Updated: Nov 8, 2020
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Due to pandemic life, travel options are naturally limited, much to my chagrin! But since nobody can stay in the house forever (hello, cabin fever!), my husband and I decided to make the four hour drive to visit a place we'd heard much about, but never visited before: Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a place rich with history, beautifully restored homes and buildings, and an alluring southern charm that permeates city lights twinkling on the river and towering oaks draped with Spanish moss. Without further ado, I'd like to share the "Best Of" list we compiled during the course of our short trip. If you have a favorite spot that you think should have made the list, drop a comment or share it with us in The Princess Posse Facebook group! I'd love to try it the next time we visit!
We stayed at a very cute boutique hotel called The Present, which was built in the 1850s and once housed a brothel and later, an artist's studio. The building itself is stunning, with original fireplaces and exposed brick details, but all the modern upgrades you would hope for in a hotel stay. There are 15 rooms to choose from, but the one we stayed in had a divine double-shower bathroom that I really wouldn't mind having in my own house! The supplied toiletries were an excellent touch, consisting of a luxurious peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner, and rum body soap. The room itself was on the smaller side, but very clean and pleasant, which is exactly what we were looking for.
This restaurant is an absolute treasure! It's located in a beautiful old brick building and everything on the menu looked amazing! We went for lunch and the quality was top-notch, although they serve breakfast all day. The breakfast at the neighboring table looked quite exceptional as well.
The Old Town Trolley is a must if you're going to be in town for a few days. For a flat fee, you can ride the trolley from any of its 15 stops all day and enjoy a narrated tour delivered by the friendly trolley driver. Savannah is a very walkable city, but if you really want to see it all, the trolley is a must to keep your dogs from barking (read: feet from aching). It stops at nearly all the top points of interest, and if you stop at their booth on River Street, you can purchase a package that includes trolley fare and attraction admission for less than it would cost to purchase everything individually. I do appreciate a one-stop shop!
Touting itself as one of the top 10 best ice cream parlors in the world, Leopold's doesn't disappoint when you're in the mood for a sweet treat. Rich and creamy, their ice cream is the perfect answer to a hot southern day, and they have several signature flavors to choose from. If you're visiting in autumn, I recommend the pumpkin ice cream; it tastes just like a slice of pumpkin pie!
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
STUNNING. That's really the best word I can use to describe the Cathedral Basilica. The neo-gothic church once burned down in 1898 and was rebuilt back to its original majesty shortly thereafter. If you love stained glass craftsmanship, this is a stop you need to make. The cathedral also houses a massive pipe organ and soaring arched ceilings. The volunteer docents are very knowledgeable, so don't be afraid to ask questions! Admission is free, but a $3 donation per person is appreciated.
Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist