Savannah, Georgia, widely known for its antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets and trees laced with Spanish moss, is a modern-day magnet for travelers who enjoy shopping, exploring unique restaurants….and hearing a good ghost story. Established in 1733 on the banks of the Savannah River, Savannah definitely has a story to tell and is known for being haunted. From colonial sites like Wormsloe to Whitaker Street for funky boutiques, visitors can find a range of exciting things to see and do in Savannah (including a haunted tour in an actual hearse!). Here is our list of the best places to stay, eat and visit.
Savannah is located on the Savannah River and the border between Georgia and South Carolina. Visitors using our charter service will fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport, and from there, we can arrange road transportation to the city, which is 9.5 miles to the east.
Where to Stay
This boutique hotel in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District was once a famous 19th Century dry goods store. In the 1940s and 1950s, the building housed Savannah’s first coffeehouse. Today, it is a 252-room luxury hotel that combines contemporary design with Southern charm. For an extended stay, consider the Guckenheimer Suite, which has a bedroom, living room, a loft and a 6-person boardroom table.
Often nominated as Savannah’s “Most Romantic Inn,” the Ballastone is located in the center of the Historic District, within walking distance of all the area’s best restaurants and shopping. The Ballastone combines Victorian details with modern amenities and offers 16 guest rooms, each
with its own style and charm.
Kehoe House, a renovated 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion in the Historic District, is the Number One recommended Savannah hotel on Tripadvisor. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kehoe offers 13 guest rooms, a gourmet breakfast each morning, and wine and hors d’oeuvres each night. For a romantic getaway, check out the inn’s varied “romantic packages” for special deals.
Olde Harbour Inn
For a view of the water, choose the Olde Harbour Inn, one of Savannah’s oldest inns. Its history traces all the way back to 1812, when the site was used as a warf warehouse, and if you’re into ghost stories, legend has it that the inn is haunted by a ghost named “Hank.” Accommodations range from queen suites with street-level views to premiere 2-bedroom suites with a balcony and view of the river. Ask about Olde Harbour’s pet-friendly suites!
Where to Eat
For British and American “comfort food” (plus craft beer!), look for Six Pence Pub on Bull Street in the Historic District. Six Pence has recently expanded to locations in South and North Carolina, but its beginnings were in Savannah. Menu items include baked brie, french onion soup, reubens, shepherd’s pie, pork roast, and chicken saltimbucca.
You might have to wait in line, but if you want classic southern fare in a homey atmosphere, you need to go to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, which has been open since 1943. Meals are served family-style and at communal tables. Options include fried chicken, beef stew, cornbread, sweet potatoes, butter beans and more.
Located in a 1938, renovated Greyhound Bus Terminal, The Grey offers patrons the finest recipes by New York City chef Mashama Bailey. The menu changes, but examples of options include oysters, grouper, octopus, sweet potato ravioli, pork chops and lamb.
Bryan Furman’s business began after a successful pig roast for his daughter’s first birthday. After catering and filling personal whole-hog requests since 2010, Bryan opened his own restaurant in 2014. in 2015, B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue was named one of the Top 50 best BBQ places in the South by Southern Living magazine. Menu items include fried pickles and pork skins, pork tacos, ribs, BBQ sandwiches, sliders, and a host of sides like cornbreak, potato salad and slaw.
This is Paula Dean’s original restaurant concept, which began in 1989 as a lunch delivery service out of her home. Housed in an 200-year-old, renovated hardware building, The Lady & Sons, as it stands now, opened just before Dean’s popular cooking show aired on The Food Network. Dinner begins each night at 4:00 p.m. Menu items include a southern buffet, fried okra, chicken pot pie, fried chicken, salmon, and, of course, southern pecan pie.
Things to See & Do
You choose the music! At Savannah’s popular dueling pianos bar, you’ll find all-night entertainment, beers and mixed drinks, and lots to smile about. Reservations are not required, and bar food is available. But, mostly, you’ll want to go to see this unique display of musical talent and showmanship.
This 30-acre park in the historic district was originally laid out in the 1840s. It is home to a popular fountain, inspired by fountains in Paris and Peru, that was built in 1858. Each year on St. Patrick’s Day, the water of this fountain is dyed green at a ceremonial event that often draws hundreds of participants. The park also hosts a weekly framer’s market every Saturday morning. There is plenty of room to run and play, and there are a couple playgrounds for children, too.
For one full mile leading into this historic plantation, you’ll be surrounded by a canopy of oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss. Once inside, you’ll find the oldest still-standing structure in the city and the estate of Noble Jones, one of the first settlers from England. There is a small museum about colonial life and plenty of walking trails (which will require suitable shoes).
Savannah is known for it’s haunted past…and present. There is no shortage of ghost tours to choose from. For a walking tour/pub crawl, check out the Haunted Creepy Pub Tour, which combines spooky tales with a tour of some of the city’s best bars and adult beverages. If you’d rather have a seat for your tour, Ghosts and Gravestones will give you a scare from the comfort of a trolley. But if that’s not scary enough for you, go for the Hearse Ghost Tour, where you will be a passenger in an actual hearse that was used for 15 years among the funeral parlors of Savannah.
Whitaker Street, located just before Forsyth Park, is quickly becoming a go-to shopping district for Savannah. It is home to the Design District and some of the best boutiques in the area. From linens and vintage furniture at Number Four Eleven to stationary at La Paperie and unique women’s clothing at Custard, there are all kinds of hidden treasures on Whitaker.
Contact us today and let us help you plan a trip to Savannah, Georgia. We operate our own fleet and can source any size aircraft from an extensive domestic and international user network, which gives you total flexibility.