The Best Weekend Guide for Savannah, Georgia

You’re spending the weekend in Savannah – hurray! Here is the best weekend guide for Savannah, Georgia to make the most of your time.

I recently went on a 3-night trip to Savannah, Georgia with my mom and fell in love with this charming city. 

You’ll want to make the most out of your trip, so I’ve compiled a list of our recommended things to do and places to eat that are actually worth visiting on your short weekend away!

Savannah is a perfect destination for a girl’s trip, mother-daughter trip or romantic weekend away.

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Where to Stay in Savannah and How to Get Around the City

I highly recommend staying in the historical district neighborhood in Savannah. Where we stayed was right next to Colonial Park Cemetery and really centrally located so we were able to walk everywhere. We used Uber only to get to and from the airport. 

Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah’s Historic District

In this weekend guide for Savannah, Georgia, it’s important to talk about how to get around. We decided not to rent a car to save money in our budget and avoid having to worry about parking. Those Savannah streets are narrow!

Our Savannah Rental was around $300 a night. This is the Airbnb rental we chose and for the price it was exactly what we wanted. The kitchen was lacking in cooking tools and the bathroom could have been updated a bit more but overall, we loved the location. 

It was conveniently located between the Savannah’s riverfront and Forsyth Park. This was really important to us since we didn’t have a car with us. 

A few alternative accommodation options:

The Marshall House – awesome location along East Broughton Street with lots of shopping and places to eat.

Marriott Savannah Riverfront – When we go back this is probably where I would want to stay. We actually stopped in their lobby while walking along the river and it was beautiful! 

How Long Do You Need in Savannah?

We spent 3 nights in Savannah, Thursday through Sunday, and it was just enough time to get a taste for the city. With three nights you have time to explore the sights, sample Southern food, and build in enough free time to relax during your vacation.

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Don’t Forget to Pack These 2 Things for Savannah

I was definitely glad I had my umbrella and good walking shoes

The rainy days and cobblestones can make for a slippery mix. 

Also, you’ll be walking a lot and you don’t want your feet to get too sore. 

Fountain at Forsyth Park is so beautiful!

Visiting Savannah During the Shoulder Season

Shoulder season for Savannah is mid-September to November. We found Savannah in November to be a bit rainy but very relaxing!

A local shop owner shared that the area can get really crowded in the summer and early fall months. 

Although it did rain almost every day, we made the most of the weather and ventured out anyway! 

The best weekend in Savannah, Georgia can happen rain or shine, just be prepared.

I also found the prices were reasonable both for flights and our Airbnb during this month. I’ll always opt for visiting during the shoulder or off season for this reason.

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Things to Do in Savannah for the Best Weekend Trip

The Best Weekend Guide for Savannah, Georgia wouldn’t be complete without the best things to do in this area! There are so many things to do in the Savannah area and you could easily spend your days packed full of fun activities. Here are a few of the activities we enjoyed the most!

Walk Along Savannah’s Riverfront

Walking along Savannah’s Riverfront was a pleasant surprise. There are a ton of your typical souvenir shops, but it also features beautiful views of the river and the Riverstreet Marketplace, a charming open market full of local vendors.

Forsyth Park and Saturday Markets

Visiting Forsyth park was one of my favorite parts of the trip! The entrance into the park is the quintessential vision of Savannah. 

On Saturdays the entrance of the park is lined with a local farmer’s market and artists. I was so excited to pick up a beautiful painting of the park from a lovely artist!

Saturday market at Forsyth Park

Chippewa Square “Forrest Gump Bench”

This is the famous square where you can visit Forrest Gump’s bench! 

I will admit, I couldn’t find the exact bench. But I picked one and called it a day!

Besides being the famous movie filming location, it’s also a beautiful place to relax for a bit. In fact, Savannah has some of the most beautiful squares I’ve seen. 

Is this the Forrest Gump Bench?

E Shaver Bookstore

On your walk back from Forsyth park, stop into the E Shaver Bookstore. I loved how this bookstore was laid out with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. 

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Capitol Bee Company & Java Burrito

Located on E Broughton Street, this is the cutest little gift shop and honey tasting! The owners were so nice and were so patient as I bought a pair of kitchen shears for my husband and quickly realized I couldn’t take them on the plan and had to return them – whoops!

And it’s right next door to Java Burrito to stop by for a coffee or burrito!

Capitol Bee Co was such a cute shop!

Additional Things To Do in Savannah

There are a few things we didn’t get to do but I hope to next time! Check out these tours on Viator!

Savannah History Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour – This tour goes to over 14 stops in Savannah including the City Market, River street, and Market Square

Savannah Dark History and Ghost Encounter Walking Tour– Did you know Savannah is known as being the most haunted city?!

Tybee Island Cruise or Dolphin Tour – anytime on water is usually a blast and the chance to see dolphins is an added bonus!

Where to Eat in Savannah

We had such good food while visiting Savannah! Here are a few of our favorite places and meals to try while on your trip. 

Common Restaurant 

They have the best Country Fried Chicken & Waffle – it was so delicious! And a fun drink menu!

They had a great atmosphere in their 140 year old historical building. 

118 East Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 777-3742

M-Th 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm F-Su 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Java Burrito

They had the BEST espresso milkshakes. I didn’t even order it, my mom did. But the barista let me have the leftover cup with the extra milkshake and it was the most delicious surprise!

Like the name suggests, they also serve burritos in the back room!

Java Burrito – a great spot for an espresso milkshake!

Treylor Park – Hitch

This was our first stop in Savannah from the airport and was the perfect spot for lunch. We were able to walk to our Airbnb from this spot and were delighted to find a Shrimp and Bacon Quesadilla calling our names. 

300 Drayton Street Savannah, GA 31401 (888) 873-9567

Open Weekdays 11a-1a, Weekends 10a-1a

Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern

If you eat anything while you are in Savannah, it has to be the Low Country Shrimp and Grits at Boar’s Head. 

This was one of the best meals of my life. It could have been because I was starving but I found the grits incredibly creamy and savory. 

I would suggest making reservations, we were lucky to get a table!

1 Lincoln Street Ramp, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 651-9660

Wednesday-Saturday 11a-9p Sunday 12p-9p

J. Christophers 

Great spot for a local diner feel and a hearty breakfast. Opened since 1997, J. Christophers has expanded to 24 locations in Georgia and Tennessee. 

It definitely has a feel of a friendly, local diner. 

122 E Liberty, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 236-7494

Open daily 7a-2p

Final Thoughts

I loved our time in Savannah, and I definitely hope to go back again. Savannah is a great destination for a mother-daughter trip like I did, but it would also be great for a girl’s trip, solo travel, or a romantic getaway. 

Whether for a few days or a whole week I hope you enjoyed this weekend guide for Savannah, Georgia. Happy Traveling!