Founded in 1733, Savannah, Georgia is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Savannah attracts many visitors from around the world to come experience its rich history, graceful architecture, cobblestone streets, historic buildings, great restaurants, parks, breweries and more. Dripping with Southern charm, a Savannah girls weekend getaway does not disappoint.
There is so much to see and explore in Savannah, it’s not a bad idea to try one of the many tours available to see the city. There are several unique tours available so you can see it all on your girls weekend.
Start at River Street
No girls trip is complete without shopping, and Savannah has plenty of opportunities to do just that. The best place to start shopping is River Street, of course. Who can resist the charm of the cobblestone roads, views of the river, boutique shops, and bars with take away beverages? Shopping can definitely be more fun with friends and cocktails. You will find many local handmade goods, tourist trinkets and more. Another fun spot for shopping in Savannah is City Market, a gathering spot in the city since the 1700s.
While on River Street stop in the historic buildings, like Savannah Candy, take a picture with Savannah’s Waving Girl in Morrell Park, and see the Olympic Cauldron monument. The flame traveled from Mt. Olympus, and burned throughout the Centennial Olympic Games in Savannah, where the 1996 yachting events were held.
Best tours for a weekend trip to Savannah GA
Savannah Slow Ride tour
When you are ready to take a rest from all that walking, but still want to see more of Savannah, jump on a Savannah Slow Ride Tour. While you get to sit down, you don’t get to necessarily relax. Savannah Slow Ride is a 100% pedal-powered tour of Savannah. There’s a bit of a cardio workout on the 15-person bicycle, but there are drinks to keep you motivated.
Savannah Slow Ride offers a traveling tabletop with a professional tour guide and DJ. This tour of Savannah makes stops at historic bars along the way. They’re are three different two-hour tours: the Pub Crawl, Historic Stories and the Boos Cruise.
Savannah brewery tours
Craft brews continue to grow in popularity and Savannah is brimming with choices. Many of the local breweries offer tours, including Service Brewing Company, Coastal Empire Beer Company and Southbound Brewing Company. As an added bonus, you can sip samples of their craft beers during the tour. When finished, stay around to catch live music and play some outdoor games. Moon River Brewing Company has affordable brews on tap and a wonderful beer garden.
Distillery tour in Savannah
If beer isn’t your drink of choice, that’s okay, Savannah has you covered. You can take a free 40-minute guided tour of the Ghost Coast Distillery. When you are done with the tour of this Savannah vodka distillery, head to the taproom to sample some cocktails. While this is a family-friendly tour, only guests that are of legal drinking age can try samples.
Best Savannah ghost tours
Savannah is considered one of “America’s Most Haunted Cities”. Savannah has been the place of wars, fires, deadly diseases, and slavery so it’s no wonder there is said to be a large amount of paranormal activity here. Just walking in one of the historic cemeteries can definitely give you the chills. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, taking a ghost tour gives you the opportunity to learn more about the history of Savannah and see more of this historic town.
Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl
If you think you need a little liquid courage to take on the haunts of Savannah, then the Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl may be for you. This two hour Savannah walking tour stops at several of Savannah’s haunted bars and pubs. For ages 21 and up only.
Savannah Slow Ride Boos Cruise
The 100% pedal powered tour has a ghost tour as well. The two-hours will travel past remarkable scenes from war battles, mass graves, haunted houses and landmarks. It’s definitely a unique way to explore Savannah.
If you don’t want to walk or pedal around the haunted streets, jump on one of the many Savannah trolley tours. Old Savannah Tours is a two-hour trolley tour that will introduce you to some the most famous spirits in Savannah. This tour will also take you inside some of the most haunted spots, including the rum cellar at The Pirate’s House.
What to do in Savannah GA
After trying the local tours and beverages, it’s time to relax at Forsyth Park. This beautiful park is perfect for lounging in the grass, having a picnic or throwing a frisbee. Dating back almost 200 years, this park occupies 30 acres in the Historic District. The iconic water fountain at the center is a landmark in itself, but the walking trails, Fragrant Garden, and a cute cafe make for a relaxing spot on your girls weekend itinerary. It’s one of the best free things to do in Savannah!
The oldest public art museum in the Southeast in Savannah as well. The Savannah’s Telfair Museum consists of two National Historic Landmark buildings circa 1820, the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House. You can also walk the contemporary Jepson Center, which houses unique exhibitions, tours and collections throughout the year.
Historic homes in Savannah
If you are into home tours, Savannah has them in spades. Check out the Andrew Low House (home to the founder of the Girl Scouts), Harper Fowlkes House (a stunning Greek revival mansion), Davenport House (beautiful Federal style brick home built in 1820), and the Mercer-Williams House (made famous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”). Each house offers a wonderful tour that provides insight to the home’s history and former owners.
If you are wanting to check out the Savannah nightlife on your girls’ weekend, The Rail Pub is at the center of Savannah’s nightlife scene. Located on West Congress Street The Rail Pub is two-story building with an outdoor courtyard, where you can often catch live music. Swing in on Friday night to score free fried chicken!
Where to eat in Savannah
Speaking of food, a few restaurants you will want to check out on your girls’ weekend in Savannah:
Treylor Park serves up a killer plate of nachos. But they aren’t your typical nachos. The Nachos Grande is waffle fries, pickles, fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese w/ chive ranch and balsamic gastrique oh my!
The Grey is an old Greyhound bus station that now serves up five-star dishes. They serve up artfully executed menu and you will love the restored Art Deco interior and incredible service.
The Olde Pink House is a testament to tradition and history. It is located beside Reynolds Square in Savannah’s only standing 18th Century mansion. The menu is tailored to the season, they are always creating with fresh ingredients. This is a fine dining restaurant.
Oysters are an essential part of the coastal-style cuisine in Savannah, so you can find them at many restaurants, especially on River Street. The Savannah River House Seafood located in the Historic District right on River Street offers fresh local seafood and a beautiful view of the river.
Where to stay in Savannah Georgia
If you are headed to Savannah for a getaway, I definitely recommend staying on the river. You can beat the views!
We always stay at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. It is across the river from River Street, so it gives a little break from the action but still has the river views. They offer a free ferry ride that goes to River Street continuously throughout the day. The rooms are gorgeous and we often find ourselves in the bar for a night cap after a fun day of exploring town.
The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection is a boutique hotel that is nestled along the Riverfront. Eat at the riverside restaurant and unwind at the end of the day at the rooftop bar with an extraordinary view of the city.
The Hyatt Regency Savannah is right off of River Street, so you are just steps away from shopping, eating, exploring…and all the action. They have a nice outdoor pation where you can relax and enjoy the river views.
There are also some amazing vacation rentals in Savannah that would be fun for your trip!
Where will you be planning your next girls’ weekend?
About the author: Tracy Shaw loves creating family-friendly recipes with a sip of good wine. When not at home, she’s out exploring Tampa Bay or off on an adventure out of town. She’s passionate about sharing healthy food and sunny advice. Find her at Food Wine Sunshine.