Plan a trip to Savannah, Ga, The Hostess City of the South.

Once or twice a year my husband and I will drop our children off with grandparents and go on an overnight date close by, usually for our anniversary or some other occasion. It’s always nice to have a chance to slow down and breathe, even if it is just for one night. Over the Labor Day weekend we went to Savannah, Georgia for one of these sans children getaways.

savannah fountain

This was just our second visit to “The Hostess City of the South,” but it didn’t take us long to notice that Savannah has somewhat of a multiple personality. Not in a bad way, by no means. For such a small city, Savannah offers a little bit for everyone. Quite the variety to be sure in a small walkable city. From the lively atmosphere of River Street to the quiet squares (21 in all!) that sprinkle the city, Savannah befriends all types of visitors.

Here’s a peek at River Street and the Georgia Queen riverboat.

river street savannah

Our first trip to Savannah was last year, late November. The huge ginkgo trees were shining in bright yellow. They were monster trees for sure.

ginkgo trees in savannah ga

Savannah is blessed with an abundance of fabulous restaurants. And when the city touts “The Hostess City of the South,” there’s no doubt they deliver good on their claim in the dining category. It’s difficult to choose which restaurants to try. We’ve enjoyed The Olde Pink House, and The Firefly Cafe, but there are so many wonderful delicious choices to be discovered. While all the restaurants we’ve dined at were yummy, The Firefly Cafe with it’s quaint, friendly atmosphere was a place we’ll certainly visit again. And right outside their door is Troup Square. It’s such a lovely, quiet section of Savannah.

Troup Square is the square which houses the church where James Pierpont, Jr. composed “Jingle Bells” in the mid 1800’s. A one horse open sleigh couldn’t be farther from the mode of transportation at any given time in Savannah, GA. That must’ve been wishful thinking on his part.

flowers in savannah georgia

Savannah offers a grand selection in accommodations. Last year we stayed in a bed and breakfast in a quiet residential neighborhood close to Forsyth Park. The Gastonian was everything we were looking for in a quiet respite away. While a little on the pricey side, The Gastonian offers breakfast (because it’s a bed and breakfast),as well as afternoon tea and evening cordials. It was certainly a treat as we celebrated our anniversary. They have an awesome suite perfect for honeymooners. Check it out here.

Over Labor Day weekend we stayed in a different part of town, close to shopping, dining and River Street, at Avia. They were offering a discount for SC, GA and FL residents but I would hurry back discount or not. I cannot say enough about the excellent service. The staff was impeccable and friendly, beyond what was called for – they made you feel right at home. The friendliness relayed to the guest because, while it was a chic boutique hotel, the atmosphere was really casual, relaxed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. You can check out Avia for yourself here.

savannah georgia park

Savannah is definitely a place we’ll return to often. If given the chance, you should let the city impress you too.

If you have had the pleasure of visiting Savannah, Ga., was there a favorite place to shop, eat or sleep?