It’s spring break, you’re visiting relatives and need a break from the family for a day. Grab the car keys and head to Savannah. Since you’re on vacation you won’t want to get up too early, get a quick breakfast and prepare for a fun day of shopping and sightseeing.
If it’s a nice day for walking, park at the Visitor’s Center. Pick up a brochure for the DOT Express Shuttle, just in case your feet get tired later and you wish to ride a free bus.
You want to feel good about doing something cultural during your day, so start with a visit to the SCAD Museum of Art. You know that Savannah, among her other attributes, is a college town. This building is an amazing collaboration of art and architecture.
By the time you’re finished admiring all the innovations, you probably need some sweet tea and a bite to eat. Head straight down the street to lunch at The Grey, also architecturally interesting because it is housed in the former Greyhound Bus Terminal.
Now that you are properly fortified, it is time to shop.
Head across the street and around the corner to Zia Boutique. You will find that perfect something for that outfit that needs the right piece of jewelry.
Wander around the City Market area and into Terra Cotta where you will want to purchase three or four complete outfits, but be reasonable as the day does not end here.
Shopping, trying on and deciding takes energy; it’s time for a pick-me-up. Stroll to Le Macaron, choose a couple of delightful flavors of macarons, like Black Currant and Rose, and enjoy them with a scoop of luscious gelato. As long as you’re there, buy a box of assorted macarons for your hostess.
Window shop as you head down Broughton Street on your way to Civvies New and Recycled Clothing, a funky vintage clothing store. Remember that your mother’s closet may have once looked just like this shop. Buy something a little boho; you know it’s a classic look.
Retrace a couple of steps down Broughton Street and turn down Bull Street where you can walk through Wright Square and Chippewa Square.
You will see Chocolat by Adam Turoni on your left. Stop into this library of chocolates and watch how truffles are made in the back of the shop. Maybe you should tuck one or two in your purse for the ride home.
Practically next door is Red Clover. This store has delightful and comfortable clothing at amazing prices. Take a look and try some things on for fun.
It’s good to come full circle and since you began the day at the SCAD Museum of Art, you’ve saved the best for last. Your final stop today is at Shop Scad which is chock full of art, jewelry, gifts and accessories all made by SCAD students, alumni, or faculty. Make sure to take a good look at the Elizabeth Knight Jewelry line while you are there; buy several pieces for your self, and a gift for your mother who you know is your greatest inspiration.
You should easily find a Savannah Pedicab on the edge of Madison Square, which is a nice way to get back to the Visitors Center and your car. The price of a pedi-cab is a tip.
Before you head out of town, drive down to the end of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and turn right to tour River Street. Here are lots of souvenir shops, inns, art galleries, restaurants, and bars galore. There are dozens: streetside bars, dive bars, bars in alleys, rooftop bars. You can dress up, dress down, ride a mechanical bull and carry your drink with you practically all over town. If you’re over 21, plan your next trip back to Savannah in the evening when you can peruse the offerings.