City Guide: Savannah, GA
Submerge yourself in the southern charm that is Savannah, GA. Rich in art, architecture, shopping, eats, history, and haunting (if you’re into that!) this destination is perfect for a weekend stay or a longer vacation! Here is my ultimate guide to Savannah eats, sites, and tips!
Best time to visit: I honestly don’t think there is a bad time to visit Savannah… We went at the end of October and the average temp. was in the mid 70’s during the day and 60’s at night which in my opinion is perfect. In the summer months you definitely have to like the heat because the average temp. is usually around the high 80’s.
Getting around: Savannah is a very walkable city. Once you are there everything is a short walk to the next destination. We were able to walk the entire city in a day. We did have a rental car that we took to our next destination, in addition to when we ventured out of the city, but other than that we didn’t move our car! We did uber home one night and had no issue ordering one.
Where to stay: Unless you’d really love to stay on the waterfront, which comes with the price tag, I’d recommend an airbnb. We stayed in the cutest carriage house which was similar to a studio apartment with a lofted bed. It was a 15 minute walk into town and, being an architecture buff, I loved taking different routes into town each morning while taking in all of the charm the homes boast. My husband and I gravitate towards Airbnb’s that have atleast a small kitchenette and opt to make a few smaller meals at home to help save money, but also love a luxurious hotel experience from time to time.
If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel there are plenty of options ranging from historic buildings like the Marshall House or the very elegant Mansion on Forsyth Park as well as options like the JW Marriott and Kimpton Brice.
What we did: Here is a full itinerary for our 3 days in Savannah. It included some eats, a ton of drinks, and taking in what the city had to offer. Fun fact: Savannah has no open container laws, meaning you can casually stroll the streets with your favorite adult beverage, so one of our favorite activities was grabbing a drink and strolling the streets.
We arrived Thursday early afternoon, settled into our Airbnb, showered after our road trip and walked into town. We grabbed dinner at Tequila Town and booked tickets for a midnight ghost tour. We had some time to kill between dinner and the tour so we found a few speak easy bars to check out. This was Dino’s favorite part!
Bars: Alley Cat Lounge, Mata Hair Speak Easy, Congress Olstreet Speak Easy
We stopped at Wet Willy’s for a frozen beverage before heading to our ghost tour. Wet Willy’s has dozens of 7-11 style frozen cocktail concoctions that you can mix and match. They are slushie, sugary, and I’m sure use liquor I only consumed in college, but you have to try it at least once while in Savannah! It was the perfect pre ghost tour beverage.
The ghost tour we did was with Ghost City Tour.
It was fun, informative, and our guide was very entertaining. The 11PM tour focuses on some of the darker hauntings and murders of the city so it’s recommended for people over 16. We booked the Dead of Night Tour which started at 11PM and lasted 90 minutes. It covered a good portion of the city. Be sure to wear comfy shoes!
Friday Morning we woke up and headed into town. We went to Collins Quarters at Forsyth Park for Brunch. Must tries are the Chicken and Waffles, Crab Benedict and of course mimosas.
We walked through some of the squares on the way to the waterfront also stopping to tour St. John’s Cathedral on the way. Once at the waterfront, we strolled the City Market Shops before heading up to Rocks on the Roof for a sunset cocktail. Gorgeous sunset views of the city! We ended the day with dinner at Vics on the River. It was pricier but worth every penny. We really pulled out all the stops here in terms of trying the menu- Apps: Fried green tomatoes, Fried calamari, Crab cake + Entrees: Pan seared salmon, Filet Mignon
Saturday we woke up and checked out a local coffee shop, Perc, for coffees and breakfast. From there we headed to Bonaventure Cemetery outside of the city. We wandered the massive cemetery ourselves while reading about the various souls who rest there. Beautiful setting with some chilling stories. After our stroll we hopped back in the car and drove out to Tybee Island for a beautifully late fall afternoon. We sat on the beach and enjoyed a couple beverages after lunch at Fannies on the Beach. We sat on the upstairs deck which had an awesome view of the ocean. Tybee island is so quaint and worth its own trip back for sure and we are glad we checked it out even if only for a few hours.
That concluded our trip to Savannah! From there we headed to Charleston, SC. Stay tuned for a travel guide for Charleston coming soon!