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While Savannah is known for its beautiful, historic downtown and its thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, there is so much more to explore during your next visit! Savannah is surrounded by gorgeous parks, wildlife, and beaches. From the Spanish moss hanging from every tree, to the sandy shores of Tybee Island, you’ll discover the beauty in Savannah’s natural surroundings.

Forsyth Park

This iconic Savannah park spans 30 acres of the Historic District. Snap a photo of the stunning fountain that was constructed in 1858, located at the north end of the park, meander through the Fragrant Garden for the blind, visit the children’s playground, and admire the Spanish moss. It won’t take long for you to see why Forsyth is one of the most photographed spots in the city. This park is an absolute must-see for Savannah visitors!

Skidaway Island State Park

At this beautiful state park, you can explore six miles of hiking trails that meander through forests and salt marshes, spot local wildlife, visit the observation tower, swing by the volleyball court, and relax with friends at one of the five picnic shelters. The park also offers 87 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as three pioneer campgrounds for groups of 10+. Rent bicycles, go geocaching, or host a birthday party all at this scenic state park.

Wormsloe State Historic Site

If you’re searching for the perfect Savannah photo-op, look no further! Wormsloe Historic Site is known for its gorgeous avenue of live oaks, leading to the oldest standing structure in Georgia: the ruins of the colonial estate of Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s first English settlers. Visit the museum and theater, chat with demonstrators in period costumes, and walk along the estate’s nature trail to explore marshes and historic ruins.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Discover the local wildlife at this family-friendly conservation center that is home to more than 150 animals from 50 different species, including gray wolves, tortoises, armadillos, birds of prey, and southern flying squirrels. Oatland Island hosts various events throughout the year including Toddler Tuesdays and November’s Fall Festival! And the best part: the wildlife center is open 361 days a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm

Fifteen miles from downtown Savannah, you’ll find this historic public garden filled with gorgeous flowers, crape myrtles, and palms. Visit the rose garden, the rain garden, and the water garden containing a 50,000-foot water feature and nine-foot waterfall, with tropical waterlilies and aquatic plants. Families will love the four-acre bamboo maze, and if you’re visiting in February, enjoy the annual Camellia Festival!

 

Tybee Island

A trip to Savannah wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tybee Island. Just 18 miles from the Historic District, this island community offers gorgeous public beaches, historic lighthouses, and a scenic pier. Hop aboard a dolphin tour or bicycle along the beach to experience the beautiful sights of the island. Feeling adventurous? Step outside your comfort zone and explore the outdoors by renting a kayak, jet-ski, or stand up paddle board.

Book your stay in Savannah now and get ready to explore the outdoors!

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 take a guided tour of the city. It’s another to take a guided tour, in the dead of the night of America’s most haunted city, surrounded by city residents you can’t necessarily see. Savannah’s haunted past can be seen in a number of ways and we have the guide to see each and every spirit. The Hostess City will make you scream, laugh, and scream again as it takes you on a tour through its ghostly past.

Grave Encounters – Old Savannah Tours

Old Savannah Tours is known for bringing history to life during the day. But at night, they’ll bring the dead back to life. You’ll be guided through Telfair Academy, the first public art museum in the south, and learn why Savannah is one of the nation’s most haunted cities. You won’t find any heartwarming stories of Casper the Friendly Ghost on this tour – just tales of those murdered, tortured and filled with hundreds of years of pent-up anger. Make sure you bring a friend because this nightly tour isn’t for the faint of heart. And, if you’re interested in pairing ghosts with a meal, attend a special Grave Encounters tour that includes dinner. You’ll be treated to a fantastic meal at The Pirates’ House and an exclusive tour of The Pirates’ House Rum Cellar. If you’re looking for a sleepless night, then this is the tour for you.

Boo Y’all Comedy Ghost Tour – Old Savannah Tours

The newest cast members of the Old Savannah Tours are funnier than they are scary. Come join these ghostly guides for a lighter walk on the dark side and take a journey through Savannah’s haunted past. Laugh alongside some of Savannah’s ghostly legends as you learn about what makes this town one of the nation’s most haunted. You might just die laughing on this frightfully hilarious tour.

