Best Coffee Shops in Savannah, GA

1. Foxy Loxy Print Gallery & Cafés

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If you’re looking for a great time with friends or even with the community, Foxy is your place. Each week, Foxy offers a great environment and fun activities. Some of the best nights are Fire & Wine, every Saturday night, and “Movies in the Courtyard” every third Friday of the month. Other entertainment held weekly at Foxy includes acoustic night, poetry slams, and knitting/stitching/crocheting. Try to visit Monday-Friday from 5pm-8pm to take advantage of their $2 lattes and Lone Stars. The best thing about Foxy is that it stays open later than most coffee shops around town. My favorite combo is a latte with a cookie dough brownie!

2. Mirabelle Café & Suites

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If you’re looking for beautiful Savannah scenery, Mirabelle is magical. Grab a seat outdoors, in front of the café, and watch the horse carriages and Olde Savannah Trolleys stroll by the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Mirabelle’s prides itself in authentic Liege Belgian waffles, while offering a sweet twist to the tradition called the “Georgia Peach.” They also offer sandwiches, Panini, salads, and pastries, but I’ve only tried their coffee and waffles, which I give two thumbs up!

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3. Savannah Coffee Roasters

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Savannah Coffee Roasters is ideal for so many reasons. It’s spacious for big groups, it offers gluten-free dessert options, and its seating arrangements are great for studying. As far as entertainment, Savannah Coffee Roasters has tons of board games that you can check out and play with friends from 4pm to close. They also offer chess tournaments, improv theatre, and high tea.

4. Shuga Girl Sweet House

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Fairly new to the area, Shuga Girl’s is all over Instagram, and for good reason! This coffee and sweets shop is beautiful inside with blush pinks, golds, and a nice 20’s vibe. Their coffee is one of the best that I’ve tried in the area. It’s not as dark of a roast and requires less cream and sugar. They also have crepes and pastries that are sure to couple nicely with your hot or iced coffee.

5. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

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If you want an atmosphere that brings joy to your heart, Bitty & Beau’s is the place for you. This coffee shop is completely staffed by employees who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their tagline is “Not broken,” which proves 100% true once you meet these amazing baristas. Although it looks small from the front, the shop actually goes pretty far back, offering plenty of seating. It is located right behind city market, making it a great location for a little break between sightseeing. One helpful suggestion that I have is to ensure you bring your credit card. So the baristas can focus on customer service and coffee brewing, this shop only accepts card payments.

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6. Way Station Coffee Co.

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Way Station is about 20 minutes from downtown Savannah in a suburb called Richmond Hill. This little shop made it to the coffee list because it actually has, in my opinion, the best tasting coffee along with Shuga Girl’s. The atmosphere is spacious, light and airy, which is perfect for studying or visiting with friends. They often have fun events geared toward children or supporting local businesses. So before you go, check their Facebook page to see if they are offering anything that day.

I’ve made a printout of my favorite coffee shops that I hope is helpful for your Savannah travels. Click here for the printable PDF or just screenshot the list below.

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Sincerely,

Katie O.

Tybee Island Itinerary and Accommodations

Hey everyone! Here are all my favorite things on Tybee Island that I think you might like too! I’ve attached an itinerary and a great vacation home to stay in while you are there. Zac and I stayed in this rental with friends over spring break and loved it!

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If you want to take it with you and check it off, here’s a Printable Tybee Itinerary.

We loved this Tybee Vacation Rental that was perfect for large groups! Here is a quick video that shows the inside. It is 2 stories and has 7 beds. We easily fit 4 cars in the gravel driveway! Here is $40 off if this is your first time using Airbnb.

Unique Things to do in Savannah, Georgia (Not your typical Google Search list)

Savannah is known for its nostalgic cobblestone streets, old buildings, and carriage rides. Once you’ve walked River Street, strolled Forsyth Park, and toured the giant Cathedral, what’s next?

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Here’s a few things to do in Savannah that are beyond the normal tourist sights:

AR Artwork

Here’s a fun one. AR Workshop is actually a franchise, but Heather Nelson just opened one up on Liberty Street in Downtown Savannah. This studio offers workshops for all types of handiwork, including chunky knit blankets, plank art, wood clock centerpieces, and several other crafts that will make you feel like a Pinterest queen. You can go right to the AR Workshop Savannah website and look at their calendar to sign up. If you’re hosting a bachelorette or birthday party in Savannah, AR offers private events as well.

https://www.arworkshop.com/savannah/#schedule

Savannah Bee Co. Hive Tour

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Although it’s at their Wilmington Island location, the Sav Bee Co. Hive Tour is definitely worth the drive. The Savannah Bee Company raises their own bees in hives right outside their shop and are happy to let interested visitors take a look. The tour is $10 and comes with an educational preface about the science of bees and honey making, which I found very interesting. You will put on your trendy beekeeper hat and see where the magic is made. If bee tours aren’t your thing or you want to hang around a little longer, Sav Bee Co. also offers mead tastings (fermented honey-yum!) for $10.

