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Do you consider yourself the artsy type? Admittedly, though I love creative thinking, I never really thought of myself as artsy – until I explored my first gallery. Then I was hooked. I quickly realized, the gallery experience is as much about the pieces in it as the people who can help you appreciate it.

I have looked at plenty of paintings, but I never really “saw” them – understood the techniques used, the colors chosen, the sources of inspiration, the heart, soul and time it took to create authentic works of art. Whether you’re an art aficionado or just staring out, you should definitely plan a tour of art galleries as part of your stay in Savannah. And to kick things off, we’re going to go on a virtual tour of sorts to help you discover – or further inspire – your inner artiste!

As Savannah is most known for its historic roots, let’s start with one of its oldest galleries: Gallery 209 on East River Street. The building itself dates back to the 1820s and in its former life served as a cotton warehouse with a dirt floor and four upper levels. In the 1970s, as River Street was becoming a popular hub for shops and restaurants, the space evolved from an apartment to a small art gallery and then a three-person artists’ cooperative known as Gallery 209. That was 44 years ago and today 31 artists call Gallery 209 home.

“Amazingly enough, four of those 31 artists have been members since the 1970s and we have a waiting list of other local artists who are eager to join us,” explained Tibby Llewellyn of Gallery 209 (who also happens to be one of those original four!). “Every artist lives locally so we are truly a Savannah art gallery.”

Once inside, the artists’ displays are categorized by either two-dimensional art (paintings, photographs, etc.) or three-dimensional (jewelers, potters, weavers, etc.). And if you’re looking for an expert to help deepen your experience, Gallery 209 has a working artist on site every day to talk with you and answer detailed questions.

Next up on our tour is the Tiffani Taylor Gallery, named after the artist herself who has loved art since she was two years old. Recently voted Best Art Gallery by Savannah Magazine, Tiffani Taylor Gallery is housed on Whitaker Street – just off of Bay Street – in a corner of what was once the Savannah Morning News building. The gallery features Tiffani’s original mixed media paintings, watercolors, hand-painted ceramics, prints and a Lifestyle Collection of fashion and home wares. Tiffani also showcases the work of Melissa Schneider, a local talent with a focus on encaustic photography primarily of Savannah.

To walk into Tiffani’s gallery is to expose your senses to joy and light as vibrant poppies come to life in a variety of pieces, which Tiffani has carefully priced so there’s something for everyone. “Customer service is our number-one priority,” she said. “We love for patrons to experience our Art Sanctuary with art and exclusive products at every price point.”

Feeling a little folksy? Roots Up Gallery is locally owned and operated in the Downtown Design District on Whitaker Street in the heart of historic Savannah. “My late husband, Francis Allen, and I opened Roots Up Gallery five years ago,” said owner Leslie Lovell. “[Our] intention was to give a voice to artists who fall outside the traditional galleries of trained artists. We have always believed art should be available and approachable to all.”

The works of more than 30 local and regional artists and more than 50 Southern folk artists can be explored at Roots Up Gallery, all of whom are predominately self-taught with, as Leslie describes it, “innate talents borne from within.” The gallery has been named “Best of the South” by Garden & Gun Magazine and was also a Fodor’s Choice gold award recipient. From paintings to pottery to jewelry and more, the bright expanse of Roots Up is as fun as it is inspiring to explore.

Going from Southern folk to contemporary fine art may seem like a leap but much like the city itself, Savannah’s art galleries possess a range and depth of talent that is unlike any other. Susan Laney brings more than 20 years of experience in the fine art market to her gallery, Laney Contemporary Fine Art. Her location on Mills B. Lane in downtown Savannah is as beautiful and unexpected as the pieces she curates (take a peek at her Facebook page to get a glimpse). Laney specializes in photography and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists with a focus on the south. Featuring changing exhibits, and pieces for display and purchase, a visit to Laney Contemporary Fine Art is an eye-opening experience you won’t soon forget.

Savannah’s history is filled with diverse cultures and innovative, and the many galleries and talented artists who fill them carry on the city’s colorful history in the most beautiful and unexpected ways. Who knows – maybe you’ll see the world that way, too.

Book your stay in Savannah to see the city’s galleries!

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.

Visiting Savannah this fall? Then be sure to mark your calendar for all the amazing festivals happening in the Hostess City of the South! There are family-friendly events for everyone from music lovers to movie buffs. Come celebrate community and culture with one of these fabulous festivals this fall!

