We wanted to return to Daufuskie Island, S.C., located between Savannah and Hilton Head Island, so decided to drive down to Savannah to spend the night before catching the morning ferry to Daufuskie. We arrived in Savannah in the late afternoon and checked into the East Bay Inn, which is located just across the street from the River Street shops. http://www.eastbayinn.com/
We had reserved a petite queen suite and it was quite comfortable and a corner room overlooking the street. Supposedly guests have had ghost encounters in this room, but we enjoyed a peaceful encounter-free evening. The hotel is perfectly located to walk easily around the historic downtown area.
I would definitely go back again for the value, comfort and location. They offer a continental breakfast in the basement and the receptionist and staff were friendly and helpful. They have complimentary wine in the bar in the early evening, and of course we took advantage of that before walking over to the river for a stroll.
We were getting hungry by this time and we love oysters. After walking the length of the River Street tourist area, we decided on Bernies Oyster House for our oyster fix. http://berniesoysterhouse.com/
After our snack we wandered back to the East Bay Inn to freshen up for the evening. We wandered around the shopping and restaurant district for a while and I spotted a familiar sight – Leopold’s Ice Cream!
Located at 212 E. Broughton Street, Leopold’s has been a Savannah landmark since 1919. http://www.leopoldsicecream.com/
We wandered around a bit more to walk off our indulgence then turned in for the night. The next morning we were up and out to explore towards Tybee Island. We were catching the mid-day Bloody Point Ferry to Daufuskie Island from the Savannah Bend Marina at Thunderbolt, located just outside of Savannah on the way to Tybee Island. We wanted to eat at the Crab Shack, however, they didn’t open in time for us to eat and catch the ferry. We did enjoy checking out their really cool decorating, gator pool and bird aviary. http://www.thecrabshack.com/
Real little gators next to the pond