The Ultimate Weekend Travel Guide to Savannah Georgia – Simply Taralynn
Where to Eat / Where to Stay / What to do.
It’s currently 8 am, pouring down rain, I had a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast, and I’m on my second cup of coffee. To top off this perfect morning, I get to spend the next few hours writing all about our third trip to Savannah, Georgia. As I was putting the photos together for this blog, I dreamed of diving into the screen to live it all over again. And don’t worry, I made this travel guide more of a recap style as most of you requested! 😊
One of the reasons we visit Savannah every year is because it holds a special place in our hearts. It was the first place we ever visited together, and every time we leave, we’re eager to get back. We love staying in new bed & breakfasts, trying new restaurants (& returning to our favorites), and no matter how many walks we do around the city, it never gets tainted with time. Instead, it somehow gets more beautiful. The people of Savannah are another reason we continue to come back. If you’re looking to experience real Southern hospitality and charm, you’ll find that here in Savannah.
As you all know, taking photos is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. I hope you have poured yourself a cup of coffee because this travel blog is a bit lengthy. I couldn’t help but capture all of the beautiful moments so I could bring them back to you! After reading this, I hope you feel like you were there with me, or at least feel inspired to make a trip for yourself.
I love doing giveaways to share a piece of my trip with my readers! I have two giveaways hidden in this post 😊 Continue reading to find out what they are!
Savannah is about a three and half hour drive away from Charlotte. After dropping the dogs off with my parents, we headed on our way. We hoped to get there in the afternoon so we could pick up our bike rentals and grab lunch at Fox & Fig Cafe. We made it to our Bed and Breakfast, The Eliza Thompson House around noon.
ELIZA THOMPSON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
The Eliza Thompson House Bed & Breakfast was built in 1847. We chose this inn because it was a walkable distance to just about everything. The city of Savannah is rather small, so you can get to where you need to be within a 2-3 mile radius. The Eliza Thompson House was one of the first homes to ever be constructed on Jones Street, one of the most famous and beautiful streets in Savannah. It still has it’s original brick road, gorgeous oak trees that line the street, and the homes remain historic. The inn has rooms in the main house, and 13 guest bedrooms in the carriage house. We stayed in the Garden Queen, which overlooked the courtyard. When you walked out of our door, we were greeted with the sounds of the fountain, views of the main house, and one of my favorite parts was watching the sunset as it beamed through the Spanish moss making it glow like a lamp. I have included more photos from our stay at the Eliza Thompson House further in the blog.
WHERE TO STAY
One of our goals is to stay at all the bed and breakfasts in Savannah. So far, we’ve stayed in the following:
⭐️ Eliza Thompson House
⭐️ The Ballastone Inn
⭐️ Hamilton-Turner Inn
⭐️Presidential Quarters Inn
Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we walked to the bike shop to grab our rentals. I highly recommend renting a bike if you’re visiting Savannah. There are so many places to lock it up, and it’s the best way to tour the city, in my opinion. There is a bike shop right next to Leopold’s ice cream called Sekka Bikes, and a bike shop called Savannah on Wheels. It’s best to reserve your bikes before your trip! We stored our bikes at our bed and breakfast during the nights.
SAVANNAH BIKE RENTALS
LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
After a very long bike ride around Savannah, we were craving a cold treat. I had so many readers tell me that I needed to go to Leopold’s Ice Cream! I never got around to it before because I didn’t want to wait in the line that wrapped around the building, and I also figured I wouldn’t be able to eat any of it because I can’t have dairy. When I saw that they did vegan flavors of the month along with their vegan vanilla, I couldn’t wait! We decided to ride our bikes over to Leopold’s for an afternoon treat. The line was long, but not as long as it is in the evenings.
We stood out in the 100 + degree heat for about 45-minutes before getting into the door. The workers came outside every ten minutes with ice water for the waiting customers, which was so kind of them! When a line is that long in the middle of the day, you know you’re in for a real treat! Leopold’s ice cream has been around since 1919! Three brothers from Greece opened it, and their same secret formula for ice cream hasn’t changed since. There is a wall of fame inside with all of the celebrities who have enjoyed ice cream there. If you want to try Leopold’s Ice Cream, but know you won’t be in Savannah anytime soon, you can order their ice cream pints online and have it shipped to your house. How awesome is that?
