3 Days in Savannah

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Advisor - Megan Cash
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Megan Cash

  • Savannah

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • History

  • Local culture

  • Local food

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Curator’s statement

I lived in this wonderful city for almost five years, and these are my "quintessential Savannah" recommendations for making the most of a long weekend. This itinerary offers a delightful blend of history, culture, cuisine, and Southern charm. From exploring the historic district and iconic landmarks to immersing yourself in the local art scene and indulging in Savannah's renowned culinary delights, you'll experience the best that this charming city has to offer.

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Day 1: Welcome to Savannah

Mercer Williams House is a museum with antiques, portraits & Chinese porcelain.


Start your weekend in Savannah by taking a leisurely stroll along the historic River Street. Enjoy the charming cobblestone streets, boutique shops, and waterfront views. Don’t forget to stop by River Street Sweets for pralines! A quintessential Savannah treat.

Visit the City Market, a vibrant hub of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Browse through local artwork, pick up unique souvenirs, and grab a quick bite to eat.


Explore the historic district on a guided walking tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Learn about Savannah's rich history, admire the well-preserved architecture, and visit iconic landmarks such as Forsyth Park and the Mercer Williams House.

If the weather is nice, enjoy a picnic lunch in Forsyth Park, surrounded by beautiful oak trees and the famous Forsyth Fountain. You can pick up ready-made food at a little market near the park called Brighter Day! The Sentient Bean coffee shop next door is also a great option.

If the weather isn’t great or you’re feeling fancy, stop into the Mansion on Forsyth for an elegant lunch or head to Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining room for an iconic southern family-style lunch. (only open on weekdays from 11am-2pm! So be sure to plan around this if you’re only in Savannah for a Friday or a Monday during the week.)


Experience a Savannah classic by having dinner at The Olde Pink House. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, The Pink House offers a historic setting and a menu that reflects Savannah's culinary heritage. It's a classic choice for a memorable dinner.

After dinner, take a haunted ghost tour with Ghosts & Gravestones to delve into Savannah's spooky past. Explore the city's haunted spots and hear chilling tales from knowledgeable guides.

Day 2: River Cruise

3 Days in Savannah - Day 2: River Cruise


Start your day with a visit to the stunning Bonaventure Cemetery. Wander through the moss-draped oak trees and ornate gravestones. This peaceful and picturesque cemetery is also a popular spot for photographers.

Have a delightful brunch at The Collins Quarter, a trendy café known for its innovative brunch dishes and specialty coffee.


Spend the afternoon exploring the Telfair Museums, including the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Immerse yourself in Savannah's art and cultural history.

Take a relaxing stroll along the historic Jones Street, known as one of the most beautiful streets in America. Admire the stunning architecture, charming squares, and well-manicured gardens.

Take a leisurely walk through Chippewa Square to find the famous Forrest Gump bench.


Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Savannah River with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Take in the breathtaking views of the city skyline as you glide along the water. I also recommend the dinner cruise! Especially if you enjoy dancing.

Another option for dinner is The Grey, a renowned restaurant housed in a beautifully restored Greyhound bus terminal. Indulge in their innovative Southern-inspired dishes and craft cocktails (I definitely recommend securing reservations in advance!).

Day 3: Explore Like a Local

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Start your day at Clary's Cafe, a charming local spot known for its southern comfort food and historic ambiance. Definitely a Savannah classic!

Visit the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art to admire contemporary and modern artwork. Explore the ever-changing exhibitions and appreciate the creativity on display. The shopSCAD store also has unique gifts made by current or former students!

Take another walk along the Savannah Riverfront and stop by the Waving Girl statue, a tribute to Savannah's beloved Florence Martus.


Explore the unique shops and boutiques of Broughton Street. Visiting The Paris Market is a must for unique and beautiful finds, and the best coffee. (I may be biased because I used to work there, but it’s one of my favorite stores in the world! If you’re visiting near Christmas, it’s simply magical.)

Indulge in a sweet treat at Leopold's Ice Cream, a Savannah institution known for its delicious homemade ice cream flavors. (If the line is out the door, I promise - it’s worth the wait!)

Lunch: Experience the elegance of the Gryphon Tea Room with a traditional afternoon tea service, complete with a selection of fine teas and delectable treats. The Gryphon Tea Room is a beautifully restored 1926 apothecary with cozy seating and charming atmosphere. It’s book-filled shelves make it a perfect spot for book lovers, tea lovers, and those who appreciate classic design. They also have a full lunch menu.


End your weekend in Savannah with a memorable dinner at Cotton & Rye. A combination of rustic charm and modern culinary creativity, Cotton & Rye is known for its diverse menu and attention to detail. (This is a wonderful dinner choice for anyone with dietary restrictions or allergies!)

If you’d prefer to dine with a Riverfront view, I recommend Huey’s for New Orleans style cuisine, Vic’s on the River for classic Southern dishes, or Rocks on the River for contemporary Southern dining within the Grand Bohemian Hotel.

After dinner, take a romantic stroll along the Savannah Riverfront, admiring the twinkling lights and soaking in the city's enchanting ambiance on your final evening in this magical city.

Advisor - Megan Cash

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