Back in June, we spent a weekend in Savannah to celebrate the wedding of two good friends of ours. Initially, we had planned to take all of Friday off of work to have a long weekend in the charming city, but our day jobs got in the way and we couldn’t make it until Friday night. It was just in time for a late dinner and we still had a wonderful weekend with our friends despite the later-than-planned arrival.
We stayed in an airbnb right on East Liberty which was the perfect location. It was near many of the squares, not too far from Forsyth Park, and walkable to the historic downtown area. Originally, we had booked an airbnb just off of Congress St, but our host canceled just a few days before our date. I don’t want to get sidetracked by that fiasco, but I have to mention here that airbnb’s policy for cancellations is pretty awful so beware. We received no explanation for the cancellation and their only concession was to refund us the original price plus a small additional percentage. The friends we were sharing the house with ended up finding us a great new place but the whole situation was a bit stressful because most of the listings on airbnb were already booked for the weekend at that late date.
So, see below for our weekend itinerary (Friday evening through Sunday morning):
Friday night: Late dinner at Treylor Park
Treylor Park is a popular spot on Bay Street that offers unique but low-key food, cocktails, and beer. The menu features several twists on typical Southern items like sloppy joes, pot pies, and even bologna sandwiches, as well as more classic sandwiches, tacos, pizza, and small shared plates. Sit in the patio by the backyard if the weather is nice. What to order: Treylor Park Hummus, Avocado Fries, Shrimp and Grits Tacos
Saturday: Run, brunch at Collins Quarter, walk around Savannah, wedding!
I started my day with a run around Forsyth Park and through the historic squares. Savannah is one of my favorite places to run because there is so much to see and people are always out and about! After I got back, we walked with our friends to The Collins Quarter for brunch. Collins Quarter definitely ranks as one of my favorite Savannah restaurants. It is styled after Melbourne’s historic Collins Street and features delicious Australian brekkie options and fantastic coffee. Of course, you can also choose to get wine or beer with brunch (if it’s Sunday, after 12:30). What to order: Bacon and Egg Roll, Avocado Smash, Brioche French Toast. Try the Lavender Mocha, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, or Chai Latte with your meal.
After lunch, we walked back through historic Savannah, through graveyards and antique shops. We stopped to browse the SCAD gift shop, which has beautiful and unique gifts and mementos made by local art students. We also popped into V and J Duncan, a vintage map shop I had spotted during my run, to look at the antique maps, books, postcards, and prints. I actually found a postcard from my alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, and had to get it! If you enjoy antique maps, I highly recommend this shop. You could easily spend hours there and all of the items come from one man’s lifelong collection!
Soon enough, it was time to get ready for the wedding, so we all headed off to the church for the afternoon ceremony. The bride and groom had arranged for all of the guests to go on a historic trolley tour from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and reception (such a fun idea by the way), beer and wine included. About an hour later, we arrived at Garibaldi Cafe to get the party started. Garibaldi Cafe is located on Congress St in historic downtown Savannah and was a beautiful place to have a wedding. After the wedding, we met up with one of our good friends from law school and his girlfriend at Social Club before calling it a night. Social Club is a great bar with a large outdoor patio, food, and live music. I am amazed that it is still one of the hottest spots in town (I first visited during the infamous wedding crashing girls weekend back in 2013) because it is very impressive for any bar to have such longevity. They definitely know what they are doing!
Sunday: Walk, breakfast, visit with friends
Sunday morning, we walked back to historic downtown for breakfast at Goose Feathers, a European style cafe that serves a complete breakfast and lunch menu along with gourmet coffee and tea. There is almost always a line, but it moves quickly. Also, everything can be ordered takeout ahead of time. If you are in a rush or want to take breakfast to the river or a square, this is a great option. What to order: Eggetarian, Belgian Waffle.
My third visit to Savannah (and first with Alex!) was a success. I love the charming and quirky Southern city and whether I’m there for a bachelorette party (I planned my sister-in-law’s in Savannah a year ago) or to celebrate a wedding, I always seem to have a fun time. I hope to go back for another visit soon – maybe next St. Patrick’s Day?
Thanks for reading and please come back soon – next, I’ll be recapping our visit to California and Hawaii!
Treylor Park, 115 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
Collins Quarter, 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
Social Club, 411 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401
Goose Feathers, 39 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401
SCAD Shop, 340 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31402
V and J Duncan Antique Maps, 12 E Taylor St, Savannah, GA 31401