Our Weekend Getaway to Savannah Georgia + Video

Savannah is one of my favorite places. It has all the summer charm you could dream of and only a short drive from Charlotte. It holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. A couple of weeks ago, Kyle and I decided to take a weekend trip down to Savannah and stay at the Hamilton-Turner Inn. We had our eyes on this place the last time we visited a couple years ago, and couldn’t wait to actually stay there.

Like always, I took over 1000 photos, so choosing which ones to share was difficult. I shared some of my favorites, and I hope you feel like you’re walking the streets of Savannah as you go through this blog post. I also created a travel vlog during our trip, so make sure to also check that out!  

I hope you’ve poured a glass of coffee or tea because you’ll be here for a while! 
I did all the things I love during this trip. I walked around taking photos, visited antique shops, coffee shops, and new restaurants. We walked the farmers market, rented bikes, and experienced the nightlife on the Savannah streets. This place is one of a kind and the southern hospitality isn’t lacking.💜 
We checked into the Hamilton-Turner Inn around 2 pm. The bed and breakfast is located in the Lafayette Square in the historic district of Savannah. The house was built in 1873 and it hasn’t lost a single detail of charm.

I spent a lot of time in the morning drinking coffee and relaxing in the parlor. I loved listening to the floorboards creak above me as the people started to wake up. On the first morning, I read many articles about the paranormal activity people have witnessed here. I love that stuff even if it’s all made up. 

This parlor is absolutely breathtaking and the pictures don’t do it justice.

If you’re a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you’ve probably recognized this house. It was once the home to Joe Odom, who was infamous for the obnoxious parties thrown here. 

We stayed in room 105, which was perfect because we had an access door leading out to the street. 

After getting settled in, we headed out to walk the streets and grab a bite to eat. 
I hope you don’t mind the abundance of photos. I could have added 1000 more, but you’d be here for days!
One of my favorite parts about Savannah is the signature squares on every street.
If you’re a person who loves doors, you’ll want to visit here. Kyle and I talked about visiting in late November so we I could see all the fall decor. Now, this would be the place to walk around with PSLs. 
We visited during Savannah’s hottest month. My hair was even more frizzy than it normally was, and I ended taking over six showers in one weekend! Boy, is it hot here!
Leave your straighteners and curling irons at home. Pack hair tyes and leave-in-conditioner! 
We had been walking around for a couple hours and decided to stop into The Collins Quarter for dinner. This was one of the best decisions ever. To be honest, I chose the place because it was cute. The cuteness didn’t matter after trying their food. This place could have had zero character but the food alone would have pulled me back every day if I lived in Savannah. 
If you were to ask me to pick a meal as my last meal before I die, I would choose this meal right here. When I ordered it, I thought it would be a good choice with protein, complex carbs, and veggies. I didn’t know it was going to melt in my mouth, take my taste buds to places they’ve never been, and then easily become one of my favorite meals in the entire world.

I hope you trust me here. If you live in Savannah or plan on visiting, order the “hot chicken.” I’m sure everything else on the menu is just as good, but you’re going to be in heaven with this meal. The perfectly cooked chicken is served with a sunny side egg over a rice pilaf with roasted peanuts, haricot verts, and an Asian hot sauce. I don’t even know how they did the rice so perfectly, either! Rice usually tastes like typical rice, but their rice was irresistible. I’ve never been so in love with a dish before. 💜

We also ordered a salad to split before our meal because we were so hungry. Of course, I ended up eating pretty much the whole thing because I’m a rabbit when it comes to salad. Kyle takes four bites and he’s “had enough.” 😆 We went with the Shirazi salad which had shaved leeks, arugula, marinated tomatoes, cucumbers, and a sumac vinaigrette. It was very earthy and refreshing. 
After dinner, we changed into comfortable walking clothes and headed out to explore the river street nightlife.
It was so hot and humid that we both went through four bottles of water. We went into coffee shops to buy them, and it was the first time in forever where coffee didn’t sound good at all.

We got back to the room around 10:00 pm, turned on a movie and enjoyed a night in.
I was up at the crack of dawn. I decided to put on some comfortable clothes, and take a walk around the streets before it got too hot. I let Kyle sleep in for a few hours and he had no idea I had been gone for two hours roaming the empty streets of Savannah. I think the whole city was sleeping. 
I loved the morning sky behind the cathedral. 
I spy a doodle on the porch!

Have you ever heard of the saying “keeping up with the Jones.” This is the street where that saying came from! Jones Street is filled with the most beautiful homes in the historic district. 
The most incredible character. 
The rusted windows resemble gold. Very fitting that this is an antique store. 
I loved all the lighting and lanterns that filled the Savannah streets. Even though it was miserably hot, the lights added the “cozy” feel.
I headed back to shower and get ready for the day around 8 am. Kyle and I had an amazing breakfast at the inn. Fresh fruit with granola, hot coffee, scrambled eggs, sausages, and peach cobbler pancakes was served with lemon pound cake available at the breakfast bar. They also work with you if you have any dietary needs.

