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It’s so important to prioritize your sleep when traveling. Whether you’re arriving by plane, car, or bus, travel can be exhausting, and leave you too tired to enjoy your destination. Vacation should be about relaxation, and with the right hotel and a little bit of planning ahead, it can be. Here’s everything you need to ensure you snooze well during your next stay in Savannah!

• Choose a hotel that offers blackout shades in their guest rooms. These heavy curtains will block the light so you’ll sleep well past sunrise and wake up refreshed.

• Bring an eye mask – this will block out any additional rays of light trying to sneak in and interrupt your sleep!

• Ask about your pillow and duvet options. Some hotels offer different pillows with varying levels of softness, and most will offer down alternatives upon request.

• If you’re traveling with a friend, be sure to request 2 beds during the reservation process. Having some extra space to yourself is important!

• If you’re sensitive to noise, check into your options. Some of our preferred hotels offer earplugs and white noise machines to keep your room as Zenlike as possible. If your hotel of choice doesn’t, pack a set of your own and download a white noise app on your phone or laptop like TaoMix or SimplyNoise.

• During check-in, request a room facing away from the street for a quieter experience.

• Pack a relaxing room spray and mist your space before bed. Lavender is known for its calming ability.

• Be sure to eat dinner at least two to three hours before bed. Plan ahead and ask the hotel concierge for help with making restaurant reservations!

• Sip some caffeine-free tea, or even just hot water with lemon. A cup of chamomile can help you relax before bed.

• Stay away from glowing screens just before bed – this includes phones, televisions, and tablets. The artificial blue light can have a stimulating effect. Silence your phone’s notifications, or set it to sleep mode so you can rest peacefully without interruption. This is especially important when you’re in a different time zone!

• Take a melatonin. This non-habit-forming supplement mimics the natural hormone that your body produces to go to sleep.

• Hang the Do Not Disturb sign outside your door. Many hotels begin housekeeping service by 8 a.m., so if you’re planning to sleep in, avoid that early knock on the door. Don’t forget to remove the sign when you leave for the day!

• If you have an early flight or meeting, set your alarm and request a wake-up call with the front desk as a backup. You can rest easy knowing you won’t oversleep.

• Request a guest room with a tub to enjoy a relaxing bath before bed. Don’t forget the soothing lavender oil or lotion.

• Adjust the room temperature. It may sound chilly to some, but studies indicate that the bedroom temperature should be 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.

• Pick up a relaxing read to take your mind off the day’s stressors. Catch up on a classic novel or learn about the history of the area where you’re staying while you unwind before bed.

• Try a meditation exercise. Get in the habit of closing your eyes, doing some deep breathing, and focus on counting your breaths for a few minutes before bed to achieve a calm state of mind.

Most importantly, remember that rest is an important aspect of self-care. When you sleep well, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to see all the wonderful things Savannah has to offer. You deserve a good night’s sleep – especially on vacation – so choose a hotel that feels like home.

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 the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year. (Is it really 2020? How’d that happen?). Chances are, you’ve raised your glass a time or two over the course of the past month or so and toasted to family, friends, success, and any number of causes for celebration. Now, here we are in a new year and I have one more toast to propose: Here’s to your health!

Now wait a minute – before you dismiss this as just another “lose weight” kinda resolution-making pep talk – it’s not. It’s about smiling, laughing, having energy, enjoying every bite, and knowing you’re eating real ingredients. It’s about doing something good for you and possibly feeling far better than you have in months – or even years. It’s about just giving something a taste and opening your mind to the very real possibility that you could – wait for it – actually fall in love with plant-based eating. Better yet, you can make this profound discovery while on vacation in Savannah! Here’s how:

Let’s start just off Troup Square in historic downtown Savannah at the plant-based Fox & Fig Café. Touted as Savannah’s premier vegan café, Fox & Fig has a loyal following of patrons who can’t get enough of the café’s brunch-centric menu. Pizza? Burgers? Lasagna? Yes, yes, and yes! All are served up, plant-based style with ingredients that include macadamia ricotta, organic cashew cheese, cauliflower crust, chickpeas and more good-for-you surprises. The café also offers locally roasted PERC coffee, coconut cream milkshakes from famed Savannah landmark Leopold’s Ice Cream, and even house-made cashew hemp lattes. Since opening in 2017, the café has earned four “Best” honors including Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in the area, and in November 2019 was recognized as the most vegan-friendly restaurant in the entire state of Georgia by Yelp. Whether you’re just staring out on the plant-based journey are have been on it for miles, Fox & Fig will not disappoint.

