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    The who, what & where of Saint Patrick’s Day.

    We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th, the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint as well as the fifth-century arrival of Christianity to Ireland. This is Saint Paddy’s origin story.

    The Saint • His father was Roman, his mother British, and they all lived in what is now part of modern-day Wales. So yeah, Patrick wasn’t Irish. His name wasn’t even Patrick. It was Maewyn Succat. Imagine celebrating Saint Succat’s Day. Maewyn preferred to go by Patricius, and it stuck. Now get this. As a child, the famed Apostle of Ireland wasn’t much of a Christian. Only after an unpleasant kidnapping did Patricius find God.

    The Pirates • When he was just 16, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders. For six years he was enslaved, learned Irish customs, and converted to Christianity. Then, as Patrick testifies in his Confessio, an angel appeared with an inspiring message, “You have fasted well. Very soon you will return to your native country.” A few fervent prayers later, he escaped home.

    The Return • Having returned a more enlighted Christian, Patrick dedicated his life to studying the faith. Another holy vision later and he was determined to spread the good word to the Irish. So, he bravely journeyed to the land of his captors, bringing a big ol’ rainbow pot of Christianity with him. While not warmly welcomed at first, eventually, Saint Patrick baptized thousands and helped establish over 300 churches.

    Symbols, Myths and Legends

    Shamrock Icon • When Saint Patrick was preaching, he often used the three leaves of the clover to teach people about the Holy Trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost.

    Snake Myth • Patrick had nothing to do with driving snakes out of the country. How can we be so sure? There were no snakes in Ireland. The myth may have arisen as an allegory for Saint Patrick driving out pagan beliefs to pave the way for Christianity.

    Corned Beef Baloney • Some say we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with corned beef because Patrick presumably ate the salt-cured meat on his voyage home after escaping his captors. False. Seems more likely that Irish Americans introduced the classic dish with a side of cabbage many years later. In fact, the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day meal eaten in Ireland is actually lamb or bacon.

    Green Fact • From head to toe (or at least a pair of shamrock socks), you best be wearing your finest green on Saint Paddy’s Day. But why? In the late 1700s during the Irish Rebellion, soldiers wore green in contrast to the British red. The soldiers sang, “The Wearing of the Green”, and the color of shamrocks became Ireland’s signature color. Across the pond a couple of centuries later in 1962, Chicago canonized green on St. Paddy’s Day by dying their river a lovely shade of emerald.

    Leprechaun Legend • Prior to Christianity, many of the Irish believed in the Celtic religion, and leprechauns were often featured in Celtic folklore. The stories tell of fairy-like creatures fond of pinching people for not wearing green and guarding pots of gold at the end of rainbows.

    Celebrations

    In the beginning • Before it was rebranded Saint Patrick’s Day, the commemoration of Patrick’s death and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland was dubbed “Feast Day” and took place on March 17, 461 AD.

    In Ireland • In the early twentieth century, Ireland declared Feast Day a national holiday. Over the years, a more popular name emerged and March 17th has been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

    In the United States • The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in America and was commissioned in 1601 by the Spanish vicar of the colony that is now Saint Augustine, Florida. Some of the largest celebrations in the world continue annually in American cities where Irish immigrants originally flocked. Port towns like Boston, New York, and Chicago. Of course, the best place to get your green on (showing some bias here), is Savannah, Georgia.

    In Savannah • Over half a million revelers will descend upon this historic city overflowing with charm and Irish heritage. For everything you need to know about planning the perfect visit, check out our complete guide here.

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Without a doubt, Savannah does indeed host one of the largest and liveliest Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in America. The parade is not to be missed. Over half a million will be there with green on. But why is the luck of the Irish felt here all year round? Let’s take a closer look at the other side of the rainbow in Savannah, without any further Irish cliches.

    The Origin Story

    To understand Savannah’s love affair with Ireland, you have to go back. Way back before Georgia was a state. In the 1730s, Irish immigrants seeking religious freedom were many of the area’s first settlers. The colony’s second royal governor, Henry Ellis, was himself of Irish descent. Immigration intensified during the land rush of the 1830s and 1840s. Then, in 1845 when the potato famine hit Ireland, the hard-working Irish fled to Savannah in mass to become the primary source of labor throughout Georgia’s growth. In the later part of the 19th century, when the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution pushed many north, cities like Boston and New York began to turn the Irish away in favor of American-born workers. In contrast, Savannah’s burgeoning shipping, agricultural, and railroad industries embraced the influx of resolute Irish workers.

    Accompanying the centuries-long rise of the Irish population, Irish heritage has strongly impacted Savannah’s rich culture and civic pride. From a walk through Emmet Park to see the Celtic Cross to a stroll through the Old Fort Neighborhood to feel like a member of the original Gaelic working class – you can easily feel the Irish influence any day of the year.

