Top Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia for A Fun Weekend

Start your Savannah Weekend on the Savannah Riverfront at Rocks on the Roof
Start your Savannah Weekend on the Savannah Riverfront at Rocks on the Roof

Aaand We’re Off for Savannah, Georgia!

Charm.  Quaintness.  History.  Boutique Shopping.  Riverfront restaurants and shops.  Legendary eating establishments.  Squares.  Parks.  Music.  Walking City.  Horse and Buggy Rides.  Pedi Cabs.  Roam the streets with drinks in hand.  This city has it all and if you can’t find something to entertain yourself, you could be hopeless.  So much to do in this little gem of a city and so many ways to go about it.

Airports

International airports near SAV

110 miles: Charleston, SC (CHS / KCHS) Charleston International Airport
128 miles: Jacksonville, FL (JAX / KJAX) Jacksonville International Airport
228 miles: Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR / KMYR) Myrtle Beach International Airport
230 miles: Daytona Beach, FL (DAB / KDAB) Daytona Beach International Airport
240 miles: Atlanta, GA (ATL / KATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
253 miles: Charlotte, NC (CLT / KCLT) Charlotte Douglas International Airport
268 miles: Sanford, FL (SFB / KSFB) Orlando Sanford International Airport

Domestic airports near SAV

39 miles: Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH / KHXD / HXD) Hilton Head Airport
70 miles: Brunswick, GA (BQK / KBQK) Brunswick Golden Isles Airport
110 miles: Charleston, SC (CHS / KCHS) Charleston International Airport
119 miles: Augusta, GA (AGS / KAGS) Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field

 

Where to Stay

Honestly I had a hard time choosing a hotel, as I am very, very picky when it comes to where I stay.  There were no five star hotels in Savannah when we were there in April 2017.  Below I will list some choices and let you click on the links to research and decide.

The Bohemian Hotel:  This is where we ended up staying because hubby is claustrophobic and needs a balcony.  Pros—great location, on the river, riverfront rooms, you can request a small balcony room (just a note…balcony is VERY small, but does the trick if you need some air), has a nice sized bathroom with double sinks and good shower), great rooftop bar, lobby smells divine, breakfast in the restaurant is good.  Cons:  Rooms are not real large, the light fixture over the bed weirded me out, not as posh as the reviews claim, when we were there the concierge and front desk staff were very unknowledgeable.

Mansion on Forsyth Park:  Elegant and opulent.  Rooms are nicer than Bohemian but since there are none with a balcony this was out for us.  Casimir’s Lounge and 700 Drayton Restaurant are both wonderful and I would highly suggest hitting these for dinner or brunch.  The location is not as great as The Bohemian but they do have a shuttle to River Street.  Friends of mine claim the spa is wonderful.

 

Lobby at Mansion on Forsyth

 

Andaz Savannah:  Be sure to take a look at this one.  Friends and colleagues rave about this hotel.  We could not get a reservation here so you can assume it is popular.  Great location for walking to all the attractions.

The Brice Hotel:  Very eclectic and interesting.

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa:  Lots of amenities, great river views, but far removed from all the downtown Savannah action.  You would have to take a water taxi or drive over everyday.

If you are more in the mood for a B & B, view Hamilton Turner Inn and The Gastonian.

Where to Dine

Be sure to forget about your diets and calorie counting because this is a foodie town and you must eat everywhere along the way.  No need to worry really because you will be walking so much that it offsets!  Try to read about every restaurant before you go and get reservations for those that are really important to you.  Everything books up fast and if you prefer not to be eating at 9:30 or 10—be organized for this particular trip.

Here are some of our favorites:

Olde Pink House

700 Drayton

Elizabeth’s on 37th

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Lady and Sons (Paula Deen’s)

Back in the Day Bakery

22 Square

B. Matthews Eatery (especially for Sunday Brunch)

Circa 1875

The Florence

And one must visit is Jen’s and Friends!  They do not have a website but are located on Congress.  Three hundred funky martinis like the rice krispie garnished with none other than a real rice krispie.  How about birthday cake, fruit loop, bourbon pecan pie, blackberry lemon drop, cake batter, or reeses?  AMAZING!   For those who are not keen on martinis, they have 200 beers too!

Gallery Espresso is a fun little stop for a coffee and snack.

Calling all popcorn lovers!!!  Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn Store is to die for…so many flavors it is hard to choose.

Where to Shop

If you love boutique shopping (and I do!) you will be beside yourself with glee in this city.  Five shopping districts (Broughton Street, City Market, Downtown Design District, Madison Square, and Riverwalk) make up this fun little mecca.  Here are some of my favorites:

Harper:  I bought so much here it was ridiculous.  Great jeans and dresses and tops!

Paris Market:  Two story reproduction of an authentic Paris Market.

Satchel:  Custom leather travel bags, handbags, and accessories.  The owner graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Everything is made in Savannah.

The Book Lady:  A great old school authentic book store with over 50,000 new and used selections.

Shop SCAD:  A unique retail gallery.  A must see!  All created by students, Alumni and Faculty at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kendra Scott:  Just a beautiful store.  Jewelry and more.  And you can design your own.

Dress Up:  Affordable, on trend and new styles every week.

Bleubelle Boutique:  High End.

24e:  2 stories of cool stuff.

I have not even touched the surface of shopping so just go and have a great time.  Savannah is a fabulous place for a quick girl’s weekend.

 

Must See Attractions

Just put on your walking shoes and go to town!  This city is amazing!

Forsyth Park, Tybee Island, Jepson Center for the Arts, Bonaventure Cemetery, Take an evening Ghost Tour, Mercer Williams House (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), Walk all the Squares, The Riverfront, Broughton Street, City Market, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (Girl Scouts).

Forsyth Park Fountain

 

Three Day Itinerary

Day 1:

Check into your hotel.  Unpack.  Get familiar with all your hotel has to offer so you can maneuver easily.  Start your trip off right by visiting Rocks on the River up on the rooftop of The Bohemian Hotel.  Order one of their fun drinks and look over The Riverfront and start taking in the vibe of this fabulous city.  From here just walk up and down The Riverfront.  Perhaps add a boat tour if you have time before dinner.  Change for dinner and choose a great restaurant.  Olde Pink House is a great way to start!  After dinner just walk over to Jens and Friends to end your first night with an amazing martini!

Day 2:

Get up and grab a hearty breakfast at your hotel!  Don your walking shoes and have at it!  Just start walking the squares and stop at everything that looks interesting.  When you get hungry or in need of caffeine, not to worry.  You will run into the most interesting places.  Again I stress to read up about Savannah before you go and I assure you, you will bump into everything eventually.  Be sure to do some shopping on Broughton Street today.  Finish off this glorious day at one of the restaurant choices above…perhaps 700 Drayton tonight!  Maybe a ghost tour after dinner!

Day 3:

Have an amazing breakfast at B. Matthews Eatery.  While there, do a review of anything you missed yesterday that you want to hit today and after breakfast go to it!  This afternoon if the weather is nice, take a trip out to Tybee Island if that interests you.  If not, hit some more shops, coffeehouses, and be sure to get some popcorn at Rae’s!  Why not make your last night a music night?  Jazz d Tapas Bar is a great place for, yes you guessed it, drinks, Tapas, and Jazz!  Also check out Casimir’s Lounge, and the many bars that line the streets of Savannah!  You can walk the streets with drinks in hand so just go exploring the nightlife.

I hope you get to enjoy all the charms of Savannah, Georgia…soon or someday!

Xo, Jauntique

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