A day trip to Savannah provides a quick change of scenery and an atmosphere that is completely different from Jacksonville. Wake up early on a Saturday and make the 2-hour drive to a city rich with history and bursting with things to do.
Your first stop should be to the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Forsyth Park. This is one of our favorite markets to visit. While not very large, the quality of the vendors is outstanding. You’ll find a good mix of meat, fruits and vegetables, prepared foods and more. Grab some bread, jam (our favorite is the Strawberry Banana Jam from Foods of the Farm), and cheese for an impromptu picnic within the park. Be sure to stop by the Forsyth Park fountain for a photo opp.
After your early lunch stroll down to The Coffee Fox; Savannah's cutest and most delicious coffee joint. All of their coffee is roasted locally by Perc Coffee, but the folks at the Coffee Fox pull out all the stops to provide the best cup of coffee you can find short of their sister location in Midtown, the Foxy Loxy. We recommend the Mexican Mocha – a blend of cinnamon, dark chocolate, Habanero, espresso and steamed milk. Enjoy a cup while people watching, you’ll quickly become addicted to this tasty brew. The collage art seen throughout the shop creates a cool, but unpretentious vibe.
Savannah is a city made for walking, and nowhere is that more obvious than River Street. Next to the river where the city draws its namesake, the roads are rough cobblestone as old as Savannah itself. Down there you can always find a good time or something interesting to look at, between the uncountable gift shoppes and more than a few bars. Above you, narrow catwalks and hanging bridges span the historic buildings, which mostly served as warehouses for goods like cotton with offices above. Those same offices are now boutique shops, and the warehouses below may be bars and restaurants but you can still see the shape of that old Southern trading empire that dominated those times.
If you're looking to take advantage of Savannah's open container law, it's also the best place to imbibe while looking out over the river. The law only applies to the historic district of Savannah though, so don’t wander off to explore with drink in hand. If you're more inclined to the sweeter side of life, you should swing through the Savannah Candy Kitchen and watch a fresh batch of saltwater taffy get twisted into chewy sweetness. If candies and chocolate bars aren't decadent enough for you, check out the brownies, cakes and pecan pie.
For dinner, get off the beaten path and head to Green Truck Pub. Located in a converted fast food joint, the people at the Green Truck have upped both the service and quality far beyond what was offered by the building's former tenants. Outside, the drive-thru is still intact, including a menu board faded to illegibility. Inside, plenty of seating has been added in which gives it a much closer, homier atmosphere, with booth seats lining the walls. At the front, the ordering counter services a different sort of clientele, with patrons lined up along the converted bar to drink the finest of local brews.
Naturally, the food is the best part of the experience. You will find the best burgers in Savannah (many say the best in the country). Of particular note are the Spiced Georgia Nuts, a hearty helping of pecans and walnuts toasted and seasoned to absolute perfection with a tasty rosemary flavor. As to the burgers, all of the varieties are out of this world, but the Blue Ribbon is especially delightful with a slice of griddled ham and Swiss on top. You can order any of their burger styles as beef, chicken, or a homemade veggie patty – giving an option for everyone. Take care to order the French fries, because their house-made ketchup deserves no substitutes. While there are other options instead of burgers, you’ll regret that decision. We’d make a trip to Savannah just to have a burger at Green Truck Pub.