Off the Beaten Path
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I headed to Savannah on a Friday to pick up a friend and run back home on Saturday. She had never been on a ghost tour or a pub crawl before. I am a veteran, so I knew there was one thing to avoid: family-friendly outings if there are only adults at your party. I do love children, especially my grandchildren. However, the most delicious haunted tours run late at night and interfere with bedtime routines. Only sometimes a great mix.
After reviewing all the available ghost tours in Savannah, I checked the weather. I look for shuttles and trolleys for dreary, cold, and rainy nights. Fortunately, the scheduled weather was overcast. Perfect weather to adventure the streets of one of the most haunted cities in America.
The Savannah Ghost Tour on 214 E. Bay Street immediately caught my eye with its top reviews. Promised a night of entertaining historical haunt stories and a pub crawl, I signed on for an evening of fun and frivolity. Our tour guide, Lisa, sure delivered! She was kind in a problematic situation within our group. She was fun and intelligent, sharp with her humor, and a tad sarcastic.
We started in an invitation-only bar, a speakeasy. Our first experience happened there in the bathroom. I smelled burning sage along with the bathroom potpourri and assumed someone on another floor was purifying the building. Another person had the door close on them as they tried to exit and noted the cold temperature of the restroom. As a former science teacher, I look for explanations. The air conditioning could have kicked on and created a pressure difference that closed the door. Lisa also had an experience later in the evening when we returned from the walk. We watched her because it was clear something was going on. She slightly creaked open the single bathroom door, and it appeared she had experienced something. She later told us she heard the toilet flush and thought someone was there. After some time, no one exited, so she went on in.
I saw movement in an upper window and attempted to capture what appeared to be someone looking at us. Another member of our group also saw it. I will let you decide for yourself from the pictures.
An old row of holding cells was bricked up. I stuck my phone in and took three pictures in quick succession. You can judge for yourself my results.
The invitation-only bar boasts original drinks concocted by the handsome bartender. As an all-inclusive ghost tour, the expense was higher than other tours. Drinks included in the tour more than offset the price difference.
If you take any walking tour in Savannah, wear excellent walking shoes. The cobblestones can be a bit treacherous. Expect to walk about 4 miles to cover the entire historic district. I just remembered that I did not record my steps but checking my app, I walked 4.4 miles. However, not all of that was on the walking tour, as I roamed up and down River street with the cute galleries and shops for an hour or so before we started.