Today as I’m heading to Savannah for the Publix Women’s Half Marathon I thought it was a perfect time to share my five favorite Savannah spots with you. While I am super excited about the race, I am just as excited about getting to visit some of these spots with my friends this weekend.
Back in the Day Bakery is my all time favorite bakery. This tiny slice of heaven is run by Cheryl and Griff Day. Not only are they amazing in the kitchen, they are also super nice people. You may recognize Cheryl from the numerous times she’s been on the Food Network with her buddy Paula Dean. At Back in the Day you can grab a sandwich for lunch and follow it up with one of their amazing sweet treats. This spot is first on my list because it is really the first place you should go!
Helpful Hint: Back in the Day is closed on Sundays & Mondays.
Leopold’s Ice Cream has been around for over 96 years and is a Savannah staple. They have some amazing handmade ice cream flavors and killer sundae’s. Stratton Leopold, the current owner, is an active member of the Hollywood motion picture community, serving as a Producer on films such as Mission Impossible 3, The Sum of All Fears, The General’s Daughter and Parker. Stratton has worked on many other blockbuster hits during his career in the film industry including The Big Chill and John Carpenter’s They Live. Props and posters from these films can be found in the shop today. Cool huh? So definitely stop in for some ice cream while you are in town. You’ll have just run 13.1 (or more) miles, so you’ll deserve it!
After you are done filling your belly full of ice cream at Leopold’s, stick around and check out the rest of Broughton Street. Broughton Street is full of shopping and fun things to do. Make sure to stop by Paris Market, one of my favorite stores in Savannah. It is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to shop in Savannah. Savannah Bee Company is just across the street and a place you don’t want to miss. Its amazing how many tiny bottles of honey you can fit in your suitcase.
The Ordinary Pub has become our go-to post-race brunch spot any time we are in Savannah. I’ve been there for brunch the last three times I’ve been to Savannah for races. They have an amazing brunch menu AND bottomless mimosas for just $10. Brunch is served 7 days a week from 10 am – 4 pm, but keep in mind that you cannot purchase alcohol in Savannah until the afternoon Sundays. This means that if you go to brunch on Sunday you can’t take advantage of those bottomless mimosas until 12:30 pm. Fortunately for us the race (both the Publix Women’s and Rock N Roll) is on Saturday 🙂
Helpful Hint: The Ordinary Pub is downstairs on Broughton Street and is VERY easy to miss. The first time we went we actually walked by it a few times before realizing we were in the right place.
Forsyth Park is a great addition to this list because it is where the race this weekend starts and ends. How convenient is that?? Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue. What can I say, it’s just a beautiful place. It’s surrounded by historic homes and is home to the famous fountain. If you are there at just the right time you are bound to see a marriage proposal or wedding photos. It’s a good excuse to stretch your legs after the race.