Where To Stay And What To Do, See, Eat & Drink
Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful town full of interesting history, incredible architecture, gorgeous trees, and chirping cicadas. It was also the very first stop on my 16-day road trip with my best friend. We left our homes in Long Island, NY at 8:30 pm and drove straight down through the night and morning until we finally arrived in Savannah about 14 hours later.
I basically visited knowing absolutely nothing about the place and left in awe of everything I did and learned throughout my stay. Despite the sweltering July heat, it was super fun adventuring around and exploring the area without any expectations of what we were going to see and what we were going to do. The place is definitely haunted considering it’s literally built upon burial grounds and overfilled cemeteries, but the only bad vibes I got during our stay were in the bathroom of our Airbnb. Some shit definitely went down in there.
If you like to drink, the open alcohol rule (aka the ability to drink in public) is a major plus. I don’t think I’ve ever publicly walked around town with a drink in my hand before until then, so that was fun. Oh, and I’m still craving tacos from Tequila’s Town and the pralines from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. I’ll definitely be back again someday, and I’m looking forward to when that time comes.
Based on all of the places we went, sights we saw, and things we did, I put together this little travel guide to Savannah, Georgia, including where to stay, what to do, what to see, what to eat, and what to drink – and how we liked or didn’t like all of the above.
WATCH MY SAVANNAH VLOG BELOW:
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed four days and three nights in a cute, quaint Airbnb carriage house located directly across the street from historic Forsyth Park. It was also *extremely* haunted, but that’s beside the point.
The wallpaper was quirky with cartoon flowers all over. The carpet was funky and colorful. The space was modern in design, fully functional with pots and pans for cooking, and a homemade book loaded with recommendations of things to do in the area (trust we took full advantage of it). We were only a short 10-minute walk from nearby restaurants, shops, and sights and about a 30-minute walk to River Street, so we saved money on gas and burned some calories by walking everywhere.
Altogether with cleaning and service fees, this Airbnb cost us $477.67 for three nights. If you’re wondering where to stay in Savannah, an Airbnb is a solid choice if you prefer privacy, but you can definitely find a hotel in a centralized location for a comparable or lower price.
WHAT TO DO, SEE, EAT, AND DRINK
Food & Drink
Tequila’s Town: try the shrimp, veggie, and tuna tacos, and get a pitcher of peach margaritas. If you can’t finish your drinks, throw ’em in a to-go cup and walk around with them BECAUSE THAT’S LEGAL IN SAVANNAH.
Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill: they have awesome peach and black raspberry margaritas.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar: the toasted almond iced coffee with Kahlua was phenomenal, and so were the dark chocolate covered strawberries.
Jen’s and Friends: my friend got the lavender lemon drop martini and said it was amazing. I didn’t order anything here because I was too drunk. #oops
The River House: highly recommend the blackened Mahi sandwich and the Shrimp Po’ Boy. Plus, if you sit by the window, you’ll catch a sweet view of the water (hence the name The River House… because it’s on the river).
Shops & Stores
Savannah Bee Company: delicious honey in multiple flavors. After trying the honeycomb, cheese, and apple sample, we each bought a raw honeycomb to take home. Oh, and we adopted bees for $1!
Nourish: homemade natural soaps, bath, and body products that smell good and are fun to sample.
Brighter Day Natural Foods: in an effort to save some money, we decided to go food shopping and cook a couple of meals during our stay. Brighter Day is the mom-and-pop equivalent of Whole Foods with healthy and yummy sandwiches, salads, and groceries.
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen: this place is known for its famous pralines – and oh my god, they don’t disappoint. If you go to Savannah, you HAVE to go try a free praline sample. Or seven.
The Coffee Fox: we both ordered Georgia Peach tea and brewed it in our own super cool mugs while we sat in big, comfy chairs and people watched through the windows. There’s a cool, red telephone booth across the street where you can snag a fun photo, too.
Leopold’s Ice Cream: home of THE BEST ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. I’m lactose intolerant and this stuff didn’t even make me sick. I got pistachio and butter pecan ice cream. A+
Tourist Spots & Sights
River Street: historic River Street was full of fun shops and restaurants. It was really cool walking around and enjoying the riverfront views and touristy stores. We strolled down River Street with margaritas in hand (because, again, you can do that in Savannah which is the best thing ever).
The Waving Girl Statue: in the wise words of my friend, “Florence Martus AKA ‘The Waving Girl’ was a hopeless romantic who greeted every ship that came through the Port of Savannah for 44 years because she was waiting for the sailor she fell in love with to come back to her. To no surprise, she died with a broken heart. Don’t worry Florence, we got drunk in front of your statue in your honor.”
Old Town Trolley Tours: we hopped on the trolley at the starting point and went sightseeing for the entire duration of the tour, so it was extremely worth the $33 ticket. We saw tons of historical places and learned a lot about Savannah’s past and culture because our driver/tour guide was amazing.
Jones Street: love trees and beautiful architecture? Same. Check out Jones Street, which is known to be the prettiest street in Savannah.
Wormsloe Plantation: originally greeted by an arched gateway which leads to an oak tree-lined alley (as pictured at the top of this page), this historic plantation was one of the most fascinating parts of our stay in Savannah.
American Prohibition Museum: I think this is the only prohibition museum in the United States, and it’s packed with facts, photos, videos, and information about such a wild part of our country’s history. Be sure to hit the internal speakeasy before you leave (just don’t get the Mary Pickford. That drink was gross).
Forsyth Park: located right across from our Airbnb, this was the first spot we checked out. The trees, gardens, fountains, and statues are so nice.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: this cathedral is BREATHTAKING. I’m not religious, but I was in complete shock at the gorgeous architecture within and on the outside of this building.
Squares: Chippewa, Oglethorpe, Johnson, Wright, Madison, and Lafayette are just some of the 22 Savannah Squares. The famous bench from Forrest Gump is located in one of them but we couldn’t find it. We also had a heart-to-heart at Oglethorpe, which you can watch at the very end of my vlog above.
And of course, before heading to Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we finished our trip by enjoying two juicy, delicious Georgia peaches in front of the fountain in Forsyth Park. I highly recommend you eat a peach while in Savannah. They 100% live up to the reputation.
If you ever visit Savannah, I hope you get to experience all of the awesome things we did during our stay. Let us know your own Savannah favorites and must hit hotspots in the comments below! And feel free to tell me what we forgot to do so I can do it next time I go back.
Thanks for reading! Happy traveling. 🙂
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