Photograph by Beschell Photography
A weekend getaway to Savannah was just what I needed to wrap up the year. It was my first time to this charming city and even though I had only 48 hours, I quickly fell in love with Savannah’s local restaurants, small shops, historic homes, & 22 square parks located within blocks of each other! In partnership with IHG® Rewards Club, I curated my Savannah Things To Do Travel Guide on where to eat, stay, and shop!
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: WHERE TO EAT IN SAVANNAH
Cafe M is right across the street from Hotel Indigo – perfect for a quick Parisian breakfast by the river.
128 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, cafemsavannah.com
Inspired by Melbourne’s historic Collins Street, Collins Quarter is a popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in historic Savannah! They’re known for their spiced lavender mocha.
151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401, thecollinsquarter.com
SOHO SOUTH CAFE
Built originally as an automotive service station in 1945, Soho South Cafe is known for their American fare in the rustic-style bistro space. Try the fried green tomatoes, chicken fried chicken with fried okra, and salmon croquette.
12 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401, sohosouthcafe.com
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, you’ll want to visit Leopold’s Ice Cream. Leopold’s has been serving classic ice cream scoops, banana splits, milkshakes, sundaes, and floats since 1919.
212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401, leopoldsicecream.com
FOXY LOXY CAFE
You’re going to need a coffee or maybe a glass of wine to freshen up after walking through Forsyth Park. Foxy Loxy Cafe is just the place.
1919 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401, foxyloxycafe.com
TOP DECK BAR
Located on the rooftop of Cotton Sail Hotel, Top Deck Bar is rated one of the best views on Savannah to grab a drink!
125 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401, topdeckbar.com
Savannah’s The Grey has been named Food & Wine Magazine’s 5 Best Restaurants of 2015 and was a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. If you can’t get a seat in the restaurant, try getting a cocktail at the bar!
109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, thegreyrestaurant.com
THE OLDE PINK HOUSE
If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy spot in Savannah, The Olde Pink House is the spot. Considered one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, The Olde Pink House serves new southern cuisine inside the city’s only 18th Century Mansion. I had the fried chicken platter and their iconic pink drink during my visit.
23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401, plantersinnsavannah.com/the-olde-pink-house/
I dropped into Circa 1875 for dinner and loved the 19th-century vibe inside the Parisian bistro and pub.
48 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401, circa1875.com
WHAT TO DO IN SAVANNAH
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE
The drive down Wormsloe Plantation’s live oak and Spanish moss will take your breath away. Definitely worth the drive from historic Savannah.
7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406, gastateparks.org/Wormsloe
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: FORSYTH PARK
In the 1840s, William Brown Hogson conceived the idea of setting aside ten acres of wooded land for the development of Savannah’s first recreational park. It was named for former Georgia Governor John Forsyth. Now spanning 30-acres, Forsyth Park is the largest and oldest park in Savannah that is loved by locals and visitors for its unique blend of natural beauty, history, and attractions.
Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401, visithistoricsavannah.com/forsyth-park/
Photograph by Beschell Photography
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: MERCER WILLIAMS HOUSE TOUR
If you’re going to visit one house in Savannah, make it the Mercer Williams House. It’s considered the city’s most mysterious house considering it’s seen many tragedies and it’s cited as “nationally significant” for its architectural style in a historic foundation survey. The Mercer Williams House is known for its connection to John Berendt’s novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
The Mercer Williams House was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General High W. Mercer, great-grandfather of Johnny Mercer.
429 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401, mercerhouse.com
OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS SAVANNAH
Historic Savannah is filled with history and the best way to learn all about it is to climb aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours. There’s 15 stops highlighting more than 100 points of interest and allows you to go on and off as often as you wish.
234 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, trolleytours.com/savannah
ShopSCAD is a really cool gallery that features artwork and creations by the Savannah College of Art and Design students, alumni, and faculty.
340 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31402, shopscad.com
SAVANNAH THINGS TO DO: SHOP ON DESIGN DISTRICT
Located right before Forsyth Park, Whitaker Street is now known as the Design District. Popular shops include Custard (women’s boutique), Circa Lighting, One Fish Two Fish, The Annex, Number Four Eleven, La Paperie, The Future on Forsyth, and the famous restaurant Mrs. Wilkes House and Dining Room. Be warned, the line is very long. I tried going twice in one day but the wait was too long.
401 Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA
WHERE TO STAY IN SAVANNAH
HOTEL INDIGO SAVANNAH
Hotel Indigo Savannah is conveniently located right in the middle of the Savannah Historic District, walking distance to restaurants, sights, and shops. Known to locals as the “Grand Lady on the Bay,” the building was once the 19th-century mega-merchant Simon Guckenheimer’s dry goods storage house and shop.
Start your morning with breakfast in bed with a dutch baby pancake, a local Savannah specialty, and grab a cup of coffee in the lobby on your way out. I love that Hotel Indigo features local producers like Savannah Coffee Roasters!
201 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, ihg.com/hotelindigo
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