The “Hostess City of The South”
Guest post by travel enthusiast Lauren Martiello
When heading to Savannah, two things to keep in mind: all the delicious food you’ll eat and all the walking you’ll need to do to walk it off. This was my first time in the “Hostess City of The South,” so I think this might be a helpful guide for first-timers, like me! A little about me: I am all about domestic traveling right now, most frequently use the Amaro filter on Instagram and am always on the hunt for the perfect burger.
My family picked Savannah for our annual trip this year because of its historical roots, its known beauty, my said passion for domestic traveling, and because, well, I wanted to sit on a bench and tell my life story to strangers.
My goal anywhere I go is to eat the best food I possibly can. I spend a good chunk of time on Yelp! before I travel to decide where I want to delight my palate, so, a lot of my tips will be about the best #eeeeeats.
I also like to absorb the local culture and explore the city on foot. So, while the trolley tours are great to learn the city’s history, I definitely recommended walking around as much as you can.
I hope you find these helpful and enjoy your stay at Andaz Savannah!
River Street Sweets
Usually I will avoid “tourist” sections of towns at all costs. I’m coming from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan so I’m not looking to be surrounded by swarms of people. But, I made the exception for River Street Sweets. You step in and the smell of sugar is all-consuming. They give you free samples of hot, fresh pralines as you walk in, which, naturally, had me hooked. I bought a pound and never looked back.
Also on River Street is the Savannah Bee Company, which I recommend you pop in to as well. The honey is local and delicious! Everyone was buzzing about it.
Where did I go with my pound of pralines? I went to one of Savannah’s 21 squares, which are beautiful and peaceful mini parks, every few blocks. In the picture above, you’ll see I’m at Madison Square, which made me think of one of my favorite places with the same name, Madison Square Park. I might have been jonesing for Shake Shack a bit, but the pralines definitely held me over.
Colonial Park Cemetery
The Spanish moss in Savannah was simply amazing — I have never seen anything like it! But I have to say, I think it is incredibly hard to capture on film (says the very amateur photographer). I thought some of the best trees were in the Colonial Park Cemetery and of course, Forsyth Park.
As I mentioned, I went on this trip with my family, and each of us got to pick an activity to do. One of my sisters picked a river cruise. My other sister picked a trolley tour. And me? I picked waiting on line for an hour and a half to eat Savannah’s best fried chicken. This was the pinnacle of our trip. Mrs. Wilkes is a special place where you walk into a dining room, sit with strangers (obviously, I loved this), arrive at a table where countless sides are waiting for you and fried chicken is being ushered out to you. Every morsel was delicious and it was a great “down home southern cookin’” experience.
Another great dining establishment was the Crystal Beer Parlor. And here it was, be still my heart, the best burger in Savannah. Try the Brown Ale burger and get a local brew, too!