Exploring more of the south has been on our travel wish list for a while now, especially after falling in love with New Orleans last year. So when we received an invitation to a wedding in the south—in New Orleans, funnily enough—we decided we’d make a trip of it and explore some new cities while we were over there.
There are so many southern cities that I want to see, but we ultimately decided on Savannah and Charleston for this specific trip. While I admittedly was a bit more excited for Charleston than Savannah leading up to the trip, my opinions totally switched after visiting both. Savannah is, by far, the most quaint and charming city I have ever visited and I loved every minute spent exploring it.
After the wedding in New Orleans, my boyfriend and I flew into Atlanta, rented a car, and drove it 2.5 hours to Savannah. The drive was so peaceful and pretty—I’d highly recommend it! Not including this travel day, we had a full 2 days in Savannah. While you could definitely stay longer, we felt that was enough time to hit all of the main spots, while still having time to relax and enjoy ourselves.
We stayed in an Airbnb near Forsyth Park, which was a great place to be in. I’d also recommend checking out bed and breakfasts near Lafayette Square.
Forsyth Park: Because we stayed in the southern area of the city, we had to walk through Forsyth Park each day to get to the various shops and restaurants on our list. But let me tell you, we were definitely not mad about that. This park is absolutely gorgeous—filled with fountains, oak trees, and gardens, it’s the perfect place to take a rest in the southern heat.
Mercer-Williams House: We did a tour of the Mercer-Williams house and it did not disappoint. It’s in a historic home in Savannah—and is supposedly haunted!—and the interior details gorgeous.
Bull Street: Walking in Savannah? It better be up Bull Street. Every single corner of Bull Street is spectacular, and you’ll run into so many stunning squares as you make you’re way up the city. A couple of my favorites were: Monterey Square and Whitfield Square.
Wormsloe Plantation: One of my closest friend’s recommended that we head out of downtown for an afternoon on Wormsloe Plantation, and I couldn’t be happier that we headed his advice. Like I mentioned, we rented a car, so driving the 25 minutes to this plantation was no problem at all. Even if you don’t have a car though, I’d highly recommend spending the money on an Uber to get out here. Simply put, the oak tree-lined was one of the more beautiful sites I’ve ever seen in my life.
West Bluff Drive: Just about a 5 minute drive from Wormsloe Plantation is yet another stunningly beautiful site: the Skidaway River. West Bluff Drive is situated right along the water and is filled with some of the most beautiful homes.
River Street: We spent about an hour walking up River Street, popping into stores and admiring the Savannah River. Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is one store in particular that can’t be missed. Try the pralines and thank me later.
Palmetto Bluff: On our way to Charleston from Savannah, we stopped by Montage Palmetto Bluff and almost fainted when we got there. Despite what you’re thinking, it wasn’t from the heat (though it was really, really warm), but rather from the breathtaking grounds. We wandered all around the hotel property and made a pact to stay there some day.
Alex Raskin Antiques: This amazing antiques shop is right in Monterey Square and is not to be missed.
Number Four Eleven: From toiletry bags to towels, this shop has it all—and will monogram it for you, too. My boyfriend and I left with his & hers toiletry travel bags.
Shop SCAD: The Savannah College of Art and Design has a huge presence throughout the city, and this store gives you a peak into the incredible work being created there.
Savannah Bee Company: This store may be the sweetest of them all—get it? Sample all of their delicious honeys and leave with one, two…or maybe even three.
The Paris Market: Have you ever seen a cuter storefront? I haven’t. Pop in here for some coffee and home décor inspiration.
Chocolat by Andam Turoni: Treat yourself to some of the most delicious—and by far the prettiest—chocolate in Savannah.
The Collins Quarter: Between the gorgeous decor and the delicious food, the Collins Quarter is an A+ in my book. I ordered the avocado toast and a chai tea latte.
Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House: If you ask anyone where to eat lunch in Savannah, they’ll more than likely say Mrs. Wilkes. And while there’s no avoiding that it’s a commitment (you’ll likely have to stand in line for about an hour before being seated), it’s so worth it. They seat whole tables at a time and serve everything family style—and when I say everything, I actually mean everything. At any given time, the table will have multiple helpings of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream corn, stuffing, salad, and biscuits, and you can always ask for more! Once you’ve had all the fried chicken you can take, you just pay $22 and go on with your day!
Sandfly Barbecue: This spot is a Savannah staple and happens to be just down the road from West Bluff Drive.
The Grey: My boyfriend discovered this gem on a whim one night and it ended up being our favorite spot for dinner. Whatever you do, don’t miss this place.
The Wyld: Ok, I know I’ve said a quite a few places were my favorite, but this one may just take the cake. It also came to us as a recommendation from my close friend and was probably the most “local” thing we did the whole time we were there. Come for the delicious seafood, stay for the bocce ball.
Gryphon Tea Room: Just across from Shop SCAD is this trendy tea room. The building was once an apothecary, as well as a bookstore, and they’ve done an amazing job of maintaining both histories.
Rocks on the Roof: During your stroll up River Street, take a break from the heat at this rooftop bar overlooking the water.
The Olde Pink House: This was one of my favorite spots we visited while in Savannah. Not only is the exterior what Instagram dreams are made of, but the building itself has such a rich (and haunted!) history. We just went for drinks downstairs, but heard the food upstairs is great.
Leopold’s Ice Cream: No description necessary. Go, sample all kinds of flavors (including the tutti frutti), and enjoy a refreshing ice cream cone while walking in the heat.