Savannah, Georgia – August, 2015 We have made brief visits to the Savannah area several times during the last 10 years. This visit was also too short but we expect to become regular guests in this amazing area in the following years.
Jim’s daughter recently moved to Atlanta so this was a convenient place to meet her and her boyfriend for a weekend. We wanted a campground convenient to their accommodations so we chose Red Gate Farms. It was a beautiful, roomy campground on a farm with horses, goats, and chickens but little more than 5 miles to historic Savannah. It has a lovely pool which we didn’t have time to use and the price was steep for us at $45 per night but a good value for the area.
Our first order of business was getting our toes in some sand and surf. We met the kids (we consider 30 year olds kids) and made the short drive to Tybee Island. This is one of our favorite beach towns. We walked the beach, had a great meal at Spanky’s, then visited the pier and walked the beach some more. If you have not visited Tybee you should put it on your must do list. It has a great campground called Rivers End that is a short walk to the beach. We stayed there during our last visit and enjoyed it immensely.
That evening we met them downtown for dinner. Jim and I headed there an hour early because we didn’t know how hard it would be to find a parking place for our big truck. That was a good decision because we drove around 30 minutes before finally parking three quarters of a mile from the riverfront at the civic center. The walk to the restaurant through downtown was a joy though and we arrived exactly on time. The kids in their sleek little black car were able to park in the riverfront parking almost in front of the restaurant.
We had eaten at the south side location of Fiddlers Crab House several years before and I requested a repeat visit but to their riverfront location. They have amazing food and this location overlooking the Savannah River can’t be beat. We arrived just as a storm was blowing in and at 6 pm were seated right away in front of a window overlooking the river. Dinner entertainment was watching the fierce storm. By the time we finished our meal it had died down to a drizzle and we stepped out of the restaurant to the sight of a beautiful double rainbow.
After dinner the four of us walked around the historic district. What a crazy, wonderful place. There were already plenty of revelers out at 7 pm. We saw dozens of people dressed in grass skirts, coconut bras, and the like. I assume there was an event somewhere with this theme and not just the way locals like to dress on Saturday night. They have a bar that looks like a trolley car but is pedaled by its customers which cruises the streets. I had heard of such a contraption but this is the first time I had seen it.
We enjoyed walking through the dozens of little parks throughout the area filled with trees draped in moss. The historic buildings are extraordinary. I could walk these streets for hours, probably days, and not get tired of all the beautiful architecture. We got to the Colonial Park Cemetery just 15 minutes before they closed. So we enjoyed a quick visit. This is the oldest cemetery in the city and was used from 1750 to 1853. There is a brick wall along the back where they have installed the many headstones that have been separated from their intended occupant.
But that wasn’t enough dead people for us so the next morning we all went to the Bonaventure Cemetery. At almost 160 acres this place is huge and it has tons of delightful statuary.
And of course it has the requisite moss covered trees that make these graveyards especially beautiful and a bit more sad and spooky.
We enjoyed our visit to the Savannah area even more than our previous stays and are looking forward to going again and again.