I’ve been to Savannah once before, but only for lunch.
So as we drove from South Carolina into downtown Savannah I was so looking forward to having the opportunity to take in more of a city I’ve heard so much about.
We first visited a cafe that was recommended to me, but it wasn’t really what we were looking for. We left the cafe and explored a bit of old town Savannah right on the water. There is a great deal of Savannah that is historic and pre-Civil War because it was one of the very few cities spared from being irreparably burned during the Civil War.
The Olde Pink House
We were planning on having lunch at the Olde Pink House, which is a historical beauty. Unfortunately this beautiful house recently had an interior fire and is now under repair. However, when we stopped by we met the historian who was unbelievably knowledgable about Savannah. For that reason The Olde Pink House, is definitely on my list of recommendations, if for nothing else than to speak with the historian and learn about Savannah!
Alex Raskin Antiques
This was a discovery. We happen to love antiques. Due to that, I was looking at various blogs online, reviews, and websites about the best antique stores to visit in Savannah. This is how I learned about Alex Raskin antiques. What makes this shop INCREDIBLE is that fact that the home hasn’t been restored, but it hasn’t fallen into ruin either. The house is a marvel of craftsmanship and would reminded me of the forbidden west wing in Beauty and the Beast. The 5 story home (including the basement) has pieces of it’s history hidden in every room. If you love history, romantic, macabre, imagination igniting spaces this is a must see. The antiques inside aren’t just vintage paraphernalia either, some of them date back hundreds of years and come from far off lands.
Lady and Sons
This will always be a favorite of mine in Savannah and will always remind of this city. That’s because this was my first experience on our very short first trip to this southern gem! This is the restaurant Paula Dean started with her two sons. The food is truly southern food. Meaning massive portions of rich and decadent dishes. It’s a great stop for lunch or early dinner because the building is in a great neighborhood for walking to shops.
The Southern Square
Because of Savannah escaped the fate of being burned to the ground, many of the square parks in the city remain. What this means is the classic homes face onto a beautiful square park. It’s shared green space right in the heart of the city. The largest park in Savannah is a right in the heart of the city, and is perfect for walking. It’s very close to Alex Raskin antiques, so if you’re interested in both plan to see them around the same time.