It has become an annual tradition that we take one day away from our Hilton Head Island, SC vacation in order to explore Savannah for the day as a family. Then, because they are way too good to us, Ryan and I get to enjoy a kid-free overnight in the city while my parents and sister head back to Hilton Head with Quinn.
Savannah, Georgia is one of the South’s many historic gems. Every time we go, we discover a new place. You can read more about last year’s Savannah visit here. This was our second year and I couldn’t have loved it more!
Ya’ll, Paula Deen’s Southern cooking will change your life. Not even kidding. The food was to-die-for, as were their adult beverages. They had frozen John Daly’s and frozen Moscow Mules. They were no joke and served as the perfect drink for a Summer day in the South. We sat on the cozy back patio that overlooked the water and got to enjoy some fun outdoor games while we waited for our food.
Wet Willie’s– We went to Wet Willie’s last year and had to return. They have an entire wall of amazing, flavored frozen beverages! They are right on the river so you’ll have a great view of all of the big barges floating by as you savor every sip.
Garibaldi– If you are looking for wonderful seafood and small, semi-formal environment, you’ll love Garibaldi. If seafood isn’t your thing, they also have a variety of other choices as well. It was a small restaurant that provided a quaint environment to kick off our Savannah date night.
Chippewa Square– After dinner we walked to the park where Forest Gump was filmed. We thought we did this last year, but as it turns out, we went to the wrong park. Oops! Upon some further Googling, this year we walked to the correct location of Chippewa Square. We tagged on to the back of a walking tour just long enough to learn that the bench that Tom Hanks was sitting on during the bus stop scenes in Forest Gump has since been moved to The Historic Savannah Theatre. Sadly enough we also discovered that the bus stop actually never existed. But it was still fun to somehow feel like a part of cinematic history. (Pictured below: our excitement over the fact that we ACTUALLY found the spot).
Below Zero Dessert Bar and Cafe – They have the most amazing rolled ice cream and desserts. It’s worth the wait! You even get a front row view as they make your order!
Rocks on the Roof– Perched atop Marriott’s Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof is the perfect spot to grab a drink after a full day of activities. You have a full view of the riverfront with their 360-degree, wrap-around rooftop deck. Between the fire pit and the oversized lounge chairs, you may never want to leave.
We had so much fun making more memories in Savannah and just getting away for the evening. I am already looking forward to next year and the new places that we are sure to discover. If you have Savannah favorites of you own, let me know!