The name alone is enough to get anyone intrigued. Head over to the Isle of Hope and Sandfly to take in the awe-inspiring scenery, delicious food, and amazing shopping centers. The Isle of Hope is a historic neighborhood and one of Thomas Square Streetcar district’s trendiest areas, thanks to the number of outstanding restaurants and unique shops it is home to. The Isle of Hope is a magnificent residential neighborhood located nearby on the Intracoastal Waterway, featuring incredible live oaks and mansions from the 1800s and the early 1900s.
Photographers simply adore the vivid oak tree-lined entry that leads to the Wormsloe Plantation. It was even filmed for “The General’s Daughter” movie. Seeing this long and wide dirt road personally is well worth the long trip you’ll need to take to the Isle of Hope. But that’s not it! Wormsloe is a colonial estate from the 1700s with miles of excellent walking trails, fascinating outdoor antiques, and a museum. After finishing your exploration of Wormsloe, keeping going to reach Bluff Drive, which is one of Savannah’s most awe-inspiringly beautiful spots. The Historic Street overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway boasts of an unobstructed view of the magnificent Wilmington River and magnificent mansions.
Whether it’s udon noodles, chiles poblanos, barbecue beef briskets, or fried shrimp, avid foodies won’t have any trouble catering to the demands of their bellies in Sandfly. Jalapenos is a reputed Mexican restaurant located nearby that sticks true to Mexican cuisine while Heiwa’s is a famous Japanese restaurant, which is a major hit among the local population. Sandfly Bar-B-Q is a tiny eatery with a huge punch, serving the best Brunswick stew, pulled ribs, pork, and potato fries you’ll find in the city. Driftaway Café happens to be an amazing local seafood place that offers an incredibly satisfying dinner, lunch, and brunch menu, full of flavorful and fresh shellfish and fish dishes.
Where to Have Fun?
Looking to chug cheap beer and hang out with the locals? Try stopping by the Sandfly Bar & Grill, which is an amazing sports-themed restaurant and bar located in the Norwood Shopping Center. It stays open well into the night and boasts of delicious burgers, live entertainers, big-screen LED TVs, and pool tables. If you’re craving a wonderful atmosphere and a lovely cocktail to go along, Driftaway Café has a wonderful bar that might be to your taste. Apart from housing a fully-stocked bar and offering an excellent seafood menu, it also has live music bands playing on most weekends where you can enjoy performances by local talent.
Shoppers looking for unique gifts and hip clothing choices should definitely head for the Historic District in Savannah. Locals regularly visit Sandfly to shop at the numerous businesses located nearby. This neighborhood has multiple shopping centers, featuring beautiful boutiques, which specialize in fashionable and hip apparel from EJ Scandals, Pink Door, and James Gunn. You can also visit the Magnolia’s of Savannah and Sweet Tea Home gift shops to get gifts worthy of bringing back home for your friends.
The Isle of Hope Historic District happens to be a friendly riverside community, which has grown significantly since its origins in the 1800s. Located on an inland island around 8 miles away from downtown Savannah, this place has the non-historic development towards the south, west, and north, and the Skidaway River towards the east. Local Savannah residents initially used to frequent the Isle of Hope during the summer months of the 1840s and 1850s, to get away from the rampant mosquito infestation and sweltering heat. It grew more popular when railroad lines were expanded to connect it to Savannah after the American Civil War. The early 1900s saw the Historic District become a coveted Savannah suburb with residents staying here throughout the year.
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