chris and I spent three days in total down in Savannah and sadly, we saw no paranormal activity – although, I will swear on a stack of bibles that our room at the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn was haunted. There was a closet door that popped open a few times, we heard several weird thumps and my phone battery drained inexplicably more than once. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was breathing down the back of my neck whenever we were in our room.

2. Eating at The Pirate House.

Our plane landed somewhere around 2 pm and by the time we got our rental car & made our way to check in at our hotel it was nearly 3 pm. Because we were in the air at lunch time, neither of us has eaten since breakfast and we were both starving. Not having a clue where to go, we thought our best bet was to head up towards River Street, which is where we had to be at 7 pm because we had reservations for our first ghost trolley tour.

Because it was about a million 105 degrees that day, we hopped on the free shuttle bus that they have driving around the historic district and when we got off at a stop near River Street, The Pirate House was literally right in front of us. Chris suggested that we go check out the menu to see if it looked like a place we might want to eat at.

It was.

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If you follow me over on Instagram, you may already know that The Pirate House is where I had my first meal in the south – Pecan Crusted Fried Chicken with sweet tea to drink, of course. We don’t have sweet tea like they do in south here in Boston, so I was planning on getting my fill while I was down in Savannah. The food & sweet tea were amazing by the way.

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It was a bonus that we found out the place is super haunted while we were there. Something written on the placemat caught Chris’s eye and when he read the whole history of the building, I was really excited to find out that they not only had awesome food, but some ghosts, too. As much as I wished that one came out to eat with us, they didn’t (insert sad face here).

3. Exploring Colonial Park Cemetery.

Remember when I mentioned that some of the same stories were discussed on several of the ghost tours we went on? Each of the four tours we went on brought us to Colonial Park Cemetery.

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The cemetery is absolutely gorgeous and it’s actively haunted. The real reason that Chris and I went there was because of the story they told us on the tours. There are thousands of people buried in the cemetery, yet there are only a few hundred grave markers. Apparently there are dead people everywhere.

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Not only that, the cemetery used to be much larger, but as the city grew, they moved the walls of the cemetery inwards. Roads were paved and houses were built right over where people were buried. Lots of people. As you walk down many of the streets of Savannah, you are literally walking over hundreds of dead bodies.

4. Lunching at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.

Chris and I were told that we would regret leaving Savannah without eating lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. My sister & brother in law have been there several times and told us to get there early. They open the doors for lunch at 11 am, but they said that a line would be formed around the block by then. We arrived at 9 am and were the first ones in line. The next people showed up about five minutes after we did and just ask my sister said, the line was all the way down the block by the time they opened for lunch.

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Once they started letting the lunch crowd in, we were directed to sit at large tables-for-ten, shared by strangers. The tabletop was already covered with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, meatloaf, biscuits and so much more. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day, but if you want a good dose of southern cooking, this is the place to eat.

Seriously, we ate like kings that day.

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Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is located at 107 West Jones Street. They are open Monday-Friday from 11 am-2 pm and the price is $20 per person (tax included).

5. Strolling through the squares.

Savannah has 22 squares today that provide some lovely green scenery to the city. At one time there was 24 squares, but two were lost due to city development.

Our Bed and Breakfast was located just off of Chatham Square, so we spent a lot of time in that particular square. All of the squares we walked through were really pretty and it was nice to be able to sit and take a break when we needed one.

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6. Learning about the sordid history of Savannah.

Voo-Doo, Hoo-Doo, treachery, murder, bootlegging and even slave trading- there is definitely a dark side (or should I say “was” a dark side?) to Savannah. I find all that stuff intriguing and loved hearing the stories of true crime in Savannah’s past.

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7. Exploring River Street.

Located along the Savannah River, right in the heart of historic Savannah, you will find that the century old buildings which were once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, boutiques, galleries, or grab a bite at any of 21 brew pubs and restaurants. Seriously, you’ll find everything from sweet treats to Christmas ornaments to clothing to art galleries housed inside the old restored Cotton Warehouses.

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If you’re there long enough, you’ll see ships of all kinds floating down the river, horse-drawn carriage rides and a street performer or two.

In addition to the rich culture and history, River Street is a great place to eat, drink, shop or just hang out. I wish we had more time to spend there.

