At Bonnie Blue Walking Tours of Savannah, lifelong Savannah resident and licensed tour guide Bonnie leads tourists and curious residents through the streets and squares of her hometown on fully customized walking tours. The knowledgeable local employs her extensive knowledge of history, as well as her love for her home city, to entertain and inform patrons during historical walks and spooky ghost tours.
Yoga Co-Op specializes in Jivamukti, a Vinyasa form of Hatha yoga that inspired its first practitioners in 1984. Encompassing tenets beyond mat work, Jivamukti operates on a five-pronged philosophy that encompasses scripture, devotion, non-harming, music, and meditation. When students enter the facility, they first see a floor-to-ceiling mural of swirling pink, blue, and yellow that pops against black walls. The attention-grabbing art counterbalances the muted feel of the studio, however, where eggshell walls and simple green plants evoke simplicity and set the mood for the physical and spiritual lessons ahead. Seven classes challenge practitioners of varying experience levels, whether they're at the start of their yoga experience or have grown with their discipline. Among the courses, Spiritual Warrior keeps its busy students in mind with a 7:15 a.m. class time, and beginner Vinyasa introduces novices to slower-paced moves. Peace In/Peace Out aids in relaxation, and meditation classes put a Jivamukti spin on the ancient discipline.
Parked on a high ledge next to a bust of Ronald Reagan wearing a party hat, a miniature DeLorean patrols The Wormhole, a sit-down coffee shop that doles out caffeine and pop-culture kitsch in equal doses. For children of the 1980s, the cafe delivers a "wormhole" experience, surrounding them in emblems of an era: Nintendo games (available for play), ET collectibles, plush gremlins, and Star Wars doodads. The menu also smacks of the 80s, although it frequently changes to accommodate seasonal tastes. In recent times, baristas have fused espresso with cocoa puffs, and dished out donuts encrusted with Fruity Pebbles. Select beverages come with a Nilla wafer-chaser. As for edibles, Fritz Pastries supplies homemade tarts (a gourmet variation of the kind that come in silver foil) and other handheld treats.
Savannah Slow Ride packs up to 15 pedal-pushers on its custom-designed, eco-friendly bicycles as they coast at a leisurely gait along the historic downtown milieu. Invite five friends or two-and-a-half horses onboard for an uninterrupted sightsee of the city's scenery that doubles as a mild lower-body workout. An employee bike captain steers the vessel while up to 10 strong-calved cycle-sailors man the foot-oars along pedals attached to their seats. The remaining riders can unpack home-brought feasts along the bike's wooden countertops or pour plastic cups of Gatorade as "Eye of the Tiger" loops from the bike's speaker set.
Savannah's Clay Spot familiarizes fledgling sculptors with ceramic art during two-hour introductory classes. Donatello-inspired duos can journey to the center's fully equipped studio, where they are encouraged to craft strategically shaped bisques upon a potter's wheel or hand-sculpt a personal collection of Bob Dole statuettes. After students have finished their muddy masterpieces, the studio's kiln gurus will fire and glaze pieces to ensure durability. Students can then take completed works home. Though the center provides students with tools and equipment, students must purchase clay from the studio's specialized stock.
Forsyth Park's year-round greenery stretches through the southern half of the Savannah Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District with cobblestone streets, 18th- and 19th-century mansions, and monument-laden city squares. The nearby Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the legacy of local civil-rights activism with exhibits such as a recreated lunch counter to honor the movement's historic sit-ins.In the winter, moderate temperatures keep vegetation verdant and accumulated snow a rare occurrence. About a half hour drive east, Tybee Island holds some of the best vistas of the southern landscape. Visitors can explore the Fort Pulaski National Monument's antebellum brick fort, still pocked by Civil War–era cannon blasts and overlooking rolling hills, sparkling inlets, and the remains of 19th-century laser guns.