by christine victoria alexander

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Last Sunday we whisked the girls off to Savannah for a much needed family vacation! We have visited Beaufort, Charleston, Litchfield and Hilton Head but have never been to Savannah or Tybee Island before.

We stayed in the prettiest suite located over a waffle and coffee shop in downtown Savannah. It was walking distance from nearly everything and right across the street from a small park where the girls could scooter and get the wiggles out every night. If you're planning a trip to Savannah I cannot recommend our host and this beautiful suite enough. Everything was so pretty, comfortable and clean, and the bathroom was fully stocked with Public Goods' (natural/clean!) shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, etc. 

We had originally planned to tire the girls out every day and then pack us all into the big king bed at night and hopefully all pass out together. (Except Madeline, of course. She was in her travel crib.) That idea did not work and at 1am the first night Isaac and I hopped out of bed (because clearly we weren't sleeping) and made up the pull out couch in the next room for the girls. They did great together and we kept that arrangement for the rest of the trip! We are not currently an "all in one bed" kind of family. 😅

Here's a link to the airbnb: 

If you don't need the extra pull-out couch there is another rental in the same building for just two people that I'll link here. Can you get over how gorgeous these rooms are?! 

We are not, by any means, seasoned travelers or experts on the city of Savannah, but I thought I'd include a list of the places we enjoyed if you are planning a trip of your own!

The Paris Market / hands down my favorite stop on our whole trip! Named "The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Georgia" by Architectural Digest. It's like all the best things from Paris came together in one store: pastries, macarons, antiques, children's pieces, collectibles, jewelry, kitchen wares, ribbons, oh my goodness, I could have spent hours here. 

The Coffee Fox / delicious coffee (according to Isaac), fresh gluten free muffins, conveniently located right across the street from The Paris Market. What's not to love?

Henny Penny / sister company to the The Coffee Fox - it's a coffee shop / bakery combined with an art space for kids! I so wish the girls could have sat down and created something here but the art space was closed due to you know what. That didn't stop us from grabbing a bag of gluten free muffins, peanut butter cookies and energy balls to-go!

Leopold's Ice Cream / famous ice cream shop owned by movie producer, Stratton Leopold. The line was out the door every time we went by - definitely a local favorite. The only reason we stopped in was because they offer a dairy free ice cream which is rare to find at any ice cream shop. I thought it was a little sweet but I have heard rave reviews about the real stuff.

Sekka Bikes / next-door to Leopold's. We didn't end up renting bikes since we brought a stroller and scooters with us, but a bike ride is one of my favorite ways to see a city. 

Forsyth Park / the "Central Park" of Savannah. 30 acres of fountains, trees, walkways, playgrounds, and more. The ultimate gathering spot for locals and visitors. 

Ellis Square / there are lots of little historic "squares" in downtown Savannah. This one has a splash pad for kids and a life sized chess set. It's right next to the City Market and a block away from Paula Deen's retaurant, The Lady and Sons. 

Johnson Square / a couple of blocks down from Ellis Square. This one has a big fountain and a ton of benches. Would be a nice shady spot to eat your lunch!

River Street / full discloser: we totally forgot to see River Street. It was on our itinerary but somehow we missed it! I would have loved to watch the boats pull in. 

Wormsloe Plantation / we didn't forget Wormsloe. The iconic live oak backdrop is even more incredible in person. If you have small children just go take a picture under the oaks (for free) and then be on your way. If you're up for a walk, purchase a pass and enjoy the extensive walking trails all over the property. 

Tybee Island / a quick 25 minute drive from Savannah. I won't say it's my favorite beach but it was nice to get out of the city for a day or two and be on the beach. Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum are located towards the north part of the island. 

Kayak Kafe / vegan and gluten free options, great choice of salads, sandwiches / panini, and tacos. We ate here twice because it was so easy to grab and go. 

The Grove / "sophisticated-casual restaurant" with a rooftop bar. Super fun vibe and delicious food. Isaac said he would drive 4 hours in a minute just for their fried okra. Gluten free menu made it easy for the girls and I. We waaaay over-ordered here and had to roll ourselves home. 

Fox & Fig Cafe / another sister company to The Coffee Fox and Henny Penny shops. A vegan cafe featuring "locally roasted PERC coffee, Leopold's coconut cream milkshakes, house made cashew hemp lattes, wine, and a brunch-centric menu served all day." I reeeeeally wanted to eat here but it just wasn't Isaac's thing. I should have mentioned the milkshakes a few more times. That probably would have convinced him. If you're a health nut at all go here for me and tell me how it is! 


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