Anton's First Trip to Savannah
Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Savannah is one of the more known cities in the South, and it is quickly recognized for it's southern charm. Anton had never been to this coastal Georgia town before, and I decided to take him on a quick trip. We had the choice of staying with friends but I wanted Anton to experience staying downtown. I found the cutest bed and breakfast, Catherine Ward House Inn, and I booked us a room for two nights.
Our B&B was located right by Forsyth Park and walking distance to downtown. Our B&B included the cutest room with a beautiful patio, a stocked mini fridge, television, free parking, and most importantly homemade, delicious breakfast! Mrs. Leslie was so welcoming and friendly. She and the staff of the inn made us feel right at home. I would 100% recommend the Catherine Ward House Inn for anyone traveling to Savannah.
Our First Day
We arrived to our B&B around dinner time, and we decided to eat dinner on the river. We chose to eat at Tubby's, which has a great patio and delicious seafood. River Street has so many options, and it is probably the most touristy area of Savannah. You can find restaurants, ferry boat tours, sweets, shopping, etc.
After eating dinner, we went to a local bar where some friends of mine work, Tree House. This bar is located in the Market Square, and again there are so many options for food, drinking, sweets, shopping, etc. Tree House has a deck on each side so you can enjoy the weather and outdoors while listening to a live band and watching sports. We watched hockey while enjoying some drinks and the weather!
Our Second Day
Our B&B gives the option of having breakfast at 8:30 AM or 9:30 AM. We woke up and had breakfast with some other guests. Our breakfast consisted of coffee, orange juice, blueberry cinnamon pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh bananas and raspberries, and bacon.
We went back to our room to rest for a little before exploring the rest of the day. We walked to The Collins Quarter, which is one of my favorite places in Savannah. I love the food and atmosphere of this café. They offer a delicious menu of brunch, lunch and dinner as well as coffee and cocktails. I would put this place as a must for your Savannah trip.
After having a little snack from The Collins Quarter, we walked back to our B&B and drove to Tybee Island. This drive is only about 20 minutes, and it's very scenic. Tybee has several beach accesses and you can walk just about everywhere. The island has casual beach restaurants, stores, and snack shops. We enjoyed the beach for a few hours before heading to Wet Willies for slushies and a quick snack. Wet Willies is very well known in Savannah, and they offer alcoholic slushies and quick bites to eat.
Anton and I headed back to our B&B to rest and get ready for dinner with some of my best friends. We headed to The Vault for dinner, which is another must for your Savannah list. The Vault is an Asian restaurant with some flare. Again, I pick places that have a great atmosphere as well as their food, and every time I've eaten at the Vault I love it more. Their sushi, rice, tacos, and DUMPLINGS are so yummy.
After dinner, Anton and I headed out with some friends to....Tree House again. We really do love this place. Tree House has a great DJ, and it's a fun place to dance and spend time with friends. We scooted over to the Social grill to grab some food. The Social is a bar and they have a grill that stays open late.
Our Last Day
We woke up again to have breakfast made by our B&B. Anton and I both woke up early, and we decided to sit on the front porch. We picked the perfect weekend because the weather couldn't have been better. Once breakfast was ready, we sat down with other guests. We were served fresh cantaloupe and blueberries, egg casserole, corn pudding, ham, potatoes along with coffee and cranberry juice.
We went back to our rooms to pack up because check out was at 11 AM, but the Catherine Ward House will hold your luggage if needed throughout the day if you choose to explore the city. We walked to Forsyth Park to enjoy the weather and a glass of wine. Anton bought a bottle of wine from a vineyard up in NY, so we brought some glasses and sat on a bench.
Forsyth Park is one of Savannah's famous landmarks. It has a gorgeous fountain, benches, trees with Spanish moss along with family birthday parties, local painters and musicians, and tourists taking pictures in front of the fountain. As soon as we sat down and Anton was pouring the wine, a nearby violinist began to play "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis Presley. This is the song I've chosen to walk down the aisle to and our first dance song for our wedding. Anton and I both love older music and this song is my late Papa's favorite song, which is a way I remember and represent him. Y'all….I started to cry! In the middle of the park, crying. It was really one of those moments you will never forget, and you can't help but feel you're right exactly where you need to be.
After our little wine break, we walked downtown to eat lunch. I know I know all we did was EAT but I love food so. We went to a new restaurant called Coco & Moss. It's an Asian eatery that serves sushi, poke bowls, and great cocktails. Anton ordered a poke bowl while I had a warm bowl. AMAZING. Again it was great atmosphere plus great food!
We snuck over to Shuga Girl, which is another new spot, and we found out the people who own Coco & Moss own Shuga Girl, too! Shuga Girl is a sophisticated sweethouse serving cocktails, coffee, homemade pastries and more. I got the Pretty Girl Glam and chocolate mousse. Anton devoured his cookies & cream milkshake. Super cute place and tons of options!
For our last few minutes in the 912, we went to River Street Sweets. My best friend (&MOH) is the general manager so she helps me bring back all the yummy food home. River Street Sweets is known for their pralines, but they have so many sweet treats. My favorite is the rice kripsy treat the size of my head.
Savannah, you will always be one of my favorite cities in the world, and I think Anton may have fallen in love with you! See you this summer!
Fun Facts and Tips
Savannah is the first city of Georgia founded
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The Squares are my favorite part of Sav
Jones Street is very well known in Savannah for it's adorable looks and houses
Savannah and Charleston are very similar
Savannah has a lot of festivals and St Patrick's Day is the biggest holiday
Savannah is one of the Bachelorette Party capitols
You have to visit this city at least once!