The streets are lined with trees draped in Spanish moss. The houses are colorful, eye-catching and filled with history. Known for its Southern charm and hospitality Savannah, Georgia is unlike any other Southern city. The riverfront city is a destination for travelers from both near and far.
Whether you’re a foodie looking to eat your way through the award-winning culinary scene or a thrillseeker taking a moonlight ghost tour through the historic part of town, Savannah has something for everyone.
Why we love it
With stunning parks and walkways, and squares of greenery sprinkled throughout the city, you won’t find more Southern hospitality or charm anywhere else in the South. Wanna know what's even better? Exploring all of Savannah’s charm is easy to do in a weekend. Whether you stay by Forsyth Park or closer to the river, you can easily discover all of the city’s sites and incredible restaurants, all on foot. (The city’s open container laws are the icing on the cake if you want to take full advantage of a fun weekend.)
Where to eat
From fast casual to fine dining, Savannah’s culinary scene serves up Southern classics, modern tasting menus, sweet treats and out-of-this-world cocktails.
Biscuits go with every meal, but biscuit sandwiches are on the top of our list for breakfast foods. At Back in the Day Bakery, the biscuit sandwiches are customizable. You can pile high your sandwich with crisp bacon, egg frittatas, pimento cheese or chicken. Take a scone or ‘newborn’ (mini) cupcake to go for a snack while you're wandering through the city.
For lunch, there are a few spots that offer high end menus at reasonable prices. Located in an old bank, The Vault offers a menu focused on elevated Asian cuisine, sushi and cocktails. This spot is great for happy hour with girlfriends or a casual lunch date.
As we mentioned above, the city’s open container laws make for a most delightful drinking experience. Take a cocktail to go and get a little buzz while you’re shopping and exploring. Collins Quarter, a busy brunch spot on Bull Street, has a to-go beverage window so you can quickly get a cocktail and keep on wandering.
Where to play
A weekend in Savannah can go by quickly if you don’t plan out your trip. After you’ve lined up your restaurant reservations, it’s time to figure out what to do with the rest of your free time. A stroll through Forsyth Park on a nice day will allow you to see one of the city’s green spaces and its iconic fountain.
Continue your stroll to the riverfront by stopping at the SCAD shop and finding the famous Forrest Gump bench in Chippewa square. (The actual bench is no longer there, but you can pretend to be sitting where he sat.) Broughton Street is home to popular Savannah food destinations, like Leopold’s Ice Cream and The Coffee Fox, but the street is also lined with many other popular shops. And you can’t leave Savannah without trying some pralines from River Street Sweets.
Many flood to River Street for a night of booze and fun. Grab a pint of Guinness at the most Irish bar in the world, Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub. A few flights up, you’ll find the riverfront lined with rooftop bars, such as Top Deck in the Cotton Sail Hotel, and restaurants. Bay Street is also a bustling place after the sun goes down. When the weather is nice, the beer garden at Moon River Brewing is top notch. And we love the restaurant Treylor Park as a casual dining spot, but it also has an outdoor bar area so you can drink outside while snacking on shrimp and grits tacos.
Where to stay
Between hotels, rentals and AirBnBs, the options of where to stay can be a little overwhelming. If you want to splurge a little, the hotels along the riverfront offer great views of the Savannah River, historic downtown Savannah and quick access to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. For a more authentic experience, home rentals allow guests to stay in the beautiful homes Savannah is known for.