Savannah is a great place to live and visit; I moved to Savannah in 1990 and attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

I remember the summer of 89′ visiting the city and taking the college tour on the double decker bus riding along the city streets with palm tree and old oaks filled with Spanish moss thinking “this is beautiful.” Between the wonderful art program, the beautiful city, close proximity to the beach I was hooked!

SCAD Student Bus
SCAD Student Bus

Spent almost 13 years living in Savannah before I moved to Atlanta but yet still go back to visit family, friends and the city I love. As a local you tend to see your city in a different light and over the years I’ve been asked countless times where to stay, what to do, and most importantly what to eat!

Here are a few of my suggestions but please feel free to send me your specific inquiries if you are planning a visit soon.

Culinary Musts

A few of my top picks but Savannah really does have a unlimited amount of culinary delights. For more information click on the picture to be taken directly to their site. 

Garibaldi’s     Italian / Seafood
Ms Wilks House Southern family style long wait so get there by 9am for lunch
Ms Wilks House Southern family style long wait so get there by 9am for lunch
Crystal Beer Parlor
Crystal Beer Parlor Best burgers, crab and oyster stew and beers, historic atmosphere
Lady and Sons If you must hit a tourist location
Lady and Sons If you must hit a tourist location

I remember when in college the original location for Lady and Sons was a littler further west on Congress Street and Paula Deen and both her boys would work the restaurant. We would go there on Saturdays or Sundays after a weekend of partying to eat up the brunch buffet for a little hang-over cure. So I don’t go to the new location now, it just won’t stack up to what my memory holds.

Vinnie Van GoGos Best NY Style pizza
Vinnie Van GoGos Best NY Style pizza
Skylers in The East Bay Inn best east-meets-west
Skylers best east-meets-west Chef Moon is talented

Holland House is a place I would frequent for lunch. Its not downtown nor is it fancy but those ladies cook up some of the BEST home cooking each day. The menu changes everyday and they only serve lunch which includes your choice of main (typically they have 3-4 options) two veggies and bread options like cornbread or biscuits. It’s a real local place, for lunch get there early 601 E 68th St, drive to midtown. *No website*

The Crab Shack Tybee Island order the Low Country Boil
The Crab Shack Tybee Island order the Low Country Boil
Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack a Tybee Island ice cream tradition
Tubby's Tank House Thunderbolt
Tubby’s Tank House Thunderbolt

This is what I consider THE BEST KEPT SECRET and a pure fisherman’s place. Tubby’s holds a deep sea fishing tournament every season and always buys their daily fresh catch from these guys. Thunderbolt location ONLY (not River Street) order FISH OF THE DAY Mahi or tuna steaks 2909 River Drive Thunderbolt, GA


I highly suggest that you rent a boat for the day, with captain, to take you around the barrier islands. This is the BEST way to see Savannah and the beautiful homes including Paula Deen’s beautiful estate.

Hogans Marina
Hogans Marina Bull River Cruises
Miss Judy's Charters
Miss Judy’s Charters

Deep Sea Fishing is wonderful off the cost of Georgia. The Gulfstream is a 45 min boat ride but well worth the trip. Book a trip and catch your own fish of the day!

Ossabaw Island historical site
Ossabaw Island historical site

Or head out to Ossabaw Island for some native historical tours.

Club On drag show
Club One drag show

While not considered “family friendly” it is one of the best shows in town! The Lady Chablis only has a few shows per year now so catch her while you can. Otherwise the other ladies do a great job carring on the torch. Check Club One’s site for show times and dates.

SCAD Calendar of Events
SCAD Calendar of Events

SCAD events are always family friendly and some of the most fun you can have in the city.

Sidewalk Art Festival is held each year in April and the Sand Arts Festival is also held in April and sometimes early May.

Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure cemetery is one of the oldest graveyards in the US. The headstones and park are truly breathtaking and loaded with history. There are several tour companies that will take you there but you can visit on your own if you have transportation.

City Market
City Market

City Market always has something going on, festivals, live music and carriage rides.

Ghost Tours
Ghost Tours

During the Civil War a majority of Savannah burned down taking numerous lives in its fire. It is well known that Savannah is haunted and there are several companies that offer walking and driving tours.

Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is a National Park and the largest Georgia barrier island. You can get there by ferry from St Mary’s Georgia and spend the day learning about the history of the undeveloped natural habitat. There are many types of nature living on Cumberland including wild Feral horses and sea turtles. I recommend a day trip if you love nature and history.

Photo cred: JBerridge Wormslose State Park
Photo cred: JBerridge Wormslose State Park

Wormsloe is a Georgia State Park and is a bit of a drive to southside Savannah but I highly recommend taking a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty and history of this site.

Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse

Drink Up

Roof Top Bar                           

The Bar Bar                             

Six Pence Pub                          

Jinx (Velvet Elvis)                             127 W Congress St – Great live music

Kevin Berry’s Irish Pub          

Lay your Head

Mulbury Inn (Downtown)  which is now the Brice  

Ole Harbors Inn (River St)    

Planters Inn (Midtown)        

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Forest Gump Bench It is in the Savannah History Museum, but was filmed at Chippewa Square

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