Savannah Jazz Festival
September 22-28

The 38th annual Savannah Jazz Festival is a free week-long program of jazz music, jam sessions, and events, taking place in venues throughout the city and culminating in three nights of concerts in Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park. Featuring a mix of renowned jazz musicians, vocalists, and jazz bands from local schools, this festival is a musical celebration that facilitates world-class performances from local and international jazz artists alike. Purchase VIP tickets for special access, drink tickets, and preferred concert seating. Don’t forget to book your rooms at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District or Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown to take advantage of their group rates!

Oktoberfest
October 4-6

Head to Savannah’s famous River Street to celebrate all things Oktoberfest this fall! Here you’ll find beers, brats, and the ever-popular wiener dog races. Enjoy traditional German music and dancing while you take in the beautiful riverfront views at this free event! The Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront is the perfect place to book your stay as it is close to all the Oktoberfest happenings. The wiener dog races also take place on the east end of River Street, which is where the hotel is located.

Savannah Greek Festival
October 10-12

Join thousands of visitors at the 69th annual Greek Festival to celebrate Greek culture and tradition through food, music, dancing, and more! This three-day celebration offers a wide selection of Greek entrees and pastries, as well as performances by adults and children in traditional costumes, and tours of Savannah’s Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. Stop by the Agora (Market Place) to shop for clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.

SCAD Savannah Film Festival
October 26 – November 2

Get your passes now for this wildly popular annual event. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, this eight-day festival is the largest university-run film festival in the world, and includes film screenings, panels, lectures, workshops, and special guests. Last year’s celebrity guests included Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Amandla Stenberg, among many others. Tickets for individual screenings and panels will be available starting October 1st.

Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival
October 27

This annual event presented by the Congregation Mickve Israel celebrates Jewish culture and heritage with traditional cuisine, music, and dancing. Bring the whole family to Monterey Square for a cultural culinary experience. You can purchase food tickets in advance at the temple office, or full price at the event to enjoy a variety of delicious Jewish delicacies like potato latkes, homemade challah, blintzes, and noodle kugel.

Savannah Food and Wine Festival
November 4-10

One of the city’s most popular annual events, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival always draws a crowd. Celebrating the South’s finest culinary professionals and winemakers, this festival offers mouth-watering events throughout the week. Get your tickets in advance for one (or more!) of the many events, including Whisky on the Water, Riverboat Luncheon Cruise, Jazz and Bubbles Brunch, or the River Street Stroll, among others. The main event is Taste of Savannah, taking place on November 9th at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Here you’ll enjoy artisanal dishes, unlimited beverage tastings, and professional demos all in a beautiful, historic location. Tap into your inner foodie or wine connoisseur and explore the local flavors of the Hostess City. Most downtown hotels sell out during this weekend, so book your stay in Savannah early!

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.

When looking for a bar with live music, there are some boxes that need to be checked to ensure a good time. Is there a cool atmosphere? Will they play the genre of music I like? And most importantly, is the band any good? Whether you’re looking for some jazz in a swanky, dimly lit bar or traditional Irish folk music from one of the best Irish pubs in America, the Hostess City is the perfect place to tap your toes and sip some Southern libations.

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub

If you’re in the mood for Irish troubadours and folk musicians, you’re in luck. This classic pub is considered one of the best in America (not just for St. Patrick’s Day) and offers live music seven nights a week in a relaxed, safe and inviting atmosphere. With a strong connection to the military past and present, the bar pays tribute to servicemen with pictures, badges, flags and a collection of memorabilia in its upstairs “Hall of Heroes.” Stop by for a pint or a whiskey and enjoy conversation without the distraction of TVs or Wi-Fi. You remember what that’s like, right?

The Jinx

Credit: Back River Photography

Looking for something a little eclectic? At the Jinx, one night you’ll find a set of high-octane alt-country and rhythmic, then listen to hip-hop the next. One of Savannah’s most popular live music venues creates an unpretentious, laid-back atmosphere with vaguely gothic décor. There’s no shortage of tattoos, hipster vibes and punk rock college students. Of course, out of towners are also welcome to enjoy all events including Tuesday Hip-Hop Nite, Karaoke Thursdays and live performances by the country outfit Damon and the Shitkickers. With other local and traveling artists, there’s a wide range of live music at this storied space.

