A Spooky Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

About six years ago, on a family trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, my family decided to take a day trip to nearby Savannah, Georgia. Bein...

About six years ago, on a family trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, my family decided to take a day trip to nearby Savannah, Georgia. Being 17 years old,  I never payed much attention to the places my family visited, let alone research them, so I had no idea what to expect.

That being said, I've always been interested in the paranormal. I was an avid TAPS and Ghost Hunters fan growing up, and I'm also quite interested in history. Sooooo, Savannah quickly became my favorite city.

It's been said that Savannah is the "most haunted city in America", primarily because it is quite literally a city built upon it's dead. I won't go into too much detail, but essentially, most of the city is built upon early settler and Native American burial grounds, as well as mass graves from the city's Yellow Fever epidemic. It happens to be on a fault line of the Civil War, and it was also a port city for pirates, and rum runners. If that's not scary enough for you, many of the 19th century homes and hotel's are home to some gruesome tragedies, deaths, and murders themselves.

 My cousin and I decided to take a trip down to Savannah (coincidentally the weekend of Friday the 13th) to escape the New England chill and explore some of the city's haunts.

Day one:

Day one began with breakfast at Clary's Cafe, a local favorite, also featured in the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which I'm embarrassed to say I haven't seen yet). I got corned beef hash made with brisket and over-easy eggs with toast. It was delicious!

We first ventured out to Savannah's largest and most notable cemetery: Bonaventure. The cemetery itself spans over 100 acres and is home to notable poets, central figures of the city, and yes, ghosts.

We spent about an hour strolling along the cemetery's winding paths under the shade of oak trees covered in Spanish moss. It was a dream...seriously, so beautiful.

We then took an Über over to the Old Town Trolley Station because it was entirely too hot and humid to walk around for another few hours. We opted for the stay-on tour which took us to 15 stops, because we really just wanted to sight-see while sitting (although for $3 more per ticket, you can opt for a hop-on hop-off tour).

At the end of our tour, we took a stroll to city market,  where we grabbed a bite to eat and visited some of the shops and Savannah Candy Kitchen.

We went back to our Airbnb (The Bowery Apartments, which I highly recommend) to have a nap and a shower before a night out.

Our night plans consisted of dinner and a tour of the Pirate's House (a personal favorite), and a ghost tour from inside a hearse (yes, a real hearse).

The Pirate's House is one of my favorite spots in Savannah. It has a super rich history being one of the first taverns in Savannah which served many a local pirate and served as one of the inspirations for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island".  According to legend, the building's rum cellar serves as the entrance to underground tunnels leading to the riverfront where tavern patrons were "shanghaied" (quite literally) onto pirate ships heading to Shanghai that were in need of crew members. It's also home to Georgia's oldest house, the Herb House which once housed the caretaker of gardens once on the property (said to be very haunted).  Fortunately for us, we sensed no paranormal activity and the food was delicious.

The hearse tour was...interesting. Basically, you sit in chairs atop an open-air hearse that was once fully functional. The guide takes you on a drive around some of the city's most haunted neighborhoods and buildings and tells you a bit about their history. The tour itself was fine, although a bit short, I thought. But unfortunately, one of the "inebriated" guests on our tour kind of put a damper on the evening. Savannah also has open container laws in the sense that you can take your drinks from the bar out in a to-go cup, FYI.

After the tour, we decided to head down toward the city-center and grab an ice cream at the famous Leopold's. The New Englander in me got coffee chip, of course.

All in all - it was a pretty great first day.

Day two:

Day two started with a trip to Goose Feathers Cafe, which had free (!) coffee refills, a menu filled with heavenly breakfast items, pastries and sandwiches and a line out the door.

We then headed back toward city market and decided to tour the Prohibition Museum as it sounded really interesting (and we heard that there was a speakeasy inside). After a couple of drinks, at 11am, we headed down to the riverfront and grabbed a bite at Huey's. I had a bloody Mary and a heavenly crabcake eggs Benedict.

After a morning filled with drinks and food, we decided to take a last minute tour at the Sorrel Weed house (featured on TAPS and Ghost Hunters and well regarded as one of the most haunted houses in Savannah). I'll make a separate blog post about our experience there, if you're interested in the paranormal.

We had a nap and a shower and headed back out to a really delicious dinner at the Olde Pink House. The restaurant is situated in, well, an old pink house. Also said to be haunted...like everything in Savannah. It's somewhat of a "fancy" restaurant, so expect to pay a little more and book your reservations a month or two in advance. If you're not the "reservation" type, they also have two bars in the restaurant: a more modern one that you can enter from the street, and a tavern-style bar in the basement (highly recommend this one). We had some really great fried green tomatoes and southern fried chicken with mac n' cheese.

After dinner, we booked the "Dead of Night" tour, which is an adults-only walking tour of the city at midnight where you will hear a bit of it's gruesome past (highly recommend). I also had a negative paranormal experience here, which I might mention in a separate post. The tour itself was great, however, as well as our tour guide, Skippy.

Day three:

On our last half-day in Savannah, we decided to head down to the riverfront one last time. We wanted to go to the Moon River Brewery for a bit of lunch and beer, obviously. What we didn't know, is that Georgia has a law on Sundays which bans the sale of alcohol before 12:30PM. While we waited for the bar to open, we grabbed another coffee at Goose Feathers and did some souvenir shopping by the river. We grabbed a seat at the Moon River bar right at 12:30, glad we did because it filled up quick. We got some heavenly pulled pork nachos and I had an 11 beer flight that knocked me off my ass (if you're a pumpkin beer fan, I recommend the Taterlicious brew that's made with sweet potatoes, it was just that). Thankfully we were Über-ing home.

After we finished eating, we took a walk down to the Moon River cellar, to explore, get some pictures and possibly an EVP. I filmed a video while we were down there which I'll include in a separate paranormal post.

We then caught our Über back to the Airbnb, had a quick nap and shower and headed off to the airport.

Needless to say we had a very quick, though eventful, trip to Savannah. If you're interested in the paranormal, or even just history and architecture, I highly recommend a trip to this beautiful city.

x Jenna

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