A Delightful Weekend in Savannah Itinerary

Visit Savannah, Georgia – a gem of the South

If you’re looking for a taste of Ye Olde American South, you simply must spend a weekend in Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah (and it helps if you say it all drawn out like Suuuuvannuuuh) simply drips with history like the trees drip with Spanish moss.

And the food. Oh, the food. You could go to Savannah only for the food and come away happy. Enjoy a quintessentially Southern escape with our weekend in Savannah itinerary.

Large fountain in a park in Savannah Georgia
Don’t miss the famous fountain in Forsyth Park during your weekend in Savannah. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go.

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If you want to avoid the tourist hordes then I suggest Savannah in shoulder season.

We spent a weekend there in October and were pleased to find the city quieter even than I was expecting.

Though we had also been hoping to avoid heat, we didn’t quite manage that.

Our weekend there was simultaneously overcast, muggy and drizzly for much of the time. And much warmer than we expected. I did not pack well for this trip. 

[Hangs head in shame.] 

Learn from my mistakes and check out my weekend packing list so you’re prepared for your amazing weekend in Savannah.

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Tips for a perfect weekend in Savannah, Georgia
Hotel room with a view of the Savannah River
We loved having a view of the river from our room at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront.
Photo: Plan, Ready, Go.

Where to stay in Savannah 

I recommend staying in the historic downtown area. You’ll enjoy being in the heart of the city and it will also reduce the need to drive around from site to site.

Street parking can be hard to come by and can be expensive. 

We stayed at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront (100 General McIntosh Blvd) in a river view room, which we loved.

The hotel is conveniently located at the end of historic River Street, just steps from the Waving Girl Statue. It’s quite comfortable and the staff are friendly.

We recommend it highly. 

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Waving Girl Statue 

Waving Girl Statue in Savannah Georgia in the fall
Waving Girl Statue. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

After we settled in, we were anxious to get out and see some of the historic riverfront area.

Just a few steps from our hotel we came upon the Waving Girl Statue in Morrell Park.

The statue honors Florence Martus who greeted each and every ship entering or leaving Savannah for 44 years by waving a handkerchief or a lantern at night.

According to legend, she did this because as a young girl she had fallen in love with a sailor and she was trying to make sure he could find her, but there doesn’t appear to be any historical evidence to support this notion. 

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The statue is the creation of Felix de Weldon, who also sculpted the Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) War Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. 

River Street 

From the Waving Girl Statue, we continued along the river to explore River Street.

I do have to admit it is a rather touristy area, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a stroll down it once or twice.

Be advised that Savannah does have an open container law, so there will be people walking around (especially at night) with alcoholic beverages. 

Cars are permitted to drive on River Street, but there is very limited parking.

We walked partway down River Street before cutting over to Bay Street to find our restaurant of choice for dinner. After dinner and dessert we did the entire street. You know, to get the full effect. 

Dinner at B. Matthew’s Eatery

We stopped for dinner at B. Matthew’s Eatery (325 E Bay St). Their menu has some great vegetarian and gluten free options on it, so it seemed perfect for us.

We were surprised to walk in and see the restaurant almost entirely empty. We were early, but surely not that early. The food was quite good.

I would recommend B. Matthew’s.

Try a Savannah food tour

Unsure about where to eat in Savannah or want to try a little from a lot of places?

Savannah is a great place to take a food tour.

You might like this highly rated tour of six of Savannah’s specialty stores and restaurants.

Or try this tour of secret spots and secret bites.

Leopold’s Ice Cream 

After dinner, of course we had to try Leopold’s Ice Cream (212 E. Broughton St.).

Expect lines out the door if you visit Savannah during high season. Early in the evening on a Friday night in October there were only a few people in line ahead of us. 

Leopold’s has been a Savannah institution for more than 100 years. They’re probably most famous for their Tutti Frutti ice cream.

I tried the Savannah Socialite which is chocolate ice cream with Georgia pecans and bourbon caramel. It. Was. Delicious.

We loved the ice cream there so much we wanted to go back the next day, but it just didn’t work out. Next time for sure! 

The shop is full of all sorts of Hollywood memorabilia, and I wasn’t sure why, but it turns out the son of the founder had a dream to work in Hollywood, so off he went.

