The Complete Savannah Weekend Itinerary 2-3 Days
Savannah Georgia is a gem to visit in the United States and the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. It has a taste of England (since the British settled it), amazing southern food, boutique shops and a slow pace charm. One of the best activities is simply walking the mossy oak lined squares en route to shops or restaurants!
If you’re interested in the history of the city, which was recorded starting in 1733 (!) read more here.
While you may want to spend more than a weekend, the activities below are perfect for a 2 or 3 day trip.
Where to Stay:
The Marshall House is an iconic and centrally located hotel in Savannah with really interesting history! It’s been around since the 1800’s and was occupied by Union Soldiers during the Civil War and served as a hospital during the Yellow Fever Epidemic. Each floor has a case full of relics found during the renovation of the hotel in the late 1990’s. Beyond the history, the hotel is incredibly charming and the staff provided great hospitality. Breakfast is included in your stay as well as a wine hour in the evenings. With everything very walkable, I’d highly recommend staying here too!
Start your day with breakfast at your boutique hotel to fuel up for a day of exploring! But don’t eat too much since stopping at various places to eat along the route is part of the fun in exploring Savannah.
After breakfast, head out to explore some of the beautiful 22 moss-covered oak tree lined squares (originally there were 24). It’s interesting thinking about the conversations and meetings that happened in the squares during the early days of the US. The cobblestone streets around them and some of the older building structures may make you feel like you’re in an old British city, like it did for us.
Walk through Oglethorpe Square (one of the six original colonial squares), Telfair Square, Orleans Square and Chippewa Square before stopping at Savannah Coffee Roasters for a mid-morning coffee/tea break.
With a little caffeine, you’re ready for shopping! Head to Satchel, The Book Lady Bookstore, E Shaver Booksellers and ShopSCAD – some of the best shops in Savannah and located very close to each other!
Read more about the Top 10 Shops in Savannah here!
At this point, you’re likely hungry so walk to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for one of the best southern meals in Savannah! We had the chance to meet Mrs. Wilkes-Thompson (the granddaughter of the namesake) who is so kind and generous, which is reflected in the large portions you’ll receive! We shared one meal at ~$30 and still had leftovers.
To walk off a little bit of your lunch, head to Forsyth Park. Forsyth Park is a beautiful park you can stroll through at a leisurely pace. We stopped at Collins Quarter in the middle of the park to buy a mulled wine & hot toddy for our stroll.
If you’re hungry for dinner, grab pizza slices from Vinnie Van GoGos – the slices are huge and delicious. En route, walk through Johnson Square, Ellis Square and Franklin Square. You can also find the First African Baptist Church nearby.
Note – we did not visit any museums due to COVID but you could add on Telfair Museums or The Owens-Thomas house today.
After another great breakfast at your hotel, head to Broughton Street; it’s literally right outside of the hotel entrance if you stay at The Marshall House!, and visit some of the popular shops. Pelindaba Lavender, The Paris Market and Savannah Bee Company are all great boutiques.
Work your way down to the river to stroll along the water way. There are more great shops in this area too. Make sure to stop at Urban Poppy and don’t forget to try the pralines at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen!
Next up is lunch at The Olde Pink House which was built in 1771 and is a National Landmark. It was actually the first bank in Georgia! You can see one of the cave vaults today in the basement.
While you can dine inside, the patio space was incredibly charming and where we opted to eat. A kind, young gentleman gave us a quick tour of the house so we could see some of the historic features, including an awesome underground pub reminiscent of Britain. Prices are usually less expensive at lunch time and it’s easier to walk-in without a restaurant, but you could also make this a dinner spot. The flounder came highly recommended and I can confirm it’s delicious. Definitely include The Old Pink House on your list of places to Eat in Savannah. Read more about its history here.
For a nice walk after lunch, head to Hygge, a beautiful boutique shop focused on calming and intentional items on the east part of Savannah.
You may still be full from lunch so head to Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar for a happy hour on the rooftop. We enjoyed oysters, hush puppies and peach sangria at discounted prices.
For (tonight’s first) dessert, we walked to Byrds’ Famous Cookies before strolling along the river again at night. All the sparkling lights (Especially during the Christmas market season) make it a very peaceful and beautiful evening walk.
For a bigger dessert, stop at the famous and historic Leopold’s Ice Cream which has been around for more than 100 years! You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. It was hard to pick just one flavor so we shared 3-scoops: Savannah Socialite (with famous Georgia Pecans!), Pistachio and Mint Chocolate Chip – all so good!
After one last breakfast at the hotel, and perhaps strolling around some of the remaining squares, drive to Bonaventure Cemetery (if you’re interested in historic cemeteries). It was made famous in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” There’s also a historic cemetery closer to town (Colonial Park Cemetery) you can explore as well.
Before heading out of town, enjoy one last meal at Fox and Fig. It’s a vegan café and so delicious that I think even meat eaters would love it. I can highly recommend the Tostadas Verde.
Read here for the Top 11 Places to Eat and Drink in Savannah and here for the Top 10 Places to Shop.
If you’re looking for even more to do in Savannah, definitely read Roving Jo’s article here. She has the most comprehensive guide on Savanah and is one of my favorite travel bloggers to follow too!