The vegan flavor of the month was strawberry. I’ve never been a big strawberry ice cream person, but it sounded refreshing. I ordered a single scoop of strawberry along with a single scoop of their vanilla. Of course, no ice cream is complete without sprinkles! Kyle ordered a rootbeer float with their vegan vanilla for his treat.
VEGAN ICE CREAM VERDICT
The verdict? YUM! It was unlike any vegan ice cream I have ever had before. I almost wanted to go up and ask them if they made a mistake and gave me dairy ice cream instead. It was creamy, fluffy, and the flavors were mouthwatering. I immediately converted into a strawberry ice cream lover after the first bite. If the lines weren’t so long, I would have gone back for more!
⭐️ giveaway #1
I will be sending one lucky reader a pint of vegan ice cream from Leopold’s! – entry details at the bottom of this post!
Kyle and I were so hungry by 3:30 pm! Luckily, it’s OK to have ice cream before dinner when you’re an adult on vacation. I have been craving Fox & Fig Cafe since our last trip to Savannah. I’m telling you, this place is worth going to over and over again.
FOX & FIG CAFE
Fox & Fig Cafe is 100% plant-based but will please any type of eater. They have a creative breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert menu along with a full espresso bar. I can confirm that their coffee is incredible, and their desserts are unreal. We went a little overboard on our last trip there, but it was worth it. Not only is the food delicious, but the restaurant is adorable. I love the atmosphere, and when it’s not extremely hot outside, you can enjoy the outdoor seating. It’s on a cozy street with beautiful views of historic Savannah. The next time I visit, I’ll be trying out their breakfast menu.
It’s hard to decide what to get, so I ended up ordering two options in hopes that Kyle would help me eat my leftovers!
WHAT I ORDERED AT FOX & FIG CAFE
I first ordered “The Salad.” It came with top-shelf salad mix, avocado green goddess dressing,
golden beets, roasted pistachios, pan-fried shallots, toasted hemp seeds, and a cashew-cheese crumble. It turns out; I didn’t need Kyle to help me eat any of it! That salad didn’t stand a chance after the first bite. Every bite was a flavorful masterpiece.
Next, I ordered the Tostadas Verde. It had gluten-free toasted topped with key lime avocado mash, foxy salsa, pickled red onion, chia seeds hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The original order comes with ciabatta bread from Auspicious Baking Co.
Kyle ordered the Fox Burger. We had this last time and already knew it was a winner. It comes with a beyond burger patty, caramelized onions, arugula, agave-dijon sauce, and a pretzel bun. Kyle also had gluten-free bread as a replacement. No matter what you order, YOU HAVE TO GET the Voodoo Chips. They are unreal.
I was so full but had to try a small dessert before leaving. I ordered a little hazelnut chocolate truffled coated in toasted coconut. It was the most heavenly fudgy tasting dessert ever! It tasted like a rich Nutella ganache. It was the perfect treat to top off dinner.
After having a meal at Fox & Fig Cafe, we rode our bikes down to Riverstreet.
TANDEM COFFEE & SPIRITS
We headed into Tandem Coffee and Spirits for coffee, but when I saw the person next to me order a blackberry mojito, I knew I wanted one too! It looked super refreshing, and it wouldn’t keep me up all night the way coffee does. The blackberry mojito comes with Don Q Rum, soda, water, sugar, mint leaves, and blackberriesTandem Coffee & Spirits is a trendy bar attached to the East Bay Inn. I loved how bright and airy the decor was. I’m not sure if you already knew this, but there is no open container law in Savannah, and I think that’s why a lot of people choose this city for their bachelor/bachelorette parties. You can hop into a bar and have them make you a fun cocktail that you can take with you for a walk around the city. I think that’s pretty cool, but since it was so hot, we enjoyed the drink inside!
