Thursday, May 7, 2015

Savannah Travel Guide

To escape our winter blues, and coincidentally to celebrate our 6-month anniversary (which we didn't realize until after the fact), Alex and I took a quick trip to Savannah, Georgia this spring. We spent nearly four days, which was actually probably more than we really needed (so don't rule out Savannah if you only have two or three days), and quickly fell in love with this charming, quirky city. We loved the warm, southern hospitality, beautiful architecture, stately live oak trees dripping with moss, and the SCAD influences that made the city feel young and cool, and incredibly vegetarian friendly.

Where to STAY: we chose to stay at the Mansion on Forsyth and were so happy with the decision. The rooms and service were top notch, the cocktails delicious, and we loved that they offered live jazz on the weekends. While this may be personal preference, we liked how it was just outside of the main tourist area, which allowed us to experience more of what Savannah has to offer and feel less like visitors. We also considered the Andaz, Brice, and Bohemian.

Where to EAT: there are so many great food options in Savannah, and unlike other southern cities we've visited, it was super easy to find vegetarian options. We tried Green Truck Pub, Collins Quarter **, Sentient BeanAlligator Soul **, Leoci's, and Kayak Kafe. We also wanted to try Angels BBQ (but they were closed for maintenance) and Mrs. Wilkes (the wait can be hours long and we weren't sure how vegetarian friendly it would be).

For sweet treats we enjoyed Back in the Day Bakery ** (also looked like they had great sandwiches for lunch), Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah Candy Kitchen, and Chocolat by Adam Turoni.

Where to DRINK: like New Orleans, Savannah's historic district has no open container law, so you're free to take a cocktail to go! We particularly enjoyed Square 22 Bar,  Perch at Local 11ten, and Casimir's Lounge

Where to SHOP: Savannah has an amazing collection of antique and home decor shops and I'm sure we only scratched the surface. We enjoyed Habersham Antiques, Alex Raskin Antiques, Arcanum Antiques, 24eNumber Four Eleven, One Fish Two Fishand Jere's Antiques. Outside of the home decor world we loved ShopSCAD (which is essentially the gift shop for the local art school where students sell their original works), La Paperie, Savannah Bee Company, Paris Market, Folklorico, and Prospector Co.

Where to EXPLORE: Savannah's historic district is easily walkable (at least for this New Yorker ;) so there's no need to rent a car if you plan to stay downtown (and there's plenty to do like shopping, historical house tours, architectural tours). We loved walking through the historic district, especially along Jones Street, and admiring the beautiful city. One day we rented a car to explore Bonaventure Cemetery, walk the beach at Tybee Island (with lunch and drinks at Tybee Island Social Club), and drive around Ardsley Park.

xx Molly

PS: Here are more pictures from out trip, if you'd like to see.

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