If you’re looking to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day, Savannah, Ga. proves to be a laid back and a historically unique city full of some of the most hospitable locals I’ve ever met. Its charming vibe makes it a perfectly southern spot for your sweet mother. From candy shops to its beautiful river views, you won’t grow hungry or bored. Grab a cold glass of sweet tea and join me on this unforgettable memory.
Mom is sure to add this trip with you to her mental highlight reel. Then, you can prove once and for all that you are and always have been her favorite.
Although Savannah, Ga. is very much a city with cars, Ubers and riverboats, I prefer to explore on foot. Every corner is packed with history, and, when in a car, I feel like I’m missing out on the charm. Let’s start your day at Maple Street Biscuits for a sweet cup of joe and a biscuit or two. Known primarily for their decadent biscuits, certain areas of the shop also offer community-style seating to help you get to know your neighbor. However, they also have smaller sized tables, as well. Their menu consists of salads, waffles, biscuits, bowls and, of course, biscuits. I highly recommend ordering any of their homemade jams! Maple Street Biscuits has a few locations, but founders Scott Moore and Gus Evans pride themselves on not being called a chain. Instead, they prefer to refer to as Community Stores serving comfort food with a modern twist. Make this your first stop, so there’s time to visit a second time.
Now that you’re stuffed with biscuits, it’s time to explore. Instead of starting the day walking down River Street, we normally walk South down Bull Street which takes you under moss-draped oak trees and through all of the famous squares (Johnson Square, Chippewa Square, Madison Square) and ends at Forsyth Park, which is a great place to take it easy. Here’s where you’ll see the locals and SCAD students gather. It looks like a storybook page has come alive. The neighborhood gathers for picnics, kite-flying, cycling and jogging. It’s a great place to bring the kids. On sunny days, you may see some live performances or open art-shows being presented on the stage or along the walking trails.
All that walking has got me hungry for lunch. Fortunately, there are a ton of options to choose from. Might I suggest Moon River Brewing? They have the best service we’ve ever had at a restaurant. I’m serious. We have never tipped more than what we’ve spent until we visited Moon River Brewing. They serve American cuisine, ranging from building your own burger to large plates of slow-smoked ribs, with a focus on hand-crafted beer. Although 21 W. Bay Street is a pub now, it has gone through a few different titles. The building itself was built in the early 1800s and was the first ever hotel in Savannah and welcomed guests like the Marquis de Lafayette. Next, it became the first-ever branch of the United States Post Office and then a branch of the Bank of the United States. Later, it was a warehouse and storage space before finally being renovated into the brew room you see today. Lots of history!
We then normally head back North along Drayton Street towards the Riverfront. On the Riverfront, there are some other great spots for lunch & there are a ton of tourist shops. Along River Street, keep an eye out for the Salt Water Taffy store where you can try free Salt Water Taffy made right before your eyes. If your mom is anything like my mom you will have to visit Savannah’s Candy Kitchen and Leopold’s Ice Cream. Leopold’s is celebrating 100 years of service this year and, although the line is always ridiculously long, it is so worth it! Founded by Greek brothers in 1919, quality has always been their aim. Their premium ice cream toppings and ingredients are all made-in-house, making it a must-see… or a must-eat.
With the endless amount of history here, visiting a church and admiring its stunning stained glass windows is not only a great way to walk off some of those calories but also allow mom to see the charm that makes up Savannah, Ga. at a very low price. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a painstakingly beautiful church with columns, murals and arches, unlike any other church I have ever seen. The vibe inside is a quiet and somber one that makes this stop more of a time of reflection. Pray a special prayer of thankfulness for your mom here. After all, you are so blessed.
With the day coming to a close, you may want to end the day with some dinner and either lite shopping or just taking in the river views. For dinner, I recommend the Savannah River House for some out-of-this-world seafood and dreamy beignets for dessert. One stop shop! I still dream about those cloud filled, heavenly treats. If you weren’t already feeling like Tiana from Disney’s “Princess and the Frog,” now there’s something to seal the deal.
Savannah, Ga. has a ton to see and do. There was no way I could jam pack everything into a single day. Your mom would be exhausted! Tell me what I missed in the comments below!