Savannah is one of those places that is absolutely enchanting and perfect for a girls weekend getaway. Every corner, every square for that matter, has a mysterious story to tell. As a girl from Alabama, my friends and I made a weekend getaway to Savannah, a Southern-Gothic town. If we weren’t in Savannah, we would make our way down to NOLA, but that’s a different article. Oh yea, did I mention there are loose open container laws in both these southern towns? Yes, that’s right, a nondescript to-go cup filled with a sweet tea martini can be brought with you throughout your staggering adventure. This makes Savannah one of the best weekend getaway!
Visiting Savannah is all about wandering through its squares. During its inception, in 1733, the entire city was planned around its public squares to intentionally slow the speed of traffic and, I think, to slow the speed of life. Today, there are 20+ squares in Savannah, but here’s The 10 Best Squares in Savannah, posted on We Are Travel Girls . So stock up on a few nips and go for a stroll.
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There’s plenty more to do on your Savannah weekend getaway outside of just the squares. You could spend almost an entire day on River Street, staggering in and out of bars. Tybee Island, Hilton Head, and Wormsloe, are easy day trips as well.
WHERE TO SHOP ON YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY
Wandering Bull Street and hopping in out of shops is a nice way to spend an afternoon; below are a few of my favorite places both on and off Bull Street to collect some souvenirs from your weekend getaway.
- V&J Duncan, a charming old maps and rare books store on Monterey Square
- PW Short General Store, run by a father son duo and has the coolest home, local and knick knack products
- 24e has an eclectic assortment of furnishing and accessories; we spent hours hanging out on the couch swing and chatting with the employees
- Shop SCAD, as mentioned before, has all kinds of artist creations
- Folkloriko offers authentic, handmade ethically sourced pieces from around the world
WHERE TO EAT ON YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY
We wandered across a line of people wrapped around the block for Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. As we nosed our way to the front of the line, I made small conversation, as all us southerners do, with a vibrant older gentleman. I asked him what the hubbub was about and he promptly told me that Mrs. Wilkes made the best fried chicken and fixin’s Savannah has to offer and they had been waiting in line for 2 hours just to get their fill.
Sema Wilks passed her recipes down to her granddaughter and she now continues the legacy of good ol’ southern cooking and good ol’ conversation in the family style restaurant. What I learned is that doors open at 11:00am but lines star forming 30 to 45 minutes before then. Hopefully ya’ll will make it before 2pm when it closes.
If it fancies you, you can spend your weekend getaway in the rental above her restaurant. The dinner for two that is included is worth the money. I’m still fantasizing about her baked mac and cheese.
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