Savannah, Georgia | What to eat, see & do

We stopped by Savannah, Georgia - the first planned city in America! It was filled with beautiful parks, Spanish moss trees, and tons of History.


Where to Stay:

Foley House Inn

We stayed in the: Westmorland - King Room 304

*It is centrally located to everywhere you want to go, great price, 4-Star rating, parking out front & great views from the balcony! Free wine served in the lobby every evening.


Where to Eat:

Fox & Fig Cafe

We ordered: Fox Burgers, add cashew cheese!

*Beyond Burger, caramelized onion, arugula, agave-dijon, pretzel bun, Voodoo chips


Dessert:

Leonard's Ice Cream

We ordered: Vegan Coconut Ice Cream with Strawberry topping

*All ice cream is made in house!


What to Do:

My Top 5

1. Find Forrest Gump bench.

Location: Chippewa Square

The filming location for the opening Sequence in the film, 'Forrest Gump' no longer has a bench (currently in the local Museum), but there are plenty of benches nearby for a nice picture!













2. Take a sightseeing tour.

These can be on the Old Town Trolleys or a Walking Tour. They have several in Savannah. Because of COVID-19, we opted out of this, but it's a great way to see all the hot spots with a knowledgeable guide.














3. Go on a House Tour.

Savannah is FULL of historical homes waiting to be looked at. And the homes are beautiful. Because of COVID-19, many home tours were closed, so we didn't get a chance to see one. They even have Juliette Gordon Low's childhood home (she is the one who started the Girl Scouts). Just walking around Savannah was enough for us because of the beautiful homes and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and squares.









4. Visit Forsyth Park

Location: Forsyth Park

This fountain is the most 'Instagramable Spot' they say. It's definitely been in a number of films, and is really beautiful. The park is a great place to have a picnic, lounge, or take a walk around.












5. Visit A Cemetery

Location: Colonial Park Cemetery

*Savannah has some really great historical cemeteries. The one we were able to visit was from the American Revolutionary War times. They have clearly marked several graves to tell you the story of the person, which I loved. Another great cemetery to visit is the Bonaventure Cemetery, which is Savannah's oldest.


Additional Tips:

If you know Lukas and I well, you know how we like to get in the spirit of wherever we are visiting. So here are some tips on what to do to get in the 'Savannah Vibe'!


Watch:

Forrest Gump - Tom Hanks plays Forrest in one of my favorite films of all times. Lots of scenes were shot in Savannah.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - A very interesting 1997 crime drama with John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, and Jude Law. The story is all about Savannah, so you'll see tons of filming locations.

The Office, season 6 episode "Murder" - In this Office episode they play a murder mystery game that takes place in the South. Ed Helms does a great Savannah accent too.


Read:

Savannah Blues - A story about a woman named Eloise who is an antique collector trying to navigate a new divorce and a recent murder in Savannah. We listened to this on Audible on the way to Savannah because the accents were too good to pass up. It's from 2000, so it can be a little risqué.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - The film is actually an adaptation of this book.


Listen:

Gregory Alan Isakov & The Lumineers - These two bands have an amazing laid-back, indie vibe that goes perfectly with the vibe of Savannah.



Hope you enjoy your trip to Savannah!

-Lauren










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