Monday, August 11, 2014

Girl's Trip to Savannah, GA

For my mom's birthday this year we decided to take the short 2 hour drive to Savannah, GA and have a girl's weekend full of relaxing, shopping and eating! My sister has been to the beautiful city of Savannah many times so she was our local expert. She also scouted some blogs before we left to get the opinion of everyone out there in cyberspace, then we put together the best of list and set off. The overwhelming choice of everyone for hotel was the Bohemian.







 It's right on the river & has an amazing roof-top bar (more on that in a minute). The decor was definitely not was I expected though…very dark and um, how do I say it??….pirate-y. But the location was smack dab in the middle of everything and walking distance to everything on our to-do list.



My sister and my mom checking out a local magazine for restaurant recommendations.

Our first stop on the trip was to get something in our belly before we started shopping. We decided on the Gryphon Tea Room. It's a super cool, retro feeling restaurant run by SCAD, Savannah College of Art & Design. Not only was the food delish, the atmosphere and little touches such as bringing the bill inside a vintage book made this place a must-go.









Right across the street is a shop full of pieces from the students of SCAD, definitely worth a stop in. Next we went right to most everyone's favorite shop in Savannah, the Paris Market! Any shoppe that carries french coffee and sweet treats along with amazing home goods is always a good idea.










Since it was getting late and we really wanted to see the sunset, we cleaned up at the hotel and took the elevator to the roof! We lucked out with the best table with a view like none other. The only downside was that everyone else in the bar wanted a picture at our table because they wanted our view in the background!!! We took a lot of other people's pics, lol!





Beds were super comfy and we didn't have any trouble getting right to sleep! We had a big day planned for Day 2!

DAY 2:
Well, there is no other way to describe our itinerary for today…we shopped until we dropped. But first, food (duh…we don't try to hide our love of food!). We read a tip that there was a great local hang-out with fresh brewed lattes in a communal house with a very hip vibe…we might have been the oldest and had the fewest amount of piercings in the place but there was no denying that the zucchini bread and latte were one of our favorite things we ate this weekend! Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and it was worth it.






Then we hit my sister's favorite store, One Fish, Two Fish, who has the best selection of unique jewelry in Savannah! Everyone left with something :)

The street that this shoppe is on was classic Savannah so I convinced them that we needed to stop for a photo op!





Ok, back to shopping! We walked from street to street hitting every boutique on our way to the shopping mecca, Broughton Street.





When we made it to Broughton Street, we actually ran into 2 of our friends from Jacksonville who were also there on a girls weekend! It really is the perfect town for a girl's trip!


We were ready for a lunch break so we asked a local shop owner what her favorite place for a light lunch was and she suggested The District Cafe, so in we went.






You can NEVER go wrong when you ask a local where to eat. It was amazing! The peach italian soda was the best drink I've ever had!

Next we stopped into the famous Savannah Bee Company where we tasted honey and stocked up on delicious smelling lotions as well as some honey for our honeys back home!






When out feet were sufficiently swollen and our wallets were sufficiently empty, we went back to the hotel for a little rest before dinner. The only restaurant we had made reservations beforehand was The Olde Pink House…which was a relief because it was completely full the night we were there. Even the concierge at our hotel said that would have been his number one choice for nice restaurant in Savannah. We dressed up a little fancy, stopped for a photo, then walked over to the restaurant.




Our reservation was an early one, at 6:30…which probably helped us get into the beautiful Ballroom. But if you go, definitely don't pass up the tour of the house so you can see that each dining room has such a unique feel.














And don't forget the basement…where they have live music and drinks while you squeeze next to a new friend while sitting by the fireplace. Excuse the blurry pic but I think it accurately describes how much we enjoyed the basement at The Olde Pink House!


Our walk back to the hotel that night was beautiful so we decided to continue on down River Street, soaking in our last night in Savannah. There might have been a stop into a local dueling piano bar but no pictures (evidence) were taken.




 When we got back to the hotel, we realized just how much damage we did that day!


DAY 3:
Sad that we had to head back to reality today we decided to have brunch at our hotel along the beautiful River Street at Rocks.






Then to say our goodbyes to this beautiful city that treated us so good, we went to Savannah's most iconic park & fountain, Forsyth Park.