Hey friends! Long time no see! HAHA. I didn’t blog at ALL last week! While it was a nice little break, and I had plenty of time to work and clean and get stuff done before our trip, I was feeling a liiiiittle anxious about getting back over here to write!
Our spring break was last week, and on Thursday we left for Florida. My brother’s girlfriend was confirmed (It’s a Catholic thing!) And my brother was her sponsor, so my mom and him were already planning to go down there. I had mentioned I wanted to go with (because why not?) so we planned it to be an actual thing. Kyle and I drove separately and my mom took my brother and sister in her van. We met at a travel stop closer to South Carolina and we caravanned the rest of the way down. We took a stop in Savannah, Georgia because I’ve always wanted to go and we have friends there now, so we met up with them for lunch and a super quick tour of the downtown area!
This town is literally structured around tons of “squares” which are like.. mini parks. So the streets all work on this grid going around these little square parks. We walked through several of them, and they’re SO pretty! Huge trees, plants, brick and cobblestone pathways. So nice!
Savannah is a CUTE little town with tooooonnns of restaurants and places to drink. Savannah is one of the only towns that encourages open containers through the streets (locals even claim to have a better bar hopping scene than New Orleans!) So that was one of the biggest to-do’s on our list.
We ate at Soho South, which makes you think NYC, but they serve up tons of southern staples and have some really unique menu options. For example, Kyle got a sandwich with FRIED PICKLES on it. If you know me, you know of my serious fried pickles obsession. I love them! Obviously I picked a few off his plate while he wasn’t looking. They were so sweet, too, because we got there at around 2:50pm and they closed at 3 to prepare for their dinner service, and they still seated us, served us, and were fantastic and friendly the entire time! We only stayed until about 3:30pm so I don’t think we took up too much of their time and space. The food was INCREDIBLE and they seat larger parties which was nice. A lot of the downtown places won’t seat huge parties because their kitchens and dining areas are so small, but this place did. I got the chicken and waffles because 1) when in Rome, right? and 2) I just love chicken and waffles.
After our late lunch we walked to Leopold’s Ice Cream. It’s been around since 1919 and is apparently really famous, and suuuper popular! The owner is actually a film producer and loves the industry – he has tons of famous friends and their pictures are plastered all over the walls along with other film posters and memorabilia from his film career. It’s a local fave and is literally loved by generations. It’s been talked about in tons of publications and tv shows too, just look at their news page! Food Network, The Travel Channel, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, have all shared their love for Leopold’s.
We walked around the town a little more, down to River Street. It’s a long street that sits on the river and is riddled with restaurants and shops. We stopped at a couple bars for drinks and then found ourselves in several different candy shops drooling on the counters. Every part of my being wanted one of those giant rice crispie treats.
Then we found ourselves on the rooftop bar of the Bohemian Hotel. The view of the river and South Carolina on the other side was so pretty!
After a few hours of walking, accumulating several new blisters on my feet, and getting a little tipsy, we headed back to our cars and continued our trip south.
Savannah is a tourist destination for SURE and has tons of unique things to offer! Just make sure you know where your parking options are before you go! Parking was HELL (and it was a Thursday afternoon!!) They have some parking meters that take cards, some that take just quarters, some garages that are cash only, etc. So be prepared and know where to go. We circled the streets of Savannah what felt like a million times, and it was excruciatingly frustrating. There’s so much there, it’s definitely somewhere to visit for a couple days, and definitely get a hotel in Savannah or at least right outside the downtown area and Uber or Taxi it into town, because parking is just not worth it.
So how do you do Savannah in 3 hours? Eat, Drink, and bask in the Charm.