Happy Friday Eve loves! And yay for the weekend almost being here! The good thing about coming back from vacation mid week is that you blink and it’s already the weekend! Can we always have 3 day weeks?! So as you all know Griffin and I just got back from beautiful Savannah. We go at least once a year since its only a 3 and a half hour drive for us so we have been a lot, and trust me it never gets old and there are always new things to see! Since we go so much I do get a lot of questions about the best things to do and eat in Savannah so I figured it was only right to make a guide of my own! Savannah is known for their delicious food and of course rich history, oh and a few ghosts here and there! So Lets jump into it! <3
Where to Stay
There are tons of great hotels and Bed and Breakfasts to stay at in Savannah that range from old and historic to new and modern. I personally love to feel like I went back in time when I stay in Savannah so I love to stay in the older historic Inns and hotels. We stayed at the 17hundred90 Inn this time around, which it was our second time staying there and it was another amazing stay! It is definitely historic so do not have high expectations for anything super fancy, but it is so beautiful with a fire place in most rooms and the most comfortable canopy beds! They are also one of the only hotels that offer free parking! Also, it is suppose to be one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah, although we have yet to see a ghost!
Notice a mannequin of Anna, the Inn’s ghost is in the middle to freak out tours. I love how they embrace their haunts!
More great places to stay!
River Street Inn: check for Groupon deals! Also great location right on River Street!
Marshall House: another beautiful historic and supposedly haunted hotel right in the middle of all the shopping!
Double Tree: great location on Bay Street
Hotel Indigo: great location near the City Market and usually has unbeatable prices. Also check out their amazing bar!
Planters Inn: Another beautiful historic inn!
Andaz: beautiful more modern hotel close to City Market
The Bohemian Hotel: beautiful modern hotel right on River Street with the best roof top bar!
Mansion on Forsyth Park: a mix between historic and modern with stunning decor and property right outside Forsyth Park
Cotton Sail: a newly renovated hotel right on River Street with a great rooftop bar. Keep a look out for awesome deals!
Kehoe House: a stunning historic B&B. It will memorize you!
Things to Do
Griffin and I love American history, hence why we love Savannah so much, so one of our favorite things to do is tour all the beautiful historic homes! Here is out list of must sees!
One of the more grand homes you can tour in Savannah which was the brith place of Juliette Gordon Lowe, who founded the Girl Scouts. The decor and detail of the home is breathtaking!
The Davenport house is less elaborate than most homes because Mr Davenport was from the working class, but they have restored the home to look almost exactly how it looked back into the 1800’s by even researching the remnants of the wallpaper that were still on the walls to get the exact pattern made. Also through out the years they have received many items that originally belonged the Mr Davenport and his wife that are now back in the house. Pretty neat!
How gorgeous is this staircase?!
Our tour guide even snuck us to the top level of where the slaves use to sleep and has been completely untouched. You can even still see the haint blue paint on the wood that slaves used to paint on their homes to keep the ‘haunts’ away. Definitely gave you an eerie feeling being in that room.
A stunning greek revival home with amazing history! They even rent out the place for weddings!
This home belonged to one of the more wealthy families in Savannah. The home was designed by an english architect, William Jay, and was extremely advanced for it’s time here in the states. It had full working pluming (which you can see in the basement) as well as a refrigerating system! Yes with non modern electricity!
Another fun historic things to do are:
We’ve been on many ghost tours and Blue Orb was definitely one of the more in depth one. He showed us multiple pictures of ghost sightings and even audio from the most haunted house in Savannah the Sorrel Weed House below. They even have their own ghost tours as well that bring you inside the house! We did it last year and it was super spooky and fun!
Another fun thing to do is explore Savannah’s historic Colonial Park Cemetery. The last burial here was in 1853 so all the tomb stones are well over 100 years old.
If you are tired of learning your American history go explore all the shops on River Street and Broughton Street!
Where to Eat and Drink
Ok now on to my absolute favorite thing to do in Savannah, eat and drink! Trust me you will need to spend some time here to eat at all the amazing restaurants because there are so many, not to mention the awesome coffee shops, bars, and breweries!