I had a lot of you asking about these mugs! Of course, I turned them upside down and found out that they were from Pottery Barn! They are only $23 for four of them! You can find them here
We walked through the farmers market at Forsyth park on our way to the tennis courts. By the time we got to the courts, we were already melting and terribly hot. We decided to nix that idea, go back and get changed, and rent bikes instead. 
Forsyth Park is amazing. There is so much space for activities, festivals, and hanging out. I can see why people love it there. Whenever you see the fountain in Savannah pictures, it’s usually this one at Forsyth Park. The walkway that leads up to the fountain with surrounding Spanish moss is every postcard maker’s dream. 
We headed down to the Paris market for fresh water infused with fruits. They have the best! We had their coffee and macaroons last time we visited, and those are so delicious! 
My brother said we weren’t allowed to leave until trying Zunzi’s. He actually told me that last time too, but never got around to trying it out. I was ready for lunch around 1 pm, so we walked down to Zunzis! The line was long, which is a good sign that the restaurant is worth the wait! My brother was right! Zunzis was AWESOME! I ordered a garden salad with their delicious chicken, guacamole, and all their sauces to try out! I even bought my brother some of their special sauces to ship. Makes sure to add this Savannah staple to your list!
After lunch, we headed to Savannah on Wheels to rent some bikes for the afternoon. They provided a map for us that gave us the perfect route to hit all of the squares. They let us know which sidewalks to stay on and which ones to stay off. Not going to lie, this little cruiser was pretty comfortable!

If you visit, add bikes to your list as well! This was such a fun and active way to see the city. 
We stopped at Mirabelle Cafe for iced coffees!  
We rode around for two and a half hours before returning the bikes. Such a blast!
We made reservations to eat at Savannah’s new-ish plant-based restaurant, Fox & Fig! I was so excited about this. When I saw all of their delicious looking food on Instagram, I was ready to try it all. 

We ordered a couple entres to split.

We ordered The Salad which had red romaine, spinach, tarragon-balsamic vinaigrette, almonds, pepitas, hemp seeds, walnuts, red onions, and Miyoko’s Kitchen Mozzarella (SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD)

We also ordered the Breakfast Tacos. The tacos consisted of corn tortillas filled with sweet potatoes, blueberry-sage sausage, bell peppers, caramelized onions, fresh herbs, and Vertu Farms Sunflower shoots served with Foxy salsa. We even added guacamole to the top! These were too dang good!

Lastly, we ordered the Fox Burger, which inspired me to by the Beyond Burgers at Whole Foods last week. The Fox Burger came with arugula, caramelized onions, agave-dijon, avocado, a perfectly cooked Beyond Burger, and the best chips ever. They were the New Orleans VooDoo Chips, and you should definitely dip them in the agave-dijon! 
You can order the burger on a pretzel bun or toasted gluten-free bread.   
You can’t go to a place like Fox & Fig without ordering dessert!

I’m telling you, these desserts were unbelievable! They beat out Living Kitchen’s desserts by 100000000x (Sorry Living Kitchen, I still love you!)

We picked out the white chocolate peanut butter mousse cake with agave-whipped crème and mini PB cup, and the raw strawberry cheesecake with a fig and espresso crust. I had an oat milk cappuccino to go with my dessert because I couldn’t resist! 
Kyle picked out the best “Milky Shake” ever!

It featured Leopold’s coconut cream vegan ice cream with house-made whipped cream, peanut butter, oat milk, and Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups! Of course, I had to try it! It was FABULOUS!!!
Another place to add to your Savannah list! The restaurant was very cute inside and the service was wonderful. 
We headed out to walk around more after dinner. We needed to walk ourselves out of the food comas we had put ourselves in. 
You have to watch the vlog because we had a little squirrel come up to us and circle us for a good twenty minutes! I wish we had something to feed him because he was so cute. It makes me want a pet squirrel 😂

We came across this young band with an insane amount of talent. Check them out in my video, and then go show them some love on their page! They were awesome!
My hair held up great in this weather 👌🏻😆 
Notice anything extremely creepy in this photo?
I was up again at the crack of dawn on Sunday. I was excited to get my walk in and soak up the last bit of Savannah before heading home.


We had breakfast around 8:30 am before heading home. We had fresh fruit and granola, bacon, eggs, and delicious coffee.

We walked to Fox & Fig so I could pick up some things to take home! These goji berry bars were so good with my morning coffee throughout the week. It’s the little things that excite me. 
I did not want to leave, but as always, excited to see my dogs! Don’t worry Savannah, I’ll be back! 
💜

Questions for you!

