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Walking Distance: 14 Spots to Visit from Upper East River

Savannah is a walking town. With its oak tree-lined streets, stunning architecture, eclectic shops, historic sites, trendy restaurants, and beautiful river views, there’s always something fun to do and see.

USA Weekend Magazine called Savannah one of the “top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” and The New York Times named it one of the “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots.”

When you live at Upper East River, there’s a variety of conveniences at your doorstep in Eastern Wharf–boutique shopping, fine restaurants, rooftop bars, coffee shops, and outdoor entertainment, to name a few. But, a short hop, skip, and a jump away, and there’s even more.

Slip on your walking shoes and leave your car keys behind while we stroll through Savannah:

Paris Market and Brocante, located at 36 W Broughton Street, is one of the coolest shops in Savannah. This two-story “flea market” is owned by Paula Danyluk, who travels the world in search of the latest treasures and home décor. From unique fixtures, old daguerreotypes, jewelry, soap, fabrics, or books, you never know what you’ll find. Be sure to check out the cafe on the first floor that sells delicious drinks, sweet macaroons, and tasty sandwiches.

The Savannah College of Art and Design has restored dozens of galleries in Savannah, one of which is the Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton Street. It’s open year round and hosts student, faculty, and visiting artist’s work. The shows are free, and they frequently have opening and closing receptions for each. Can you say date night?

Any time you’re out and about is a good time to visit Leopold’s Ice Cream, one of the most famous spots in Savannah! It was founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece, and it’s still a fan favorite 100 years later. The new location at 212 Broughton Street includes all original fixtures like the black marble soda fountain and wooden interior phone booth.

If you’re in the market for some funky recycled clothing from another era, Civvies, at 22 Broughton Street, is a great stop. Although the clothes are all recycled, they’re high quality, and you’ll undoubtedly find some of the coolest statement pieces in Savannah.

Nickie Grace and Hilton Decker. Hilton Decker, 15 West York Street, is an upscale men’s store that specializes in European clothing. The shop is owned by Alton Brecker, who also owns the nearby Nickie Grace – a women’s store that’s simply handbag heaven! Both shops have been featured in Southern Living magazine.

24e located at 24 East Broughton Street, is your one-stop shop for contemporary and eclectic furniture, lighting and other home décor. Most of their items are constructed of silk, leather, or wood. Totally unique and not for the meek.

Zia Couture Jewelry, located at 325 West Broughton Street, features jewelry from over 30 different artists from around the world. Each of their stunning pieces is meticulously handcrafted, using the highest quality stones, metals, and other organic materials. Their signature “Sticks + Stones Collection” is inspired by nature and made in Savannah by founder, Zia Sachedina.

Forsyth Park is over 30 acres and was named after Georgia Governor, John Forsyth. The park is bordered by Park, Drayton, Whitaker, and Gaston streets, is home to the Confederate Memorial, a half shell theatre, tennis courts, basketball courts, a cafe, two playgrounds, and ample room for sports and events. You can come to walk, play, picnic, or just relax but people from all over come to see it’s most famous feature, the Forsyth Fountain.

Savannah is home to the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is just a stroll from Upper East River at 222 East Harris Street. With the highest twin steeples in all of downtown, it’s a sight you can’t miss. The church is open for self-guided touring Monday-Saturday, and a small donation of $3.00 per adult is appreciated.

Why not have dinner and drinks at the storied DeSoto hotel? Edgar’s Proof & Provision, at 15 East Liberty Street, is just a mile from Upper East River. The owner has expertly blended classic and modern flair to create one of Savannah’s most sought-after indoor-outdoor settings for craft cocktails and casual dining. Of course, no night at Edgar’s is complete without savoring a sip of their private label “Edgar’s Truth” bourbon. Drink at your own risk!

Enjoy the warm, coastal weather by sitting outside at Cha Bella, 102 East Broad Street. A true farm to table restaurant, all of their menu items are sourced from within driving distance of the restaurant, and just a 2-minute walk from Upper East River.

Socializing and entertaining is woven into the cultural fabric of Savannah and almost a prerequisite to living in the South. Anything and everything you’ll need to be a good guest–or host–is available right down the road from Upper East River at Emily McCarthy & Co. Barware, candles, china, personalized stationery, linens, trays, invitations, and place cards…it’s all there at 2428 Abercorn Street.

Need an outfit for the weekend? Custard Boutique, at 422 Whitaker Street, is a great place to shop for men’s, women’s and little one’s clothing, plus shoes, purses, and other accessories. They also offer a line of products that are strictly made in the South.

Want to start off your Sunday with a decadent champagne brunch or maybe just a delicious cup of joe? The Collins Quarter, 151 Bull Street, is styled after Melbourne’s historic Collins Street, where they deliver a unique café experience by pairing specialty coffee with innovative cuisine – all served in a relaxed and casual environment.

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