What to do on a Day Trip to Savannah, Georgia

by DanicasDaily on November 14, 2011

Happy Monday all!  I think one of the things I absolutely LOVE the most about the East Coast is that you can take day trips to different states.  Today we decided to head over to Savannah, Georgia for a day trip to check out River Street, take the historic walk, and of course, eat some delicious Southern Food.

A HUGE Thanks goes out to all ~ you all are awesome, seriously! I posed the question on Facebook and Twitter yesterday and in less than an hour, we had a huge list of places to visit, sites to see and foods to eat.  You all made our Day Trip to Savannah AMAZING!

Today started off just like yesterday ~ We headed to Starbuck’s for Blueberry Scones (13 points+)and a Venti Iced Coffee with 2 pumps Pumpkin Spice (1 points+).

I think I have decided I am not a fan of pumpkin spice ~ it tastes kinda like burnt coffee lol.

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Our first stop was River Street.  You can instantly see all the history in the brick buildings.  On one side of the cobblestone street you have all these great shops and restaraunts.

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Then, on the other side, you can see the bridge and walk along the river checking out all the boats as you go.

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We pondered catching the Trolley ~ $15 allows you to get on/off all day long and each trolley includes narration explaining all the sites you are seeing.

If stop by the visitors center (next to the Hilton), they give you a map that shows you the 51 points of interest in downtown Savannah that you can walk too.  I think he said it was a 1 x 1.5 square miles that you can walk checking out all the cool history, old homes, buildings and memorial statues.

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We knew were stopping for Homemade Pralines & a tasty Southern Lunch so off we walked!

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Stop #1 Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for Homemade Pralines!

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They let you sample fresh pralines made that morning and check out how they are made in the kitchen.

It’s pretty cool to watch them being made.

The Candy Maker said that they cannot make them fast enough each day before they sell out.

These are Gophers….double the nuts & topped with chocolate!

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We bought some pralines for the road ~ they are like super soft caramels but with the consistency of fudge with pralines.  They literally melt in your mouth.  The good thing ~ they are so sweet a little goes a long way ~ LOVE!

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It was a tough choice between The Lady & Sons and Mrs. Wilkes, but, Mrs. Wilkes received the most votes and the reviews are pretty darn awesome. I have to admit I sorta fell IN LOVE with the concept at The Wilkes House.

We arrived at 1 PM thinking the line “might’ve died down a bit”, but, there were still a ton of locals and visitors waiting in line.

Everyone was saying you can totally tell you are in the right place by the line that is ALWAYS there between 10 am-2 pm.

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The concept is pretty cool.  Basically you make friends with all your neighbors in line that are from all around the world.  Then, you all sit down at one table together to enjoy one of the BEST SOUTHERN MEALS you will ever have in your life.

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All of the dishes are served family style with sweet tea.  We all created a passing circle like it was Thanksgiving dinner scooping a little of this and a lot of that.  We all joked because NONE of us could pick out our favorite things to go back for because everything was absolutely delicious.

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Let’s see if I can remember everything that was served:

  • Super crispy melt in your mouth fried chicken
  • Smokey, BBQ Pulled Pork (my FAVORITE protein!)
  • Beef Stew
  • Super Dense buttermilk biscuits
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Baked Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Okra (nope, didn’t touch it)
  • Creamed Corn
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Greens (I doubled up!)
  • Cabbage (the best cabbage you will ever eat ~ I could’ve stole the bowl from everyone!)
  • Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes (totally creamy, butter, cinnamony, mapley-delicious!)
  • Cinnamon Turnips
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Squash Casserole
  • Cucumber Slices (The Husband’s favorite ~ totally refreshing!)
  • Coleslaw (a little Cajun spiced with dill pickles ~ definitely unique, but, absolutely amazing!)
  • Peas and noodles (nope The Husband wouldn’t touch it LOL)
  • Red Rice & Sausage (I WANT this recipe ~ I had 3 servings of it!)
  • DESSERT ~ Banana Pudding and Cherry Cobbler (I was too full to eat it)

The part that is crazy ~ everything is all you can eat for $16 and the servers are totally on top of their game. As soon as they see a dish getting low, they are right there with another fully loaded dish to replace it.

Believe it or not, here is my plate with 1 scoop of everything and I didn’t even get it all.

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Once you have finished eating, you have to bring your plate, drink cup and silverware to the kitchen to be washed.

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If you are ever in Savannah, Georgia, go to Mrs. Wilkes ~ hands down some of the BEST FOOD I’ve ever had in my life. 

After lunch, we needed to walk…..This is going to sound funny, but, I still wanted to check out The Lady and Sons because I heard there was a Paula Deen Store (no, I couldn’t possibly eat another bite for the rest of the day LOL).

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Her restaurant is super cute inside….maybe next time Paula!

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I actually managed to walk out of the store buying nothing Open-mouthed smile 

On our walk back The Husband and I were totally chatting about how we could live in Savannah too. 

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I LOVE brick buildings and wish we had more of them in California…..

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Everyone here is just so friendly, the town is super cute and I LOVE Southern Accents….what can I say….California people do not have cool accents like people in the South Winking smile

All of the trees and parks give the town such character and totally remind me of scenes in movies like A Christmas Story and stuff.  You know the neighborhoods with beautiful houses and tons of old trees…..Yup, I will forever think of Savannah when I see movies like that.

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Since we still had some daylight to burn, we decided to head over to the Lighthouse.  Across from the Lighthouse was this storm shelter which is an old fort built in 1898.

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The Tybee Island Lighthouse was actually built in 1736 and was one of the first public structures built in Georgia.

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It’s 90 feet tall and is one of the earliest lighthouse in American history.  It was constructed originally with cedar pines and brick.

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It is still a working lighthouse for ships at the port of Savannah

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One last picture for the day ~ CHEEEEESEEEE!  Next time we should not stare into the sun LOL.

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I am not sure what we are up to tomorrow but there are talks of taking a long bike ride around Hilton Head and maybe checking out the Stoney-Barnyard Ruins or Daufuskie Island.

Ohhhhh and we received a list of must try restaurants so I am sure there will be some fantastic eats in there too.

Night all!

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