8. Hunting for Movie Props.

Actually, it wasn’t that hard. We wanted to see the Forrest Gump bench and found it in the Savannah History Museum (along with a lot of other cool stuff).

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It’s located inside Visitor’s Center at 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, but if you want to see it, it’ll cost you $7 each.

9. Going on a real ghost hunt at The Sorrell-Weed House.

The Sorrel-Weed House first belonged to wealthy shipping merchant Francis Sorrel. Although Francis was married to his first wife’s younger sister, the story goes that he fell in love with one of his slaves, Molly. Those two carried on until Sorrel’s wife, Matilda, discovered their affair. Devastated by her husband’s betrayal, Matilda leaped from a second story balcony and died in the courtyard below. Just a few days after Matilda’s death, servants discovered Molly hanging from a noose in the carriage house. These days, reportedly both Molly and Matilda haunt the Sorrel-Weed House.

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Chris and I were able to tour the house at night, in the dark. We were each given EMF meters and sent off to search for ghosts.

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Again, I didn’t see, hear or feel anything, but it was fun just the same.

As I said, we only spent three days in Savannah and I really wish we had more time there. There were so many things that I wanted to see and do, but we ran out of time. Guess that means we’ll just have to go back.

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125 comments

  1. Anne K ॐ (@kimmie_1980)

    Normally I would be creeped out too much to go on that type of trip, but it actually looks quite beautiful.

  2. Liz Mays

    Isn’t it charming? It’s just such a wonderful southern town.

  3. Jennifer

    oh heck no! I’ve been asked to do a few ghost tours before while in NOLA and I couldn’t do it. Not sure I believe in ghosts but still, the idea freaks me out.

  4. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom

    That’s exactly how I feel. Sounds interesting but I think I’ll pass lol.

  5. Carrie

    I definitely shouldn’t have read this before my lunch break. My mouth is watering for some of that yummy food!
    The tours looked awesome. Hubbs and I really enjoy that kind of thing but we have never been that far south

  6. Crystal

    I know! And now my lunch looks pitiful! Need some of that Southern cooking.

  7. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I love going to Savannah, there is always something fun to do and great food as well. River Street is always a fave.

  8. rachellemama

    Oh we love River Street! Such a cool place to visit!

  9. Pam Wattenbarger

    We always love visiting River Street too! You can’t miss it when you are in Savannah.

  10. Liz Mays

    You made the most of your time there, that’s for sure! I think all that ghostly business is super cool too!

  11. Jenn @TheRebelChick

    It looks like you had an awesome time in Savannah! It’s always been on my list of places to visit, but I’ve only been there once, and it was only for one day. To boot, we arrived pretty late due to a storm and missed all of the activities we planned on doing…now I REALLY want to go back!

  12. Daisy

    I wish that we lived closer. It looks like a fun place to visit.

  13. Allie D.

    Savannah looks like an awesome place to visit. The food looks really good too. Hope to travel there someday.

  14. susan

    I have always wanted to visit Savannah.. It is on my bucket list, it seem like such an historical and relaxing town, I will make it there one day!

  15. Elizabeth O.

    Savannah is such a cool place, I would love to go on the Ghost Tours there! It seems like a great place to relax too, they have a lot of parks to spend an afternoon in.

  16. Ourfamilyworld

    I’d like to go, but I am not sure about the ghost tours. Yes to sightseeing and the food.

  17. Saidah

    We are so close to Savannah I don’t know why we haven’t going out there to visit so the locations. Thanks for the great list

  18. kraushousemom

    Ghost tours sound so cool but I always chicken out. I like ghosts I know and who know me. The food in Savannah looks delicious.

  19. Amber NElson

    I am such a huge chicken. I know I”d be in tears on the ghost tour!

  20. alissa

    I also like the school there. They have helped restore many of the old buildings. Without them there may be less to see.

  21. Marielle Altenor

    I would love to visit Savannah one day! I love southern cooking so very much!

  22. Lois Alter Mark

    Me too! What could be better than authentic Southern cooking?!

  23. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Those are all my Savannah favs too! I never get tired of a ghost tour there!

  24. Ourfamilyworld

    I’m not sure if I could do a ghost tour, but it would be nice to visit Savannah. The food looks delicious.

  25. Elizabeth O.

    I would like to try the food as well!

