I’ve been to Savannah twice now, different times of the year and very different trips. The first time was in early March for my bachelorette party and the second time was late October for a weekend getaway with Bryant. In March, the weather was so perfect, around 70-80 degrees and then in October it was great too but colder – around mid 50’s to mid 60’s. If I were to plan another trip, I would say either March-April or September-October would be perfect. (I heard it’s unbearably hot in the summer!)
| About Savannah
There are quite a few reasons why Savannah is one of my favorite cities to visit in the States. First of all, I love all of the history that goes along with every part of the city. Whether it’s walking through the parks and reading the signs next to all the monuments, eating at a restaurant that opened in 1779, or attending one of the city tours on a giant trolley bus or horse and buggy carriage. Even just the streets and the buildings are so pretty and full of southern charm and character.
I think my most favorite thing about Savannah, visually, are the trees. The oak trees with the Spanish moss hanging off of them mixed in with palm trees just literally feeds my nature-loving soul. If you pull up your apple maps, you’ll notice that every couple blocks are ‘squares’ which are beautiful little green parks with gorgeous trees that you get to walk through on your way everywhere.
Savannah is also an open container city. It’s so funny to be out to eat and then have your waiter or waitress ask if you want a to-go cup for your drink. It’s like..uh what? I can take my drink with me and I don’t have to sit here until I finish it? In other open container cities, it probably feels more normal to walk around with drinks (like Las Vegas or Nola) because everyone is doing it - but in Savannah, it’s more of a low-key thing because it doesn’t feel like people are abusing it.
| Getting There & Around
If you’re from Cleveland, the flights to the Savannah/Hilton Head airport are very decently priced and such a quick flight (about an hour and 45 minutes of air-time.) I absolutely love the airport. It’s so small, and I’ve never spent more than 20 minutes going through TSA so every time I’m traveling to and from Savannah, I love knowing that I’ll never have to stress out about all of the hectic things that go along with traveling by plane.
The airport is about 20 minutes away from Savannah. As far as renting a car, you don’t need to unless you have plans to go outside of the city like take a day trip to Tybee Island or head down to the historic Wormisle State Park to see more of the trees and nature-stuff. (Even then, it’s only a half hour drive to each of those spots so it’s up to your personal preference on using Uber vs renting a car – but I will say that parking in downtown Savannah isn’t the easiest.)
| Food and Drink
The amount of cool restaurants and bars in Savannah is insane. Bryant and I ended up splitting most of our meals because we wanted to try so many different places and had to be smart about how much we were filling up at each one. (The best way to tackle the food part of traveling IMO.)
Old Pink House
23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
This is definitely one of the coolest restaurants in Savannah – especially if you’re into the history aspect of the city. I fell in love with the jalapeno margarita (not too spicy, not too sweet) and also, they have some of the best fried calamari I’ve ever had.
151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
Collin’s Quarter is a super popular brunch spot – luckily, we didn’t have to wait long since it was just Bryant and I but by the time we left we noticed a long line outside. I had some sort of breakfast sandwich with brioche, pulled pork, bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce – so so good.
37 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
This lounge is in the bottom of the restaurant listed above, Flock to the Wok. You have to go around the back corner in an alley way, it’s sort of hidden just like the best craft cocktail bars always are!
307 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
I absolutely loved this cocktail bar. All of the vibes, inside and out are so cool and I had my favorite drink of the trip while I was there! It’s called the ‘Tybee Bomb’ – the bartender said it’s basically a paloma on steroids and it came in a cute snifter glass with pink Himalayan salt thoughtfully stuck to one side of it. (It’s a little more upscale and expensive but worth it if you’re only wanting one *really good* drink.)
9 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401
We ate at the Fitzroy during the bachelorette party visit to Savannah – it’s great for groups and the rooftop was gorgeous as well as the really pretty bar on the first floor. Everyone loved the bloody marys and their French fries came with a hollandaise dipping sauce that was really perfect.
Flock to the Wok
37 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
Part flower shop, part cocktail bar, part restaurant. Do yourself a favor and stop in here – it might be one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. Another awesome thing is that it’s open until 2:30am!
101 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401
There are a couple of different Wet Willy’s locations in Savannah – I’ve only been to the one on
River Street. They have tons of slushy flavors, you can mix and match them and choose from a
couple of different sizes. Walking through the streets of Savannah is way more fun with a boozy
slushy in hand.
Six Pence Pub
245 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
We stopped in here to get one drink while we were waiting for Artillery to open and I’m so glad
we did. If you’re looking for a cool English pub that’s very chill to hang out at – this is your spot.
Soho South Cafe
12 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401
Bryant and I sat at the bar here and had a couple of drinks – it was pretty cute inside and then the dining area further back in the restaurant looked nice too. We split a fried chicken sandwich that came with fried pickles on it – yummmm.
Totally Awesome Bar
107B Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
LOL. It was really fun to say this one out loud. “Yea, I’m at this totally awesome bar right now!” Jokes aside, we came here because a friend from the area told us that there’s never really a ton of people taking over the bar plus there’s plenty of pool tables so it’s a great spot to not feel stuffy and to enjoy a couple cheap games of pool or play some video games. Note: the bathrooms were pretty gross and it's very divey, reminded me of a bar on a college campus.
| Things to do
Yes, it's real touristy. But if you've never swam in warm, blue gatorade colored water in a place that literally looks like a smokey crater on another planet.
If you’re like me and really into the oak trees, Forsyth Park is a must. There’s a really pretty water fountain in the center and it’s really cool to walk through all the different paths and experience all of that greenery in one large place. There’s not a ton to do besides sight see in the park but it’s so close to lots of things so I would definitely take 15-20 minutes to stroll on through – during the warmer months, I’m pretty sure there’s a farmer’s market. (Include Wormsloe Park)
We actually stayed on Tybee Island the entire weekend of our trip, and after doing so we realized that the island is more of a day-trip kind of destination and more for summer-time trips. It’s a super cute beach town but since it was late October, it was their off season because it was too chilly for the beach or water activities. If you have the time and are interested in going to the beach – it’s definitely a great option. There are tons of cute island restaurants too – we ate basic beach vacation food at AJ’s
Waterside Dock & Grill and then had a really good diner-esq breakfast at The Sugar Shack. Make sure you get the hashbrowns!
Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the United States and I highly recommend visiting for a long weekend. It's very chill, very pretty and really fun. Can't wait to go back someday soon!
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