You can book a tour online through their website: https://savannahbee.com/bee-garden/

Butterfly Ballroom Dance Lessons

Ever wanted to learn to ballroom dance? This one’s for you! Butterfly Ballroom offers dance lessons from 8pm-9pm and a free dance afterwards for only $10 per person. Bring your significant other and learn a few moves so you can look like you know what you’re doing at the next wedding you attend. This event is nothing fancy, it’s a jeans kind of atmosphere and super laid back. They also offer different levels so you can improve no matter what stage of dancing you are in.

Check out their website for more info: https://butterflyballroom.wixsite.com/butterfly-ballroom

Improv Theatre and Board Games at Savannah Coffee Roasters

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Savannah Coffee Roasters not only has an appealing design and large facility, they also offer some pretty unique activities. Also located on Liberty Street, Sav Coffee Roasters has Libertea High Tea every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am,12pm,1pm, and 2pm. This elegant setup is the perfect way to capture the old southern style Savannah. It’s $20 per person and includes items like cream puffs, macarons, chocolate éclair, fruit tartlets, etc., but the menu varies.

Another interesting event hosted by Sav Coffee Roasters is a Murder Mystery Dinner every Friday evening at 6:30pm. Their improv theatre actors known as The Odd Lot Team will provide an entirely improvised murder while you enjoy a three-course dinner. This event Is $40 and can be reserved online.

If you’re looking for a more casual experience, check out Sav Coffee Roaster’s Game Menu that’s completely free, just buy a coffee or dessert because they’re delicious. From easy games like Uno to strategic games like Pandemic or Catan, they have it all! You can check out a game with your driver’s license, grab some friends and a table, and play all night. There’s no windows in the back, so you can really get lost in the competition. My friends and I unknowingly played Catan from 4pm to about 8:30pm. We were shocked to see that it was dark when we walked outside.

https://www.savannahcoffee.com/event

Hearse Ghost Tour

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Ok, this one is definitely unique, but let me preface it with a few disclaimers. It’s cheap– like $20 bucks, while most Savannah tours are $30 and up. You literally sit in the back of an old hearse (breathing in the fumes and all) with raised seats so you can see out of the top. It’s spooky, it’s hokey, it’s an experience. Like all tours, your guide makes or breaks the tour. Our poor guy broke it, but we heard the one right before ours was amazing! He was wearing bone necklaces and drumming skeleton bones together around the hearse to “ward off bad voodoo” and all that good stuff. He has a long, gray beard if you want to try to specifically request him, but I don’t know if that’s possible. This experience is on the unique list because you ride in a hearse. That’s pretty cool, right? Just realize you are paying $20, and the tour guide will determine the intensity of it all.

I hope this helps in planning your next trip to Savannah! Feel free to email me at katiewentthere@gmail.com if you need any help figuring things out!

Here’s my Airbnb discount if you want to find a cute apartment to stay in downtown:

Katie’s $40 off discount

-Katie O.

Savannah, Georgia Tour Guide: A welcoming gift from locals to visitors

Savannah, Georgia has tons to offer when it comes to delicious cuisine and nightlife. Restaurants vary from super fancy to casual and fun. They even have plenty of coffee shops perfect for getting work done or taking a load off from sight-seeing. So many options can get overwhelming. I will be in this city for 1 year and know that there’s no way I’ll be able to experience everything. So, to narrow the list, I asked a few locals their favorite places to eat, drink, and explore in hopes to give you some guidance while you visit this lovely city.

If you are a military family, you may also want to check out this post -> The Ultimate Savannah, Georgia Guide for Military Families

Here is a tour guide I created for you with the help of my local friends. Screen shot it or print it out and mark it off as you go!

Savannah Guide

Here is the PDF if you would like to print it out: Savannah Tour Guide

Savannah has beautiful historic apartments and lofts available through Airbnb.com.

Here is $40 off your first purchase of $75 or more!

