“Cuffing Season” is Over: Time to Plan a Girls Trip

"Cuffing Season" is Over: Time to Plan a Girls Trip

Photos / Courtesy The Alida Hotel

“Cuffing Season” is coming to an end, so it’s time to shed those temporary relationships and layers and plan a girl’s trip to the South. Just two hours from each other, Charleston to Savannah each offer an escape full of amazing food, eclectic bars and lots of history. Even better is the fact that two of the best places to stay in each city are sister properties, providing a sense of comfort – not to mention style – for girls looking to get away. 


  • Where to stay: The Alida is a 173-room boutique hotel situated on historic Savannah’s River Street in the burgeoning Plant Riverside District. Offering several charming spaces and experiences waiting to be discovered, The Alida features a heated and chilled year-round saltwater pool with private cabanas. The hotel also offers a distinct design perspective and unique representation of local artists, makers and thinkers with each guestroom and suite adorned with a one-of-a-kind element created by the renowned Savannah College of Art & Design.

  • Where to eat and drink: Rhett – a classic American Kitchen featuring a delicious menu from new Executive Chef Javier Hernandez. The Lost Square is the hotel’s outdoor rooftop bar offering scenic views of the river, liquid libations and small bites. If girls prefer to be inside, The Trade Room is the chic lobby bar where guests can taste new whiskey through its Whiskey of the Week lineup.


Photos / Emeline and Lindsay Shorter Photography

  • Where to stay: Emeline, nestled amongst the cobblestone streets and brightly colored houses in Charleston’s historic district, is steps away from Charleston’s most beloved attractions, making it the perfect place for a romantic getaway this cuffing season. An experienced team embodies the persona of a consummate host, always focused on vibrant hospitality. Emeline features a wood-fired eatery, café and coffee shop, courtyard, gallery of found objects, fitness center and more. The hotel’s charming accommodations provide a warm welcome with its 212 all-king bed guest rooms, including 128 luxury suites and 16 double king bed accommodations.

Frannie And The Fox

  • Where to eat and drink: Serving breakfast, brunch and dinner, Frannie & The Fox is a wood-fired eatery with Italian sensibilities serving regional ingredients in a charming environment with an open-air courtyard in the heart of downtown Charleston. The eatery features shareable, thoughtfully sourced dishes and specialty hand-crafted cocktails. Stop by for a happy hour cocktail at the afternoon Aperitivo service or make a reservation for a lovely brunch or dinner date.


About The Alida 

Welcome to The Alida, a design-driven space that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and creative sensibilities of Savannah. More than a building or a place to bed down, The Alida is a carefully considered experience, an immersive encounter with the revitalized Riverfront Ward and the makers and masters who call Savannah home.

Every detail at The Alida is carefully considered, creating a sense of place grounded with tradition, while always looking ahead. Exposed brick and original artworks, residential furnishings and bold textiles: The Alida embodies past and present, progress and tradition, curated and surprising.

But more than anything, The Alida is about people, committed to restoring River Street and the Riverfront neighborhood to its origins: a communal district centered around creation and enterprise. With a healthy dose of Hostess City’s famous Southern hospitality, The Alida connects travelers with locals, while giving curious travelers room to explore at their own pace.

They celebrate their relationships with key Lowcountry local partners, such as Savannah College of Art & Design, Stetson and Eny Lee Parker, who have contributed to The Alida’s custom designs and creations. Every wall hanging and light fixture, every event and gathering space, tells their story: the story of Savannah.

About Emeline 

Nestled amongst the cobblestone streets and brightly colored row houses in Charleston’s historic downtown district, Emeline is a clever and thoughtfully designed retreat crafted for the curious traveler in mind. From innovative dining, cozy gathering places, curated retail, a lush central courtyard, and gracious guest rooms, a visit to Emeline is marked by layers of experience, thoughtful surprises, and an unmistakable sense of place — with history as its backdrop. Spring is the ideal time to visit Emeline — to make your vacation complete, be sure to reserve one of their complimentary house cars or the sporty MINI Countryman, for a day of exploring downtown, the beaches or the backroads of the Lowcountry.