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Historic architecture. Fine dining. Rooftop cocktails.
Savannah, Georgia represents an epicurean’s delight.
The good life abounds.
Strolling tree-shaded streets which served as the backdrop for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and “Forest Gump.” Sunning in Forsyth Park. Ghost Tours. Shrimp and grits.
For a week’s vacation, or even just a night, Savannah’s unique mix of attributes and personality makes it a “must-see” for travelers.
The Globetrotter: A Savannah VRBO Gem
On the eastern edge of the historic district you’ll find a 1,252-square-foot called The Globetrotter. This two-story, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home built in 1872 is the perfect home base for any Savannah vacation. My wife, myself and a friend recently spent two nights there, and we all agreed we’d eagerly stay there again on our next visit to Savannah.
The Globetrotter pulls off what can prove a tricky combo in Savannah: location in or near the historic district and quiet.
Two of my most miserable nights of what masqueraded for sleep occurred in Savannah at a rental unit overlooking raucous Broughton Street — Savannah’s “main drag.”
Savannah has become a “go-to” destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, girls’ trips, romantic getaways and more. Its open container ordinance allows for drinking alcohol in public. It hosts one of the most boisterous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation. Its bar and nightlife may be the best of any city its size in the South. Two military bases are located nearby.
Add it all up and Savannah can be lively – and noisy. When staying in historic accommodations without soundproof windows only one story up from street level, the party can feel like it’s in your living room.
Not so at The Globetrotter, which is situated along a residential street one block from Troupe Square. Consider the location “revelry adjacent.” Close enough to access, far enough away sleep.
The convenient location also allows for “rest stops” throughout the day. Return to The Globetrotter to wait out the midday heat or freshen up before dinner or cocktails.
Another MAJOR bonus for the Globetrotter is its dedicated parking space at the back entrance to the home. Savannah is historic, tight and can be crowded. That means parking is at a premium. Being able to park at the house and walk to attractions and restaurants saves hundreds of dollars in valet fees over a week’s stay when compared to in-town hotels and endless aggravation and circling if staying out of the downtown area.
Need more than one parking spot? The parking on this street is free, another benefit not to be overlooked in Savannah where most street parking is metered.
Although we left our trust German Shepherd at home, this home is dog-friendly, which can be difficult to find in a vacation rental in Savannah, especially one of this caliber.
Southern Hospitality Abounds in this Vacation Rental in Savannah
A wall-sized chalkboard in the kitchen listing recommended breakfast, lunch and dinner spots provides a homey welcome upon check-in. The back entrance to the house is accessed through a small private courtyard with patio set and gas grill.
The sunlit kitchen features a large island with a full compliment of large appliances. On those nights you choose to eat in, you’ll be well-equipped to do so at The Globetrotter. A Kroger grocery store is located a half-mile away for supplies. In the kitchen you’ll also find the full-size stackable washer and dryer.
A ground floor living space with attached half-bathroom, pullout couch and big-screen TV separate the kitchen in this “shotgun” style house from a large dining area. There’s also a giant massage chair to soothe your aching body after a day spent walking around Savannah on foot.
The dining room table just beyond can easily accommodate six and also doubles as an accommodating workspace, plenty large enough for two or three people to spread out with laptop computers.
The Wi-Fi at The Globetrotter was strong throughout our stay. We were also impressed with the hospitality of our host, who checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed. The home was well stocked with toiletries, water, snacks and more.
Nighty-night: A Comfy, Quiet Place to Lay Your Head
The home’s two bedrooms are accessed up a steep, narrow flight of stairs. Again, if you have mobility issues, take note.
The master features a queen bed with attached full bathroom and shower. Large dressers and a closet in the bathroom offer more than enough space for longer stays and multiple wardrobe changes.
An additional full bathroom can be found outside the guest bedroom which also has a queen bed.
Most importantly, both bedrooms are dark and quiet.
Nearby in Savannah’s Historic District
Located directly across East Harris Street from The Globetrotter is the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center. The Beach Institute was founded just after the Civil War in 1867 to serve as the city’s first official school for Black children. Visit the historic home and its art collection Tuesday-Saturday from noon-5PM. Adult admission is $10, seniors, students and military at $7, kids under 5 are free.
Less than a five-minute walk down Price Street you’ll find Screamin’ Mimi’s Pizza, a local’s pizza joint serving piping hot, fresh, inexpensive pies with neighborhood charm. Order a large meat lovers to go and enjoy it back at The Globetrotter.
Savannah: Getting Here and Getting Around
Savannah is served by a small international airport. By car, it’s two hours south of Charleston, South Carolina, two hours north of Jacksonville, Florida, and four hours southeast of Atlanta. Interstates provide easy access from all points.
Once in town, however, ditch that car and get to steppin.’ Savannah is best experienced on foot at street level where the city’s endless architectural details, quirks and charms come alive.
Savannah’s National Historic District is the largest in the nation. It houses the vast majority of tourist attractions and covers roughly a mile square. The sidewalks are as historic as the buildings and that means they uneven, uprooted and all-around dodgy – if you have mobility difficulties, utilize pedicabs or the hop-on, hop-off tour buses.