Greatest Destinations 2018 - Savannah



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(Moss + Oak, Hyatt Regency Savannah)

They don’t call Savannah the Hostess City of the South for nothing. Visitors and locals alike agree there’s a certain charm about this city that makes you feel right at home. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty, history, haunts, delicious food or bustling nightlife, Savannah’s got it. 

EAT

 

a.Lure This award-winning restaurant specializes in low country cuisine, adding a contemporary approach to classic, beloved southern recipes like shrimp and grits and low country boil. 309 West Congress Street | 912.233.2111 | aluresavannah.com

(Collins Quarter)

THE ATLANTIC Set in an old filling station, Atlantic is now a laid-back neighborhood eatery. With its warm and lively atmosphere, heart and soul sustenance, fine wines, batched cocktails and beers by the glass, first-time guests become regulars in no time. 102 East Victory Drive | 912.417.8887 | atlanticsavannah.com

The Collins Quarter Inspired by the famous Collins Street in Melbourne, you can find a taste of Australia here in Savannah at The Collins Quarter. This vibrant café serves brunch and delicious coffee by day and sets the backdrop for an elegant candlelit dinner by night. 151 Bull Street | 912.777.4147 | thecollinsquarter.com

(Moon River)

Moon River Brewing Company Moon River is known as Savannah’s definitive brewpub. Here, you can sit back with comforting Southern fare paired with a delicious beer in Savannah’s largest beer garden. 21 West Bay Street | 912.447.0943 | moonriverbrewing.com

HUSK The recently opened Husk upholds a strictly Southern philosophy, offering an eclectic menu of exclusively Southern-grown ingredients. Housed in a landmark mansion on Oglethorpe Avenue that once served as home of Savannah’s Elk Lodge, Husk offers a beautiful dining space, bar and porch seating. 12 W. Oglethorpe Ave. | 912.349.2600 | husksavannah.com

JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR Looking for a hangout that’s swanky and sophisticated? Head underground to Jazz’d Tapas Bar. With their specialty martinis, eclectic tapas and soulful live music six nights of the week, Jazz’d is unlike any other place in the area. 52 Barnard Street | 912.236.7777 | jazzdtapasbar.com

 

STAY

(DeSoto)

The DeSoto Savannah - The DeSoto Savannah is the definition of Southern style. A staple of Savannah since 1890, this treasured hotel is historic, charming and accommodating. Breathe easy on their new rooftop pool terrace, browse their museum-worthy art gallery, dine in one of their three restaurants and explore Savannah in style with help from your Sotherly Host. 15 East Liberty Street | 912.232.9000 | thedesotosavannah.com

Hyatt Regency - For over 30 years, the Hyatt Regency Savannah has been a leading hotel of Savannah. With its recent extensive renovations, the Hyatt now has restyled guest rooms, bathrooms and corridors paired with the excellent service customers have enjoyed for decades. 2 West Bay Street | 912.238.1234 | savannah.regency.hyatt.com

(The Cotton Sail Hotel)

The Cotton Sail Hotel - This full-service boutique hotel situated in a refurbished cotton warehouse offers guests modern amenities with touches of traditional Savannah charm. Be sure to check out their renowned rooftop bar, Top Deck, for some breathtaking views of the Savannah River. 126 West Bay Street | 912.200.3700 | thecottonsailhotel.com

Andaz Savannah - Andaz Savannah is an urban haven for those visiting Savannah. Guests will find themselves perfectly situated in the heart of the Historic District. Take a relaxing dip in their terrace pool and enjoy a meal of modern Southern cuisine at their in-house restaurant, 22 Square. 14 Barnard Street | 912.233.2116 | savannah.andaz.hyatt.com

 

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa - This serene retreat is situated on the banks of the Savannah River, only short ferry ride away from historic River Street. Secluded beach access, a riverfront pool, spa, PGA golf course and fitness studio are just a few of the features this downtown resort offers. 1 Resort Drive | 912.201.2000 | westinsavannah.com

 

PLAY

(City Market)

City Market - City Market truly has it all. Spend a relaxing day strolling through the courtyard donned with charming bistros, shops and art galleries. When the sun goes down, dance along to some live music and experience the bustling nightlife Savannah has to offer. 219 W. Bryan Street | 912.232.4903 | savannahcitymarket.com

Escape Savannah - You have 60 minutes to escape from one of Escape Savannah’s two themed interactive rooms: the Haunted Room or Escape from Pirate Island. The immersive escape room experience is a fun and challenging way to match your wits and skills against clues and riddles. The talented staff of hosts, musicians, puzzle masters and actors make the experience all the more real! 905 Abercorn Street | 888.713.3574 | escapesavannah.com

