September brought an amazing opportunity to head to Georgia and South Carolina with Matt and two of our best friends, Matt & Kelly. Our trip started in Savannah, GA and then took us to Beaufort, South Carolina for 4 days. From Beaufort, Kelly and I were able to take day trips to Hilton Head and Charleston. I am completely in love with all of the charm and history of the South. Architecture and discovering new places are two of my loves and this trip combined them flawlessly.
I have honestly never heard anyone say a bad thing about Savannah. I was so pumped to go explore the city. Before we left, I found an amazing city guide on Design Sponge that had fantastic recommendations. Below are a few that we hit during our two days in Savannah. And yes, we like to eat. A lot. Trying new restaurants is one of our all time favorite things to do. When we’re in a new city for a short period of time, we usually have appetizers and drinks at a couple of different places rather than dinner at just one restaurant.
The Olde Pink House – A Savannah staple since forever, the mansion that the restaurant occupies is reported to be haunted by the ghost of Joseph Habersham Jr and several slave children. I highly recommend the tavern downstairs for a drink and delish apps.
Prospector Co. – I absolutely loved this shop. Clean and minimalist, with great, quality products. I walked away with an awesome great sweatshirt and some Scout’s Honor greeting cards. The guys working were super nice and gave us some good local recos. Also – I just found out that their line of skin care products is now carried at Barney’s – congrats!
Elizabeth on 37th – We ate at Elizabeth on our last night in Savannah. One of our good friends gave us a gift certificate as a wedding gift! It’s rated one of the best restaurants in Savannah and it did not disappoint.
Collins Quarter – this gem we stumbled upon while on a self guided walking tour of the city. It has the ambiance of a European cafe and a laid back, welcoming vibe that’s perfect for an afternoon drink or weekend brunch. We were only in Savannah a couple of days and stopped by Collins Quarter 3 times!
shopSCAD – a place to buy goods from the amazingly talented SCAD students. A must stop!
Vinnie VanGoGo’s – delish, NY style pizza on a busy square that’s great for people watching
Leopold’s – A stop at Leopold’s was a tip from my friend Chelsea. Homemade ice cream? Count me in! A plus – it’s right next door to the SCAD theater which has an awesome old marquee (I’m really into old theater signs, there’ll be another post about that.)
Clary’s – this is another place that we stumbled upon, because we were too hungry to wait in line at Mrs. Wilke’s. The diner style food was excellent and Clary’s was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Forsyth Park – huge, beautiful park in the heart of the historic district. We got caught in a RIDICULOUS downpour while we were in the park. You can tell by the pic below that I was super thrilled about it.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – to be honest we stopped in here initially to get a break from the awful humidity. BUT, it was amazingly beautiful inside! It’s been restored a few times in its history, and it’s hard to believe it survived a fire in 1898.
Moon River Brewery – coming from what feels like the craft brewing capital of the world, we had to try a local brewery. The beer wasn’t fab, but fun to try nonetheless.
Back in the Day Bakery – this was another find from Design Sponge. The Bakery’s owner, Cheryl Day, did an awesome guide for a 24 hour visit to Savannah that’s posted on the Design Sponge site. Coffee and pastries were great!
A few more pics!
South Carolina coming in the next post!