Blue Orb Ghost Tours

Nothing says legitimacy like national and international acknowledgements. In 2015, Blue Orb Ghost Tours was rated one of the Top 3 Ghost Tours in the United States by the USA Today Fan Poll, one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in the World by TripAdvisor, and one of the Top 13 Ghost Tours in the World by the renowned travel guide Condé Nast Traveler. So, if you’re looking for an authentic tour around Savannah’s haunted past, these guides will show you a frightfully good time. Blue Orb offers three different tours for those with different tastes and different budgets. You won’t find any gimmicks here, just spine-tingling stories of those who used to walk the streets of Savannah.

Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour

Have you ever wanted to sip on spirits while looking for a few? If the answer is yes, then we have the tour for you. Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour is the oldest haunted pub crawl in Savannah. Stop at some of the city’s most unique pubs, venture into the famed Historic District’s most haunted corners, and listen to the tales floating around this haunted southern town. There’s a family-friendly, all-ages tour, so you can bring the little ghouls along for a fun stroll too. No matter the personality of the group, you’ll have a spirited evening.

Hearse Ghost Tour

Not many living people can say they’ve ridden in the back of a hearse. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about Savannah’s haunted past from Hearse Ghost Tours in the back of a hearse. Yes, you read that correctly – you get to ride in a hearse. Hear stories of ghosts and spirits as you travel between cemeteries and through the streets of the Historic and Victorian Districts. You and seven others will fear for your lives from ghostly stories and scream from sights on this evening tour. Join in on this one-of-a-kind experience and come to grips with death, as you ride in its chariot around Savannah.

Whether you’re looking for an authentic, informational tour, or a journey through the streets of Savannah laughing to scary stories, there’s a tour for everyone. Be sure to book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to a stay filled with ghosts and ghouls.

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 you come to Savannah, it’s best to be prepared with an empty stomach. The Hostess City features an abundance of delicious, standout restaurants, each specializing in different cuisine. Join us on an adventure of Savannah’s unique dining experiences.

Fork and Dagger

Fork and Dagger is relatively new to the Savannah scene, having yet reached its three-year mark. What makes this spot unique is it being located on the first floor of an apartment building in downtown Savannah – you just don’t see that every day. The downtown sandwich shop opened its doors back in March of 2017 and hasn’t looked back. Billing itself as a part-Brooklyn deli, part-Southern diner, Fork and Dagger takes the best of both worlds and churns out inspired creations. For breakfast, try the Pig and Grits, which is cheese grits topped with slow-cooked pulled pork and a fried egg. If you’re there for lunch, you can’t go wrong with the Fork and Dagger Cuban.

Sandfly Bar-B-Q

You’ve eaten barbecue, but have you eaten barbecue in a streamliner? Sandfly Bar-B-Q in downtown Savannah serves up delicious barbecue in a converted railway car turned diner. You can expect the typical barbecue staples here: pulled pork, beef brisket, spare ribs, Brunswick stew, and more. Enjoy house specialties including duck fat fries, pork fries, and our favorite, mac balls, which are duck fat fried mac and cheese balls with bacon and green onions. A couple of bites in, and you’ll soon understand why Savannahians rave about this place.

The Ordinary Pub

Located in a basement on Savannah’s Broughton Street, The Ordinary Pub takes a stab at typical pub fare and turns the dial up a few notches, resulting in a varied menu. For the appetizer round, try the Pork Belly Donut Sliders – yes, with real donuts – or the Loaded Fritter Tots, which are tater tots covered in Gouda cheese sauce, chopped bacon, and chives. You can’t go wrong with Gumbo and Stone Ground Grits for an entrée or, if you’re feeling like brunch for dinner, you can opt for a Brunner Bowl, which features creamy mac and cheese with shell pasta and Gouda cheese sauce, Andouille sausage, green and red bell peppers, bacon weave and a sunny-side up egg.