We rode our bikes back to our Bed and Breakfast to take a quick shower, 30-minute nap, and get ready for the cocktail hour in the parlor. Most bed and breakfast offer appetizers and wine around 5 pm, and dessert hour later in the evening. It’s fun to chat with other visitors from around the world. If you plan on visiting Savannah, definitely skip the hotels, and go straight for a B&B.
We enjoyed a glass of wine outside as we watched the people walk down Jones Street. Thank goodness the temperatures start to drop during the evenings, but it’s still incredibly humid. My hair didn’t stand a chance, so I towel dried it and added my Aveda Smooth Infusion and Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Gloss to control the frizz. Those are my magic weapons when it comes to hair defense!
We decided to walk down to Riverstreet to catch the sunset and shop a few of the local stores. Riverstreet has a lot of restaurants that overlook the water during sunset, and they even have dinner cruises you can go on. Along the river, musicians are playing, markets filled with crafts, and all kinds of spots to grab an ice cream cone and coffee.
PRALINES & LIVE MUSIC AT THE CITY MARKET
Pralines are made with butter, heavy cream, sugar, sea salt, and pecans!
I had a couple of sips of decaf coffee when we got back to the bed, and breakfast while Kyle had some dessert. After a long day of traveling and exploring Savannah, I was ready to shower off and fall asleep. I planned on getting up bright and early to get ready for a morning without the heat!
After getting ready for the day, Kyle and I headed down to the courtyard for breakfast.
Enjoying a coffee while listening to the fountains and the morning birds were one of the most relaxing parts of the trip. The breakfast bar had eggs, fresh fruit, pancakes, granola, yogurt, toast, grits, and pretty much everything you could ever want! I had a bowl of fruit with granola and a side of potatoes and a sausage link.
After breakfast, we hopped in the car and took a short drive to the Wormloe Historic Site. Wormsloe is a must-stop if you’re taking a trip to Tybee Island to see the lighthouse.
WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE
The drive will take your breath away. It costs $10 to get in, but I promise you it’s worth it. Have you ever seen the movie The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks? You may recognize this spot because it’s the road where they filmed the scene with Miley Cyrus heading to Liam’s “house!”
blouse / necklace / shoes / hat / shorts
We spent some time walking through the Oak trees filled with Spanish moss, and then made our way to the little museum to read about the historic site. It’s best to go as early as you can because it’ll be less hot and less crowded!
After spending the morning at the Wormsloe Historic Site, we headed back to grab our bikes and head out for a filling brunch!
BRUNCH AT THE GROVE
We hopped into The Grove for brunch! We got in perfect timing because we got seated right away, but a few minutes later, the brunch crowd came rushing in. The Grove has a rooftop bar that looks pretty awesome! After eating here on a whim, I was really impressed. If I were you, I’d add this to your brunch spots on your next trip to Savannah, and do not forget to add in a mimosa while you wait on your food.
I ordered the veggie burger. It came with guacamole, arugula, tomatoes, and I had them do extra lettuce instead of the bun. Oh, and the french fries were perfectly cooked and extra crispy! Kyle ordered the grilled chicken salad. I tried their honey mustard dressing, and it was so good! – yes, the honey mustard was noteworthy!
After breakfast, we headed down to Broughton street to walk into the local shops. If you’re looking for a pleasant shopping day, this is where all the stores are! And don’t forget to walk down the side streets because they have some adorable boutiques on them.
We took the bikes down to road around Forsyth Park to ride around. Whenever I think of Savannah, I think of the gorgeous fountain on all of the brochures and postcards. Forsyth Park is where their picture-perfect fountain is located! On Saturday’s they have farmer’s markets, and we love playing tennis there!
I was SO ready for my afternoon pick-me-up.
THE COFFEE FOX
We went to The Coffee Fox for an iced coffee and to split a gluten-free, vegan blueberry muffin. We stopped in here during our first visit to Savannah three years ago. I loved it then, and I love it even more now! I picked up their energy balls and extra blueberry muffins to have in the room before my Monday morning run. I was expecting them to be pretty good, but they were beyond that! It’s a good thing I don’t live in Savannah because I’d be eating those muffins every single day. The iced coffee was out of this world!
