Savannah Smiles 9

History, Shopping, Dining Make for a Great Girls Getaway

Your to-do list is never finished. You’re juggling many roles. You wake up with an anxious feeling that you’ve forgotten something. When was the last time you had some you time? Just you, the woman—not the daughter, wife or partner, mom, CEO of household, employee at work or homemaker?

It’s time for a break from responsibilities, to recharge and have fun. Time for a girlfriends’ trip! And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Savannah, Georgia, is less than an eight-hour drive from Franklin, a doable weekend destination. Temperature-wise, May is the perfect month to experience this charming and beautiful old South costal getaway with historical roots. It’s a truth universally accepted that a great girlfriends’ weekend includes fun things to do, shopping, and food, coffee and wine, and Savannah has it in spades.

Do

Mercer Williams House Museum

429 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401 | 912.236.6352

Haunted Gothic mansions, like the Mercer Williams House, popularized by author John Berendt in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and actor Kevin Spacey in the movie of the same name, are prevalent in Savannah.

Shop

Broughton Street

Located in the heart of historic downtown Savannah | Savannah.com/Broughton-Street

Hit the shops on Broughton Street, some of the best shopping to be had. It’s a few blocks long, and jampacked with an eclectic mix of boutiques and retail chains, as well as antique stores and thrift shops. The Paris Market and Brocante is a must see for one-of-a-kind items is

Eat

Vic’s on The River

26 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401 | 912.721.1000 | VicsOnTheRiver.com

Enjoy the great views of the Savannah River and the crawfish beignets at Vic’s. Gen. William T. Sherman’s officers used the 1859 historical building for lodging and planning. The main dining room displays a map that was hand-drawn by Union soldiers showing Sherman’s march from Tennessee through Georgia. 

Eat

The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern

23 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401 | 912.232.4286

For more Savannah charm, have dinner at The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern, which is a Georgian mansion built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr., a founding member of the city. It was named for the pink shade of stucco covering the brick and is known for great Southern fare and excellent service.