Jazz’d Tapas Bar

As advertised in its name, you’ll find swanky, sultry jazz, blues and swing music six nights a week at this unusual tapas-style restaurant. Located in the basement of the historic Kress Building, this intimate underground space draws locals and visitors for an exciting night of eclectic drinks paired with an Americanized tapas menu. With different artists performing each night, you can see a variety of music during your stay in Savannah. Swing by this chic spot for a cool, classy evening of music, tapas and drinks.

The Wormhole

The Wormhole is perfect for those needing a relaxed pub with a little bit of everything. This neighborhood dive bar offers all kinds of live performances with a cosmic feel. One night it’s a heavy metal band, the next it’s a set from a headlining comedian. And on the weekend, you might find a festival, square dancing or an electronica show. With complimentary bar games, arcades, pinball and old school video game consoles, you can create any kind of night you want at The Wormhole. Come on by for a drink and join in on the neighborhood party.

Wild Wing Café/City Market

A staple during any visit to Savannah is City Market. Even though there are a number of restaurants, Wild Wing Café gives you the best opportunity to see live music. This sports bar offers a traditional menu full of wings in 33 different flavors, burgers and sandwiches. With live performances from a variety of musicians every day, you’ll be able to enjoy this laid-back location within the busyness that is City Market.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront

Why not pair your hotel stay with some live music at the rooftop pool? Book a room at the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront and you’ll be rewarded with a luxurious rooftop pool experience equipped with cabanas, a full-service bar, fire pit and live music by local musicians. With sunset views of the Savannah River, this is the place you’ll want to end each evening. Since the rooftop bar is guest only, you’ll have to have a room to enjoy the incredible atmosphere atop the Homewood Suites.

From underground to rooftop, Irish pub to local dive, you’ll get to see and hear a number of different artists play in a number of venues. Whether it’s planned or last minute, let the Hostess City be your guide to a musical and memorable stay filled with live performances.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay in Savannah 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’s beauty is well-documented, and it’s easily one of the prettiest cities in the entire country. Of course, that means the Hostess City has its fair share of spots that are perfect for selfies. Whatever you do, make sure you visit these locations.

Forsyth Park


The crown jewel of the city, no visit to Savannah is truly complete without paying a visit to Forsyth Park. The park is over 30 acres of greenery and oak trees in the Historic District and is a perfect space for all types of activities. Where you’ll want to go for your selfie is to the north end of the park for one of Savannah’s well-known spots: the Forysth Park fountain. As a bonus, if you’re in town for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be able to get a shot of the fountain when it’s green.

Wormsloe Historic Site

Just about a 20-minute drive from the Historic District, Wormsloe Historic Site features the oldest standing structure in the Savannah. And while that piece of history is impressive in itself, it’s not what you’ll want the selfie with. Instead, it’s the iconic, scenic drive lined with live oaks that you’ll want to get a snap with. There’s a reason why this particular spot is featured in art, movies, postcards, and more.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

You can spot the spires of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist from nearly everywhere in the Historic District. This majestic piece of architecture located on Lafayette Square is a sight to behold, and once you see it in person, you’ll know immediately why you should snap a selfie with it.

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Tybee Island is located about 18 miles from Savannah’s Historic District, but the snapshot you’ll get from the beach town is worth it. Buffered by a white picket fence and a lightkeeper cottage, the Tybee Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for any selfie. And, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can climb the 178 steps of the tallest and oldest lighthouse in the state of Georgia and take a selfie from the top with the ocean in the background.

River Street


River Street presents plenty of options for that fantastic selfie. You can capture Savannah’s riverfront with the Talmadge Memorial Bridge in the background. If you’re lucky, you can also snap a selfie as a massive container ship passes by on the Savannah River. Prefer to take your selfie from the water? Catch a ride on the free ferry and you’re good to go. Lastly – and this comes with a caveat since the venue is for guests only – you can head up to rooftop bar of the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, rtb!

Ready to take your Hostess City selfies? Book your stay in Savannah 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.

Quick show of hands – who loooooves to pack for vacation? Anyone? Nobody? It can be a real challenge, right? You want to achieve the Goldilocks of vacation packing – not too hot, not too cold, not too dressy, not too casual, looks good in pictures but feels just as good on – it needs to be just right. Well if you’re planning a trip to historic Savannah, we’re about to “unpack” tips on what to bring with you for a just-right Hostess City wardrobe.

