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Getaway Guide: Weekend Road Trip To Savannah, GA

July 7, 2012 6:00 AM

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As Georgia’s first city, visitors have fallen in love with Savannah’s old southern hospitality for centuries. Whereas other southern cities, especially here in Georgia, you’d expect to talk about where you work or go to church, or who your family was, in Savannah, the only question is what you’d like to drink. Savannah’s offerings don’t end with its hospitality. It also promises parks with trees dripping with Spanish moss, air scented with azaleas and camellias, and all of the adventure you could hope for on a weekend getaway to the state’s most welcoming city.

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Getting There

A leisurely drive from Atlanta to Savannah starts on I-75 going south. From I-75 drive 78 miles toward Macon and take a slight left to merge onto I-16 for 166 miles. Exit I-16 onto Jim L. Gillis Highway and follow the signs to Savannah. The entire trip from Atlanta should be approximately 250 miles and about four hours. If traveling by air, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers non-stop flights from locations including Atlanta. Savannah also has been a major stop on Amtrak’s Palmetto and Silver Service between New York and Miami for many years. Service is available aboard the Silver Star and Silver Meteor as well. Bus travel is the most flexible option, with routes leaving around clock, so visitors may arrive in Savannah day or night from almost anywhere.

Shopping
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Satchel
311 W. Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-1008
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Your first stop has to be Broughton Street, where SCAD graduates maintain boutiques not far from the Savannah River. A rich palette of leather goods in the window draws visitors immediately to Satchel -where they sell everything from cuffs to clutches and, of course, satchels. The smell of leather draws out visitors’ inner designers as the shop owner welcomes visitors to snuggle her gorgeous Chesapeake Bay retriever. Also along this street, find big chain stores mixed with other lovely locals such as the Savannah Bee Company and its tall, slender jars of honey and handmade soap.

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The Grand Bohemian Gallery
700 Drayton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 721-5007
http://www.grandbohemiangallery.com/content/98.htm

The The Grand Bohemian Gallery boasts more than 400 works of art by both internationally and locally renowned artists. Enjoy special exhibits abound here along with artist receptions sure to please any passer by. Do not miss the internationally known artist Stefano Cecchini, exhibited this summer. His insight into the brush and lives of his animal portraits will make you feel you are on a safari instead of in an art gallery.

Resorts

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Mansion on Forsyth
700 Drayton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 238-5158
www.mansiononforsythpark.com
Price; from $199 per night

This hotel welcomes you with amenities any traveler can appreciate. Enjoy its in-house art gallery and a spa in the lower level, imbibe in the mini bars, take a class at its 700 Kitchen Cooking School or just relax outside at its pool and water wall. Views of the fountain are right out the front door near the ice cream shop, so be sure to take in every luxury this lovely stay has to offer.

The Poseidon Spa
700A Drayton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 238-5158
www.poseidonspa.com

The Poseidon boasts a uniqueness like no other spa. Take the elevator down the lower level and have one of the concierges tell you the story about the its original use for a fun dose of history with your treatment. The name is a good fit as visitors can feel the water elements embraced here in each pampering minute. This spa is known for its wonderful bridesmaid parties and unique gifts, so be sure to ask about the little extras here.

700 Kitchen Cooking School
700 Drayton Restaurant
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 721-5006
www.700kitchencookingschool.com

The No. 1 activity to experience in Savannah is its 700 Kitchen Cooking School – located right in the hotel. Darin Sehnert is the key ingredient here, livening up the experience for even those who would rather be in the spa than the kitchen. He explores the science behind the process of the recipe, not just how to put things into the bowl. With a constantly changing menu, there’s always a reason to come back time and again.

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Bohemian Hotel
102 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com
Price: from $199 per night

Closer to both the Savannah River and the nightlife, the Bohemian Hotel is known for its unique furnishings and rooftop bar Rocks on the Roof. This hotel features views of the river and tall ships close to unique, local shopping scattered throughout the nearby streets. Enjoy a full fitness center, an in-house restaurant or its private dining if you so choose.

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Bed and Breakfasts

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Zeigler House Inn
121 Jones Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-5307
www.SavannahInns.com
Price: from $189 per night

This traditional bed and breakfast can offer you any type of Savannah trip you desire. Packages range from romantic to historic. The home was built in 1856 and provides the perfect example of all things southern. It is located along Jones Street, arguably one of the most beautiful streets in the country. The location is convenient to most of Savannah’s biggest draws. Try to snag one of the street-level private-access rooms or one with its very own outdoor patio for the best stay.

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Dresser Palmer House
211 E. Gaston St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(904) 238-3294
www.DresserPalmerHouse.com
Price: from $179 per night

Located in the Historic Landmark District, the Dresser Palmer House holds plenty of history to discover. This formerly private home is one of the most exclusive addresses in town. Built in 1867 by Henry Dresser and Samuel Palmer, the 11,000-square-foot home offers a large variety of rooms and suites. While staying here, be sure to ask your hosts for literature on the home’s former inhabitants to travel back in time while bathing in a claw-foot tub in your own suite.

Dining
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The Lady and Sons
102 West Congress Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-2600
www.ladyandsons.com

For a little reality TV-style local dining, line up to eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Sons. Enjoy fried chicken and more with your fingers, just like Paula. After you dine, explore a boutique filled to the brim with cooking items curated by the queen of hearty home cooking herself. You can even snag some fried chicken packed up for a picnic for the ride back to Atlanta.

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The Pirates’ House
20 E. Broad St.
Savannah, GA 31201
(912) 233-5757
www.thepirateshouse.com

Just one block from the Savannah River is a place that has been welcoming locales and travelers alike since 1753. Dine and drink where pirates once drank and spoke of their sailing adventures from all over the world. Many ghost tours drop by this establishment, so keep your eyes wide open while dining on their extensive menu to catch a peak of what all of the fuss is about here.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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