The Rail Pub - This pub’s name comes from the olden days, when day laborers would gather across the street waiting for a hard day of work on the railroad. Now, The Rail Pub is one of Savannah’s most beloved dive bars, boasting one of the best happy hours in the area. Come ready to have a good time. 405 West Congress Street | 912.238.2410 | therailpub.com

Savannah Riverboat Cruises - Let Savannah Riverboat Cruises transport you back in time. There is no better way to see the Savannah River than aboard a riverboat cruise with one of Savannah’s two Queens: the Savannah River Queen and the new Georgia Queen. With their grand ballrooms, open-air top decks and tasty fare, an evening spent with Savannah Riverboat Cruises will certainly be a memorable one. 9 East River Street | 912.232.6404 | savannnahriverboat.com

 

SHOP

(24e Design)

24e Design Co. - As you walk in the doors of this two-story furniture store, you’ll quickly see why 24e is often regarded as the coolest store in Savannah. Offering original, eccentric pieces made right here in town, you’re guaranteed to find something that catches your eye. 24 East Broughton Street | 912.233.2774 | 24estyle.com

(Assorted jewelry, Levy)

Levy Jewelers - The trusted source of luxury jewelry since 1900, Levy Jewelers is a staple of Savannah. Whether you’re looking for engagement rings, designer jewelry or a great estate sale, Levy Jewelers is your one stop shop. Visit them at their flagship store on Broughton Street or at their Oglethorpe Mall location. 2 East Broughton Street | 912.233.1163 | levyjewelers.com

 

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Events Calendar

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • 212th Annual Meeting Savannah Chamber of Commerce

    Dec 13, 2018
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM @ The Westin

    At the 212th Annual Meeting, the Chamber will reflect on 2018 accomplishments and review its 2019 program of work. It will also recognize 2018...

  • Open (Tiny) House

    Dec 13, 2018
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Please join the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless in celebrating the Tiny House Project, which will house 72 homeless veterans in Chatham...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Capture a ‘paw‑fect’ pic

    Nov 19, 2018
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Oglethorpe Mall

    Bring your furry friends in for a pic with Santa, because pets are family too! Capture a special moment with your dog or cat to cherish for years...

  • Bonaventure Cemetery: After Hours Stories Eternal

    Nov 17, 2018
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bonaventure Cemetery

    Savannah's only after hours cemetery tour awaits! Few places are more invoking of Easter and life's great questions and mysteries than that...

  • Lights of the South

    Nov 16, 2018
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Holiday Fiesta and Tommy Agave Release

    Dec 13, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Ghost Coast Distillery

    An old friend is coming back for the Holidays! Join Ghost Coast Distillery at our Holiday Fiesta as we celebrate the winter release of...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck

    Dec 12, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    Confessions of a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant abound in this thoroughly charming, intoxicating and slyly sweet...

  • Up to SNOW Good Dance Cabaret

    Dec 13, 2018
    11:00 PM @ Carnival Bar Theatre

    Live at the Carnival Bar Theatre (306 West Lower Factor’s Walk). The Carnival Bar Theatre is accessed through The House of Mata Hari....

  • Skatefest

    Dec 07, 2018
    All Day @ Savannah Civic Center

  • Santa's Wonderland

    Nov 14, 2018
    All Day @ Bass Pro Shops

    The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Savannah-area families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering FREE 4x6...

  • Toddler Touch Tanks

    Dec 06, 2018
    All Day @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

    Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! During select Thursdays in January and December,...

  • License to Chill Snow Island

    Nov 16, 2018
    All Day @ Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

    Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is preparing for a winter wonderland makeover that will surprise and delight local residents and travelers...

  • FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND WINDOW WONDERLAND

    Dec 01, 2018
    All Day @ Historic Downtown Brunswick

    Celebrate the holidays with festive lights and decorations, including creative displays in downtown windows and storefronts! Decorations will be up...

  • Little Women the Musical

    Dec 13, 2018
    All Day @ The Savannah Rep PLAYShop

    This all-new musical, based upon Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19th century novel, vividly brings to life the March family of Concord,...

  • Greenbriar Children's Center Toy Drive with the SMC Partners

    Dec 04, 2018
    All Day

    Savannah businesses are uniting to assist a local nonprofit for the holidays! From December 4–17, the Savannah Master Calendar Partners...

  • 2018 National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display

    Nov 25, 2018
    All Day

    What started as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 has evolved into one of our most treasured traditions at The...

  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    Dec 14, 2018
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Help the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society as it works with communities across America, including Sea Pines, to conduct the annual Audubon...

  • Ben Tucker’s Birthday Holiday Dinner & Dance FUN-Raiser

    Dec 14, 2018
    6:30 PM - 10:30 PM @ Club Westin Savannah Harbor

    Please join the Friends of Ben Tucker on Friday night, December 14th, to honor and celebrate the life of our friend Ben Tucker with a...


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Scenes of the South

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.