But wait! There’s more! Kayak Kafé downtown on Broughton Street has been serving the Savannah area for more than 13 years. “Whether you follow a plant-based, gluten free, vegan, paleo or omnivore diet, we offer great house-made choices made from the highest quality ingredients around,” said owner/operator Brenden Pappas.

Brenden described the café as “a healthy oasis in the land of Southern cooking.” We all know the land of Southern cooking, though incredibly delicious, isn’t necessarily famous for being the most health conscious (but guilt-free splurging is certainly allowed). All of Kayak Kafé’s cuisine is made fresh, in house and includes betcha-can’t-tell-it’s-healthy selections like the Black-Eyed Pea Burger, Lime Chicken Enchiladas, and Walnut Chorizo Tacos. “If you didn’t know it was healthy, you would still love it as much,” Brenden affirmed. One more reason to love Kayak is that they’re looking out for your health and the health of our planet by serving to-go orders in biodegradable, compostable products. Don’t you feel better already? With another location in Midtown Savannah, you should definitely give Kayak a try.

So, you’re eating good, feeling good, now let’s keep that good going with a stop at Brighter Day Natural Foods Market at the south end of Forsyth Park. According to a recent article in the Savannah Morning News, one of the first customers of Brighter Day back when it first opened in 1978 was Sandy West, who is about to turn 107 years old. Kinda makes you think there must be something to this healthy eating craze, huh? Owners Janie and Peter Brodhead have been the mainstays at Brighter Day since the beginning and have lovingly grown the store into a mecca of all things health related including fresh produce, vitamins and supplements (and the expert staff to guide you to what you need), deli and juice bar, outdoor café, and more.

Brighter Day recently made headlines when Peter and Janie announced their retirement and introduced the city to its new owners, Brad Baugh and Kristin Russell, owner of another good-for-you downtown Savannah stop, The Sentient Bean – which also happens to be next door to Brighter Day. Can’t decide which place to go? Go to both! Stop at Brighter Day to load up on vitamins (and the knowledge to go with them) then swing by Sentient Bean for an amazing cup of coffee or food selections like the ‘queso no queso’ that swaps out cheese for hummus or the vegan super-bowl that we assure you lives up to its name!

If this blog post has done its job, then you’re feeling healthier just by reading it! And if you’re nodding your head in agreement right now, just imagine how great you’ll feel when you actually try all these amazing places!  So, here’s to your health and an incredible, life-enhancing stay in Savannah!

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 unique squares in the Historic District can easily be considered one of the city’s most alluring aspects. There originally were 24 squares in Savannah dating back to the 19th century, but two of the squares were lost as the city opted for new developments. Today, Savannah boasts 22 beautiful squares, each unique in its own way. Here are five of our favorites.

Crawford Square

Crawford Square is the only square that has a basketball court as well as a gazebo. Another feature exclusive to this square is that it still has a part of its fence around it. Crawford is the closest to a city park that you’ll get with Savannah’s squares, and you can find it at Houston and East McDonough streets.

Johnson Square

Johnson is Savannah’s oldest – and largest – square. It’s a block from City Hall, and it’s surrounded by some of Savannah’s best buildings, including the Christ Church Episcopal, as well as several banks. You’ll find Johnson Square at Bull and Saint Julian streets.

Ellis Square

Ellis Square was restored in 2010, and it has the benefit of being the city’s most modern square. Here, you’ll find a fountain with shooting water, a life-sized chess set, and picnic tables to enjoy a meal. Ellis also has the benefit of being the busiest square with its close proximity to City Market. This square is located at Barnard and West Congress streets.