1. Are you an early bird on vacations?

2. Have you ever been to Savannah?

3. Do you prefer hotels or Bed & Breakfasts?

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  • Cali

    I’m from Savannah so I loved this post!

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  • Cara

    I enjoyed your vlog.

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  • Cam

    This trip looked like a dream! Loved your photos and video!

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  • Karie Lynn

    You made my city look like a paradise. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Where are your black shoes from?

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  • Anonymous

    How long have you and Kyle been dating

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  • Brit

    Your hair is so blonde! Have you dyed it again?

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  • Lindsey

    Your hair is so long! When are you cutting it?

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  • Jenna

    Am I an early bird on vacations? Sometimes, but not always. It really depends on when I got to bed the previous night.

    YES! I LOVE Savannah! Such a gorgeous town. We stayed at the Oglethorpe. So pretty.

    I typically prefer hotels, but I think that is because I’ve never really stayed in a B&B.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jenna!

      Yes, an early bedtime definitely helps with early rising.

      I’ll have to keep the Oglethorpe in mind!!

      They are definitely different, but now that I’ve stayed at a couple B&B it’s all I want! lol

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  • Jennifer W

    I love Savannah! I went many years ago, but I stayed at the Hamilton Turner Inn as well. We chose a room on the top floor and at that time they had these giant soaking tubs that we so luxurious! From their website it looks like those have been replaced with showers. We stayed in the Earl of Chatam Suite. I really enjoyed the breakfasts we had each morning there. I want to go back soon, but right now it is just too hot. Maybe in November 🙂 There is a bakery there called Back in the Day bakery. I have their cookbook and have wanted to visit the bakery ever since I got the book. You take beautiful photos, you really captured the historical charm on this city. I think you would love St. Augustine if you have never been. Lots of antique stores to find treasures in. Hope you have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jennifer!

      So glad you’ve already experienced the inn and beautiful Savannah! I think the breakfasts were one of my favorite parts! 💜 Yes, I agree! It’s way tooooo hot right now. I will have to check out that bakery! There is so much to do and see that several trips are necessary!

      Thanks for the kind words and I think St Augustine would be gorgeous to visit!

      xo

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  • Boman

    I love your traveling blogs! Your trips are more realistic to me instead of traveling to luxurious hotels around the world. I appreciate everything you do!

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  • Amber

    I am always an early bird on vacation because of all the excitement!! I have only stayed in hotels, motels, and airbnbs. Also, awhile back you posted an affordable cute t-shirt and I can’t remember where it was from! It was just basic t-shirts that were in all colors and stripes.. you might be wearing it in this post, but I cannot remember! Do you have any ideas?

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  • Jenn

    I used to live in Jacksonville, so Savannah was a good day trip spot (it’s only like a 2 hour drive) that I took a few times. I know you said you wanted to go back during late November, but I recommend going a little bit later – the houses during Christmas are gorgeous!

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  • Harriet

    Wow what a beautiful getaway, savannah looks so incredible. Definitely going to try and add Savannah to my USA travel next year. I am a early bird when on vacation, I like to try and fit as much exploring in as possible in to each day. B&B over a hotel any day. Such a fantastic post!

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  • Chandler

    I can’t wait to watch more of your vlogs. They get better each time!

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  • Jenn

    I’m only an early riser during the work week. Up at either 5:30 or 6:30 depending on where I’m working that day. Also the street in Savannah is one of several origins of Keeping up with the Joneses! It was a comic strip and an actual historical family 🙂.

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  • Andi

    Hi Tara! Your photos are fantastic! My husband and I love staying in bed and breakfast or Airbnb. The hotels are nice but don’t feel at home as much. I can’t wait to watch your video. Thanks for blogging about your trip!

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  • Kathy Findlay

    Hi Tara
    No I’m not up early; I struggle to heave myself out of bed and I’m an early to bed kinda person too 😏
    Yes we visited Savannah on our trip to the southern states for my 40th Birthday in 2016 and we loved it.
    I was following a Gone with the Wind Trail (I’m a huge Vivien Leigh fan).
    Sadly it was following Hurricane Mathew, just a few days afterwards, so Savannah wasn’t at it’s best, but it was still adorable.
    I prefer B&B definitely. Far quainter and I find they cater to our Vegan diet more.
    I recognised lots of your photos 😁

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kathy!

      I’m definitely an early to bed person as well, but early to rise! Wish I could sleep in a few more hours. My brain is just too quick to start!

      That is so funny! That’s where the “tara” in my name comes from! My mom was a huge Gone With The Wind fan.

      It’s definitely bounced back since the hurricane, fortunately!

      Yes, very quaint and they are always great about accommodating diets!

