girl’s getaway: savannah, georgia

Travel does wonders for the mind, body and soul and just a few weeks ago I had the chance to head south to Savannah, Georgia for a girls getaway with two of my girlfriends to take on this historic coastal town meant for taking on the sights and historic architecture of this southern gem of a city.

I’m always up for a getaway, especially when sun and fun is involved and three days in Savannah was the perfect amount of time to do just that. A big recommendation of mine is that if you’re able to travel through the week, you can take advantage of all there is to offer without the weekend crowds for a much more relaxing environment! So, let’s get right down to the highlights from this incredible trip:

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of three women taking a selfie together.
The Girl Gang: Carissa via CC and Mike Creative, Sara via Haute and Humid and Moi

First, let’s chat accomodations, as we were lucky to score rooms at the brand new JW Marriott in the Riverside Plant District which has ALL the things to offer in terms of entertainment, retail shopping, plenty of rooftop bars as well as incredkible on-site dining so you’d never need to leave! Two of the three areas were completed last summer and the third and final component will be finished in July of this year and let me tell you, you’re in for a treat when you stay here. So much character and charm with an over-the-top theme throughout, the Keller family has transformed this former power plant into an icon in Savannah unlike any other! Here’s a few pics of the rooms, grand lobby and some scenic views not to miss:

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a JW Marriott hotel.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a large purple geode display at the JW Marriott.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a king size bed with white bedding and a marble headboard in a room with grey drapes and purple and white carpet.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a hotel bathroom with a black and white marble counter top.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a lounge at the JW Marriott.

The first night we arrived, we headed to District Seafood to grab dinner and let’s just say that the oysters are a MUST!!! Super fresh and cooked in various ways, you won’t be disappointed–the casual, outdoor eating space made it the perfect way to enjoy sunset cocktails, people watch along the riverwalk and see the bustling boats coming into the Savannah harbor, too.

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a blue and white print floral mini dress, tan espadrilles and hold a pink YSL bag.
Floral Babydoll Dress
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of oysters.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a group of people eat outside at a seafood restaurant.

The next morning, we were up and at it early and ready to explore the town! We walked from the hotel to a few of the shops along the river before making our way to Collins Quarter for brunch al fresco style. So many incredible options from the Drunken Berry Mimosa and White Russians to the Smashed Avocado Toast + Eggs Benedict that you can’t go wrong… such a cute little bistro in the heart of the city with great views!

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a black and pink floral print dress, silver glitter sneakers, and a pink YSL bag.
Floral Mini Dress
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of cocktail drinks.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a plate of eggs Benedict.

Afterwards, we decided to take our own walking tour of Savannah so we could see ths sights + antebellum architecture and check out the historic district with the cobblestone squares and parks, too. We were lucky to have the perfect weather throughout our stay so it made for one excellent excursion to see everything easily. And then we did our own progressive food + drink progressive tour throughout town, taking in SO many of your recommendations. Rooftop drinks at the Peregrin, nachos at Treylor Park, and then finished our fun happy hour festivities at The Ordinary Pub.

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Treylor Park.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a red cocktail drink.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman standing in front of a green door.
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Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of fried chicken sliders.

Day 3 came and it was time to get ALL the souvenir shopping knocked out… because the rule at our house is that you cannot come home without the proper loot for the little ladies!!! We hit up the adorable shops in the Riverside Plant District including Urban Poppy, 13 Secrets and September’s Closet and then hit up iconic brands like Byrd’s Famous Cookies, Savannah Candy Kitchen and Savannah Bee Company which has my FAVORITE lavender honey!

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking standing in front of a floral mural and wearing a white lace trim dress.
Lace Trim White Dress
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of an apothecary store.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of fresh flowers in white canisters.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Savannah's Candy Kitchen.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of various small cookies in glass canisters.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a honey display.

We then walked to The Olde Pink House Restaurant for our lunch reservations [you’ve got to get them way ahead of time!] and it was just as picturesque and beautiful as everyone said it would be. The drinks were tasty and refreshing, food was savory and southern and each room has immaculately designed rooms that are worth a visit.

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of The Olde Pink House restaurant and tavern.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of room with green walls, green drapes, marble fireplace, and round table with leather chairs.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a fired chicken sandwich.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a white fountain at Forsyth Park.

From there, we took the scenic route to venture to historic Forsyth Park, which was absolutely breathtaking! It was absolutely stunning with all the fountains and people sunbathing and getting some of that gorgeous Georgia sunshine… I could’ve stayed there all afternoon. Later that day, we took an Uber to hit up Emily McCarthy’s Shoppe… I’ve been shopping with them for years and loved the chance to get to shop their beautiful store in person–seriously a must shop for color-loving ladies and those who want all the fun partyware to entertain!

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of women at a Emily McCarthy store.
Retail Therapy [my outfit linked here]
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of The Design Bar.

For dinner, we decided to head back to the JW so we could stay close to home, as these mamas were getting tired and needed an easy evening! The Savannah Tequila Company came highly recommended and I cannot say enough great things about their famous Queso Fundido, Red Sangria and Street Tacos!

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of the Savannah Tequila Company.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Savannah Tequila Co decanter and wine glasses.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of three tacos on a white and blue platter.

Finally, our last day came way too quickly, but we made the most of it with the morning we had… we headed BACK to Collins Quarter for a second tasting of their incredible brunch options, checked out of the hotel and then got a late snack at District Smokehouse BBQ before flying home.

Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a straw sun hat, deconstructed denim, Golden Goose sneakers, white graphic t-shirt, white blazer, and Gucci purse.
Travel Ensemble Style
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a Gucci purse next to a green tea cup and saucer filled with a latte.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of French Toast and bacon.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of Electric Moon, a fountain and a palm tree.
Girls Getaway by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw.

Suffice to say we absolutely wined and dined our way through Savannah and I cannot recommend it enough for a girls’ getaway or a couple’s trip when you’ve got a few free days on your hands. So thankful travel opportunities are opening back up and I’m already planning our next adventure… until next time!

Where would you like to go for your next girls getaway? Let me know in a comment below!

1 Comment

  1. KrizzyM
    August 19, 2021 / 12:18 am

    Thanks for this beautiful savannah trip, Natasha! I’ve seen familiar places because I had several visit also in the place and I’ve experience JW Marriott in the Riverside Plant District twice. I checked on several hotels in savannah ga at https://www.visitsavannah.com/hotels-motels and this is the best one in my opinion. We will be back again early next year and I am so excited to be back!

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