Hey ya’ll! Yikes, that feels so weird to say. Let me rephrase: hey GUYS! I’m so disappointed that it has taken me SO long to write this post! If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (if we’re not connected, let’s change that!) you probably noticed that I meant to finish this post on my trip to Savannah nearly two weeks ago. I’m sorry for forcing you to wait in total agony for me to finish! 😉
Anyway, my parents and I headed down to Savannah to see my good friends, Nicole and Mark, get married back in March! The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful. They were both held at The Mackey House, which was unlike any venue I’ve ever been to before. The whole wedding was amazing from start to finish, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it!
Instead of flying down for the wedding and heading out after, we figured we would make a long weekend out of it. It was a great decision and I’m so happy that we stuck around to explore the city. Two and a half days was the perfect amount of time! So, if you’re planning on heading to this phenomenal city, look no further for some itinerary ideas! My parents and I covered SO much ground during our weekend visit and I’m really excited to share everything we did with you guys. Let me know what you think in the comment section below and feel free to share your own Savannah stories!
Make sure you check out my quick video wrap of our weekend!
Brunch – If you’re looking for a quintessential brunch spot, Collins Quarter, is where you need to be. Collins Quarter is easily one of the best brunches I’ve ever had in terms of atmosphere, food, and booze. Say it with me now: Eggs. Benedict. They do it RIGHT.
Pub food – We definitely had our fair share of bar food. Sometimes you just have to do it. If you’re down in Savannah and this is you, you should swing by:
- Churchill’s Gastropub & Taphouse on Bay Street
- Spanky’s on River Street
- The Cotton Exchange on River Street (slightly touristy, but very good, especially the Cotton Exchange’s Crab Chowder)
Coffee – If you need a pick me up, make sure you check out Mirabell. It’s the perfect spot to take a quick caffeine break. Athletically pleasing and extremely tasty, so you can’t go wrong!
Alcohol – So you need a buzz? Got it. Did you know that you can drink on the streets in Savannah? This was so incredibly bizarre to us Yankees. Here’s what I would suggest!
- Cocktails: Collins Quarter, Public Kitchen & Rocks on the Roof
- Beer: Moon River Brewery (and anywhere else…)
- Dive bar: McDonough’s
- Traditional “pub”: The Six Pence
- Casual outdoor spot with lots of options: City Market
Old Savannah Trolley Tour – So touristy. So worth it. I suggest doing the all-day hop-on-hop-off option. It’s a great way to learn about the city’s history, which you may not have gotten the chance to do just wandering aimlessly (which, don’t get me wrong, is usually my favorite way to tour cities!)
Creepy Crawl Pub Tour – A MUST DO. This is a walking ghost tour pub crawl! I don’t want to give away too much, but you start at the Six Pence and tipsily make your way through some of the squares and to other haunted bars. You’ll end up super creeped out and quite buzzed.
Forsyth Park – Forsyth Park was the first stop we made in the historic district. The fountain towards the northern end of the park is stunning and an absolute must-see in Savannah. Make sure you check out the stunning houses that surround it!
City Squares – One of the best things to do in Savannah is to simply walk through the historic district and check out each of the city squares. Some squares worth wandering through are: Madison Square; Pulaski Square; Chippewa Square; Wright Square; Reynolds Square (hint: Olde Pink House); and Oglethorpe Square.
Colonial Park Cemetery – Right in the heart of Savannah’s district lies Colonial Park Cemetery, where the gravestones are so old that the writing is hardly legible and where ghosts are rumored to roam. I would definitely suggest strolling through the cemetery during the day, but make sure you check it out at night. You won’t be able to get inside after sundown, but it’s an extremely eerie sight from beyond the gate.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – This beautiful Catholic Church is open for tourists and regardless of your religious beliefs or non-beliefs, you should make the Cathedral a priority.
River Street – River Street is clearly where the Savannah St. Patrick’s Party comes to life. Beneath the Yamacraw Bluff and along the river lies a cobblestone street lined with tons of bars, restaurants and gift shops. Touristy, yes, but absolutely worth checking out. Grab a beer and walk along!
Shops– There are tons of places to shop in Savannah, including H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Anthro, but I would suggest skipping the mainstream stores and hitting the local shops. Try Savannah Bee Company and Nourish! The artisanal honey and honey products at Savannah Bee Company are amazing! Try the Wildflower and Tupelo Honey. f you’re an all natural bath junkie, make Nourish a priority.
And there you have it! I hope that you’ll keep some of these ideas in mind if you’re every in Savannah! We had a fantastic weekend and I’d recommend it to any travelers looking for a picturesque city filled with history. It’s also super family friend- cheers to my parents for being great travel partners!