Kick off spring with the ultimate girlfriend getaway: coffee, cocktails, architecture tours, and fresh seafood in the Hostess City.

By Tracey Minkin
March 01, 2017

Morning Joe
This city has a strong coffee game, particularly in the historic district. Standouts include urban-chic Cup to Cup Cafe and boho-artsy Coffee Fox.

Brunch Beat
The Collins Quarter owns this laid-back weekend meal. Snag a sidewalk table and order the short rib– studded "# Tag This Hash" and a spiced lavender mocha.

Top Tours
Savannah's rich history is beautifully evoked in Architectural Tours of Savannah's superb 90-minute walking tour. For floral fiends, the Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens (March 23–26) features seminars, walks, and more.

Savannah seduces with verdant Forsyth Park
Photo: Sean Pavone/Getty

Do lunch the Southern way with the North Carolina/Memphis/Georgia–influenced menu at Sandfly Bar-B-Q at the Streamliner, a restored circa 1938 diner.

Nostalgia Break
You might wait in line, but it's worth every moment to enjoy a scoop of Tutti Frutti, Rum Bisque, or any of the old-fashioned and house-made flavors at Leopold's Ice Cream.

Water Views
While Rocks on the Roof atop the Bohemian Hotel may be Savannah's best-known perch, the recently opened Top Deck Rooftop Bar next door offers a great second option (and craft cocktails).

The Savannah River and waterfront
Photo: Tashka/Getty

Hunting and Gathering
Savannah's best collection of independent shops and boutiques is on Bull Street, but make sure to perform two detours: to The Paris Market and Brocante for gifts and housewares, and to Fiesta & More for vintage Fiestaware.

Drinking Destination
Make no mistake: Artillery is a bar for grown-ups only, with a gorgeous interior, a superb cocktail menu, and a rare collection of spirits. In other words, you may never want to leave.

Cocktails at The Grey
Photo: Quentin Bacon/The Grey

Dinners to Die For
The food scene is heating up fast, fueled by Hugh Acheson's The Florence and Mashama Bailey's The Grey (cocktail magic, pictured). (Tuck in at the Diner Bar up front for the pimiento cheese spread.) Best newcomer: The Wyld Dock Bar, a seafood-centered culinary star with a pier surrounded by marsh and adorned with twinkling lights.

Sweet Finish
Chocolatier Adam Turoni's two boutiques (one themed as a library, the other as a grand dining room), are as divine as his chocolates.

Design-driven interiors at the Kimpton Brice Hotel
Photo: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Check in: On the fringe of the historic district, the 145-room Kimpton Brice Hotel (pictured) occupies a former cotton warehouse and Coca-Cola bottling plant with modern panache. From the seersucker- and bow tie–clad staff to daily wine-fueled happy hours, borrowable bikes, an excellent in-house restaurant, and a breezy interior courtyard, the pleasures are easy and plentiful. Rates start at $165.