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On Monday’s We Walk the Riverfront Area- Savannah

We took a break at the hotel to freshen up and then walked to the riverfront area. I wanted to visit the Pirate House and see the waving woman statue.

We started where we had left off on Sunday by the factors walk.  We read the plaques along the river front and visited the little shops tucked in with the bars.

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On Monday’s We Walk – Forsyth Park in Savannah

We had a filling lunch at Mrs.  Wilkes and even though I was stuffed today was the day to visit Forsyth Park.  We were baking in the heat but the walk from Mrs. Wilkes to the park is only a third of a mile.

On the way I was nosy…

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There was this cool fence with the palms.

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Great gardens and fountains tucked away. Its an inquisitive persons paradise!

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Forsyth park did not dissappoint!

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The land for the park was donated in the 1840s, and the famous fountain was added in 1858.

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The park is very large at around thirty acres.  We saw people relaxing in the shade, playing instruments and practicing martial arts.

There is even a pretty garden to enjoy.

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The homes surrounding the park had varying architectural styles. I could have poked around this area for hours.

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We goofed around trying to figure out how big the trees were and how old.

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The park is just beautiful. They offer a farmers market on Saturdays, and the people watching is incredible.

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The park is located about half a mile from the Country Inn and Suites or a little over a mile from the river front area.

 

Address: Between Drayton and Whitaker Streets (east and west) and Gaston and Park Streets (north and south)

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.  Lighted areas until 11pm.

 

 

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Mrs. Wilkes Lunch in Savannah

One of the best known places in Savannah is Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.  People line up two hours ahead of time for lunch in the busy season.  I had heard great things and remembered vaguely viewing a tv clip on it once.  Husband loves his food and I knew he would enjoy it.  And where would be better to try Southern cooking?

Mrs. Wilkes was less than five short blocks from the Country Inn and Suites.  On the way I wanted to detour to the two nearby squares to see what they were like.  And to see the homes around them, just nosy.

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I took the scenic route to Mrs. Wilkes and we arrived at 9:45 for 11am lunch.  We join a line on the sidewalk of around twenty people to wait. Husband is not a very patient waiter so he set off looking for a bottle of water. It did not occur to me how nice a bottle of water might be while we waited.  He might have secretly gone back to the hotel as he came back around 10:30 with water.  By then the line was much larger and others had joined their family members in the wait. There was maybe fifty people ahead of us now that had joined their families.  People behind us were trying to count heads and figured we should all make the first seating. And behind us the line stretched around the corner out of sight.

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At 11am the bell rang and the crowd pushed forward.  The staff counted off ten people and sent them inside. Now Husband has figured out we sit family style at a table with strangers. He HATES eating with strangers! (To be fair in the past we had been seated with some really rude people and I know that is part of it.)  I might have left the eating with others part out and since we waited it was silly to leave now.  Husband was not too happy but it was our turn to enter!!!!

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We were seated at a ten top large table with a man in town on business, two sisters, a retired couple and a younger couple on vacation like us.  Having an empty seat next to Husband did help.  All the food is on the table and blessed already. Take your photos and start passing the dishes!

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I stopped counting at 25 different dishes on the table. Sweet tea is already at your place setting but they offer water or non-sweetened tea if you prefer.   We all passed the food and dug in. I tried some items I was not even sure what they were. I asked what it was and ends up it was rutabaga cut up.  Very good and I even liked their collard greens. The potatoes, creamed corn and BBQ pork were my favorite items.  Everyone had seconds or thirds before dessert was brought out on trays. The choice of either individual banana pudding or peach cobbler.  We both took the peach cobbler and it was so delicious!

We all laughed when the gentleman across the table said he waited an hour and a half for this meal and he ate it all in twenty minutes!  Even thought there was a significant line of people outside waiting for their turn we never felt rushed or hurried out.

When you are finished you take your place setting to the kitchen and hand it off to a staff member.  There is a line by the door to pay the $18 a person cash. Also there are cookbooks and other items if you wish to purchase.  Husband handed me a cookbook so I took that as a hint. After lunch we decided to walk to Forsyth park and walk our food off.  It was like trying to walk in a sauna after Thanksgiving.  We were not moving very fast that afternoon.

Mrs. Wilkes is open M – F 11-2 for lunch only.

