A large portion of my family lives in Georgia and my parents are in Charleston so I’ve been to Savannah quite a bit over the years. However, I hadn’t been in 3 years, so my mom, sister, and I decided to do a little road trip down to Savannah at the end of June. My sister, Sarah (you know her from here!), can work remotely and I’m on summer break from teaching so we went during the week and it was just perfect. Savannah is a great place to go for a girls’ trip or with your significant other so I want to share all my inside scoop on this charming city. I do have to say that it is one of the absolute prettiest, most picturesque, and romantic cities in all of the country. You’ll fall in love! I hope you enjoy my Savannah Travel Guide loves!
Savannah Travel Guide
Perry Lane Hotel: the Perry Lane Hotel is the newest crown jewel of Savannah. It opened its doors in summer 2018 and immediately became a beloved destination in the heart of the Historic District. The hotel beautifully blends the historic charm of Savannah with a sleek contemporary design. The rooftop bar is super fun too!
Hamilton Turner House: we stayed here last week and fell in love. It is an old house (with a rich history!) that has been turned into a boutique bed and breakfast hotel. It is absolutely gorgeous and simply oozing with Southern charm and character. They serve a delicious breakfast every morning and drinks in the evening so you’ll feel right at home. Every room is decorated differently, all in a Southern fashion, and the bathrooms are spacious, bright, and beautiful. I would 100% stay here again and would recommend it to anyone!
Eliza Thompson House: a gorgeous B&B in a great location. It is nestled in among the charming homes on Jones Street (one of my favorite streets to walk) so you could almost miss it. It has beautiful southern decor and a private, peaceful feel.
Mirabelle Hotel: a beautiful little vacation rental spot with a handful of one-bedroom suites. It’s perfect to stay at with a significant other or with your best girlfriend. The Mirabelle Café is located on the bottom floor so you’ll have the easiest access to your morning coffee ever. It’s also located right by the center of town.
Wedding Cake Mansion: Year after year, this house is awarded the ribbon for being the most photographed house in Savannah so you know it’s an amazing place to stay. You can rent out the whole house for your family or group so it’s a really special place to call home for your trip.
The Collins Quarter: the menu here is a blend of Southern and Australian cuisine and simply delicious. I recommend going for brunch and ordering the avocado smash (it’s stacked sky high with fresh avocado), the watermelon peach burrata salad, a Vietnamese ice coffee, and the drunken berry mimosa. You’ll thank me later! It is also a bright and beautiful space with a very Instagram-worthy bar area.
Sandfly BBQ: BBQ lovers will not want to miss this spot. With its casual diner atmosphere and it’s mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork, and Brunswick stew, you’ll be in food Heaven and leave with a very full belly.
Soho South Cafe: the atmosphere here is great. You’ll love the exposed brick walls and the bright turquoise chairs at the bar. The food is good but I really recommend this restaurant more for cocktails because the bar area at the front of the restaurant has a great vibe.
The Olde Pink House: a Savannah staple. This is 100% a tourist hub but sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist. The building is pink and you’ll be seated in one of several different rooms as the restaurant is in an old house. They serve up good ‘ole Southern food but keep in mind that they serve the type of food you’d expect to eat at a super touristy spot.
The Public Kitchen & Bar: American fare with an eclectic selection of cocktails. This restaurant has mid-century modern decor so it is a great place to go to mix it up from all the traditional southern style around the city. Did I mention they have delicious shrimp and grits?!
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: this southern diner has been family owned since 1943 so expect to be treated like part of the family. You’ll be served at communal tables and won’t believe your eyes when you see the lunch portions.
Gryphon: the SCAD coffee shop and café (also known as the cutest college coffee spot ever). It’s very intimate and elegant as the walls are lined with carved-mahogany bookcases and stained glass panels original to the building.
Chocolat: oh me, oh my you absolutely have to go here even if you don’t like chocolate. The owner of this fabulous little chocolate shop is a true visionary with a passion for chocolate! The store is designed like a library and each bookshelf is filled with books and different flavors and types of chocolate. It is without a doubt the best chocolate shop I’ve ever been to! I recommend getting a bag of chocolates and walking over to the nearby Chippewa Square to sit on a park bench and sample all of your delicious bites of Heaven.
Leopold’s: go here to get your ice cream cone fix. You should absolutely expect a line outside on a warm night but their ice cream is definitely worth the wait. They have some super yummy southern flavors too!
Mirabelle Café: this is the perfect neighborhood coffee shop that should become your go-to while on your trip. Their coffee is yummy but they are also known for their famous waffles. It’s also a charming spot with a mix of exposed brick walls and ditsy floral wallpaper.
