Visiting Savannah: Part 1

I have visited Savannah several times over the past 20 years, but it’s been since the late 90’s since I’ve been back and I was way overdue for a trip to this iconic Southern coastal town.  Visiting Savannah is everything you’d imagine the South to be.  Historic old townhomes line the beautiful squares of Savannah and you can just imagine horse-drawn carriages clicking along the old streets.  It’s such a lovely place and I definitely need to go back and spend more time there. It takes days to take it all in and then you could do it all over again.  We only had one day in Savannah this trip, but we managed to hit some vintage shops, a fabulous bakery, lunch at Lady and Sons, Paula Deen’s well known Savannah restaurant, and we browsed a few of the squares.  The squares are a huge part of Savannah’s charm and I can’t get enough of them.

I took so many pics, I’m going to break this into 2 posts and hopefully give you a flavor of Savannah and what a great little Southern gem of a city it is.  If you’ve never been, I’d highly recommend it. And Tybee Island is just a hop over the bridge from Savannah, so you can get the best of both worlds by staying on Tybee for a long weekend (or week, take your pick!).  There truly is plenty to do in both of these towns, so today let’s look around a bit at Savannah.

back in the day

We started our day with a stop at Back in the Day Bakery and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. It was filled with a crowd when 20+ of us showed up for breakfast and what a treat to see this place up close.

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They have an assortment of baked goods, offer lunch and coffee treats that will knock your socks off.

diane and cheryl

This is Diane from Mermaid Cottages introducing us to the owners, Cheryl (with hubby Griff), who has written a best selling cookbook, The Back in the Day Bakery cookbook. It was so fun to take in this must see bakery in Savannah, which has gotten national press.


It’s so warm and welcoming and you feel like you’re stepping into your Grandma’s house.

back in the day bakery

Tempting treats are behind those glass counters.

bloggers at bakery

Our crew took up a lot of space and enjoyed the ambiance.

back in the day bakery

My choice of the day was this decadent Cheddar and Bacon Biscone, yes a mix of a biscuit and scone and oh, my gosh was this delicious.  It’s one of the best things I’ve ever had for breakfast.  That and the latte was over the top good.

Two Women and Warehouse

Next, we hit Two Women and a Warehouse, a fun vintage shop filled with lots of goodies that all of us home lovers enjoy browsing.

vintage furniture

Plenty of painted furniture and lots of little treasures around.

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We all explored and browsed and some bought.

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It’s always fun to browse in shops like this.

two women jadeite

Vintage jadite on one cabinet.

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Lots of fun treasures.

two women vintage tape

I found one little thing in here that I took home with me, this vintage ruler.  This so reminds me of one my dad has and I picked it up for the nostalgia factor.  I’m going to ask him if he still has his old one and I bet he does.

Rhoda vintage coat

Our next stop was Habersham Antiques, another fun antiques store.  I did find one treasure to bring home, this vintage wool houndstooth coat from the 50’s in a pretty camel and cream.  It’s it perfect condition and fits me perfectly so I just fell in love with it. At $75, it wasn’t a steal, but not too bad either.  This isn’t a great pic, but snapped on my iphone.

fire on waterfront

When we came outside in Savannah, there was a huge fire at a rubber plant near the water front, we found out later.

lady and sons

Lady and Sons takes up a huge block near downtown Savannah.

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We had lunch reservations in this cute space just down from the main Lady and Sons restaurant.  There was a nice buffet set up in here for us.

Group shot

Here’s the group pic of all of us, but I won’t even attempt to name names.  This is the mix of bloggers, restaurant staff, and a few friends who joined from Tybee.

lady and sons lunch

Lunch was just as delish as you would imagine, fresh veggies Southern Syle and plenty of meat to choose from.  It reminded me of my mama’s cooking, of course!


A few blog friends I got to hang out with for the weekend, Kim, Holly, Brittany, and me.

laura and rhoda

Fun and sassy, Laura, from Finding Home.  She’s so fun!

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We got to meet and chat with Claudia Deen, wife of Bobby Deen. They have just been married 7 mos. and she’s a new food blogger at Chicaloverde. It was so fun to meet her, she’s very friendly and energetic.


Of course, there was delicious Southern desserts, like peach cobbler and banana pudding.

lady and sons dessert

I opted for this decadent chocolate dessert, which was heavenly.

paris market

Next, we hit the streets of Savannah and did some shopping and strolling.  The Paris Market has been covered on so many blogs and since it wasn’t there when I was last in Savannah, I had to check it out too.

photo op paris market

Just inside the door is this big paper moon display with all sorts of things to dress up in for photo ops, so me, Lucy and Beth had to try it out.  What do you think?  Nostalgic gangster girls, perhaps?  It was fun!

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Lots to see in the Paris market.

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Sweet treats and coffee too.

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So, that’s part of my tour of Savannah! I’ve got lots more photos to share of some of the squares and beautiful scenery outside.  I love, love the squares of Savannah and all the ambiance that this historic and charming Southern city possesses.

- Rhoda


  1. That coat is dorp-dead fabulous on you, Rhoda – great pick! I remember seeing Cheryl & Griff’s story – was it Country Living, perhaps? Anyway, nice to see your summary on Savannah for next time I go there. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rhoda, I call Savannah the “Mothership”. It is my very favorite city! LOVE it’s style! I see you have been to my favorite haunts! I usually make a trip in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom. What a fun trip you must have had! I see some of my favorite bloggers!

  3. We lived in Beaufort almost 15 years ago and my husband’s and my favorite treat was to drive down to Savannah, get some boiled peanuts from a road side stand and get a pecan praline from Savannah Candy Kitchen. Those were the days!