107 West Jones Street
Savannah GA 31401
912-232-5997

Cost is $18 cash only, kids under 12 are half price.

http://mrswilkes.com/

 

The other often talked about restaurant in the area is Lady and Sons. We stumbled on it while walking around near the riverfront area.  What I saw from the window was enough to validate our choice of Mrs. Wilkes.  It was a traditional buffet steamer setup with 8 metal buffet “slop” pans. (Country Buffet looked more appetizing.)  I was shocked to see the name on the door “Lady and Sons”.  I had expected much more than I saw from the window for that restaurant.  Yuck!

 

 

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Savannah Ghost Pub Crawl – Good Creepy Fun

This was our first pub crawl so I really had no expectations.  I thought it might be some corny ghost stories and a couple of beers while we listen.  I had no idea that we would hit 5 places or that we would have so much fun with strangers. The five bar stops might have helped with that…

I knew roughly where our first bar was by Chippewa square. We donned our ponchos and ran through the rain to arrive at 7:55 for the 8pm tour.  It was not raining as hard on the way so I was really, really hoping it would stop as we walk to the bars.  We found Tiffany right away and found out we were the only ones for our tour that had arrived yet.  Might as well get a drink while we wait!  I had a Strongbow and husband had a Bud Light.  They were poured into glow in the dark cups that advertised our pub crawl. It was a nice touch!

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Another couple made it through the rain and introduced themselves to us while we waited for the other 12 to make their appearance. Tiffany had been calling everyone and trying to get the group together. I imagine being a tour guide in the area has to be a frustrating job if everyone is always late!  I would go nuts!  By 8:30 we had our group in the bar and ordering drinks. The rain had let up and it was time to get the show on the road.

From Six Pence we went to Mc Donoughs and on to 17hundred 90.   17 hundred 90 has this creepy mannequin in the hallway window. And we ran into the delightful couple who had rented the haunted room without intending too. They had booked it on Expedia. We all had a laugh over their reaction as they listened to our guide. Glad I was not sleeping there, sad story and creepy experiences.

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Crystal Beer Parlor Dinner in Savannah

I read about nachos with pickles on tripadvisor and thought it might be a good item to try on our trip.  The Crystal Beer Parlor was two and a half blocks from the Country Inn and Suites and they offered them on the menu.  The reviews sounded great so we gave them a try on a Sunday night. We arrived a little before six and were quickly seated in the back restaurant area at a table.

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Our waitress was great and quickly brought our drinks and Gawgia Cracka Nachos.  I should have taken a picture, they  were interesting looking.  BBQ smoked pork, cheese, onion and dill pickles.  (We had them hold the jalapenos.) We went with the half order and it was plenty to share! I really liked the odd combination.

I ordered the Double Decker Club sandwich with fries and Husband ordered the pick three seafood items.  The shrimp, oysters and deviled crab with veggies and ocilla slaw.

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Country Inn and Suites – Savannah Historic District

The Country Inn and Suites in the historic district in Savannah is booking at $139 a night during the week. With taxes the total would be $158.07 a night.  And it goes to $204 plus tax on the weekend.  If you use Club Carlson points it books for 38,000 a night, a much better deal!  (Or if you have the Club Carlson Visa you can book two nights at that amount. )

This location is half a mile from the river front and in a quieter area. With a small parking garage underneath the hotel if you have a compact car, or the garage across the street for larger vehicles.  Parking is $12 a day.

This was our gold welcome gift…

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And we were upgraded to a suite and wished a Happy Anniversary!

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Great dinner options nearby like the Crystal Beer Parlor where we ate one night. And a short couple of blocks walk to Mrs. Wilkes for lunch.  We felt this was a more central location than most hotels.  It is located about halfway between the riverfront and Forsyth Park.  You are still in the historic district but on the left edge. We had a great stay here and would love to stay again!

http://www.countryinns.com/savannah-hotel-ga-31401/gasahist

Country Inn & Suites – Savannah Historic
320 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401

 

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Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist – Savannah

During our walking tour we passed the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.  The cathedral has towered over Savannah since 1890s when it was rebuilt after a fire.  I loved the iron crosses in the fence work and wanted to return to tour another day.

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The little red signs read that the church is closed to tours at the moment.

We returned Sunday after touring the Owen Thomas House which is a couple of blocks down to find it open to tours.  I was so excited to see the inside that our tour guide had raved about. I was not disappointed!

