Where to Eat (& Drink Coffee) in Savannah

Photo Credit: Visit Savannah

Photo Credit: Visit Savannah

I first made it a point to visit Savannah in depth for my Girl Meets City: Savannah project on my website Make It Work Molly. I was able to discover quite a few culinary favorites while there, and even went back later for a few more, and plan to go again for those that have opened since and will open soon. Come take an epicurean journey through Savannah with me!

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-4Goose FeathersGoose Feather’s is a “go-to” spot in Savannah, Georgia on Barnard Street- just a turn off of Broughton. They have this amazing bacon, egg, and cheese croissant… and amazing coffee!

The Paris MarketAnother coffee shop here (you will soon see a trend)! This time within the confines of an antique/jewelry/book/everything store. This is one of those fun unique to Savannah spots with the feel of a European Store and also a classic American South boutique with a little bit of everything.

The Coffee Fox and Foxy LoxyThese sister stores are in opposite parts of Savannah: The Coffee Fox on Broughton and Foxy Loxy on Bull Street across from SCAD. Upon my visit at The Coffee Fox I would get the Café Cubano: a sweetened double shot of espresso. This both kicked my rear and left me begging for more. Savannah local roaster, Phillip Brown (owner of PERC coffee) locally brews their coffee.

Foxy Loxy is the parent location of The Coffee Fox. This is the perfect spot where every busy lady (or gentleman) can stop and reenergize with tacos and coffee and a spot to plug in and catch up on work.

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-17The Savannah Bee CompanyThe Savannah Bee Company is well known both in and out of Savannah- they have this lovely little honey bar where you can sample different types of honey! They also have an amazing coffee.

jazz’d tapas barDuring Savannah Fashion Week I stopped by jazz’d tapas bar with my crew for a late night cocktail and food. I’m not a big martini drinker but the bartender convinced me to try their Sweet Tea Martini- we’re in Savannah, after all! It’s made with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, peach snapps, and a splash of sweet and sour and Sprite. It was truly rather good. While there we would order the hummus, Chorizo sliders and Jalapeno BBQ shrimp and grits. All very very yummy, and I highly recommend the Chorizo sliders- especially if you need something just a tad on the heavier side of a tapas.

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-186Wright Square CaféDo you love chocolate? Do you love truffles? Be sure to stop in here- they’ve got the most amazing truffles. Even an Earl Grey truffle. But the Key Lime might be my favorite!

Since my last visit to Savannah, Hugh Acheson’s The Florence has opened up- and I’m hearing it’s simply to die for. If you want to take a look at what they’ve got going on I would follow them on Instagram, they’re also super quick to respond to questions on there. And…. They have a coffee car too! If they have the Cortado then get it, I’ve had it at both Empire State South and 5&10- Acheson’s places in Atlanta and Athens. Soon to open in Savannah is Rue de Jean, of the Holy City Hospitality Group out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Suffice it to say- there are a LOT of dining options in Savannah! It’s worth doing your research prior to your trip just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything you really want to experience.

Molly McWilliams Wilkins is a freelance writer based in Macon, Georgia writing about fashion, food, and Southern lifestyle topics. You can follow her journeys at www.makeitworkmolly.com, on Twitter @MakeItWorkMolly, or Instagram at makeitworkmolly.

Guide to Georgia’s Fall Festivals

Enjoy cooler temperatures, falling leaves, kettle corn, candied apples and smiling faces at these fine fall festivals!

Georgia National Fair [Photo Credit: @daydream890 via Instagram]

Georgia National Fair [Photo Credit: @daydream890 via Instagram]

September 6 – October 26, 2014: Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay

September 11 – November 2, 2014: 44th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen

September 18 – 28, 2014: North Georgia State Fair in Marietta

September 19 – 20, 2014: 4th Annual Blues & BBQ Festival in Blue Ridge

Septemver 19 – 20, 2014: WILD About Screven Festival in Sylvania

September 19 – 21, 2014: Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in Augusta

September 19 – 21, 2014: Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival on Jekyll Island

September 19 – September 28, 2014: Slow Exposures Photography Festival in Concord

September 20, 2014: Happy Days Festival in Hapeville

September 20, 2014: Rome Beer Fest in Rome

September 20, 2014: Sumner Egg Festival in Sumner

September 20, 2014: Farm Fest in Hartwell

September 20, 2014: Blues and BBQ in Hinesville

September 20, 2014: 15th Street Pizza & Pub Brew Fest in McDonough

September 20, 2014: Farm Heritage Day Festival at Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet

September 20 – 21, 2014: Roswell Arts Festival in Roswell

September 20 – 21, 2014: Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon

September 20 – 21, 2014: Suwanee Fest in Suwanee

September 20 – 21, 2014: Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival in Peachtree City

September 20 – 21, 2014: Arts Festival at Rose Lawn in Cartersville

September 26 – 27, 2014: Mid Georgia Doc Holliday Festival in Griffin

September 26 – October 5, 2014: Georgia State Fair in Hampton

September 27, 2014: 17th Annual Bear Creek Festival in Hampton

September 27, 2014: Berrien County Harvest Festival in Nashville

September 27, 2014: International Festival & Dragon Boat Races in Peachtree City

September 27, 2014: Downtown Dalton Beer Festival in Dalton

September 27 – 28, 2014: Duluth Fall Festival in Duluth

September 27, 2014: Heart of South DeKalb Festival in Decatur

September 27, 2014: Brazillian Day Festival in Mableton

September 27, 2014: Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival in Albany

September 27, 2014: 8th Annual McDonough Jerk & International Parade in McDonough

September 27, 2014: International City Festival in Warner Robins

September 27 – 28, 2014: The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival in Greensboro

September 27 – 28, 2014: RiverFest Arts & Crafts Festival in Canton

September 27 – November 15, 2014: Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch

September 29 – October 4, 2014: Hahira Honeybee Festival in Hahira

October 1 – 5, 2014: St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival on St. Simons Island

October 1 – 5, 2014: Westobou Festival in Augusta

October 2 – 12, 2014: Cumming Country Fair & Festival in Cumming

October 2 – 12, 2014: 25th Annual Georgia National Fair in Perry

October 2 – 4, 2014: Great Southern Music Festival in Ochlocknee

October 3 – 4, 2014: 4th Annual BridgeFest in Stockbridge

October 4, 2014: 45th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys

October 4, 2014: Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival in Madison

October 4, 2014: Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Clayton

October 4, 2014: CoastFest in Brunswick

October 4, 2014: Cedartown Fall Festival in Cedartown

October 4, 2014: Turpentine Festival in Portal

October 4, 2014: Suwanee Wine Festival in Suwanee

October 4, 2014: AutumnFest in Holly Springs

October 4, 2014: Monastery Fall Festival & Health Fair in Conyers

October 4, 2014: Social Circle Annual Friendship Festival in Social Circle

October 4 – 5, 2014: Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival in Gay

October 4 – 5, 2014: Avondale Estates AutumnFest in Avondale Estates

October 4- 26, 2014: Rocktoberfest in Lookout Mountain

October 7 – 11, 2014: Kiwanis Henry County Fair in McDonough

October 8 – 11, 2014: Dublin Fall Fair in Dublin

October 9 – 12, 2014: Tybee Island Pirate Festival on Tybee Island

October 10 – 11, 2014: 5th Annual Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ and Music Festival in Lyons

October 10 – 11, 2014: Jeff Davis Cotton Festival in Hazelhurst

October 10 – 18, 2014: Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee

October 10 – 11, 2014: Norcross Art Fest in Norcross

October 11, 2014: Big Red Apple Festival in Cornelia

October 11, 2014: Hambridge Center Fall Festival in Rabun Gap

October 11, 2014: Royston Fall Festival in Royston

October 11, 2014: Paulding Fine Arts 12th Annual Fall Fest in Dallas

October 11, 2014: Rock’n Ribville Festival in Lawrenceville

October 11 – 12, 2014: Glynn Art in the Park Fall Festival on St. Simons Island

October 11 – 12, 2014: Oktoberfest Beer & Arts Festival in Stone Mountain

October 11 – 19, 2014: 43rd Annual Georgia Apple Festival Arts and Crafts Show in Ellijay

October 11 – 19, 2014: Georgia’s Official Sorghum Festival in Blairsville

October 17, 2014: Third Annual Butler Island Plantation Homecoming Festival in Darien

October 17 – 19, 2014: Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill

October 18, 2014: 2014 Bremen Towne Festival in Bremen

October 18, 2014: Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville

October 18, 2014: Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival in Cartersville

October 18, 2014: Oconee Chamber Fall Festival in Watkinsville

October 18, 2014: Georgia Peanut Festival in Sylvester

October 18, 2014: 57th Annual Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Warner Robins

