So Tell Me About Savannah

I mentioned last month that Jared and I had our made our plans for our last vacation as a twosome for this Spring. We're heading back to one of our favorite places, Hilton Head Island, and plan to stay about a week there. On our last visit we'd planned to make a day-trip over to Savannah, GA but never got around to it. This trip we'll be stopping in for sure! We're actually going to kick off our trip there and have a full day to spend there exploring.

That's where you all come in- of course! Getting travel recommendations is one of my favorite things about being part of the blog world. There are never a shortage of ideas and tips for anywhere I happen to be going. So thank you in advance, anyone who is going to chime in! 

We've got our hotel all taken care of, we'll be close to everything which will be nice. I've heard so SO many things about the food so I'd love to hear your must-eat's. We're good with hole-in-the-wall spots to grab lunch at, a nicer sit-down restaurant for dinner and definitely any dessert/sweets that we can't miss while we're in the area ;)

A guided tour is something we're also considering doing- but would love to get anyone thought's on this. Typically Jared and I are good with exploring on our own and seeing what we can discover while in a new city. However, since we have just one day there- we feel like we might be better off doing one of the hop-on-hop-off tours offered so we can see as much as possible. I am definitely looking forward to checking out all the historic homes and landmarks in the area.

Anything else major? Absolutely can't miss stops or photo-opps? :)  This cold, February weather has me itching to get out of town and onto vacation. I'm excited that this trip will blend an old favorite spot with a new city as well. There's nothing I love more than traveling with Jared. The countdown has begun!

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  1. Savannah has been on my list for years. I think you've got a great start to your planning. I've heard Paula Deen's restaurant is a MUST eat.

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  2. I live in Bluffton/HHI/Savannah and you will just love the area! The hop on/off tour is probably your best bet to get the most out of your time. must sees: river street, forsyth park, city market, wormsloe plantation, and the olde pink house! most of savannah is connected by squares so really you just have to get walking and you will stumble upon so much! when it comes to eats: river street sweets (candy/chocolate), olympia cafe on river street, zunzis, soho, public kitchen, collins quarters, and crystal beer parlor! also if you are in the mood to drink: world of beer is a great place to check out! ps. if you are in the market for some portraits while in town, I am a photographer and would love to connect (www.jbmariephotography.com) have a wonderful trip :)

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    1. pss. the world of beer was recommended for Jared (being pregnant and all) haha

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    2. Exactly what Jennifer said!!! Can't forget Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room either. And if you like ghost tours, the hertz one is the best!!! :) Nothing beats Savannah!!!

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  3. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a must! They are only open from 11-2 and it family style dining with tables of 10-usually all strangers. The doors open at 11, but you have to get their quite early. It was delicious and always a recommendation for those heading to Savannah.

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    1. If you are looking for something a little quicker to eat since you are only there for a day check out Vinnie Van GoGo's pizza in the City Market area. Also a cute area to walk around. :)

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  4. Love love love Savannah! We did a lot of walking around and checking out the shops. We did the trolley tours which was neat because it explained different historical things. We also ate at Paula Deen's restaurant and I've gotta be honest, it wasn't worth the money in my opinion. The Paula Deen shop itself is cute but we've tasted more authentic southern cooking in other places (I'm biased to southern cooking because duh, I'm a southerner lol!). Definitely try to eat breakfast at Clary's Café - so good!

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  5. Savannah is on my short list for places to visit! It looks like one of the quintessential Southern towns, and so beautiful! I can't wait to hear what y'all end up doing when you visit!

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  6. I've seen a few bloggers go to Savannah, and I feel like it was relatively recently. All I know is it looked beautiful. I dont have any recommendations for you, but I look forward to hearing some from you once you get back!!

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  7. I don't have any recommendations (sorry!), but I'm excited to hear yours after your trip!

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  8. My husband and I have had a few fun weekends in Savannah. I'm a bit sad you'll only be there one day cause there is so much to see/eat! We didn't do a tour but just walked around. I've heard good things about their haunted tour which might be more fun at night. We ate dinner at Alligator Soul and Sapphire Grill-- both were really good but I have particularly fond memories of the latter. We were there over St Paddy's Day which is HUGE there and you can drink on the street like New Orleans so it was pretty crazy. Walk along the river and get some peanut brittle- Really good people watching. Have a blast!