    Pro Tips: The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist hosts Saint Patrick’s Day mass typically the Sunday prior. Saint Patrick’s Day also gets a formal kickoff during a ceremony celebrating Irish heritage at the Celtic Cross in Emmet Park.

    The First Parade

    What is now a spectacle with several hundred thousand in attendance, the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah began as a private affair. On March 17 in 1813, the Hibernian Society of Savannah, a group of forty-four Savannah gentlemen on a mission to care for Irish immigrants, marched in a private Saint Paddy’s Day celebration. Over a decade later, the President of the Society invited all local Irishmen to join in a public procession. The popularity of the Irish commemoration continued to grow, and in 1870 the first Grand Marshall was appointed to lead the seasonal events. Other than a half-dozen interruptions, like the Civil War and the Irish revolution, the parade has marched on for over two centuries.

    The Grand Marshall

    On the last Sunday in February, the parade committee will continue the tradition of electing a new Grand Marshall, a tremendous honor. It’s also a huge commitment. This year’s electee will attend nearly sixty events over four weeks. Certainly the most famous among them is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

    Witness History in the Marching

    Be a part of this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day events which actually extend over several days. Check out our complete guide here. The city’s population will grow five-fold for the festivities, so visit StayinSavannah.com to book your hotel now.

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Parade crowds will sweep into the historic district, the fountain in Forsyth Park will run green, and Irish stouts will flow all over town. This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah promises to be one of the largest and liveliest in America. Join the half-million revelers anticipated to hit the historic streets to celebrate the Irish holiday. The city’s southern hospitality, warm weather, and multi-day festivities make it a far better destination than the colder Northern towns. Just be safe and wear green to avoid the Leprechaun’s pinch. They’re bigger in Savannah.

    The Parade
    March 17 at 10:15 A.M.
    But go early!

    Marching bands accompanied by haunting bagpipes, tireless dancers in crazy costumes, and brightly colored floats so elaborate they rival those of Mardi Gras. This family-friendly parade is pure fun for a straight three to four hours. To make the most of your experience, pack some sunscreen and follow these tips. The parade begins at 10:15 in the morning, but road closures start as early as 6:30 a.m. So go early and stake your claim along the parade route. Abercorn Street is ideal for families, Bay can get a little rowdy, Broughton may be one of the easiest spots for a nice view, or simply reserve a bleacher starting at $35. There are a number of public garages, but consider using the convenient shuttle to avoid traffic. You’ll find the parade route, road closures, parking, shuttles, and bleacher rentals in our full guide to Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah.

    Post Parade

    The floats may be gone, but the day’s festivities have only just begun. Follow the crowds down to the cobblestones of River Street or to the pedestrian-friendly City Market to keep the good times going. In both historic settings, you’ll find live music stages, plus lots of options for food and drink. Take advantage of Savannah’s open-container policy and grab a Guinness to-go at one of these Savannah pubs and bars, most within walking distance of downtown. Pro tip: the city will expand the to-go cup zone for Saint Patrick’s Day only.

    Greening of the Fountain

    It goes quickly. In about 30 minutes or less, the water in the 170-year-old fountain in Forsyth Park goes green to mark the beginning of the St. Patrick’s season in Savannah. Even if you don’t join the Grand Marshall of the parade for the greening ceremony in early March, you may still want to visit for a selfie in front of the iron emerald jewel of Forsyth Park. The green water spewing from the white triton horns of this iconic Savannah landmark makes an incredibly post-worthy backdrop.

    Feeling Lucky?

    To score the pot of gold in accommodations, you’ll need more than a four-leafed clover. You need reservations. And now. Saint Patrick’s Day draws thousands of visitors, and 2023 promises to be no exception. So visit StayinSavannah.com to book your hotel now.

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Feeling weary of the extremely cold, overcrowded, weather-worn destinations in major cities? Then Savannah is your less noisy, more serene winter getaway go-to. Here, it’s not too hot and not too cold, (we like to call it Goldilocks weather). Rarely dipping below 40°F or going over the mid-60s, you can wear your cute sweaters without having to bundle up. Full of cozy culture and southern charm, here are some tips and tricks for your next Goldilocks getaway to Georgia’s oldest city.

    Pack Hacks

    No need to bundle up this time of year in Savannah. Yes, it’s going to be a little chillier in the winter, but feel free to leave the snow gear and parkas at home. The weather rarely drops below freezing and the high reaches the 60s during the day. All you really need are some pants, leggings, a light coat, a pair of boots and your favorite cashmere sweater. And don’t worry if you forget a thing or two—Savannah has an amazing array of shopping districts and local boutiques where you can pick up whatever you need. Now that’s sorted, let’s find some fun adventures that will warm your spirits.

