24 Hours in Savannah

From Tybee Island, Savannah is a short 30 minutes drive. We walked Tybee Island's beach early in the morning then headed to Savannah (you can read more about our time at Tybee Island here). We were walking around Savannah by 9:30. It was overcast so it wasn't too hot, perfect strolling weather. We started our day down by the river on River Street where we watched the huge boats drive by, sampled delicious pralines, and bought some art for our house. They have cute shops and restaurants all down that road.


 



Before we got too far, we stopped at Vic's on the River for lunch. It was highly recommended and did not disappoint. My crab salad and grits were delicious!


Then we began our walk through the town. We headed straight down Bull Street which takes you through several parks. They are so gorgeous!



I stopped by Savannah Bee Company on the walk since it was also highly recommend. It is such a cute store. I wanted to return later for a mead tasting but we didn't have the time. We made our way to the biggest park, Forsyth Park. It is a huge park with a pretty fountain, playground, and grassy fields. There is a famous cemetery just beyond the park but we did not make it there.



Then we started our walk back since our hotel was closer to River Street. By that time my legs were tired! We walked 4 miles on the beach that morning then a few more miles around Savannah. A World Cup game was about to start, England happened to be playing. So we stopped in an English pub, the Six Pence Pub, to watch the game. We met the nicest people from London there! It was a much needed break! I was happy to be sitting and my husband was happy to be watching soccer, win-win.


It was mid-afternoon which is snack time. We walked past this ice cream store that had a line way out the door. That was a sign it must be delicious and it was!


We headed to our hotel to check in and went to relax by the pool for a little bit. It was so refreshing. We stayed at the Andaz Savannah. I got a great deal on Priceline. If we were to return to Savannah, I would definitely stay at the Andaz again!


Not long after we headed back to our hotel room to get ready for dinner. You can see how cute the hotel room was! I loved the gingham chairs.

We decided on The Ordinary Pub for dinner. I wanted to go to Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady and Sons, but it has some mixed reviews. I heard the food is mediocre but if you are a fan of hers you'll enjoy it. I wasn't willing to compromise on okay food so we went to the The Ordinary Pub. It sure did deliver! I had the seafood gumbo with grits, so good!

We ended the night walking around, grabbing some drinks, and listening to live music. We stopped by The Georgia Tasting Room and got wine slushes. AMAZING! They are similar to a slurpee but much tastier and with wine!



The following day we woke up and headed home around 10. Our 24 hours in Savannah was so full and so much fun. To be honest, I never understood the appeal of the city. I've been to Savannah with my parents as a child and I asked my dad, "Why did you bring me to such a dirty city?" Can you believe that? I didn't think it was dirty when we visited, I loved it! I can definitely see visiting again, especially because it isn't that far of a drive. There are more restaurants I'd love to try, a ghost tour and mead tasting I'd like to do, and more parks to get lost in.

Here are all the places that were recommended to me to try:

We couldn't get to them all but the places we did go to was fantastic. I did go to The Coffee Fox for coffee both mornings for cold brew coffee, delicious. I also stopped in E Shaver Booksellers. It is an amazing book store that has cats!

Have you been to Savannah? Do you have any other recommendations?

Tybee Island


Years ago, Phil and I saw a House Hunting episode where they were looking for a house on Tybee Island. Ever since watching that episode, Tybee Island was somewhere we wanted to visit. It is funny because while visiting Phil told me, "I have always wanted to come here since watching an episode of House Hunters." I then replied, "Me too! We watched that episode together!"


We drove up on a Tuesday morning and were relaxing on the beach by 2pm. It was wonderful not to dedicate an entire day to travel, only a half day.  It was lovely having a couple solid hours at the beach followed by a lovely dinner after the drive.


We ate at a sushi restaurant called Raw Ingredients. It was very delicious. You order at the register then they bring your sushi over to you on a lovely platter, rather than having a waiter. I highly recommend if you are visiting the island!


After a long day of driving, the beach, and dinner, we walked around a little bit then back to our Airbnb and called it a night.

The following day our main goal was to relax at the beach. We slept in then walked to get breakfast at the Sunrise Restaurant. We both ordered pancakes which were yummy. This restaurant looks like an older diner. The prices were low and the food was what you'd expect. I'd give it a solid 4 stars out of 5. There is another breakfast place, The Breakfast Club, right around the corner from Sunrise Restaurant. It also had very good reviews and a wait outside but we didn't try it.

After breakfast, went to the grocery store to pick up lunch. It is called IGA Tybee Market. There is a small deli in the back where they also make sandwiches to order. The sandwich was SO GOOD! I wish I'd taken a picture of it. I could not stop telling Phil how good it was!

After breakfast and lunch were taken care of, we went on a long walk on the beach.


Fun fact: You can see very large ships go by on the north side of the island. They are headed to and from Savannah.


After the walk, we  plopped down for the rest of the day. It was a mix of reading under the umbrella, swimming in the ocean, and bringing up my chair and sitting by the water.


Thunder and rain began around 3. We headed inside for a couple hours. We decided to get a proper seafood dinner, being so close to the water. We went to Sting Ray's Seafood. See our feast for two below. My favorite was the crab legs. There was so much food that neither one of us ended up eating the corn or coleslaw! Highly recommend Sting Ray's Seafood! The wait staff was friendly and there was a great live musician performing outside.


After dinner, we walked to the pier on the beach to check it out.


You can fish off the pier and this gentleman caught a small shark!



The following morning we woke up early to catch the beautiful sunrise and went on a very long walk. Over 4 miles!




As a Floridian, I am used to beautiful beaches. Tybee Island is not the most beautiful beach I've ever been to. It isn't even in the top 10. If you are looking for a beautiful beach with turquoise water and soft, white sand, that is not what you'll find. You will find nice waves since it is the Atlantic so body surfing or boogie board surfing is possible (not as possible in the Gulf of Mexico). You'll find a great beach to walk and bike on. The town is adorable, small, and very walkable if saying closer to the pier. Even though the beach isn't spectacular, we had a great time and got away. It is fun to explore somewhere new, mission accomplished!

The town is an older beach town. The restaurants and area are not super modern or updated. It reminds me of Daytona Beach. It is much different than Hilton Head or Sandestin which are more upscale. This did not bother me but you won't find super posh hotels on Tybee Island (or we did not find them if they exist) but there are some beautiful houses!

Have you been to Tybee Island? What did you enjoy about it?