Eight Hours in Savannah, GA

A short and sweet post about a short and sweet trip to Savannah in November 2019.

I spent just under 8 waking hours in Savannah, Georgia by myself on a warm, sunny November day. Savannah is a very walkable town, with it’s lightly-trafficked roads and accessible sidewalks lining every street. I think I saw more tourist buses than cars.  Built in to the city almost every two blocks are square little plots of grass decorated with wooden park benches to rest your feet, curving cobblestone pathways, towering Spanish moss trees, and oftentimes an intricate fountain.  

After eating breakfast at my hotel, I spent the entire day from 9AM to 2PM out walking the town. I stayed at the Homewood Suites in the Savannah Historic District. It was fairly priced, especially being directly on the Savannah River and within a few minute walk to most anything in town. At the furthest, my hotel was a mile away from any of the attractions I wanted to see. Up first was getting coffee. I chose to buy a small cup of black coffee from Cup to Cup, a small-batch coffee shop with beans from around the world. I sipped on this while walking the streets in the sunshine. After wandering through the Colonial Park Cemetery (sounds creepy but it was actually calm and serene), the towering spires of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist appeared.

This gorgeous Catholic church is free to the public with a suggested donation of $3 for a tour. During my visit, the organist was practicing so there were no tours but it was very neat to hear the organ played. At the entryway you are handed a small brochure that is helpful in explaining the building. There were so many works of art in the sanctuary, it took me at least a full 30 minutes just to see and absorb them all. Once I thought I had noticed all of the artwork, I would look up and realize even more. An 8,000 pound baptismal font from Italy greets visitors at the entrance. Along the walls, murals from Savannah artist Christopher Murphy and the 14 stations of of cross sculptures from Germany tell the stories of Jesus Christ.  There were magnificient stained glass windows shining colorful light down upon the wooden pews. A giant rose window, stained glass on the inside, sat above the massive organ on the second floor. I would recommend stopping inside of this building to marvel at the work of art that it is.

One of the more popular photo spots in Savannah I had seen when searching things to do online was the Forsyth Park fountain. This large white fountain sits in the middle of Forsyth Park, encircled by Spanish-moss adorned paths leading up to it. I sat down on a park bench for awhile and watched two brown hawks flying up and down from a tree branch. A trumpet player practiced in the distance and street vendors sold their hand-made wares. The gentle splashing of the fountain in the distance combined with the occasional child’s laughter from playing in the park floated through the air. Forsyth Park is a lovely place to walk but also a lovely place to sit.

Thinking back on it, Savannah has lots of lovely places to sit.

After the park, I slowly made my way back to the Savannah Riverfront. I stopped by the Savannah College of Art and Design, and had lunch at Savannah Coffee Roasters. They had the best blue cheese and bacon scone I could ever imagine. The interior of the restaurant was a lot bigger than I expected, and very busy at lunch time. They even offer a high tea, which I found cute.

I walked along the river for a little while before heading back to my hotel to pick up my bags and head home. Savannah, you were sweet to me!

Links:

https://www.guestreservations.com/homewood-suites-by-hilton-savannah-historic-district/booking?gclid=Cj0KCQiAno_uBRC1ARIsAB496IXSqX0XJjjNILSQv2IprhuWGxE_MYQuE21S-OniBxt_7JEBWPH6tksaAndyEALw_wcB

Homewood Suites

https://savannahcoffee.com/

Savannah Coffee Roasters

http://www.cuptocupcoffee.com/

Cup to Cup Coffee

Cathedral

https://www.savannah.com/forsyth-park-3/

Forsyth Park

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