Greatest Destinations 2021: Savannah

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When restoring the original 1912 power plant, The Plant Riverside District team decided to preserve some of the building’s most iconic characteristics, including the twin smokestacks, which are illuminated every evening at the new JW Marriott Savannah.

South present’s our hotly anticipated, annual guide to the Greatest Destinations of 2021. Each year, South produces the definitive list of the best places to stay, play, eat and shop in Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Savannah and Jacksonville. This year, we’ve added some new locations for an exhaustive guide to the Coastal South.

 

South’s Greatest Destinations serves as an annual guide to the best locations in the coastal South from Charleston through Jacksonville. The list includes the premier places to stay and the hottest spots to play, as well as the best bites and top shops. In the past year, the Southeast saw continuous visitors—despite recent restrictions—proving there is just something inexplicably hospitable about our beautiful region. Without further ado, here is South’s definitive guide to the greatest destinations.

 

Savannah, Georgia

Travelers come to the Hostess City to experience the true essence of Southern hospitality. The brick walkways and cobblestone roads bear the evidence of generations of welcomed visitors—even the Spanish moss seems to reach from the tree tops with open arms. Here are the host’s top choices to stay, play, eat and shop.

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Mansion on Forsyth Park

Mansion on Forsyth Park is a quintessential accommodation of the Hostess City, where luxury meets the apex of Southern hospitality. Enjoy seductive, baroque-style decor, lounge by the boutique pool, stroll the art gallery and dine at the reimagined 700 Drayton. kesslercollection.com/mansion


Perry Lane

Perry Lane’s stylish decor and prime Historic District location make it a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Visit the Peregrin 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. perrylanehotel.com


JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

The JW Marriott is located within Plant Riverside District, making it Savannah’s premier destination for both luxury accommodations and unbridled entertainment. The iconic 36-foot chrome dinosaur hangs in the expansive lobby and guests enjoy numerous walkable attractions and amenities, including dynamic restaurants and lounges, upscale retail and live entertainment. plantriverside.com

Plant Riverside District The grand opening of Plant Riverside District in 2020 ushered in a new era of entertainment and multifaceted fun. Browse 12 shops and galleries, dine at 14 establishments, play at four bars and lounges and an outdoor amphitheater, all while looking out over the Savannah River and skyline. Plant Riverside District is the newest must-do installment in the Savannah social scene. plantriverside.com 


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Plant Riverside District

The grand opening of Plant Riverside District in 2020 ushered in a new era of entertainment and multifaceted fun. Browse 12 shops and galleries, dine at 14 establishments, play at four bars and lounges and an outdoor amphitheater, all while looking out over the Savannah river and skyline. Plant Riverside District is the newest must-do installment in the Savannah social scene. plantriverside.com

Photo: Peter Collin Murray


Starland Yard

Also known as “Savannah’s backyard,” Starland Yard is so much more than a host for a rotating schedule of the city’s hottest food trucks. This hip, millennial meet-up is equal parts family-friendly. Hang out on the 21+ deck or play tag in the yard; come for Tuesday Trivia and stay for the Starland Bar and Vittoria Pizzeria. starlandyard.com


Coastal Heritage Society

Explore the rich history of coastal Georgia and its adjacent regions by visiting one of the Coastal Heritage Society’s six museums. Favorites like the Savannah Children’s Museum and the Georgia State Railroad Museum help keep culture alive for Savannahians and visitors alike. chsgeorgia.org


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Stone and Webster Chophouse

Savannah’s latest steakhouse is the place to enjoy rich flavors and sultry ambiance. Be prepared to indulge in reserve steak cuts and decadent desserts, all with polished presentations and a Lowcountry-inspired flavor profile. plantriverside.com/venues/stone-webster-chophouse

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Collins Quarter Forsyth

It is impossible to miss the hustle and bustle of central Forsyth Park on a weekend morning. Experience an Aussie-influenced brunch in the bright, modern dining room or outside on the patio with live music—or at least take a lavender spiced latte to-go! thecollinsquarter.com


Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Slink down to the sultry, swanky hotspot known at Jazz’d Tapas Bar. The eclectic-yet-sophisticated atmosphere is the perfect escape for a night out with inspired cocktails and an Americanized tapas menu. Jazzdtapasbar.com

Photo: D. Paul Graham


a.Lure

With beautiful cocktails and fresh, locally sourced cuisine, a.Lure’s serene atmosphere is the perfect way to relax on a sophisticated night out downtown. Specializing in seafood, a.Lure’s menu has a refined take on the home-cooked meals Southerners are all familiar with and continue to love. aluresavannah.com


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E. Shaver Bookseller

Locally and independently owned since 1975, E. Shaver Bookseller is the best spot to find some of Savannah’s treasures. Peruse the charming shop’s nooks and crannies. Insider tip: the shop’s resident felines are known to make excellent recommendations and reading companions. eshaverbooks.com

Photo: D. Paul Graham


Asher + Rye

The newest retail installment on Whitaker Street, Asher + Rye, is bringing Scandanavian interior design to Savannah. From the minds behind the design at Local 11ten restaurant, Erika and Joel founded Asher + Rye (named after their spaniel and son, respectively) to share their passion for modern aesthetics and warm, simple, functional lifestyle. asherandrye.com


Levy Jewelers

Savannah’s only fourth-generation jewelry business with over 116 consecutive years of service, Levy Jewelers are a trusted part of their customer’s lives. As proud members of the American Gem Society, Levy offers the highest quality diamonds, watches, jewelry and giftware at attractive pricing. Visit them at the Oglethorpe Mall or their iconic downtown storefront. levyjewelers.com


Edgewater Drive

Edgewater Drive’s collection reflects a careful balance of all niches, with a signature eclectic flair. Classic denim and wardrobe staples are complemented by unexpected details—all at affordable price points. Edgewater Drive boasts a unique aesthetic that shoppers won’t find in other local boutiques. shopedgewaterdrive.com


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