Southern charm in Charleston and Savannah
These two Southern cities ooze charm, stunning architecture, beautiful scenery and hospitality. Spend a week seeing the best of these two Southern cities and enjoy the unique culture and Southern charm.
Start your trip with a scenic walk through central Charleston on the Gateway Walk. Wander from St. John’s Lutheran Church to at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and take in all the cemeteries, cobblestoned streets and tree-draped lanes on this self-guided tour. The historic townhouses and horse-drawn carriages show off the cities rich heritage.
Head to the waterfront to see the colourful row of houses painted in pastel and surrounded by tourists taking photos. These houses are one of the most popular spots in Charleston for visitors and have a rich history dating back to the 1930s. Some say the colours were to keep the houses cooler during the summer, others say it was to attract sailors to the shops that were on the ground floor. Now they are great examples of the architecture that made Charleston such a popular spot.
Charleston City Market
The market is a great place to find cheap eats, crafts, traditional woven baskets, and sweets on a wander through the historic building on Meeting Street. It’s right in the centre of the city so easy to find and when you’re done shopping it’s a fun place to people watch.
Boone Hall Plantation
The plantation houses, just a short drive from the downtown area, tell tales of extravagant parties and civil war tragedies. The Boone Hall Plantation is one of the most famous and has been featured in plenty of films, including The Notebook. Visit the Avenue of Oaks, slave quarters and learn about the history of the slaves who worked the land through live theatrical performances. Definitely the highlight of the visit.
You can find great eats all over Charleston. Some of my favorites are Acme Low Country Kitchen on the Isle of Palms for locally sourced seafood, gouda mac-and-cheese, and delicious fried chicken. The Charleston Crab House on the waterfront for crab and a side of hushpuppies. Finally, Rutledge Cab Company for delicious ribs.
Pick up a map at the office and get walking around this 100-acre cemetery. The kept grounds are home to some of the most beautiful and ornate graves and tombs you will ever see. Some of Savannah’s most famous personalities are at rest beneath the willows and haunting Spanish moss. It’s an eerie atmosphere that photographs well. One of the most famous stories is of the much loved Gracie Watson who died of pneumonia at a young age.
The best way to get around and see all the beautiful squares and parks is on a Trolley Tour. The iconic grid of garden squares is interlaced with historic homes and charming shops and cafes. Take the hop-on-hop-off tour to make the most of your day in Savannah which includes live commentary and 15 stops.