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A Weekend to Remember in the Garden of Good and Evil

8 Nov 2007  Birthday/Anniversary trip for an Atlanta Couple
3.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

I recently planned a trip using TripAdvisor for my girlfriend that took us on a weekend throughout Savannah and the nearby coast. We enjoyed it immensely and hope to pass the information forward.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Tybee Island, Savannah
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Tybee Island Inn
    Tybee Island Inn, Tybee Island

    A fantastic little bed and breakfast within about a 5 minute walk on the beach. This is the highest rated inn on the island and there is a good reason why. Walking through their lush garden, you see a board personally welcoming you to your stay. Each room is unique in their design. We stayed in the "Mermaid" which was a simple yet elegant room with it's own deck. Morning brought a fantastic breakfast cooked to order by the inn's chef. The owners are nothing but accommodating, and are willing to offer advice from their years on Tybee and around Savannah.

  • 2. A-J's Dockside Restaurant
    A-J's Dockside Restaurant, Tybee Island

    A great place to watch the sun set on the river and drink a beer. The food wasn't too bad either. One thing to watch out for, though, is the mosquitoes. While not so bad at first, we (and everybody else dining outside) were begging for bug spray as the meal concluded. Apparently, with the weather that we were experiencing, the bugs became revitalized and took it out on our legs and feet. They claimed they were going to spray the docks down the next day, but be wary.

  • 3. Pack Rat Bicycle Shop

    The permanent bike shop on the island, this was the only place we could find a rental. If you plan on being on Tybee Island for anything longer than a few hours, a bike is fantastic. You can get from end to end of the island in under 20 minutes and it's an easy way to avoid those insane traffic cops! We rode along the beach and around the island most of the day and for a really good price!

  • 4. North Beach Grill

    If you blink, you'd miss this place. I knew the address but nothing more and we were getting hungry after bike riding and relaxing on the beach. It's nestled right between the forts on the north edge of the island, right across the street from the lighthouse. My girlfriend claims that this place had the best cheeseburger she had in a long time. I just was happy for a cool drink!

  • 5. Cap'n Mike's Dolphin Tours

    I confess we didn't actually get a chance to go on the dolphin tour. We had tickets reserved, but we were enjoying ourselves on the bikes too much. From everything I read about them, they seem like the best outfit on the island. For the romantics, they also do sunset cruises.

  • 6. Olde Pink House
    The Olde Pink House, Savannah

    It's an old pink house off a square in Savannah. The only difference is the food is fantastic! Be sure to call ahead for a reservation. We waited too late and had to chance it downstairs in the Tavern, which is "first come, first served". Considering there are only 8 tables that they serve from, we got lucky and only had to wait about 20 minutes. It's the same menu as upstairs though, just a little less pretentious. Plus, they had a pianist helping to set the mood right next to a roaring fire.

  • 7. Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours
    6th Sense World - Historic Ghost and Cemetery Tours, Savannah

    This was something I wanted to do because when my girlfriend and I went to Charleston, they constantly mentioned Savannah as being the only other place as haunted. They offer 3 tours a night and we took the 9:30 one. Starting in a diner parking lot, you wander around the south side of Savannah through squares and around homes listening to some fantastic story telling about the sinister side of the city. For fans of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", they do mention its intertwining to other haunted events in the city. We went for the stories, not the ghosts, but you could see many who were in it hoping to see something. The tour guide claims that frequent hauntings of the tour are not uncommon but they didn't happen to this guy. Maybe you?

  • 8. Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
    Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, Tybee Island

    For some reason, I have a desire to climb towers. Whenever I visit a place that has a tower-like landmark, I go up it and the lighthouse is no exception. You can get a beautiful view of the entire island from the top and learn a little bit about the area's history as a military training center. You can even go around the surrounding neighborhood and see some of the old buildings that have been converted into B&B's, homes, and restaurants. Admission to the lighthouse also includes admission to the Tybee Island Historical Museum across the street, which isn't a bad little place, but we were more interested in the lighthouse.

  • 9. Cotton Exchange Tavern
    The Cotton Exchange Tavern & Restaurant, Savannah

    No trip to Savannah is not without a wander along the riverwalk. This was one of the best places I've eaten in my times along the river. It's food is mostly bar fare and seafood, but they do it well and without pretense. We sat upstairs and had a view of the boats going along the river.

  • 10. Coastal Scooters

    To end our trip, we wanted to rent a scooter and just see some of the historical sights at our own pace. Sadly, though, we got all messed up and couldn't find either scooter rental place until it was time to leave. If I had to do it again, though, I would rent early and just putter around all the squares and explore more.