Hi, friends! Wow, its been a minute since I have written a blog post, but I’m excited to be back today and share a few updates with y’all post wedding. Since Justin and I weren’t able to take our dream honeymoon we decided to still take a few days off to relax, post wedding. We started calling it our “mini moon”! We both had never been to Savannah, Georgia and it was within driving distance of Charlotte and looked to have good food and warm weather!
We opted to stay across the river in Savannah at the Westin Savannah Harbor. Its a beautiful resort with gorgeous views of the river and entire downtown area. Not only are the views great, the amenities we awesome! We opted to do a couples massage Saturday morning and it was the perfect way to kickstart our trip. Staying across the river is the best option if you want to experience Savannah without the hustle and bustle of staying in downtown.
We quickly learned that Savanah is one big party town. And while we did enjoy the open container laws in the city, it was quite a surprise to us to see so many bars and restaurants packed with visitors still in the middle of a pandemic. I can only imagine how busy Savannah would be post pandemic. The nightlife is definitely vibrant and I can see why so many choose to visit Savannah for their bachelor and bachelorette parties!
While Savannah may be busy, taking a walk a few blocks in from the river and you are greeted by some of the most beautiful town squares and parks we had ever seen. There are over 20 squares in downtown Savannah and each has its own unique landscaping and feature. Forsyth Park in Savannah was my favorite destination of our entire trip. People where sprawled everywhere in the park on picnic blankets, playing music, reading a book – it really was such a beautiful park. We grabbed a few beers from the nearby restaurant Collins Quarters and laid in the grass for at least an hour enjoying the sights and people.
When it comes to dining – we did a lot of research to make sure we tried the best that Savannah has to offer. Travel for us equals trying new food and we take that very seriously! We had a great meal at Collins Quarters on Friday night. The menu is as unique as the candle lit atmosphere and the cocktails are great! Saturday we HAD to try Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons. You can’t beat the price for the large portions of good ole’ southern cooking. Saturday night we tried the Fat Radish which was highly rated. The atmosphere was unique but overall the food didn’t dazzle. Sunday brunch was spent sipping mimosas at Repeal 33 which was the only restaurant during our entire stay that had temperature screening in place as part of their COVID protocol.
Overall the food in Savannah was good, the parks where beautiful and the city was bustling. It was however not a very COVID safe destination. Masks appeared optional at most locations and no one really practiced social distancing. It may have not been the experience we expected but we are glad to have checked it off of our bucket list all the same.