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Old 03-13-2019, 05:47 AM   #1
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Savannah Georgia

Anybody here been? What's a good part of town to stay in?
We will be visiting there near the end of April.
It seems there may be a parking issue? Hotels downtown don't say much else besides valet parking.
We have a car rented. So staying away from downtown is fine.
Any hotel suggestions?

Thanks.

We are staying in Charlston SC a few days as well if anyone has input on that area as well that would be nice.
We are taking a schooner ship tour one of the days.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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I've been twice, and liked it both times. It's a great little vacation getaway town, and a lot to do no matter what you like to do. I would suggest staying downtown, because there are a ton of really great restaurants and walks that are easy. Pay for the valet parking. The areas around downtown can look a little sketchy.

It's a very popular spot for getting married, which goes tend to push prices up.

I've stayed in a chain hotel and a boutique hotel, and the boutique hotel was amazing.

It feels rich, quirky and lux, though I was there both times for conferences and don't know how it will fit in your budget. Their food was excellent too.

https://www.bricehotel.com/

If you like beaches, go to Tybee Island.

https://visittybee.com/

On the way there or back, stop at Ft Pulaski if you like historical things.

https://www.nps.gov/fopu/index.htm

If you like nature, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge has a nice auto tour route, with some amazing shore birds and gators. It's in SC but just a short drive.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah/

Mike and I ate at The Boar's Head, because it was sort of low key and didn't need a reservation on Valentine's Day. It was quite good, and not a five star feeling place, which a lot of them are there.

http://www.boarsheadgrillandtavern.com/

And I've eaten here twice, both with the work events, and that was excellent. Usually with a group meal you end up with 2-3 choices and they can be a little boring, but this place really did a great job.

https://www.vicsontheriver.com/

You can walk along the river on the old cobblestone, watch the big boats come in. A lot of freighters still come up and down the river, though I understand they are losing business because of the depth of the channel.

Some of the other folks did ghost and cemetery tours, and I think there are also garden tours too. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tours they went on.

Have fun, take pics! The whole area is a lot of fun, very photogenic, and I'd go back in an instant.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:12 AM   #3
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We were there in December. We stayed at a B&B called the Gastonian near Forsyth Park and it was extremely nice. I highly recommend it. (On site free parking, too, although there may be some car jockeying involved if you get there late) Walking distance to the waterfront.

I suspect you could not find a bad meal on the waterfront if you tried. And watch out for the home made candy shops - they can put you in the hospital!
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:18 AM   #4
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In Charleston
My wife and I visited this place 2 summers ago, hipster BBQ but the flavor was great and they make this burnt end sauce they put all over stuff. Beer cheese is one of their toppings as well.

Smoke BBQ
487 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-5050

In Savannah

Narobia’s Grits N Gravy
2019 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401
An odd contrast of stainless steel furniture and plastic bottles mixed with stellar presentation and taste. Very cheap and very good, loved by the locals from what I hear from a former Savannah resident.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, GA 31410

Cool little sanctuary with an odd history (was once a CDC site) that’s inexpensive and cool to walk around. Get the presentation, they bring in animals and it’s very educational.

South of Charleston and North of Savannah is this little place out in the middle of nowhere, an eclectic variety of liquors and they were getting into wine when we were there but there’s a nice patio and snack area between the tasting rooms to just soak up the area. Fair warning, the cow that roams the vineyards will either lick you or ram you depending on its
mood.

http://fireflyspirits.com/distillery
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:33 AM   #5
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Lots of good descriptions and info already. Definitely want to stay downtown, and yes, it can be quite sketchy, so stay aware. If you stay in chain hotel, Bay St. has several, which allows you to walk to all the eating and shopping along that street. River Street is the old cobblestone historical street along the river, where plenty of food and libations flow. I've been there several times for St. Paddy's Day where they turned the river green. Decades ago but an insane experience.

Head east towards Tybee Island and eat at The Crab Shack located just before you get to the island, on the right. Snow crab galore and all the other seafood one could eat. I'll be there mid-April for work and will not miss eating there at least one night. There's also the Tybee Island Lighthouse for tour which offers a great view from the top.

Lots of good architecture to enjoy, Spanish moss covered live oak trees, and in April the place blooms well. Lots of colonial history as Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies. If you're into such things, there are a variety of haunted tours available which are usually a mixture of history and lore. Fun stuff. Enjoy as April is typically an excellent season there to avoid the stifling heat/humidity of later in the summer.
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not a bad place to live, nice place to visit.

dont stray too far from down-town at night.......

River street is a must....also find a little bar on bull st named Sixpence, only one with a london phone booth out frt.

Lemme know if you have time for a fellow inmate when in town.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:16 AM   #7
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As expected stellar tips from FZ1OA.
Thank you for the great info.
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Just get a trip report back to us, m'kay?

Sitting here in the polor-vortex-bomb thingy, I could use some Southern Comfort.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:49 AM   #9
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I could use some Southern Comfort.
Just put it in your Hot Toddy!
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:07 AM   #10
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and just to be a PITA.....it is 75 and sunny in Sav. today.
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I was just in Charleston and Savannah over Christmas. Can't speak much of Savannah as I only spent an afternoon there. Will say it was a very nice drive. Part if it is very scarcely developed, saw some amazing stars at night.

In Charleston I stayed in Mount Pleasant, as hotels in the historic district were absurdly priced. Both the Holiday Inn and Shem Creek Inn were fantastic. I think it was a ten minute drive into the historic district. Cocktail Club was my favourite bar. Good music, good drinks that aren't crazy overpriced, and a nice patio. There's a decent Mexican place across the road. Page's Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant was amazing for breakfast, definitely worth the hype.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:07 PM   #12
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What a nice trip. So much great and interesting history. Here is a brief review.

We spent the first few days in the Planters Inn in Reynolds square next to the Pink House restaurant. Very neat Hotel.
Took a few nice guided city tours of Savannah then a paddleboat up and down the Savannah river.

Then we drove our rental Cadillac up to Charlston SC for a few days. Wow. That city is amazing. The historic district was so cool. Such incredible house.
We took a cruise of the Harbor in a really cool schooner and got to see the decommissioned aircraft carrier and out by Fort Sumter.
We talked about coming back there one day

Next we drove down to Hilton Head island and spent the day there. Very nice place.
We took a cruise out in the Atlantic Ocean and saw a lot of neat houses on the coast plus lots of dolphins.

That evening it was back to Savannah where we had dinner at the suggested Vic's.
Best fillet I've ever had.
Thanks for all the suggestions and recommendations.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:18 PM   #13
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I knew I'd forget a few things.
We did drive thru the Savannah widlife refuge. Saw lots of gators.
We wanted to go to Tybee but there was just not a lot of time. This was mostly a re-con visit for us. We will be going back!
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:21 PM   #14
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If you had to pick Charleston vs Savannah, which one?
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If you had to pick Charleston vs Savannah, which one?
Charlston hands down.
Don't get me wrong, Savannah was incredible but Charlston seemed to speak to us just a little more.
Both have amazing heritage and history and I'm sure there is a lot of things we missed seeing at both places.
But if you can swing both I would do it. Only a few hours seperate the 2 cities.
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The carrier was very cool when we visited, did you get to visit the submarine and Vietnam museums next to it? My wife kept laughing at me in the sub, I'm not exactly built for them in either width or height.
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The carrier was very cool when we visited, did you get to visit the submarine and Vietnam museums next to it? My wife kept laughing at me in the sub, I'm not exactly built for them in either width or height.
No. We only saw the carrier from our sailboat from a distance.
More reasons to go back.
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