Summer is so close and I am beginning to dream of vacations and weekend getaways. As I’m sure y’all saw on my Instagram account, my husband, Matt, and I traveled to Savannah a few weeks ago. My brother and his wife are currently stationed there along with their 20 month old twins. I haven’t been able to spend much time with my niece and nephew, so I’ve been itching to visit!
Savannah is straight out of a Southern movie (think Nicholas Sparks). Large stately oaks line the streets with Spanish moss dripping from each one, taking me to a romantic movie set back in time. I enjoyed just strolling the streets and admiring the historic homes and architecture. Each house and building offers something unique and grand and shares a glimpse of an era long gone.
When you are looking for your next weekend getaway, Savannah is a must! These were our favorite things to do:
6 Areas to Explore in Savannah
The Historic District
The heart of Savannah has so much to offer. If you are like us, plan on spending several hours just wandering the historic streets and admiring the row homes and mini southern mansions. Jones Street is a must to stroll down. It was named one of the most beautiful streets in North America by Southern Living and sure lives up to its name.
Savannah has over 20 squares nestled in the midst of businesses and historic houses. Every block or so has a cute little roundabout with green space in the middle and a statue commemorating a hero from the Civil War. You can also find some of Savannah’s prettiest churches and cathedrals surrounding these squares.
Downtown – City Market
Another great area of downtown to visit is City Market. Located between Ellis and Franklin Squares is a cove of courtyards packed with restaurants and shops. Of course, the first thing I did was run into Wolf Gang Bakery. What kind of Dog Mom would I be if I didn’t bring back some homemade treats to my sweet Spree? If you’re looking to treat yourself, across the courtyard is Byrd’s Famous Cookies. They let you taste test every single one! Is your sweet tooth shouting yet? My favorites were the Key Lime Cooler and the Georgia Peach.
River Street runs right along the Savannah River (hence the name). Century old cotton warehouses, now are homes to offices, art galleries, Inns, shops, and outdoor market, and restaurants. Even if you don’t eat down here, take a stroll to see all the historic buildings and enjoy the view of the river.
Forsyth Park is the largest park in Savannah and home to the famous Forsyth Fountain. The park is the perfect spot to relax and soak in the beauty of Savannah. Don’t miss out on seeing the fountain.
One of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen is Wormsloe Plantation. The entry onto the plantation is unlike any other. Branches from large Oak trees dangled with Spanish moss curve over you to line the road and create a mile long tunnel surrounding you. When we were there, we saw a Bride and Groom taking wedding pictures (I can’t even imagine how pretty those turned out). My pictures don’t even do this justice.
Wormsloe also has many trails leading you to family home, colonial sites, a marsh and more. You will not leave disappointed after exploring the plantation.
After you’re done exploring Savannah, head east to Tybee Island. Like any beach town, you can find vacation rentals, water sports, beach shops, restaurants, and more. Right as we got onto the island we stopped at Tim’s Beach Gear to rent bikes. Since the Island is small enough, all you need for transportation on land is a bike. We rode our bikes through the neighborhoods to see all the bright colored beach bungalows, then headed for the beach to see the pier and feel the sand on our feet. We went on a Monday, so the Island was quiet after a weekend of visitors. It was so nice to ride through the peaceful streets and escape from all the traffic and noise of the city. Before we left town, we had to stop at a beach dive to get some seafood. We ended up eating at Stingray’s and enjoyed some fried fish and shrimp!
3 Places to Eat and Drink in Savannah
If you are downtown in the morning, make sure to go to Goose Feather’s for breakfast. The line may swing out the door, but it goes fast and is totally worth it! An assortment of sweet and savory pastries line the case just calling and beckoning your name. I’m sure the rest of the menu is good, but when I saw their sticky bun my vision blurred and my mouth started watering. All I could focus on was getting my hands on that. I apologize for not getting a picture of it to share. I was mesmerized by the gooey filling oozing out, that I didn’t even think about getting a picture until I had already eaten half of it. By then it was a lost cause.
Vinnie Van Go-Go’s
This New York Style pizzeria is located on the corner in City Market. It’s a tight squeeze with writing on the wall and loud rock music playing. Although you can order a calzone or a whole pizza, their specialty is made to order pizza by the slice. The slices are huge (about the size of piece of letter paper) and start out at only $2.75 (each topping is an additional $0.50)! The pizza was amazing and hit the spot after a long morning of walking. Head’s up: Vinnie’s is cash only, so make sure to bring the dough if your want your dough 🙂
Moon River Brewery
If you’re wanting to try some local beer, grab a bite to eat, and take a break from the heat, Moon River Brewery is the place to go. They brew all their beers in house and have a selection of them on tap. My favorites were the Yoga Pants (with a name like that, who could I turn that down!?), a pale ale, and the Slow-vannah, an IPA.
Have you been to Savannah? If so, comment below with your favorite places!
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