Planning a trip to Savannah? Discover where to eat, what to do, and where to stay – plus a sample itinerary – in this Savannah Travel Guide!
After an incredible two and a half days in Charleston, we headed further south towards Savannah in search of historic homes, tree-lined streets, and more southern comfort food.
Truth be told, I didn’t know much about Savannah before we arrived. Charleston has been getting so much travel hype lately, and Savannah is a little bit more under the radar. But, by the time we left two days later I had been completely charmed by the city! There’s so much to love about Savannah! For starters, the historic district is breathtakingly beautiful. Everywhere you turn, the streets are lined with stunning historic homes and old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Sweet little shops and cafes can be found throughout the city, as can a number of shaded squares where you can relax away from the heat of the sun. And – most importantly- the city has plenty of great dining options, and you won’t want to leave without eating your fill of fried chicken and buttermilk pie!
Keep scrolling to see all of my favorite spots in Savannah. I hope you get inspired to book a trip of your own. And, to help take the guesswork out of planning a trip to Savannah, I’ve even included an itinerary at the bottom of this post!
Where we stayed:
The Gastonian – I can’t imagine a more idyllic place to stay in Savannah! The Gastonian is nestled among gorgeous homes on a quiet street in the city’s historic district, just two blocks from Forsyth Park. We stayed in the Juliette Gordon Low room, which included a fireplace, clawfoot tub, and – best of all – a private second-floor balcony where we enjoyed breakfast in the morning. Speaking of which, breakfast at The Gastonian was incredible! They make the best buttermilk biscuits imaginable, and we had some seriously delicious eggs Benedict on our first morning there. I can’t recommend The Gastonian enough!
Other options to consider:
The Marshall House – If you’re looking to stay a little closer to the city’s hot spots, The Marshall House on Broughton Street is a great choice! For a room with a balcony, ask for a second floor room facing Broughton Street.
Where we ate:
Cotton & Rye – Our dinner at Cotton & Rye was truly spectacular! Their menu consists of elevated comfort food, and everything we ordered delicious! Alex was obsessed with the panzanella salad, and their fried chicken – served with spicy honey and mac and cheese – was the best I had during our trip! We split a slice of their chocolate buttermilk pie with dulce de leche and salted whipped cream for dessert and oh my gosh! I’d never even heard of buttermilk pie before our trip, but I’ve been missing out my whole life! And, as is the theme with my favorite restaurants, the atmosphere was completely relaxed but the service was top notch. Dress: smart casual
Soho South Cafe – We stopped by Soho South Cafe for lunch, and, after a short wait, snagged a seat in the bar. The building was formerly an automotive service station and has been converted into a charming cafe. Our meal was excellent, and the fried green tomatoes are not to be missed. Dress: casual
Public Kitchen & Bar – We ate dinner at Public Kitchen & Bar on our first night in Savannah and loved it! The atmosphere is casual, and the food was simple and delicious. Alex ordered their shrimp and grits with chorizo (he’s a sucker for anything with chorizo in it!) and a sherry cream sauce and it was so good! Dress: casual
The Olde Pink House – We stopped by The Olde Pink House for cocktails before dinner on our first night in Savannah. The cocktail list included an assortment of deliciously refreshing drinks. I ordered The Proper with mulberry-infused gin (so good!) and Alex ordered a rum punch. This would also be a great spot for dinner! Dress: smart casual to business casual
Chocolat by Adam Turoni – On Bull Street, just steps from Chippewa Square, there is the most charming chocolate shop I’ve ever seen. Inside you’ll find incredibly delicious, handmade truffles (I loved the mint julep truffle) arranged in bookcases throughout the shop. Buy a few sweets to enjoy on a bench in Chippewa Square. After all, this is where Forest Gump sat and famously said: “Life’s like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” The shop also has a second location on Broughton Street.
Other options to consider:
Gryphon Tea Room – I had been looking forward to visiting Gryphon Tea Room for lunch on our last day in Savannah and was so bummed when they were closed for a private event. Their menu includes salads and sandwiches, but I had been hoping to order their afternoon tea, which includes tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Dress: smart casual
Collins Quarter – This Australian-inspired, farm-to-table cafe has a great brunch menu and an extensive list of specialty coffees. Dress: casual
The Sentient Bean – Stop by The Sentient Bean, on Park Avenue overlooking Forsyth Park, for your morning caffeine fix. They have an extensive drink menu, and all coffee drinks are available iced. Their frozen vanilla latte sounds incredible!
