In a split second I fell in love with Savannah purely because of the live oak trees, Spanish moss, quaint parks and cute houses. It’s a great spot for a short getaway!
We paired our trip to Savannah with Charleston over a long weekend, so make sure to check out the Charleston post if you plan on doing the same thing! A couple days in each place felt like the perfect amount. If anything, I’d say to spend a little more time in Charleston over Savannah because Savannah is pretty small. We fit in everything we wanted to do in a day and a half.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District and felt that it was the perfect location (plus, you gotta get those hotel points!). The first morning we just grabbed a coffee and some fruit at the hotel before venturing out. We had a full itinerary for the day and wanted to make breakfast easy.
Our first stop was Bonaventure cemetery. We actually rented some city bikes and rode there. I actually wouldn’t suggest doing this though-the streets and sidewalks were not very bike friendly on the way and let’s just say it was quite the adventure. Next time, we’d probably just take a Lyft/Uber. I will say that it was really nice to have the bikes once we were in the cemetery though, so if you can find a bike rental place nearby, rent bikes and ride through the cemetery. Next time, we’d also grab some sandwiches back in town and take them to the cemetery for some lunch. Another option would be to go to brunch/lunch before heading to the cemetery. Husk Savanah is supposed to be just as fabulous as the one in Charleston.
Bonaventure Cemetery is stunning! Like I mentioned before, I fell in love with the live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and the cemetery was full of them. It made the place so magical, yet, spooky and mystifying. We rode up and down the aisles, stopping to take pictures every now and then, before leaving.
If you go in the summer (which I definitely wouldn’t recommend!), you’ll need a cool refreshment after the cemetery. As you can probably imagine, we were dripping in sweat from our bike ride, so we freshened up and went to Rocks on the Roof, overlooking the Savannah river to grab a cocktail. The bar isn’t anything special, but the rooftop does have a nice view of the river and Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
From there we headed to dinner at The Grey. I’d suggest reservations as it was a pretty popular place. The restaurant is actually a refurbished bus depot and the decor and design was pretty great. Top-notch food, drinks and service! I’d go back in a heartbeat!
For a post-dinner walk we headed toward Forsyth park (via Barnard St). If you can make it before dark, that would be the best, as the trees and greenery are gorgeous. We went just before dusk and got to explore it both ways. We ended up doing a big circle and worked our way through more of the small squares as we headed back towards downtown (via Abercorn). Eventually, you’ll basically run into Leopold’s Ice Cream for some dessert. There was a pretty long line, but Pax and I are total sweet tooths so the wait was worth it.
Overall, Savannah is the perfect city to get lost wandering around. You’ll run into so many beautiful squares, darling houses and plenty of gracious people. Enjoy the southern charm, y’all.