Last October, I had the chance to take a solo trip to Savannah, GA. Living in North Carolina there are so many great weekend trips you can take, drive east and you can get to a beach in no time, drive west and you are in the mountains. Also, it was really time for another solo road trip (one of my favorite things to do!) October was a perfect time to explore Savannah, not to hot that you start sweating the minute you walk outside, but not too cold that you need to leave the hotel with a bunch of layers on.
I stayed at the AMAZING Brice Hotel, this Kimpton owned hotel only opened a few years ago, and was perfect. The decor had all been updated, the staff was fantastic, and it is in a perfect location. Also the best beds I think I have ever slept in…like seriously I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud.
I drove down on a Saturday morning and after checking into the hotel, walked around the historic district for most of the day. As per usual, when I am planning trips it is all about where I’m going to eat and where the best shopping is, so here is a top ten list of my favorite stops for the day.
- The Coffee Fox- For the caffeine addict, the first question is where is the best coffee? And how quickly can I get there? Conveniently located on Broughton Street in Historic Savannah, this quirky little coffee spot was the perfect way to start out my morning.
- Savannah's Historic District has some great shopping, specifically Broughton Street. You can find anything from your name brands like Urban Outfitters, Gap, and J. Crew, to sweet locally owned Boutiques like The Savannah Bee Company, Prospector and Co. and Chocolat.
- The Paris Market and Brocante has to be one of the best places to find some really cool treasures. This Market and Cafe has some great selections of housewares, jewelry, candles, gifts, antiques, and you can get some pretty great macaroons while you are wandering around the store, always a win!!
- For brunch I stopped at The Collins Quarter. What else says brunch like Eggs Benedict and Mimosas? The food and staff were amazing, and it was a great way to rest my feet and get recharged for the rest of the day.
- While checking out all the beautiful town squares that Savannah is famous for, you may stumble upon E. Shaver Booksellers. . This cute small bookshop has a wonderful selection of local authors and artists (as well as some really sweet cats that like to lounge around the store). I bought a great antique map of Savannah to add to my collection and some really sweet poetry books.
- Shop SCAD has a wonderful collection of art, jewelry and gifts made by the students of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and if you have a chance to head over to the SCAD Museum of Art, its worth the trip for sure!
- The Squares of Savannah, there are 21 in totally and they are all named after or in honor of a person or historical event. Its one of the many unique things that makes Savannah what it is. If you walk along Bull street you can pass by several of them on your way to Forsyth Park. The squares coupled with all the spanish moss and large trees make Savannah seem like a place full of stories and magic. Also I was there over Halloween weekend which just seemed right, you know?
- After freshening up at the hotel, I enjoyed dinner at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar located in the Brice hotel. This italian restaurant was superb and the Pan Toasted Gnocch was so good!
- After dinner I headed over to the Trustees' Theater for the final night of the Savannah Film Festival. Each year the Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a week long film festival. I was able to score at ticket to the final night of the festival, and a screening of the new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light (it was great btw).
- After the movie, I headed next door for a little late night ice cream treat at Leopold's. The line was out the door (which is always a good sign), and the ice cream cone was the perfect end to my night.
- I fell in LOVE with Savannah on this little mini vacation and on a side note if you've never taken a solo trip before, WHY NOT? There are so many benefits, even if its just a little weekend getaway. I think its time I write some solo travel tips soon, yes?