Last Summer we found ourselves lost in another era in the charming historic city of Savannah, Georgia. The Spanish moss covered oak trees and the streets lined with beautiful neoclassical homes with grand entryways makes you wonder it’s something out of a movie set. Given the current situation, I’d like to highlight more domestic travel near Charlotte coz road trips are fun and Savannah is just under a 4 hour drive from Queen City. I’m sure it will leave you mesmerized!
We were invited to stay with The Alida hotel, located on the city’s riverfront and felt absolutely pampered with delicious in-room dining from the hotel’s in house restaurant Rhett. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely boutique hotel whether it was lounging in the cabanas by the pool or enjoying the city views from the rooftop bar while sipping on cocktails.
Also, its located near the the cobblestoned River street which is lined with boutiques, galleries and restaurants so would definitely recommend exploring this iconic street.
THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
We explored this hauntingly gorgeous city by mostly walking the numerous squares, seriously there are 22 to be exact! We explored some including Calhoun Square, where all of the original historic buildings still remain, Chippewa square, famously known as the Forrest Gump square, the bus stop scene was filmed here, Lafayette Square with the beautiful Cathedral of St. John and many more. On the way, dropping in and out of lovely boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It felt like we stepped in a different era.
Read on to know some of our favorite spots:
The Paris Market has to be the prettiest coffee shop in Savannah. It’s not just a cafe but also a boutique store which makes you feel you’re strolling in a Parisian flea market. You’ll find things that are whimsical, modern and antique ranging from uniquely handcrafted pieces to books to furniture.
Wormsloe Historic Site, the oldest plantation in Georgia is a must visit. With beautiful oak trees lining the wide avenue and Spanish moss dripping over them forming a canopy gives this place a romantic and mystical vibe. We were pressed for time and didn’t make it to the museum but I think you can spend almost half a day exploring this estate for a small fee.
Chocolat by Adam Turoni, the most charming artisan chocolate shop in Savannah. Every piece tells a story through its unique look and flavors. There are two stores in the historic district – Chocolate Dining Room with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme and Chocolate Library where the chocolate truffles are packaged in a vintage book box. Wanting to experience both we made sure to plan our stroll accordingly and picked up some of those handcrafted pieces to relish later on.
Tybee Beach, just 15 miles from the historic district is the Tybee Island. We stopped by the beach in the evening to end our day with a magical sunset.
Where to Eat
Visit the brunch spot Collins Quarter to grab a spiced lavender mocha and delicious French toast or stop by Cafe M for a quick bite of sweet and savory French delights. Being vegetarians, we didn’t experience the Southern food but you can checkout some vegetarian places like Kayak Kafé and Fox & Fig Café.
And lastly, no trip to Savannah is complete without queueing up at Leopold’s Ice cream. I highly recommend their famous Tutti Frutti flavor. My only regret is that I didn’t buy a larger one, trust me its so worth the calories!
Hope you enjoyed reading it.