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Countdown to Savannah: Off the Beaten Track in Savannah

Written by BGE

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

A Multitude of Things to See and Do

I’ve been researching a variety of different things to see and do while in Savannah ... luscious shops to browse in, delicious restaurants and cafes where you can stop and have a bite of something yummy, and particularly out-of-the-way places to eat, shop and to learn more about the area ... here’s a few of the cool things I’ve found so far:

Back in the Day Bakery - my personal favorite! This lovely bakery has incredibly creative owners - Griffith and his wife, Cheryl - and they have a fantastic philosophy, “Slow down and taste the sweet life!” Everything at this amazing bakery is made from scratch, the bread is best the day it is baked because there are no preservatives in it, the owners serve a delectable lunch and they take great pride in providing good-for-you food at a reasonable price. Cheryl’s cupcakes are enough to make Paula Deen cry! I’m heading there the day I arrive and I’ll go back daily after that, until I leave! (Buttercream and Roses, Cheryl's blog, will keep you reading for hours)

Classic Caddy Tours - This is one of the BEST interactive websites I’ve seen in a long time! If you love old caddies, great ‘50’s and ‘60’s Rock ‘n Roll, and an innovative way to see Bonaventure Cemetery, Tybee Island or any of the other interesting locations that this company delights in showing to you, then take a look! If you do nothing else today, spend a few minutes on this site ‘driving’ the caddy and turning on the radio, selecting your favorite song, rolling the windows down, starting the engine and windshield wipers ... and then d-r-i-v-e, baby! Really truly ... try it!

Dolphin Watching & Savannah Historical Tour - Take a 1.5 hour narrated boat cruise along historic River Street, past the Waving Girl, Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski. Then, enjoy the excitement of watching Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins play around historic Tybee Beach. As well, the tour takes you past the Tybee Lighthouse and Cockspur Island Lighthouse, before returning you to River Street.

50 Reasons To Visit Savannah Scenic Tour – Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! You can take this scenic tour right here on this website! It is free and there are no crowds ... you are in the peace and quiet of your own home, so grab a cold one and enjoy!

Gates and Gardens Walking Tour - Want to see some beautiful gardens behind some incredibly ornate garden gates in the residential areas of Savannah? Take this Gates and Gardens walking tour! For a couple of hours, let yourself be led through some of the most exquisitely landscaped yards and gardens of Savannah. You’ll come away from this tour with the knowledge needed to create your own amazing garden…or, you’ll feel like a total and complete failure as a gardener! Either way, you’ll walk off those residuals from your calorie-laden lunch at The Lady and Sons!

Angel’s BBQ - “A little taste of heaven that’s been through hell! From finger-lickin’ pulled pork sandwiches to delicious sides like greens with peanuts, you are in for a special treat when you step inside this locally owned and operated establishment.” I say YUM!

Russo’s Seafood - The recommended fish shop for fresh fish, seafood seasonings and advice on preparing your catch of the day!

99 Rules for Living in Savannah 2007 edition - too funny! And, likely all true. Some libations, y'all?

Listen to the spirits talk! - Is this true? Who knows! The author swears that she recorded Danny Hansford’s voice, or someone’s voice, with her voice recorder while standing at his grave near Bonaventure Cemetery. If you read down to the small blue font in this article, click on that section and you'll get to hear the recording of the ghostly words, issuing forth...

Savannah Off the Beaten Path - The very best website for great finds in the Savannah area! I spent over an hour on this site the first time I checked in here. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest on this fabulous little website.

Savannah Squares Tour - And, last of all, a little pertinent information for you. Here’s a look at the squares that make up the focal point of the Historical District. This might help you in planning your excursions each day ... a little history is a great thing.

Resources

All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)


Author: BGE is a mother, a great grandmother, an artist, and a realtor, for whom travel has always been her downtime. She also enjoys painting, gardening, reading, skiing, traveling and most of all, her family.


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