I’ll be honest, Savannah was never at the top of my list. In fact, I never even considered a visit there. It’s not that I didn’t want to visit the city, it’s just that I did not know much about it. Boy am I kicking myself now! We only had one day in Savannah, but now I am wishing we had several days more to explore the beautiful Georgian city.
Stylekeepers dress, Celine sunglasses (similar here and here), Chloé flats (under $60 version here), Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Perla, Bag inspiration from Hallie Daily (similar here), Hair bow
Everyone told us that since we were already heading east to Charleston, we needed to make sure a stop in Savannah was on our itinerary. It’s only 2 hours south of Charleston, so instead of driving all the way back to Atlanta, we decided to stop there for a night. We left Charleston around noon and arrived in Savannah just after 2 pm. Our first stop was to check in at the Kehoe House hotel. It’s the highest rated hotel in Savannah and it was quick to see why. The house is absolutely stunning, full of incredible history, and the staff were all extremely polite and helpful in anything we wanted. The hotel is also apparently home to ghosts, but we didn’t hear or see anything during our stay so if there are ghosts, they are super friendly. We stayed in the Oglethorpe room on the third floor. The reason why I chose that room is because of all the windows plus it’s one of only two rooms that has its own private balcony (the other room with a balcony is the Johnny Mercer room). I knew Tor and I would want to have breakfast in our pajamas on our balcony the next morning, and you get to do that with the Oglethorpe room.
Unfortunately, we arrived sooner than the official check in time and since we were hoping to shower and change before lunch, we ended up missing our lunch reservation at The Olde Pink House. While we didn’t get to eat in one of their famed dining rooms, we still made our way over there anyway for a quick lunch at their bar (they stop serving lunch in the dining room at 2:30 and it was now 3 pm). After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll towards Chippewa Square because we knew that was the shooting location for Forrest Gump.
You know all those scenes were Forrest is sitting on the bus bench telling his life story to anyone who sits next to him? Those scenes were filmed on the north end of the square. The bench isn’t there anymore, in fact it’s now in a museum in town, but the square is still full of benches to sit on. We noticed a chocolate shop nearby, and of course we had to do it. You can’t come to Chippewa Square to sit on Forrest Gump’s bench and not enjoy a box of chocolates! Chocolat by Adam Turoni is conveniently located just south of Chippewa Square, and it’s a chocolate shop you need to visit even if you don’t have time to compare life to a box of chocolates on the Forrest Gump bench. It looks like a quaint bookstore (which made this bookworm feel at home!) but filled with amazing chocolate and truffles. You can select your own chocolates by opening up the glass cupboard and using delicate tongs to place your selections on your own little tray. We selected a lot of truffles, such as a mint truffle, a pumpkin truffle, and a habanero truffle that took me by surprise in our video below.
After munching on chocolate that was quickly melting in our fingers thanks to the ever present Southern humidity, we wandered a bit more south towards Jones Street. One thing I like to do before we head out on a trip is to use Google Maps to help determine some scenic spots especially to shoot in. After all, this is still a style blog, too. Jones Street and Barnard Street looked to be like a picturesque intersection, so we headed there. And it was stunning! The colonial houses and giant trees that looked like they were straight out of a storybook almost made Savannah feel like it was one big movie set.
As we strolled along Jones Street, I caught myself imagining living in one of those beautiful houses with Tor. Not only is each house full of history (some have plaques on them that state the year they were built – most in the mid 1800s!), but also full of character and charm. But I think it’s obvious if we had one of those multi-story homes in Savannah, I’d probably fill it with so many rescue cats (and books) that it would drive my husband crazy.
After walking back towards our hotel, we indulged in wine and hors d’oeuvres in the parlor. We then headed up to our balcony to watch the sunset before dinner. We didn’t get to see the sunset, however, we did get to watch an enormous thunderhead make its way towards the city. As it got closer, the lightning within the thunderhead increased which was fascinating to watch. We are from southern California, so now we find ourselves relishing in this kind of weather since we don’t get thunderstorms at home. The storm never hit Savannah directly, so we were still able to walk to dinner nearby. We dined at the French restaurant Circa 1875 for a romantic dinner, and to step up the romance a bit, I called ahead and asked to sit downstairs in their wine cellar. It’s quieter, a bit darker, and also has no cell service so there would be no business email or phone call to interrupt our meal. The next morning at Kehoe House, we enjoyed a made to order breakfast on our balcony delivered by the chef herself. They had informed us of the breakfast options the day before, and they must have known I was coming because one of the options was double chocolate and strawberry pancakes. Clearly I indulged in my usual sweet breakfast while taking in a view of Savannah waking up for the day alongside my man.
We only had 24 hours in Savannah, and now looking back we wish we could have stayed longer. I would gladly return to Kehoe House as well, since it’s in the perfect location and has some of the sweetest staff we have ever met on our travels. Be sure to check out our Savannah guide here for a complete list of our favorites in the city. And don’t forget to watch our little video below from our one romantic day in Savannah, Georgia!
Photos by Torrance Coombs