Girls’ Guide to Savannah, GA

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Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, and is filled with so much history and charm! We couldn’t help but awe over every detail of this city from the cobblestone streets to the riverfront, and the beautiful Spanish Moss draped trees. It’s amazing that it’s taken us this long to visit!

Did you know…
– Savannah is a modern city that carefully preserves it’s historic architecture.
– There’s a gorgeous park on almost every corner we walked passed.
– It’s completely walkable with well manicured squares.
– There’s new, trendy shops and restaurants always popping up.
– It’s named One of the Most Haunted Cities in America. 👻
– Many popular movies have been filmed in Savannah such as, The Last Song, Forrest Gump, Something to Talk AboutMagic Mike XXL and so many more.
– We can’t name a city with friendlier people. Southern hospitality is a real thing , especially when you visit Savannah!

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Where To Stay:

There are so many choices for a great place to stay in Savannah! Are you looking for a comfortable stay at your favorite chain hotel? Maybe a bed and breakfast or a Historic Inn? What about a haunted hotel for a spooky experience? Either way,  Savannah has the place for you to call home for the weekend!

Mansion on Forsyth Park

📍700 Drayton St, Savannah, GA

📞(912) 238-5158
🖥  https://www.kesslercollection.com/mansion/

Even through the Spanish moss covered trees, it’s hard not to spot this castle-like mansion from Forsyth Park! From the outside this luxury hotel appears to have a mix of history, charm, and glamour. Although in the past, it was once a funeral home (and supposedly haunted)! Straight past the lobby are the doors that lead to the courtyard and pool area. The pool is pretty small but it had such a glamorous feel with the glistening tiled walls, surrounded by twisted marble pillars and beautiful palm trees.🌴 This hotel also has artwork throughout, it’s like booking a night inside a museum! It was so beautiful to walk through. We think this hotel is definitely worth checking into — if you’re down to sleep with the spirits!

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The Marshall House

📍123 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401

📞 (912) 644-7896

🖥 https://www.marshallhouse.com/

We passed by The Marshall House while we were exploring the shops on Broughton St, it caught our eye with its gorgeous wrought iron details and hanging plants. The location is great, right in the heart of the Historic District with plenty of attractions within walking distance. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Savannah and was voted Savannah’s Best Hotel 2018!

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River Street Inn


📍124 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

📞 (912) 234-6400

🖥 http://riverstreetinn.com/

Take a step back in time and stay at The Historic River Street Inn! It’s located right on the Savannah Riverfront, overlooking River Street. It’s five stories high and is a 200-year-old converted cotton warehouse with so much history! River Street Inn has 86 guest rooms and some of them even feature the original fireplaces. They also have complimentary bikes for you to use during your stay, which is the perfect way to explore the city! 🚲

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Best Places to Eat and Drink:

Before visiting Savannah we heard they had really good food, and it didn’t disappoint! Savannah had so many great places to eat so here’s a few of our faves!

The Grey Restaurant

📍109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA

📞 (912) 662-5999
🖥 http://www.thegreyrestaurant.com/
Lunch Hours: 11:30-2pm, Reopens at 4pm for Dinner Service
Price: $$$

This refurbished greyhound bus terminal is now a modern restaurant and bar that preserved a lot of the interior and exterior to incorporate into its design. We had the friendliest service while having lunch at the diner bar. We both ordered the farmer’s chopped salad that came with a house-made cheese. It was so delicious!

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We also tried two of their signature cocktails. Nikki had “The Window Seat”, which had an egg white foam. It was extra delicious because our bartender is the one who created the cocktail! And Kristina had a refreshing “Time For A Drink”, that’s made with tequila!

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After having lunch, one of their friendly staff was so kind to walk us up to the banquet room that has a huge window looking out to the main dining room. It’s so cool how much they were able to keep original, you could really imagine people sitting there waiting for the bus to arrive. If you’re looking for a unique experience when visiting Savannah, then this timeless restaurant is for you!

The Grove


📍301 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401

📞 (912) 777-7597
🖥 https://www.thegrovesavannah.com/

Hours: 11am – 12am Daily, open late until 3am Fridays & Saturdays

🥂Happy hour: 4-6pm

Savannah is all about their rooftop bars and there’s so many of them! While searching for restaurants that stay open later we stumbled upon Savannah’s newest hot spot, The Grove, and we are so happy we did! Located in the heart of the Savannah City Market, this rooftop bar and restaurant has a cool playlist and an even cooler menu. The favorites that we’re still craving now are the ‘Low Country Kale’, which is fried kale with pine nuts sprinkled on top and drizzled with balsamic (so good that you won’t even know it’s kale!), and the “Fresh Hummus”. It was so fresh we could tell it was made in-house!😋

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We also tried their Skinny Rita and their Champagne Pop, which is champagne with a King of Pops popsicle! The perfect cocktail to have on a hot summer day, and not to mention it’s totally Instagram worthy!😜 And if you’re familiar with The Ivy in Atlanta, the same owner is the one who opened this new trendy spot. The comfy couches, friendly staff, their low country kale, and of course the panoramic views of the city from their rooftop are all reasons why we’ll be back!

