Eat, Stay, Love – Savannah

This blog is part of my ongoing Eat, Stay, Love series.

Savannah. Sultry, sweaty, yet appealing in a moody kind of way. And that’s just the people! So after a stroll along the cobblestones of Riverstreet and through shady squares, you’ll be ready to cool off in this impossibly hot town. Here’s some ideas.

ESL-sav1Methodist founder, John Wesley, in Reynolds Square.

Marshall House

Step back in time in this wonderful hotel in the heart of Savannah. Whether cooling off under the fans in the bar or swapping ghost stories on the balcony above, this place just breathes history, elegance and charm.

123 E Broughton St

Rocks on the River (Bohemian Hotel)

I needed a cool drink on a 40 degree day during the recent heatwave and slipped into the bar with my family.

A good selection of local beers on tap and friendly service kept us in there all afternoon.

We then adjourned to the restaurant and found a varied menu including local specialties like Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp on Grits, all of which were much better than they sounded. I always eat and drink local specialties when travelling so that was a relief.

Overall recommend the location, service and quality.

102 W. Bay St

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Savannah is a hot place so Leopold’s Ice Cream seems to be busy all the time.

The queue went out the front door, and as American’s are impatient queuers, getting to the front was a bit of an experience on its own.

The service is a bit vague and the tables take a while to be cleaned and cleared, but lets face it, Leopold’s is all about the ice cream, which was very good and makes it worth a visit.

212 E Broughton St

Red Gate Campground and RV Resort

We arrived in 40 degree heat and found no staff to greet, explain the facilities etc, and a campground which somehow didn’t really match the lovely shots on the website, so we just assumed we were in the wrong place and drove off.

Returning later when we realised that we must have been in the right place after all, we just picked a spot and set up the rig as we had paid online anyway. Still no staff member, so we ended up catching another family – luckily quite helpful – and getting the low down on everything such as wi-fi passwords, club house code, location of toilets, showers, pool (under construction) laundry etc.

As stated by previous reviewers, in Savannah’s sometimes oppressive heat a tree-less open field type of arrangement doesn’t really appeal, no pool to cool off, though the Club house was a good space, good A/C and with the biggest TV I’ve ever seen, a bit of a life saver through a sudden violent storm that shook RVs and brought down trees.

An easy $20 cab ride into historic Savannah, but in all I think we’ll find somewhere else next time through here.

And never did sight the manager!

136 Red Gate Farms Trail

ESL-sav2City Hall, Savannah GA.

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