Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Savannah Sight Seeing

After 2 days of QuiltCon last week, we spent Sunday sight seeing and had a fabulous time wandering the streets of Savannah and taking in the history and culture of this awesome city.  To decide what to do and see, we got some recommendations from the concierge at our hotel.  We started off on the trolley to get to Gryphon Tea Room for brunch, one that the concierge highly recommended.  It doesn't seat a lot of people, so we were lucky to get seats at the bar. The photo shows the outside of the building.
After brunch, since it was a lovely day, we decided to walk to some of our other destinations.  There are 22 squares (small parks) throughout Savannah which honor events and/or individuals in the city's history.  Below is the Pulaski monument, honoring General Casimir Pulaski who died in Savannah during the Revolutionary War.
Our next destination was the Sorrel-Weems house, a site that is undergoing restoration and is supposedly the most haunted house in Savannah. It is a site that has it's own evening ghost tours!
From there we walked to Forsyth Park to see the fountain,
and a nearby boutique hotel that had art by Peter Keil for sale in its lobby and hallways.  Then we headed to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which we had ridden by several times, but wanted to see the inside.
We caught the trolley again to ride to City Market, which is a pedestrian shopping area.  Here we were advised to visit Byrd's famous cookies, where we sampled some of the bite-size delicacies and, of course, made a purchase or two.
We wandered a bit more through City Market and some of the shops.
And passed this sculpture of Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native who was a lyricist and composer, author or "Moon River", among many others in the Great American Songbook.
We caught the trolley again to take us to Leopold's for ice cream, another long-standing tradition in Savannah.
Since we also had plans for the 7 pm Ghost Trolley tour, we first had an early dinner at The District Cafe and then our dessert at Leopold's. 
The tour included a visit to the Andrew Low house (glad we didn't plan a separate visit!) and a final stop at a riverfront warehouse with some period reenactments.  It was a beautiful day and entertaining evening. 

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