⭐️ giveaway #2
I will send one lucky reader a Coffee Fox Mug + a bag of Perc Coffee beans! – entry details at the end of this blog!
We spent the majority of the day biking around Savannah. I don’t know what it is about bikes, but they make you feel like a kid again. Plus, they are the best way to see the city!
OTHER PLACES WE LOVE IN SAVANNAH!
⭐️ Tubby’s Seafood Restaurant
⭐️ Vic’s Coffee House
⭐️ B. Matthew’s Eatery
⭐️ Cafe M.
⭐️ Tybee Island Lighthouse
⭐️ 80 East Gastropub Tybee Island
⭐️ Garibaldi (YUM)
⭐️ Kayak Kafe
⭐️ Zunzi’s (a staple)
⭐️ Soho South
⭐️ The Fitzroy
One of my favorite places to visit is the Paris Market. It’s one of the most luxurious places you’ll visit on Broughton Street! Three years ago, I took Kyle here to try his first macaroon!
THE PARIS MARKET
The store is a Parisian-style market filled with whimsical and unique treasures. I’m so excited about the bejeweled headband, and I bought it there over the weekend. The store has two levels. The first level has a cafe with pretty desserts and coffee, as well as unique products like jewelry, soaps, bags, books, and so much more! The lower level is filled with the most elegant and luxurious home decor. If you’re a food photographer, it’ll be your heaven!
Remember the dinner I raved about at Collin’s Quarter during our last trip? Well, we HAD to go back and experience it again.
Around 5 pm, we hopped into Collin’s Quarter and grabbed a seat at the bar. There was no way we’d get a reservation this late, but I think bar seating is better sometimes. Plus, we met the nicest ladies and chatted with them the whole time!
I ordered the “Perfect Fit” because it was legit the perfect fit 😉 How refreshing after spending the entire day outside in the sun! This drink had St-Germain, Cocchi Rosa, Sparkling Rosé, Lemon. I want to recreate this drink at home because it was amazing!
Kyle went with the hot honey chicken like the last time, and it was just as good as we remembered. The only difference was the sauce! They changed it up, and it was still good, but I prefer the other sauce better. I had their seared salmon with salad and green beans! So tasty! 😋
After dinner, we headed to the bike shop to drop off our rentals. We figured we’d get it out of the way, so we didn’t have to worry about doing it in the morning. Plus, walking the streets as the sun went down was a sight to remember.
The one thing about being in Savannah is that you’ll be showering like five times a day because of how much you sweat! Around 8:30 pm, we headed down to the parlor for desserts and to get ready for the Ghost Tour!
GHOSTS & GRAVESTONE GHOST TOUR
Taking a ghost tour is such a fun and relaxing way to end the night! If you’re looking for casual plans to add to your itinerary, a ghost tour is it! You’ll hop on a trolley and drive around the most haunted spots in Savannah. It’s a great way to learn more about Savannah’s history, and I’m obsessed with anything spooky! The guides were hilarious!
SAVANNAH TROLLEY TOURS
I can’t believe we had been to Savannah so often but never road the trolley. Honestly, it’s a must! This is the best way to get around the town for 24-hours, and you’ll learn so much about the history of the city. I really enjoyed it! Ask your bed and breakfast for their trolley discounts and ours even booked our ride!
I was up at 5 am on Monday.
I had my pre-workout, and headed out for a five-mile run around the city! Even though it was still humid, it was one of my favorite runs ever! Oh, goodness, I am so obsessed with Savannah.
RUNNING IN SAVANNAH GEORGIA
After my run, I showered off AGAIN, got back into my pajamas, and then grabbed a cup of coffee and breakfast in the courtyard. Now, that is how I want to end every morning workout.
Pj bottoms / Pj Top
Remember when I said that the muffins were to die for? Well, we stopped back into The Coffee Fox on our way home and bought all of the muffins they had left! This time, it was their cranberry orange muffins. Ohhhh and they were delicious. I need to come up with a recipe to hold me over until I can get back to have more. I also grabbed an extra coffee for the trip home ♥️
Questions for you!
- Have you ever been to Savannah?
- What is your favorite part about visiting a new city?
- What is one place you try to visit as often as you can?