A fun girls weekend in Savannah

Miss your long distance besties? Plan a fun girlfriend retreat in this unique, historic, and hip city.

As you get older, more and more of your friends move to different cities which can be a major bummer when you spent so much of your adolescence and early adulthood learning everything about each other. They were there when your college boyfriend broke up with you and you didn't leave your dorm for a week. They were with you for that unforgettable night in the East Village when you danced like the sun wouldn't come up, took crazy pictures in photo booths, and helped each other ward off creeps. Nothing is sadder than saying goodbye to those people who hold the same memories of early adulthood as you. The ones that shaped who you are. The nice part about getting older and having responsibilities, is having a little extra cash to visit. While you'll always be nostalgic for those late night heart to hearts on the floor of your tiny bathroom in Brooklyn, it's a completely different kind of fun when you all can meet for a luxurious weekend of relaxing and hanging out in a new place.

One of my favorite meeting points is Savannah, Georgia. Being from Florida and now living in New York, it's a perfect place to meet all of my high school friends that are in various parts of Florida now. While there are tons of adorable bed and breakfasts and hotels in Savannah that boast amazing Southern hospitality, for a girls weekend, I opt for an Airbnb. Let's face it, I usually opt for an Airbnb because of the affordability and comfort of feeling like you're in your own space. Specifically for a girls weekend, this option is nice because you can all split the cost of what you would be pay per night at a hotel, each get your own personal space, and it provides a comfy haven to retreat to at the end of a long day and the perfect environment for wine infused heart to hearts not too far off from the ones I spoke about earlier. You can find an entire home Airbnb in Savannah for under $200 a night with 3-4 friends it can be around $50 a night for each of you. I love the Ivy Inn for it's sweet Southern architecture and hominess. It sleeps up to four people and is only $125 a night. I also love this beautiful home that also sleeps four on Jones. The exterior is just what you'd expect in Savannah and the interior is a pleasant blend of traditional Southern decor and modern elegance.

Sweet Savannah homes in the residential districtGetty Images

Head to Broughton Street for great eats, shopping, and nightlife. If you and your squad are adventurous eaters, stop into Alligator Soul which as you can imagine boasts dishes made with alligator and other rarities like elk, antelope, kangaroo, and more. Fret not, if you're not into eating unique game, they have more usual dishes as well. For a fun brunch option, check out The Funky Brunch Cafe where you can sit on the patio or indoors and use the griddle on the table to make your own pancakes. You can catch a concert, play, or film screening at the historic Lucas theatre that almost faced demolition, but was saved by various locals and celebrities in order to preserve its historic architecture and rich past.

For a more history-centric itinerary, check out River Street, Savannah's original cultural hub. Still boasting delicious restaurants, art galleries, and more, walk along the cobblestoned riverfront street and feel the age of the amazing city. Nearby, stop in some of Savannah's 20+ musuems and take Insta-worthy snapshots at historic Ellis and Columbia Square.

Fun fact, Savannah's open container policy is perfect for a girl's weekend. Consumers are allowed one 16oz or smaller open container on the street which makes Savannah a very bar-hopping friendly place. Check out City Market for a car-free bar-hopping sesh. City Market is four blocks of stores and nightlife and is animal friendly as well.

Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing at Spa Bleu after a long weekend of fun. For only $130 you can escape for two hours and experience their Low Country Luxury package which includes a massage, facial, and choice of aromatherapy or a spa pedicure. Check out their site here for more packages.

The closest airport to Savannah is the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, a small quaint hub just outside of the city. Fly there from any major city for fairly cheap, or road trip it to extend the fun. Visiting Savannah soon? Tweet us your favorite girls weekend memories!

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I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

She said she had a friend who swore by something I definitely hadn't heard of.

They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

A company called Objective makes Fast Asleep, a sleep solution delivered as chocolatey treats. They're created with saffron and GABA. If going to sleep was as easy as eating a piece of these chocolatey, minty delights every night, I'd be sold.

What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

The First Night, I Wasn't Impressed.

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I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

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With Objective's Fast Asleep, I get real sleep and balance my levels, so I don't have to feel tired during my waking hours. Sleep in the form of chocolate squares sounds so weird, but oh my goodness, do they work.

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Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.