Although my parents grew up in Savannah, my siblings and I did not (for the most part- the older 3 Patton kids lived there 2 or 3 years when they were little before I was born). So when we went to visit, if we weren’t playing on the beach at Tybee or in our cousins’ backyards, we enjoyed the touristy stuff.
To this day, one of my favorite touristy places to visit in Savannah is River Street. Located along the Savannah River, it is loaded with shops, restaurants, hotels, boats (in the river, not the street…duh), tour rides, tourists, and enough cobble stones to trip you (ok, me) up multiple times.
There’s a place to buy tickets for tours of downtown Savannah, and they pick you up right off the sidewalk.
You can also pay to catch a ride on the Georgia Queen river boat. My Nana took me and my brother Jordan on this boat when I was younger. Mostly, I remember that it was very hot (it was June) and that most the seats were taken. But still, I liked being able to say I’d been on one of those big ol’ river boats.
If you don’t feel like walking around, you can sit in the shade and watch the boats go by.
You can always find street vendors (and, often, performers as well).
There’s also a street market.
Of course, you can just stick with the shops on the regular storefront side of the street and get such classy gems as these…
If you want something cold (and alcoholic) to drink, you can stop by Wet Willie’s. It’s kind of a fun place just to look at inside, even if you don’t get a drink.
But my favorite place on River Street is a candy shop. Nope, not this one.
While there’s nothing wrong with the Savannah Candy Kitchen (um, it’s a candy kitchen. how could anything be wrong with that??), it’s just not the real McCoy for me.
I’ve got my sites on it.
Here it is! River Street Sweets.
Hello, old friend.
What’s so great about it? I’ll show you. It’s too bad we don’t have scratch and sniff screens because that would do all the talking for me. As soon as you near the doorway, you can smell the fresh pralines being made.
They don’t just make them. They cut them up into bite sized pieces so that you can sample them as you come in. Mmmm…
Meet my new best friend. Not only did he say, “you better!” when I asked if I could take pictures of him working, he even posed without being asked. So friendly! And he knows how to make pralines! Watch out, Tom!
Seriously, y’all, if they made nothing BUT pralines, they would be a huge success. But of course, that’s NOT all they do.
Here are some seasonal treats on display in front of this little moving candy maker statue that has been here for so long, I don’t remember the store without it. Of course, the store is older than me.
And here are a few of the bagged goodies they have that make awesome gifts. And yes, they do mail order gifts. (Christmas is coming up, and this is the perfect place to choose a gift from for a family that loves sweets or a business you appreciate working with!!)
Here’s where you can check out with all your goodies. Look how many things they have covered in chocolate! And on the other side, they have fudge. SO many types of delicious fudge and various chocolate barks.
If you step down into the next room, they have salt water taffy galore.
And you also get to see it being made.
I would like to do that job, I think.
You can choose from all sorts of candies and pay by the pound as well. I particularly love the Jelly Bellys.
And there’s ice cream. Such a perfect treat for a hot day in the hot candy store. And lots to choose from…yum.
Of course, I skipped the ice cream this time around. I headed to the counter (no, I’m not in the picture below)….
…and walked away with a caramel and chocolate and candy covered apple (which I could only eat about a 4th of this time), white chocolate dipped marshmallows, a chocolate and toffee dipped pretzel, and a praline. For me, this counts as moderation.
I love River Street Sweets. And with so many delicious treats, I bet you will too. That’s why I’m giving away a ten dollar gift card to the store!
If you would like to win this for yourself or someone who you think deserves a sweet gift, just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite sweet treat is (even if they don’t carry it at River Street Sweets…which is hard to imagine)!
Have a sweet weekend, and winners will be announced on Monday. You have until then to enter!