Savannah, GA!

We kicked off our time in Georgia with a few days in Savannah. What a peach of a city! 🍑

One of my gal pals, who was also along for part of my time in FL, joined us for a whirlwind walk around the city. There was so much to see in picturesque Savannah! One of our first stops was Forsyth Park, with its iconic fountain pictured below. There’s a farmer’s market at the park on Saturdays but frankly, we found it a little disappointing as it was on the small side and didn’t offer many options beyond some produce and dairy product stands.

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During our visit, we were also lucky enough to score free tickets (there’s a funny story about this) to a private garden home tour. We saw several gorgeous gardens, including the interiors of some homes. Of course walking around the historic district was a treat in itself with its shady steeets, inviting squares and beautiful homes. But what I enjoyed most about the tour was seeing how creative the homeowners were in maximizing what limited space they had to create lovely, relaxing oasis in the middle of the city. It was a cool glimpse into parts of Savannah that most visitors won’t see.

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Places to eat/drink:

  • Art’s: a cool cafe and coffee house owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and staffed by students. What’s cool about it is the double decker bus inside that serves as the barista station with seating on the upper deck! There’s also cute SCAD merchandise available for purchase here.
  • Mrs Wilkes’ Dining Room: don’t let the long lines deter you. While the restaurant is open from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday, you’ll likely get a seat as long as you’re in line before 2pm. You and your party will be seated family style at a large table with other patrons. Then, hold on to your napkins! The best way I can think to describe what happpens next is the scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast where Belle goes to the enchanted kitchen for food and all the dishes start appearing before her. It was a Southern Food feast! I can’t even remember all the dishes that were served. But among them was fried chicken, ocra, jambalaya, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, collard greens, cucumbers, corn bread, and more. Below is a hastily snapped photo I took before the feast commenced. Afterwards, I was so full I could barely walk, but would happily do it again! The cost per person was $22 and also included dessert. 😁

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    Southern food specialties at Mrs Wilkes’ Dining Room
  • The Flying Monk Noodle Bar: on Broughton Street, which made it a good place to catch a bite after all that shopping. Pretty good Pho and iced Vietnamese coffee.

Places to shop

  • Chocolat by Adam Turoni: adorable chocolate shop that looks like a library/book store. Books and chocolates – some of my favorite things!
  • Paris Market and Brocante: fun shop to explore, if only to window shop, filled with Parisian products. Also has a cafe inside to enjoy a coffee and macaron.
  • Savannah Bee Company: honey lovers, rejoice! Fun shop filled with a myriad of bee and honey products, including a honey tasting bar! 🐝

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    So many varieties of honey!
  • Shop SCAD: Like Art’s, this is also SCAD operated and features student, alumni and faculty created art, jewelry, clothing and crafts for sale. A great store to check out for unique gifts and items.

 

RV/oversized vehicle parking: not many options in historic Savannah, so don’t discount the visitor center parking lot, which allows RVs for $8 a night. We did this for one night and it was great being in the heart of the city. But if a traditional campground set up is more your style, there are good campground options nearby, allowing you to uber into the city. We stayed at Red Gate campground and can’t recommend it enough! It has a pond, a refreshing swimming pool, and loads of cute farm animals to check out.

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