 

The Ultimate Savannah, Georgia Guide for Military Families

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Being stationed in Savannah, Georgia has been so much fun this year! The city is lively, beautiful, and full of community. As an Army and Coast Guard town, Savannah businesses are so generous to show their gratitude in forms of discounts and even free tickets! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Savannah as a military family:

Ft. Pulaski

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As a national state park, Fort Pulaski is free to all military and their dependents. Tours are offered every few hours and cannon demonstrations are given on the weekends. The cannons are actually really fun to watch! Volunteers dress in Civil War attire and put on a full show.

This is one of the most in-tact forts in the southeast. It was defeated fairly quickly by the Union Army with their superior rifle cannon. When it later became a prisoner-of-war camp, the troops rebuilt the bombed portion so it’s almost perfect now.

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Fort Pulaski could take 1 to 3 hours to explore. If you decide to participate in a tour, it will be longer, but more insightful than just looking around on your own. If you decide to visit in the summer, take the trail to the left of the parking lot and check out the Cockspur Island “beach.” It’s basically a channel, but many people fish and watch cargo ships sail by. We like to play Frisbee or soccer on this beach because there’s no sunbathers to accidentally hit!

Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum

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At the north shore of Tybee, the famous lighthouse stands tall, proud, and ready for you to climb. Until the late 1900s, this museum was an active Coast Guard station, which is why Coast Guard families get one free ticket. For example, when I went, my husband was not with me so they gave me the free ticket. This museum closes at 5pm, so plan accordingly. Give yourself about 1 hour to 1.5 hours to climb the lighthouse, view the old lighthouse keeper living quarters, and explore the Tybee museum across the street. You’ll enjoy learning about the history of Tybee’s “hay-day,” but I’m pretty sure kids will just care about climbing the lighthouse.

Savannah Theatre at 222 Bull Street

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The Savannah Theatre keeps a donation running that allows all active duty military and their dependents to enjoy their performances for free! If you are in town for Christmas, come see their famous annual “Christmas Tradition” show. It’s so festive and will really get you into the Christmas spirit! They will be performing Mama Mia at the beginning of next year, which is sure to be a hit as well.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity, even if you are visiting for a short time. These are regular $37 tickets, and their performers are incredible.

Hunter Army Airfield MWR and Ticket and Leisure Office

The closest base to Savannah is Hunter Army Airfield. Ft. Stewart is a bigger base, but it’s a good 50 minutes from Savannah. The MWR at Hunter Army has paddle boards, canoes, boats, and even RV spots to rent. Stop by the Ticket and Leisure Office, which is located at the Exchange, to get a list of several discounted tickets to local attractions. Savannah boat and trolley tours were the ones that stood out the most to me, but they have many more that may appeal to you!

Telephone: (912) 315-9554/9354
Season: All year
Directions: HAAF Outdoor Equipment Rental/Checkout Centers Bldg 8454, Stratofortress Road, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA 31409-5000

I hope you enjoy your visit in Savannah! If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on Instagram: @katiewentthere

If your wanting to book a stay in downtown, here is my $40 off discount code with Airbnb.com: http://www.airbnb.com/c/katiec7787

 

 

Happy Travels,

Katie O.

Middle Georgia: The Perfect Place for Christmas Lights

Main Street Light Extravaganza

While celebrating one of my friend’s return from Study Abroad yesterday, I had the best experience in downtown Macon, GA at the Main Street Light Extravaganza!

Macon Georgia’s Poplar Street has become the talk of the town for an event that just began this Christmas and hopefully becomes an annual tradition. The entire street is filled with lights that climb all the way to treetops. These lights are synchronized to music performed by the local Macon Pops who sing classic holiday tunes all night long. This light show plays three times a night, at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00pm and the lights stay on until 11:00pm. Find a spot along the road or, on a busy Saturday night, drive around until a spot frees up like we did. Get out to walk down the grass median that has turned into a winter wonderland for the holidays.

Yesterday, the extravaganza was packed! If you want a lively atmosphere filled with all ages, see the lights on the weekend. However, if you want less crowds and a shorter wait at the Rookery (the best burgers in town), go on a weeknight. The wait at the Rookery was 45 minutes last night, so we drove to The Brick, which serves huge slices of delicious pizza. The best thing about the new light extravaganza is that we no longer have to drive 2 plus hours to get in the Christmas spirit. Before the Macon lights, middle Georgians had to make a day trip to either Lake Lanier, Callaway Gardens, or the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Now, these three places have incredible light displays, but they are quite a trek and can be very costly. The Macon lights are something that we can drive to at night and enjoy for free, leaving enough room in the budget to enjoy all of the delicious treats downtown.

