While the South has been having spurts of warmth this winter, most people across the country are still bundled up and dreaming of the first signs of spring. If you’re wanderlusting of some place warm and beautiful to visit this spring, Savannah, Georgia should be at the top of your list.
Savannah is your quintessential Southern city with a small town feel. You won’t see skyscrapers, but you can walk almost anywhere. Romantic Spanish moss drapes the tree lined streets and parks are as numerous as the cute shops and cafes downtown.
The culture has a nice mix of modernity and history. You can visit plantations during the day, stroll through the parks and historic district, dine at an 18th-century mansion at the Olde Pink House, and go on a ghost tour in the evening – but there are also a plethora of trendy and modern restaurants, shops, and bars.
Here are seven reasons why you need to take a weekend getaway to Savannah this spring:
1. Comfortable weather
A good portion of Savannah's attractions are outside. Savannah is a very walkable city, and the spring temperatures in the 70s make it the most comfortable season to be outside. From June to September, the heat and humidity in Savannah can be unbearable, forcing you to take refuge indoors and miss out on some of Savannah's best features.
Most restaurants and cafes have outdoor patios, perfect for soaking in the charm of the city. The same goes for bars, especially the famous Lulu's Chocolate Bar, which serves dessert martinis that you can order to-go and wander the downtown streets with due to the city's open container laws. One of my favorite things to do in Savannah is to have a nice glass of wine on one of the city's rooftop bars overlooking the river at sunset.
2. The Azalea bloom
Savannah does not get any prettier than during the springtime azalea bloom. These flowers bloom on every corner, making the city burst with gorgeous, bright, spring colors. The peak of the bloom is usually around mid-March, but you can see the flowers through parts of April.
3. The Beach
Springtime is a great time of year to take advantage of Savannah's proximity to the beach. While the water may still be cold, places like Tybee Island and Hilton Head will be the perfect temperature for beach strolls, and fewer crowds make the beaches easier to get to and more beautiful.
4. the Event calendar
Many of Savannah's biggest events take place during the spring. From the famous St. Patricks Day parade in March to the Savannah Music Festival in late March/early April and the Savannah River Street Seafood Festival in May, there is something to spark anyone's interest.
5. Fewer tourists
The peak tourist season in Savannah is summer, despite the scorching weather. Visiting Savannah in the spring time will mean lower hotel rates, and less time waiting in lines, including a shorter wait to get the famous Leopold's ice cream.
When my husband and I visited Savannah last March, we left the city charmed and wanting more. It may be the perfect weekend getaway trip you've been dreaming about!