Top Three Southern Cities

Over the holiday break, I was able to take two trips, one to Fort Lauderdale, Fl and another to Atlanta and Savannah, Ga. My family lived in Atlanta for a short time and used to love spending weekends in Savannah, while Florida has always been an affordable vacation spot to kick back and relax. This post is a quick guide to these beautiful cities, with everything you need to see whether you’re visiting for a couple days or for a week!

Stop #1: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Where to stay: Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

This hotel was beyond amazing! We booked through Expedia and got a decent deal, even though this comes with a resort fee per day it ends up being well worth it. With the fee we got two free drinks, access to beach chairs everyday, and the service was great. Every room has a view and they’re generally super spacious!

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Where to eat: El Taquito & Primanti Brothers & Hotel Lobby Cocktails

These two restaurants were within steps of the beach and our hotel. Being students, my boyfriend and I love finding tasty, cheap food! Late night pizza at Primanti’s and literally anything on the menu at El Taquito turned out to be our favourites, special mention to the taco salad! Drink-wise, I had one too many “blue lagoons” from the hotel lobby bar and they were next level!!

El Taquito

Primanti Brothers

What to do: Beach & Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

This trip was really about relaxing, so we didn’t do a lot of far away exploring. The best part about Fort Lauderdale is hands down the beach. It’s beautiful and the water was actually pretty warm for December!

On our last day to kill time before our flight, we visited Bonnet House which is a historic vacation residence built in the early 1900’s. I kind of forced my boyfriend to go here but he loves history as much as I do, so we ended up enjoying it more than we expected! It’s $20 for the full tour but it’s worth it to see the house and the well kept grounds.

Bonnet House

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Stop #2: Savannah, Georgia

Where to stay: Tryp By Wyndham Savannah 

This was a really chic hotel close to downtown Savannah and only about a 15 minute walk to the hub of River Street. Staying farther away from the river can keep costs down and allow you to explore parts of Savannah you may not have seen otherwise!

TRYP by Wyndham Savannah

What to eat: Two Cracked Eggs Cafe & Debi’s Restaurant 

Savannah was all about breakfast! The south loves their sweet tea and grits. I could do a whole blog post on food in this city but I’m choosing to reminisce on two amazing breakfasts. Both places had lots of variety which was super helpful, because everyone in my family has very different food opinions!

At Two Cracked Eggs I had biscuits and gravy, along with amazing sweet tea. Some other highlights were the crepes, crab cake eggs benedict, and iced coffee! Debi’s Restaurant on the other hand was less expensive and very homey. This is where they filmed Jenny’s diner scene in Forrest Gump! I had a classic breakfast and it was so good, especially the potatoes!

Two Cracked Eggs Cafe

Debi’s Restaurant

What to do: River Street and Downtown & Hilton Head

River Street is the highlight of the city, this is where all the ships come through and Savannah’s old world charm shows through. As one of the oldest cities in the states, history is everywhere you look. Check out the candy stores, small outdoor markets, and the free boat shuttle by the river. While you’re downtown walk to Savannah City Market and the historical squares throughout the core of the city.

This may be cheating, but a 45 minute drive from Savannah is Hilton Head, South Carolina. We took a day trip on New Year’s Day to shop at some outlet malls and hit the beach. It was a great day and we stumbled upon an amazing Mexican restaurant called Holy Tequila, and it was SO GOOD! Head here for a day trip if you want a vacation from your vacation!

Stop #3: Atlanta, Georgia

Where to stay: The Westin Perimeter Atlanta North

This hotel is in Dunwoody, the suburb of Atlanta where I used to live. It was a great location for us as we spent most of our time at old hang outs and visiting with friends from the area. This town is about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta with no traffic, but there’s always traffic in Atlanta!! Buckhead or Midtown are a little closer and also great areas to stay when you’re visiting. The Westin was very fancy and had everything we needed!

The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

Where to eat: Grub 

My best friend recommended this place across from our hotel and she said it had the best fries and milkshakes, she was BEYOND right! They have a great menu and tasty drinks. We had milkshakes, sangria, and margaritas! My bacon cheeseburger was one of the best I’ve ever had, but their fries won us all over.

Grub

What to do: Ponce City Market

This place is SO fun!! Atlanta weather in January is pretty mild, so this indoor/outdoor market was a lovely way to spend a Friday. My best friend took us there and we had so much fun. We had shawarma bowls, went to Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, and window shopped for hours! This old building that used to house Sears, Roebuck & Co. is now a chic place to grab a bite, do your shopping, and there are even offices on the upper floors! We only had a few hours so we couldn’t experience everything that’s there, but it was still an action packed day!

Ponce City Market

 

If you find yourself wanting to book a getaway, consider heading down south! I hope my mini city guides gave you some inspiration!

Talk soon!

-Caitie

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