Spilling with southern charm, Savannah is an inviting city a stones throw from the coast in Georgia. Colonial homes, spanish moss and a quaint river front make it the perfect weekend destination.
Since Savannah is drivable from our home, we have made several weekend trips here. If you are short on time but want to make the most of your stop in Savannah, these are our recommendations for 24 hours in the city.
Walk along the River Front:
The cobblestone street running along side the river in Savannah is the heart of the city. Lined with shops and restaurants, you could spend all day dining and shopping. We would recommend lunch with a view at any of the following places: Huey’s, Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Restaurant, Tubby’s or Vic on the River. After lunch, pop in the old fashion candy store for a sweet treat or a souvnir shop to buy a momento of your trip.
Dinner at the Olde Pink House:
Build in 1771, the Habersham House or later called the Olde Pink House is a National Landmark in Savannah. (The nickname was given the house when the red brick began bleeding through the white mortar turning the house pink.) The stately mansion has held many hats over the years: private residence to James Habersham, Jr., the first bank in Georgia, Planter’s Bank and shelter for Sherman’s troops during the civil war. Changing ownership numerous times over the years and falling into disrepair, The William Balish Family purchased the home in the early 90s to return the mansion to its former glory. The doors to the restaurant opened allowing guests to dine by candlelight as James Habersham would have in 1771. Enjoy a meal and a history lesson all in one!
After dinner, have a nightcap at Rocks on the River at the Bohemian Hotel. Located on the rooftop of this waterfront hotel, you will have stunning views of the Savannah river front.
Start your morning out with a big southern brunch. Scrambled eggs and bacon with fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with pimento cheese, gravy or homemade jam or cheesy stone ground grits. We had a delicious breakfast on our last visit at Cafe M along the river front.
Bike to Forsyth Park:
Work off that big breakfast by biking or walking to Forsyth Park. Spanning over 30 acres in historica Savannah, the park has something for everyone: a children’s playground, a large garden, tennis and basketball courts, large open field for soccer or frisbee and a picturesque fountain centered in the middle.
(This picture is a throwback to our first trip to the city in 2010!)
Tour a Historic Home:
Take a step back in time at one of Savannah’s historic homes by taking a guided tour of the property. Popular residences offering tours are the Owen-Thomas House, the Davenport House and the Mercer House (house used in the filming of the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”). The Owen-Thomas House is rumored to be haunted. Ghost tours are offered in the evening hours as well.
If you have more than a day in Savannah, head over to Tybee Island for a day at the beach, take an evening trolley or hearse ghost tour, cruise the river on the Georgia Queen or visit the Bonaventure Cemetery. If you are traveling with small children, The Pirate’s House is a great lunch or dinner spot.