Chippewa Square

Chippewa may be Savannah’s most recognizable square, thanks to Forrest Gump. The classic film used the north end of the square for the bus stop scenes. It also helps that Chippewa Square is situated in the heart of the Historic District and features a statue of Savannah’s founder, General James Oglethorpe. You’ll find Chippewa at Bull and East McDonough streets.

Whitefield Square

Don’t be surprised if you witness a wedding as you’re making your way to Whitefield Square. It’s an extremely popular place for ceremonies, and rightfully so as its surrounded by beautiful azaleas. In the middle of the square is where you’ll see the main draw: a gorgeous gazebo. Whitefield Square is located at Habersham and East Wayne streets.

These are only five of the city’s 22 squares. Visit them all when you stay in Savannah!

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.

With the year 2020 on the horizon, you’ll want to make sure you have your plans to ring in the New Year squared away. Savannah certainly has its fair share of New Year’s Eve events, making it the perfect city for you to spend your final day of 2019. To make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together this guide to help you celebrate the beginning of the new year – Savannah style!

City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration

City Market typically transforms into a party-like atmosphere at night, so expect the scene to be amplified in preparation for the new year. Enjoy live music, libations, and food as you explore the market’s shops and mingle with Savannahians and tourists alike as you celebrate the end of 2019. The party starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m., and it’s also free to the public. Of course, you’ll have to pay for your drinks and the like.

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration

New York City may have the ball drop in Times Square, but Savannah has a drop of its own with the Up the Cup celebration on River Street at Wet Willie’s. The celebration, now in its seventh year, features a giant to-go cup which symbolizes the Hostess City’s unique open container policy. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

Wouldn’t it be incredible to ring in 2020 from the Savannah River? Luckily, Savannah Riverboat Cruises has you covered. The cruise lasts three hours, and you can expect entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and more! There’s also a dinner cruise and a gala cruise, so get tickets for whichever cruise interests you most.

Tybee Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks

A New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks go hand-in-hand, and Tybee Island – with its perfect beach backdrop – has the show you’re looking for. With the display being visible from pretty much any part of the island’s beaches, you’re sure to find a nice spot on the shore to enjoy the fireworks with company.

Foxy New Year’s Eve

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration on a bit of a smaller scale, then Foxy Loxy Café fits the bill. The coffee shop located across from the Bull Street Library in the Starland District will have drinks, food, music, fire pits, and a midnight toast to ring in the new year. The party starts at 9:30 p.m.!

What are you waiting for? Get your New Year’s Eve plans set during your stay in Savannah!

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.

Could there possibly be a more difficult person to buy gifts for than the men in our lives? As I type this blog post, I quite literally just hung up on a call with my mother-in-law who is begging for ideas for my husband – her son. The trouble is, when he wants something, he buys it. So, when it comes time for a celebration, it’s hard to come up with something unique that he hasn’t already thought of, and he hasn’t bought for himself. If this “struggle is real” for you, too, I have good news! As part of your stay in Savannah, you’re surrounded by wonderful, local retailers who have a bevy of unique gift items to surprise your guy in the best ways – no stressed-out mother-in-law calls required.

Raise your hand if you know a guy that likes to eat. Oh good, that’s everyone! Then you need to stop at Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn conveniently located among the shopping mecca of Broughton Street. This is no ordinary popcorn. With flavors like Oreo cheesecake and Doritos, you’re sure to find a flavor your guy has never had before – but will quickly become his favorite! All 150 of Savannah Rae’s flavors are made with 100 percent real ingredients, and that includes their specialty flavor feature of the day. Wish you could ship it back home? You can! Savannah Rae’s ships everywhere in the continental U.S., so consider this unexpected-yet-delicious gift a done deal.

