ACTRESS & LONG DISTANCE RUNNER
Cecilia Arango is an avid runner and performer in the local arts scene.
To cover the most ground while exploring Savannah and Tybee Island, try running. Surrounded by live oaks draped with Spanish moss, Forsyth Park offers ample space and beautiful scenery to enjoy on a run. Tybee Island’s McQueen’s Trail is a peaceful, 5.6-mile trail surrounded by beautiful marshland and wildlife that runners won’t want to miss.
After your run, treat yourself to a shake or scoop at Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street. This classic, Savannah spot is the perfect place to relax and indulge on everything from an ice cream and cookie sandwich to a decadent sundae.
Theatres in Savannah, like the Lucas and Savannah theatres, offer visitors and locals alike the chance to catch everything from live acting and musical performances to vintage films. Look at show lineups in advance of your trip to avoid missing out on this Savannah must-do.
Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar, located in The Brice – A Kimpton Hotel, offers beautiful salumi plates, formaggio boards and locally influenced Italian cuisine, which creates a top-notch dining experience. Enjoy aperitivo hour, an Italian tradition uniquely observed at Pacci, in one of the best courtyard dining areas in the city.
The Coffee Fox is the perfect spot to start off your day or cap off the night. Craft coffee drinks that are brewed all day are served up side-by-side with cocktails, beer and wine at this trendy cafe.
ARCHITECTURAL TOUR GUIDE
Jonathan Stalcup is the owner of Architectural Tours of Savannah and is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
When you’re walking around Savannah, it’s often advised to look up in order to take in all the architectural delights this city offers. Take an Architectural Tours of Savannah tour with Jonathan Stalcup and you’ll be surprised at the intricacies you never noticed before. The tour points out the many different styles that mesh to make the beautiful gem that is Savannah’s Historic District.
Kayak Kafé, with two Savannah locations, is a favorite for foodies looking for fresh fare in a hip setting. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friendly, Kayak Kafé’s flavors are light and natural just like its décor.
Telfair Museums’ three locations include the Jepson Center for the Arts, which houses modern works, the Owens-Thomas House, which is decorated in home furnishings and art from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the Telfair Academy, which contains nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art. A visit to Savannah is not complete without a tour of these art collections!
As one of the newest neighborhood cafés, The Collins Quarter is a clean-cut, Australian coffee lab and wine bar that is the place to be for gathering with friends and family. Order an espresso with a pastry or a local farm-to-table plate with a craft beer selection and you won’t be disappointed.
Jared Hall is a musician in the gypsy swing ensemble Velvet Caravan, which is based in Savannah and performs nationally and internationally.
Live music fills numerous bars and venues throughout Savannah. For a classy night out, head to The Mansion on Forsyth Park’s Casimir’s Lounge for live jazz music on Friday nights and delicious craft cocktails. For a more energetic scene, head to The Jinx, a local dive where bands of all type put on shows each night. Venues like The Lucas Theatre and music festivals offer world-class, live, musical performances that will complete your getaway.
If you’re craving hearty, brewery-style food, head to Moon River Brewing Company, located on Bay Street. Sit in the outdoor beer garden to enjoy Savannah’s warm temperatures and people watching. Grab a plate of The Grey’s Saturday lunch special and kick back in the restaurant’s outdoor space to enjoy live music and incredible Southern fare on select weekends.
Take a walk through Savannah to check out the 22 park-like squares placed in a grid throughout the city. You’ll stumble upon these beautiful, live oak-covered spaces, and notice that some are home to fountains, some display monuments and all showcase Savannah’s natural beauty. Head to Ellis Square, for open spaces and to let your kids play in the fountains.
Rooftop bars like Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian Hotel and Top Deck at The Cotton Sail are great hotspots to grab a drink with friends while enjoying a view of the breathtaking Savannah River. Take a group of friends and toast to a weekend well spent in Savannah!
Tybee Island, also known as Savannah’s beach, is situated 20 minutes east of historic downtown, making it the ideal day trip. Climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse for panoramic views of the island, take a dolphin tour or just relax on the beach while listening to the waves hit the shore.
Schedule a two-hour Little Tybee and Sand Bar Tour through East Coast Paddleboarding with a group of your closest friends for a fun day on the water. You’ll get to explore Little Tybee Island, an uninhabited island that is home to many species of wildlife.
Stop at Huc-a-Poo’s or Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp for a selection of low-cost, authentic island cuisine. At Huc-a-Poo’s you’ll be able to enjoy pizza and beverages, while you’ll find barbecue and steamed, peel-and-eat shrimp by the pound at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp.
Break up your day with a trip to the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts, which features contemporary art created by renown artists from around the world. Visitors will enjoy exhibitions that are updated frequently, and a children-friendly ArtZeum, which offers an immersive experience for kids of all ages.