October 18, 2014: Cochran-Bleckley Country Fest in Cochran

October 18, 2014: Milan Harvest Festival in Milan

October 18, 2014: Family Fun Fest in Rockmart

October 18 – 19, 2014: Black Bear Festival in Chatsworth

October 18 – 19, 2014: Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega

October 18 – 19, 2014: Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival in Perry

October 18 – 19, 2014: Hogansville Hummingbird Festival in Hogansville

October 18 – 19, 2014: Korean Festival in Suwanee

October 18 – 19, 2014: Fall Festival on Ponce in Atlanta

October 18, 2014: OCAF’s 15th Annual Fall Wine Fest in Watkinsville

October 20 – 25, 2014: Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in Statesboro

October 24 – 26, 2014: Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain

October 24 – 25, 2014: Hawkinsville Harvest Fest in Hawkinsville

October 24 – 25, 2014: Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival in Cleveland

October 24 – 26, 2014: 35th Annual Boston Mini-Marathon Festival in Boston

October 25 – 26, 2014: Chiaha Harvest Fair in Rome

October 25, 2014: Chitlin Hoedown in Yatesville

October 25, 2014: Liberty Tree Festival in Dalton

October 25, 2014: Batesville Fall Festival in Clarkesville

October 25, 2014: 34th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival in Conyers

October 25, 2014: Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla

October 25, 2014: Downtown Vidalia Music Festival in Vidalia

October 25, 2014: Hartwell’s Depot Days Fall Festival in Hartwell

October 25, 2014: Fireman’s Fall Festival in Rossville

October 25, 2014: Rutledge’s Spooky Fall Festival in Rutledge

October 25, 2014: Jacksonville Heritage Festival in Jacksonville

October 25 – 26, 2014: Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville

October 25 – 26, 2014: Johns Creek Art Festival in Johns Creek

October 28 – November 11, 2014: Decatur County Fall Festival & Fair in Bainbridge

October 31, 2014: KidsFest in Woodstock

October 31 – November 1, 2014: Annual Mule Day Festival in Calvary

October 31 – November 2, 2014: IrishFest in Atlanta

November 1, 2014: Bostwick’s Cotton Gin Festival in Madison

November 1, 2014: Granite City Fall Festival in Elberton

November 1, 2014: Unicoi Wine Festival in Sautee Nacoochee

November 8, 2014: 37th Annual Old South Day Festival in Ochlocknee

November 10 – 16, 2014: Savannah Food & Wine Festival in Savannah

November 15 – 16, 2014: Lean Ox Festival in Lenox

 

10 Reasons We Love Fall in Georgia

When you feel that first crisp breeze and watch the colors begin to change, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air! Although we think every season in Georgia is just peachy, autumn has a particular beauty to it. Here are 10 reasons we love Georgia in the fall:

Fall foliage: Fall in Georgia always provides a kaleidoscope of colors. Whether you’re driving down the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in Northeast Georgia or hiking Cloudland Canyon, you’re sure to be amazed by the stunning display of red, gold and orange leaves. Insider tip: Early to mid-November are the best times to see fall foliage in Georgia.

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Apple season: As the temperature cools down, apple season heats up! Fall is the perfect time to head north for a fun-filled day of apple picking. We suggest stopping by Hillcrest Orchards or the Red Apple Barn – both located in beautiful Ellijay.

Pumpkin patches: Why buy a pumpkin at the grocery store when you could enjoy a day of pumpkin pickin’ in Georgia? Pack your family in the car and hunt for the perfect pumpkin at any of these Georgia pumpkin patches.

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Haunted houses: Georgia is home to some seriously scary haunted houses, including the No. 1 haunted house in the nation Netherworld. These walk-through attractions are filled with live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters that are sure to scare even the toughest of visitors! Check out our Get Spooked in Georgia Pinterest board for haunted attractions in your area.

Fall festivals: We’re a sucker for a festival – especially a fall festival! Where else can you watch the leaves fall, eat candied apples and shop for handmade Halloween decorations? Find a fall festival near you here.

Oktoberfest: Grab your lederhosen and your beer stein because Oktoberfest is coming! One of Georgia’s most popular annual events, Oktoberfest takes place in the recreated alpine village of Helen. Attendees can feast on schnitzel, tour the town and even listen to live yodeling! Click here for more information on Oktoberfest.