Speaking of things that taste good, let’s talk salt. You know, there’s a saying: “a good man is worth his salt” (or at least that’s a derivative of the saying) and if you have a good man you’re shopping for then you should definitely make a stop at The Salt Table on Broughton Street. With creative varieties like All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend and Tybee Island Coastal Blend and even Savannah Live Oak Lime and Pepper Blend, you’re sure to find one that is as distinct as your guy. While you’re in the shop, you should definitely treat yourself to the on-site Georgia Wine Tasting Room. For just $10, you purchase a keepsake wine glass and receive six generous pours, compliments of The Salt Table. All bottles are selected from among Georgia’s finest, award-winning wines, many of them available exclusively at The Salt Table in Savannah (and also make a great gift – hint, hint).

There’s no doubt the man in your life is handsome, right? Then this next stop will help him look his best from head to toe. J. Parker LTD has been “providing gentlemen of the Coastal Empire with fine apparel, furnishings and sportswear” for over 45 years! With that kind of history, they epitomize the very definition of what it means to be a “well-dressed man.” Carrying brands like Brackish, Filson, Southern Tide, Peter Millar and more, the staff at J. Parker LTD has elevated customer service to an art form so you’re certain to find that just-right gift with ease.

From refined and sharp to down and dirty, if your guy feels most at home when he’s in the wild, you’ll find just what he needs in Savannah. Half-Moon Outfitters is an independently owned regional chain of stores that specializes in outdoor gear. Camping, hiking, fishing, boating, rock climbing – you name it – Half-Moon is sure to have the clothing, footwear, equipment and expertise you need to help him tame the wild in style. Located nearby on Drayton Street is Rivers & Glen Trading Co. Want the latest in outdoor grilling equipment? How about recommendations with a preferred fishing guide? With brands like Beretta, Orvis, Simms, Yeti and more, your man will be ready to conquer the great outdoors with confidence. They even offer free casting clinics once a month and scheduled lessons by appointment.

With this blog post as your guide, you’re definitely going to surprise your guy with some amazing gifts during your stay in Savannah (just be sure he doesn’t catch you reading this – wouldn’t want him to get there before you do)!

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.

Shopping on Savannah’s beautiful Broughton Street is a holiday tradition. Stroll beneath strings of twinkling lights as you find the perfect gifts for all your friends and family, and don’t forget to treat yourself at Leopold’s for a scoop of peppermint ice cream submerged in homemade hot cocoa. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.

You’ll find the sweetest gifts in Savannah at Capital Bee Company! Their raw cinnamon frosted honey is the perfect stocking-stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Pick up some beautifully packaged organic lemon ginger herbal tea to soothe sore throats and colds this winter. Encourage your loved ones to relax this holiday season with this thoughtfully chosen gift set that includes a mini lotion, raw blackberry honey, a brass honey spoon, and a lavender lemongrass candle.

Levy Jewelers offers high-end watches, jewelry, and gifts that will delight even the hardest to please people on your list. These 24-karat gold plated crescent pacific blue hoop earrings are so eye-catching and reminiscent of Savannah’s coastal spirit. Getting married this holiday season? These sterling silver double sided onyx cufflinks would make the perfect wedding gift for a groom with discerning taste.

For the cooks, hosts, and foodies on your list, visit The Salt Table, where seasoning is king, and products made in Georgia are at the forefront. This mini-infused sugar collection is a sweet treat for the holidays. The collection of sugar flavors includes espresso, ginger, habanero, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. Looking to take home a taste of Savannah? This seasoning collection is inspired by the area and includes the Savannah Summer Salt Blend, the Tybee Island Coastal Blend, and the Savannah Live Oak Lime and Pepper Blend, among other local favorites!

Nourish is the best place to pamper the ones you love with lotions, soaps, bath fizzies, and cleansers. This Georgia Christmas gift set includes everything you need to de-stress over the holidays. Their gorgeous glycerin soaps make great stocking-stuffers, especially candy cane, citrus splash, Georgia peach, and ginger amber. New moms will love Nourish’s baby shampoo and moisturizing wash, gentle enough for sensitive skin.

