Warm-Weather Getaway in Savannah, Georgia | Midwest Living

Warm-Weather Getaway in Savannah, Georgia

Lined with twisty, moss-draped oaks, the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, offers romantic inns, chic cafes, stirring glimpses of our nation's past—and an easy escape from winter's chill in the Midwest.

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Two-Day Getaway

Day One

A party spot at night, River Street mellows by day. Try beignets (sweet pillows of fried dough) at Huey's on the River (912) 234-7385; hueysontheriver.net. Candy stores bookend the street; River Street Sweets sells the better pralines. (800) 793-3876; riverstreetsweets.com

Old Town Trolley Tours have a stop here. (912) 233-0083; trolleytours.com Hop on and head to Broughton Street, where Paris Market artfully displays antiques and gifts. (912) 232-1500; theparismarket.com The Savannah Bee Company has a honey bar. (912) 234-0688; savannahbee.com

At Papillote, sandwiches double as works of art. (912) 232-1881; papillote-savannah.com

First African Baptist Church hides near Broughton. (912) 233-6597; firstafricanbc.com

Chef Joe Randall's Cooking School feels like dinner with friends. (912) 303-0409; chefjoerandall.com

At Azalea Inn and Gardens, perks include a chef-made breakfast. (800) 582-3823; azaleainn.com. Andaz Savannah hotel is a stylish alternative to B&Bs. (866) 644-2842; savannah.andaz.hyatt.com.

Day Two

Visitors don't need cars in Savannah, but it's worth renting one to see Fort Pulaski, a fascinating Civil War site with top-notch tours. (912) 786-5787; nps.gov/fopu

Nearby, Tybee Island beaches offer good birding (and a chance for Midwesterners to breathe that fresh sea air!) visittybee.com

Back in town, share family-style tables with strangers at Mrs. Wilke's Dining Room. (912) 232-5997; mrswilkes.com Or enjoy a multicourse afternoon tea at trendy Gryphon Tea Room. (912) 525-5880. 

Nearby, the guides at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace tell fun stories about Low's childhood and her experience founding the Girl Scouts. (912) 233-4501; juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org

The gleaming Jepson Center shows contemporary art. (912) 790-8800; telfair.org 

Other good shops include La Paperie for stationery (lapaperie.net) and One Fish Two Fish for jewelry and home accessories (onefishstore.com).

And at Olde Pink House, the crab-stuffed grouper almost rivals the historic charm. (912) 232-4286.

More information: (877) 728-2662; visitsavannah.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® January/February 2011. Prices, dates and other details are subject to change, so please check specifics before making travel plans.)

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