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Treylor Park


📍
115 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

📞 (912) 495-5557
🖥 http://treylorparksavannah.com

Hours: 11am – 12am Daily, open at 10am Saturdays & Sundays

Recommended by a local, we were told that Treylor Park had awesome food. We grabbed a seat at the outside bar and the first thing we noticed was the menu, it had so many different things we’ve never heard of! So, of course, we couldn’t help but try the craziest food concoctions.🤪 For a starter we had their fried banana pepper rings, then we had to try their peanut butter & jelly wings that are topped with pecans and came with a side of peach jelly. SO GOOD! Next we had their crab cake sliders, which were super delicious, and lastly we had chicken and pancake tacos that were dressed with a strawberry salsa! Sounds crazy right!? But everything we had was so good! Inside the restaurant has a vintage-chic vibe, they even had a movie projected on the wall to add to it. Part of the experience when traveling is trying different foods and this restaurant is a foodie’s paradise!

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The Paris Market and Brocante


📍36 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA

📞 (912) 232-1500

🖥 https://theparismarket.com/

Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily, Closes 5pm on Sundays

This Parisian marketplace houses a flea market and café! The Paris Market is two stories. On the lower level we found home decor, books, children’s furniture, and toys. On the main level, we couldn’t help but smell the soaps and check out the cool jewelry and apparel that were on display. You could honestly get lost and lose track of time because you’ll want to check everything out! The café serves coffee, espresso drinks, fresh pastries, sandwiches, and even champagne. We decided to get something different and tried their matcha green tea lavender lattes! They were amazing, you could really taste the lavender. We also spoiled ourselves and got a few macaroons. We tried out 4 flavors!
– Confetti
– Bananas Foster
– Pistachio
– Blackberry Lavender

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We highly recommend checking out this super cute café, it’s the perfect spot to stop and refresh while shopping on Broughton Street!

Leopold’s Ice Cream

📍212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401

📞(912) 234-4442

🖥 https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/

Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily, Open until 11pm on Fridays & Saturdays

Also on Broughton Street is Leopold’s, a popular ice cream parlor. It was started in 1919 by three brothers from Greece who had a love for candy and dessert making, and it is now world famous. For almost a century Leopold’s has been serving their award-winning homemade ice cream and old-fashioned treats! It’s a Savannah tradition!

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The Olde Pink House


📍23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA

📞(912) 232-4286

🖥 https://www.plantersinnsavannah.com/olde-pink-house-restaurant

Hours: Lunch 11am – 2:30pm Daily, except Sundays & Mondays

Dinner 5pm – 10:30pm Daily, Open until 11pm on Fridays & Saturdays

Another well preserved building is the Olde Pink House. Built in 1771, this 18th century mansion was once the First Bank of Georgia and is now an award-winning restaurant! Their outdoor patio is absolutely beautiful with lots of greenery and tropical plants. Inside, The Olde Pink House kept an elegant colonial interior throughout. They have several formal dining rooms, with just a few tables in each room. One of our favorite rooms was a tiny space with an angled ceiling, it looked like an attic. It made it feel so private and cozy! The menu was pretty extensive with many southern style cuisine options. And they also have live entertainment nightly! 🎶

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Rocks on the Roof

📍102 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

🖥 https://www.kesslercollection.com/bohemian-savannah/

Rocks on the Roof is a modern and popular restaurant and bar located on the top level of the Bohemian Hotel. This rooftop lounge is right by the riverfront, and gives a beautiful view of the Savannah River and the Talmadge Bridge. They’ve been awarded as Savannah’s Best not only because of their views, but their handcrafted cocktails and Tapas style cuisine. You won’t want to leave their comfy outdoor sofas!

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The Best Attractions:

Drive through the breathtaking Avenue of Oaks at Wormsloe Historic Site

📍7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406

As soon as you enter Wormsloe you’re greeted by a never-ending tunnel of live oak trees that are dripping in beautiful Spanish moss. This scenic tunnel spans 1.5 miles long, making it the longest live oak-covered road in the world! Considered to be one of the most photographed spots in Savannah, this is a MUST while visiting! Check out more details in our blog post about the Wormsloe Historic Site 👉🏼here

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River Street/Savannah Riverfront

📍E River St, Savannah, GA

For the classic Savannah scenery head down the steep stairways to River Street, a narrow cobblestone road lined with shops, restaurants, pubs, and hotels facing the Savannah River. This is a great place to people watch, catch the riverboat cruises, and see a few ships and boats working on the water. It could come off as a bit touristy with the souvenir shops but it’s still a beautiful area filled with history and culture as the buildings are century old and some are restored cotton mills. It’s preserved so well that we could really imagine it being a central location even back in the day!

