As many of you know, Savannah, Georgia is our home away from home….this wonderful city, rich in history and beauty is such a great getaway spot for us in Orlando…it’s only a 4 hour drive or a 5 hour train ride so it is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Our first suggestion is to book a room at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront or the Mansion on Forsyth http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com/ These are Kessler hotels so you will get impeccable customer service, fantastic food and incredibly beautiful rooms. The locations are fantastic and the Riverfront has the hottest spot in town upstairs…Rocks on the River, a rooftop bar and restaurant.http://www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com/
The Hilton Desoto is a nice hotel with a perfect location. It is pretty much in the center of everything. http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/hilton-savannah-desoto-SAVDHHF/index.html?wt.srch=1 For an affordable option, The Hampton Inn on Bay Street is great….very clean, friendly staff, full breakfast buffet and right across the street from River Street. http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/hampton-inn-savannah-historic-district-SAVDTHX/index.html
We recently started using Airbnb. https://www.airbnb.com/ – This is a website that offers bed and breakfasts and private homes for rent at great prices. The link to the house we recently stayed in – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/246054 It is a 3 story, 4 bedroom row house which was beautiful! Location was close to Forsythe Park in a very good neighborhood by a square. It was very convenient to have a full kitchen and they brought us breakfast each morning from the inn next door. If you are traveling with a group, this is a fun and economical way to stay comfortably!
Next up…Activities – go to the Welcome Center and hop on the Oglethorpe Tour Bus. Most of the guidebooks have a coupon for $17. Ask for Barbara – an 8th generation Savannahian who knows everything there is about Savannah! The best part is that so many of her stories involve her descendants. You can use it as transportation, getting on and off for the whole day. http://oglethorpetours.com/ We recently tried the Savannah Sloe Ride – this is a fun thing to do with groups because it’s a 15 person bicycle ride and you can drink cocktails! The pedals are on one big rolling cart. It gets pretty crazy and it’s a cool way to see the city! http://www.savannahslowride.com/. We’ve tried pretty much every haunted tour there is in Savannah and our personal favorite is the Hearse Tour. It’s pretty creepy but very informative. http://www.hearseghosttours.com/ If you are hung over or just tired, book a massage at the Savannah Day Spa – this is a beautiful old house converted into a spa. The prices are very reasonable and the customer service is fantastic. My massage with Shawna was incredible. http://www.savannahdayspa.com/
Now, FOOD! The first place we always stop is the Gryphon Tea Room…. it’s great for lunch but is closed on Sundays http://www.yelp.com/biz/gryphon-tea-room-savannah This place is so cute – it’s housed in an old pharmacy and beautifully decorated. The food is always delicious and fresh. On our last visit we had a shrimp avocado mousse with a baguette and the baked panko crusted goat cheese salad and a delicious ham and bean soup. We finished off with vanilla ice cream affogato (topped with a shot of espresso)! http://web.scad.edu/experience/gryphon/
The Florence is a great Italian restaurant opened by a chef who already has 3 amazing restaurants in Athens, Georgia. It is on Victory Drive which is a little bit outside the historic district but the cab ride is only about 5 minutes. For appetizers we had a couple of house cured meats, pork belly and eggplant bruscetta and meatballs (AMAZING). Some great pastas (mine was the black bucatini) and small pizzas with super fresh ingredients were our entrees – also fantastic. Big, open atmosphere in an old factory. Nice job. http://theflorencesavannah.com/
We recently tried another new place that was amazing – Tequila Town, right off Broughton on Whitaker. Although they have pretty much any type of Tequila you could want, it’s more of a restaurant and the food is sooooo good!!! http://www.tequilastown.com/
We had lunch on this last trip at a fairly new place on Broughton called The Flying Monk – a noodle bar with dishes from various regions. The edamame dumplings were delish and my Tao Dumpling Soup was also great. Very good feel-good food! http://www.flywiththemonk.com/index.html
For an intimate dinner we strongly suggest a small restaurant at the bottom of an old house called Noble Fare. This was absolutely the best dining experience of my life – I’m not exaggerating. The owners are a husband and wife team, the husband is the chef and the wife handles everything else (think Ravenous Pig). Each day they shop for fresh items and do not even have a freezer! All the ingredients are organic and local. The decor is romantic and adorable with red and black damask walls and crystal chandeliers. The staff is polite, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. To start, we were given a complimentary goat cheese tart, then I had the shrimp bisque with roasted corn…the server poured the sherry in at the table and it was fantastic! The bread basket came with fresh butter, red pepper infused olive oil and a pistachio pesto spread. Yum. Before our entrees arrived they brought us blood orange sorbet to cleanse our pallets – fancy! Then the entrees, the ENTREES…we had a pan roasted black cod on a bed of seafood risotto and sauteed spinach that just melted in my mouth and a lamb shank slow roasted for 4 hours with truffle mashed potatoes – AMAZING!!! When in Savannah, definitely make reservations for Noble Fare! http://www.noblefare.com/
Juarez is a casual, authentic Mexican restaurant at the end of Broughton that has the best margaritas and chips and salsa...http://www.restaurantjuarez.com/. This is Jessica’s favorite place.