    Skate the Night Away

    Keep your feet movin’ and groovin’ all afternoon while ice skating at the Savannah Civic Center. The city partners with the Savannah Ghost Pirates ice hockey team to turn the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena into a large skating rink. Normally skating only lasts from December through January, but this year the rink is open until May thanks to the Ghost Pirates, so you can enjoy the icy rink well into the spring. Check out the schedule before you go to see if there are any special events. Whether you want to try figure skating with your special someone or teach the kids how to play hockey, this is the perfect activity for couples and families.

    Discover Fantastic Festivals

    Bibliophiles rejoice! Depending on when you’re in Savannah, you can attend the ever-so-popular Savannah Book Festival on February 18. The festival presents a wide array of renowned and emerging authors throughout downtowns Chippewa Square, Wright Square and Telfair Square, guaranteeing a genre or novel for everyone. Grab a book, have it signed by the author, cozy up on a bench with a cup of joe and start reading.

    Tour Magnificent Mansions

    If the weather is a little too cold for comfort and you want an intimate and informative touring experience, head inside one of Savannah’s many house tours. The city features multiple mansions that have been converted into museums and now serve as an interactive historic adventure for friends and families. Stroll through each one to see pleasant period pieces and hear stories of previous owners. Step inside the Andrew Low House Museum for an astonishing look into 19th Century life in Savannah and get a glimpse of the Girl Scouts of America’s first headquarters. Visit the stunning Harper Fowlkes House and marvel at the mansion’s Greek Revival architecture, detailed aureate interior design and a plethora of 18th and 19th Century artwork, paintings and sculpture. For those wanting a vivid historical account, visit the Davenport House Museum to uncover the seedier side of Savannah’s history. The museum features information about the master builder and owner Isaiah Davenport, as well as a detailed history of his slaves and the city’s slave trade.

    Skidaway to Savannah’s State Park

    Mild winters allow travelers to get in touch with their wild side. Head on over to Skidaway Island State Park for some coastal fun. Walk the many trails or rent a bike for an afternoon ride. Take your shoes off and stroll along the beach or venture into the saltwater marshes. Wildlife watchers, bring your binoculars and search for a variety of animals in the park to discover over 300 species of birds from egrets to eagles; or keep your eye out for raccoons skidding along the campsite and fiddler crabs marching on the sand. Travelers with RVs can spend their winter vacation at the park’s campsite provided they RSVP in advance. With playgrounds, boardwalks and plenty of activities, Skidaway is the perfect place for family fun.

    Stroll Beautiful Botanicals

    The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm (CGBG) proves to be the ideal location for anyone who wants a peaceful, quiet winter setting away from the city. Part of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, the CGBG in Savannah boasts 10 acres of stunning gardens. Each features a wide variety of different plants and flowers. And each garden has its own design and aesthetic, from the Cottage Garden with an intimate feel to the Mediterranean Garden with its colorful, coastal vibe. Don’t forget to stop by the Barbour Lathrop Bamboo Collection to see over 70 collected species of bamboo. For those in town in late January, don’t miss the Camellia Festival on January 28 and 29 to see a special bloom exhibition and buy a few plants to take home. Whether you decide to stroll through the gardens or head off onto a walking trail, you’re bound to be surrounded by Georgia’s most gorgeous sites wherever you look.

    Ready to visit Savannah for a warmer winter vacation full of adventure and fun? Book your Stay Today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Tired of shopping in the same old haunts around the holidays? Luckily, the oldest city in Georgia offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the state. From boutiques set in historic buildings and artsy shops, you won’t find them anywhere else. Savannah boasts an array of options that are in a class all their own. Here are six of the best places to visit so you can load your sleigh with some memorable gifts this holiday season.

    Wright Square for right-nice gifts

    Completed in 1733, Wright Square is the perfect place for beautiful boutiques. Savannah’s second-oldest square includes an array of antique, original shops that provide a cultural shopping experience. Dog lovers can rejoice at Oliver Bentley’s and get organic, gluten-free treats for their canine companions. For an immersive shopping experience, stop by The Olfactory for unique soaps, teas, and spices while taking in scents from the Old World. If you need a break from buying, stop by the monument dedicated to the Native American leader Tomochichi before resuming your shopping spree. The stores in Wright Square stay open late in December, making this the perfect place for anyone who needs last-minute gifts with a distinct flair.

    Visit River Street Shops

    Travelers and tourists who are only in the city for a short window should head to the landmark waterfront stores along River Street. The cobblestone sidewalk road leads to shops of every kind: gifts, food, clothing, jewelry, books, and much more. Peruse standard gift shops with t-shirts and magnets or go to “Something Different” for one-of-a-kind crafts. There is a shop for everyone: like Books on Bay for bibliophiles, Mad Hatter for millinophiles (people who love hats), and The Peanut Shop for anyone nuts about . . . nuts. River Street makes for a perfect shopping spree for a wide variety of holiday gifts.

