Every other year my husband and I skip the big Christmas presents and plan a quick weekend getaway instead. This year, we headed to Savannah with some friends. It was a great follow-up to our Charleston trip last year.
It’s quick drive from Atlanta and once we parked our car, we didn’t move it again until Sunday. We hit the weather right too. It was in the mid-70s all weekend, and while I love winter weather for Christmas, it was pretty amazing to sit on a patio in the middle of January with a glass of Rose. We ate at a bunch of great restaurants, and did a handful of tours during the day (and night!).
I will say that we did not go out on River Street, so if you’re looking for recommendations for a crazy weekend, you will not find that below. We’re at the age where we prefer some day drinking, a nice dinner and an after dinner cocktail – and we’re totally ok with that! 😉
Places We Visited:
- Savannah Architectural Walking Tour: We did a walking tour in Charleston and loved seeing the city on foot so we did the same in Savannah. We went Friday morning (after getting in around dinner time on Thursday) and it was a great way to get familiar with the city.
- Ghost Tour: Savannah is one supposedly one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. so we decided to experience it firsthand. While mostly fun, there were a few creepy moments. The tour we did is focused a bit on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s been years since I read the book, but was fun to visit some of the places mentioned.
- Davenport House: We did two house tours, and this one was our favorite. I don’t know if it was because we were in a smaller tour group, or we had a great guide, but it was a much slower pace than the other house tour we did.
- Owens-Thomas House: However, I recommend this one too. It’s very different from the Davenport House and it’s interesting to see the details of each.
Places We Ate:
- Treylor Park: Fun, creative food in a casual atmosphere. Really good cocktails too!
- Vic’s on the River: Classic Savannah, we sat outside overlooking Bay Street. She-crab soup and a glass of Pinot Gregio made for a perfect lunch spot.
- The Grey: This was a converted Greyhound bus station and it was really cool. The food was inventive, and we loved everything we had.
- Alligator Soul: A very romantic spot, in the basement of one of the historical buildings. Lots of candlelight and soft music. The Salted Caramel martini was my favorite dessert!
Places We Drank:
- Rocks on the Roof: We snagged a table at this hotspot with 360 views on the top of The Bohemian hotel just in time to watch the gorgeous sunset. Look out for the oyster chandeliers over the bar.
- AlleyCat Lounge: Our bartender at Savannah Cocktail Club clued us into this place. We stopped by before dinner one night for a drink. It has a speakeasy vibe, literally off an ally in the basement with no sign. The cocktail list is ginormous.
- Savannah Cocktail Co: Close to our hotel, we ended up here two nights for after-dinner drinks.