In addition to the unique boutiques that line Broughton Street, you’ll also find many of your favorite national brands. We’re in love with this wool-blend toddler toggle coat and these kids plaid duck boots from Gap. With some dressed up accessories, this emerald green wrap dress from Banana Republic will take you from work to an evening of holiday party-hopping. Cozy up on a snowy day in these plaid flannel pajama pants from Vineyard Vines. These delicate state charms from Kendra Scott are the perfect gift for faraway friends. Ready to hit the road? Make packing for holiday travel easy with this wheeled duffel from Tommy Bahama.

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.

One of the things people look for when they visit a new place is a gift to remember the experience. Often, these items are not for you; they’re for your kids. Giving children the chance to bring something back with them after a trip can help make the experience a lasting memory. So, let us be your guide to the shops in Savannah that offer unique toys, books, and clothes to delight all children.

Punch and Judy

From books and toys to strollers and glider rockers, Punch and Judy offers a wide array of gift options for infants and children in the heart of Savannah. Since 1946, this children’s boutique has been the premiere shop for kids. Owners Linda and Eric Karpf regularly attend trade shows to keep up with trends and find the best available products to showcase in their store. Here, you can create monogrammed clothes and stuffed animals for your little ones, including personalized wooden letters for their rooms. If you think your kid needs it, Punch and Judy probably has it.

The Paris Market

If you’re looking for a shop with as much style as its building, check out The Paris Market. Paula and Taras Danyluk turned this 1874 Victorian grocery store into a wonderland of gifts. The pair travels the globe to source unique and fantastical pieces, both big and small, modern and antique. Children will find an assortment of knitted dolls, superhero clothing sets, and books. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this shop full of intriguing and unforgettable treasures.

Saints & Shamrocks

Established in 1992, this shop proudly supports the Irish Catholic community of Savannah and is located in the heart of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade route in the downtown area. From a child’s first rosary to christening gowns and prayer books, Saints and Shamrocks has what you need. Select a prayer-reciting stuffed animal from the Respect & Protect collection to help teach your children traditional Irish prayers.

Sara Jane Children’s Boutique

Sara Jane believes that children should feel confident in their clothes and that shopping should be fun. This store offers a multitude of children’s brands and styles at their Historic District location. For a more unique shopping experience, Sara Jane’s Fashion Truck lets you browse through clothes in a colorful, polka-dot bus. Give kids the chance to pick out their first stylish outfit without help from mom or dad.

Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop

What better way to help children learn than to have them have fun while doing it? Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop in Savannah’s City Market seeks to bridge that connection with creative, quality, unplugged games and toys that are designed to stimulate children’s cognitive growth. Just look for the little birdie in the shop’s window!

Whether you want a gift to treat your kids during your trip or need a surprise gift after a parents-only vacation, Savannah’s shops have something perfect for every child. Book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to a trip filled with treats for your tots.

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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.

Pizza consistently ranks as one the country’s most popular foods, with plenty of restaurants trying their hand at the iconic dish. It should then come as no surprise that Savannah has its own share of restaurants based on that circular goodness.

Green Fire Pizza

Located at 236 Drayton Street in the heart of downtown Savannah, Green Fire Pizza serves up fresh, organic, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza. Go for a specialty pizza such as The Goodfella (fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh garlic, tri-color peppers, and sausage), and Arugula Blanco (fresh mozzarella, olive oil and garlic, prosciutto di Parma, fresh arugula and truffle oil. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own pizza with the more than two dozen toppings to choose from.

 

Squirrel’s Pizza

Squirrel’s Pizza burst onto the Savannah scene in June, immediately earning the honor of the first pizzeria in the Starland District. Once you get past the name – which you’ll come to find it lives up to with the many squirrel portraits hanging in the dining area – you’ll quickly discover some of the most unique pizza the area has to offer. Squirrel’s Pizza serves up Neapolitan-inspired pies, all baked using local pecan wood. You can get your squirrel fix at 2218 Bull Street.

 

Pizzeria Vittoria Napoletana

Also located in the Starland District, Pizzeria Vittoria Napoletana opened a little bit after Squirrel’s Pizza. Pizaerria Vittoria Napoletana, however, is situated in the new Starland Yard at 2411 DeSoto Avenue. Order the Sciliana (capers, olives, anchovies, lemon, mozzarella), the La Diavola (calabrese sausage, soppressata, Calabrian chilies, and mozzarella), or go with a classic pepperoni pizza. You shouldn’t have too much finding the pizzeria – just look for the shipping containers in the fenced in yard.