Located on Poplar Street as well, with a green awning over the glass-door entrance, is a cozy coffee shop, Taste and See, with drinks and pastries. I saw several visitors stop by and grab a hot cocoa before they walked through the lights across the street. Some of my favorite restaurants around the lights are the Rookery, El Camino, and Ocmulgee Brewpub, which are all within a few blocks of the lights, but some may be better to move your car closer to rather than walk. My favorite burger I’ve ever had was at the Rookery where I ate the Allman Burger, but the Taco Salad at El Camino is good too if you’re craving Mexican Food. They also do $2 Taco Tuesdays. The Ocmulgee Brewpub has yummy truffle fries, burgers, and Buffalo Chicken Salad, which is an appetizer, but is plenty large enough to serve as a main course.

Pate Road Christmas Drive Through Lights

If you have time, don’t just stop at the lights downtown, but continue north for a few more miles to see the lights that are giving other houses a run for their money. 1403 Pate Road – Juliette, Georgia puts on a light display like no other house in middle Georgia. On the weekends, people will line their cars up for an hour just to wait to drive through this beautiful presentation of Christmas spirit. Thanks to a sweet family who wants to spread Christmas joy, people from all over Middle Georgia are posting their experiences on Facebook and Instagram, sharing how much they enjoyed the Christmas lights on Pate Road. I have not visited these lights yet, but have made plans to go and have heard wonderful things about them from friends. One of my friends has gone to the light shows 3 times in a row!

I’m just so excited that middle Georgia finally has a perfect place to celebrate Christmas time with friends and family, in fact, we have 2 places! Take a day trip to Macon, GA and see what the entire city is proud to show off thanks to local Christmas cheer and talent. I hope to see you there!

Lovely Travels,

Katie

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A Brilliant Date in Soulful Macon, Georgia [photos] 

Everyone knows that a large number of locals live in their hometown for several years, never visiting their community attractions. This summer, I picked a few locations in Macon, Georgia and explored with my boyfriend. To my surprise, we had an amazing day, finding some hidden gems just thirty minutes from home.

1. Museum of Arts and Sciences (Student ID discount)

4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3232

 

 


Although mostly for children, this museum has several activities that simply make it fun to act like a kid again. My favorite exhibit was the outer space room, containing interactive video games, outer space experiments, and a trivia game show. The best part was sitting in a huge asteroid that housed a spaceship video game inside. We were astronauts on a mission to collect data about different asteroids. The two most exciting museum activities that we participated in were the planetarium and wildlife shows. The planetarium show lasted about fifteen minutes. It displayed the beautifully starry Macon sky that is not visible with the existing light pollution. The narrator took us on a trip through space to see far away planets and galaxies along with all the constellations that are visible right in Macon, Georgia.

2. The Rookery

543 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-8658

 

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Downtown Macon now has my vote for the best burger around. Famous for their Allman Burger and so much more, the Rookery was packed when we stopped for lunch. The atmosphere was extremely casual with dimmed lights, writing all over the walls, and a loft that made eating their incredible burgers even cooler. A burger and fries was about $10, which was reasonably priced for the quantity and quality that I got.

3. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (Student ID discount)

301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-1585

 

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Our visit began with a fifteen minute video in their movie theater about the history of Georgia sports. While I’m more interested in playing sports than learning about them, this was still a nice museum to explore. Upstairs, there was a large area to play basketball, soccer, and football, which was my favorite part. A life-sized race car with a racing game sat in the middle of the play area and made a great photo-op. Since this museum does not take long to go through, I would recommend going to one of their free movie showings, which is once a month and advertised on their website. Dorie plays November 22nd and the Polar Express is showing December 5th.

4. Taste and See Coffee Shop & Gallery

546 Poplar St, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-5191

 

We almost missed the green accented coffee shop while driving down Poplar Street, but I’m so glad that we didn’t. Taste and See is one of my favorite coffee shops in town now. I told my boyfriend it has a sophisticate log cabin feel to it. I got black coffee, which was rich and delicious and my boyfriend got a sweet iced coffee. They also had freshly made pastries that looked amazing. I refrained from the decadent cake staring at me on the counter, but it took willpower.

5. Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Ave, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 744-0800

On our way home, we stopped by this huge library downtown. We didn’t stay inside long, but the building was beautiful. I would love to go back again and just spend the day reading.

 

It was a day well spent visiting Macon’s hidden treasures.