Length of stay: Two Night
Accommodations: The Brice
Travel Time: via Nashville 7 hours 10 minutes
Have you ever wanted to go someplace but were so scared the expectation wouldn’t quite line up with the reality of being there? I have put off a Savannah trip for so many years. Maybe like, 20 years. When I was about 16, I was addicted to road trips. I would drive anywhere and everywhere for a good show. From sweaty punk rock basement venues, to living rooms, to huge festivals – I was there, no matter the distance. Something in me loves the control of driving and being able to stop and explore on the way to or from. When I was 16 I wanted to go to Savannah, not for a show, but to explore it’s old haunting town vibes. Overtime as I constantlay drove north on I95 from South Florida, I promised myself a pitstop, and never did until the ripe age of 36, with husband and toddler on board. I very much regret waiting 20 years to visit this magical place.
There is nothing trendy about it really, the shopping wasn’t mind blowing, and being a vegetarian here took a bit of reach – but the actual town was the most comfortable I have ever been in a new place. The architecture, trees dripping with moss, the old town feel – all took over my heart. Fifteen minutes there, and I was pulling up real estate information.
Even though we usually start with looking to rent homes and apartments, we wound up at a hotel this trip because it was only over night and cooking and washing clothes were not a priority. We stayed at The Brice, which I highly recommend. Usually it’s pretty pricy, but we got 60% off, so it was completely worth it. Super cute little area, perfect for exploring. Even with a twisty toddler. We wondered down the road and down the steps to a throw back of cobble stone, street performers, and old fashioned candy. It was a very touristy strip, but also magical and simple in a way. I wouldn’t recommend making a day of the River Walk, but it was a nice before-bed-walk. Savannah was calm enough to wonder around most parts without feeling the high energy buzz of a city, but also had enough interesting stuff to explore. It was a really good balance for us.
The Brice is a small boutique hotel, has cute art, and is clean. Ask for a coffee maker upon arrival (they are per request and first come first serve!). The outdoor area is really cute too. We grabbed some food to go from Green Truck Neighborhood Pub and ate out there while Atlas played. I got the veggie burger and fries and was addicted to their homemade ketchup. It was pretty stellar of a burger as far as veggie burgers go. Joey enjoyed his meat burger a lot too.
If you feel like shopping, a good place to start is The Paris Market. It’s smaller than I thought it would be, but has a really well curated selection of gifts, and even a tiny cafe. Don’t forget to pop downstairs, there are even more home goods. The whole strip is walkable and cute.
They have arrival and morning treats and drinks, and it all felt very accommodating and that they payed attention to the details. The common area was very welcoming on the inside too. Way to go Brice, we will be back for sure.
We only stayed a night in Savannah, but we will be back for a full blown trip. We were searching in Atlanta, Savannah and Delray Beach for another Rich Hippies location, so we were in and out.
We did get to pop over to Tybee Island and wave at the ocean for just a moment, but didn’t spend too much time because we were heading to our favorite South Florida Beaches.
If you are doing Savannah with a toddler:
Walk along the magical trees. There is even an area that’s got palm trees lining a park. Savannah is kind of funky and cool with a LOT of tiny square parks scattered though the city. It’s nice to stop and walk under the trees and play. Across from The Sentient Bean and Brighter day was even a park.
If you are a vegetarian going to Savannah:
Kayak Kafe // for meat eaters and vegetarians, cute casual
Green Truck Neighborhood Pub // we got it to go, and it was excellent. there was a big line outside.
The Sentient Bean // it’s a cafe, very casual, hipsters collected at tables, and has great vegan options.
Brighter Day Natural Foods (next door to The Sentient Bean) // super duper impressed with the quality selection and vegan options. Great grab and go case too.