Savannah has always been on my list of places I wanted to visit and now I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite spots. This coastal city is known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and haunted history. Each part of the city is so unique – ranging from the historic district that is filled with cobblestoned roads, to Forsyth Park which is shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss, to City Market which is home to the most popular restaurants, art galleries and shops. There’s so much to explore, see, and do in this fun city and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun week or weekend away.
So, here’s the rundown of my time in Savannah, in case you’re looking for your next destination or need recommendations for when you’re visiting.
When we arrived to Savannah it was a beautiful sunny day and we couldn’t check into our Airbnb yet, so we decided to explore Tybee Island and get a beach day in. Well, we loved it to so much, we decided to also spend the next day at the beach as well.
Tybee Island is about 25 minutes outside of Savannah. It’s a cute beach town with a lot of shops and restaurants and it has a large pier with great views. Honestly, it would be a great spot to visit with family and friends if you’re looking for a fun beach town to go to. While we were at Tybee, we ate at Fannie’s on the Beach and also drank some of their delicious frozen cocktails, which we were able to bring with us on the beach. Everything was delicious, the service was amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone who was visiting.
While we only got to send two days at Tybee, I’m glad we were able to check it out. The beach was beautiful and the vibe of the town was so carefree and fun. I would definitely like to go back the next time I go to Savannah.
Savannah, GA – Exploring the City
The remainder of our time we spent exploring all of the really cool areas that the city of Savannah has to offer. Our Airbnb was a block from Forsyths park and one block from the famous Jones street (named one of the most beautiful streets in Savannah).
One of my favorite things to do during my time there was to grab a to-go drink and go explore all of the natural beauty the city has to offer. But, let’s be honest, I also spent a lot of time exploring all of the unique businesses, restaurants and bars that make this city so special. So, here are some of the restaurants and bars I visited during my time in Savannah.
Jen’s and Friends
Jen’s and Friends is a martini bar that we passed on our way down to the riverfront. They have a wide variety of martinis as well as wine and beer. Since their martinis are well-known, we had to make a point to try a few of them for ourselves and let me tell you, they were SO good. I had tried the blackberry lemon drop and the Rice Krispie treat martinis, and I would definitely get them both again.
The Collins Quarter
The Collins Quarter was hands down my favorite spot for coffee and breakfast. They have two locations, one in Forsyths park and one in downtown. We went to the park location and got iced coffees and fresh banana bread as we walked around the park, which was such a fun thing to do when you want to sightsee. On our last day in Savannah, we went to the downtown location and enjoyed an amazing breakfast. Their coffee and food is seriously so delicious. I can see why there’s always a line to get in to both of locations and I would definitely go back the next time I visit.
The Georgia Tasting Room
The Georgia Tasting Room is located in City Market and they offer a rotating tap of 15 different local craft beers on draft, wine and moonshine smoothies and they have tasting room so you can try their wines. While they have a wide offering, I personally loved their wine and moonshine smoothies. They were so refreshing in the hot weather and were a fun beverage to enjoy as a to-go drink. These are definitely a must try!
The Bar Bar
The Bar Bar was a place we stumbled upon on our way home one night. What we thought would be a quick stop in turned into a late night with a bunch of friendly strangers and bartenders. In fact, we had so much fun we went back for a second night where I made friends with even more friendly strangers and bartenders! This bar was unique because it’s plastered in bills that people write on. My husband had a ripped dollar bill he had been holding onto in his wallet, so we thought it was the perfect spot for it to go, and now we are officially part of The Bar Bar.
The Savannah Taphouse used to be an old theater where you’d go and watch movies. Now, it’s a popular bar and restaurant in downtown Savannah. This is a great place to grab a drink and food and the atmosphere is also lively and full of personality. I personally also think they have the best beer cheese and pretzels in the city. Seriously, it was SO GOOD!
Dub’s Pub River Street
Dub’s Pub is the only sports pub on River Street. We went in to try their famous Jalapeño Beer Cheese dip and enjoy a few drinks before we bopped around. We had a great time talking with the bartender and their beer cheese dip surely did not disappoint.
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall is exactly what it sounds like… a hole in the wall that serves the most delicious burgers and fries! Their burgers are comparable to Five Guys, which means we loved them so much we stopped by twice during our trip. This is a must go-to stop if you’re in Savannah and are looking for a quick and delicious burger.
Other Cool Spots: Black Rifle Coffee Co, Rusty Rudders Tap House and Two Cracked Eggs
Other fun and memorable spots that we went to were Black Rifle Coffee Co, the Rusty Rudder and Two Cracked Eggs – and all three are right next to each other on River Street!
Black Rifle Coffee Co is a veteran-owned coffee company who serves coffee to “people who love America”. They have shops throughout the U.S. and you can buy their coffee via a retailer or online. Their coffee was absolutely amazing and their apparel was very impressive.
We popped into the Rusty Rudder Tap House for a drink because it was so hot on our last day in Savannah. What ended up happening was us hanging out there for five hours. It’s a lively bar right on River Street that plays the loudest and best music. Plus, their manager Kyle was the real reason we stuck around so long as he kept us entertained and our drinks full.
Another breakfast spot we checked out was Two Cracked Eggs Cafe where we enjoyed a real southern breakfast. I had eggs Benedict on a biscuit with a side of grits and it was so yummy. It’s definitely a good option to check out if you’re looking for a breakfast spot in that area!
My Favorite Spot: The Plant Riverside District
As I mentioned before, Savannah is made up of several different areas and one of them is called the Plant Riverside District. This area was once the spot an electric power plant that became the most efficient plant in the south at its time. It would continue to power Savannah for more than 92 years before its decommissioning in 2005. Now, the power plant has been restored, keeping historic characteristics like the iconic twin smokestacks and brick exterior. On each side are two new buildings comprised of hotel rooms, restaurants, lounges, and meeting space. Over a quarter-mile of riverwalk has been created as well. It’s truly a beautiful space and all of the shops, bars, hotels and restaurants are all awesome places to check out.
While there are so many more places to check out in Savannah, the ones referenced above are establishments with people, services and goods that made my trip even more enjoyable. Savannah is honestly one of my favorite new cities that has created such fun memories for me and I cannot wait to go back and visit again. Enjoy!