The logical way to do this is to probably go by seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall. But this is Savannah, where seasons are as unique as the city itself. Granted, there are days that dip well into the teens in January and February and occasionally you’ll find a tree or two that might have a few changing leaves in late November, but aside from those rare instances, you can expect the temps in Savannah to hover more in the spring/summer range and welcome you outdoors with warm, open arms.

In a walking city like Savannah, good footwear is a year-round staple – especially down on River Street, where cobblestones will put your balance to the test, quality shoes are a must no matter what time of year you visit. If, however, you figure out you need those shoes after you’re already here – a day of walking tours will do that to you – you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect fit at any number of downtown shops.

Half-Moon Outfitters, located on the shopping mecca of Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, is an independently owned regional chain of stores that caters to the outdoorsy type – and that means they have footwear designed to go the extra mile. With brands like Clarks, Columbia, Merrell, Keen and more, the pros at Half-Moon Outfitters know just what your barking dogs (aka: tired feet) need. Also located on Broughton Street, The Walking Company has an entire section on its website dedicated to “shop by comfort” so you can rest assured you’ll be walking on a cloud in no time. And since you’re already shopping for shoes on Broughton, you owe it to yourself to stop in to Globe Shoe Company – a Savannah tradition since 1892! From shoes made for walking tours to a special pair by Donald J. Pliner or Stuart Weitzman for a night on the town, Globe offers the best of foot and retail therapy.

So, you’re dry, feet are feeling great, now let’s get you looking your best, too. If you’re in the city during the warmer spring and summer months – March through late September – it’s best to be prepared for the heat and humidity in our area. Think breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Shorts and lightweight shirts are a good call for anyone but specifically for ladies, airy sundresses, tank tops, skirts and even rompers are a great pick. “Matching sets are so popular in our shop right now,” said Thu Tran of three go-to boutiques in downtown Savannah – Red Clover, Harper and Arrowleaf. “It can be a top with a matching bottom like culottes, shorts or a skirt – it’s playful and very versatile.”

Gentlemen, no worries, we know you need your own version of a Southern sundress and for that I have just one word – seersucker. It is the quintessential fabric for porch-sitting Southern gentleman and your trip may not be complete without it. This all-cotton fabric features a puckered stripe to give it that extra ‘kick’ of panache and up your confidence, too. J. Parker LTD, located on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, might just be your seersucker headquarters. They describe themselves as “providing gentlemen of the Coastal Empire with fine apparel, furnishings and sportwear” and they’ve been doing it for over 45 years!  Shop brands like Chubbies, Filson, Southern Tide, Peter Millar and more all while experiencing one-of-a-kind customer service.

While seersucker is certainly a traditional look, Savannah most definitely has its vintage, artsy side as well and shops like Avalon Exchange and Civvies – both which offer secondhand clothing – and The Future on Forsyth are just three of many options known for cutting-edge looks.

Savannah also has those cooler days, and if you’re visiting the city late November through February, wearing layers is key. I have memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when it was in the 40s and others when it was in the 80s (and we just crank up the AC to make it feel seasonal) but if you bring a lightweight coat or warm jacket along with your favorite jeans, fleece, and a long sleeved top or two, you’ll have everything you need to stay comfy and cozy.

Admittedly, these cooler months are a great time to be a bit fashion-forward with rich colors and patterns, and you’ll find every hot trend at downtown shops like Copper Penny, Kathi Rich, and Terra Cotta. If you’re looking for pieces that are designed to empower your beauty, be sure to stop by Mamie Ruth where Georgia native and nationally acclaimed designer, Emily Bargeron showcases her Bohemian-inspired pieces.

Let’s recap shall we? Before you arrive in Savannah, check the weather, follow our seasonal tips and then make plans to visit a few (or all) of these shops to make your stay in Savannah as fashionable as it is comfortable (just remember to bring that extra-large suitcase so you can pack all your new finds to enjoy at home, too!).

You’re gonna’ look – and feel – fabulous!

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.

Need some motivation to get in shape this year? Put a spring in your step and sign up for one of Savannah’s many wacky races! Whether you love to compete, or just want to come out and support the runners, you’ll find a race inspire, challenge, and make you smile. Here are just a few of our favorites!

Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk
Sept. 7, 2019

On Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen Siller of Brooklyn’s Squad 1, drove to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Although the tunnel was closed, Siller raced on foot to the Twin Towers, carrying his 60 lbs of gear with him. Siller tragically lost his life that day while saving others. This race honors his sacrifice by following in his footsteps in events across the country. Book your stay at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District with the hotel’s group rate.

