I recently went back to one of my favorite places, Savannah, Georgia. There’s something about Savannah that’s just magical and I love it. Maybe it the Spanish moss that hangs off of their live oak trees or that every corner is just so unique and beautiful, whatever it is, I just love being there. So if you’re ever planning on visiting, here’s a mini travel guide that I hope will help you and make you love Savannah just as much as I do.
First off, where to stay…We stayed at the Kimpton Brice Hotel, I personally love Kimpton properties and always stay at them when possible. I really liked the Brice hotel; it’s in a great location right downtown on East Bay Street, the rooms are fairly big and they have a nice pool area which is SO necessary if you’re visiting Savannah in the summer months. The hotel also has a great Italian restaurant and bar attached to it called Pacci Italian Kitchen.
Other places to stay at in Savannah are,
Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection
The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection
Andaz Savannah – A Concept by Hyatt
Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Some things to see and do in Savannah,
Take an Old Town Trolley tour of the city, I would recommend doing this on your first day, that way you’ll get a proper sense of the city and where things are. The trolley tour is only 16 stops (Savannah isn’t that big), you can hop on and off but I would suggest just doing the full tour in one go and then you can decide where you want to go back to. I found the tour really informative, the trolley covers 22 squares and takes you by some of Savannah’s prime landmarks, like the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Sorrel Weed House, the Juliette Gordon Low Home, Forsythe Park, Jones Street, considered one of the prettiest streets in the USA, also some say that’s where the saying “Keeping up with the Jones” came from. The Mulberry Inn and the Pirates House, the Girl Scout First Headquarters (I was a girl scout when I was little so I liked seeing this), the Mercer-Williams House Museum, which if you’ve seen or read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil you’ll want to see this house. It also takes you by the Independent Presbyterian Church which is the church from the opening scene of Forrest Gump, the feather seen floating in front of the steeple of the church and then across the street, the First Baptist Church in the background, then to Forrest who’s sitting on the bench at Chippewa Square. You’ll go by Chippewa Square, though there are many benches in the park the ones from the movie aren’t there anymore. Tom Hanks has one, the Savannah History Museum and one and the third that they left out for tourist to see and take photos on was sadly stolen.
I would also suggest getting a cocktail to go (you can do that in Savannah!!) and taking a walk down West Broughton Street and checking out some of the local shops, be sure to stop by Paris Market & Brocante, I just loved it! Then head over to the Savannah market where you’ll most likely see some live music.
Where to Eat and Drink, here are some of my favorites…
The Collins Quarter
The Olde Pink House
The Grove Savannah
The Ordinary Pub
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Little Duck Diner
Tandem Coffee & Spirits
Rocks on the Roof, the rooftop bar at The Bohemian Hotel
If you go to Savannah I hope you end up loving it as much as I do. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or DM me on IG @taraleydon
Thanks for reading, I’m going to try to get my Charleston travel guide up this week, so stay tuned. xo