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Try Some Sweet Samples at River Street Sweets

📍13 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401

And of course, you can’t leave River Street without tasting a sample of warm pralines at River Street Sweets! Who doesn’t love candy??😋 River Street Sweets is Savannah’s original candy store and is known for their handmade southern candies like their chocolate bear claw, pecan pralines, chocolate turtles and more! And they offer free, freshly made samples of their pecan pralines to try! This was our first one ever and they were so warm and sweet! They even have the cutest display for their homemade ice cream, which we tried a few samples of their most popular flavors. This is a great place to grab a gift for someone with a sweet tooth back home! Their store on River Street is huge and you can’t walk past it without noticing the inviting smell of their pralines.😍 You could spend so much time checking out the candy wall, their variety of chocolate dipped pretzels, salt water taffy and all the other sweets they have to offer!🍬🍭

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Take a Cruise on the Georgia Queen

📍9 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401

🖥 https://savannahriverboat.com/georgia-queen/

The Georgia Queen is a paddle style riverboat that was once a floating casino! It has beautiful chandeliers and ballrooms, making it the grandest riverboat that’s still around. We weren’t able to ride it this time, but couldn’t help but notice it while it was docked on the Savannah River. They offer different types of cruises including some special cruises for the holidays, brunch/lunch cruises, dinner cruises, and of course sunset too! All cruises feature the best views of historic River Street and the Captain’s narrations of the landmarks of the Savannah. They offer cruises with buffet style dining and some without, for someone that doesn’t need food options. Either way, taking a cruise on the Georgia Queen is a great way to learn about Savannah and get an amazing view of the city!🏙

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Relax and enjoy the beauty of Forsyth Park

📍Drayton St & W Gaston Street, Savannah, GA

The Forsyth Park fountain is located in Forsyth Park, a huge park filled with locals and tourists looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Georgia outdoors. We found couples sitting with blankets on the grass and chilling on hammocks nestled between two trees. The park was named after a former Governor, who donated about 20 acres to the park. The Forsyth Park fountain was built in 1858 and gives the park a European feel, as if we were transported to Paris! On St. Patricks Day this fountain is dyed green and brings in thousands of visitors, making this fountain a historical landmark and icon to Savannah! We could spend hours hanging out this park and taking in the beauty of the fountain and the surrounding gardens. ⛲️

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Stroll through the Squares of Savannah

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the historic district is very walkable. It’s a great way to explore the city if you bring the right shoes and have some time to spare! We did a nice stroll from Forsyth Park, passing through Broughton St, down to River Street and through a few squares on the way back. There are currently 22 squares in Savannah! They are all well taken care of, and have nice benches to relax in. Some are near churches and gorgeous homes, with fountains and monuments, and some are just a simple, yet manicured lawn. The most well known is Chippewa Square, which was filmed in Forrest Gump! 🎥

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Go Shopping on Broughton Street

📍E Broughton StSavannah, GA 31401

Broughton Street is a busy and energetic street with many trendy mainstream stores like Michael Kors, MAC, Banana Republic, and Urban Outfitters. All mixed in with local upscale boutiques, antique stores, and dining. Even with so many national, big name brands, the storefronts kept their original architecture of the buildings! It almost feels like your shopping in another time period, and is definitely worth taking a walk through.

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Hang out at Savannah City Market


📍219 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401

The Savannah City Market is a four block outside market that includes shopping, dining, and artwork in restored warehouses that date all the way back to the 1700’s! This outside market is really cool to walk around and is located right in the heart of the Historic District. When we were there they had live musicians playing music outside (which totally reminded us of Nola⚜️), and they even have underground bars. You can also catch a trolley or carriage ride tour right from the center of the market!🐴

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Get a Glimpse of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

📍222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401

There’s something fascinating about cathedrals, especially ones that are known for their gorgeous historical architecture. And The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of them! Located on Lafayette Square, this iconic symbol of Savannah has been there since the late 1800’s, but was rebuilt due to a fire. It’s very majestic and absolutely beautiful to look at. Next time we hope to check out the inside of this stunning cathedral!

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Learn more about the city with Savannah Tours by Old Town Trolley 

🖥 https://www.trolleytours.com/savannah

Savannah is filled with so much beauty, and what’s a better way to see it other than a trolley ride! We loved seeing these trolleys around the Historic District, they really add to the charm of the city. Savannah has a lot of secrets that only the locals know so it’s going to be the best way to learn about the controversial stories and trivia. And while the guides will give plenty of info and facts, they do let you hop on and hop off. So if there’s a particular place you want to explore you can get off there and catch the next trolley when you’re ready! This company is in a few major cities like Boston, Nashville, San Diego, and Key West!

Spend a day at Savannah’s Beach — Tybee Island

Only 20 minutes from the Historic District is Tybee Island. This vibrant beach town, although it’s not very big, is totally worth spending a day or two to explore. The best way to get around the island is by golf cart! We rented one and had the best time exploring the island. Since Tybee is not that big, we basically saw the whole island! We were able to check out the beaches, the Tybee Lighthouse, and their cool restaurants and bars. Check out more in our Tybee Island blog post! 👉🏼 here

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We can’t believe it took us this long to visit Savannah since it’s only a few hours from us! We’ll definitely be back to learn more about the haunts of the city and possibly for St. Patrick’s Day. We heard from the locals that’s one of their biggest celebrations of the year!🍀 The historic district is the definition of southern charm. From the friendly locals, to diverse cuisine and natural beauty, we think everyone will fall in love with Savannah!

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