12.07.2017



If I had to describe Savannah in three words, I’d have to say: charming, savory and picturesque. My sister and I recently decided to take our annual girls trip South for a taste of Southern Charm in the oldest city in Georgia. Both working full time, we were concerned about our time crunch – a Thursday evening to a Sunday evening – but we were pleasantly surprised to find that this was just the right amount of time needed to tackle the city. 



Where to Stay: The Brice Hotel
With so much emphasis on travel to the South as of late, I feel like there was no shortage of properties to visit, let alone inspiring spots that were visually stunning. Unsure of which hotel best fit our needs, we turned to Booking.com for a reference of where to stay during our visit. An authority on accommodations, I often turn to Booking.com to book our stay in North America and Europe.



One of the features I love is the easygoing cancelation policy. Quite often, we’re planning our travel adventures up to one year out and our dates of travel can shift from one week to the next, so being able to cancel and rebook within Booking.com penalty-free makes for a reliable source when searching for accommodations.


I also love the variety of options they offer in terms of properties. Whether it’s a 5 star hotel, boutique hotel or even an apartment rental for a week – there really is something for everyone and any budget. After much debate, we decided to opt for a stay at the Kimpton Brice Hotel.




Once a Coca Cola factory, this refurbished space is a great boutique hotel for your stay in Savannah. Not only does it give off swoon-worthy vibes from its interior design, it packs a punch with services unlike any other. 




Some of our favourite amenities included: free use of PUBLIC bikes, free wifi, cocktail hour from 5-6 everyday with apps, coffee served in the lobby each morning and one swanky pool deck out back. The staff were so incredibly kind and helpful in offering tips and suggestions for our itinerary as well as differ recommendations.

Getting Around
Aside from our Uber ride in and out of the city to get to the airport, we travelled most of the town by foot or on bike. We also jumped on a hop on/hop off trolley tour around the city to get a lay of the land. No surprise here but we learned a ton of about the history of the city and a sense of direction to figure out where our hotel was in relation to major sights we wanted to see.


The Parks
There are countless parks in the Savannah area and even smaller squares, which are so charming to walk through or enjoy from a bench. Washington Square, located right by our hotel, was one of my favourites to stroll through at night. A must do in the area is Forsyth Park which occupies 30 acres in the heart of the city (you can’t miss it!).




Jones Street
Voted as one of the most beautiful streets in all of America, I highly recommend parking the bike and walking up and down this street (on both sides) to take in all the architecture. Each porch and door setup was decorated differently and trust me – stoop-envy is a thing!




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Riverwalk
We stopped by here at dusk one afternoon to soak up the sights of the river and all the boutiques lined up and down the street. After stocking up on some serious candy (there are candy shops all over town!), we made our way along the cobblestone streets and strolled along the river. It was so charming and peaceful! I wouldn’t recommend eating around the area but the sight is certainly worth a visit.


A stroll down Rainbow Row!

Where to Shop
The Paris Market: To say we were obsessed is an understatement. We must have stopped in here 2-3 times during our stay including a shoot in their bistro chairs. The café inside served up some great hot and cold drinks as well as sweet macarons. We stocked up on candles, bar accessories and Skeem matches for gifts and ourselves. 



Chocolate by Adam Turoni: Not only was this chocolate shop brimming with décor ideas, but it served up some sweet treats in the form of truffles and much more. I picked up some cocoa nibs for our morning coffee.

Shop SCAD: A boutique filled with designs from SCAD students, we oo-ed and aw-ed over fun prints, unique jewelry and installation pieces.

One Fish, Two Fish: A boutique featuring all things Southern, this was the most charming shop we stopped into. From jewelry to candles to interior design services, there were too many items to distract us from sightseeing in Savannah!



Where to Eat: Lunch & Dinner
Pacci Restaurant: This gem was located in the Kimpton Brice Hotel and came recommended from local friends as well as the staff. Their Kale Ceaser was the bomb dot com and I highly recommend the pizza!

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: This restaurant is truly an experience you MUST do! Anticipate a wait but the family style service serves up Southern fare including fried chicken, collard greens, sweet yams, biscuits and sweet tea. Don’t forget to bring your plate to the kitchen when you’re done!

Treylor Park: This casual spot does not sacrifice on taste. From the crab cake sliders to the Shrimp and Grit tacos, it was my favourite meal in all of Savannah!



Where to Eat: Brunch 
Soho South Café: This was one of our last pit stops on Sunday morning before leaving and I’m so glad we made it! A ton of you recommended this spot for its chicken and waffles brunch and boy oh boy was it tasty. We ordered 3 different meals to split between the 2 of us since everything looked SO good!



The Collins Quarter: This brunch spot was a non-negotiable for us both. Their mimosa menu was next level (opt for the rose!) and the avocado smash toast was insane. If it’s a beautiful day, a seat outside is a must!



Where to Eat: Cafes & Drinks
Artillery: This hipster hot spot for drinks is the perfect place to wind down after a day of walking around town. I ordered my go-to, a French 75, and it did not disappoint.
Public Kitchen and Bar: Our final pit stop in Savannah, we stopped by for one last round of cocktails before jetting off to Toronto. The bartenders were awesome at pointing out which cocktails were worth a try or even suggested something custom best suited to your palette.
Mirabelle Café: Another Parisian inspired café, Mirabelle Café is the cutest coffee shop featuring pastries and more. Be sure to get a spot in the tufted bench by the window – by far the best seat in the house!




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Where to Eat: Sweet Treats 
Leopold’s Ice Cream: This place isn’t hard to miss – there’ll be a line up down the street of patrons waiting for a scoop or two of this famous ice cream. Can’t make it while in town? A second location opened up in the airport so you can get a scoop before taking off! 

Marche de Macarons: Be sure to stop by this boutique for sweet treats and bites!



On our list but didn’t make it: The Pink House (dinner), Back in the Day Bakery, Cotton & Rye (dinner), Tequila’s Town Mexican Restaurant (dinner), The Grey (dinner) and J. Christopher’s (brunch). 


Our girl’s trip was a total success after a weekend in Savannah. From the town’s rich history to savory meals, we loved every second of it and were so disappointed to be leaving. Whether you’re looking for a short weekend, a day trip from Charleston or making your back from Florida, I definitely recommend a visit or at least a pit stop in this town. I do suggest a stay in the Kimpton Brice Hotel, The Marshall House, The Desoto or The Cotton Sail Hotel. Find all of these spots and more on Booking.com for your stay in Savannah.

Goods and or services were exchanged for this post on behalf of Booking.com. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful images. Looks like such a good time!

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  2. What a beautiful, dreamy and charming place to spend a zen weekend at?!

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