Gallery Espresso: a bohemian style coffee shop with light food. They have great wifi so it’s a good place to pop into to catch up on emails while in town.
The Street: yup, you read that right, in Savannah there are no open container laws so you can walk around the whole city with a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail. It’s really quite amazing and so fun if I do say so myself!
Artillery Bar: what a wonderful bar this is! It’s the perfect place to go for an after dinner nightcap or to go out on the weekends because it has such a great energy. The bar has standing room but if you sit at the bar or in a booth then you get your own special doorbell. The bartenders and waiters don’t come around to you and bother you, instead you ring your bell every time you need something or want to order and someone appears within moments… it’s wonderful! Plus, their craft cocktails are out of this world good!
Rocks on the River: This spot is exactly what it sounds like, a rooftop bar on the river. Savannah is historically a port city (which is why it is the oldest city in Georgia!) so it sits on the Savannah River. Parts of Savannah that sit on the river are industrial so I don’t recommend going here during the day (it’s just not the prettiest part of town). Instead, go here for evening drinks to catch the sunset and relax after a busy day of touring around. P.S. it’s on the roof of the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
The Paris Market: the Paris market is a reason in and of itself to love Savannah. It is a two story treasure trove full of every trinket you can image from candles to jewelry as well as décor items, cookbooks, furniture, and more. Grab a basket, wander around, and before you know it, your entire basket will be filled with goodies! It also has its own little café and coffee shop and is delicious and adorable in its own right.
Number Four Eleven: if you love monograms and embroidery, then this is the place for you. It is truly monogram Heaven! This shop is two stories of napkins, towels, bedding, robes, pajamas and more… basically everything you can think of to monogram. Everything they sell is beautiful and they can do really special monogramming. For instance, if you have a wedding crest/logo/monogram you can bring it to them or send them a digitized version of it and they can print in on pillows, napkins, or anything else for your wedding. Without spoiling too much, I’ll say that I’m doing a few specialty monogram items with them for my wedding!
One Fish Two Fish: this is a beautiful local home and gift store that I love popping into when I’m in town.
Alex Raskin Antique: the mother of all antique stores! This four story antique destination is also known as Savannah’s “most interesting shop.”
Read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: I read this book years ago and loved it. If you are planning to go to Savannah for the first time and you haven’t read this book then I highly recommend it. This book really put Savannah on the map on a national scale back in the late nineties. It tells stories of the rich history of Savannah and the people who’ve made the city so colorful. It’s a wild read! On another cultural note, you of course have to watch Forrest Gump before you travel to Savannah!
Walk the Town Squares: Savannah is so incredibly unique because it sits on 24 town squares. I always set aside time to go to parks and squares when I visit different destinations so you can imagine how much I swoon over and enjoy the square in Savannah. Each one has something different about it that makes it special and beautiful (examples: Chippewa Square got its fame from Forrest Gump and Wright Square is the place to go for a dose of haunted Savannah). Give me a Southern live oak trees with dripping Spanish moss and I’m a happy girl.
Carriage Ride: Because there are so many squares to see and so many different picturesque blocks to cover, I recommend doing a carriage ride on your first day in Savannah. You’ll get the lay of the land, quickly see more than you would just from walking, and you’ll hear stories of Savannah past from the settling of the colony to modern times. Yes, this is touristy but yes I love it!
Historic Home Tours: There are handful of historic homes to tour in Savannah. I love history so I’ve toured a bunch of them. There standouts are are: Sorrel Weed House, Owens Thomas House, and Harper Fowlkes House.
Telfair Museum: the first public art museum in the United States. It has a focus on Georgia’s history, art, and architecture (and a great place to pop inside to beat the heat of the summer).
Ghost Tour: My siblings, cousins, friends and I seriously loved the ghost tours when we were kids. They are also very touristy but quiet a hoot. You’ll hear stories from the Civil War, of scandalous affairs and murders, and of creepy cemeteries.
Visit Tybee Island: the beautiful southern beaches of Tybee Island are just 20 minutes away from downtown Savannah so it’s the perfect place to go on your trip if you’re looking for another outdoor excursion. After all, nothing beats a beach day! My grandmother used to take us to all the southern lighthouses that she could so I have a sweet spot for them. Therefore, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend going to the Tybee Island Lighthouse while on Tybee as well.
I wore this Madewell Dress and this Club Monaco wrap dress for my two main days out and around Savannah. Bother were light and airy, which was perfect for the summer humidity. I also carried my Cult Gaia purse (also available here and similar for less here) and wore my favorite M.Gemi sandals of the summer… these braided tan sandals.
As always, if you are planning a trip to Savannah, feel free to email me with any questions at [email protected]! xxx