My best friend in college grew up in Savannah. And she was fabulous. With a pretty Southern accent that could charm the pants off of just about anyone she came across. So when she invited us home for a Summertime visit, well, we knew that it would be something special. What we didn’t know, was just how very special that Savannah trip would be  - with sweeping gardens and French inspired architecture and food and food and food for days. It was magic. And Jeremy Harwell, photographer and friend who recently devoured every inch of Savannah’s most beautiful season, just might tell you the exact same thing. Click here to see his full, gorgeous adventure.

From Jeremy Harwell…I really love Savannah! It has such a soul and personality all its own. I love the history mixed with the modern elements as it’s such a great mix and makes the city feel alive and progressive.

FOOD

I stayed at the Mansion On Forsyth Park. The food here is amazing! The food at 700 Drayton (the hotel restaurant) is exceptional. I love the Drayton Plate with homemade Parmesan and chive biscuits, Georgia pecan crusted goat cheese, shaved country ham, savannah bee company honey comb, sweet grass dairy of Thomasville GA asher bleu cheese, and green tomato jelly. Also the Buttermilk fired chicken sandwich on toasted challah bread with bleu cheese slaw is so tasty! To top the meal off try the blackberry crème brulee.

A wonderful Brunch spot is Firefly Café.  Order the Habersham Hash!

A favorite for dinner is The Pink House

For a great cup of coffee try The Coffee Fox. My favorite is the Horchata Latte and the Café Con Leche.

For a quick lunch or ice cream try Leopold’s - a Savannah Landmark!

I love strolling all the beautiful squares and right off one of my favorites (Chippewa square) is The Public Kitchen & Bar. Go for the Club Sandwich and their homemade soups!

SHOPPING

Right down the street from Leopold’s, you can shop at another favorite – Paris Market

Just a short walk down on Bull St. It is one of my favorite haunts, Alex Raskin Antiques. This shop is 4 floors of amazing antiques and architectural pieces.

FOR FUN

The Lucas Theater  is a great for vintage films and musical events.

River Street is great for some quintessential Savannah flavor- I especially love the Jazz

E. Shaver Books is a lovely bookshop with a great selection of rare finds and new books.

Another one of my favorite shops is Shop SCAD. Filled with artistry of all kinds – from photography to jewelry – this is a mecca for creativity.

I always avoid touristy spots when I travel, I always seek local info from shops I love, they always give great recommendations for food and other shops they like, so all these spots are much less mainstream and hidden gems more or less!

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