    Set your sights on Starland District

    Embrace your inner artist as you venture through Savannah’s art district. This downtown area is filled with all sorts of galleries, boutiques, and strange shops. Stop by the Starland Strange & Bazaar for a variety of items, from odd outfits to strange stickers to sprinkles for adults. Amid the oddities you can stop by the Front Porch Improv Theatre for a few laughs at one of the theatre’s weekly shows. Anyone treasure hunting, visit Picker Joe’s Antique Mall. Picker Joe’s features a wide variety of items, from mid-century furniture and architectural salvage to vintage artwork and cameras. Every artsy community needs a supply store, so head on over to Starlandia Supply for any art materials you or a loved one might need for the season. Savannah’s Starland District is a wonderful artsy area for anyone who loves giving gifts outside the ordinary.

    Hussle on over to City Market

    One of Savannah’s oldest shopping districts, City Market has served as the city’s central marketplace since the 1700s. Shop along several blocks of boutiques, gift shops and art galleries during the day. At night, enjoy sumptuous meals while listening to concerts. City Market features a variety of nourishment for foodies. Satisfy your sweet tooth by going to Byrd’s Famous Cookies or Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a collection of confectionaries. Carnivores can head over to Beef Jerky Experience before washing savory flavors down with wine, smoothies, or beer at The Georgia Tasting Room. Fashionistas can spend hours browsing at Spartina 449 and Charleston Shoe Company. If you’re a romantic in need of the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, head on over to the Savannah Jewelry Gallery and browse a wide selection from featured artists or have a tiny treasure custom-made for your loved one. City Market is the ideal shopping venue for people of all ages and its variety of wares makes it perfect for fun holiday gifts.

    Stroll over to Abercorn Walk

    Stimulate your sense of style by going to one of Savannah’s newest shopping centers just south of downtown. This is the perfect place for anyone who wants an upscale wardrobe or to give glamorous gifts. With retailers like Talbots, The White House Black Market, Chicos, Ann Taylor and Jos A Bank, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the walks fashionable fronts for the perfect outfit. And if all this shopping makes you hungry, stop by Fresh Market for some ready-to-snack bites.

    ShopSCAD for artsy gifts

    Delight in distinct gifts by visiting ShopSCAD, the store operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Take in the hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography and clothing designed by a rotation of SCAD students and alumni. Due to the constantly changing roster of students and designers, you’re bound to find something new every time. Whether you’re a casual window shopper, traveler or a cultured collector, this is the perfect spot for anyone desiring a truly unique gift for the holidays.

    Ready to shop in Savannah and stock up for the gift-giving season? Book your Stay Today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Known as the “most haunted city in America,” Savannah is overflowing with Halloween activities. The oldest city in Georgia’s rich history provides a plethora of paranormal sightings, spooky vibes and uncanny rituals. From ghost tours to haunted houses and eerie cemeteries, Savannah serves as the ideal city for hair-raising Halloween fun.

    Ghoulish Ghost Tours

    1. 1)  Ghost and Gravestones
      Tour Savannah’s historic district aboard the “Trolly of The Doomed” as you hear about the city’s eerie myths, haunted houses and depraved denizens. “The Trolley of the Doomed” transports you to crumbling cemeteries and two of Savannah’s most haunted sites: the Andrew Low House and Perkin’s and Sons Ship Chandlery. Climb aboard the trolley, if you dare.
    2. 2)  Blue Orb Tours
      End your night with a fright by taking one of the highest-rated ghost tours in the world. Families can visit the city’s most infamous haunted locations in addition to exclusive locales for an evening of spooky stories. Those who want truly terrifying tales can take the 18 and older Zombie Tour filled with graphic, gory legends of the undead, conjurings and paranormal beings.

    Haunted Pub Crawls

    1. 1)  A Nightmare on Congress Street
      Don your best costumes and take your friends on a shockingly spooky Halloween-themed bar crawl. Described as the city’s largest and creepiest pub crawl, you’ll visit multiple bars for a night filled with frights, fun and the chance to win a $2,000 costume contest.
    2. 2)   Moon River Brewing
      Startle your stomach as you dine with ghosts and revenants at one of Savannah’s most haunted restaurants. The Moon River Brewing Company has a history of deaths, murders, and paranormal events. Walk the haunted halls, descend into the basement, and eat a meal if you have the stomach for it.