The Fast and the Furriest 8K-9
Sept. 28, 2019

This 8K run at Skidaway Island State Park is specifically designed for our four-legged friends and those who love them. Dog owners can race with their pets, while dog lovers can opt to run solo. All dog participants will receive a finisher’s medal and bandana. After the race, grab a hotdog from the Naked Dog Food Truck and enjoy a relaxing massage from Fetch Canine Rehab!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Nov. 2-3, 2019

Savannah’s most famous and well-attended race, this rocking runner’s event is the musical marathon experience of a lifetime. Run through Savannah’s historic downtown and enjoy a grand finish line music festival in Forsyth Park. Not quite ready for a full marathon? Choose from the half-marathon, 5K, or 1-mile race options! Book your stay at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District, Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District, or the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront using a group rate.

Baker’s Pride Challenge
Nov. 9, 2019

Donut lovers unite! Part race, part eating contest, this challenge is divided by how many donuts you plan to eat midway through the run. Choose to consume up to 6 donuts (or donut holes for kids) during this 3.1-mile race (half mile for kids). Strollers and pets are welcome for this family-friendly event!

Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run
Dec. 7, 2019


Dubbed as the South’s toughest bridge run, the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run offers plenty of options for runners of all skill levels. Savannah’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge is 1.4 miles, and participants can choose the 5K, 10K, or Double Pump races, the latter being three passes over the river. There’s also a race for kids! Live music, food, beer, and more will be in Franklin Square at the post-race party.

March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K
March 6, 2020

What better way to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah than with the March of Dimes Shamrock Run? A run for kids takes place before 5K, and dogs are also welcome. Oh, and don’t forget your costume!

Publix Women’s Half and 5K
April 4, 2020

These female-focused races wind through Savannah’s beautiful city squares in the springtime. Finishing at the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain, participants will receive local goodies, medals, and free admission to Yoga in the Square on the 5th. Don’t forget to hang out after the race for the post-race party in Forsyth Park with live music and awards!

JCB Mudfest
June 2020

If you’re not afraid to get messy, this is the race for you. With more than 30 obstacles over each 5K and five-mile course, you’ll slip, slide, climb, and crawl your way to mud-covered victory! After the race, head to the Party Pit for music, food, beverages, and free beer for those over 21.

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.

It’s one thing to stay at a Hilton in Anywhere, USA. You’ll enjoy nice amenities, great service and it’ll be just fine. But the three Hiltons in downtown Savannah go above and beyond to redefine three Hilton brands. The Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront has created the ultimate resort-style roof top experience  complete with an amazing pool, cabanas, and bar also featuring local, live music nightly The DoubleTree Savannah Historic District has an in-house library where you can cozy up by the fire with a handcrafted cocktail. And the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District curates locally made specialty foods, gifts,and beauty products at their in-house shop. We’ve broken down these three hotels and all their amenities so your next trip to Savannah gives you newfound appreciation for the Hilton brand.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront


A stone’s throw from the Savannah River, the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront hotel doesn’t leave the flavor of the Hostess City at its doorstep. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by earth-toned décor paired with locally made art to help you stay rooted in the heart of the South. After you’ve checked in and made it to your room, the feeling of a luxurious stay will continue with suites equipped with a full functioning kitchen with some rooms featuring balconies overlooking the Savannah River. The amenities don’t stop at your room. Head to the roof top and you’ll find a pool surrounded with cabanas, a full-service bar, fire pit and nightly live music by local musicians.

After a restful night, head down to the lobby for a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and fuel up before a day of activities. Check out the Suite Shop inside the lobby or attend the pop-up art events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and bring home some Savannah charm with products made from local artists.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton is the best riverfront hotel in Savannah and will raise the bar on a night’s stay higher than you thought possible.

DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District


Located right between iconic River Street and City Market, this hotel allows you to immerse yourself in the city and nearby attractions. Entering the lobby, you’ll be greeted by Savannah’s charm with bold colors of eggplant, navy and gold for a modern twist on classic Southern architecture. Music notes will great you from the player piano featured in the lobby. Drop off your things in one of the newly renovated, finely appointed guest rooms, then head into Savannah’s Historic District right outside the front door. Check out the shops and restaurants at City Market located right behind the hotel. When you’re back and ready to relax, enjoy some sunshine and take a dip in the outdoor, heated pool. Or if you’re looking for some time alone, check out one of the books from the hotel library. Hit up John Ryan’s Bistro and Pub inside the hotel for a cocktail infused with a little Southern flare. Before you end your stay, be sure to catch the local artist events Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in the lobby. And of course, no DoubleTree is complete without a complimentary chocolate chip cookie that’s just from the oven, deliciously gooey with a hint of oatmeal.

