Birthday Weekend in Savannah

Well y'all...I am officially 29. The last year of my twenties has come. I definitely don't feel 29 and it turns out Savannah was the perfect place to go to remember the little kid inside of me.

I have been wanting to take a trip to Savannah for several birthdays now, but always just ended up picking somewhere closer and cheaper. But this year felt like the year, finally.

So we made an itinerary and headed south!

The first thing that caught my attention in Savannah were the trees. Heavy, thick growth, draping over each road. Felt almost like a jungle, and I was surprised at how much green they already had.

Turns out that the growth hanging on the trees is Spanish Moss. It's beautiful, but contains chiggers, so only something to be admired from afar.

We started out our weekend heading about 30 minutes from Savannah to Tybee Island, where we rented bikes and rode the entire length of the beach town.

This was my favorite part of the trip. Tybee Island is such a quaint and peaceful little town. We got there early enough that the locals were just starting to wake up...which turned out to be a good thing considering it had been years since I rode a bike and was a little wobbly.

We rode through small neighborhoods and past local boutiques, headed toward the lighthouse that is the main attraction on the island.

After a quick visit to the lighthouse, we made our way to the beach. There was still a chill in the air, so the wind coming off the ocean made it pretty cold.

But the beach was beautiful nonetheless, and being able to see the lighthouse from the shore was awesome.

After leaving the beach, we stopped and had lunch at North Beach Bar and Grill, as recommended to us by the locals. You can eat outside or in, it's right on the beach, the service was great and the food was fast.

After lunch we headed back to Savannah, where we spent some time strolling through Forsyth Park, which was right across the street from our airbnb. 

I couldn't believe how many people were hanging out at Forsyth. It was really beautiful with that famous Spanish Moss everywhere, picturesque statues, and a gorgeous fountain dead center of it all. People were sleeping in hammocks, playing sports, walking their dogs. There was also street performers and artists throughout. Highly recommend!

Once we walked through the park we headed down to Riverfront to shop right by the river, as well as to eat dinner.

If you do not like crowds, this is not the area for you! This was a huge tourist attraction, that made it difficult to move at times. But it was gorgeous being right by the river, and had tons of great places to stop and get sweets or trinkets in. They even had a palm reader if you're into that kind of thing.

There's also bars all along this area, and there's live music, so if you're looking for a place to spend some time that's a little less lazy and more intense, this is a good area.

If you want to shop but in a calmer setting, Broughton Street is a good place to do that, which is where we went next. It seems more local, with much quieter streets and more brand name places to shop. Broughton is also where Leopold's Ice Cream is, which is a Savannah tradition. The line for this pace wrapped throughout the street however, so we opted for more low-key sweets elsewhere. 

Once we ate dinner back on the Riverfront, (Fiddler's Crab House-SPECTACULAR), we ended our day taking a walking ghost tour around the city.

Of all the things we did in Savannah, the ghost tour was the only thing I didn't enjoy. First, it was too long. Two hours at the end of the day is just too much. Secondly, there were people who had been drinking wandering throughout the city as we were touring...screaming and stumbling all over. Kind of hard to feel creeped out by ghosts with all that going on. The tour guide wasn't the greatest either. She was very nice, but was a terrible storyteller, and after saying she had been giving the tour for ten years I anticipated her information if nothing else, to be great. 

Overall I loved the trip! I didn't realize how many pictures I didn't take while we were there, but I know that's because I was really just enjoying myself in the moment. 

If you want to see videos from our trip I've got them saved on my "travel" highlights on instagram.

I plan to go back to Savannah again and take a historic tour and maybe even wait in line at Leopold's. 

Everyone have a great Sunday, and comment below with any other good ideas for weekend trips in the future!

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