A trip to anyplace new can be a daunting one! When you take into account all the nooks and crannies of the South’s mysterious Hostess City, it’s the easiest thing in the world to get overwhelmed. To help, we’ve compiled a list of some of the favorite spots of Savannah natives, and listed them here in a Savannah Itinerary to make your escape to the Coastal Empire as authentic and enjoyable as possible! Feel free to play with the timing and locations to suit your needs and tastes—these are a few of our favorites!
One Night Trip:
In the hustle and bustle of every day life, sometimes you’re only able to get away for a day here or an evening there. We’ve got some terrific ideas for a day like that one—we’re just happy you’re coming to see us, if only for a little while!
Noon: Lunch at Angel’s BBQ (www.angels-bbq.com)
As featured on Man vs. Food, Angel’s is the best when it comes to no-frills eats, and is one of the best BBQ joints in town!
A stroll with The Savannah Walks (www.savannahwalks.com)
The Savannah Walks offers walking tours of our fair city perfect for just about anyone. Learn a little about all of Savannah, or a lot about something specific! But don’t wait to call—reservations are required!
Visit some of Savannah’s gorgeous homes or gardens
Savannah is well known for her homes, gardens, and mansions that embody the mystery and romance of The Hostess City. Start with tremendous splendor of The Mercer-Williams House (www.mercerhouse.com) and then make your way to the elegance of the Davenport House (www.davenporthousemuseum.org) or the sprawling beauty of Forsyth Park.
Dinner at The Olde Pink House
Known as one of Savannah’s greatest and most lasting restaurants, The Olde Pink House is history, elegance, and spectacular cuisine flawlessly merged.
Dessert at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, then a stroll down River Street (www.luluschocolatebar.net) Start your night with a visit to the hippest ladies in Savannah for a slice of cake, or a specialty martini! From there, you’re only a short walk to River Street, the soul of Savannah that is only made more gorgeous and outrageous when the sun goes down!
Breakfast/Brunch at Clary’s (www.claryscafe.com)
Made famous for its appearance in Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil, Clary’s is a favorite among many of Savannah’s born and bred natives.
Visit the departed and see the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (http://www.visit-historic-savannah.com/colonial-park-cemetery.html and http://www.savannahcathedral.org/)
After a trip to say “hello” to Savannah’s long-departed in the Colonial Park Cemetery, you aren’t far from the majestic spires of the Cathedral, which is just a gorgeous inside as it is outside!
Say hello to The Bird Girl (www.telfair.org)
Before you go, remember to pay a visit to Savannah’s most famous work of art, The Bird Girl, resting happily in her home in The Telfair—the nation’s oldest museum!
Two Nights In Savannah:
A trip to Savannah is the perfect way to spend a beautiful weekend. Wake up bright and early, because the best way to start your first day in Savannah is with lunch!
Lunch with a Lady (www.ladyandsons.com or www.mrswilkes.com) What better way to start your trip than having lunch with one of Savannah’s two favorite ladies of the kitchen: Paula Deen or Mrs. Wilkes!
Tour with a Gentleman (www.savannahdan.com)
Savannah’s favorite tour guide, Savannah Dan, will tell you everything you need to know about the Hostess City! But remember to call ahead: reservations are required!
A cocktail in the City Market (www.savannahcitymarket.com) A pretty afternoon is best spent watching the fountains with a gin and tonic in hand.
Dinner at A.Lure (www.aluresavannah.com)
Relatively new to Savannah, A.Lure has made a splash with its delicious and exquisite menu, with Low Country food prepared in a way that is truly unique to Savannah.
Dessert at Leopold’s (www.leopoldsicecream.com)
Famous for its delicious ice cream, Leopold’s is a great way to wind down after your first day in the Hostess City.
Breakfast/Brunch at B.Matthews (www.bmatthewseatery.com)
With it’s great location and even better chow, B.Matthews is a popular brunch spot for locals and tourists alike.
Hop on and off with one of Savannah’s trolleys (www.oglethorpetours.com)
The best way to get acquainted with the Historic District’s houses, gardens, mansions, and squares: try riding the trolley all the way through on your first go-around, and then you’ll have a better idea of what you want to spend more time with when you’re ready to hop off!
Lunch at Zunzi’s (www.zunzis.com)
A true local favorite, Zunzi’s makes sandwiches and salads that are just as mouthwatering as they are filling!
Take in a little culture (www.telfair.org)
Comprised of the Museum, The Jepson Center For The Arts, and The Owens-Thomas House, The Telfair is the nation’s oldest museum, and each building contains something that will exercise and inspire the mind and imagination.
Get off your feet and let the horses do the walking (www.madisontourcompany.com)
Learn a little history or just enjoy the ride as Madison’s horse-drawn carriages picks you up and drops you off for dinner or a nap (or both!).
Dinner with Savannah society (www.elizabethon37th.net or www.17hundred90.com)
Breathtaking atmosphere and magnificently prepared food await you at either of Savannah’s oldest and most well-respected restaurants.
Nightlife entertainment (www.blueorbtours.com or www.musesavannah.org)
Whether you want a scary story with Blue Orb or a night of theatre and art with the Muse Arts Warehouse, Savannah always knows the best way to spend an entertaining evening.
Nightcap on River Street
When the sun goes down, the sights and sounds of River Street are the best place to enjoy a drink and the musical evening air during your last night in Savannah.
Breakfast/brunch with the locals (www.jchristophers.com)
A former auto shop, J. Christopher’s is a popular gathering spot for Savannahnians looking for some great food and a hot pot of coffee.
Say goodbye on Savannah’s breathtaking outskirts (www.bonaventurehistorical.org or www.cityoftybee.org)
On your way out, be sure to stop at the majestic outskirts of Savannah. Known as one of the greatest wonders of Savannah, Bonaventure Cemetery is breathtaking in its scale, its art, and its natural beauty. Come pay your respects to Savannah’s best-known citizens, including Johnny Mercer, Jim Williams, and Conrad Aiken. Or if you’d prefer a little more sun, keep on past Bonaventure and give a visit to Tybee Island: Savannah’s seaside cousin.