 

Vinnie Van Go-Go’s

Considered by some as the barometer for pizza in Savannah, Vinnie Van Go-Go’s has built itself quite the reputation for over 25 years. The no-frills pizzeria at 317 West Bryan Street in City Market is known for its massive, thin crust pizza slices. Just remember: the pizza joint only takes cash for payment!

 

Mellow Mushroom

While technically a chain that started up in the 1970s in Atlanta, Mellow Mushroom has been a staple in downtown Savannah for years. The pizzeria’s style is inspired by local artists to create a unique, funky atmosphere. Head down to 11 West Liberty Street and enjoy your pizza with several on the craft beer options on tap.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay in Savannah now and make sure you come with an appetite for pizza!

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 realized how easy it is to take our modern day lives for granted? In the rush of our day-to-day routines, conveniences like indoor plumbing, electricity and, especially in the South – air conditioning – are widely enjoyed, yet vastly under appreciated. Guilty as charged. Let’s face it, if we spent time each day marveling at every invention at our fingertips, we wouldn’t get much accomplished. But that’s all the more reason why when you plan your stay in Savannah you should definitely pencil in time for tours of the city’s many historic homes. The good news is you don’t have to wait until you arrive because we’re going to start your tour right now with a little insight into a few of the city’s more popular – and intriguing – abodes.

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters

It may come as a surprise, but did you know that the historic Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters in Savannah had indoor plumbing before The White House did? Imagine that! Savannah was ahead of our nation’s capital and, even better, you can tour this historic “modern marvel” still today.

Located in historic downtown Savannah on Abercorn Street near Oglethorpe Square, the Regency-style mansion was originally built in 1819 and designed by English architect William Jay. Your tour will include the main house, carriage house, parterre garden, and work spaces. Recently, new discoveries were made at the home, giving fresh insights into the lives of the many slaves who worked and lived there. As you glimpse the structures that once held anywhere from nine to 15 enslaved people, including men, women and children, and hear stories of their harsh day-to-day existence, you will be both humbled and stunned as you imagine what life for them was like.

Harper Fowlkes House

Next, we move on to a Greek Revival mansion that was built in 1842 by the Champion family, and through various twist and owners, has been continuously occupied ever since. The Harper Fowlkes House on Barnard Street near Orleans Square has fascinated visitors for years both for its ornate design as well as this surprising fact: it was bought in 1939, in the midst of the Great Depression, by an unmarried woman, Alida Harper, who paid a grand sum of $9,000 for the mansion and lived there until her death in 1985. Alida was a shrewd businesswoman who bought and restored a number of historic homes, later selling them all for at least twice what she paid at the time of purchase.

As for the home’s most distinct trait, “I can only speak for myself, and there are so many to choose from!” said Ben Wheeler, site administrator for the home. “[But] inside the front hall is an oval opening in the ceiling called an oculus, which allowed not only light from the windows on the top floors but a breeze as well coming in the first-floor windows, through the oculus, and out of the second and third-floor windows.”

Wheeler also noted the home’s faux boix or “fake wood” design in the dining room, and the Corinthian “Temple of the Wind” columns on the front portico among the details that capture the interest of visitors.

Mercer-Williams House Museum

This next home is well-known and loved for so many reasons, it’s hard to know where to begin – so let’s just make the most logical step and start at the beginning! The house was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer. Does the last name Mercer ring any bells as it relates to Savannah? General Mercer was the great grandfather of famed Savannah singer-songwriter, Johnny Mercer.

Construction on the home began in 1860 but was halted due to the Civil War. More than 100 years later, Jim Williams, a noted restorationist known for saving more than 50 houses, bought the Mercer House and oversaw a two-year restoration project. If the name Jim Williams rings a bell, then you’re likely familiar with the best-selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which tells the story of a particular slice of Mr. Williams’ life and also made the now-iconic Bird Girl statue famous (which is on display at the Telfair Academy – if you want to that stop to your stay). Now named the Mercer-Williams House, it is open for tours but is also the primary residence of Mr. Williams’ sister, Dr. Dorothy Kingery, and her daughters, Susan and Amanda.