    Haunted Houses

    1. 1)  The Haunted Forest Moose Lodge
      You’re in for a night of both scares and laughter if you attend this haunted house. Walk through a long, dark trail in the woods to encounter devilish children, voodoo priestesses and crazed clowns. You’ll even see frightening monsters from your favorite horror movies.
    2. 2)  Alee Terror Plantation Haunted House
      Voted Savannah’s #1 haunted house, get excited for an electrifying experience as you wander through Terror Plantation. Filled with spine-chilling scenes, atmospheric special effects and creepy characters, you’re bound to remember this haunted house for years to come. Ye be warned: not everyone who enters is able to complete the haunt. Will you be able to keep your wits?

    Celebrated Cemeteries

    1. 1)  Colonial Park Cemetery
      Nearly 300 years old with over 9,000 graves across 6 acres, Colonial Park is Savannah’s oldest cemetery. There’s much to learn about the city’s history, its most famous residents and significant events. This is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful stroll on Hallow’s eve.
    2. 2)  Bonaventure Cemetery
      The winner of TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award, Bonaventure Cemetery Tours is an educational feast for the spirit. Located on the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery is filled with beautiful statues, tombs and moss-draped oaks, making it Savannah’s most beautiful and picturesque cemetery. A tour through the cemetery’s 100-plus acres is filled with valuable information and scenic beauty that will leave you wanting more.

    Divine Dining

    1. 1)  17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant
      Located near Savannah’s historic district, this inn and restaurant provides hearty meals in a building that dates back to 1790. Period furniture, colonial decor and dim lighting creates a historic ambiance that is the perfect place to kick off your hocus pocus plans. One of Savannah’s most famous restaurants, we suggest you make reservations to properly enjoy this atmospheric inn.
    2. 2)  Olde Pink House
      Add class and culture to your Halloween evening by dining in this beautiful 18th Century mansion. Enjoy classic Southern food in a historic, romantic atmosphere or venture into The Planter’s Tavern–located in the restaurant’s basement–for a more vibrant ambiance. It’s recommended you make reservations beforehand, as this is another one of Savannah’s most well-known restaurants. It’s the perfect place to end your Halloween weekend in style.

    Planning to spend Halloween in one of the nation’s most haunted cities? Book your stay today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Full of charm and romance, Savannah offers a variety of date night activities guaranteed to impress. From drinks on the roof to strolling through the Botanical Gardens to catching an award-winning improv show, Savannah has the perfect outing for spur-of-the-moment dates, anniversaries and every moment in-between.

    Drinks on the Town

    1. Bar Julian
      Set the date-night bar high by grabbing drinks on Savannah’s tallest rooftop at Bar Julian. Cozy up over hand-crafted cocktails and admire the enchanting cityscape and endless Savannah River views. Toast the sunset with fresh spirits and share a refreshing Mediterranean menu for two.
    2. Perch at Local 11 Ten
      Impress your date with spectacular views of Forsyth Park and specialty cocktails at Perch. Nestled amongst the oak trees, Perch brings nature right to your table with natural bamboo and steel accents throughout. The bar’s design is as functional as it is relevant to the original concept and features seating that persuades couples to ‘perch’ for a while.
    3. Water Witch
      Set the mood at a tiki oasis in Savannah’s Starland District. Here, classic tiki culture intertwines with an adventurous atmosphere and cocktails are served side-by-side with mariner myths and local lore of an ill-fated warship. Merging island influences with brooding storytelling and tropical overtures, Water Witch will put the wind in your date night sails.

    Wine Tasting Dates

    1. The Georgia Tasting Room
      Wine and dine your date at The Georgia Tasting Room. Located in Historic City Market in the heart of downtown Savannah, here, you can enjoy $3 wine tastings, wine smoothies, moonshine smoothies, local beer and meat and cheese plates with a southern Savannah spin. The best part? Everything is locally sourced and created, so you and your date can enjoy classic Savannah fare.
    2. Savannah Wine Cellar
      Take your date and tastebuds on an adventure at Savannah Wine Cellar. Start with the whites, explore the roses and share some reds from the high-tech tasting machines. Stop in early on Saturday afternoons to enjoy hand poured tastings featuring six different types of wine from all over the world. With over 400 wines stocked, there is something for every connoisseur and couple.

    Spend a Relaxing Afternoon Outdoors

    1. Savannah Botanical Gardens
      A great place for a romantic stroll, the Savannah Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to get lost with your date. Created in the 1980’s, the garden includes a two-acre pond, nature trails, archaeological exhibit, historic Reinhard House, amphitheater and both formal and naturalistic plantings. Walk among the perennials in the summer garden before heading over to the David Austin English rose garden and pause at the fountain to share some quality time with the one you love.
    2. Forsyth Park
      Pack a picnic, blanket, some games and your beverage of choice (in plastic containers only) for a fun and leisurely date in Forsyth Park. Located just south of the historic district downtown, this majestic 30-acre park features beautiful oak lined paths, the infamous Forsyth Fountain, an amphitheater with concessions, tennis courts and spacious grassy fields perfect for cuddling up with your partner.

