A walking guide to Georgia’s most artistic city

I love to travel, especially to new destinations. So this week, while planning my next adventures, I reflected on some of my favorite ones from 2016, starting with my road trip to Savannah, Georgia.

Now, most people only know the city for two reasons: its art school and Paula Deen’s fatty restaurant.

But unless you have the proclivity to recreate a Jackson Pollock out of clarified butter, you should know there is much more to see and do in Savannah.

Allow me to share some of my favorite spots.

1. The Collins Quarter – Whenever I travel, I structure my schedule around food. So upon arrival in Georgia, I knew I wanted to stop here for my first breakfast in town. In fact, I was so anxious to try this place that I ordered two entrees. First, I got a sliced avocado drizzled with olive oil and sea salt on a piece of toasted multigrain bread. Next, I followed it up with a generous bowl of creamy steel cut oats topped with figs and slivered almonds. Of course, an extra-large latte also happened, but I barely noticed when it arrived. I was too enamored by the beautiful indoor/outdoor Dutch door coffee station.

My mega-large almond milk latte at the Collins Quarter.

2. The Paris Market and Brocante – If you only have one hour to spend in Savannah, this is the place to be. It’s part home furnishings shop, part coffee counter, part macaroon confectionery, and part treasure trove. Founded by world travelers Paula and Taras Danyluk, the store is full of unique finds from across the globe—from Europe to Egypt to India, too—all scouted on their worldly excursions. Just make sure you get a macaroon on your way out the door. The salted caramel is my favorite.

Attempting to look cool in my Theory trench coat outside the entrance of The Paris Market.
Enjoying some joe and judging the locals.

3. Prospector Co. – West Broughton Street is known for its slew of boutique shops and antiques stores, but this one stands a head above the rest. Known for its minimalist design and high-quality product procurement, Prospector Co. supplies shave kits, hair products, candles and other apothecary goods made of herbal grasses, earthy woods and musky leathers. Trust me—you won’t find anything like this at Home Goods. I recommend getting a sage-infused candle for starters.

One of the many apothecary counters at Prospector Co. Be sure to smell the Elelisphakos Flame.

4. The Grey – Originally home to the 1938 Greyhound Lines bus terminal, this magnificent space is an interior designer’s dream. Created by Parts and Labor Design, the restaurant’s shell is filled with oak paneling, rich slate-colored leathers, and high-polished chrome details. Although I didn’t get a chance to dine here during my trip, the restaurant has been reviewed by nearly every major publication so I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

The front bar inside the former Greyhound Lines bus terminal.

5. Alex Raskin Antiques – I’ve been to a lot of antique shops and estate sales over the years, but I have NEVER seen anything close to this place. This four-story historic estate, titled the Noble Hardee Mansion, is filled to the brim with end tables stacked three high, slipper chairs hanging from the ceiling and oil paintings covering every square inch of free space. Rumor has it that at one point, the owner filled only one room of the space, but after years of collecting, he was forced to expand into the rest of the rooms—plus the staircases, hallways, bathrooms, and outdoor balconies. But his attention to quality and rarity is masterful, so be prepared for sticker shock. Let’s just say I fell in love with a random painting on a drafty staircase and discovered it was priced at $2,500.

The front steps of the Alex Raskin Antiques estate. The exterior detail is only half as extravagant as the interior.
Found this gem by Haviland on second-story landing.

Photos by Dan Austin Photography