Forbes called Savannah, Georgia one of the 10 coolest cities to visit in 2018, and after playing around with the dates on Allegiant Air's website, you can get there with less than $100 round trip flights from CVG if you schedule for this spring or summer.
Allegiant flies the route on Mondays, Fridays, and sporadic Wednesdays. Bags cost extra (this is a budget airline after all), but Savannah is so warm you can pack light any time of the year.
WHAT TO DO
One of the best activities in Savannah is simply walking around the Historic District to admire the architecture and Southern charm of the city. Spend time shopping in an open-air market and snap an Instagram-worthy photo of Savannah’s iconic Spanish moss at Forsythe Park or Bonaventure Cemetery.
Then, learn more on a historical trolley tour or brave the ghost tours that dive deeper into Savannah’s haunted past. Schedule a quick stop at the colorful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist as well—the French Gothic church is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.
Of course, Savannah’s proximity to the ocean is another appealing feature to freezing Ohioans. Tybee Island, Savannah’s closest beach, is only 20 minutes away.
WHERE TO STAY
Two of the most popular places to stay are in the heart of the Historic District or along the riverfront. Both are centrally located, so it’s easy to explore the city on foot.
The Historic District is packed full of winding cobblestone streets, hundred-year-old mansions, and sprawling parks. After a day of exploring, relax in comfort at the award-winning Foley House Inn, a possibly haunted (but definitely charming) bed & breakfast from the 1800s.
Or, consider booking your stay on the famous River Street. It runs along the Savannah River and is lined with galleries, boutiques, and an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. Reserve a room in the Cotton Sail Hotel, a renovated cotton warehouse, for a truly Southern experience on the water.
EAT AND DRINK
Don’t come to Savannah if you’re on a diet, because this city serves Southern comfort food at its finest.
Build your own biscuit sandwich at Back in the Day Bakery or get lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, an all-you-can-eat restaurant where guests pass around the famous fried chicken in family style seating. Mrs. Wilkes is only open from 11 AM to 2 PM on weekdays, but locals and visitors alike insist that the line snaking out the door is worth the wait.
Polish off dinner with a few scoops of homemade ice cream from Leopold’s and finish your night with Chatham Artillery Punch, a Savannah special made with liquor and champagne, or one of 300 martinis on the menu at Jen’s and Friends.
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