What we did:
Explore Forsyth Park & Savannah’s Historic District – Spend a morning exploring Savannah’s historic district, including its parks, squares, and charming shops. Begin your tour in Forsyth Park, and be sure to spot the white fountain, monuments, and the beautiful homes along the park’s perimeter. Then make your way towards the river, stopping to explore all that Savannah has to offer. Jones Street is lined with some of the most beautiful homes in the city, particularly on the blocks nearest the intersection with Bull Street, and is not to be missed. On Whitaker Street, peek into Number Four Eleven for gorgeous monogrammed goods and La Paperie for a beautiful selection of stationery. On Broughton Street, get lost in The Paris Market‘s expertly curated selection of home decor, gifts, and sweets before tasting all of the delicious honey (including chocolate whipped honey!) at Savannah Bee Company. While you’re exploring, you’ll find a city square every few blocks where you can find shade under the oak trees and grab a seat on a bench to rest your feet. Time to allot: 3 hours
Wormsloe Historic Site – Wormsloe is the colonial plantation of Noble Jones, an English carpenter who settled near present-day Savannah and served as the colony’s doctor and surveyor, among many other jobs. The plantation home, made of tabby concrete, is now in ruins, but visitors can tour the grounds and view a video about the founding of Georgia in the visitor’s center. The best part of the Wormsloe Historic Site? The hauntingly beautiful 1.5 mile oak tree-lined drive leading from the road to the historic site. Time to allot: 1 hour, plus travel time (it’s a 20 minute drive from downtown Savannah)
Tybee Island – Get out of the city for an afternoon to spend some time relaxing on the beach! The Atlantic was way too chilly for a swim when we visited in April, but we spent one afternoon walking along the water’s edge and reading our books on the sand. The island also has a really charming lighthouse, so be sure to check it out during your visit. Time to allot: 2 to 4 hours, plus travel time (it’s a 30 minute drive from downtown Savannah)
Fort Pulaski – Stop to visit Fort Pulaski on your way to the beach at Tybee Island. During the Civil War the fort was heavily damaged by Union rifle cannons, a military innovation at the time, forcing the Confederates to surrender the fort. In addition to exhibits within the fort, there are a number of hiking trails around the national monument. Time to allot: 1 hour, plus travel time (it’s a 25 minute drive from downtown Savannah)
Other options to consider:
SCAD Museum of Art – The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum in downtown Savannah that was established to educate and inspire students at Savannah College of Art and Design as well as museum visitors.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace – Tour the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, a Savannah native and the founder of the Girl Scouts.
Getting Around: Savannah’s historic district is very walkable, so you may plan to get around on foot. Pedicabs are prevalent and are also a great way to get to your destination if you find your feet getting tired. Be sure to have cash for pedicabs; they run on tips, so there’s no set price, but our concierge recommended $10 for a 15 minute ride. Also note that the pedicabs are only allowed within the historic district, so Uber is a great option if you need transportation beyond the historic district. You’ll want a rental car or the number for a cab company if you’re planning to travel a bit further from the downtown area, since it may be hard to get an Uber back into the city from a more remote location.
What to Pack: Savannah was very humid, even in April, so I recommend packing breezy clothing to help keep you cool. Like Charleston, Savannah is a fashionable city, so I recommend chic, casual clothing – breezy dresses and skirts, trousers with a cute top, stylish and comfortable shoes – for exploring the city and for evenings out. And be sure to pack sunscreen and your favorite frizz-fighting hair products for the heat and humidity!
When to Visit: It was already pretty hot and humid during our late-April trip to Savannah, so to be honest I can’t imagine what summers must be like! Plan your trip for early- to mid-spring to enjoy warm temperatures without having to fight too much humidity
Are you planning a trip to Savannah? Or do you have a favorite spot that I missed? Please leave me a note in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Charleston Travel Guide and itinerary here!