Collin’s Quarter: This is my number one you have to go to while in Savannah! They have the most delicious brunch that is so fresh! They also have an amazing coffee and cocktail menu! You have to try their lavender latte! They are also open for dinner!
J. Christopers: They have a huge menu with a little bit of classics and some fun options! I always stick to their eggs Benedict and it never disappoints!
B Matthews: Great for breakfast and lunch!
Rise: If you are look for more of a pick up and go type breakfast, this place has the best biscuits and donuts!
Mirabelle Cafe: Another quick stop for breakfast. They have delicious quiches, Belgian waffles, and coffee!
Treylor Park/Hitch: Two different locations with a similar menu. The menu is super unique including PB&J wings, pancake tacos, and my favorite, their nachos! Seriously the best thing you’ll ever eat!
Ordinary Pub: A cool underground restaurant/bar with amazing food and drinks. They also have happy hour every day except for Sunday from 3-7 that you can’t miss! They are also open from brunch and dinner!
Mrs Wilkes Dining Room: If you like southern food this one is not to miss! It is an all you can eat family style meal that will definitely leave you feeling overly full! Although, they are only open from 11-2pm weekdays only and there is always a long line so get there early before they open! Also it’s cash only. It is definitely worth the wait!
Sorry Charlie’s: Absolutely delicious oysters at a great price!
Local 11 Ten: Griffin and I have been here twice for our anniversary and it is one of our favorites! The menu is always changing but the food never disappoints! They also have an amazing cocktail list and a rooftop cocktail bar called Perch you can enjoy after dinner.
The Olde Pink House: This one is always top on the list for restaurants in Savannah and if you look at how gorgeous it is you know why! It is an a beautiful historic home that makes you feel like a princess while dining there. Also their food is always amazing. Be sure to check out their super cool historic bar in the basement! It’s only lit by candle light and totally takes you back in time!
17hundred90 Inn & Restaurant: This is probably one the most romantic restaurants. It’s inside the Inn and the historic decor and piano player really makes you feel like your dining back in the 1800’s. Also the food and service was amazing and their honey drizzled biscuits were to die for!
CO: If you like asian food and sushi this is your place! We usually will eat here once to take a break from the heavy southern food and it is always delish!
The Public: The best shrimp and grits I have ever had! They also have amazing burgers and fancy cocktail menu!
The Grey: A super hip and modern restaurant that is inside an old Grey Hound bus. Super unique and delicious food and cocktails!
Bars & Brews
Moon River Brewing: A super cool brew pub right on Bay Street that has the biggest flights ever! They give you a taste of all of their beers on one flight so it may be a good idea to share it! Also, this is another super haunted building so be sure to check out their basement and ask to go up stairs to check out where some of the ghost sightings have been!
Service Brewing: Veteran owned this place is definitely a fun hang out spot! Also, they give you a tour of their brewery.
Jen’s and Friends: If you love martinis this bar is a must! They serve over 300 flavors of martinis that are more like desert! Get ready for fun garnishes like Rice Crispy Treats, Reeses Cups, Twix, and more!
AlleyCat Lounge: Some of the best cocktails in town with a variety of classics and some new cocktails with a twist. Also when their menu is on a newspaper you just know it’s going to be good!
Artillery: Probably one of the most gorgeous bars you’ll ever lay eyes on! Their craft cocktail menu is impressive and delish!
Congress Street Up: This place is brand new and we actually didn’t get a chance to go while we were there, but I’m adding it on here because I have heard amazing things about it! It is a speakeasy with a 20’s era vibe and their lead bartender won 2016 Savannah’s Food and Wine Festival bartender challenge so you know it’s good! I guess it’s just another excuse to go back!
Savannah Bee Company: Ok so this is not a bar per say, but just another fun thing to do that involves alcohol ;) For $7 in the back of the store they do mead tastings, which is fermented honey and supposedly the oldest form of alcohol. They let you taste about 6 different meads. The bar is super cute and our bartender was a lot of fun!
Ok sorry that was a long one, but as you can see there are so many fun things to do in Savannah! Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, cocktail master, there’s a little bit for everyone! If you ever get a chance to visit Savannah, Georgia you definitely won’t regret it! I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your week and weekend! <3