My college roommate, Andrea, and I have always had a knack for weekend roadtrip getaways. They're typically spontaneous and poorly planned. Regardless, we end up having the time of our lives. This last weekend, we took the 4.5 hour drive to Savannah. We had a hotel booked and done a single Google search on "fun things to do in Savannah, Georgia".
With nothing planned and a full day ahead of us, our first stop was the rooftop bar of the Homewood Suites by Hilton, where we were staying. Our bartender, Marsha, was so kind and welcoming. She told us about all of the bars, restaurants, and everything else the city had to offer. We knew we wanted to walk around, at least a little bit, and she guided us in the best direction.
After a few drinks, we headed down to the River Walk. It was lined with shops, restaurants, and a few street performers. The track you see in the middle of the road is for the trolley that rides around the city. They offer a variety of trolley tours, however, many locals told us it was easier and more worth it to explore on your own by foot. If you're looking to learn about the history of the town, I would suggest giving the trolley tours a try. They typically last 90 minutes.
After roaming around for a while, doing a little shopping, and watching some of the street performers, we decided to grab a bite to eat. We stopped at Lizzy's Tequila Bar, which is right there on River Street. The margaritas were strong, the food was great, but the restaurant was really quiet. There was no music playing and I'm not sure if it's like that all the time, or if we came on a weird day. But it made for a little bit of a weird vibe. Still a very cute place to eat.
One of my favorite parts of Savannah is that you're allowed to have open containers on the street. We went back to our hotel, made some mixed drinks at our hotel and figured out the rest of the night. We decided to go on the Slow Ride, which is basically a giant bike. It's hard to explain in words so here's a picture:
As you can see, there are bike seats that line the entire contraption. Basically, we peddle and the man in the middle (our tour guide) steers. We peddled to a few different bars and on the way, he told us ghost stories and tales of Savannah's history. He was hilarious, welcoming, and knowledgable. It was great to be able to stop at multiple different bars, each of which had a different specialty drink. When you sign up for Slow Ride, you get a wrist band that gives you discounts at each of the bars-- which helped our wallets tremendously. I would say don't leave Savannah without doing the Slow Ride!
The ride went from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. but we weren't quite ready to turn in for the night. Luckily, we met some awesome people on our Slow Ride and we all decided to go out together. The bars let us bring in our drinks from other places and I was shocked, but it made for a great bar experience. There was a wide range of bars- from chill beer gardens to crazy clubs. We spent most of our time at Tree House, which is a pretty typical bar. You walk up a flight or two of stairs to the main room, and it 100% resembles a tree house on the inside. Usually, bars have a specific "vibe" and you can tell right when walking in. There's a specific "type" of person who goes there. But Tree House had a diverse crowd (in all manners) and everyone was having a blast. The music was from a mix of genres AND decades. I would definitely recommend it.
The next day, we spent shopping and walking around. We stopped at Treylor Park for lunch and I have to say-- as a picky eater, it was intense. Andrea didn't believe me that I would be able to find something to eat there. In her defense, the only thing we were told about from their menu was the "PB&J wings". And she's right, I would absolutely never eat them. We ended up going anyway, because we heard it was a must-stop and I was determined to find something I liked. They do have a few "normal" items, but most of it is "weird" combinations. We got the nachos-- they were waffle fries instead of chips, with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, chive ranch, pickles, and potentially some other things I'm forgetting.
I won't lie-- they're probably the best nachos I've ever had. Absolutely incredible. The service was good, the food was incredible, and the place was trendy. It had a great "homey" vibe. I would say that even if you're a picky eater, you should stop in and try something.
After that, we were pretty much exhausted. We did a little more shopping and walking and around 3 pm, we crashed and headed home. Overall, Savannah was beautiful. It was filled with history, art, culture, kind locals, and amazing food. Definitely worth a weekend, or more!