Top things to Do
The innkeepers at Green Palm Inn believe that one of the best ways to explore Savannah is to go on tours with local experts. If you dare, they recommend venturing out with Blue Orb Tours for their City of the Dead or Zombies tour. According to the tour company’s website, “Known as the city of lost cemeteries and the city built on its dead, Savannah has over 10,000 unmarked graves in the Historic District.”
If that’s not enough spookiness for you, the Green Palm Inn innkeepers then suggest partaking in “Dinner and a Cemetery,” a late-night tour of the famous Bonaventure Cemetery (pictured above) followed by a dinner in a private dining room with Shannon Scott, a storyteller and expert on the graveyard. They also recommend exploring the city with Savannah Heritage Tours, run by Angela Sergi, who has been a Savannah tour guide for 20 years.
Park Avenue Manor recommends taking a class at 700 Kitchen Cooking School, which offers hands-on classes for all levels of experience. The innkeepers also suggest taking a ferry along the Savannah River to and from Hutchinson Island. While there isn’t much to do there, the ride provides a great view of the Savannah riverfront.
Savannah's Bed and Breakfast Inn recommends attending events at the popular Sentient Bean Coffee Shop, such as their open mic comedy nights. They also suggest taking a tour of Ardsley Park, which features colorful and eclectic homes, and the Starland District, which is near downtown and features local boutiques, art, music, and cuisine. If you want to work off some of the Southern food you’ve been eating, the innkeepers say you can attend a free Zumba class on Saturday mornings in Forsyth Park (pictured left).
To get a true taste of Savannah, Foley House Inn advises travelers to stay at a B&B (of course!). They also recommend renting a Vespa scooter or Segway to explore the Historic District, or even taking a private horse carriage tour. The Galloway House says visitors to Savannah should be sure to visit the farmers market in Forsyth Park.
The Presidents’ Quarters Inn recommends taking a drive down Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope, a gorgeous old neighborhood originally settled in the 1840s. Walk or drive along the street and admire the restored homes among the Spanish moss and oak trees. It also provides great views of Wilmington River. The innkeepers also suggest a visit to Oatland Island Wildlife Center, a conservation center where you can see alligators, bald eagles, bison, snakes, wolves, and more. Additionally, they recommend visiting Wormsloe Historic Site, a colonial estate from the 1700s that now serves as a living history museum.
Savannah has a vibrant nightlife with plentiful live music and lively bars. Many of our innkeepers recommend a visit to Jazz’d, a tapas bar that features live music six nights a week, such as blues, swing, jazz, and classical vocals like Sinatra. Many of the innkeepers also encourage guests to go to the Olde Pink House Tavern for live piano music, plus Rock’s on the Roof for great views and drinks. Several of them also laud Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, a dessert restaurant with tasty treats and delicious drinks.
Park Avenue Manor says you shouldn’t pass up a visit to Perch, a hip rooftop bar with a robust drink menu. They also recommend Club One and Vic’s on the River. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn recommends going to Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub for authentic Irish music. Green Palm Inn says their favorite live entertainment venues are Savannah Theatre and Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Roussell’s Garden agrees that the dueling pianos aren’t to be missed.
The Galloway House recommends going to American Legion for $2 drinks, or Chuck’s Bar. Foley House Inn adds that it’s fun to go see live music on Congress Street.
Top Day Trips
Nearly all innkeepers we spoke to praised Tybee Island as the perfect place for a day trip. It’s a barrier island just 18 miles from Savannah, with three miles of public beaches. There are also over 25 restaurants, many of which serve fresh seafood.
Several innkeepers also recommend a visit to Hilton Head or Beaufort, South Carolina, both of which have plentiful beaches, golfing, shopping, and more.
As an alternative, Green Palm Inn suggests a visit to Daufuskie Island, a small nearby island in South Carolina. Since the end of the Civil War, it has been home to the Gullah, which are the descendants of freed slaves. The population has diminished, but you can still visit the island’s Gullah Learning Center to explore their rich heritage.
Where to Eat
Here are some of the Savannah restaurants that our innkeepers love.
- Alligator Soul
- Cha Bella
- Crystal Beer Parlor
- Fire Street Food
- Foxy Loxy
- J. Christopher's
- Local11 Ten
- Noble Fare
- Olde Pink House (pictured is their shrimp and grits dish with collard greens)
- Sammy Green's
- Sapphire Grill
- Six Pence Pub
- Soho South Café
- The Sentient Bean
- The Wilkes House
Where to Shop
Our innkeepers recommend these stores for the best local Savannah shopping.