There’s the old side of Savannah: traditional, conservative, storied, classic, preserved. Then there’s the modern twist: artists are everywhere and the new meshes with the historic in a respectful, creative way. That’s how Angie Orth from Angie Away describes The Hostess City.
An avid believer in the idea of having both roots and wings and a passionate seeker of the best eggs Benedict, Angie discovers Savannah charm (and delicious southern cuisine) is effortless.
Angie’s itinerary was curated by Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District and included favorite local discoveries, from southern cuisine to art museums, with other stops selected to really showcase the modern additions to this historic city. For a true local experience of Savannah, feel free to follow in Angie Away’s footsteps through one of the south’s most beloved cities:
Where to eat:
Vic’s on the River, 26 East Bay Street
Award-winning crawfish beignets! Keep an eye out in the main dining room for a hand-drawn map detailing Gen. Sherman’s fiery march through Georgia.
B. Matthews Eatery, 325 East Bay Street
Absolutely divine eggs Benedict with goat cheese and fried green tomatoes. (One of my favorite Benedicts ever, and I test them everywhere I go.)
Back in the Day Bakery, 2403 Bull Street
Just a 5-minute drive from Downtown, the trip to eat at this James Beard Award nominated cafe was a no-brainer. Bacon, egg and peach chèvre biscuit & chai latte were top notch.
Collins Quarter, 151 Bull Street
One of the most popular brunch spots in Savannah. Everything on the menu is delicious so you can’t go wrong. Get a Madagascar Vanilla Latte… and another one to go.
The Olde Pink House, 23 Abercorn Street
Legendary Southern-style food in an 18th century mansion. I liked the corn bread fried oysters, BLT fried green tomato salad and crispy fried lobster tails.
Local 11 Ten, 1110 Bull Street
The best pork belly I’ve ever had! Check out “The Perch” to admire the views south of Forsyth Park.
Where to drink
Five Oaks Taproom, 201 W. Bay St.
One of the hottest little cocktail bars in Savannah. If you like gin, ask for The Fassbender.
The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Craft cocktails in a refurbished 1930s Greyhound terminal. The Planter’s Punch was sweet and did indeed pack a punch.
Treylor Park, 115 E. Bay St.
Try the Tire Swing with vodka and Pimm’s, or the Peach Pit, a sweet treat made with bourbon and peach cider. PB&J chicken wings and fried Oreos for dinner? YES.
Alley Cat Lounge, 207 W. Broughton St.
One of the newest drinking destinations in town. Huge newspaper-style menu you have to see to believe, all organized by liquor of choice.
Jen’s and Friends, 34 Bull St
Hundreds of options, so it can be tough to choose! I liked the Bourbon Pecan Pie martini the best.
Where to hear live music
Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Bar, 314 Williamson St.
It’s impossible to have a bad time at a piano bar! For a raucous evening, pop in and join the group singalong.
Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard Street
Something for everyone, including live music. Small plates but more American appetizer-size than traditional Spanish tapas. Loved the goat cheese & chorizo.
Where to shop
Paris Market and Brocante, 36 W Broughton St.
Trinkets, décor, pretty things for your house and fresh macaroons.
24e, 24 E Broughton St.
The best place to get ideas for your next remodeling project. Lots of repurposed wood and interesting light fixtures.
Spartina 449, 317 W Broughton St.
Gifts, gifts, gifts. Great place to snag thoughtful necklaces, charms and handbags with a Southern flair.
Where to explore art and design:
SCAD Museum of Art
The Savannah College of Art and Design is as much a part of the city as Oglethorpe’s grid. Explore the thoughtfully curated group of rotating exhibits from painting to sculpture to digital installations.
National Historic Landmark featuring antiques from 1750-1830. One of the best examples of Regency architecture in the U.S. $20 admission includes a tour and entry to the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy.
Where to get outdoors
Savannah’s Historic Squares
24 squares throughout Downtown following Oglethorpe’s original city grid. You could spend days just taking in all the beautiful statues and moss-draped trees. Great for people watching!
Wormsloe Historic Site
About 20 minutes from downtown is the Wormsloe Historic Site, the oldest tabby ruin in Georgia. The highlight here is the stunning oak-draped avenue leading out to the museum. Drive slow and take it all in.
Where to stay:
Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic Downtown
Location, location, location! Such easy walking distance to almost everything on my Savannah must-see list. I parked my car with the Hotel Indigo valet and walked everywhere. Loved the historic parts of the building that are still visible – the wood beams, the brick and some of the items left from its days as a dry goods warehouse. Friendly staff who clearly understand Southern hospitality!