Travel Within Reach: Savannah, Georgia

Travel Within Reach is a feature that highlights vacation destinations that won’t have you traveling for days or make your wallet take a hit!

Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park

Good food, romantic lagoons and southern charm are only a few of the things that Savannah, Georgia has to offer. No matter if you’re a foodie, a history buff or a shopaholic, you’ll find tons of stuff to get into there. Chosen as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 US Destinations (ranking right in the middle at 14), it’s a great place to spend a long weekend when you don’t have the time or the money to jet out of the country.

I first visited Savannah a few years ago for work and fell in love with this southern town. Only a few hours drive from Atlanta, Savannah is easy to get to for most of the east coast and with 14 nonstop flights daily into the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport, it’s not too tough for non-east coasters as well!

Where to Stay

Luxe pick: Andaz Savannah

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Andaz Savannah

This Hyatt property is where I stayed when I spent a few days in Savannah. The hotel is beautiful and modern and actually reminds me of one of my favorite hotel chains, the W. The service was impeccable and I loved the trendy decor of my room. The Andaz is right in the heart of town, and I was able to park my rental and walk around town, taking in the sights. Location is everything! You’re only a few blocks from the riverfront and close to tons of restaurants and shops (which I’ll get to later). Since I was working, I didn’t get the chance to take a dip in their terrace pool, but if you do, let me know how you like it! If you’re looking for charm and a TRUE southern experience, I would say that is the only area this hotel falls short.

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Pros: Trendy, modern, location location location!
Cons: Lack of southern charm, price point

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Andaz Savannah Hotel King Hotel Room

Andaz Savannah

Moderate pick: Planters Inn on Reynolds Square

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Planter’s Inn Savannah

Now if you want southern charm – this is the place to go! Planters Inn is a boutique hotel with only 60 rooms. Although this hotel is downtown as well (making it easy to move around and see the sights), it’s not lacking in quaintness and charm. The hotel seems to pride itself on being a great location for a romantic getaway – so grab your significant other and book the room with the fireplace!

Pros: Southern charm, location, price point
Cons: no hotel restaurant, no gym or pool

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Room at Planter’s Inn

Planters Inn

Where to Eat

Savannah’s food is a mix of seafood and soul food – two of my favorite things! So you know I was eating good down there. Here’s a few places that are known for their grub in Savannah:

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Zunzi’s Take Out
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Papillote
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Wiley’s Championship BBQ
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Noticeably missing is Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons. I ate there last time I was in Savannah and found it to be terrible. The food was either overseasoned or not seasoned at all and it was a terrible disappointment. Save your money! Good food can be had elsewhere.

What to Do

Savannah has lots to do, so I guarantee you won’t be bored. Here’s just a few things you could do while there:

Take a ghost tour
Do a riverboat cruise
Ride the trolley
Take a Food Tour or Cooking Class
Go to a Spa
Hop on a Pirate Ship
See dolphins
Shop until you drop
Canoe or Kayak
Visit the beach

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All in all, Savannah is a gorgeous place to visit and won’t break your budget! Let me know if you end up taking a trip down there!

One thought on “Travel Within Reach: Savannah, Georgia

  1. Re Paula Deen: I’ve found that many celebrity chefs’ restaurants are actually disappointing. I wonder how many of them actually spending time eating at the place that bears their name.

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