Amid all the holiday hoopla, a quick getaway sounded like a good idea. Destination: Savannah, Georgia – a quintessential southern town known as the first planned city. Spanish moss, delicate architecture, bustling riverfront, and tasty food come to mind.
With only 24 hours to make the trip, the challenge to maximize the time was on! Here is how to make the most of 24 hours in Savannah, Georgia. If you want to accept this challenge, make sure you bring your walking shoes because this city is meant to be explored on foot.
12 pm: Straight to the Hotel
Check into the luxurious Perry Lane Hotel which is perfectly located within walking distance of all the main attractions. It’s full of modern and classic southern charm. Their staff is incredible and knowledgable not only of the hotel but also of Savannah as a whole.
Take the champagne glass from the check-in experience up to The Peregrin Pool & Bar rooftop and take in the view of the gorgeous city you are about to explore.
***Check-in time at Perry Lane is officially at 3 pm, but we were lucky enough to get in early.
1 pm: Exploring Savannah’s Waterfront
Make your way to the bustling waterfront area where old cotton warehouses have been transformed into shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and hotels. Enjoy the scene of the different boats floating down the Savannah River.
No trip to Savannah can be complete without making a stop at Byrd’s Famous Cookies. Make sure to get some cookies for your family and friends too. Must have flavors: chocolate chip, cupcake cookie, and scotch oatmeal.
After all the exploring head over to Treylor Park for a late lunch. It is a fun place with casual digs and great staff. You have to try the PB&J wings, they actually taste like peanut butter and jelly…on chicken…without the bread…it’s delicious, I promise.
4 pm: Take a Walk Through Art & History
Walk through historic squares on your way back to the hotel. Savannah has 22 “town squares” all uniquely appointed with fountains, statues, and memorials that speak to its rich history. When you are ready for a break, you can admire it all from the comfort of a park bench shaded by large live oak trees.
Tucked in among the historic squares you will find lots of local craft stores and galleries. Make a stop at shopSCAD where you cannot only admire but also purchase some of the incredible pieces created by the students and alumni of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Back at Perry Lane Hotel, relax with their evening programming of live music and complimentary cocktails. Cheers!
8 pm: Dinner at The Grey
Chef Mashama Bailey has turned a 1930s downtown Greyhound station into an art deco restaurant and a Savannah staple. The port city southern cuisine brings the best out of the area’s locally source ingredients. We selected a magnificent spread of signature and seasonal dishes that were all prepared to perfection. I highly recommend having the Country Pasta, a simple yet flavorful dish.
***Reservations are highly recommended for The Grey
Post dinner, take a walk around the 18th Century, open-air, City Market, and stop at as many art galleries as possible. they are all fun, interesting, and full of unique pieces.
Wrap up with a nightcap and some arcade fun back at the hotel. All of the accommodations at Perry Lane Hotel both in and outside your room are meant to give you an elegant, relaxing experience. After a full day of exploring, there is no better place recharge.
10 am: Brunch & Charm
A short distance from the hotel, you will find Collins Quarters, a restaurant/cafe/bar combination with decadent beverages and breakfast with an Aussie twist. A traditional avocado toast is elevated by a beet hummus and chili oil. There are also some true gems on the beverage menu; Aussie Ice Coffee with vanilla ice cream for brunch? Yes, please!
Stroll along Bull Street where you can admire the quintessential southern homes. You will also see the Armstrong House full of character and antiques. And what a better way to wrap up your Savannah adventure than the beautiful fountain area of Forsyth Park? Perfect for a postcard photo-op.
A special thank you to the talented staff at Perry Lane Hotel for guiding us in the right direction and helping us make the most of our short adventure. We cannot wait to be back and all the more that Savannah has to offer.