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

  • Free Oral Health Screenings

    Apr 11, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Sandfly Family Dental

     In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon will offer free...

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • "Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience" at Telfair Museums

    Mar 15, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition contains 21 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633). These works highlight...

  • “Jaume Plensa Talking Continents” Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Mar 01, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) is one of the world’s foremost living sculptors. He is widely known for large-scale public artworks and more...

  • Rembrandt Exhibit

    Mar 15, 2019
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Rembrandt lived and worked in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Although most residents of Amsterdam during...

  • Make Savannah Spring Roundtable

    Apr 25, 2019
    5:30 AM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah Bee Company

      Make plans now to join us for our Spring roundtable hosted by Make Savannah members, Savannah Bee Company! You’ll learn how...

  • Marjorie Young to Speak at Buy Local Savannah April Meeting

    Apr 25, 2019
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Cohen Retreat

    Buy Local Savannah will host Marjorie Young at their monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 25. Young, an experienced public relations consultant and...

  • Telfair Museums Presents An Afternoon With Martha Stewart

    Apr 25, 2019
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Historic Savannah Theatre

    Telfair Museums presents lifestyle expert, garden guru, and author Martha Stewart to Savannah on April 25th at 2:30pm at the Savannah Theatre....

  • Remembering the Chinese Railroad Workers

    Apr 25, 2019
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Bull Street Library

    Trace the footsteps of history through the journey of the Chinese railroad workers who constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad. Presented...

  • SCAD BACK40 VIP Reception

    Apr 25, 2019
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace for a private tour of the university's eight-hive bee colony and all-seasons garden, which gives...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

    Apr 25, 2019
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and...

  • 10th Annual Bid for PAL Online Auction

    Apr 25, 2019
    All Day @ www.PALauction.org

    Shop the Lowcountry and beyond from the comfort of your couch! With the "Bid for PAL" Online Auction you can splurge on a golf package, a spa...

  • SCAD40 CELEBRATION AND THE PREMIERE OF SCADSTORY

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Poetter Hall

    Enjoy a private gathering of SCAD friends and VIPs for dinner, live music and the first look at 360-degree immersive exprience, SCADstory, created...

  • SCAD40 Block Party

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bull Street at Madison Square

    Fête this milestone anniversary with entertainment and art installations where is all began.

  • 2019 Tybee Wine Festival

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights at the Tybee Wine Festival. Now in its 11th year, the Tybee...

  • BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Silver Coast Winery

    Think you have what it takes to be the King of the grill? Come to the 3rd annual BBQ Cookoff on BBQ Road. There will be a free wing competition on...

  • NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens

    Apr 26, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    The 44rd Anniversary of NOGS (North of Gwinnett Street) is the perfect time to visit Savannah, Georgia, the largest urban landmark Historic...

  • 2019 Komen Savannah Race for the Cure

    Apr 27, 2019
    6:00 AM @ Ellis Square

    6:00 a.m. Packet Pickup and Registration 7:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 7:45 a.m. Survivor Processional 8:30 a.m. 5K Start

  • 2019 Sand Gnat Challenge

    Apr 27, 2019
    7:30 AM @ 17 South Rod and Gun Club

    Our 3rd year with the Sand Gnat Challenge IDPA match! Back Up Gun Compact Carry Pistol


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Scenes of the South

The Clyde

The Clyde Venue is Savannah’s newest, most modern, wedding venue located in the Historic Landmark District. The space has been completely renovated, and a work in progress for more than a year. The venue is 5,200 square feet and includes a grande room, large marble bar, catering prep area, and restrooms. It’s located at 223 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The Fire Ball

IAFF Savannah Firefighters gathered together at Savannah Station March 15th to celebrate with friends and family. They welcomed their newest members, honored those that recently retired and acknowledged departments joining from around the world! The event was a blast. From 6pm-10pm guests danced to live music, sampled premium foods and even played with local puppies up for adoption.

Savannah's Newest Hot Spot Opens

SEED Eco Lounge, Barrelhouse South and Rogue Water welcomes a new addition to the family. Vice is located on Broughton at Saya's former location. Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than music. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. Amazing DJs get the crowds moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see and socialize with. This sleek and sexy underground spot is sure to be one of the best spots for Savannah's night life.

The Royal Flush Casino Night Presented by Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah hosted “The Royal Flush Casino Night” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Savannah Station, with all of the proceeds going to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The casino-themed party will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, dancing and complimentary casino.

The Telfair Ball

The 39th annual Telfair Ball celebrated the 200th anniversary of the remarkable architecture of Telfair Museums historic buildings and the pioneering legacy of Mary Telfair. This year the Ball was held in Forsyth Park among a myriad of carnival performers and fanciful nymphs. Hundreds of Savannah locals and many visitors came together to celebrate a love of art and South Eastern heritage. The ball supports the future of the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, and the Jepson Center. Proceeds directly fund the museum's educational outreach, exhibitions, and release activities, bring the benefits of art to over 190,000 people each year.

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

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.