My husband turned thirty a couple of weeks ago so I surprised him with a trip. He didn’t want to celebrate with a big party or anything fussy…just a nice weekend away. So that’s exactly what I planned. He knew we were going out of town, but he had no idea where until the car was packed and we were on our way. I even made a little riddle/poem to reveal the destination – Savannah, Georgia!
He had never considered Savannah so I think it was a real surprise for him. We’d never been before so I thought it was the perfect chance to explore a new city together. The only crappy part of the trip was that my DSLR camera battery went totally dead (and wouldn’t charge ) so I only have iPhone photos to share. Sigh. I apologize in advance for the terrible quality.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Savannah’s Historic District. The hotel was very nice (full concierge service, roof-top pool, next to the water, etc.) and I would definitely stay there again. Plus, the location was perfect.
We got there right around 6 p.m. so we headed straight to The Cotton Exchange for dinner which came highly recommended by our hotel. I had the crab cake sandwich and the hubs had their famous shrimp po’boy. Mine was just okay, but his was delicious. It was right on the riverfront though so we enjoyed the view!
That night I booked a ghost pub crawl for us. I booked ahead through Savannah Ghost Tours and I think it was one of our most memorable events from the trip. We had a blast!! Our tour guide (Rhett) was awesome and he did such a great job of telling the stories and history of old Savannah. We would have never stumbled upon some of the bars and pubs without this tour so we were really thankful for that. AND Savannah has an open container policy (WHO KNEW?!) so we could take our drinks with us around the city. My kinda place.
Saturday morning we slept in and had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. The weather was a little iffy (cloudy, drizzly rain) so we just walked around and did a little shopping. I stumbled upon this amazing store called The Paris Market which had my name written all over it. It was filled with new and vintage furniture and accessories. I came home with two vintage shelter magazines, a neat letter opener and some fun costume jewelry!
After shopping we had worked up an appetite so we had ice cream at Leopold’s. We had to wait in line, but trust me, it was worth it!
The weather got considerably better that afternoon so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to take a segway tour. We took a 60-minute historical tour and booked through Segways of Savannah. It was a little pricey, but we really enjoyed it and thought it was worth it. Let me tell you, there is no better way to experience a city like Savannah than on a segway. You get to see so much in a short amount of time. I loved getting a closer look at all the beautiful architecture of the city. (And yes, they made us wear helmets. That would not have been my personal preference because I was having a really good hair day.)
After a busy day, we got all dressed up to have dinner at Vic’s on the River. Thankfully we had a few minutes before dinner to snap a few shots of us all dressed up!
I booked the restaurant on OpenTable because I liked the menu so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s one of Savannah’s most acclaimed restaurants. We heard through some other folks that reservations had been booked way in advance so I guess we got lucky. We started off with the beef wellington appetizer (delicious). My husband ordered the filet for his entree and I had the lamb shank. Mine was out of this world! We were so full, we couldn’t even think about dessert.
After that, it was off to have drinks at the Olde Pink House which also came highly recommended by friends. It’s tough to get a seat in their tavern, but if you do, it’s a great place to relax and listen to live music.
Sunday morning we woke up to a perfect day. Eighty five degrees…blue skies…sunshine and zero humidity. We had a big breakfast at Goose Feathers Cafe and then took the opportunity to head to Tybee Island to relax on the beach. I think everyone else in the city had the same idea because it was really crowded, but it lovely to sit and relax by the water for a few hours.
We took it easy for the rest of the day on Sunday. Moon River Brewery was just a block from our hotel so we visited there for a cold drink. It’s known for being one of Savannah’s most haunted buildings so we enjoyed hearing some of the creepy experiences of their staff.
After that, we enjoyed walking around the squares and along the riverfront before having dinner at B&D Burgers. The food was great there, but the service was just horrible. Not really sure I’d go back.
We woke up on Monday morning to another picture perfect day. Too bad we had to get ready to leave! We took a long walk to see famous Forsyth Park which is even prettier in person. These pics are pretty terrible (sorry) and I hate that they don’t do the park any justice. But it really was beautiful! We finished off with brunch at Clary’s Cafe.
We had such an amazing time in Savannah. I can’t wait to go back and it would be especially fun with a big group of friends. When the hubs and I travel it’s usually for family vacations, weddings, visits to see friends, etc. so this was such a nice opportunity to have a weekend away just for us. We both feel completely refreshed.
Have you been to Savannah before? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!