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Report 1307: A Taste of Savannah
By Joy W from Maryland, Spring 2007
Trip Description: Joy and her husband spend a two-night stopover in Savannah (home to the Great Slow Travel Gathering in May 2007, on their way to Florida.
Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Southern US
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People
Page 1 of 2: Day One - Early Evening Arrival in Savannah
We arrived around 5pm on Sunday, May 20, 2007 for a two-night stop on our way to Florida. This was our first trip to Savannah. The trip was a bit of a last-minute idea and with gas being terribly high (we drove) our budget was a bit of a stretch. Most of the things we did were free or cost very little.
Extended Stay America provided our studio accommodations (see separate posting under hotel reviews). Midtown Savannah is not particularly attractive - a corridor of ugly commercial enterprise. We were quick to unpack, pick up some groceries and then head out for a quick drive through the Historic District followed by dinner.
Our hotel was directly on Abercorn Street which is a straight shot into the Historic District past Colonial Cemetery and around a few squares. This trip into the city was mainly to check out parking (we had heard parking was a bit problematic in Savannah) and to map out our itinerary for our one full day of touring. We had picked up several free booklets on Savannah at the Georgia Welcome Center, which all included detailed maps of the Historic District (I never go anywhere new without a good map!).
We found there were two types of parking meters in Savannah - two-hour and ten-hour meters (40 minutes for a quarter). There were also several parking garages available at $15 per day. We had our fingers crossed for a ten-hour meter - there were a dozen or so located right on Abercorn next to Colonial Park Cemetery. This is also on the free bus loop that takes you around the entire Historic District. Our intent was to utilize the bus but ultimately we walked everywhere.
On our way to the riverfront we passed dozens of beautiful homes, grand Georgians and ornate Victorians. We drove down to E. Bay, which runs parallel to the Savannah River to catch a glimpse of the water before heading east to Tybee Island for dinner.
The drive east took us through marshland and several islands before reaching Tybee. I guess after nine hours driving, more driving is just not that exciting. We arrived at the Crab Shack with high expectations which were unfortunately not met (see separate listing under restaurant reviews). Perhaps it was because the day happened to be our 25th anniversary and we were wishing for something special or the fact that the seafood restaurant we frequent at home is so great, which resulted in our disappointment with the Crab Shack. Great service, good location, mediocre food.
We stopped at Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream, located next to the Publix grocery store across the street from our hotel. It had to be good as there was a line almost outside the door and just a half hour to closing time. We ordered the Caramel Turtle Temptation (vanilla ice cream with pecans, chocolate fudge and caramel) in a waffle bowl. They scoop the ice cream onto some sort of heated metal slab and add your mix-ins fresh. Needless to say, this totally redeemed our sad dinner experience. Such happiness found in good ice cream!
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