Posted 11/12/14 by Miles Young in Lifestyle

Soaking up the History in Savannah, Georgia

History isn’t a dead, boring subject in Savannah. Visitors to this intoxicating town are surprised how its history comes alive.

Stay in the Historic District


The Hilton Garden Inn Savannah places guests in the heart of “The Hostess City of the South.” Located in the historic district, the hotel is a half block from the famed City Market and just 15 feet above the main thoroughfare and central hot spot of River Street. In addition to the perfect walkable location, this hotel offers the ultimate in comfort for the budget-minded traveler with Garden Sleep System beds and Keurig coffee machines in the guest rooms.

For guests looking for something more historic, check out these cheap Savannah hotels.

Walk the Historic District

The best way to fully enjoy Savannah is on foot. Walking this historic town lets visitors explore at their own pace. See something worth taking a little more time to enjoy it? No problem. While there are a number of historic walking tours available in town, guests are perfectly welcome to create their own. Savannah serves up a brilliant mix of architecture including the ornate Steamboat Gothic Gingerbread House (aka the Asendorf House), the Italian Renaissance style Armstrong House, and the Federal-style Davenport House. The Scottish Rite Temple is a striking monument to Masonry that has stood as a downtown landmark for over 85 years.

For visitors interested in more than just architecture and design, they can pay tribute to one of the South’s most well-known and legendary authors at Flannery O’Connor’s birthplace. O’Connor’s childhood home is one of the few museums in the country to be restored to the Depression-era.

Feel the History

In addition to its breath-taking beauty, Savannah is a town known for its museums. With over 20 museums, Savannah has one for every interest. Some of the highlights include: the Telfair Museum, the South’s oldest public art museum; the Railroad Museum, which gives visitors the opportunity to view a fully operational turntable and experience the hand car; and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, where visitors can appreciate Savannah’s rich nautical history.

Taste the History

Savannah boasts quite the epicurean oasis and craft bar scene. Visitors will enjoy the traditional Lowcountry cuisine the city is known for. Fresh seafood and Southern classics blend for an unforgettable taste. These restaurants serve up more than great food, their historic ambiance is just as delectable.

The Crystal Beer Parlor is Savannah’s second oldest restaurant and features a varied menu and interesting memorabilia decorating its walls.

For guests looking for a romantic atmosphere, try Circa 1875 Gastropub, serving delicious French cuisine. Ask to be seated in the wine cellar for a memorable experience.

Love’s Seafood and Steaks offers breathtaking views of the Ogeechee River. This rustic place was one of the filming locations for “Forest Gump.”

Savannah’s rich history is captivating and quirky enough to excite even the most reticent of history buffs. Read the complete Savannah City Guide and let us know about your favorite spots below.

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Miles Young is a freelance writer with a passion for sports, music, and pop culture. When he's not working on his latest feature story, he's out walking his dog or catching up on Game of Thrones.