Greatest Destinations 2020 – Savannah
Hostess City Hot Spots: Savannah’s refined squares and historic charm beckon to be explored and savored. Straight from the source — our readers and patrons — we give you Savannah’s hottest places to eat, stay, play and shop.
(Jazz’d Tapas Bar)
JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR Whether you’re ordering tapas for two or tapas for twenty, you’ll get a little taste of everything at Jazz’d Tapas Bar. Located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District on Ellis Square, this Savannah staple never suffers the ordinary. 52 Barnard Street | 912.236.7777 | jazzdtapasbar.com
(Rocks on the River)
rocks on the river Take in one of the city’s best river views at Rocks on the River at the Kessler Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Sophisticated cocktails and Southern fare complement the view with delights for the other senses. 912-721-3900 | 102 W Bay St, Savannah | kesslercollection.com/rocks-river-grill
ALLIGATOR SOUL Embrace the spirit of Lowcountry dining with Alligator Soul’s upscale take on traditional Southern cuisine. Follow the iron staircase down to enjoy locally sourced, organic ingredients and bold, adventurous flavors. 912-232-7899 | 114 Barnard St, Savannah | alligatorsoul.com
THE ALIDA With nostalgic notes with a modern twist, The Alida hosts a heritage-inspired retreat off River Street. Enjoy craft cocktails and thrilling cityscape views from the rooftop bar or indulge in classic Southern fare at their signature restaurant, Rhett. 912-715-7000 | 412 Williamson St, Savannah | thealidahotel.com.
(The Bohemian Hotel)
BOHEMIAN HOTEL SAVANNAH RIVERFRONT Autograph Collection perched between Savannah’s storied squares and historic riverfront, the Kessler Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection invites guests to suspend their reality and dream of the extraordinary in its richly appointed guest rooms and captivating gathering spaces. 912-721-3800 | 102 W Bay St, Savannah | kesslercollection.com/bohemian-savannah
PERRY LANE Perry Lane’s stylish accommodations, fresh food and beverage offerings, and prime Historic District location make it a favorite for hosting in the Hostess City. Visit the Peregrine Rooftop Bar, stay for dinner at the Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market and cap off the night with a boilermaker at the Wayward cocktail lounge. 912-415-9000 | 256 E Perry St, Savannah | perrylanehotel.com
FORSYTH PARK Savannah’s iconic Forsyth Park is the beating heart of the city. Pack a picnic, bring a frisbee or lace up your running shoes for a loop around Savannah’s most beloved park. Rich in history (and perfect for your Instagram feed), a trip to Forsyth Park isn’t complete without a visit to the fountain. 912-351-3841 | 2 W Gaston St, Savannah | savannah.com/forsyth-park-3
(Savannah Riverboat Cruises)
SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES See Savannah’s sights from the deck of a distinguished riverboat steeped in gentility and Southern charm. The cruises pass under the towering Talmadge Bridge and past monuments like the Waving Girl statue and Old Fort Jackson, giving guests a glimpse into the past. 912-232-6404 | 9 E. River Street, Savannah | savannahriverboat.com
(Coastal Heritage Society)
COASTAL HERITAGE SOCIETY Founded in 1975, the Coastal Heritage Society operates six museums that explore the rich history and culture of coastal Georgia and its adjacent regions. Preserving historic resources and presenting profound educational experiences helps keep that culture alive for Savannahians and visitors alike. 912-651-6840 | 303 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah | chsgeorgia.org
GRAVEFACE MUSEUM Oddity seekers trickle in from far and wide to sip the Kool Aid at Savannah’s Graveface museum. Recently opened in February 2020, Ryan Graveface’s namesake collection of oddities has been deemed by visitors as “not for the faint of heart.” Located on the mysterious “dark side of River Street” on Factors Walk, the museum features curated themed rooms including UFO and extraterrestrial documents, taxidermy displays, and a true crime room – where visitors can observe Charles Manson’s sweatpants, Jim Jones’ sunglasses and original, unopened Flavor Aid packets, and the world’s largest collection of paintings by John Wayne Gacy. The museum pays homage to roadside America and features works by Homer Tate, “King of Gaffe,” who worked to bring the bizarre and freakish to any monotonous drive. Whether down the street or pulling off the highway, be sure to stop in and test your fight or flight mechanism. 912-335-8018 | 410 Factors Walk, Savannah | gravefacemuseum.com
(The Paris Market)
THE PARIS MARKET Indulge in the romantic spirit of the Hostess City at The Paris Market. Browse goods sourced from around the globe and don’t forget to try an authentic French macaron from “The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Georgia” at The Paris Market Café. 912-232-1500 | 36 W Broughton St, Savannah | theparismarket.com
(Nine Line Apparel)
NINE LINE APPAREL This summer, wear patriotism on your sleeve with gear from Nine Line Apparel – an American lifestyle brand founded in Savannah by a military veteran and his wife. In conjunction with the Nine Line Foundation, the brand supports first responders and public servants committed to keeping citizens safe. Find goods from T-shirts and sweatshirts to tactical gear and drinkware (and even facemasks). 912-480-4250 | 450 Fort Argyle Rd, Savannah | ninelineapparel.com
(E. Shaver, Bookseller, D. Paul Graham)
E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLER Housed in an unmistakably charming storefront built in 1842, E. Shaver, bookseller has been locally and independently owned and operated since 1975. Among the shop’s nooks and crannies you can find literary treasures, stationary and gifts, and perhaps stumble upon a book club. Don’t forget to say hello to Mr. Elliot, Bartleby, and Skimbleshanks — E. Shaver’s resident feline reading companions. 912-234-7257 | 326 Bull St, Savannah | eshaverbooks.com
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