    Dinner and a Comedy Show

    1. Alligator Soul Restaurant
      Located on historic Telfair Square (one of Savannah’s first four colonial-era squares) the Alligator Soul restaurant experience starts outside with the beautiful ambiance of historic Savannah. From there, it moves indoors where there are indulgences to fulfill all the senses. The perfect start to your date night, enjoy handmade dishes created with fresh, local ingredients in a unique and unforgettable dining event.
    2. Dine with Rhett
      Treat your date to Coastal Cuisine that celebrates the bounty of Lowcountry. Located at the intersection of Savannah’s bustling Riverfront and the entertainment district, Rhett is a lighthearted hub of taste, with a warm and hospitable spirit and a dedication to Southern hospitality. Here, the chef takes revered local dishes and transforms them into playful, accessible plates perfect for two.
    3. Front Porch Improv
      End your date night on a funny note by sharing a laugh at Front Porch Improv. Known for stellar shows and a cast of talented performers, Front Porch offers award-winning live events every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a variety of comedy, improv, sketch and storytelling shows, as well as beginner classes.

    Ready to treat your partner to a Savannah date night adventure? Book your stay today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    Savannah is packed with so many exciting things to do, why limit your adventure to just the weekends? From variety shows and ghost tours to river boat cruises and food tours, there’s plenty of family-friendly or adult-themed ways to keep Monday through Friday fun.

    Sunset River Boat Cruises

    Catch a refreshing evening breeze and a captivating sunset any day of the week on a Sunset River Boat Cruise. Decked out in traditional red, white and blue riverboat colors, these elegantly appointed boats cannot help but draw visitors back to a time. So, sit back, relax and take in the city’s antebellum charm and iconic views of the stoic live oaks covered in flowing Spanish moss, the welcoming shady squares and picturesque waterways. Or head below deck and dance to tunes from the 50s through today performed live by talented Riverboat Entertainers.
    The riverboat tours leave the dock right next to the exact location where General Oglethorpe first landed on the riverfront and head upriver, into the Port of Savannah, and then turn around and head back under the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge and past the historic riverfront. The tours continue downriver passing the world-famous Waving Girl, Florence Martus, through the shipyards, and just past the tip of Hutchinson Island and Old Fort Jackson. There, the boat circles back upriver to arrive gently back at the dock.
    Set sail in Savannah

    Ghost City Tours
    Turn a normal weeknight into a paranormal adventure and be the next guest to have an experience with one of Savannah’s ghosts. Explore “America’s Most Haunted City” with Ghost City Tours and visit the most haunted locations in the Historic District. Packed with spirited fun, these talented Tour Guides take you on an exciting journey and bring spooky tales from Savannah’s tortured past back to life.

    Tours are available daily and range from kid-friendly options, like The Grave Tales Ghost Tour, to adult-themed fun, like The Strangled Not Stirred Pub Crawl, The Beyond Good and Evil Tour and Ghost City Haunted Pub Crawl.
    Have a weeknight haunt

    Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos
    On Thursday and Friday nights, head over to a place guaranteed to strike a key, Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. This audience-driven, all-request show features four talented piano players and non-stop fun. “Dueling pianos” is a great form of entertainment where two grand pianos are each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are a must. We play songs for all walks of life, from classic rock and country to Top 40 hits and R&B. And we take requests. Great for large groups or just a night out on the town, stop in and strike a chord on the dancefloor.
    Wrap up the week in smiles

    Savannah Food Tours
    Upgrade your weekly dinner plans to a delicious food tour around the city. Perfect for self-acclaimed foodies and anyone who appreciates a tasty meal, food tours are the perfect way to sample some of the city’s finest dining and regional cuisine, and a great way to get to know the city.

    Kick off your afternoons at 11:15am with First Squares Food Tour, a guided walking tour of six eateries located in Savannah’s Historic Squares. The tour includes a lot of great info for history buffs as well as plenty of tasting opportunities. The food establishments in this tour include everything from a Scottish pub to a British bakery, from a trendy eatery to a store that sells award-winning honeys and honey products.

    With tours starting at 11am on Wednesday, the Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour is perfect for adventurous foodies looking for something a little more off the beaten path, alley or down a live-oak-lined square. Featuring six locations, this tour includes tastings of locally-sourced gourmet cuisine, nouveau American fare prepared in a wood-fired oven, South African-inspired cuisine, Leopold’s Ice Cream (a 100+-year-old Savannah tradition) and more.

