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 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?