From the moment I moved to Savannah I became completely infatuated with the historic Southern city. It was unlike any other place I had been to in the United States or abroad. At times, I felt like I was living on a movie set. With pristine parks, idyllic streets lined with brick houses and small shops owned by people who embody Southern hospitality, Savannah quickly began to feel like my second home.
Although I have since moved back to California, Savannah is the perfect place for a getaway. With its incredible restaurants, shopping and endless sight seeing you will not run out of things to do! Here is a round up of some of my favorite places.
D I N I N G
The Olde Pink House: /Dinner & Drinks/ Located on one of Savannah’s picturesque squares, this is by far my favorite restaurant in the city. The diverse menu has something for everyone including delicious classic southern favorites and the best twice baked potato I’ve ever had. The cocktails are incredible (my favorite is the pink lady) and the atmosphere is quintessentially southern. This is the perfect spot for an amazing dinner in Savannah.
The Public Kitchen & Bar: /Dinner & Drinks/ This small restaurant was my go to for a nice casual lunch or dinner. The menu has an array of American comfort food with a Southern twist and the bar makes the perfect basil gimlet.
Soho South Cafe: /Brunch, Lunch & Dinner/ Soho South is another great casual dining option with eclectic decor. They offer my favorite grilled cheese/ tomato soup combo and their warm peach cobbler is out of this world.
Back in the Day Bakery: This adorable vintage inspired bakery owned and operated by husband and wife Cheryl & Griffith Day is the best bakery in town. Everything is good! My favorite items are their fresh baked bread, vanilla cupcakes and lavender cookies.
S H O P P I N G
The Paris Market & Brocante: One of my Savannah traditions I miss the most is walking to the Paris Market on the weekends. I could spend all day in this store and cafe. They stock everything from locally made candles and dishes to furniture, books and jewelry. With Edith Piaf songs constantly playing and the smell of dried lavender in the air, it feels like an indoor french flea market in the deep south.
| image via SCAD |
Shop SCAD: Filled with artwork, jewelry and other odds and ends created by the students of the Savannah College Art and Design, this shop is truly unique and helps support the local student artists. It is a great place to go for a one of a kind souvenir or gift.
S I G H T S E E I N G:
Wormsloe Plantation: This is a historic site, but referred to as a plantation due to the ruins of a home that remain on the property. The main attraction at Wormsloe is the breathtaking drive lined with two hundred year old oak trees. On a nice, quiet day this is a wonderful spot to walk around, take photographs and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Jones Street: From the first time I visited Savannah this was my favorite street and I was lucky enough to live on it before I moved away. It is predominately residential, but restaurants and shops are mixed in on certain stretches. The houses on Jones Street are so beautiful and unique it is hard not to stop and stare at all of them.
| above: a few of my favorite houses along jones street and a detailed courtyard gate |
Forsyth Park: Forsyth Park is filled with open space and clustered oak trees dripped in spanish moss. The large fountain at the entrance to the park is surrounded by wood benches, perfect for sitting and people watching. There is also a cafe and a large outdoor stage often offering live music in the warmer months.
| Magnolia Hall, now owned by Savannah College of Art & Design|
Historic Homes of Savannah: There are over fifteen historic homes to tour throughout downtown Savannah. All of the homes are very rich in history, beautifully preserved and totally haunted. Each one has a personality, showcasing a different architectural style or unique feature. One of my favorites is the Mercer Williams House, made famous by “the book” Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Tybee Island: Just a short drive from downtown Savannah is Tybee Island, a small seaside enclave packed with people in the summer. One of my favorite stops for lunch is the Tybee Island Social club or the famous Crab Shack.