Here’s Part II in our series of blogs by downtown Savannah concierges and hospitality professionals from the B&B of Savannah collection.
These tips and suggestions are from Charles Stewart, one of The Marshall House’s Guest Services Representatives.
Here are the Top 7 Things to Do for First Timers to Savannah.
1) First, I recommend a trolley tour. There is no other type of tour that will cover as much ground and pack in as much information. The tours are 90 minutes and take you all through Savannah while providing a narrated summary of the city. Another perk is that you can purchase on-and-off privileges to get back to those points of interest. I usually recommend Oglethorpe Trolley Tours as their on-and-off privileges are included in the price, and they pick up right in front of The Marshall House.
2) Second, I recommend a walking tour. There are tons of walking tours provided by locals that help you narrow in on specific subjects. As The Marshall House is located very centrally in historic Savannah, many of these tours will gather within a few minutes walk of our location. One we do often recommend is Savannah Walking History Tours by Steve Ellis.
3) Next, it is time to experience the architecture and the history of Savannah. There are several historic homes which have been converted into museums that are scattered around town. Many of these homes offer tours (cost is about $12.00 per an adult) and are very in depth. The Green Meldrim House where General Tecumseh Sherman stayed after his march to Savannah, and the Owens Thomas House, which is well known for its architecture, are just two examples.
4) Around this time you will probably need to take a lunch break, and if you get nothing else out of Savannah, you will get fed well! There are several, excellent, eclectic cafes from where you can sample a taste of Savannah. The Collins Quarter is the new kid on the block that takes the cake. They do a great job of whipping up light, Southern inspired entrees with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
5) Now if you are looking to take a break, feel free to swing back by the Marshall House for a complimentary wine and cheese in the library at The Marshall House, Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 – 7 pm. Or if you want to hang out and experience a little more of Savannah’s charms, check out City Market. This is a small section of the city that is partially closed off to traffic, and is a good place to enjoy a beverage of your choosing while you walk around. In the historic district, Savannah city law allows you to enjoy one alcoholic beverage in an open plastic container (16 ounces max). So plan on enjoying an adult beverage in City Market where quite often, live music is hosted out in its courtyard.
6) Whatever you decide to do to take a break, I recommend waiting until dark for this next event. Yes, it’s a ghost tour. Whether you believe in the paranormal, or are just interested in the dark and vibrant stories, there is definitely a ghost tour for everyone. I went on a walking ghost tour recently (albeit against my wishes) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Afterlife Tours does an excellent job. They are very detailed, and their tales tie nicely into Savannah’s rich history. They also present audio and video evidence of some of their encounters with the unknown.
7) Lastly, there is dinner. As there are so many delicious, quality options, finding a dinner option can prove to be a surprisingly daunting task. Starting with our strengths (Low Country Seafood and Traditional Southern), I would recommend Boar’s Head Tavern. They offer Southern favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Crab Cakes and Fried Green Tomatoes. The Olde Pink House is a tried and true favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. They popularity suggests reservations are preferred, but their tavern is walk-in only, and in my opinion, takes the cake from their indoor dining rooms.