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

  • "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...

  • SBF Children's Tent

    Feb 17, 2019
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Reynolds Square

    Join Live Oak Public Libraries and Savannah Book Festival for the SBF Children’s Tent on Sunday, February 17 from 1-4 PM in Reynolds Square....

  • Hospice Savannah Oyster Roast

    Feb 17, 2019
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Isle of Hope Marina

    Join us for our 2nd annual oyster roast in memory of Isle of Hope's beloved Sammy Moore. As many of you know, Sammy died under our care in...

  • Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)

    Jan 16, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo style) is for beginners and advanced beginners  of this type of...

  • 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ Hilton Head Island

    The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of theGullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton...

  • Savannah Book Festival

    Feb 14, 2019
    All Day @ Downtown Savannah

    The 12th Annual Savannah Book Festival will continue to celebrate nationally-recognized and local authors through their contributions to literacy,...

  • 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...

  • Balletomane: Paintings by Spain’s Antonio Torres

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ R. Alexander Fine Art

    The show will be on display at R. Alexander from February 1- March 2, 2019. In conjunction with Atlanta Ballet, a special opening reception will be...

  • Savannah Black Heritage Festival

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    The Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF) is a professionally produced, multi-disciplinary festival, and it is one of the many ethnic cultural...

  • 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 18, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Skidaway Island UMC & The Trustees Theater

    The 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) will be held Feb. 18-22, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit...

  • Fashion Show & Luncheon

    Feb 20, 2019
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ The Plantation Club, The Landings

    Vendor Fair Fun Runway Fashion Show with local celebrities including former Mayor Edna Jackson, Tina Tyus-Shaw, Dawn Baker, Cynthia DeLoach,...

  • 2019 Groundhog Day 2.2 Mile Virtual Race

    Feb 20, 2019
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ YOUR CHOICE

    February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! We want to celebrate all of the animals we love so much with a Love Your Pet Day 5K & 10K! We will be...

  • "A Star is Born"

    Feb 20, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The last feature in our run up to the Academy Awards Feb. 24 is, of course, “A Star is Born!!”In this new take on the tragic love story,...

  • Fundamentals of Bachata

    Jan 16, 2019
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Bachata    Come learn the sensual dance of Bachata with us. We're a small Savannah group and  would love to expand it with dance...

  • Opioid Alternatives & Resources Seminar

    Feb 21, 2019
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Richmond Hill City Center

    The Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project (BCOPP) is hosting an Opioid Alternatives & Resources Seminar for healthcare professionals Thursday,...

  • Brews for a Cause

    Feb 21, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Jazz'd Tapas Bar

    South Magazine and Southern Eagle presents BREWS FOR A CAUSE, Thursday February 21st, 2019.  Once a month, join a collection of like-minded...

  • Piano in the Arts-Music of the Americas

    Feb 21, 2019
    7:30 PM @ Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

  • World of Illusion at Savannah Theatre

    Feb 21, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre is presenting this incredible blend of comedy, close-up magic, and grand illusion featuring two dynamic, world-class acts for...

  • Cinema Circle: The Kid

    Feb 21, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Trustees Theater

    Journey through the era of silent film with "The Kid" (1921), Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature masterpiece, where he served as director,...


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Scenes of the South

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!

The Cure Gala

Sisters on a journey sold out to a crowd of over 600 mainly female partygoers as they celebrated a night dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.This special dinner featured unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, live auction, and a room full of big generous hearts. The event was held at the beautiful trustees garden, Charlie Morris's masterpiece of a venue.

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.

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.