This past weekend Eric, the pups, and I traveled to Savannah for a quick getaway trip with friends. Eric and I had never been except while driving through, and our friends Toree and Patrick knew we'd love it. Plus, what a better way to kick off summer than to eat, drink, and explore our way through this charming coastal town?
First up, I got so many inquiries about the apartment we stayed in. It is a rental through HomeAway, and is freaking lovely. I wish I'd taken more photos than what's below because it was incredibly charming with white floors, two fireplaces, and some amazing gray and white patterned tile.
I apologize for the photo overload, but I just couldn't get over how beautiful everything was. Links to all of my recommendations and places we visited at the bottom of this post!
I think everyone loves this tile as much as I do. Worth staying at this apartment for alone!
We arrived into town STARVING as we'd tried to steer clear of any fast food on the trip down. Mate Factor was the closest restaurant to the apartment, so we stopped in without high expectations. This place is definitely worth going to - perhaps just for the interiors alone. The inside is unexpectedly decorated like a southern hippie treehouse, and the food + teas/coffee were amazing.
I could have taken a picture of every house in Savannah - between the old architecture and the spanish moss covering the oaks, it's all so romantic.
We stayed just steps away from Forsyth Park, so we got a few walks in with the girls there on our trip. I'd definitely recommend stopping here to see the fountain, and checking out all the craft vendors throughout the park.
The heat was pretty brutal (mostly because of the humidity), but the girls loved it.
Once Toree and Patrick arrived, we quickly headed out for a refreshing cocktail. Our first stop was Artillery and it did not disappoint! I got the "General's Garden", and it was one of the best cocktails I've ever had (bourbon, lemon, ginger, and of course that cute blueberry/mint ice). Also, the aesthetics of this place were on point.
Patrick's drink was served in a pineapple shaker that converted into a goblet. I may or may not have already ordered this for myself from amazon...
Major design inspo from these menus!
That night we of course stopped back by Forsyth to see the fountain all lit up!
We didn't get to fit much shopping in this trip, but we did take a quick stroll through the SCAD store. Definitely worth a stop into! Plenty of amazing student artwork and gifts.
We brunched HARD at The Collins Quarter on Saturday - and I don't think anyone was disappointed with their meal. We enjoyed eggs benedict, a brisket hash, avocado smash, berry french toast, mango mimosas, and an expresso tonic. Such a feast!
Midnight in a Garden of Good and Evil anyone? I need to watch all the Savannah-filmed movies now after this trip!
These streets! So gorgeous.
We walked off our brunch at the historic Wormsloe Plantation. Photos do not do the Oak Avenue justice
The plantation seems like half historic site (with reenactments and tours), and half nature preserve, with trails that weave through the forest and out to the swamp.
How cute are my friends??
I'm weirdly fascinated with old cemeteries, so after the plantation we drove out to Bonaventure Cemetery. The cemetery is massive and has several notable burials, but even more amazing are the ornate headstones and tombs within it.
I spy a snitch on this one
This is the cover of my next vampire novel.
After a day of walking outdoors, we headed to my favorite meal of the trip: The Wyld. This restaurant sits inconspicuously on a dock at the end of a gravel road far outside of downtown - which I think is half the fun. Along with amazing food, there's great views, a bocce ball court, hammocks, and a fire pit.
I definitely recommend getting the quail and rabbit sausage, the banana leaf tacos, and an ice cold glass of sangria!
Gimme all the Myspace angles! We ended the night by getting dressed up and going out on the town. My favorite spots were Alley Cat (fancy cocktails, a huge menu that's written out like a newspaper, and a free meat and cheese board), El Rocko (a midcentury decorated dance/music club), and Mata Hari's (a period-themed speakeasy with live singers and strong absinthe cocktails).
All this time in cemeteries and burial grounds and I only spotted one ghost this trip ;) Till next time Savannah!
Mate Factor (Order what they've got on special and a hibiscous tea)
The Wyld (Get the Quail and Rabbit Sausage, Banana Leaf Tacos, Sangria, and Dogfish Head Seaquench)
Green Truck Pub (for burgers, salads, and an escape from the downtown crowds)