  26. Crystal

    I do love good Southern food! I can’t wait to go to the Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. I’ll make sure I get there early!

  27. Jeanine

    Southern food… so good! I’ve never had genuine, straight from the south food though but I imagine its way better than what I have had the pleasure of trying!

  28. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    I have never been to Savannah, but it looks fabulous! All that delicious food has me ready to pack my bags!

  29. Dawn Lopez

    I would definitely love to take a trip to Savannah. It looks so beautiful there. With so much to do I wouldn’t even know where to start.

  30. Jeanine

    Savannah would be so fun to explore I think. Thanks to your posts and exploring I’d love to one day! For sure. How fun.

  31. Alicia

    Savannah looks like a great place to visit. Wish we were closer to there. We would definitely enjoy some of those things.

  32. Emily Smith // The Best of this Life

    Bookmarking this post! I’ve only traveled through Savannah and have always wanted to spend more time there. This is a great article on what to explore. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Danielle H

    I haven’t been to Savannah since I was 9 years old. I remember the squares though and just wandering around with my family taking it all in. I definitely want to take my girls there one day. Such a gorgeous city.

  34. Crystal

    That’s how I experienced New Orleans. It was fun as a kid but I need to go back!

  35. gingermommyrants

    These are great things to do while in Savannah. I would love to go on a ghost tour. I love to learn about the spooky history of a place.

  36. sippycupmom

    I really want to go here with my husband, we would definitely do the ghost tours. So fun!

  37. Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    I’ve never been to Savannah but have always wanted to visit there myself. I’ll have to make sure to put it on my list of places to visit next year.

  38. Felicita Moncada

    I went to Savannah a few years ago, it was a stop on a Bermuda cruise I was doing. I absolutely fell in love with that charming city! We visited the Aquarium. But at night we did the ghost tours. It was awesome!

  39. Lois Alter Mark

    I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah, too. Now I want to go even more!

  40. Vera Sweeney

    Savannah would be such a fun city to get to visit!! The food looks amazing the sites sound like so much, what a great city to go on dates in!

  41. moesly15

    Wow so much to see and do there. Looked like a great place to visit.

  42. deb

    What a fantastic trip! I absolutely adore Savannah and can’t wait to go back. Ghost tours are one of my favorite activities and I may be slightly jealous that you took 4 during your visit. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  43. rachellemama

    Wow it sounds like you had a great time when visiting Savannah! I would love to go on a ghost tour, and oh my all that food looks so good!

  44. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog

    I have to try Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room next time I go. It looks so good!

  45. Dina Demarest

    I’m going to mention this to my hubby as a getaway for us. I love the ghost aspect of it!

  46. milenabarrett

    I too have always wanted to visit savannah! I love doing cemetery tours!

  47. tamaralikecamera

    I’ve only been once and I’ve only spent one morning there, but I know I want to come back. I will bring your list!!

  48. Catherine S

    Savanah is such a cool place. I would love to go back and spend a long weekend doing ghost tours.

  49. patricemfoster

    Savannah I always want to go there look like you had a good times. Long weekend is the best.

  50. homesteadwishing

    Savannah is so pretty. I love to visit there. It looks like you had a great time there!

  51. Shasta

    These are all so fun. I like the food places the best I think. The meals look delicious.

  52. Jennifer

    I’d love to visit Savannah. I’ve never seen a picture or footage of it that wasn’t beautiful.

  53. Sarah Marturano

    What a fun outing! Savannah is so pretty, I wish I was there right now.

  54. Pam

    I love visiting Savannah. The ghost tours are my favorite part but the food is a close second.

  55. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Savannah is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia. I love going there whenever I can.

  56. michelle

    The Wilkes eatery sounds great! At first I thought Mrs. Wilkes might be a Gone With The Wind type restaurant but now I see it’s just good southern food! I wish people could sit on the Forrest Gump bench. My friend did the studio tour at Paramount and you can sit on the one there. I’m guessing they had multiple benches which doesn’t surprise me. What a nice blog post! Maybe i’ll get to go here next time i’m in Tennessee to see my parents.

  57. Paula Schuck

    I would love to visit Savannah. We passed through it once on a road trip, but we didn’t have time to stop and really take it in.