    Starting at 4pm on Thursdays, Walktails and Bar Bites Happy Hour is a fun and yummy walking happy hour tour that brings together some of Savannah’s most endearing traits: to-go cocktails, delicious bites and fun, engaging hosts. This adults-only tour takes guests to four unique, surprising bars where you will enjoy 3 food tastings plus 4 exceptional cocktail pairings (a mocktail version of this cocktail is available for non-drinkers) making this the most delectable and fun way to start your evening.
    Spice up your weeknight meals

    Jazz’d Tapas Bar
    Kick off your business loafers, slip on your dancing shoes and hop on over to Jazz’d Tapas Bar for local, live music Thursdays through Sundays. A space that uniquely captures the energy of downtown Savannah, this is where locals and tourists alike jive over delicious food, craft cocktails, martinis and live entertainment. Many think the name “Jazz’d” represents the genre of music, and indeed there is a speakeasy vibe, but the name Jazz’d is not about the music. It’s more about a state of mind, stepping down the stairway and through the doorway finding something truly unique to Savannah. Get “All Jazz’d Up” because every night is a different experience.

    What once was the old Kress Department Store, the owners transformed the rundown basement with its exposed utilities, concrete walls, floors and ceilings, into the sleek, industrial chic lounge it is today. Now the 5500 square feet hosts a lounge, bar, intimate dining area and a lot of friends. Whether you are there for a quick drink at the bar, a special date night or a bachelorette party, it’s a cool and contemporary getaway.
    Get all Jazz’d up

    The Historic Savannah Theatre
    Top off your weekday with a show in of one of the United States’ oldest continually-operating theatres, The Historic Savannah Theatre. This month, catch Savannah Live. Running Sep. 7th to Oct. 29th, this high-energy 2-hour variety show features everything from Pop to Broadway and Motown to Rock & Roll. Featuring a live band, singers and dancers, it is sure to be the most fun that you have in Savannah. If you’re looking for something the kids will enjoy, check out Pete the Cat ¬– Jimmy Biddle is the best student in his 2nd grade class, until Pete the Cat moves in with his skateboard and electric guitar. But when Jimmy needs help with his art project, groovy Pete is the purrfect pal to awaken Jimmy’s imagination. Together, they go on an artistic adventure all the way to Paris and back on Pete’s hip VW Bus. This one-hour rockin’ musical is fun for the whole family.
    Liven up the week

    Ready to turn your weeknights into a Savannah adventure? Book your stay today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    6 ways to stay cool during a midsummer stay in Savannah

    Savannah welcomes visitors with open arms, but during the summer that warm southern hospitality may feel more like a sweltering heatwave. Here are six ways to stay cool in the city’s hotspots while simultaneously quenching your thirst for Savannahian culture, art, history and locally brewed refreshments.

    1. Cool off while slipping back in time
    A great way to immerse yourself in Savannah’s rich history and culture while staying cool is by visiting our museums. Start at the Davenport House, a preserved American Federal-style house. Here, visitors can step into the 1820s and learn how both free and enslaved residents experienced life in this historic household. If you’d rather remain in the present, the SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum that features emerging and established international artists through commissioned works and rotating exhibitions. Need a place the kids will be entertained too? The Jepson Center is a strikingly modern building filled with art, hands-on activities and plenty of educational opportunities for children. Just a few blocks away, The Telfair Museums were originally constructed in 1819 on the site of the former colonial Government House and the official residence of Royal Governor James Wright. Today, the property features three nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the owner’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculptures and decorative arts. The best part? All the museums are within walking distance of StayinSavannah.com preferred hotel partners!

    2. Escape the heat in an Escape Room
    Test your teamwork skills in an (air-conditioned) escape room. Fun for the whole family, an escape room is, essentially, one big game that uses a series of puzzles, riddles and clues that when solved lead players to the exit. Whether you are a first-time escaper or long-running Game Master, this is a great spot to stay cool and have fun. At The Escape Company, located directly behind the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District and Doubletree Hotel Savannah Historic District, you can choose from a variety of rooms that range in difficulty and adventure. Complete a search and rescue mission in The Cavern, escape Alcatraz or see if you can survive A Night in Greyside Manor.

    3. Catch a seaside breeze on Tybee Island
    Just a short 15-minute scenic drive from any of our preferred hotel partners in Savannah, Tybee Island is a place where coastal charm meets laid-back beach vibes. Known as one of the most quirky and colorful beach towns in the country, this three-square-mile enclave is jam-packed with local shopping, dining, lodging opportunities, bike trails, white sand beaches and sunset-crowned saltwater marshes. Tybee Island is an ideal getaway any time of year but this gem shines in the summer. Enjoy breakfast at the classic diner-style Sunrise Restaurant before shopping for souvenirs at the Shoppes of 1207. Sunbath at North Beach, paddleboard on the Back River and toast to a day well spent at The Deck Beach Bar.

