Today’s 24 Hours in Savannah City Guide comes to us from Back in the Day Bakery owner, Cheryl Day. As a self-taught baker, Cheryl had big dreams of opening up her own bakery. Settling in the picturesque Savannah, Back in the Day Bakery is now known as one of the best bakeries in the South, and today Cheryl shares some of that Savannah charm with us in her ideal 24 hour itinerary. Thanks Cheryl for taking us on a tour of your city! –Stephanie
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg
Read the full guide after the jump…
Photo by One West Victory
So excited to share my perfect day in Savannah, Georgia. To me, Savannah is a city like no other. It’s why I chose to move here from Los Angeles 14 years ago. Whether you are strolling in Forsyth Park, discovering the historic squares and secret gardens on a horse-drawn buggy tour, or venturing out to see what the locals do — Savannah is such a beautiful city. In fact, legend has it that it was the beauty and charm that saved it from the wrath of General Sherman when he arrived to burn it down during the Civil War. Our beautiful Live Oak trees (up to 300 years old) draped in Spanish moss make you feel like you are on a movie set all of the time. You will enjoy gorgeous architecture everywhere you turn. It reminds me that I am long overdue for one of these perfect days. So, let’s go!
Sunrise (what can I say, I’m a baker and an early riser!): My perfect day starts out at Savannah’s beach also known as Tybee Island and is just a quick 20-minute drive from the city. I recommend a leisurely walk on the beach with the wet sand squishing between your toes. The sound of the ocean is the perfect soundtrack to start my fun-filled day.
8:00 a.m: The Breakfast Club – it’s the place with the long line, and it’s worth the wait.
I am a sampler plate kind of girl so I order the pecan waffles, hash browns cooked to perfection and grits. The spicy sausage is made in house — and it is delicious.
A big breakfast calls for big shopping. Time to hit my favorite shops.
Photo by Katie McGee
10:00 a.m: The Paris Market
Visual eye candy and heavenly treasures fill every nook and cranny of this two-story boutique. You might find something new or something old, but always something you can’t live without. There is also a lovely little café where you can enjoy a treat and catch up with friends. Frozen hot chocolate or café au lait. Yes, please!
11:00 a.m: Prospector Co.
You will go there for their signature line of personal care products made right here in Georgia, and leave with so much more. It is hands down one of the coolest shops in Savannah. It is a thoughtful shop filled with some of my favorite things from stationary and leather goods to soaps, lotions and candles.
12:00 p.m: Anthropologie located in one of Savannah’s many architectural gems and filled with lovely house wares and all of the beautiful things you have grown to love from Anthro with some extra special Southern hospitality from the friendly staff.
1:00 p.m: Whew! Let’s grab some lunch. Back in the Day Bakery is the little neighborhood spot that I own with my husband Griff. Even when I have time away, there is still no place I’d rather be—true story. Our lunch menu is created to highlight the real star of our bakery: the bread.
We have all kinds from baguettes to boules, and all made in-house every day. Try the farmwich, the bacon onion jam Panini or the Jambon and Gruyere on crusty bread just can’t be beat. After lunch, be sure to enjoy a slice of pie, a cookie, or old-fashioned cupcake. Sit for a spell and enjoy one of our really wonderful coffee drinks made with our signature handcrafted syrups like lavender-honey or brown sugar sorghum.
2:00 p.m: I love to take a creative stroll after lunch, don’t you? Check out the SCAD Museum of Art.The juxtaposition of historic charm and contemporary cool shine through in spades.
Established to enrich the education of Savannah College of Art and Design students, it is truly a gift for locals and visitors to experience the creative exhibits here. The museum showcases work by a range of highly acclaimed artists from all over the globe as well as permanent exhibits, which include the Dr. Walter O. Evans collection of over 150 years of African American Art.
Photo by SCAD
3:00 p.m: Shop SCAD. This boutique marketplace nurtures the creativity and handmade designs spilling from the classrooms of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The shop combines the ambiance of a fine art gallery in a laid back atmosphere.
3:30 pm: Measure Fabric Parlor
Even if you can’t sew a stitch, you’ll find inspiration galore looking through the trimmings and notions. I love buying the vintage tulle and other trimmings for wrapping the perfect gift or pick up a snap bag made from Liberty of London fabric.
4:00 p.m: Let’s go Antiquing! You can’t leave Savannah without finding a hidden treasure to take home.
Here is where I like to look.
Clutter furnishings and interiors – This is not your grandmother’s consignment shop. It is a charming shop chock full of timeless antiques, home furnishings and accessories—from midcentury to modern.
Two women and a warehouse – specializes in “repurposed, revised and rescued” home furnishings and collectibles.
Habersham Antiques – a fun place to hunt with over 70 dealers to choose from all under one roof. You will find everything from primitive, traditional, vintage linens and clothing and at least one treasure to pack.
Photo by Katie McGee
6:00 p.m: Time to contemplate the terrific time we had making memories today. Mint Julep anyone? For libations, may I suggest The Parlour at Soho South.
Perch at Local 1110, which is nestled literally amongst the treetops. You will find an extensive menu of creative handcrafted cocktails.
7:30 pm: Dinner reservations
What a day and now we have to choose from the city’s finest. Decisions, decisions…
We are very excited to welcome Chef Hugh Acheson’s The Florence located in the brand new One West Victory opening in May. It’s a Southern-Italian hybrid with a rooftop bar and artisanal coffee shop right in my neighborhood.
Great places to stay on your visit…
Mermaid Cottages – Cozy cottages and historic homes away from home on Tybee Island.
The Andaz Hyatt Hotel – Located smack dab in the middle of the Historic District. It is a blend of urban vibe and new southern sophistication.
Also check our Airbnb and take advantage of the opportunity to stay in wonderful historic, private residence right in the middle of the city.