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

  • Camp Moon River at Savannah Country Day School

    May 29, 2018
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Savannah Country Day School

    An Overnight Experience in A Day Camp Package  Camp Moon River is a new full-day, traditional-style day camp at Savannah Country Day School,...

  • #art912, Grounded

    Mar 30, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums will feature a commissioned work titled Grounded by Adolfo Alvarado, a Savannah-based artist whose work incorporates cal­ligraphic...

  • Summer Reading Program

    Jun 01, 2018
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Live Oak Public Libraries

    Be a reading rockstar! Enjoy great books, participate in exciting activities and earn prizes. Have fun reading and learning all summer long! Check...

  • Turtle Talks

    May 16, 2018
    10:15 AM - 10:15 AM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    During Turtle Talks, you’ll learn about anatomy and natural adaptations of sea turtles, discuss Tybee’s Sea Turtle Project conservation...

  • Tybee South Beach Walks

    May 16, 2018
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    South beach walks depart from the science center where you’ll join a knowledgeable marine science educator on a guided walk of Tybee’s south...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    May 16, 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...

  • To Catch a Thief

    Jul 21, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star as John Robie, a reformed jewel thief, and Frances Stevens, a rich young tourist and the target of a new cat...

  • Grateful Dead Presented by the Charlie Fog Band

    Jul 21, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    They're back! Let's sell out the house and clear out the beer cooler again! It's their third time taking over the Tybee Post Theater stage with...

  • Sportbike Demo and Track Day

    Jul 21, 2018
    All Day

    Yamaha of Savannah, Podium Motorsports Pirelli, and Lowcountry Sport Riders present the Yamaha Champions Riding School and Yamaha Sportbike Demo...

  • The Little Mermaid

    Jul 22, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Explore the beautiful underwater home of Ariel, a mermaid princess who longs to be on land. Ariel takes great risks to get her wish, but is it...

  • CLAY +

    Jul 14, 2018
    10:30 AM - 50:00 AM @ Toe River Arts Council Gallery

    This exciting exhibit will feature the works of Penland artist/potter Cynthia Bringle. Not to be confused with a retrospective look back,...

  • Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show- Hunter-Jumper

    Jul 24, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Broyhill Equestrian Preserve

    Watch competitors complete the course in various Classic events! Divisions for all ages in this outdoor show adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Blowing Rock Tour of Homes

    Jul 27, 2018
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ St Mary of the Hill Episcopal Church

    This annual fundraiser opens the doors to 5 of Blowing Rock’s most special private homes to admire the special features and furnishings that have...

  • Symphony By The Lake

    Jul 27, 2018
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Chetola Resort

    Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape on the grass by Chetola Lake,...

  • Sue Langford returns

    Jul 28, 2018
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Marriott Riverfront Savannah

    Sue Langford returns to Savannah to sign her bestselling novels. The Marriott Riverfront hotel in Savannah Georgia is having authors from all over...

  • A Tribute to Legendary Songwriters

    Jul 28, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    It all starts with a song, and four Savannah songwriters will honor the legends that gave us some of our favorites. This one-of-a-kind concert...

  • Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina

    Aug 01, 2018
    11:00 AM - 40:00 AM @ Toe River Arts Council Gallery

    Sphere of Influence will visually document the global impact of WNC glass artists, and the research gathered from over 55 regional glass artists....

  • "The King"

    Aug 02, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a...

  • "The King"

    Aug 02, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a...


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The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!

Red, White & Blue Baseball Night

The Two Hundred Club, hosted by the Savannah Bananas, held a double header evening featuring an exhibition softball game between the local Firefighters & EMS versus Law Enforcement at Grayson Stadium.

2018 Savannah Mile

Hundreds of service members and their families joined with community neighbors and volunteers for this annual One-Mile Run yo support The 200 club of the Coastal Empire. Participants run North on Drayton Street for one mile to nd at the Finish Line on Broughton Street. The 200 club provides resources and financial support for families who have had a loved one killed or injured in the line of duty.

Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clay Tournament

The third annual Annie Oakley's Charity Clay Tournament and After Party took place on September 29. The event benefited the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital in Savannah. The day began at 11:30 a.m. with the driven bird flurry contest. Later that afternoon, the shotgun start kicked off the 100-shot tournament. The after party that evening was open to non-shooters alike, where cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres from Cotton & Rye were served.

Savannah Salutes Empower Health After Party

More than four hundred service members representing every branch of the military from all over the country congregated in Savannah to Savannah to provide no cost Health Care to thousands of Savannah residents as a part of the Empower Health Innovative Readiness Training program initiated by the Department of Defense. The Savannah Salute event was hosted on May 20 at the Savannah Civic Center to celebrate the success of the program and thank all involved.

5th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded 5k/10k

More than 1400 runners gathered at Grayson Stadium to participate in the 5th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded 5k/10k. The race raises money for the Nine Line Foundation to support veterans and their families.

Taste of Downtown Savannah

More than two thousand Savannah Chamber of Commerce members and community neighbors gathered in Johnson Square on May 17 for the highly anticipated, Taste of Downtown Savannah event. Guests enjoyed small bites and sips of favorite menu items served up by more than forty Chamber member restaurants along with live music by The Cicada Brothers and Wassaw Sound.

Empower Health Distinguished Visitor Event

A group of distinguished visitors from the Pentagon and White House joined several military members who were a part of the Empower Health Readiness Training Initiative to provide no cost healthcare to the Savannah community from May 10 -18. The event was hosted by Edgar's Proof and Provision at the DeSoto and guests enjoyed a casual evening of fellowship and fun.