Nicole’s Perfect Savannah Day

by | Jan 10, 2022 | Uncategorized

I love living and riding bikes in Savannah. In the mornings, the sun rises over Spanish moss-lined streets to illuminate a beautiful city laden with life, history, and terrific outdoor possibilities. I’ve lived here for several years, and I’ve loved watching the city grow, improve, and become more bicycle-friendly with the help of local cyclists and advocacy groups. I’m proud to call this city home and always excited to talk about cycling possibilities with other bike enthusiasts. Below is what a perfect bike day looks like to me living in the eclectic city of Savannah…

In the morning, I love to cruise over to the Starland District to grab breakfast at Foxy Loxy Cafe. It’s a wonderful cafe, bakery, and cantina located in a remodeled Victorian home. At Foxy Loxy, you can find excellent coffee, teas, and a variety of made-from-scratch treats. My favorite are the kolaches that are fresh-baked daily. (Think fluffy pillows of dough with a wide selection of yummy filling options like cream cheese, eggs, bacon, guava jelly, and more.) On a bright and sunny day, I’ll wheel my bike to the back patio to enjoy their quaint courtyard outfitted with large ferns, a koi pond, and ample seating.

Photo: Instagram foxyloxycafe, Kolaches, November 3, 2021
After breakfast, I like to explore a bit of Savannah’s history. Lots of people know Bonaventure Cemetery for its beauty and famous inhabitants, but a lesser known gem is Laurel Grove Cemetery, which is much closer to the city’s center. From Foxy Loxy, it’s less than a mile ride. The cemetery is particularly interesting because all available plots were sold by the end of the Victorian Era, so riding or walking through its lanes provides a stunning architectural and historical journey. The grounds are divided into North and South segments, a relic from Savannah’s antebellum period and the era of segregation that followed. Laurel Grove offers plenty of opportunities for learning, reflection, and appreciation through its winding pathways.
Photo courtesy of visitsavannah.com

From Laurel Grove, I head to Park Ave and ride east to Price St to ride south to one of my favorite lunch spots: Green Truck Pub. I love their unique burgers topped with a veggie or meat patty, plus a side of their deliciously salted fries and homemade ketchup. Green Truck serves cold pints of local beer at affordable prices, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Their quesadillas and vegan chili are also well worth the visit. Cheers to that!


Photo: Instagram greentruckpub, Persimmon Dream Burger, November 23, 2021

After lunch, I ride over a short distance to Picker Joe’s Antique Mall & Vintage Market for a unique shopping experience. Part-antique shop, part-local makers showcase, I always walk away with something interesting from their bountiful shelves. There’s also plenty of shopping opportunities nearby in Starland District, but I’ve got to keep riding…

Photo: Instagram pickerjoes, Vintage Lane “V” table, December 30,2021
I’ll complete my longest ride of the day by taking a trip down the Truman Linear Trail (TLT). There are several ways to get to this pedestrian-only trail, and I love that it’s well-kept, easily accessible, and connects me to Lake Mayer. (Read more about riding the TLT here.) The entire route is about 15 miles round-trip from Savannah’s Historic District, but those miles fly by on this scenic route. From the wildlife, to the scenery, to the simplicity of it all, there’s something for every rider on this pathway.
Photo: Melissa Austin

To end my perfect bike day, I like to head back to the Starland District to visit Two Tides Brewery for a wind down beer and time with friends. I love all the sours on tap, the rotating selection that always keeps things interesting, and the free pinball and board games. Plus, it’s right nextdoor to a selection of great food trucks. What a great day of food, fun, and history on two wheels!

Photo: www.camelsandchocolate.com/activities-in-savannah/

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