The Vault Kitchen and Market

As its name implies, The Vault Kitchen and Market features an actual vault inside that you can dine in. The restaurant was converted from an old bank and now serves up chic Asian fusion cuisine. The Vault opens for lunch and dinner – with a two-hour closing break from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. –  and features a wide array of dishes. If you prefer a land-based meal, then the Crying Tiger, grilled steak with dry chili dipping sauce, would fit the bill. For those who would rather their meal come from the sea, then the Miso Salmon should jump to the top of the list. They also offer multiple dumpling options and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

The Wyld Dock Bar

You’ll have to travel a bit out of Savannah’s Historic District for The Wyld Dock Bar, but it’s certainly worth it. The restaurant is off the beaten path a bit, but it has a great location on the marsh, making for some incredible views. As expected, The Wyld serves up primarily seafood dishes, but also if you prefer a burger or a taco, both options are available. One of the restaurant’s unique features is that its accessible by boat!

La Scala Ristorante

If you’re in the mood for Italian food in one of Savannah’s classic mansions, then La Scala Ristorante checks both of those boxes. The restaurant opened its doors in late 2018, so it’s still a bit new to Savannah’s restaurant scene. Make no mistake, however: La Scala Ristorante features authentic Italian cuisine. Go with the Scallopina di Vitello (veal cutlet served with Marsala or Piccata sauce over spaghetti) or Trout Vignarola (grilled red rainbow trout over spelt, asparagus, fava beans, artichoke hearts, mint, and roasted red pepper aioli).

What are you waiting for? Book your stay in Savannah now and get your dining adventure started!

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.

If you’re like me, you spend more time texting your girlfriends than actually seeing them. And even though emojis have come a long way, there’s nothing as good as some in-person quality time with those who know you best! So open that day planner and set the date ‘cause it’s time to get the heck out of dodge and venture to Savannah with the girls!

First, you need an amazing place to stay and in downtown Savannah, accommodations abound. When you walk into the DoubleTree Hotel Savannah Historic District you might think you’ve stepped into a swanky Manhattan hotel – and the feeling doesn’t stop there. The hotel recently completed a $5.5 million renovation and will surround you in modern luxury. And then there’s Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, located in downtown Savannah directly on River Street, featuring a resort-style rooftop with a heated pool, full-service bar and menu offerings, fire pit and more – all reserved for guests only. And though you could spend your entire weekend up on the roof, we promise, there’s plenty more to see and do!

You’re gonna need to eat and drink while you’re here, right? But the last thing you want to do is eat a huge meal and then feel so stuffed you don’t want to do much else. If you agree, then whatdoyasay we make this trip all about tastin’ and toastin’ – some appetizers here, a few sips there and before you know it, you’re having a great time, no stretch pants required.

This particular tastin’ and toastin’ extravaganza starts at Ghost Coast Distillery, located “under the bridge” in downtown Savannah on Indian Street. Ghost Coast is the city’s first and only distillery since Prohibition and offers 20 different spirits to properly kick off your weekend. They also offer a free behind-the-scenes tour that will land you in the heart of the distillery’s cocktail room.

“If you can’t decide on just one from our extensive list of unique spirits and handcrafted cocktails, you can choose a flight,” explained marketing coordinator Kaitlynn Whittaker. “I would recommend trying our Tiki-Spiced Rum made with nine different spices or our Honey Flavored Whiskey made with local Savannah honey.” Ghost Coast even offers a cocktail class that will teach you how to make some of their most popular cocktails.

You’re going to do some toastin’ at Ghost Coast but what about tastin’ some food? We suggest heading over to Treylor Park on Bay Street where you can keep the laid-back vibe going in their outdoor beer garden. It’s like the backyard you wish you had – twinkly lights strung overhead, cold craft been on tap and fellow ‘neighbors’ gathered ‘round to add to the lively atmosphere. Add in some shared plates of avocado fries, chili hummus or Treylor’s epic tacos and you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of good-for-you fare prepared in a way that’s borderline cheat night.

