A Weekend in Savannah, GA
When we moved from Atlanta to Seattle, I made it my “free-time” job to keep our calendar full and make sure we made the most of our time spent there. I spent a couple hours a week finding things to do for the weekend, or organizing our photos from the previous weekend’s adventures. (Hello, massive Shutterfly book!) When we moved back to Atlanta, I wanted to do the same thing here and plan some fun weekend trips for us.
We moved back in September and had Adele in November. By April, we were ready to get out and enjoy some of the Spring weather! We booked an Easter weekend trip to Savannah and loved every minute of it!
Savannah is about a 4 hour drive from Atlanta, with a halfway point in Macon, GA. My grandmother lives in Macon so we stopped for lunch and spent some great one-on-one time with her. We hopped back in the car and by the time Frozen finished playing on the iPad, we were there! If you don’t have this iPad holder for road trips, go buy one now!
Where to Stay: The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel. This is in a great location, just next to Washington Square, and only a few minutes walk to River Street. We parked our car on Friday and didn’t need it again until Monday when we checked out. The hotel provided a pack ‘n play, had a complimentary happy hour with hors d’ouerves each night, coffee to-go in the mornings, and possibly the friendliest hotel staff ever. If your kids are a little older, they have complimentary bikes you can take out and see Savannah.
Where to eat: Believe it or not, our favorite meal was at Pacci, attached to our hotel. It is a modern restaurant with delicious Italian food. Eric & Erin made such a fine impact on us that we ate there twice with our girls. Many restaurants frown when a baby comes in (not to mention two babies), but they loved chatting with Olivia and accommodated her request for macaroni & cheese. They allowed us a table with enough room for Adele’s stroller, which we greatly appreciated. We met some locals who live in Savannah and eat here every Friday night because the food & service are just that good.
We had breakfast one morning at B. Mathews Eatery. Their biscuits were pretty much the best we’ve ever had, and their service was good too. However, they lost our reservation so we had to wait about 15 minutes. It’s also relatively tight inside and not too stroller friendly, but our food made up for it and I would still recommend them!
You can’t visit Savannah and not have some of the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream! We shared the Butter Pecan and it was to die for!
Where to play: None other than Forsyth Park! A little something for everyone here, including furry friends! We entered the park by the fountain and stopped for photos. What a beautiful spot! There are plenty of benches and huge trees to provide all the shade in the world if you’re in need of a break. The park is so big that it feels empty no matter how many people are there! We spotted a café and stopped for an iced coffee (Chris) and diet coke (me). We played with the girls on the playground here and then we continued through the park to the fields. The energy was great! There were people playing with their dogs, people rolling around in human hamster balls, and others laying out in the sunshine. We found lots of friendly dogs for Olivia to pet, all while Adele napped in the stroller.
Where to shop: River Street! This waterfront shopping street is a must do when visiting Savannah. Many of the stores have small aisles that can be difficult to push a stroller through, but not River Street Sweets! Pop in here and try a praline sample. Good luck not buying something after you try it! Across the street and directly on the water front is an open area for street vendors & street music. We had our bite of Leopold’s ice cream here, and shared with Olivia who ate most of it! We continued walking towards the end of River Street and stopped to feed Adele by the “waving girl.”
There are gorgeous photo opportunity spots all around the city. The trees are enormous and are a good match with the many cobblestone streets for a beautiful backdrop at every turn. Plus, with the many green squares throughout, you’re always sure to come across a new spot.
When to go: We went the first weekend in April 2015 and it was a 10. Don’t go much later since it gets so hot and bugs can become an issue. Also, the city has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival so unless you enjoy large crowds, you should avoid that weekend.
We definitely plan to spend another fantastic weekend in this beautiful town! What’s your favorite thing about Savannah?