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  9. I've not been to Savannah but my family has and they recommend staying away from Paula Deen's (like someone mentioned above). While it was not bad, to be honest my stepmom loved it because of the hype, my dad and sister thought they have had better food elsewhere, not to mention the prices were not the best.

    If you were ever a girl scout, seeing Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace is somewhere to stop. Supposedly they sell cookies there year round. Again haven't been but its on my list.

    My sister said to check out this website: http://bucketlistjourney.net/2012/09/bucket-list-of-25-things-to-do-in-savannah-georgia/

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  10. You will LOVE Savannah! Nick and I went in March 2014 for a week, and we still have so much left to explore. I'm a total history buff, and I loved Main Street. The squares were charming. We had ice cream at Leopold's, and we tried to eat at The Olde Pink House but couldn't get a reservation. I also went on a couple of ghost tours, and it was a great way to explore the local lore (whether you're a believer or not - plus it was a way to gain access into some of the typically off-limits areas to tourists). I cannot wait for your re-cap of this trip!

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  11. Savannah is gorgeous!!!! It has been several years since I have been, so I really don't have a lot of suggestions as far as places to go. However, the streets of Savannah in general make for amazing pictures. I know they do ghost and historic tours there which would be really cool!! I hope you all have a wonderful time!!!

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  12. I totally regret not making a day trip to Savannah when I lived in North Carolina. It would have been so worth it, I hear it's beautiful! Can't wait to read all about your trip!

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  13. So fun! We went there for a wedding, so pretty! Loved all of the weeping trees. Sorry don't have any food recommendations. We went to Paula Dean's restaurant, they give you a pancake looking thing when you sit down instead of bread, really good, definitely an experience, but maybe something you go look at instead of actually eating there. The shop is cute and we got a signed copy of one of her cook books. Have fun!

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  14. I would loveee to see all the houses. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

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  15. I've never been to Savannah but my mom and sister have been countless times and they LOVE it! Can't wait to hear your recap!

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  16. I love Savannah! For dinner, PLEASE consider the Pink House Restaurant. Amazing food (I love the she crab soup) and ambiance (big old southern mansion, staff walking around in Civil War era garb and singing, etc), and the bar in the cellar is really old time-y and cool. I've eaten at Paula Deen's and it is definitely not worth the inevitable wait. As far as yours go, Savannah Dan does a free 2 hour walking tour, and you tip only if you enjoyed it (we thought he was great). The ghost tours are really fun too. Have a great time, Savannah is such a beautiful city!

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  17. The Pink House is amazing to eat at. Sit at the river and listen to music. The cathedral is absolutely gorgeous! Go see Eimir play trumpet in Forsyth park - he's such a nice guy!

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  18. Savannah is SO charming!! It's gorgeous in the Spring time and it's such a walkable city. You'll love it. My favorites are recapped here from our trip last Spring: http://polka-dottyplace.blogspot.com/2015/03/road-trip-to-savannah-ga.html and http://polka-dottyplace.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-best-of-savannah.html

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  19. So, Eric and I spent eight days In Savannah last September and there is so much to see, I'm not sure how you will ever squeeze it all in!

    We did the "famous and secret east side food tour" and it was so, SO awesome. But, if you were leaning away from a walking tour (due to being pregnant and Savannah being one of those most humid places I've ever visited) then my favorite things from the tour were the incredible fried chicken at the Pirates house and the pralines from savannah's candy kitchen.
    https://www.savannahtasteexperience.com

    I heard rave reviews all week long about Mrs. Wilkes and the Pink House, though we did not get to eat there.

    As far as sweets, Leopold's was seriously incredible for ice cream! We also visited Lulu's chocolate bar, which had an amazing selection of desserts and chocolatey cocktails.
    http://www.luluschocolatebar.com

    We also did the on-and-off trolley tours and this is definitely your best option for packing in a lot into a small period of time. You get to see all the highlights and only have to get off if something truly interests you. Your passes are good all day long and if you walk around and find yourself at a totally different stop, you can just pop on at any time, it's wonderful.

    ALSO, if you are going to do any amount of driving around Savannah, don't forget quarters! Everything runs on old school parking meters.

    Happy planning ☺️

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  20. Please share pictures! Savannah is on my list and I can't wait to see what suggestions you have after your trip!

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