We arrived in Savannah, Georgia, on Sunday night, after a longer than expected drive and a debate with our GPS about the best route to take. But we did arrive, and settled into our room at The Marshall House.
The Marshall House was originally built as a hotel in the 1850s and served as a hospital during the Civil War. It later was used for retail stores, and restored to a hotel in the 1990s. It is located in the heart of the historic district, making sightseeing and shopping easy!
Outside the Marshall House
Inside the Marshall House
Since we arrived later on Sunday, we only wanted something light for dinner. We were told that a Panera Bread was just a few blocks away, so we headed in that direction. Unfortunately, it had closed a few minutes before we arrived. So, we continued walking and exploring the area, hoping to find somewhere where we could have a light meal.
However, on Sunday night in the historic area of Savannah, most everything is closed except for the elegant restaurants and drinking establishments. The result was that, though I’ve never been to New Orleans, Savannah reminded me more of New Orleans than a family-friendly area. After wandering around, we did find a Tony Roma’s, where we shared an excellent sandwich.
We began our Monday with a trolley tour from Oglethorpe Trolley Tours. It was excellent, and we highly recommend it. The open-air tour showed us several of the squares, historic homes, historic churches, monuments, and other historic buildings.
The Cotton Exchange
The tour was a wonderful way to start the day. Afterwards, we explored on foot, visiting shops and art galleries, and finally finding the local coffee and sandwich shop that we’d been wanting to find the previous night.
Today, we’re going to explore a different part of Savannah — the beach! Then we’ll drive to the Charleston area.