Andrew Low House

Speaking of last names that sound familiar, the name “Low” may seem common, but when you add “Juliette Gordon” in front if it, it likely takes on new meaning (especially if you’ve ever been a Girl Scout). The beloved founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was the daughter-in-law of Andrew Low, the original owner and namesake of the Andrew Low House. Located on Lafayette Square, the house was originally constructed in 1848 and from the formal parlor to the informal parlor, the library, and even the Robert E. Lee bedroom, made famous when the general spent a week at the home as a guest, the home is meticulously restored and preserved to provide guests with a true walk through history.

“One of the most surprising facts [about the home] is that Juliette Gordon Low lived here longer than she did her birthplace home,” explained Rebecca Eddins, executive director of the home. “She was actually living here when she founded the Girl Scouts!” Rebecca also noted that the home’s garden is one of only three in the city of Savannah that survives, intact, from its original design in 1848-49.

Of course these are just a few of the many historic homes to tour during your stay in Savannah (the Davenport House Museum and Sorrel-Weed House are also top picks), but whether you have time to tour one or all, you will have taken a walk back in time that is certain to give you a healthy appreciation for life back then and even great awareness of just how good we have it today. Happy touring!

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 best times of year to visit Savannah is the holiday season. From the decked out doors in the Historic District to the twinkling lights and festive window displays on Broughton Street, the whole city is holly jolly when the holidays roll around! Not to mention, it’s the perfect, not-too-chilly temperature for wandering the city by foot, trolley, or riverboat. Here are our favorite ways to celebrate in Savannah.

Sailing with Santa
November 29-30, 2019

Surprise the kids with a very special Riverboat Cruise! Meet Santa and all his friends from the North Pole for photos and fun during this one and a half hour sightseeing cruise. Kids will love the arts and craft station while adults enjoy the narrated tour. Children 12 and under sail free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy!

Boat Parade of Lights
November 30, 2019

Head to Savannah’s famous River Street to take in this breathtaking display of over 40 vessels sparkling from bow to stern with Christmas lights. Enjoy food and drinks, live music from The Fabulous Equinox Quintet, and a tree lighting ceremony. Finally, cap off your magical evening with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza!

A Christmas Tradition at the Savannah Theatre
December 3-24, 2019

Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit like the annual Christmas spectacular at the Savannah Theatre. This joyful, live performance incorporates all your favorite Christmas carols with talented dancers, physical comedy, colorful costumes, and even a little bit of audience participation. You’ll want to return year after year to experience this festive celebration of holiday music.

City Market Holiday Open House
December 6, 2019

City Market is one of Savannah’s most popular destinations, and now’s your chance to see it transformed for the holidays with hundreds of flickering lanterns. Enjoy Christmas carolers and special treats in the shops as you stroll through the marketplace and purchase the perfect holiday gifts for all your loved ones. Stick around for a visit from Saint Nick himself!

Savannah Santa Train
December 7, 2019

All aboard! The Savannah Santa Train annual event, billed as one of the Lowcountry’s largest holiday happenings, morphs the Georgia State Railroad Museum into a winter wonderland for children and adults alike to enjoy. There will be caroling by Savannah Stage Company, performances by Savannah Children’s Theatre, plenty of workshops for guests to participate in, and, of course, Santa Claus!

Christmas on the River Lighted Parade
December 7, 2019

Have yourself a merry and bright holiday with the Christmas on the River Lighted Parade, brought to you by the Savannah Waterfront Association. This annual tradition features decorated floats, trucks, and trolleys from over 40 local groups, all lit up with Christmas lights. The procession begins on the west end of River Street and winds throughout the Historic District, ending in City Market. Trophies will be awarded for the best floats, vehicles, and walking groups!

Book your holiday stay in Savannah today, and don’t forget to tag your photos with #stayinsavannah!

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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