Of course, if you want a little less backyard and a little more uptown, then you absolutely have to visit the bar at The Grey. Located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in downtown Savannah, The Grey has earned more “best restaurant” awards than can be listed here and has been featured in Food & Wine, Time, New York Times and even CBS This Morning to name a few. And while The Grey’s food is exceptional, the bar is an experience all its own (and also among the 21 best bars in America 2018 as deemed by Esquire Magazine). The Diner Bar, as it’s called, gives new meaning to the bar term “flight” with its worldly collection of rums, gins, vodkas and so much more. You’ll feel like a seasoned traveler without ever having to leave your perch at the bar. While you’re there, make sure to sample some bar bites as well!

Last, but by no means least, dessert! Sometimes, a name says it all: Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant. What began in Key West, Florida as a wife making an Oreo layer cake for her husband has today turned into a sweet restaurant franchise with its first franchise location being right here in Savannah (lucky you).

“From the menu names, descriptions and server interactions – everything is kittenish and full of sexual puns,” said Lindsey Haemmerle, co-owner and general manager. “If you’re open-minded, you’ll enjoy this experience.”

Among their must-try desserts, Lindsey recommends the Blueberry Birthday Suit, featuring fresh blueberries, blueberry compote, Belgian white chocolate and brie cheese sandwiched between buttered cinnamon sugar Texas toast and served with a side of strawberry champagne soup (say that 5 times fast!) She also suggests the Missionary Crisp, a concoction of red delicious apples with a buttery cake-like layer, salted graham cracker and vanilla bean ice cream all smothered in house-made soft caramel. Wow. We’ve just taken a deep dive from tastin’ to all-out devouring,  but it’s the end of the night so enjoy! They also offer an intriguing cocktail menu to cap off your evening just right.

From a bachelorette party to a momcation to just finally picking a date and going for it, when you getaway to Savannah with your girls, you’re sure to taste, toast and talk your way through every moment. As the song says, “girls just wanna have fun” and if you can’t remember the last time you got together for that, then it’s high time to book your stay in Savannah! Cheers!

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 restaurant scene has been bustling for several years now, so it’s no surprise when new eateries seemingly pop up left and right across the Hostess City. Let’s take a look at some of the new restaurants that have captivated Savannahians and tourists alike.

Flock to the Wok

Located on Whitaker Street between Broughton and Congress streets, Flock to the Wok is the newest offering from the Ele and the Chef Restaurant Collection group. Flock to the Wok serves up Chinese cuisine with a modern twist with classic dishes like Kung Pao chicken and the Wok fried rice. There are lots of choices available if you’re craving homemade dumplings as well as many innovative dishes suitable for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The restaurant features a massive bird cage that encompasses the main dining room area, and will soon also house a downstairs lounge.

Big Bon Bodega

Bagel lovers unite! Big Bon Bodega, situated at 2011 Bull Street, is another eatery located in the ever-growing Starland District, bringing wood-fired bagels to Savannah. You can opt for a bagel sandwich like The 912 (includes bacon, a fried egg, cheddar, and herb butter) or The Donna (sliced turkey, watercress, avocado, bacon, and roasted garlic asiago mayo) – or you can choose a single bagel with several spread offerings like kimchi cream cheese, lemon caper cream cheese, and walnut butter. Big Bon Bodega also offers both cold and hot brew coffee.

The Grey Market

Take a New York City bodega and fuse it with a classic Southern lunch counter, and the finished product is The Grey Market, the offspring of sorts of The Grey, Johno Morisano and Mashama Bailey’s critically acclaimed restaurant. Set at 109 Jefferson Street, The Grey Market offers breakfast and lunch options such as the lox bagel sandwich and sizzilin’ smoky pig. And, if you need a quick dinner idea, stop in after 4 p.m. and snag a hot rotisserie chicken.

