AOS Weekender Guide: Savannah, Georgia
Date: May 2, 2016 | Location: Savannah, Georgia
Last weekend marked my and my husband's first anniversary. Knowing that we wanted to get out of town for the weekend, but not having the time or money for a plane flight, we began our search for the perfect place to celebrate the occasion. The coastal city of Savannah, Georgia seemed to meet our criteria: it is only a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from Atlanta and the charm of its cobblestone streets and old Southern architecture are undeniable. We packed our bags and braved Friday rush hour to travel down to the south Georgia gem with hopes of experiencing all that Savannah has to offer.
As any well-prepared traveler would, I did my research before our trip and made a list of everything I wanted to do and see. That, coupled with the advice of a good friend/ex-native, left Bobby and I with a busy weekend itinerary. We both wanted to relax and enjoy the city simultaneously, so we narrowed down our list to the things that most interested us. Here is what made the cut:
S T A Y.
Presidents' Quarters Inn - I'm a sucker for a good B&B. I mean, what's not to love? You get breakfast AND a unique room. The Presidents' Quarters Inn was everything we hoped for and more. Good people, great food, exposed brick in our bedroom...the list goes on and on. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a true Savannah experience. We woke up to a full Southern-style breakfast each morning and had pre-dinner wine + hors d'oeuvres each evening. The two pictures above don't even begin to hold a candle to this place's authentic charm!
E A T and D R I N K.
17Hundred90 - After we checked in at the B&B, we were both in desperate need of a drink. We were more than ready to relax and unwind after our drive. Bobby had actually come across 17Hundred90 while doing some pre-trip research and it just so happened that it was right across the street from our inn. The supposedly haunted basement bar did anything but spook us. The staff and crowd were warm and inviting. We each had a drink and overheard some locals telling of their ghost encounters in a nearby cemetery.
Circa 1875 - Our next stop took us to a cozy little wine bar, self-proclaimed as "Unpretentious French Cuisine". We got our fill of Parisian decor and their extensive wine list before heading home for the night.
The Florence - We decided on celebrity chef Hugh Acheson's restaurant located in a former ice factory for our anniversary dinner celebration. Everything from the service to the wine and food was impeccable! The pork cannelloni caught both of our eyes. Bobby finished with a cup of espresso and we both left full and happy.
Rocks on the Roof - Located atop the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof has an incredible view of the river and bridge. We were pleasantly surprised with live music from a talented Motown band and enjoyed listening to them and sitting around the outdoor fire pit for the rest of our Saturday evening.
Brighter Day Natural Foods / Forsyth Park - Get a cup of kombucha on tap at Brighter Day's little market and go explore Savannah's beautiful Forsyth Park. It's the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The Paris Market - Antique lovers dream come true! This place is filled with so many great finds and even better prices. Being new home owners, we left with our hands full.
Tybee Island's North Beach - Okay, so not technically Savannah, but Tybee's North Beach is only a short, half hour drive from the heart of the city. We ventured out to North Beach to wiggle our toes in the sand and grab lunch at North Beach Bar and Grill before reluctantly heading home.
Although we were busy exploring all weekend, there are still so many things we didn't get to do. I highly recommend visiting Savannah whether you're a Southerner or live across the country. It was the ideal city to celebrate our first anniversary in; we're already dreaming of our next trip back!