How to See Savannah in 10 Hours

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There was an upside to our recent engine trouble. Thunderbolt Marina is a neighbor to one of the South's most charming and oldest cities.

In need of a break from the heat and the growing list of projects, we set out to see Savannah.

We had one day to explore and no agenda. Here’s what we did with our 10 hour day in Savannah.


River Street

I told Ross to set the Uber request for River Street as we walked to the front of the boatyard. It was one of the only places I had seen in Savannah and I knew we’d find breakfast there.

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Sure enough, we found this charming little eatery overlooking River Street.

No Southern kitchen detail was overlooked. From the water carafes to the cast iron serving plates, and miniature milk carton of creamer. And of course, clothesline bacon which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Our server Christine was delightful. She commented that she always tells folks if they don’t like the White Trash Hash she’ll buy it back! Well, you don’t need to do that Christine, Ross cleaned his plate.

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I opted for the Shrimp and Grits because it’s Savannah (and I adore Shrimp and Grits). It was made in house with fresh Georgia shrimp cooked to perfection. Local stone-ground grits never disappoints.

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By the way, the biscuits here are literally a meal in themselves. I took most of mine to-go and munched on it for days.

The Waterfront

With our bellies full we strolled down River Street.

We explored the riverfront shops, including one heck of a candy store. Growing up working in my dad’s hardware store, I apprecited the way they included old hardware store scales in the decor.

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We also took time to admire the Georgia Queen, a gorgeous river boat offering daily rides.

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Old Town Trolley

After scooping up a $5 coupon for the Old Town Trolley we decided it would be a good way to get an overview of downtown.

The hop-on hop-off system is perfect for quick stops and we never waited more than a few minutes to get back on. The drivers were constantly pointing out sights and giving fun facts about the city.

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Sightings on the Trolley Tour

• The Forrest Gump bench location (not the bench itself, that’s in the Savannah History Museum, also on the tour)

• City squares, Savannah has 22 of them

• River Street

• Savannah Historic District

• Forsyth Park

• City Market - shops, restaurants, American Prohibition Museum

• St. John the Baptist Cathedral, the beauty of this place is definitely worth a stop.

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The Old Town Trolley is a great option to get the lay of the land and see a lot in a short timeframe.


American Prohibition Museum

We hopped off the trolley to explore this new Savannah museum that opened in May 2017.

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A little different from the history and charm of most attractions in Savannah. The American Prohibition Museum is the only one of its kind in the country.

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From the wax displays to the holograms, this place immerses you in the prohibition era. We embraced it, and had a fun time! We even learned a few things.

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Speakeasy

The gentleman at the door, Travis, told us about the Speakeasy portion of the museum. He explained the drink list. (Drink tickets are purchased at the door. We had our museum tickets through a package with the trolley.) He was very passionate and knowledgeable about his job.

The bartender was impressive, and fun to watch. Shaking three drinks at once, he then peeled citrus and gave it a perfect squeeze before flavoring the glass rim. Now I don't drink a lot of cocktails but these looked legit to me. The taste test was a ten!

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Everything on the menu is from the era including a float using Leopold's ice cream which opened in 1919. The decor, cocktail glasses - everything is straight out of the 20s.


Dinner & Dessert

For dinner, we combined a little bit of new Savannah with a bit of old.

Prohibition Restaurant

Continuing our Prohibition theme, we chose a newer addition to the culinary scene recommended by our engine mechanic. Prohibition features mostly southern dishes with a modern, sophisticated twist.

After our cocktail indulgence at the museum, we opted for the local tap beer. Rick’s Lager and a local Saison. Both hit the spot.

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The catch of the day was a melt-in-your-mouth white fish with a Prosciutto foam on top. (Did I say this was modern dining or what?)

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Our mechanic insisted the grilled octopus was fabulous so I gave it a try. I’ve had octopus before, but it is usually under-seasoned or too chewy for my taste.

Prohibition's octopus had a beautiful charred flavor that went brilliantly with the sauce and kimchi. The baby salt and vinegar chips were a lovely compliment.

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We also shared a side of the Brussel Sprouts and cleaned the bowl. No shame here.

Leopold's Ice Cream

Established in 1919, this was too much of a Savannah tradition to pass up.

The line was out the door but we were prepared to wait for our sweet treat.

Bourbon Bisque ice cream sandwich was the final choice. Although I had a sample of the Honey Almond Cream and it was tasty.

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I love all the movie posters (new and old) on the walls, and it was fun checking them out while waiting in line.


Savannah is a beauty of a city that oozes Southern charm.

Take your time to indulge in her delicious food, chat with her enthusiastic locals, and soak it all in at a slow pace. She will not disappoint.