Taking advantage of Savannah’s 22 beautiful, shaded squares is a must-do experience whether you’re visiting for the weekend or call Savannah home, and what better way to soak in their beauty than a leisurely picnic? If you’re planning on having cocktails with your picnic (and why wouldn’t you when the entire historic district allows to-go cups!), make sure you pick a square that’s between the legal to-go cup zone that starts at Jones Street and goes up to River Street. Hint: iconic Jones Street is the perfect place for a post-picnic stroll.
Of course, you’ll want to come take our distillery tour that includes a souvenir bottle of our Ghost Coast Vodka 261 or Vodka 261 Orange and try out one of our custom cocktails to enjoy during your picnic. Perhaps most fitting is our Oglethorpe’s Mule to honor General Oglethorpe himself since he’s the reason we have these beautiful squares in the first place! As georgiaencyclopedia.org points out, “It is unique in the history of urban planning in a number of respects, not the least of which is that the squares allow for more open space in Savannah than in any city layout in history.”
As for your other picnic fixings, we recommend stopping at Smith Brothers Butcher Shop. Smith Brothers has been a Savannah staple for nearly 100 years and have a vast selection of cheeses, cured meats, and housemade sides. Or, pickup counter-order sandwiches and sides from 11am-3pm Mondays through Saturdays for the easiest picnic ever. Other counter-order spots that make for tasty and quick picnic options include British Pie Society, Goose Feathers, and Butterhead Greens.
Since the best picnics include dessert, near our distillery you’ll find one of the tastiest dessert spots in Savannah, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Enjoy slices of a variety of cheesecakes, pies, cakes, tarts, crème brûlées, frozen mousses, or the ultimate picnic dessert: chocolate covered strawberries. Other delicious options include Mabel’s Cupcake Emporium in City Market, Marche de Macarons for a French sweet with a Southern twist, or rotating pastries, pies, and puddings from beloved Back in the Day Bakery. For a true Savannah treat, try famous pralines from either Savannah Candy Kitchen or River Street Sweets. Yum!
And if you’re looking for a full-service picnic provider, check out The Savannah Picnic Company. They offer several packages designed for proposals, wedding or baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries and more. They provide the seating, glassware, food, and ambiance so you can just show up and enjoy your luxurious picnic experience without lifting a finger.
For a special treat, plan to visit Savannah during Picnic in the Park, held annually in the fall at Forsyth Park. People deck out their picnic setups with lights, flowers, decorations, and plenty of drinks that align with the theme of the year, and winning setups are selected each year. 2017’s Picnic in the Park will be held on October 8 and features the Savannah Philharmonic.
If you find yourself hosting a picnic in Savannah, be sure to make your cocktails of choice Ghost Coast!