  4. Looks like tons of fun! I LOVE your ruler AND your coat! And I want those bowls with the alphabet around them at the Paris Market. Man..they would have been perfect with my valentine’s day stuff! Did you make it to One Fish Two Fish? (perhaps coming part 2?)

    • Kelly, NO, but we heard all about it! There was just not enough time on our day in Savannah to see everything. I have to go back!

  5. Marilyn in Missouri says:

    Wow, it looks like soooooooo much fun. I’ve put Savannah and Tybee Island on my vision board. Thanks for sharing all the great places to see.

  6. It looks like so much fun! I’ve never been to Savannah but I’ve always wanted to go.

    I have my dad’s old fold ruler just like the one you bought. I remember I was never aloud to tough it when I was growing up. I’ve arranged it into a star & have it hanging at the end of my hall.

  7. Thanks for all the info about places to see. We are going to HHI for Easter and going to spend a day in savannah. I am looking forward to part 2. My daughter told me a can’t miss is the honey store downtown

  8. I love Savannah…fortunate to be able to visit there a few times a year…I have not been to the Paris Market…that will definitely be on my list of places to go next time…Glad you all had such a grand time!!!

  9. Enjoyed the pictures, it must have been fun. We stop over in Savannah on the way to Sea Island most summers. That is a beautiful area of Georgia.
    Yesterday my plans included a visit to the Pinterest event in Kennesaw so that I could meet on of my favorite bloggers and was so disappointed to be too late to catch you – we were parking just as you were walking to your car. We did enjoy browsing thru Michael’s – loved their Easter decorations and purchased a few items to enjoy.

    • HI, Jean, I’m so sorry!! I wish you had stopped me and said hello. The class was all done by then, so I didn’t hang around.

  10. I’ve never been to Savannah though it has been on my list of places to see for some time now. Thanks for sharing your fun there!

  11. Savannah and Tybee are two of my favorite places. One of our many trips to Savannah was when I was pregnant with our second daughter—thus her middle name is Savannah! Love looking thru your beautiful photos:)

  12. Love the pictures !! My daughter and I stayed in Savannah for a week, two years ago already :(, we loved it there and hope to go back soon !! Can’t wait to see your pictures of the Squares, I loved them and the history markers ! I also took a lot of pictures of front doors my daughter thought I was silly, but it wasn’t too long after I spotted a book of them at the book store , I should have made a book hehee.
    I’m glad you got the coat it is so neat!!
    Have a super day

  13. I love Savannah! I’ve only been one time, and it was for a girls’ weekend a couple years ago. It was so much fun! And I love the Paris Market. I had so much fun following along with all of you ladies on social media during your trip. I was living vicariously through all of you!

  14. I just love your tours! Been to Savanna many times, and enjoy it more each time!
    Looking forward to part 2!

  15. I need to go back to Savannah…one of my favorite cities! Thanks so much for the virtual visit today! Sheila

  16. Look forward to your blogs everyday. Thanks so much for showing Savannah.
    I love love love Savannah.

  17. Your trip looks like it was such fun! I am putting Savannah & Tybee on my list to visit. Thanks for the tour can’t wait for part two.

  18. Thanks for the memories, Rhoda! I agree…the Bacon and Cheddar Biscone is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It was a wonderful trip and a thrill for me to be included!

  19. I love Savannah. My youngest use to live there.. I love your hair cut and style. You look so pretty ..

  20. So glad you shared this. We are going there in the Spring so I’ll be sure to hit these places.

  21. melesa Garrison says:

    LOVE SAVANNAH! I hope you enjoyed Lady & Sons as much as we did…delish!

    Can’t wait to hear about the new baby!

  22. Hey Great Aunt Rhoda, Luv your pics. Looks like a lot of fun.

  23. I’m dying to visit Savannah – thanks for giving me a brief tour! Can’t wait to check it out for myself, especially The Paris Market!

  24. Aww, you were so close to my house! I live a street over from Back in the Day! I’m glad you had a great time in Savannah!

  25. Robin Harris says:

    Thanks Rhoda your post came at the perfect time. I’m on my way to Savannah on Friday. I will be there for a month and you actually went to two places I haven’t been. My fiancé and I work in the movie industry and work in Savannah a good bit. Last year we both worked and were there for 10 weeks, the year before he was working and I was not and we were there for 6 weeks. This trip I will not be working so I will be trying to find things to do. Needless to say I know Savannah well from where to get the best cup of coffee to the best gator tail and oysters. It is a great town and you are right a day is not long enough to be able to see what she has to offer.

  26. Oh, fun! Savannah is one of the places I plan to visit…so thanks for the tips on where to go. This past weekend my sweet husband took me to Atlanta for a Valentine’s Day gift and I used your tips on where to go. (The traffic there dictated the number of places we got to visit.) But, what a great gift….to go to every place I wanted to go, with no complaining. Maybe Savannah for the next gift trip. I love the coat and the ruler you found. (My dad has the same ruler too.)

  27. Sweet Rhoda – it was such a great time – thank you so much for including me! And Savannah was a true treat for this girl! Loved spending time with you! Wishing I was there in the south with you now! Just looked out the window and it is snowing AGAIN!!!!! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

  28. Thanks for the trip to savannah. Now I have to go back. I missed all the places you visited. Love your houndstooth coat! You wear it well. You get to go and do so many cool things as a result of your blogging. You’re good at what you do. You’re friendly, down to earth and share so many things that I can relate to.

  29. Savannah is such a great city and it looks like you really enjoyed it! What was the occasion that you all got together? Did you get to The Gryphon Tea Room? If not add it to your itinerary next time.

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