The 5 Spot on Broughton

You can find The 5 Spot on Broughton at the corner of Price and – you guessed it – Broughton streets. The 5 Spot on Broughton is the Gaslight Group’s second 5 Spot location; the first is in Habersham Village in Midtown Savannah. The restaurant bills itself as a casual neighborhood kitchen and bar, serving up burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Don’t miss out on the 5 Spot Nachos!

Squirrel’s Pizza

You can never have enough pizza offerings as proven by Squirrel’s Pizza, located at 2218 Bull Street in the Starland District. Squirrel’s specializes in pecan wood-fired pizza, bringing a unique taste to Savannah. The pizzas are typically 10 to 12 inches, and include the classic pepperoni pie to a Benny Blanco, which is a white pizza topped with mozzarella, parmesan, and rosemary. Squirrel’s menu isn’t only pizzas, however. There are starters such as chicken wings and Calabrian chile sloppy joe sliders, as well as beef tenderloin and lamb shoulder sandwich offerings.

The Fat Radish

The Fat Radish has just two locations in the country: New York City and now Savannah. This restaurant, located at 36 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, prides itself on its farm-to-table cuisine. The idea of using locally grown and produced food isn’t a new restaurant concept, but it’s typically a philosophy that is well-received by the community. Enjoy starters that include shaved summer squash, green harissa, shaved cheese, and more. For your main meal, there’s pastrami brined chicken schnitzel, grilled bavette steak – or, a bacon cheese burger with thick cut duck fat chips.

Don’t forget to note these new restaurants on your itinerary once you plan 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.

Savannah is well-known as one of the spookiest cities in the South. If you’re intrigued by the rumors of hauntings and hoping for a spirit sighting yourself, be sure to add these chilling stops to your travel itinerary!

Stop by Colonial Cemetery where over 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever Epidemic are buried in a mass grave. The area also served as the city’s dueling grounds during the 1700s and dueling ghosts are said to return to the site at night!


Take a ghost tour in a hearse for the perfect blend of history, horror, and hilarity!

Have a meal at The Pirates’ House and learn about the dark and dangerous past of Savannah’s seafaring visitors while you dine in this historic tavern.

Escape the Haunted Room with Escape Savannah and uncover the mystery before time runs out!

See the city by foot on a Haunted Pub Crawl and sample spirits while you search for spirits!

Head to Wright Square to look for the ghost of Alice Riley, who was hung there for her master’s murder in 1735, a crime for which she maintained her innocence.

Visit the ghosts of fallen soldiers at Old Fort Jackson and experience the daily cannon firings!

Have a pint at Moon River Brewing Company, where paranormal sightings are commonplace. The restaurant/brewery has been featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.

Visit the Sorrel-Weed House for an after-hours paranormal lock-in: all night investigation experience where you’ll get to explore the mansion firsthand!

Spot the ghost of James Habersham, the original owner of The Olde Pink House, who is said to light candles on the dining tables and neaten up the furniture while the servers’ backs are turned.

Find the statue of Little Gracie Watson at Bonaventure Cemetery, who died of pneumonia at age 6 in 1889. The statue is rumored to cry real tears!

Visit historic Factor’s Walk, where several apparitions and shadowy figures have been spotted.

Take a “frightseeing” tour by trolley with Ghosts and Gravestones.

Wherever your ghost-hunting takes you, tag your photos with #stayinsavannah and let us know your favorite haunted spots! Book your next visit 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.

It’s almost time for Savannah’s most recognizable race! The music-filled 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon is set for Nov. 2-3, 2019, and if you’re not prepared, it can be a little overwhelming. Here’s what to expect – and how to navigate – one of Savannah’s busiest weekends whether you’re participating as a runner or as a spectator.

Lodging

With the event being such a huge draw for the city, it’s important to get hotel reservations in order as early as possible to get the available discounts. In this case, it’s best to check the host website and booking a discount through there.