This is more than just a DoubleTree. It’s the exceptional foundation to your incredible time in Savannah with a side of warm, fresh cookies.

Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District


With a renovation completed in 2018, the Hilton Garden Inn sits in the heart of historic downtown Savannah and commemorates the city’s history as a railroad town. You’ll be wowed by the expansive railroad train mural in the lobby and the authentic luggage trunks stacked behind the concierge desk. White brick columns outline the lobby and photographs of trains, tracks and tunnels adorn the walls throughout the hotel. After you drop off your bags in your spacious suite, take a short walk to explore local shops and southern cuisine at City Market, River Street and the historic Broughton Street. Once you’re done seeing the sights of Savannah, head back to relax by the pool, enjoy drinks with a Southern twist at the Pavilion Lounge or stop by The Shop inside the lobby to see what creations from local vendors pique your interest. After a restful sleep, start your morning with a full, cooked-to-order breakfast at The Garden Grille & Bar.

The Hilton Garden Inn rests in the heart of downtown and is the perfect place to stay to experience everything in Savannah and discover Georgia’s railroad history.

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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.

One of the many reasons Savannah is a preferred vacation spot is its proximity to the small beach town of Tybee Island. Located about 18 miles from Savannah’s Historic District, Tybee features three public oceanfront beaches as well as two river beaches. There are also numerous restaurants to experience, various tours to partake in, and several gift shops to pick up a few souvenirs. Don your beachwear, pack your cooler with plenty of water, get your beach umbrella, towels, and other necessities together, and let’s make our way out to Tybee.

First, you’ll have to decide which Tybee beach you plan to visit. There’s North Beach, which is located at 33 Meddin Drive and is the closest beach to Savannah. It’s certainly the quietest of the three oceanfront beaches, so it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to relax. North Beach is also home to two of Tybee’s landmarks: the Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Screven. This beach does have its own parking lot that changes hourly for parking.

Next up is Mid Beach, which stretches from 1st Street to 14th Street. As its name implies, it is the island’s central beach area. Like North Beach, Mid Beach usually isn’t crowded. This area does feature most of Tybee’s hotels, so don’t expect to find many amenities. Unlike North Beach, there is no designated parking lot for Mid Beach. Instead, beachgoers will use metered parking spots on the street. From there, each street has a walkover to the beach.

Lastly, there’s South Beach, which is Tybee’s most active area and located at 1603 Strand Avenue. It houses the Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion, where you’ll find a place for beverages and ice cream, restrooms, and lots of people fishing. South Beach is also where you’ll find most of Tybee’s bars, restaurants, and shops. Lifeguards are peppered throughout the beach to monitor those in the water. For parking, South Beach boasts the largest parking lot of the beaches – and for good reason. Like North Beach, these parking spots are numbered and must be paid for. But don’t worry – paying for parking is a breeze with Tybee’s parking app, ParkTYB.

Tybee’s two river beaches are a little tucked away. Savannah River Beach is located a little beyond North Beach, and Back River Beach is located past South Beach at the end of Chatham Avenue. Because these two river beaches are less accessible than their oceanfront counterparts, you won’t see nearly as many people.

Of course, you’ll want to eat while on you’re on Tybee Island. For breakfast, there’s The Breakfast Club located at 1500 Butler Avenue. This busy, “world famous” diner, opens from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day and features standard breakfast fare, including a litany of omelet choices. If you’re at South Beach once lunch time rolls around, then take a pit stop at Fannie’s on the Beach. This casual beachfront restaurant is located at 1613 Strand Avenue and serves up standard seafood fare as well as pizza, salads & sandwiches.

For dinner, take a trip to A-J’s Dockside Restaurant at 1315 Chatham Avenue. If you’re already at Back River Beach, you won’t have to travel far to this seafood eatery that features an indoor seating as well as seating on an outdoor deck that overlooks the river.  If you’re at North Beach or the beginning of Mid Beach, then there’s Sundae Cafe at 304 1st Street. This popular upscale Tybee restaurant that used to be an ice cream parlor – as its name implies – specializes in seafood and steaks.