Corn mazes: Exercise your brain and your body when you visit one of Georgia’s many corn mazes. Each maze has its own unique design, including a “Duck Dynasty”-themed corn maze at Corn Dawgs in Loganville. Visit our Corn Mazes in Georgia Pinterest board to find a corn maze near you.

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Football Season: Football is a big deal in the South. When fall begins, football fans don their jerseys, pack their cars with tailgate supplies and road trip to cheer on their favorite teams. Follow our Fall Means Football Pinterest board for ideas on where to stay on gameday, special events, tailgate recipes and more.

Georgia State Parks: Head to Georgia’s State Parks this fall for outdoor adventure! Whether you’re interested in kayaking, caving, geocaching or camping, Georgia’s State Parks have got you covered.

Cooler temperatures: Fall provides a much-needed respite after Georgia’s sweltering hot summer. It’s not too hot, not too cold and just right for front porch sitting.

1025498_10200401820144233_1171921963_oLauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!

 

 

15 Unforgettable Military Attractions in Georgia

Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough

Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough

  1. Fort Stewart Military Museum in Hinesville is the largest military post east of the Mississippi. Inside the museum, Liberty County’s military heritage is showcased in ever-changing exhibits featuring objects from WW11, Desert Storm, and present-day military activities.
  2. Currahee Military Museum in historic downtown Toccoa’s restored train depot, is home to the WWII history of approximately 17,000 soldiers that trained at Camp Toccoa to become paratroopers.
  3. American Legion Military Museum and Post Cafe in Trenton features artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special emphasis on personal displays of local residents during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
  4. Chickamauga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe was the first major Civil War battlefield set aside as a memorial to the soldiers who fought there. Take a self-guided tour of the 5,200-acre battlefield and hear an audio tape tell of the three-day conflict that claimed 34,000 Union and Confederate casualties.
  5. Korea Monument at American Legion Post 201

    Korea Monument at American Legion Post 201

    Walk of Memories Alpharetta American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta pays tribute through a walkway composed of more than 7,000 bricks, to all Georgians who served in the military and died.

  6. U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum in Augusta is a permanent historical and educational institution, providing training and education to soldiers, military dependents and the general public on all aspects of the history of the Signal Corps, the development of Fort Gordon and vicinity, and the U.S. Army.
  7. The Veterans Wall of Honor in McDonough is an 80-foot-long granite monument that sits on a 2 ½ acre hilltop site in the historic Heritage Park. The wall honors all veterans, living and deceased, for their service and sacrifices to secure our freedom.
  8. The Heritage Park Veterans Museum in McDonough tells a story – from the array of uniforms, some of which date back to World War I, to the rations, equipment and supplies – all of it is displayed to give the public a true sense of the life of a soldier.
  9. Gwinnett's Fallen Heroes Memorial

    Gwinnett’s Fallen Heroes Memorial

    Gwinnett’s Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville pays tribute to all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public safety service.From native Americans “who were the first to love this land,” to the most recent casualties, the memorial honors about 700 individuals, organized by categories of service.

  10. 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe 1919 – 1942. The museum houses artifacts, uniforms, weapons, accouterments, photos, a Patton Tank and authentic WWII vehicles.
  11. Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the site of the Andersonville prison, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.
  12. The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum in Andersonville is home to Civil War uniforms, guns, flags,revolvers, carbines, muskets and Civil War swords.
  13. National Infantry Museum in Columbus

    National Infantry Museum in Columbus

    National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus salutes soldiers in a 190,000-square-foot facility nestled where Columbus meets Fort Benning. It is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman and preserves one of the greatest collections of military artifacts.

  14. Kingsland Veterans Memorial Park in Kingsland  stands as a reminder to all Americans that we will never forget the brave men and women who have serve, and are currently serving, in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.  The Memorial Park pays tribute to the American servicemen and women who have fought and lost their lives in service for the protections of our freedom.
  15. National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler is dedicated to preserving the history and stories of the Eighth Air Force. Hear the unforgettable stories of bravery, experience a bomber mission and briefing, and see the ongoing restoration of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress “City of Savannah” inside the Museum’s Combat Gallery.

