Our Winter Trip to Savannah GA & Staying at the Ballastone Inn

Savannah is one of those places I’ll never get tired of visiting. A few years ago, Kyle and I even considered moving there. We usually visit in the peak of summer, which is never a good idea if you’ve ever experienced Savannah’s heat. This time, we visited in December, and the weather was much more bearable. We tried a few new places, stayed at a new bed and breakfast, but of course, went to a few of our favorite spots. Our bucket list is to stay at ten different bed and breakfasts in Savannah, and we are halfway there!

Since we didn’t get to visit Kyle’s mom in Florida during Thanksgiving this year, we planned a trip a few days after Christmas to meet up in Savannah. She booked us two nights at the Ballastone Inn, which is a gorgeous bed & breakfast in one of the best locations! This B&B was high on my Savannah bucket-list. It’s stunning.

If you’re looking for a great Savannah travel guide, check out this post here! It’s my ultimate guide to a weekend in Savannah, Georgia. I wanted this trip to be a lot more casual. I brought my camera with me and snapped some photos as we walked around. I almost didn’t share this blog, which is why it’s months late, but I enjoyed the photos and wanted to share them with you. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
It’s usually a three-hour drive for us to Savannah, but with all of the traffic, it took us around five hours to get there. That called for warm coffee once we arrived in the afternoon.
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The Ballastone Inn was decorated so festively for the holidays. Even though Savannah has mild temps, the entire city was in full holiday mode. It was like a mini southern NYC during the holidays. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eatSavannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
We stayed in the cozy Scarborough Fair room. This home was turned into many things after being built in 1838. It was a residence, a boarding home, apartments, and a bordello (yup, even that!) Savannah has some really interesting history, and you’ll learn most of it during the walking tours or trolley rides. How much of it is true? Well, that’s up to your imagination. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eatSavannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
The Christmas decor was breathtaking. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
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Breakfast at the inn was delicious. I had their gluten-free oats with fresh fruit, hot coffee, and gluten-free toast.
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We had dinner reservations at Fitzroy for the evening. I’ll be adding this to the Ultimate Savannah Guide because it was delicious! 😋

I ordered the Arugula apple salad without blue cheese and salmon on top! We also split the aioli fries! The food was perfect. The only thing I regret is not ordering the brussels sprouts. I’ll have to do that next time because the table next to us ordered them, and they looked amazing!
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I ordered the Fox Burger with a beyond burger patty, caramelized onions, arugula, agave-dijon, chive cashew cheese, avocado, with gluten-free bread and voodoo chips. This lunch was mouth-watering. The food in Savannah may be why we always to want to go back. Now, can Charlotte get a fox and fig? Please? By the way, look out for the Voodoo chips in your grocery store. They are the BEST kettle chips I’ve ever had. They have a bit of sweetness and mild spice. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eatSavannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat

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We stopped into Chabella for dinner. None of us were that hungry because of how good lunch was, so we split a few items before throwing in the towel for the evening. Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
I can’t believe we had been to Savannah so often but never road the trolley. Honestly, it’s a must! This is the best way to get around the town for 24-hours, and you’ll learn so much about the history of the city. I really enjoyed it! Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eatSavannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
Before leaving Savannah later Sunday afternoon, we stopped at another favorite, Zunzis, for lunch. I always get the salad with chicken, avocado, roasted vegetables, and spicy Zunzis sauce! 😋 Savannah trip, visiting savannah, savannah Georgia guide, where to eat savannah, visiting savannah in winter, bed and breakfast savannah, Ballastone inn, river street, blogger, travel guide, Savannah blog, weekend trip, where to stay, best place, best restaurants , what to do, Forsyth park, where to eat
Thanks for stopping by to read today’s blog post. I know it was more of a casual travel post, but I hope you still enjoyed it!

Questions for you!

  1. Have you been to Savannah?
  2. What is one city you love traveling to over and over again?
  3.  Do you prefer hotels or bed and breakfasts?

Comments

  • Katie Meshko

    Aww it looks so beautiful there and so much fun! I’ve been really wanting to visit Savannah it’s on my bucket list for 2020!! I try to visit new places when I travel, but I would LOVE to revisit my favorites (if only I had the time and money haha). I love to stay in both hotels and B&B’s! But, I like the boutique / unique hotels the best not the chains 🙂

    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Emily

    Wow! this place looks like a dream. I enjoy a B&B more because they have a unique atmosphere.

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  • Freshi

    Hey Taralynn,
    I am following your blog for years (maybe since 6-8 years?! Don’t know anymore, haha at some point I was so busy that I forgot to consistently check your blog but when I remembered I made sure to check whether you are fine and what you are up to and I am so happy to see you evolving to such a beautiful and glowing women. Now I am checking every other day whether you have posted something, hahaha)

    I am from Germany and kind of scared of long flights but you really make me want to see Charlotte and Savannah. The pictures you took from Savannah are stunning!
    I always enjoy your posts so much.
    Thank you for taking the time to write them.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi 😊

      Thank you for the kind words and for following along all these years!

      I hope you get to visit here one day, and I’d LOVE to visit Germany. Kyle goes there for work and I love the photos he sends me!

      xo

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  • Jess

    What camera are you using?

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  • Deana

    I love the photos you have taken of my city! Have you ever been to Collins Quarter?

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  • Candace

    Lovely photos, Taralynn!

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  • Abbey

    I really like this travel blog! Its kind of like a recap so it makes it really fun to read.

    And yes Zapp’s chips in the Voodoo flavor are the absolute best! They are made in New Orleans.

    Looks like a lovely trip! Oh and this is unrelated but I ordered two of those linen jumpers from your last recap! Love them can’t wait to wear them 24/7!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Abbey!

      Thank you 😊

      YES…They are the best chips ever! I only treat myself to them in Savannah and do not dare by them here 😂

      AHHHH so happy you loved them!!!! yay!!

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  • Cassie

    I literally LOVE Voodoo chips. They’re the perfect balance of kettlecooked and salt and vinegar. YUM! I’m so glad you put those in here lol. Also, I can’t wait to go to Savannah. I’ve been telling my fiance for months I want to go so hopefully that happens this year!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    What a fun trip, gorgeous pictures! I’ve never been to Savannah but would love to visit one day. 🙂 One city I’d go back to over and over again is Bangkok in Thailand. It’s one of my favourite weekend trips from Hong Kong, haha! ❤️✨

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

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  • Dana

    Thank you for sharing! Your photos are stunning & you captured Savannah beautifully! I’ve visited there twice, the 2nd visit my husband & I also stayed at the Ballastone Inn. Loved every inch of it, especially finding your specific table for breakfast & tea in the afternoon….great location for exploring the city. Definitely on my visit again list…

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  • Jennifer

    I have not been to Savannah, but it’s definitely high on my bucket list! Tybee island, too.

    This answer surprises me, but actually NYC! I’ve been quite a few times and could easily go back 20 more times!

    Staying at a B&B is actually on my bucket list too… usually what I find it too expensive and I just back down to regular hotels 😅 clearly I need to change that when I visit Savannah!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Ahhh yes, love Tybee!!

      I think a lot of us feel that way! I never feel like I “saw it all” when I visit!

      Bed & Breakfast IS the way to go in Savannah!! The key is to staying on a weekday!

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