I just spent the weekend in Savannah, Ga! I love Savannah because it is only about a five-hour drive from my house but feels like you are transported to another time and place. Also, I have been to Savannah more times than I can count and it holds so many special memories. I have been to weddings in Savannah, my own bachelorette party was in Savannah, and I’ve been there for weekend trips with Stephen. Also, I’ve been there with my family, and this weekend I was there with The Blog Societies for their annual conference.
If you are thinking about a trip to Savannah, I highly recommend it. It’s a great weekend trip with it’s own airport. If you are looking for a beach getaway, it is only about a 30-minute drive to a beach at Tybee Island, plus it is extremely walkable so you don’t need a car to see all the major attractions. In this post, I’m sharing all of my favorite places to stay, where to eat and what to do in Savannah, Georgia. Keep reading to see why you need to book your trip now!
Savannah, Georgia Travel Guide
Where to Stay in Savannah, Georgia
Perry Lane Hotel
I didn’t stay here this time, but the conference I attended was in this hotel. First of all, it’s gorgeous. It has beautiful, unique details throughout. I mean every spot is Instagram-worthy. They have a beautiful library, an amazing rooftop bar, and a lounging area outside the beautiful rooftop pool. It’s a great spot for a conference too because there are great rooms for sessions. Also, the champagne is free-flowing at this hotel. I feel like every time I walked through the lobby someone handed me a glass of champagne.
This is where I stayed this weekend. I have to say I think the DeSoto was having an off-weekend because they were hosting a chiropractic conference. The hotel was stunning, but the service was struggling this weekend. I’m not holding that against them though because you can tell that they have processes in place to have good service, but it was kind of a little chaotic to be there this weekend. I’m still recommending it hoping that was the case. The biggest thing was my room wasn’t ready. Check-in is supposed to be at 4, and when I arrived at 4:30 my room wasn’t ready yet.
I had to get dressed for the welcome party in the lobby bathroom. My room wasn’t ready until 7:30. I also hate the valet situation. Valet-only is fine in an off-the-road roundabout situation, but their valet is on the street of Savannah. I have high driving anxiety and I was about to have a breakdown trying to pull out into traffic when leaving. This can also be avoided by just not leaving when everyone is checking out. Next time I know how to handle this by either leaving early in the morning or after check-out time. You can leave your car parked there until 1 the day you check out.
Now, since I’m overlooking those things, it is really is a beautiful hotel with beautiful views and I would absolutely stay here again. The room was gorgeous and spacious and mine had a balcony that overlooked the city. They have three great restaurants inside the hotel, I’ll get into these in the “where to eat” portion of this post. The pool is beautiful and has a great pool bar, and the deck overlooks the city with a gorgeous view of the church in the background. Again, Instagram-worthy at every turn. It is also a little more inexpensive than the Perry Lane Hotel, so if you are looking for a luxury experience at a lower price point, this is a great option. It is around the corner from the Perry Lane Hotel, so I was able to easily get back and forth between the two hotels.
East Bay Inn
This is where I typically stay with my mom when we come. This is a great boutique hotel very close to River Street. It is definitely more historic and is right on brand with the historic charm of Savannah. You can’t beat the location with close walking distance to River Street and historic downtown Savannah. East Bay Inn is pet friendly! So if you are bringing your furry friend, you can definitely stay here. It is also rumored to be haunted by a friendly ghost named “Charlie” so if you are into that, definitely add this to your list of haunted hotels. Now, I have never met Charlie on any of my stays, but others say they have if you read the guest books in the room.
What to Eat in Savannah, Ga.
Now this portion of the post is going to get long. I really love food and my favorite part of traveling is sampling the local flavor. I am lucky enough to have been to Savannah multiple times and have gotten to try so many different restaurants, so let’s break it down.
Olde Pink House
One of my favorite restaurants in Savannah is the Olde Pink House. The she-crab soup is just delicious and I love coming here specifically for the atmosphere. Go ahead and make a reservation if you plan on coming because it does book up quickly. If you are traveling solo, you can try your luck at the bar.
If you are looking for a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, but still want great seafood, Tubby’s is the spot for you. It is above River Street so you can watch the boats go by. The blue crab dip is my favorite thing on this menu. It’s a great appetizer to share with the family. There are lots of great sandwich options, but my favorite is the crab cake sandwich. Can you tell I like crab?
Directly below Tubby’s is Huey’s! They have a killer brunch menu that you can enjoy while sitting right on River Street. The crab cakes benedict is my favorite item on this menu. This menu is quite extensive though so if that isn’t your thing, there are a ton of options. Again, super family-friendly and laid back.
Husk is a great southern cuisine restaurant and their menu changes frequently based on what is in season and fresh. It is always delicious though. This is a more upscale restaurant that would be perfect for a date night.
Ok, this place has togosas (to-go mimosas) so you can’t beat that. The standout menu item here is the pork belly donut sliders. I don’t know who came up with this idea, but it is delicious. Ordinary Pub has a great brunch menu, but also a great happy hour menu and dinner menu too.
This is a fabulous little lunch and brunch spot in Savannah. There are two locations, Forsyth Park and Downtown. There are great toast and sandwich options as well as breakfast classics and dishes tailored to the Savannah flair. I love the avocado toast and eggs benedict.
Proof and Provision
This bar was in my hotel (The DeSoto) and is just beautiful. They have wonderful drinks and live music on the weekends. There is also food served until 10 p.m. and they have options from yummy bites to heavier meals. I had the hot chicken sandwich for dinner one night and it was delicious.
This was also in my hotel next door to Proof and Provision. This is a nicer more upscale restaurant and has a great menu of seafood and delicious veggies. You need a reservation for this one.
Savannah Seafood Shack
This is another more casual dining option, but can get this one to go! If you have a great view like I did at my hotel, this is a great grab-and-go to eat on your balcony restaurant. This is a low-country boil in a hurry. You can get low-country boil plates or sandwiches, or the “shack cone” which is a waffle cone filled with delicious fried seafood and sauce.
The Pirate’s House
If you have kids, take them to The Pirate’s House. This historic restaurant is full of fun pirate decor with great food and drinks. They have a great kid’s menu and at the end, the kids can get a treasure from the chest in the lobby. They have pirates on staff who visit with the tables. It’s a fun experience for sure.
What to Do In Savannah, Ga.
Take a walk on River Street
There are tons of fun little shops, bars and restaurants that face the river. Visit the Waving Girl statue, sample some Savannah candy, grab a drink from Wet Willies and more on this street.
Take a trolley tour
One of the best ways to see Savannah is to take a trolley tour. Jump on and off throughout the day and check out all Savannah has to offer. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and will tell you so many fun facts about the cities.
Take a ghost tour
If you are into ghosts, this is a great way to get all the spooky stories about this old town. There are different levels of ghost tours. You can do a buggy or trolley tour that are more family-friendly, or you can take the adults-only “Dead of Night” walking tour for some darker, more chilling haunts.
Ride the Riverboat
There are several packages you can do to take a ride on “The Georgia Queen.” You can do a brunch cruise or a dinner cruise or just a sightseeing cruise. There are also seasonal cruise options. It’s a cool way to see Savannah for sure.
Stroll through Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is just beautiful. It has a great fountain and lots of classic mossy trees. It’s beauty can’t be missed on your next trip.
Catch a show
The Savannah Theater has lots of fun shows and entertainment. Plus it’s just a beautiful and classic theater.
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