18 Hours in Savannah
For anyone who has been working from home throughout this pandemic, it's hard to believe that we're coming up on one year (yikes). To start 2021 off with a better mindset, we decided to take lemons and make some lemonade. My husband and I decided to take advantage of the fact that we are still working from home. If we can work remote in our tiny apartment in NYC, why not maybe work remote in the...sun?
We have a family home in Florida and thought it would be fun to take a road trip down the east coast. One, I've never done it before and two, I had an excuse to listen to hours (18, to be exact) of Crime Junkies. Since we didn't want to do the entire drive in one day, we thought about breaking it up and stay somewhere Saturday night. With that, we landed on Savannah. We didn't plan this on the fly, but I had a solid week to do some research on covid-safe things to do in the popular destination.
Since we were only going to be there Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon, we wanted to make the best of our time. Though I wish we had an entire week to stay there, I'm sharing my experience and some recommendations on things to do.
WHERE TO STAY
Olde Harbour Inn. The staff is super friendly and the building has that boutique and cozy charm. When we arrived, they had a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour in the dining area (who doesn't love some cheese & wine?). We stayed in the two bedroom river view suite. The first floor is an open concept and there's a cute loft space upstairs. We wanted to stay there because of the beautiful high ceilings and it has one of the best views in the hotel!
WHERE TO EAT
The Olde Pink House. First off, not only is this place a photoshoot dream, but the food is also amazing! Since we were only there for one night, I really wanted to go somewhere that offered Southern charm and comfort. I was surprised that we were able to get a reservation on short notice and started planning what I wanted from their dinner menu. The house is made up of 13 different rooms and each room has so much character. Everything on their menu looked so appetizing and below is what we ended up ordering:
Cocktails - I got a spicy margarita and my husband got a Manhattan.
Appetizer - Mac & Cheese Jalapeño Poppers and the Baby Greens Salad (truth be told, I wanted one of each appetizer).
Entrée - I got the Jumbo Scallops and my husband got the Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
I thought the price was reasonable considering the quality of the food and service. The tables were spread out and we felt very comfortable. Also, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history on the house and Savannah.
The Common Restaurant. We went here for brunch and I have to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed. The decor and vibe is trendy and I can see why it's a popular spot to go on weekends. To be fair, I don't eat meat and the majority of things on their menu is fried or has pork in it. When we got there, they had just kicked off their bottomless brunch, so it would be a great spot to go to with a group of friends.
We started off with the Mozzarella Bruschetta and I got the Crab Cakes Benedict. You can check out the full brunch menu here.
WHERE TO SIGHT SEE
Since we got there Saturday night, we really only had Sunday morning to do some sight seeing. With that in mind, we got a little creative and decided to do drive by's and hop out of the car to snap a photo.
The Olde Pink House (during the day). Like I mentioned earlier, there is an endless amount of photos you can take here (or maybe that's just me because I love pink). To the right of the building, there's beautiful arches that make the perfect backdrop to an IG-worthy snapshot. In the front of the house, there are beautiful cast iron benches with endless amounts of greenery.
River Street. We didn't get to really walk around here, but we got to see the view from our hotel balcony. If you have some time, there's restaurants, shops and beautiful views to check out!
Jones Street Homes. This was another drive by and it's honestly a great way to check out the street. This street is known for the beautiful and historic homes. Similar to a Brooklyn Brownstone neighborhood, these historic homes are covered in beautiful pastels and white washed brick. If you don't have a car, we saw carriage and trolly tours.
Forsyth Park. This defiantly felt like a Southern version of Central Park (on a much smaller scale). You can admire the beautiful trees, the fountain and people watch. There are a few restaurants surrounding the park, so you can eat outside with a view. Also fun fact, we learned that the fountain was actually purchased through a catalogue (you can read more about it here).
Hope you found this short guide helpful and I would love to hear your experience and recommendations!