I'm so glad my fab illustrator friend (and fellow Union College and SCAD grad alumn) Lis Sartori (Twitter) could offer up her insider tips for this "Local's Guide to Visiting Savannah" series. Without further ado, I present...
TRIP 2: LIS
1. Rest your head at the posh Mansion on Forsyth Park. It's a local favorite because of the wonderful spa (if you know a local, go with them - we get a discount!) The interiors are just gorgeous, and you can't beat the location: right on Savannah's "central park," Forsyth!
2. Head East of town to the islands for breakfast at The Breakfast Club on Tybee Island. This diner style restaurant only serves breakfast from 7 am to 1 pm, and I highly recommend sitting at the counter, as the staff are incredibly entertaining as they work. The food is delicious and filling, and it doesn’t hurt that the Breakfast Club was made famous for catering JKF Jr’s wedding.
3. If you are up for an adventure, stop at the Bull River Marina to rent a Boston Whaler. It is only $100 for two hours out on the open water. No previous experience driving a boat is needed, and it is an exhilarating and refreshing adventure, not to mention the best dolphin tour out there since the Bull River is a dolphin’s playground.
4. When you're all boated out, head back to Savannah for a late lunch at the Green Truck Pub. Everything served is made from scratch (including their delicious ketchup), is organic, and locally grown. If you are looking for the freshest, most feel-good hamburger you’ll ever have, this is the place for you.
5. Time to walk off that burger! Savannah is crawling with great antique shops, my favorite of which is the Wright Square Antique Mall. Stop in to browse through the vintage dresses or to see what interesting treasure you might uncover (I have recently started collecting jadeite and get giddy every time I stumble upon a piece in this quirky shop).
6. When it comes to dinner, Alligator Soul is a consistent hit. It is on the pricier side, but well worth it. I recommend starting with fried green tomatoes and then asking for an entrée serving of their shrimp and grits appetizer for your main course, as it is by far the best shrimp and grits in town.
7. Savannah is the perfect place to bar hop, as everything is truly within walking distance in the Historic District. Rocks on the River at the Bohemian Hotel is a fabulous rooftop bar that has great views of the river and all of downtown. It’s a contemporary, chic place to grab a drink (or two or three) to start your night as you watch the sun go down. Then I recommend heading down Whitaker St. to Circa 1875, where the lighting is soft, and the vibe is sophisticated yet relaxed. And, if you’re willing to keep the party going, stop by the Social Club for a mixed bag of clientele, from SCAD students, to tourists, to young professionals. The vintage photo booth is a guaranteed to keep you entertained and send you home with some interesting souvenirs.
EXTRAS: SCAD has an undeniable presence in Savannah, and one of the most interesting shops in town is ShopSCAD. Everything in the store was created by a SCAD student, alumni, or faculty member. It is a treasure trove for one of kind pieces of art, clothing, jewelry, and gifts.
Stay tuned for the 3rd and final trip next week with yours truly. :)