As an end to The Embarkiste’s Savannah Series (proceeded by her Shopping and Dining Guide) she has 72-hours to paint the town red and accepts the challenge with a pin-pointed schedule and plenty of vacant slots for spontaneity. Once she jets into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and steps out amidst the hot breeze, she’s ready to be charioted throughout the marsh-like low country and transported through time a century or two ago.
After checking into a charming B&B covered by wisteria and ivy, she grabs a quick lunch at her favourite spot in town, Back in the Day Bakery, before setting off on foot to soak in the city’s Spanish Moss trees and historical architecture, such as the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil famous Mercer House and the alluring Gingerbread House.
A photograph must be taken where Forrest Gump once pondered how life is like a box of chocolates in Chippewa Square, then after the afternoon slips into a later hour she glides into St. John’s Cathedral and loses herself within the gold gilded milky way upon the ceiling.
Of course, an escape to Savannah wouldn’t be officiated without a turn around Forsyth Park before slipping into something slightly more seductive and dining in a romantic little restaurant such as Local 11 Ten or Circa 1875. Then, once the night has approached with a velvety sky, perhaps a drink at The Bohemian rooftop bar or something slightly more silly such as a ghost tour.
Saturday kicks off with a spiked mimosa or spiced lavender latte at The Collins Quarter, followed by a morning of shopping on Broughton Street… of course in all of her favourite stores mentioned in This Guide. She is sure to stop by Terra Cotta and The Paris Market (where she always orders a French Garden Iced Tea in the café.) Then she is most happy to wait in line for the famous conquistador sandwich at Zunzis, a local favourite.
The Embarkiste enjoys nothing more than a jolly good “people watching” session and what better place to do that in Savannah than City Market or River Street, always filled with lively music, caramel scented bonbon shops, and candy-coated cocktails.
While Friday’s dinner was slightly cozy, Saturday’s is kicked up a notch and somewhere equally fun and delicious such as Jazz’d or Flying Monk Noodle Bar. Then, a classic movie or music show at the downtown Trustees Theater (which hosts a fabulous film festival) followed by a late night scoop of ice cream at Leopolds.
First, bottomless mimosas at Tybee’s Social Club whilst partnered with a mouth-watering brunch. Then she sets out for the sand… anywhere south of the pier tickles her fancy with the lack of tourist and sparkling waves which await her.
Back in town she ponders what her last feast should be (and refers to her Dining Guide for suggestions) before deciding on somewhere where every element of delectable, amorous, and refreshing are all wrapped into one, like The Florence or Cha Bella. And of course, one last glass of wine at Circa or a chocolate martini at Lulu’s will do her just fine.
Savannah is a city to be taken with and one that remains forever in her heart, even long after Monday morning has come and gone.
photo sources & credits : photo 1 via Alchetron // 2 via Hill Street Blues // 3 via Fine Art America // 4 via The Design Belle // 5 via Travel Noire // 6 via Magoolooping’s Blog // 7 via SCAD // 8 via Michael Woloszynowicz // 9 via Tybee BB // 10 via 10 Best *