Getting it Together on the Road: Savannah

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The Southern US often gives me anxiety. Do you know it’s absolutely impossible in 2014 to find a coconut water in southern Virginia? That’s not the kind of place I want to call home. Savannah, however, is different.

I’ve been going to Savannah on a semi-regular basis since I was a little girl. One branch of my family had the wits to get out of the north so I have traveled to the Paris of the South for weddings, races, vacations and of course – time spent visiting my family. Savannah has all the charm of the south while still being a part of the 21st century.

Below are some of my highlights of Savannah.  If you ever need more suggestions, feel free to e-mail me, tweet me, send me a note via carrier pigeon.

Shop
Savannah actually has a great shopping scene. When I get married, I’m going to decorate my entire house with stuff from Paris Market. Paris Market is filled with finds from flea markets and estate sales from – you guessed it – Paris, as well as the rest of the world with different cities and countries being represented at any given time. Currently the store is filled with finds from Egypt and India.

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Upstairs at Paris Market

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Downstairs at Paris Market.

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Dying for this to be what my house looks like.

Besides Paris Market, Broughton Street also has Anthropologie, Kate Spade and Marc by Marc Jacobs outposts, just to name a few. If you want to find something a little more local with a smaller price tag, stop by Red Clover, whose offerings channel Francesca’s Collections, albeit with an even smaller price tag.

Eat
Savannah has options for just about every appetite. Go for complete gluttony at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, where you wait in line for a lunch of meatloaf or fried chicken, plus over twenty different side dishes and desserts, all eaten family style. I’ve done it once, many years ago, which was enough.

If you want to have a cute and quirky brunch with your girlfriends, I suggest Soho South Cafe. They have all the American-bistro classics from salads to sandwiches to quiche, with mismatched tables to boot. If you have to wait for a table, their bar area is super cute, too.

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The bar at Soho South Cafe.

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House Mixed Salad at Soho South Cafe, complete with added chicken and avocado (of course).

I’m also obsessed with Your Pie, the Chipotle of the pizza world. Read more about my obsession with Your Pie.

If you’re still hungry, I also suggest getting the falafel at Zunzis or grabbing a coffee at Gallery Espresso, conveniently a block from Red Clover.

Play
Obviously, being a beach babe, my seriously favorite thing to do in Savannah is go to Tybee Island. The drive is beautiful, the beach is clean, and there are a ton of cool shops and restaurants on Tybee.

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Beach is better.

There’s always a race going on in Savannah –  or go for a loop around Isle of Hope for some stunning views, old plantation houses and an abundance of Spanish moss. Frosythe Park is also a mile around, so you can do loops around there and it affords some great people-watching. On Saturdays there is a Farmers’ Market there as well.

Drink
The Bohemian Hotel has a cool roof-top bar. The crowd is kind of older, but if you’re a girl, that means someone will probably buy you a drink.

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With my cousin Jaime at the Bohemian Hotel in Savannah. Champs on champs.

I’m also a fan of Abe’s on Lincoln, mainly because there are Lincoln Logs. It’s super dive-y but also super fun.

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Clearly not the most flattering photo of me ever, but I should have been an architect.

Chat with me:
What’s one of your favorite cities to visit? When you’re traveling, which do you love most – shop, eat, play or drink?

30 comments on “Getting it Together on the Road: Savannah

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on April 4, 2014 8:59 am

Never been to Savannah but I reeeeeally want to go to that Paris Market! Seriously, how perfect is it? Not even a real question because I can tell by the photos that it’s SO PERFECT. Yay for older crowds and free drinks ;)

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 8:58 pm

Haha yes if you go you have to go to Paris Market… THE BEST.

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Davida @The Healthy Maven on April 4, 2014 10:01 am

Some of the pics aren’t loading for me :( Can’t wait to come visit you in Savannah one day even though I have no clue where Savannah is…

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 8:58 pm

Georgia! And don’t worry, you just have to get on the plane and I’ll do the rest.

