School is back in, the leaves are already started to turn colors, pumpkin donuts are already in food lion and my heart happy! Fall is a warmly welcomed as we embrace cooler temperatures, eat yummy chili and soup, cheer on our favorite football team, pick out Halloween costumes for our kids and enjoy everything pumpkin spice (or not, it seems to be a love or hate thing). But above all my favorite thing about fall is the excitement of travelling and indulging in the everything spooky for Halloween.
So with that in mind I wanted to share some of my favorite scary haunts and places to visit in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah has the perfect weather for visiting in October with temperatures in the mid 70's during the day which means you can still enjoy the beach, history, ghost tours, trolley rides, shopping and historic sites without sweating. I was fortunate enough to live there for a year and I hope to visit this fall.
Hotels: The Kimpton
This hotel has a fantastic FREE nightly hosted evening wine hour from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m, free bike rentals, complimentary morning coffee + tea service and is a beautiful hotel that is located close to everything but yet you feel removed from the hustle and bustle.
Historic Sites: Fort Pulaski
If you are wanting to escape the beautiful city for the day, take a drive out towards Tybee Island and take in some history. The drive itself is beautiful and the Spanish moss on the oaks trees is so romantic. This perfect for the whole family to enjoy, with demonstrations of a musket firing, nature trails, historic videos/artifacts, masonry walls that show its scars and so much more. The children can even become a Junior Ranger.
Take a Haunted Walking Tour
For me there is nothing better than getting up close and personal with everything, the best say to see that is to walk, Cobblestone Tours offers some fantastic walking tours my favorite being the ghost tour or the haunted pub crawl. With Savannah voted as America's most haunted city this is a must to any visit. Each guide is full of knowledge and even dresses the part in period costume, lit only by candlelight and will scare you with all the stories they know.
I could recommend so many places to eat in Savannah, you will not leave hungry. One of the most famous places to visit in Savannah is the Pirate House. Check them out for tales of pirates, great food and make sure to try the Chatham Artillery Punch which includes a 22 ounce souvenir snifter.
River Street is lined with great restaurants and you cannot beat the view with your dinner, here are my two favorites both with different atmospheres:
The River House has one of my favorite meals of all time, Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffee, the cornbread base is AMAZING!
For a more fun atmosphere sit on the balcony at Tubby's, the river views and live music is a must for any visit. Be sure to ask them about the Tankers drink specials when you spot one coming up the river.
This one one of my weaknesses and Savannah like any other town now has a great selection but Southbound is one of the originals and best in town.
With so many beautiful views in town, check out this great list for the best Rooftop bars in town.
If you have kids or just want to take a walk through a beautiful park go check out Forsyth Park.
if you ocean is calling your name, take a drive to Tybee Island. You can combine the trip here with a visit to Fort Pulaski. The views are AMAZING. Fun fact, the war scenes in Vietnam from Forrest Gump were filmed on Little Tybee which is only accessible via boat. If you drive to Tybee another great suggestion is a dolphin tour with Captain Mikes.
My Personal Favorite?
I cannot go to Savannah without eating at The Pie Society, plus I will fill a cooler with their amazing pies and other yummy treats. If you are a fan of British food then you must check them out. If you have heard the lies that our food is bland them you must go here to be corrected. Their steak and ale pie is AMAZING!
Savannah has been home to many movies, see how many famous spots you can see around town from Forrest Gump (Chippewa Square, the scene were he is sat on the bench), The Do Over and many more.