Best place to get a burger in Savannah is The Crystal Beer Parlor – I kid you not, THE BEST BURGER AND FRIES I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE!!! Try to sit in the front bar area because it is the old part of the restaurant and is really cool looking. http://crystalbeerparlor.com/menu.html
Down by the river, Spanky’s has the most amazing chicken fingers. I know it sounds weird but I’m serious. They have this delicious honey dipping sauce that makes them even better! This is always our go to for hangover food! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spankys-River-Street/340875417009?rf=117848678240653
If you want real Southern food, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is your go to place. There is a huge wait to get in but it is so worth it! http://mrswilkes.com/
Clarys is the place to go for breakfast – it was also in the movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. They have delicious sweet potato pancakes! http://www.claryscafe.com/
Vinny Van Go Go’s has the BEST PIZZA EVER! The slices are the size of your head, there’s always a wait and they only take cash so be prepared because this place is a must! http://www.vinnievangogo.com/
Savannah is an “open container” city so you can walk around with your favorite cocktail! There is no shortage of fun places to get your spirits but we have a few favorites. Our first stop is usually the Six Pence Pub which is an old English pub with a red phone booth outside. They make the best Snakebite in town. It’s also the place where Julia Roberts storms in to catch her husband with another woman in “Let’s give them something to talk about” http://www.sixpencepub.com/. There is a World of Beer on Broughton which is really convenient for getting a beer for your shopping http://worldofbeer.com/locations/savannah ! Molly MacPherson’s is a really fun pub to visit, a lot of times they have live music too http://www.macphersonspub.com/. There is a place that we really like because they have karaoke on the weekends that is super entertaining! It’s called McDonough’s http://innatmcdonoughs.com/restaurant-lounge/mcdonoughs-restaurant-lounge/ and it’s right across the street from Parkers Urban Gourmet Market which is the most amazing gas station in the universe. We pop in every day but you should at least make it your last stop on your way out of town to get gas and provisions – you won’t believe it’s a gas station! http://www.yelp.com/biz/parkers-market-urban-gourmet-savannah
The shopping in Savannah is great on Broughton Street. My favorite store is the Paris Market and Brocante. It is filled with wonderful candles, soaps, furniture, jewelry and French items. When you step in it’s like you are in Europe. The cafe has delicious baked goods and coffee drinks too. http://www.theparismarket.com/
The Savannah Bee Company has the most delicious honeys and at the bar you can sample them or order fresh made biscuits to eat it with! http://www.savannahbee.com/content/savannah-bee-company-retail-stores New to Savannah is an Anthropologie and Free People – always a good idea! One Fish Two Fish is one of my favorite shops as well. The entire store smells like Volcano candles and it is wonderful! Being 2 doors down from Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, the line of people will tell you you’re there! http://www.onefishstore.com/