There are many things that make Savannah unique, but the authenticity of the rich culture of this historic city makes Savannah like no other. Here are a few Azalea Inn picks of the truly authentic Savannah experience.
Architectural Tour – Savannah’s Historic District is one of the largest in the U.S. with thousands of architecturally significant buildings, including examples of Federal, Victorian Regency, Greek and Gothic Revival, and Italianate architecture. Examples of most, if not all, of the nation’s 18th and 19th century prevailing architectural styles can be found in Savannah. Some say that just looking up as you walk around the city give you an authentic Savannah experience.
The Owens Thomas House – Submerge yourself in the day to day life of the early-19th century in the Owens- Thomas House for an authentic Savannah experience. A National Historic Landmark, the stately former residence is now a historic house museum. It boasts a decorative arts collection, historic furnishings and household wares. The site also includes a beautiful English-inspired parterre garden and an original carriage house-which contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South.
Lunch at The Wilkes House – A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. Mrs. Wilkes offers an authentic Savannah experience from enjoying the special pleasure of a meal shared with locals and visitors from around the world.
Haunted Tour – Savannah is a city built on its dead and there is no better way to learn about the darker side of the city than to take a ghost tour for an authentic Savannah experience. Whether it’s a story of love lost, murder, plague, duel, or war, Savannah ghost tours detail the most eccentric characters and dramatic stories of the city’s history. So dramatic that their imprint is still all over Savannah’s Historic District.
Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site – Twenty minutes from downtown Savannah on historic Isle of Hope, there is a breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss that leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe Plantation (1702). Today the property is a Georgia State Park and visitors can interact with costumed interpreters, view a museum with artifacts unearthed at Wormsloe, and walk the interpretive nature trail leading past the tabby ruins along the marsh. Demonstrators in period dress exhibit the authentic Savannah experience using the tools and skills of colonial Georgia.
Azalea Inn and Villas, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”