Top 10 Weekend Getaways


Savannah, Ga.

Deemed as the "Best Place for a Romantic Getaway" by the "Atlanta Journal Constitution," Savannah brings history to life while infusing it with romance and charm [source: Savannah Economic Development Authority]. Its roots date back to the pre-revolutionary war era. During the Civil War, General Sherman was so impressed by the city's beauty that he spared Savannah on his March to the Sea. Twenty-two of Savannah's 24 original town squares exist today along with a number of restored original structures.

Take in Savannah's history and charm by walking tour or carriage ride, ducking in and out of the many boutiques and antique shops along the way. You'll pass perfectly restored homes and churches, historical cemeteries, monuments, parks and squares. Note the "Haint Blue" trim on many of these sites, which is used to drive away the evil spirits [source: Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau]. Stop at the historical Mercer-Williams House Museum, once the restored home of Jim Williams of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fame. Themed tours include home, garden and architectural tours, civil war tours and a tour of movie location sets.

Make reservations well in advance for lunch at Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons restaurant (an order of fried green tomatoes, an asparagus sandwich and a glass of sweet tea is sounding pretty tasty right now). Dinner options range from local dives to haute cuisine, all with a focus on coastal delicacies. Treat the kids to dinner at The Pirates' House, once a gathering spot for pirates and sailors --history that the kids will eat up.