  58. Chasing Joy

    I am not into the ghost stuff (not a fan of being scared). Also I am a bit turned off that a lot of the ghost stories involving slaves tend to present the story as though the female slave was a willing participant and could give or refuse consent which we know is not the case. Everything else about Savannah seems really neat. I know the food was good and seeing the movie props would be fun. Glad you had a good trip.

  59. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    My husband went to Savannah on a work trip years ago and he loved it! It was so beautiful and I am a little jealous.

  60. Urvi

    I have never been to ghost tour because I afraid. But I want to try at least once. These place looks beautiful to spend a day.

  61. tara pittman

    The night ghost hunt would have been fun. I would have been scared if there was a ghost.

  62. thriftychicmom

    Savannah is such a pretty city, the architecture is stunning. I am not a ghost person but it sounds like you had so much fun!

  63. Sarah Bailey

    Savannah sounds like such a great place to visit so many things to do! x

  64. Jeanettte

    I have read a few of your posts for Savannah. I have never been there, but you make me want to go! There is so much to do!

  65. Kristi

    We have not made it to Savannah yet but it is on our bucket list. A friend just moved near there and raves about it. You gave some great places to put on our list when we visit her.

  66. Jessica Beal Harlow

    Sometimes I think it’s a blessing in disguise to not be able to see and do everything you hope to on a special trip. My theory is that it’s the perfect reason to have to go back and soon! P.S. The food from Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room looks amazing!

  67. mommyblogexpert

    Savannah sounds great. The ghost tours sound especially fun and the food looks so good. I’ll have to add this destination to my travel bucket list.

  68. Heidi Spears-Gray

    Looks like you had a great trip! My husband would love the ghosts tour!

  69. Ora Lee Gurr

    What beautiful pictures of Savannah. It has its ghostly haunts, but nothing’s scarier than boot camp!

  70. Estelle S. Erasmus (@EstelleSErasmus)

    Wow. What amazing adventures. The food looks and sounds delicious. Personally, I could avoid the ghost tours and stories, but I’m squeamish (doesn’t sound like you are).

  71. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    I love all the history that Savannah has to offer! Of course I have also heard great things about the ghost tours and food. Seems like a great place to visit!

  72. CYNTHIA NICOLETTI

    Beautiful, looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to see the ghost tours.

  73. Dogvills

    I would love to visit Savannah, not just for the ghost tour, but the food and for some sightseeing as well.

  74. Krystal's Kitsch

    It’s definitely on my list of places to drive to. It wouldn’t take us long from Florida!

  75. kimberlydickerson

    I’ve been to Savannah several times and not once have I visited Mrs. Wilkes. The locals always say how awesome it is. What’s your opinion?

  76. Kathy

    I would love to go there! The ghost tours would be awesome. I love that kind of stuff. How fun!

  77. toughcookiemommy

    When my brother was stationed in Savannah, my parents visited and couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was. I can’t wait to be able to spend some time there.

  78. Stace Werner

    I’d love to go through some real haunted houses! And hearing the stories of true crime in Savannah’s past sounds like a lot of fun… I love true crime shows.

  79. Stacie

    This looks like it was a really exciting and fun trip. I would love the opportunity to check for ghosts using an EMF. Savannah sure is a gorgeous place.

  80. Jaime Nicole

    I have wanted to go there for so long – maybe next year. We will definitely put a ghost tour on the itinerary since my husband really likes that stuff.

  81. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love ghost stories. I would love to go on a ghost tour. I would prefer a trolley tour. I have always wanted to go to Savannah.

  82. Elizabeth Lampman

    Savannah would be a great vacation spot. I am hoping to travel there in the next year. I will have to try a ghost walk.

  83. victoria

    I have never been in Savannah but it looks a nice place to visit. I wish i could go there one day with my family.

  84. lisamc7

    The Squares look like beautiful places for strolls! I’d have to dine at The Pirate House too – yum!

  85. socialite123l

    Great overall experience. I liked that you shared the in between activities like dining and shopping. That Pecan Crusted Fried Chicken looks super delicious

  86. danavento

    Mrs. Wilkes dining room looks really delicious. I want to eat there! Great post

  87. Shauna Torres

    I would be all about those ghost tours. I have never been on one, but totally want to. I also want to visit Savannah something fierce.

  88. lisa

    There is so much to do in Savannah! I would love to go and check out some of these places.