    4. Enjoy a frosty summer treat
    Founded in 1919 by three brothers from Greece, Leopold’s Ice Cream serves up “Good Things to Eat, Good Things to Drink” to tourists and Savannahians alike. All of Leopold’s super-premium, award-winning ice cream is handcrafted in historic downtown using original, secret recipes and techniques handed down by the family. Many of their toppings and ice cream ingredients, and all of their sandwich meats and salads are prepared from scratch by a Leopold’s chef, so you’re sure to find something memorable here. Leopold’s is also sold in our hotel gift shop at the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront and Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District!

    5. Stop in for a refreshing brew
    Beat the heat while staying in the spirit of the town at Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first distillery since prohibition. Honoring the ghostly spirits of Savannah, the distillery prides itself on crafting the finest liquors that embody the city’s unique past and vibrant future. More of a beer guy or ghoul? Grab a brew in one of the oldest, most historic and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah, Moon River Brewing. Here, visitors are invited to experience the history and spooky ambiance while enjoying excellent food and hand-crafted beers firsthand. Both breweries are located only 2 blocks from the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District and Doubletree Hotel Savannah Historic District. Whether you are new to Savannah or just passing through, you’ll find a warm atmosphere and a great selection of food and spirits at our local breweries.

    6. Let the (air-conditioned) theater entertain you
    Sit back, relax and enjoy a show in one of the United States’ oldest continually operating theatres. A walk or short pedi cab ride from any of our preferred hotel partners is The Historic Savannah Theatre which first opened its doors on December 4th, 1818, and has since served as a live performance venue as well as a movie theater. After enduring several fires and undergoing multiple renovations, today the theatre hosts regular performances of a variety of shows and music revues. Visitors can enjoy classics like Grease and newfound favorites like Elf. While you’re there, be sure to tour the museum’s artifacts, newspaper articles and photographs from the past.

    Ready to stay cool while enjoying your Savannah summer? Book your stay today!

    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

    The city of Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe with the intention of providing colonists with space for militia training exercises. The first four squares that were created by Oglethorpe are known as Johnson Square, Wright Square, Ellis Square, and Telfair Square. Now, these squares are public spaces for locals and tourists to enjoy within Savannah’s Historic District.

    Lovely oak trees, historic houses, museums, monuments, and businesses can be found in the original squares, reflecting the history and identity of each. The squares also help provide an unforgettable experience as well as promoting walkability in Savannah by calming traffic – with squares being located at intersections of two streets. Walkways through these squares also connect to several destinations in neighborhoods and downtown, making the pedestrian and bicyclist experience pleasant and safe.

    Learn more about Savannah’s Original Four Squares:

    Johnson Square

    The first square to be laid out in Savannah was Johnson Square, which was planned by General Oglethrope himself in 1733. Johnson Square was named after Robert Johnson, South Carolina’s colonial governor who made a significant impact in colonial times. Johnson Square was a meeting place for Savannah’s initial residents, mostly used for church, community activities, and meetings.

    Johnson Square is only one block away from Bay Street, making this square one of the most popular in Savanah, being surrounded by historical buildings and popular pubs and restaurants. The square also hosts food vendors, local artists, and live music. Other attractions include The Nathaniel Greene Monument, The William Bull Sundial, The First Christ Church, and The Fountains in Johnson Square.

    Wright Square

    Formally named Percival Square, Wright Square was the second square to be created in Savannah’s Historic District in 1733. Two tributes can be found in Wright Square, the Monument to William Washington Gordon and Tomochichi Memorial. Wright Square got the nickname “Hanging Square” after the execution of Alice Riley, which happened right on site.

    There is plenty of shade from the oak trees surrounding the square, making it a nice spot to seek shade on a summer day. You can also find Wright Square Café, which is a popular café for chocolates. Attractions include The Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Tomochichi Federal Building, Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace, The Tomochichi Monument, The William Gordon Monument, and Chatham Country Courthouse.

    Ellis Square

    Ellis Square was laid out in the 1733 in the Decker Ward, which was a market area for the Savannah community in the 1950’s. Ellis Square was also the spot for Slave Auctions in Savannah before General Sherman’s invasion.

    Now, Ellis Square is a popular spot with City Market, The Ellis Square Fountains, and the Johnny Mercer Statue. Ellis Square is considered to be the liveliest square with its open areas and seating under oak trees. With a dancing foundation in the middle of Ellis, it is a popular attraction for families to cool off on a hot summer day while enjoying live music from the City Market.

    Telfair Square

    This square was created in 1733 and was originally named St. James Square. In 1833, it was decided to rename the square to Telfair Square in recognition of Edward Telfair, the three-time Governor of Georgia, as well as a strong advocate of Savannah arts.

    Telfair Square is home to two of the United States finest art museums, the Jepson Center and Telfair Museums. Trinity United Methodist Church is one of Savannah’s oldest churches and is also located in Telfair Square. Another attraction includes Telfair Academy.

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    The Pirates' House

    Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said. The entire family will enjoy Savannah’s most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

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