by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2012
Gryphon Tea RoomSchool lunch. Much more than hot drinks are available at the book-lined Gryphon Tea Room, part of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Enjoy fare both savory and sweet while bathed in the soft light from the gorgeous stained-glass ceiling. It's a great spot for lunch or afternoon tea. Find out more from Yelp at

Forsyth Park fountain
Slow Southern stroll.
Covering 30 acres in the city's historic district, Forsyth Park is recognizable by its iconic fountain. Walking paths beckon all year, even now when daytime temperatures often hover around a relatively chilly 60 degrees F. Trees bedecked in Spanish moss shade the trails, and plenty of benches offer rest for the weary. Visit Savannah has a visitors' center in the park.

Historic mansion of Savannah
Stay for this.
On Dec. 8, the city's 38th annual Holiday Tour of Homes begins, featuring some of the historic mansions that have made Savannah famous. More than a dozen houses are festooned for the season, and each outing visits at least six of them. A Victorian tea is offered on Saturday afternoon.


Divinity treat by the Savannah Candy Co.

Divine Sweets.
One of the many delights to be found in this Southern city is Divinity, a nougat confection that often is sprinkled with locally cultivated pecans. Some of the best is made by the Savannah Candy Co. on River Street. 

Take a drive:
Three miles of public beach await your toes on Tybee Island, a barrier island 18 miles from Savannah. Rent a bike, explore the lighthouses or just enjoy the sea breeze.