For lighter fare and a caffeine fix, Tybean Art & Coffee Bar at 1213 U.S. Highway 80 offers various pastries and smoothies and, of course, coffee.

Although it’s a small island, Tybee offers plenty of things to do. For your next stay in Savannah, make sure you plan to make a trip out to the beach town.

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.

Have you ever heard of a “twofer”? You know, two-for-one, twice as nice, the proverbial “icing on the cake” if you will. Well what if I told you, you can enjoy an amazing experience AND have a one-of-a-kind do it yourself souvenir of your stay in Savannah to boot? It’s the ultimate twofer! And lucky for you Savannah is brimming with the latest-and-greatest-just-have-to-try-and-tag-it-on-social-media experiences. So roll up your sleeves and tap in to your creative side ‘cause you’re going to make something amazing – I just know it!

The boutique-style studio space alone of this first DIY souvenir spot is enough to make you want to craft your little heart out. AR Workshop Savannah is sure to become a place of many inspired memories as you take a hands-on class creating custom home décor and accessories. “Our most popular keepsakes include a mini wood sign, lazy Susan, photo frame, canvas pillow or tote,” owner Heather Nelson told me. Whatever you choose, Heather says all projects are custom to the individual and take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete depending upon the workshop you select.

“We prefer 12 hours advance notice for customizations but also understand when visiting a new place, these decisions can be last minute,” explained Heather. “If you see a regular workshop [on our calendar] that fits your schedule, email or call us with what your group would like to make and we will do what we can to accommodate!”

You can even give the pros at AR Workshop a price point and they’ll pick a collection for you. Prices for their most popular items range from $15-$50 each, and if your creation is too big to fit in a carry on, they’ll quote shipping for you so it will be waiting at your door when you return home.

Ready to turn up the heat on your DIY experience? Then you have to make Hostess City Hot Glass part of your stay. As you might have guessed from the name, you will actually do your own glassblowing in what is certain to be an unforgettable experience. “Our ‘blow your own (with a little help)’ class options include paperweights, ornaments, hearts, sea floats and drinking cups,” said Ron Kaewling, lead gaffer (and if you don’t know what a ‘gaffer’ is, that’s all the more reason to take a class and find out!).  “Paperweight classes offer a great introduction to glassblowing techniques and drinking cup glasses are definitely popular, which is fitting for Savannah.”

Classes are open to adults and children age 9 and older and can be booked online, via their Facebook page or by calling the studio directly. Friday and Saturday classes typically book three to four weeks in advance and though they do typically offer classes six days per week, in the hot summer months evening-only hours are much appreciated by all who attend. Even before you arrive in Savannah, you can browse some of the artistic wares of Hostess City Hot Glass at their Etsy store. Visitors have been known to say their glassblowing experience was the highlight of their trip so make it part of yours, too! Even better, just for StayInSavannah.com readers, when you book at hostesscityhotglass.com and enter code STAYINSAVANNAH you’ll receive 30% off the class list price! Sounds like one totally cool, hot glass experience!

If you’re into all things scented and lovely, then this next workshop is most definitely for you. Salacia Salts, a Savannah-based company that uses all-natural ingredients for its collection of salt soaks, moisturizers, scrubs, skin care and home-fragrance products, offers you the unique hands-on experience of making your own scrub. Accommodating up to eight people per session, a studio experience at Salacia Salts includes learning about ingredients, selecting a scrub base, choosing an exfoliant and even naming your handmade scent. At the end of your class, your personal creation is packaged in a jar for you to take home and enjoy again and again. Did I mention, they’ll provide the glassware and you can feel free to BYOB?! Making your own scrub has never been more fun!

Chances are, when you’re visiting historic Savannah, you’re gonna wanna take a tour or two (or more) and you’re gonna wanna take some photos along the way. Then Capturing Savannah is a must on your list. Led by photography couple Pablo and Britt (graduates of the Hallmark Institute of Photography), the two combine their love of photography with their know-how as licensed tour guides to provide a view of Savannah unlike any other. As their site describes it, “You’ll be led by local architectural photographers on a non-traditional route revealing the best scenic angles and perspectives the landmark historic district has to offer.” With their mix of history, touring and photo workshops, you’ll leave with plenty of unique insights about Savannah, tips about photography and your own photographic memories to take home with you.