He has credits as a producer or executive producer on more than 20 films including The Sum of All Fears and Mission: Impossible III

Breakfast at The Collins Quarter Café  

Breakfast and coffee laid out on a table for two
Breakfast at The Collins Quarter Cafe. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

We had an historic walking tour booked for 10 a.m. the next morning that met up outside The Collins Quarter on Bull Street, so of course, that was the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the tour.

The Collins Quarter is a popular spot, but they do not take breakfast reservations. We arrived at about 8 a.m. on Saturday and were seated right away.

It didn’t start getting noticeably busy until closer to 9 a.m. There is also outdoor seating, but I loved the décor and atmosphere inside the café.  

The Collins Quarter has a lot of great gluten-free options and a few solid vegetarian options as well.

Hubby had the “Leo’s Big Breakfast.” It had three different kinds of breakfast meat, so he was a happy camper.

I had the Banana’s Foster French Toast, which was delicious and surprisingly large. I couldn’t eat all of it, but I sure enjoyed what I did eat. 

I also tried the spiced lavender mocha. It was without a doubt the best mocha I have ever tasted. Yes, it does have tiny little lavender blossoms sprinkled on the top, and they are just perfection. 

Mocha coffee drink sprinkled with lavender blossoms in a green mug on a table
Spiced lavender mocha at The Collins Quarter Cafe. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

I can’t say enough good things about The Collins Quarter and definitely would love to go back the next time we go to Savannah. 

Genteel & Bard Savannah History Tour 

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t know much about the history of Savannah before actually going there.

That’s not usually how I roll.

I like to do pre-trip research, but this trip I just couldn’t find the time. Enter historical walking tour.

What better way to learn more about your destination than have a local show you around and tell you all the best stories? 

Genteel & Bard’s tours come highly recommended, so I didn’t hesitate to book their Savannah History Tour.

Man leading a guided tour of Savannah Georgia
Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

T.C. Michaels is an outstanding and friendly guide. He truly brought the city to life, from its planning and founding up to the present. And where does all that energy come from?  

I’m kind of a wimp though and had my fill of walking after about an hour and a half, but would still recommend you give this great tour a try if you are at all interested in the history of Savannah or even if you just want to hear some good stories from a great storyteller.

It will most definitely make you appreciate Savannah more as well as the people who worked so hard to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. 

As an aside, Savannah locals will swear that theirs is the most haunted city in America.

Additional tours in Savannah

If you’re interested in a ghost tour you might like this Haunted History and Ghosts Walking Tour or this 2-Hour Paranormal Mystery Tour.

If history walking tours aren’t your thing, you might enjoy this 90-minute trolley tour.

Or try one of these featured tours instead:

Lunch at Fox & Fig 

After our stellar tour we were ready for some lunch, and decided to give the local plant-based cuisine a try. Fox & Fig Café (321 Habersham Street) comes highly recommended and we were not disappointed.  

The dining room is quite small, but the food and service were great. There was also a steady stream of takeout customers at the counter.

I enjoyed looking around the other tables to see what they were eating. Judging by other people’s orders, it appears that the Fox & Fig pancakes are also quite popular as well as their iced coffee drinks.

Hubby enjoyed a vanilla milkshake made with Leopold’s coconut milk ice cream with his lunch.

I ordered the Fox Burger, and it was outstanding.  

Plant-based lunch on a table
Delicious lunch at Fox & Fig. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist 

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist exterior in Savannah, Georgia
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

After our Savannah history tour and lunch we were only a few blocks away from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

In addition to looking for all the best art when we travel, we enjoy visiting historical and prominent places of worship. 

St. John the Baptist is open for visitors. They suggest a $3 per adult cash donation, which we were glad to make. They do allow photography of the interior but for personal use only.  

Dinner at Vic’s on the River 

After a day of walking through Savannah we were looking forward to a nice, quiet dinner with a view of the River.

We made reservations for Vic’s on the River (26 E Bay St). They offer valet parking, which we appreciated to help us make our reservation on time. 

You can also get to the restaurant through Vic’s Coffee Bar on River Street. Just take the elevator up to the fourth floor. 

The food and service were outstanding, and I would highly recommend this restaurant particularly for a special occasion.

They have a large number of gluten-free options, but they’re a little light on the vegetarian options. I was able to make a delicious dinner though out of the baby Tuscan kale salad with preserved lemon (resisting the temptation to lick my plate clean) and the fried green tomatoes with grits and goat cheese appetizer. Hubby quite enjoyed their filet with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. 

Featured river cruises

Would you rather be on the river rather than just have a view from shore?

