With the weather warming up, we are speeding up our trip Northward, and we only spent two nights at the Elk’s lodge in Savannah. So as soon as we got parked and plugged in the AC, we headed to the nearest island: Tybee. Time for some power touristing.
Tybee Island has an accessible light house and the most intact and well done light keepers grounds we have seen.
The light keeper’s house while furnished in more modern times, had the best “re-enactment” furnishings we’ve seen.
You could really see what it was like to live there in that time. We climbed up for some incredible views.
Next door is Fort Screven, and although much of the fort was rebuilt and is now under private ownership, they have a great museum in the public portions.
There was lots of information about “Savannah’s Island”, and we had a good time driving around as well.
The beaches all around this island were just beautiful.
For me a trip to the South wouldn’t be complete without a trip to downtown Savannah. Definitely a must see on this trip. We headed out early as I knew there was much to see. We haven’t used a tour service yet, as we prefer to do our own discoveries, but this seemed like a good time to be driven around. So we opted for the Old Town Trolly Tours.
It was a hop-off hop-on ride and we got off at several stops to walk around the area we just rode through.
The architecture of the city is amazing, as are the mansions that are everywhere.
But the trees are the starring feature. We found out they were added to the preservation list one-hundred years ahead of the buildings!
It’s pretty neat how the town was laid out. Most all the park squares – “jewels of the city” – have statues or fountains in the center and they anchor a neighborhood.
We went by the park square where Forest Gump had his box of chocolates and took pictures of Jones Street, the “prettiest street in Savannah”. Actually, it would be easy to say ALL the streets in Savanah were pretty. The trees, the architecture, the statues and fountains – all were so amazing.
Savannah was selected as a fort location – then became a city, because of its location on the river and because it was up on a bluff or mound. So the water level along the Savannah River is a full level lower than the rest of the city.
The trolly took us down the steep cobblestone roads – which were actually made of ballast stones – and we stayed in that area a while, watching the ships.
At the dock, we saw the amazing and unique sailing yacht, the Hyperion. and marveled at its 194-foot carbon-fiber mast.
We had lunch in a really old building along the dock and then enjoyed the cobblestone drive and ancient staircase up to street level
to see some of the beautiful government buildings.
We saw the beautiful Cotton Exchange Building, as well as the oldest home in Savannah.
It was a long full day and I felt like we got a good taste of the city. However, I’m sure we could have found more to do in the area, but it’s time to move on.
As Savannah is almost on the northern border against South Carolina, it will not take us long to get to our next destination: Charleston, South Carolina.
Peace & Love, Joy