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Jaimie Renee on April 4, 2014 10:47 am

We need to go back to Savannah ASAP for some more family bonding. We need to adventure to more old pirate hang outs.

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 8:59 pm

YES PIRATE HOUSE. No more Abe’s on Lincoln.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on April 4, 2014 11:53 am

Am I a horrible person for saying Vegas is one of my fave places to visit? I’m not even huge on gambling or anything, but that place is just fun. The energy of the place is amazing, and you can head out of the city to do some hiking if you need to get away. I hope I can make it out there this summer!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 8:59 pm

No that isn’t horrible at all! I’ve never been to Vegas, so it’s good to hear it’s more than just gambling – had no clue about the hiking, which makes me want to go more!

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Davida @The Healthy Maven on April 4, 2014 4:45 pm

I see london…I see france…

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Almost Getting It Together on April 4, 2014 4:50 pm

I had to do a double check – actually, I’m safe, because my undies were pink… because they were showing in the rest of the Abe’s photos!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on April 4, 2014 7:59 pm

Savannah is a fun city!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 8:59 pm

Definitely agree!

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jessielovestorun on April 6, 2014 9:48 am

Oh how I’d do anything to visit Savannah & venture around Paris Mkt. It looks out of this world amazing!!!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:00 pm

Yes, and I thought I loved Anthropologie…

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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats on April 7, 2014 4:54 am

Your pics have seriously made me want to go Shop, Eat and Drink in Savannah. It all looks amazing :) I’ve not travelled to the South of the US either so definitely want to do that too.

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:00 pm

Yes, the Southern US has some gems… Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans…

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Amy @ Long Drive Journey on April 7, 2014 1:33 pm

Haha welllll, I’m southern, so… ;)

I think overall, my homies (aka those below the Mason-Dixon line) get a bad rep. Yep, it’s harder to find healthier food, but it’s easier to find absolutely delicious food. So, trade-off I’m willing to make? Absolutely. I’ve heard great things about both Savannah and Charleston, though I’ve never visited either. Looks like you had a great time.

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:01 pm

I definitely like to consider myself Southern since I grew up in WV… so true about their food. Maybe not healthy, but DELICIOUS. If you ever have to venture through WV, stop at a Tudor’s Biscuit world. Totally worth it.

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Brittany (@batrentham) on April 8, 2014 2:36 pm

love all the pics!! I love Savannah.. my brother and sister in law live there! We are actually going for a visit this summer!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:01 pm

Oh yay!! It’s so fun. Let me know if you ever need any recommendations!

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Lauren on April 8, 2014 3:03 pm

YES! I’ll be in Savannah at the end of June for a conference! Definitely checking out these places and maybe asking you for more recommendations!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:02 pm

Yes please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or need any other ideas :)

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on April 8, 2014 4:02 pm

This makes me want to explore Southern US! Honestly, Toronto has to be one of my favourite cities to visit. I’ve always lived in smaller cities or in residential areas, so being downtown TO is overwhelmingly awesome to me (geez, how small town do I sound?)

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:02 pm

I really want to visit Toronto… well, I’m going next month! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. You don’t sound small town at all!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities on April 8, 2014 11:15 pm

Okay, I could get LOST FOR DAYS in that Paris Market, I went to their web site… Uh Oh. A tornado of purchasing is about to ensue! LOL!!!!!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:03 pm

Should I apologize to your bank account?

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GiGi Eats Celebrities on April 10, 2014 11:53 pm

Oh yes, yes you should!

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Ashley @MilesonOats on April 10, 2014 5:40 pm

I love traveling back home to Seattle! It’s by far my favorite city, ever. When I travel I want to eat ALL THE THINGS. Then go shopping, because life isn’t complete without a little retail therapy every now and again.

Side note- can we swap legs?! Yours are killer woman!!

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Almost Getting It Together on April 10, 2014 9:04 pm

I’ve never been to Seattle, or the Pacific Northwest at all!! I REALLY want to visit before the end of the year :)

And thanks girllly yours ain’t bad either :) So we can def swap haha.

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