Savannah Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and What to See in one of the Most Charming (& haunted) Cities
One of the best things about Savannah, GA is that there is a little something for everyone in the city. Whether you’re a foodie, avid ghost hunter, or history buff there is a whole weekend’s worth of exciting activities in store for you. Keep reading to see my ultimate, weekend Savannah travel guide for Savannah, GA!
Michael and I ventured out to Savannah, GA to celebrate his birthday this year! We wanted a cute yet nearby destination that had a variety of activities to do. Luckily, I have been planning a trip to Savannah since we moved to Georgia so as soon as Michael agreed the itinerary was set.
From Atlanta, it’s about a 4-hour drive out to Savannah which makes this the perfect escape out of the city. We drove out after work on Friday evening and made it into Savannah in time to check in to our hotel and grab a bite at a nearby late-night spot!
Where to Stay
No matter what’s on your itinerary, at the end of the night, you’ll need a place to sleep (or to stay up in anticipation of paranormal activity). The key to the perfect trip is hotel LOCATION. Here’s where we stayed during our Savannah weekend trip.
The Drayton Hotel – We chose the Drayton Hotel for the boutique hotel vibe and because the hotel itself is located across from the riverfront. There were quite a few restaurants located inside and we loved the flexibility to get a bite to eat without traveling too far from our “home base”. There’s St. Neo’s, a seafood restaurant, the legendary Rooftop Bar, an intimate cocktail lounge, and a coffee bar! We ended up going to the rooftop bar every evening for either a drink at sunset before dinner or a late-night drink before bed.
- Excellent location – steps away from the riverfront
- Rooftop Bar
- Centrally located to many bars and restaurants
- Stunning decor
- Not haunted 🙂
I also had to ability to add on a birthday upgrade since we were celebrating but I was BLOWN away by the cake they delivered to our room!
10/10, highly recommend the Drayton Hotel.
Here are a few other hotels and bed-n-breakfasts we have on our list to visit next time we travel to Savannah, Georgia:
- The Perry Lane Hotel – if The Emporium and Peregrin Rooftop are on your list, then this is the accommodation for you since both those locations are located at the Perry Lane Hotel.
- Hamilton-Turner Inn
- The Marshall House – This was the first pick on our travel list because some of the rooms have a little patio you can sit on but I’ve heard mixed reviews on it being haunted.
- Kimpton Brice Hotel
- Mansion on Forsyth Park – used to be a funeral home before turning into a hotel… spooky!
Where to Eat
- The Coffee Fox – The cutest little coffee shop with the BEST and most MEMORABLE latte! Order: Horchata Coffee and the Bacon/Cheese Hand Roll
- The Paris Market Cafe – 50% cafe/50% French boutique, 100% adorable. Order: White Forest Mocha and Gourmet Pop Tart.
- The Ordinary Pub – good, filling food. Get there early, there are a few shops nearby to stop in while you wait for a table. Order: Pork Belly Donut Sliders and the Loaded Pub Fries
- Back in the Day Bakery – great for brunch to take with you while you stroll around Savannah
- Huey’s – take a trip to the riverfront for a casual, cajun lunch. For the love of all things sweet and delish, Order the Beignets!!!
- Peregrin Rooftop – amazing views of the city for lunch, if it’s not too hot out.
- Leopold’s Ice Cream – a Savannah institution, Leopold’s has been around for over 100 years making delicious ice creams of all flavors
- Jen’s and Friends – a martini bar with every flavor and combination you can think of. Seriously, there are 300 flavors including Scooby Snack and Blackberry Cobbler
- The Emporium Kitchen – we were looking forward to dinner here and it did not disappoint! after dinner, we walked down to Jones Street on our way to Forsyth Park. Order:
- Olde Pink House – we weren’t able to get a reservation but this it TOP of the list next time we visit Savannah
- Treylor Park – loaded and covered in cheese. the perfect late-night snacks with big pours served in mason jars. They are well-known for their PB&J Wings which tasted…interesting! Open to 1 am for late-night eats. Order: Treylor Park Nachos, Roasted Turkey BLT, Cactus Pear Margarita
- Wet Willies – grab and go alcoholic slushies for your trek around the city
What to See
This city is completely walkable and has so much charm hidden in its squares. There are haunted historical buildings, the bench from Forrest Gump, and the stunning Catholic cathedral architecture to see in addition to the Riverfront. We mainly walked to our locations except the Trolley tour and the occasional Uber from one end of the city to the other, Forsyth Park to the riverfront, because it was so hot.
- Jones Street, Savannah, GA – one of the most iconic streets in Savannah. We had a photoshoot moment while admiring the trees and homes that lined the street.
- Trolley Tour – the hop-on/hop-off trolley was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We traveled through all the Squares that make up Savannah, stopped at our favorite locations to take photos, and hopped back on to continue the ride. Our tour had impersonators of historical Savannah figures hop to give us quick history lessons as well!
- Forsyth Park – like the central park of Savannah and home to the iconic Forsyth Fountain
- Paris Market Cafe – cafe and boutique but also a destination in itself
- Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – Simply stunning!! The inside of this cathedral is just as stunning as the outside. Be sure to check the mass schedule before you arrive!
Hope you enjoyed this Savannah Travel Guide! Let me know your favorite spots in Savannah, GA!