  89. Claudette Esterine

    There seems to be a lot to do and see there – as long as my bucket list is getting I am not sure where I would fit in a visit. Time will tell.

  90. Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    Savannah is so beautiful! It sounds like you had a great trip.

  91. Tami @ ThisMomsDelight

    My hubby would enjoy this! I am always the disappointment because I won’t tag along.

  92. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    That is such a beautiful place! I would love to take a family trip there sometime.

  93. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    Where have you not been?! Savannah looks fabulous!

  94. Carol Bryant

    I have never been to Savannah but we are going cross country next year – Id love to stop here and visit.

  95. Rosey

    Ah a trip cross country would be amazing!! And I def. would want to visit Savannah too. I hear great thing about it always.

  96. Lexie Lane

    Savannah really sound as a great place to visit. I’m going to check this out and visit there very soon.

  97. Nicole Haas Etolen

    Oh my goodness, I’m so jealous, I wanna eat at the Pirate House too. Love all your fun photos.

  98. Sabrina

    You guys are real ghost hunters! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  99. jessica

    Id love to go shopping in Savannah and eat. Ive always wanted to go on a ghost tour but im somewhat skeptical

  100. Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way

    I have visited Savannah before and loved it. But you saw a whole different side of Savannah! Love it!

  101. NPC

    I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah. SO much history!

  102. Mykidsguide

    I would love to go there, but I would pass on the ghost tour. I would rather go sight seeing and enjoy the food.

  103. Lisa Bristol

    The Pirate House looks like a great place to eat. The food looks so delicious. I love Southern cooking.

  104. censie

    I have always wanted to go on a ghost tour. the ghost world really interests me.

  105. Rorybore

    What a beautiful and fascinating place to visit! I’d definitely love to go here to get my Southern experience. Food, history, architecture, gardens, culture, spook factor; it seems to have it all.

  106. Bonnie @ Living a Fit and Full Life

    This looks like it was a blast! So so fun!

  107. kristimaloney

    I went to Georgia year ago for some training. I would love to visit Savannah again. It really is a charming place. (I would love to try one of ghost tours!)

  108. Adriana

    Wow how cool is this! We have something similar on the radio station that broadcasts near me, during the month of October they do a ghost hunt each Friday. So much fun!!!
    xo Adriana

  109. Laura Funk

    Ghost hunting and a beautiful tour of the city! I would love to check Savannah out

  110. ashleigh

    I would be all about those ghost tours! That had to be such a fun time.

  111. upliftingfam

    It sounds like you had fun in Savanah. I’m glad you got the chance to go. I would love to visit one day too.

  112. casavilorainteriors

    I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah. maybe I will one day soon

  113. Chubskulit Rose

    Lpts pf fun ypu guys did . I have never been t into ghost tours.

  114. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I’m far to scary to do such an activity. The food however looks really good, I’m not sure about the pecan crusted chicken though.

  115. Travel Quest

    Savannah has full of history I’ve been wanting to go there but no chance yet. But i know someday I want to visit the Pink mansion too.

  116. Eileen

    One of my favorit cties is Savannah – looks like you both had a fantastic trip

  117. Stephanie Pass

    I would love to visit, especially see sights from the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I think that restaurant look so fun. I love that it’s served family style even with strangers. So cool!

  118. Lisa Rios

    I have never been so Savannah before, but I would love visiting once atleast with my husband to experience those paranormal activities. The pictures are interesting & I am sure you had a wonderful experience out there.

  119. Bonnie @wemake7

    I would love to go with my hubby on tours like this. He’s really into older places and history. Looks fun.

  120. Babita

    I have always been curious about Savannah. Heard everything about the Southern Old Charm. I really wish you visit it someday.

  121. Shanéy Maharaj

    Eeeek don’t think I will be visiting there anytime soon. I’m such a scary cat.

  122. Mina Slater

    I’ve still never been to Savannah but I want to go. The first thing I’d want to do is get some of that food! It looks delicious!

  123. amushro

    Savannah looks amazing! So many things to do. The food looks so yummy!

  124. Tami @ ThisMomsDelight

    Savannah is a destination I’ve never been to. It looks like it has plenty to entertain my hubby.

  125. jo

    I haven’t been there but the ghost tour and eating at a pirate “restaurant”? Now, that’s something new to me! I would love to go and visit them sometime!

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