Michael and Ellen

Planning Your Visit

Places to eat & drink:

Mrs. Wilkes – Bypass the Lady and Sons crowd, and enjoy the local’s’ favorite fried chicken and southern food.  
Tubby’s Tankhouse – They have a fantastic fish selection – everything is fresh and caught that day! This is my local seafood place of choice.
Gryphon Tea Room – Sweet little tea spot, great for a walking break.
The Bohemian Hotel: This is located on Riverstreet. Take the elevator to the top floor for Rocks on the River. It’s a great rooftop bar that overlooks the river. It gets packed, but the drinks & views are not to be missed!
River Street Sweets: RSS is the original Savannah praline! Ellen worked here during high school and the pralines and salt water taffy are divine.
Clary’s CafeAnd easy walk (and a recommended one) to a solid Savannah staple. Breakfast basics and homemade pastries made this place a perfect spot for a free period during high school for Ellen.
Soho South Cafe – Yummy, yummy grilled cheese and shrimp & grits and an eclectic art collection. Best sweet tea with fresh mint – and so cute. They have a new bar that’s worth the trip as well.  
The Distillery: If you need a craft beer fix, this is your place.
Tequila’s Town Mexican Restaurant  – Michael loves the molcajete and Ellen recommends the street tacos.
The Public Kitchen & Bar – Great location, awesome food and cocktails.
Huey’s – Great for Sunday brunch. You can’t get out of there without ordering some beignets!
Wet Willy’s* – Stop in to grab a frozen adult beverage, and walk the rest of Riverstreet enjoying it.
Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub – The most authentic Irish pub in Savannah. Stop, grab a seat on the top porch and have a drink.
Vinny Van Go-Go – Easy, yummy, qick pizza spot in City Market.
Back in the Day bakery – (West of Downtown) – Get your sweet tooth fix – this place is my favorite for cupcakes and baked goods. Also great for a breakfast on the go!
Cotton and Rye – (Just west of Downtown) Yum. Yummy. Yummier.
The Vault (Just west of Downtown) – Asian fusion, great cocktails.
The Florence: (West of Downtown) Gourmet italian restaurant
The 5 Spot: (West of Downtown) Great place for lunch or to grab drinks – southern food with a little edge
Green Truck: (West of Downtown) Great burgers, it’s always packed!
*Savannah is an open container city, meaning you can take a beer to go from most restaurants and bars. Ask for a to-go cup

Things to see & places to shop:

Broughton street – This street has been rejuvenated by tons and tons of cute shops. Prime downtown shopping.
Riverstreet – Multiple shops and restaurants with a view of the Savannah River. Try to contain your awe when one of the container ships floats by!
Paris Market – You cannot miss this shop. It’s on Broughton and it is fabulous.
E. Shavers Booksellers – Ellen’s favorite bookstore in town. They’ve been there forever and their staff is so knowledgeable and friendly. It’s tiny and in a little historic building.
Savannah Bee Honey – Broughton street – our own local honey, they have tastings going on all day so stop in and have a lick or two!
Shoppes on Whitaker between W. Charlton and Taylor street – multiple boutiques can be found on this tiny stretch. Linens, ladies clothes and stationery are a few of the gems here.
Emily McCarthy Shoppe (West of Downtown) -Cute lifestyle and stationery shop.
Savannah Squares – Walk through them, look at the various sculptures and monuments.
Colonial Park Cemetery – Sherman’s soldiers rubbed off dates and names, and knocked over tomb stones, that can now be found nailed to the brick wall in the back of the cemetery. Supposedly the most haunted cemetery in Georgia.
Bonaventure Cemetery (East of Downtown) – I know. Another cemetery? Yes. This place is on the water, the tombstones are old, azaleas are everywhere, and it’s on the bluff. This is also where Michael proposed.It’s located in Thunderbolt about 10 minutes from downtown.
Walking ghost tours are fun, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Forsyth Park – You can’t miss it – it’s enormous and full of SCAD students!
Tybee Island – If you’ve rented a car, take a spin out to the beach. It’s a 15 minute drive from downtown.