My blog is (temporarily) back from the dead to share a fun solo trip I took to Savannah, Georgia. I am pretty well versed in solo travel for business, but this was the first I’ve ever traveled alone for leisure–and I loved it!
Maybe it was because it was my first out-of-state trip since the pandemic or maybe it was because Savannah is an incredible city–or perhaps a little bit of both–but you must add the city to your travel to-do list.
Staying safe in Savannah
Prior to visiting, I read a few concerning articles about crime in Savannah. As a young woman traveling by myself, I was a little worried. But, by taking a few logical precautions, I never felt unsafe.
- Stay in a hotel in the historic district. It’s the epicenter of Savannah. Usually, I prefer an Airbnb outside of the main area, but staying in the historic district meant no long walks home by myself and that there was always a lot of people nearby. As an aside, I loved the hotel where I stayed (Andaz by Hyatt). On my last morning there, the front desk agent exclaimed, “You’re up later than usual!” It was comforting to know someone was sort of keeping tabs on me.
- Common sense. Do your research and note there are certain areas after dark that might not be great to wander around alone–just like in any city.
What to eat
The food in Savannah is insane, and in the best way possible. I never felt awkward dining alone, either. The city also loves a craft cocktail. These were a few standouts:
- Husk: Locally-sourced, frequently changing food and drink menu based on what’s available in the region. Reservations are a must, otherwise you’ll be waiting a while.
- Common Thread: Farm-to-table, locally-sourced food in a renovated historic home. Reservations are also a must.
- Fox and Fig: I never hopped on the avocado toast train until I had it at Fox and Fig, a plant-based cafe. Key lime avocado mash, pickled onions and an assortment of other garnishments on locally-baked bread will change you.
- Big Bon Bodega: Want the best bagel of your life? Go to Big Bon Bodega, where they serve wood-fired bagels, coffee and other goodies. There will probably be a line, but it’s worth it.
Views for days
Savannah is a beautiful city. There are 22 squares dabbled throughout downtown with monuments and Live Oak trees. The 30-acre Forsyth Park at the center is a prime picnic spot. The cobblestone streets, historic buildings, riverfront and stunning sunsets are an added bonus. Here are a few places to take in the views.
Other things to do in Savannah
- Get lost: Wander the streets and see what you find. Between the squares, shopping, rich history and gorgeous architecture, you won’t regret it.
- Day trip: There are lots of cool places just a short drive away. Head over to Skidway Island State Park, Wormsloe State Historic Site, Fort Pulaski National Monument or Tybee Island Beach. I particularly enjoyed Skidway and Fort Pulaski for their trails.
- Dive into Savannah’s history: I did a Genteel & Bard walking history tour and it was engaging and informative! If you’re a history buff, you will love this tour and the city, which is the site of many significant historical events that shaped the U.S. There are architecture, haunted and food tours, too.
- Museum hop: There are many art and history museums to choose from in Savannah. I opted to visit the Savannah College of Art and Design contemporary art museum and loved it.
This only begins to scratch the surface of this incredible city. If you’ve been, what was your favorite part?