Are you looking for the perfect place to escape the city for a weekend? Just a four hour drive from Atlanta, Savannah is the ideal weekend getaway. With it's historic charm, delicious food, and great shopping, it's no wonder why Savannah is considered "The Hostess City of The South." Check out some of our favorite places to go and things to do in Savannah, so you can start planning your own weekend getaway!
River Street/Bay Street
Things To Do
Catch the water taxi/tug boat across the river to the Westin hotel for breakfast/lunch or just for the fun of riding on the boat. It's free and picks up from both ends of River Street - near the Hyatt Hotel and down by the Waving Girl.
Wander the streets and check out some of the awesome street performers. You can find bucket drummers, saxophonists, and much more showing off their skills along the river.
Eat & Drink
Spanky's is a great little chicken finger and spuds (their version of beer battered fries) joint for casual dining at lunch and dinner.
Grab a praline at River Street Sweets. You won’t be able to walk by without going in and you'll probably leave with more than just a praline.
Have a cocktail at Rocks on the River, the rooftop bar at the Bohemian Hotel, while watching the boats come in and out of the harbor.
Belly up to the piano bar at Vic’s on the River for a delicious small plate and glass of wine. A small balcony opens up right over the river and pets are welcome on the outdoor patio.
Things To Do
Take a trolley or carriage ride through the city. Public and private guided trolley or carriage tours are offered throughout the day. Learn about the city's history while checking out some of the great sights.
Forsyth Park is the place to take a picnic and blanket and let the kids run in the grass or play on the play ground. There is a cafe near the playground that serves light food, coffee and drinks.
City Market spans a four-block area of restored warehouses and shop fronts next to Ellis Square. This charming, open air-marketplace has plenty of things to do whether you come for the entertainment, to shop, dine or just rest your feet.
Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the Southeast, has been an integral part of Savannah’s social landscape for over a century. The museum consists of the Telfair Academy,the Owens-Thomas House, two circa-1820 National Historic Landmark buildings, and the contemporary Jepson Center.
Eat & Drink
The Lady & Son’s is Paula Deen’s infamous establishment. You must make a reservation as it’s nearly impossible to walk up and get in. This is traditional, home style Southern cooking. Think sweet tea, fried chicken, collards, mac n cheese, and gooey bars served all-you-can-eat cafeteria style.
Leopold's Ice Cream is a retro ice cream parlor with a large selection of sweet treats. Their floats are to die for, and they feature different seasonal and specialty ice cream flavors.
Vinnie Van GoGo’s is a popular downtown Savannah’s pizza spot. Grab a slice and sit on the bricks to listen to live music or head to one of the squares to enjoy your pizza. Note that they only accept cash.
The Olde Pink House is unrivaled for Southern service and divine eats. This is a must-eat for all visiting Savannah. Start your evening with cocktails in the lounge and end it with the praline basket. If you only do one meal in Savannah, do it here!
700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park is a swanky spot for an eclectic Southern-style meal overlooking the park. With an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails, it's also a great place for after dinner drinks.
Lulu's Chocolate Bar is a chocolate lovers dream. The menu stocked with candy-flavored martinis, overstuffed layer cakes, and fondue. It's a great place for after dinner drinks and dessert.
Goose Feathers Cafe is a delightful European-style cafe. They serve hot and cold breakfast items throughout the day, as well as soups and sandwiches. It has been named Best Breakfast in Savannah many times.
DC2 Design - This home furnishings-and-accessories location here teems with fabulous purses and jewelry and a dessert-and-coffee bar.
Savannah Bee Company – This shop fits in each of the Do, Eat or Shop categories! Go visit the honey tasting bar and learn all about the different varieties. You can also grab a honey tea or hot biscuits with honey to snack on. There is a very small beehive play area for kids. Great place for souvenirs at all price points.
Paris Market – Again, a great one to both shop and grab a snack. The market is full of beautiful world treasures. The frozen french hot chocolate and an iced cookie is a great treat while looking around the store.
Zia Boutique - Peruse jewelry from around the world, designer bags, African masks, and Cuban oil paintings.
The Salt Table - Just off Broughton St., Salt Table offers a new and unique tasting experience. It features free tasting samples of hundreds of different salts, seasonings, sugars, teas, dips, blends, Amish popcorn, and even local honey.
Kitchens on the Square - Also just off of Broughton St., this store offers unique and fun kitchen accessories. They have everything from personalized dishtowels to vintage kitchen utensils.
One Fish Two Fish - This shop is full of eclectic and stylish furniture, lighting, bedding, art and accessories all with coastal accents.
Number Four Eleven – Find gorgeous furnishings, custom linens, and other home accessories. This shop is Savannah's home for custom monograms.
La Paperie – This shop features unique stationery, journals, gifts, and all sorts of delightful finds in both bold and classic designs.
Habersham Antique Market – As one of Savannah's largest antique markets, you can find just about anything here.
Now that you know the places to go and the things to do in Savannah, all that's left to do is book your weekend getaway. Be sure to check back next week for another Georgia weekend getaway! If there is a location you would like to see featured, just let us know!