Looking for more DIY Savannah experiences? Painting with a Twist is a fun way to discover your inner artist. Led by seasoned professionals and paired with your favorite BYOB, this is a great way to make – literally – memories of your stay in Savannah. The Art Center of Wilmington Island, located just a few minutes’ drive from downtown, also offers you the chance to flex your artistic talents in a studio and classroom space for all skill levels. And for the wee ones, Henny Penny Art Space & Café is the perfect spot for grownups to grab a coffee and baked good (even those of the vegan variety) while the kiddos enjoy arts and crafts time led by a fun and bubbly instructor.

From glass creations to paintings to body scrubs (oh my!) a DIY experience in historic Savannah is sure to leave you with memories as colorful as the keepsakes you’ll create. Plan your stay in Savannah and have fun!

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 home to plenty of museums that provide several opportunities to learn about the city’s history.

No trip to the Hostess City is complete without paying a visit to these top 10 institutions.

Telfair Academy

The Telfair mansion was built in 1819 and currently contains three nineteenth-century period rooms to tour, as well as multiple art galleries. The museum features American and European art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including paintings, original furnishings, decorative arts, and sculpture. It’s also home to Savannah’s Bird Girl statue, famously featured in the well-known novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Jepson Center for the Arts


With an emphasis on contemporary art and education, the Jepson Center offers art and activities to interest all age groups. TechSpace features a long-term exhibition of digital art, including interactive art installations. ArtZeum is another interactive space that challenges children and adults to consider how we make and view art. Here you’ll find puzzles, architectural blocks, and magnetic tiles for kids to build, curate, and learn. The Jepson Center also offers many traveling exhibitions and installations, including sculpture, painting, video art, textiles, and more.

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters

This 1819 mansion was built in the Regency style and includes a carriage house and gardens, as well as a two-story space in the north half of the building that originally housed nine to 15 enslaved people, and later housed servants. Guided tours of the mansion’s public and private spaces, including a butler’s pantry and working cellar level, allow visitors to explore the relationship and harsh disparity between Savannah’s upper and lower classes in the 19th century.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum


Housed in the elegant 1819 Scarbrough House, this museum features nine galleries displaying ship models, maritime paintings, and artifacts. Originally owned by shipping merchant and president of the Savannah Steamship Company, William Scarbrough, the building was restored in 1997 and is home to the largest private gardens in Savannah’s Historic District. The collection includes a model of the steamship Savannah which was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean!

Davenport House Museum

This historic home was built in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport and is one of the oldest brick structures in the city. Come tour the 6800 square foot urban dwelling, or plan a special event in the beautiful adjacent gardens. In addition to daily tours, the museum offers annual events including Tea in the Garden, Summer Supper, and candlelit Holiday Evening Tours, among others.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark, offering visitors the opportunity to explore historic railcars and machinery and experience the fully operational turntable. Check out the train ride schedule to hop aboard a site tour by train! The museum also hosts group tours, field trips, and birthday parties.

SCAD Museum of Art


The SCAD Museum of Art features contemporary art from international artists. Offering 72 classes each week, the museum works to enrich the education offered at Savannah College of Art and Design with creative programs, film screenings, and lectures. SCAD student docents offer tours every Saturday morning. Current exhibitions include photography from the Karl Lagerfeld collection, whimsical sculptures by Berta Fischer, and Alex Gardner’s “Guest Room” paintings, among many others.

American Prohibition Museum

The American Prohibition Museum is not your average museum. With interactive, selfie-approved exhibits and an on-site speakeasy, it’s never been more fun to learn about the Temperance Movement! Check out the moonshine exhibit where you’ll learn how to make your own “white lightning,” or learn to dance the Charleston while you peruse authentic flapper costumes. View an authentic 1921 Model T on display and then head to Congress Street Up for a classic 1920s cocktail.

Savannah Children’s Museum


If you’re traveling to Savannah with kids, the Savannah Children’s Museum is the perfect place to learn and play. With over a dozen exhibits entirely located outdoors, including a maze, sensory garden, and reading nook, this museum encourages exploration and imagination ideal for children and families. Plan your visit in advance and print out activity sheets on their website to enhance your museum experience.

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Learn about the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present at this patriotic museum. Exhibits include a Combat Gallery with original aircraft, engines, and scale models, Mission Experience featuring a 90 ft. painted mural, and Airmen Down which includes a recreated safe house and POW camp. Visit the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles, the Memorial Garden, and the museum’s traditional English Pub.

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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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