Try a river cruise.

This dinner cruise is one of the most popular activities in all of Savannah.

Or you might like this narrated river cruise.

Take a walk in Forsyth Park 

Large fountain in a park in Savannah Georgia
Forsyth Fountain is an iconic site in Savannah, Georgia. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go!

There’s a quite well-known fountain in Savannah, and you’ll find it in Forsyth Park (2 W Gaston St).

Forsyth is a 30 acres of walking paths, gardens, sports courts and fields, a half-shell theatre, and more.

It’s truly a beautiful park and well worth a visit. 

Grab a treat at Back in the Day Bakery 

Back in the Day Bakery comes highly recommend by my sister, who is quite the foodie, so really there was no way I could NOT stop here.

It was literally the last thing we did in Savannah before we pointed the car in a homeward direction. 

Back in the Day is best known for their biscuits. The biscuits go out at 8 a.m. and fly out the doors until they are sold out for the day. It was shortly after 11 a.m. when we got in line and I was surprised that they were surprised they still had biscuits left.

I would have been disappointed to drive there and find there were no biscuits.

I probably could have consoled myself with one of their enormous cinnamon rolls, but I was looking for a good Southern biscuit. And I sure found it.

When you get a biscuit at Back in the Day there are all sorts of options to customize.

I added gruyere cheese (which just happens to be my favorite) and pepper jam. Their pepper jam is delicious.

And while I wouldn’t go as far as Dear Sister and say that I love it so much I want to bathe in it, it was really, REALLY good. And the biscuit was great as well. 

Final thoughts on Savannah itineraries

Whatever you choose to put on your weekend in Savannah itinerary, you’re sure to enjoy your time there.

The beauty, charm, history and (of course) the food all combine to make this gem of the American South a great place for a weekend getaway.

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A Delightful Weekend in Savannah Itinerary

18 Comments

  1. What time of year did you visit Savannah Georgia?

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      It was mid-to-late October.

  2. Nicholl Spence says:

    Savannah is without a doubt one of my favorite cities! I couldn’t get enough of just wandering around through all the different squares, admiring the homes, the Spanish moss trees. Also such an amazing town for foodies, was fortunate to try so many amazing savannah restaurants we found on https://www.visitsavannah.com/food-drink during our trip. My personal favorites would have to be The Collins Quarter and Huey’s. Will be back!

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      Yes! So much great food. We love the Collins Quarter so much!

  3. I love Savannah too! You should look into renting a house in historic Gordonston section far enough from the noise st night yet close enough to walk to the park and downtown action, under 30 minutes to Tybee Island. New home for rent coming soon (May) with grills, fire pits, hot tub, etc.

  4. Babs wilburn says:

    Savannah is our favorite US city, we go a lot and we think it’s one of the most friendly and great atmosphere. Be prepared to eat some great southern cuisines and it’s a good thing it’s a walking city to walk it all off. Plenty of beautiful old architecture and history galore. Plus tell-tale hauntings all over, it claims to be the most haunted city in the US. Most of the hotels are done in a historic fashion. We prefer the B&B’s
    with their small town charms. It’s a great town for young people since they’ve got a great Arts college and for families and couples anytime of the year. Definitely worth the trip.

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      Totally agree…especially about the food. Yummy!

  5. Savannah is so Beautiful breath taking I. Would consider moving there !

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      Oh, I so agree. It’s a great town!

  6. Savannah sounds like a lovely place to visit for a couple of days. The Collins Quarter Cafe would be a must as I’m intrigued by the spiced lavender mocha! The Forsyth Park fountain is just beautiful.

  7. Your stay in The Marriot must have been amazing while discovering Savannah. You inspired me to discover the South!

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      I’m so glad! Yes, the hotel was great!

  8. The old American south always fascinates me. I guess I will have to add Savannah to my south American bucket list

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      Yes, you definitely do. It’s a great town.

  9. What a lovely way to spend a weekend in a city! I love foodie destinations, especially when you have great bakeries (since I’m vegetarian). I never thought Savannah would be such a nice place to discover food!

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      I don’t usually make as much time for food when I travel as I did on this trip, but I’m so glad we did!

  10. I’ll take two orders of the Bananas Foster French Toast please! I had no idea Savannah was such a foodie city (and it’s cool that there are vegetarian options too!).

    1. Darcy Vierow says:

      Yes, it was pretty great!

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