      ❤️

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  • Jen

    Thank you so much for sharing! Looks like such a beautiful place 🙂 Would you mind sharing the names of the songs you used in your video? I loved them all!

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  • Karen

    Yes definitely an early bird!! I’m always up waiting for the coffee shops I want to try to open. I prefer Airbnb to travel, last time we went to San Diego we brought our chemex to our beachouse so we didn’t have to leave every time we wanted a cup of coffee 😊

    Random question for you: is you brother single?!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Karen!

      Sounds like a great idea to me! Bringing the Chemex is genius, especially if they don’t have a coffee maker!

      hahaha such a random question for sure! I don’t really know my brother’s relationship status at the moment lol

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  • Liz

    Apologies if someone has asked already…lol, but WHAT mascara do you use? Your eyelashes are WOW 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Was this a sponsored trip?

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  • Stephanie

    I actually went for the first time two weekends ago! We loved the architecture and also stayed at a bed and breakfast (which is definitely better than a hotel!!!) We had a great time, but it was a lot hotter and more humid than we expected!! I also was interested in the paranormal activity, even if it’s fake, it’s still fun to hear about it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Stephanie!

      We were almost there at the same time! Man, that humidity was awful lol but I’m excited to go back when it cools down!

      Did you do any of the paranormal tours? lol We saw them everywhere and its funny to listen to!

      💜

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  • Amarie

    These photos belong in a magazine!

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  • Yashica

    I’m from Savannah, born and raised, but your recap has revived me. Living here, I tend to forget about the uniqueness that my beautiful city holds. Your personal exploration and pictures has me ready to head downtown for today.

    Thank you for sharing,

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Awww, that makes me so happy! I hope you enjoy your day out and about! If you have any “musts” for me to stop at the next time I’m in Savannah, let me know!

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      • Kewanna Bush

        Hi,

        I was born, raised and currently live in Savannah. I would recommend you visit The Grey, B. Matthews, Cotton & Rye and the Vault during your next visit.

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  • Valerie

    What was the creepy thing in the photo??? I’m horrible at noticing things like that in pictures lol.

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  • natalia

    loved the pictures! and im totally a early bird as well! love getting early in the morning before anyone else to enjoy my cup of coffee before going for a walk or run 🙂 i love that magical calm in the mornings! they are priceless!So I really get why you wake up so early and go around alone 🙂 greetings from Barcelona!

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  • Ashton

    I’m usually an early bird on vacations except on my last trip to Maui, the time change totally threw me even though it was only a 3 hour difference from California. I just got back from Chicago and was up every morning at 6! I haven’t been to Savannah but it along with Charleston are on my list for sure! I also have to say I am definitely more of a hotel person or I like renting a whole home from AirBNB or HomeAway especially if I’m up in the mountains. Have a great weekend, I’m off to Disneyland!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Ashton!

      The time change when traveling to Hawaii is SUCH a shocker to the body, especially if you’re from the east coast!

      Have so much fun at Disneyland!!

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  • Danielle

    I have never been to Savannah and it is now on my list!! Everything looks amazing! I loved looking at all of your incredble pictures. Also, I’m dying to know what the “creepy thing” in that photo is!

    Reply to Danielle
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much, Danielle!

      Lol, my boyfriend and my parents couldn’t “see” it either! Maybe it’s only creepy to me (in a joke way)

      Look at the bottom left!

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  • Ann

    Such a beautiful place! Sounds like you and Kyle are making the memories! ❤️❤️ Our family just got back from London and Paris and it was so amazing, from the historical aspect but even more so, the beautiful architecture, especially Paris! You NEED to go there sometime, you, of all people, would be in heaven! Now I need to go to Savannah! Love the window ‘boxes’ at Fox & Fig, I want to build those for my dining room wall! Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Ann!

      Thank you so much ❤️

      I have actually been to Paris and I have to agree with you! It’s breathtaking! Kyle has never been and we’ve been talking about it!

      Yes, so much inspiration at Fox & Fig! & alllllll over Savannah!

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment! Have a great weekend.

      Taralynn

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      • Ann

        LOL! I just figured out the creepy ‘thing’, is it Kyle or some other person creepin around the corner of your photo? Cracked me up! 🤣

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      • Ann

        I am another one who still can’t see the creepy thing and I’ve looked bottom left….? LOL!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Such beautiful colours, I love the vibrant plants on the porches on the streets! You captured them really well! 🙂

    I’ve never stayed in a bed & breakfast before. Not because I specifically don’t like them, but because I’ve just never really gotten a chance to!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • Casey

    Yes an early bird on vacations, way too excited! No I have never been to Savannah but i think i might have to go – for one thing to get that chicken! lol! That meal looked incredible. AND those desserts, wow! Have not stayed in many B & B’s.

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