Shawndra Russell

Correspondent

  • Savannah, Georgia, USA

Shawndra Russell is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Savannah. A travel blogger for Society South and Visit Savannah, Russell has also contributed to BeerAdvocate, Travel + Leisure and Snooth, among others. Her first job as a marketing director for a group travel company led to adventures in China, Italy, Alaska, Hawaii — and a case of the travel bug. Next, she’s saving for a month-long road trip through Ireland. She loyally follows the Cleveland Browns and steals every chance she can to write and read books.

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    What is the best time to visit Savannah?

    Honestly I love Savannah year-round, but it’s tough to beat the spring in terms of flowers blooming and music weaving through the moss-draped oak trees. Our two largest musical events—Savannah Stopover, featuring up-and-coming bands heading to SXSW, and Savannah Music Festival, showcasing a lineup of world-renowned musicians of all genres—bookend Savannah’s largest event, St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ve never experienced 1 million people happily drinking green beer and occupying every sidewalk and square surface within a 2-square mile space (the size of our Historic Downtown), you haven’t lived yet. There’s also the Savannah Book Festival and Savannah Tour of Gardens that start and end the month of March. However, if you want to beat the crowds of spring and summer, come during the fall season, basically November through March as we don’t really have a winter!
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    Hi Startle community! I just answered my first four Savannah questions as a new Savannah correspondent for Startle, so please send more Savannah questions my way via messages. We're actually roadtripping from Savannah for the next two weeks to Dahlonega, Asheville and Nashville, and would some suggestions for the best places to dine, plus we're big craft beer and live music fans, so insights for any and all of these are welcome :) Looking forward to sharing more about my favorite city, Savannah, with all of you. Happy travels!

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    What are the best places for brunch in Savannah?

    Savannah is known as a drinking town thanks to a liberal to-go cup policy, so the best brunches feature grandiose cocktails and outdoor seating. On Saturdays, Andaz hotel offers a do-it-yourself, unlimited Bloody Mary bar on Saturdays alongside a farm-to-table buffet featuring Hunter Cattle Co. meats, omelet station, desserts and charcuterie. For Sunday brunch, Belford’s offers a complimentary glass of sparkling wine alongside blue crab frittata or crab benedict. For a River Street view and 13 benedict choices, Rocks on the River—inside the colorful Bohemian boutique hotel—serves up an ultimate Bloody Mary made with horseradish-infused vodka. Or, visit Huey’s for a Savannah Sister City, aka New Orleans-inspired, huge menu including beignets, spicy Bloody Marys, three styles of grits, and a lively atmosphere—often with a wait, so make reservations. The floor-to-ceiling windows are the next best thing to sitting outdoors and provide a sweeping waterfront view.
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    What restaurants have the best views in Savannah?

    The 12 million tourists per year that visit the Hostess City come to see Historic River Street, our 22 squares,  and Forsyth Park, so restaurants adjacent to these gems have excellent views. Rocks on the Roof provides one of the best riverfront views and a rooftop firepit, while Local11ten’s rooftop Perch has elegant seating overlooking moss-draped Forsyth Park. The Vu Lounge arguably beats out Rocks with longer view of cobblestoned and quaint River Street, but the Aqua Star across the river at the Westin provides my favorite view of the city skyline. Other notables include Vic’s on the River where you can decide between riverside views or one of the rare outdoor patios that provides a sweeping vantage point of bustling Bay Street.
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    What are the best outdoor activities in Savannah?

    Savannah is a walking city—the Historic District is only two square miles—so the best outdoor activities revolve around seeing and learning on foot. The Savannah Tours by Foot haunted pub tours provide a great way to get spooked, learn about Savannah’s history, and imbibe in fabulous cocktails you carry from place to place due to our fun-inducing to-go cup policy. For a daytime walking tour that packs in 7 restaurants in under 3 hours as well as plenty of history and VIP treatment, book a Savannah Taste Experience. The guided trolley tours are also excellent ways to hit our major landmarks and enjoy hop-on, hop-off privileges the rest of the day, or you can opt for a self-guided tour using the Tour Buddy Savannah app. Adding a picnic in Forsyth Park is always a treat, especially if you pick up gourmet entrees, cheesecake and wine from FORM.
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    What are the best coffee shops in Savannah?

    Jen Jenkins  Savannah has four can’t-miss coffeehouses: Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe, Gallery Espresso, The Coffee Fox, and The Sentient Bean. Each are in line with the quirkiest, most creative aspects of Savannah with plenty of local art, high-quality coffee, beer/wine menus and mismatched, funky décor. Foxy Loxy Cafe and Sentient Bean are the hang-out-all-day places that transition from breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting to study lounge to hip place to hear live music in the evenings and catch up with friends. Gallery Espresso fills with students studying and professionals taking a break from their downtown jobs, while The Coffee Fox is a quick stop for those wanting to grab a morning coffee and kolache. The Bean and Foxy Loxy—as their affectionately called—also both have outdoor seating, but Foxy’s garden courtyard reigns supreme with events like Fire & Wine Saturdays and Acoustic Tuesdays.
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