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Owen Thomas House in Savannah

After our walking tour took us past the Owen Thomas House the day before I knew I wanted to tour this home. The front entry was so different with the curved doors from our local architecture.  Luckily the home was open for tours on Sunday afternoons.

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You purchase your tour tickets in the gift shop and the tours begin in the carriage house.  We arrived at 1:10 and had to wait for the 1:30 tour.  Luckily with the heat they let us wait in the cooler carriage house and look around.

The cost is steep at $15 a person. (Usually I pay under $10 to tour a home.) If you pay $20 you are given admission to the other two art museum sites but those did not interest us, nor did we have the time.

We had roughly fifteen people on our tour and that was almost too large. Our guide was a little soft spoken and with so many people it was sometimes hard to hear her.  And the other oddity was the security guard in the home roaming after our tour.  That was new to me.

It was interesting that the house built in 1819 had “running” water from the cisterns.   The dining room is amazing!  I purchased the small hardcover book from the gift shop to have a photo of that room!

The inlay brass on the stairway was a genius idea. It would have never occurred to me that something so ornate would help you see by candle light.  And that is a bridge to the two rooms on the other side of the home.

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There is no photography allowed inside. I found these photos at Savannah Now.  There were a couple of postcards of the home for sale or a nice little hardcover book.  I wanted to show my family the home so I opted for the $12 book.

After the tour you exit into the garden area and can spend as much time there are you wish.

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It was a very interesting house. But at $15 a person I wish then the groups were smaller.  16 people including a guide is a little too large to see/hear everything.  The house is beautiful and I am glad I got to see inside.

 

http://www.telfair.org/visit/owens-thomas/hours/

PLEASE NOTE: Guided Tours Only. Last tour leaves at 4:30 pm.

Hours
Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401

 

 

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B & D Burgers in Savannah

Saturday night we had a couple of drinks around town. (Savannah’s Historic area is an open container so you can walk with your cocktail.)  I really needed to get some food and many places had a long wait for seating. We had checked the market area and the riverfront to no avail.  We stumbled on B&D Burgers  on Broughton by accident and the menu looked good to both of us.

We were quickly shown a booth and the restaurant seemed to be about a third full.  Our waitress was quick to bring drinks while I figured out my order. They have a ton of burgers.  I was on overload and it was too many choices.  I ended up doing the build your own burger.

Husband was very happy, they offered Cajun alligator tail. He has tried a few places that offered it on the menu to be told they were out. So he finally got to try something off his list!

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Free Savannah Walking Tours

I have this bad habit of walking around to kill time before a tour and seeing 60% of what we would see on the tour.  (I did it again in Charleston looking at the historic homes on the battery.)  So I was determined to not repeat my ways in Savannah.  We arrived in town at 3pm and took the 5pm walking tour with Free Savannah Walking Tours.

The premise is great, just show up at the appointed time and place.  No reservations needed.  Tours are offered Mon – Sat at 10:30, 1:30 and 5pm. Sundays at 1:30 and 5pm.  (This worked well for us because I was not 100% sure what time we would be in town or if we would feel like a tour. ) And you pay what you feel the tour is worth.

Our guide showed up right before 5pm and we waited a couple of minutes to see if anyone would join us.  No takers so the three of us set off. We visited many of the squares and heard about the history of Savannah. Interesting how they initially setup the squares so each person owned the same size lot.

Daniel also took us past the historic homes and gave us a background on each family.  We saw the Owen-Thomas, Andrew Low,  and Green- Meldrim homes.  Fantastic churches and old bars, I dont think anything was left out.

This was a great tour, aside the from the fact it was just the two of us.  We covered movies, books and civil war. Daniel knew his stuff!  Our tour took almost two hours after we were done quizzing him on dinner locations.  We paid him what we felt was appropriate for the tour.  And took his suggestion of hitting the river front area for drinks our first night.

This is the fantastic Green-Meldrim home! General Sherman stayed here and used it as his headquarters.

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http://freesavannahtours.com/

Free Savannah Walking Tours Monday thru Saturday 10:30am, 1:30pm and 5:00 pm, and Sunday at 1:30pm and 5:00pm.
Meet at the center monument in Johnson Square.
For questions, call 912-236-0387

 

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