13 Great Places to Eat & Drink in Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Situated about 90 minutes north of Atlanta off Interstate-575, Blue Ridge, Georgia, satisfies the soul with a growing menu of options when it comes to dining. A closer look reveals a common ingredient shared by local business owners – a passion for the outdoorsy, earthy, upscale, fresh, historical town – a mixing bowl of opposing flavors that meld just right to create the place these establishments are proud to call home. It’s an ambiance set forth by nature and enhanced by the local people that lures proprietors here; some are retired execs from the ATL beginning a second career and others are establishing roots and raising a family in a simple yet sophisticated community. It’s that kind of opposition – yin and yang – that Blue Ridge embodies, converting visitors to locals again and again as the story goes. If you’re lucky enough to experience Blue Ridge, indulge in these top 13 picks to satisfy the taste buds and soothe the soul.

  1. Harvest on Main uses seasonal products whenever possible to support the local economy, farmer and artisan. Harvest was listed as one of 11 best restaurants outside Atlanta recently and was also featured in the August issue of “Blue Ridge
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  2. At Farm to Table Camp for Kids, the dynamic duo from Harvest on Main builds on community efforts by teaching local children and visiting kids where their food comes from. The farm is open to the public, but there are no set hours; call (706) 946-3276 for more information.
  3. So successful, Harvest on Main expanded their offerings in 2013 with the addition of Harvest’s Blue Ridge Grocery offering a from-scratch bakery, deli and café, coffee bar and menu for take-away meals. Again the restaurateurs will soon expand their portfolio with a Mediterranean-style restaurant.
  4. Cucina Rustica, a local favorite that’s rustic, casual, yet elegant, puts the utmost importance on preserving the traditions of Northern Italian cuisine and delights guests with Osso Buco, shrimp scampi and stuffed veal loin, to name only a few of the must-try temptations. The popular Italian locale also features Cucina Pizzeria for those in search of the perfect pie.
  5. With thousands of vacation rental cabins in and around Blue Ridge, it’s no surprise Chef Douglas Olsen of Cabin Cuisine has found popularity in his services, creating meals in the comfort of a serene mountain setting.
  6. Relax, unwind and prepare for one of Blue Ridge’s newest restaurants, Black Sheep, serving Southern comfort food in a historic residence once visited by Margaret Mitchell, author of “Gone with the Wind.”
  7. Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille welcomes guests with outdoor fire pits, live entertainment and a menu with temptations like bacon wrapped scallops and cedar plank salmon.
  8. Top off your feast with confectionaries from The Sweet Shoppe where owners Nikki Gribble and Susan Catron can boast of their win on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”
  9. For unbeatable hickory smoked meats, including fall-off-the-bone ribs, seek out Joe’s BBQ, featured on TripAdvisor’s list of Top BBQ Joints in the USA.
  10. Apples at Mercier Orchards

    Apples at Mercier Orchards

    New to Mercier Orchards, the popular U-Pick produce destination now features a tasting room offering hard ciders and wines, including locally-produced varieties. Sit for a spell on the deck while enjoying sips and live entertainment on the weekend. Stay for lunch – or, come early for a breakfast fit for a king, complete with local sausage, grits, apple fritters and more.

  11. Try the Blue Ridge Blood, at Blue Ridge Brewery, along with other handcrafted suds – the Hiawassee Golden Ale, Sandy Bottom and Toccoa Brown. Seasonal beers are featured on a regular basis. Pair sips with upscale eats like shrimp mac and cheese and catch live entertainment on the weekends without ever worrying about a cover charge.
  12. At Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Blue Ridge’s premier nanobrewery, co-owners Jim McKnight and Steve Weber – fraternity brothers at Georgia Tech in the 70s, embody their business name and tout the motto, “If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it.” Signature brews include: Aska Pale Ale, Moon over Blue Ridge Wheat Ale, and the soon to be released Hell’s Holler Porter.
  13. Fannin Brewing Company

    Fannin Brewing Company

    Fannin Brewing Company’s motto sums up just about all you need to know: Fresh Air, Fresh Water, Fresh Beer. Started in association with the Blue Ridge Brewery, here you’ll find some of the same sought-after sips like Hiawassee Golden Ale and Toccoa Brown Ale. Fannin Brewing Company’s owner, Tom Fennell, spent a good bit of time in Germany where many of his trips involved a visit to a biergarten or two, sampling a host of German beer styles. He was bitten by the craft beer bug in 2012, when he partnered with Pat Walker at the Blue Ridge Brewery, and by December, the first beer was on tap at the Brewery where the brews,  crafted with fresh Blue Ridge water, have been top sellers ever since.

katieMom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.