There’s something so dreamy about wispy Spanish moss trees, cobblestone roads, horse-drawn carriages, and the dim orange glow of iron lanterns. Savannah is steeped in Southern Charm from its architectural gems to its lowcountry cuisine. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or the apple of your eye, “America’s First Planned City” is an amazing place to getaway for the weekend. Here’s your 2-day Savannah itinerary for the perfect weekend escape!
Breakfast at B. Matthews Eatery
Let me just say, I am SO happy we started off the trip with brunch at B. Matthew’s Eatery. The food is absolutely delicious. Located in Historic Savannah’s oldest tavern, B. Matthew’s is a casual bistro, serving up southern American classics with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The Shrimp and Grits were incredible, topped with the smoked bacon collard greens and pepper jack cheese. We were lucky to get in without a reservation on a Friday morning, but definitely make one as early as possible because it fills up on weekends.
Stroll River Street
River Street is a 2-mile treasure trove of locally owned shops, art galleries, charming eateries, sculptures, and more set upon cobblestone streets along Savannah’s waterfront. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon browsing local makers and chatting with shop owners! Be sure to pick up some goodies from The River Street Market, an open air market right alongside the water that stood on River Street in the 1800s. Further down the road, you can indulge in fudge, chocolate-covered treats, and iconic southern pralines at family-owned Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Be sure to also stop by the sculptures along the waterfront as well. Two popular ones are the African American Monument and the Waving Girl Statue.
Marvel at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Elegantly restored, The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a perfect way to indulge in breathtaking architecture. With its soaring French Gothic spires, ornately decorated interiors, white Italian marble altars, colorful stained glass windows, it’s a truly awe-inspiring place to see. The landmark serves at the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, and is an unmistakable part of the city’s skyline. You can visit for a self-guided tour Monday to Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M and 12:45 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Although visiting is free, it’s suggested to make a $3 donation.
Visit Forsyth Park
If you’re looking for a spot to have your main character moment, Forsyth Park is the place. From towering oak trees with gauzy Spanish Moss to the striking fountain modeled after the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. When we visited, there was a group of rollerskaters cruising through the main walkway to funky songs. It felt like stepping back in time!
Dinner at Alligator Soul
Dinner at Alligator Soul was TRANSCENDANT. Seriously – I couldn’t stop raving about the meal for days. The funny thing is that ending up there was a happy accident. While everyone recommends dinner at The Olde Pink House, I wasn’t able to snag reservations and had no patience to wait an hour for a seat. Cue this amazing underground restaurant – you literally walk down the stairs under the street to get there. While they were booked for the evening, we were lucky to get two seats at the bar for dinner. The Alligator Mac ‘n Cheese was so unique and tasty. The lamb was cooked to PERFECTION. And the gumbo was so flavorful and well-seasoned. Do NOT pass this place up! I have no regrets about it.
Candlelit Ghost Walking Tour
Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you’re a paranormal believer or a skeptic, both will be equally entertained on this candlelit ghost tour! Here’s the thing: Savannah is literally built on the dead. Literally. There are revolutionary war era bones underneath shops, homes, restaurants and all. Not to mention, all the atrocities committed around the city resulting in death – from affairs to murders. These stories are told on the tour through a historical lens, but that doesn’t make it any less bone-chilling (pun intended). The tour guide did a wonderful job of telling factual stories while still introducing us to urban legends. Whatever you do, don’t look in the windows at night…
Electric Moon Lounge *21+
I love a good rooftop! Add neon blue lights and a lawn, and I’m beyond sold. Electric Moon Lounge is an adult oasis atop the waterfront JW Marriott that was previously a power plant building until the 1950s. Today, it’s a high-energy rooftop where unique cocktails and illuminated smokestacks make for a seriously cool atmosphere. Play lawn games, glide down the playground slide, enjoy the breeze beside the river, and get your drink on! Need a drink recommendation? Try the Electric Blue Lemonade!
Brunch at Mirabelle Savannah
Right across from The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is Mirabelle, a charming waffle café and coffee shop set in an 1800’s era building. They serve up a wide variety of gourmet Belgian waffles – from Lemon Zinger to S’mores (pictured above). Aside from the delicious waffles, they also have a variety of paninis and specialty coffee drinks. Chocolate lovers will adore their “Chocolate Library,” a selection of bean-to-bar chocolates from all over the world! If you’re lucky enough to visit on a second Saturday of the month, they hold chocolate tastings too. Yum!
Sightseeing Riverboat Cruise
You’ve seen Savannah by strolling in the day. You’ve seen Savannah by candlelight at night. Enjoy yet another unique perspective of Savannah by taking a boat tour! The Savannah River Queen and The Georgia Queen are three-story riverboat vessels that have been sailing since the 90s. Be intrigued by the captain’s stories, fun facts about the modern day port, and feast your eyes on a special view of the historic riverfront and skyline. There’s a variety of tours you can take aboard the Savannah River – from dinner cruises to sightseeing. We opted to do the 90-minute sightseeing cruise without the buffet.
Pro tip: Don’t order lunch on the boat. Try to eat before so you can fully enjoy the view without waiting on food.
Have a Perfect Day on Tybee Island
Did you know Savannah has a BEACH!? In fact, it’s one of the most peaceful and romantic places we’ve spent the day in a long time! Tybee Island is a charming coastal city that’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Historic District. Plus, it’s only 30 minutes from Downtown Savannah. On the island you’ll find the Historic Tybee Lighthouse, dolphin tours, kayaking and biking, locally-owned shops, and more relaxing things to do for a nice and slow day.
Historic Tybee Lighthouse
What’s an island adventure without a historic lighthouse? Originally built in 1736, the Historic Tybee Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in all of Georgia. It still illuminates the skies each night, guiding mariners safe passage to the Savannah River for over 270 years. Lace up your walking shoes and climb 178 steps to the top for a 360-degree view of Tybee Island. Take a peek into the lives of the Lighthouse Grounds Keepers by visiting the Light Keeper Cottages. After that, step back in time with 400 years of local history at the on-site museum.
Front Row Seat to the Sunset at Back River Beach
The real reason we came to Tybee Island was to watch the most spectacular sunset EVER. And it most definitely didn’t disappoint. Back River Beach often escapes attention of crowds and tourists, but it’s one of the most beautiful places on the island. It was truly an unforgettable spot to enjoy peace and quiet alongside nature’s most spectacular show. To access this hidden gem, park on the end of 19th Street or Chatham Avenue. Be aware though – Back River isn’t for swimming, the waves are too dangerous! It’s more for relaxing. For swimming, head to South Beach, extending southward from 14th Street.
Dinner at Tybee Island Pizza
Tybee Island Pizza may look humble from the outside, but don’t be fooled. Their pies pack a punch! After seeing the best sunset ever on Back River Beach, we stopped by this locally-owned spot because I was craving pizza. The buffalo chicken pizza was amaaaazing! I would have taken more photos, but I was too busy stuffing my face. Take my word for it – you’ll wanna stop here for cheesy, flavorful goodness.
As you can see, there are plenty things to do on a weekend getaway to Savannah, Georgia. From enjoying rich history to eating southern cooking, you’re bound to find an adventure around every corner. I hope you have the best time ever on your visit! For a map of all the spots featured in this guide, see below.