“The DoubleTree Savannah Historic District, Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District, and Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront all have group blocks open, but they are limited,” said Stacy Sturgis, director of sales. “So, booking early is definitely smart!”

Navigation

Make no mistake: downtown Savannah is going to be crowded during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend. That’s why it’s imperative to have your parking plan established if you don’t have a room booked.

“If you can book a room and walk to the start and finish, it’s worth it to not stress over parking,” said Sturgis, who has run the half marathon four times since it launched in Savannah in 2011. “If you are going to park on race day, park early and closer to the finish.”

The idea here is to avoid having to walk back to your car after running either the marathon or half marathon. Chances are, walking back to your vehicle that’s parked far away won’t be ideal; you want to do that walk before the race, not after you’ve spent a tremendous amount of energy.

The City of Savannah releases a map of the scheduled road closures for the weekend. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with these closures prior to making your way downtown. There’s also a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon app available to track runners using their bib numbers.

Before the race

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon participants will need to pick up their race packets prior to the race at the Health and Fitness Expo. This event takes place on Thursday and Friday at the Savannah Convention Center before the big weekend. It’s better to go as early as possible. This means it won’t be nearly as crowded as it will be on Friday when out of town runners begin to arrive, and there will be more merchandise available. The expo is free, and it’s also open to the public, not just marathon participants.

Fleet Feet Savannah, located in Midtown Savannah, is also an excellent resource for marathon participants. The retail store stocks athletic shoes, apparel, and accessories that are geared toward runners. Fleet Feet Savannah also offers training programs for both the full and half marathons.

On the day before the race, the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District will host a pasta dinner to help runners carb-load and prepare for the weekend.

Race day

While the marathon, half marathon, and half marathon relay lead the way on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 2, there are also other races set to take place over the weekend. On Sunday, Nov. 3, a 5K, 1-mile run, and Kids Rock run are all scheduled to take place in Midtown Savannah.

On your mark, get set go and book your stay in Savannah at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District, Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District, and Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend!

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.

Walking into a store full of sweets and treats, the first thing on your mind is if you’re allowed to sample anything before you make your purchase. The answer in Savannah is a resounding “yes.” We have the guide to help you try everything from pralines and daiquiris to cookies and popcorn. Let the Hostess City serve you a smorgasbord of food and take your taste buds for a sampling tour.

Byrd Cookie Company

This family-owned bakery has serviced the streets of Savannah since 1924 with freshly made cookies. Recipients of the Dessert of the Year Award from the National Food Association’s Fancy Food Show, Byrd’s Key Lime Cooler was the first cookie to ever win this prestigious accolade. And, you can try one whenever you come to visit Savannah. Enjoy the best cookie in the South and see for yourself why their bakery has been around for 95 years.

Savannah Bee Company

If you’re looking for some concentrated sunshine concocted from a 35-year old recipe, then you’ve come to the right place. Head on over to the Honey House in downtown Savannah to sample some of Ted Dennard’s honey. Whether you’re looking to add some natural honey to a family recipe or find a new moisturizer, you can’t go wrong with anything from this homegrown company.

River Street Sweets

What started out as a River Street gift shop for knick-knacks and Christmas ornaments eventually became the leading supplier of pralines in the entire world. With over 100 years of candy making experience, River Street Sweets is a place you can’t miss. Outside of their world-famous pralines, you can sample some saltwater taffy, hand-stretched peanut brittle or homemade pecan pies. When you come to Savannah, this is a place you’ll regret not visiting.

Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn

If you’ve got a passion for popcorn, then a stop at Savannah Rae’s is a must. With 250 gourmet popcorn flavors, you’ll be able to sample a variety of cheese, chocolate and candy flavors before purchasing a bag for yourself. Try flavors like piña colada, crab legs, dill pickle, loaded baked potato, Doritos® Cool Ranch®, Cap-N-Crunch® and red velvet cake. Looking for a flavor to support a specific occasion? Create a unique flavor for the family over the holidays, match the theme of any party, or design a flavor matching your newly branded company.

The Peanut Shop of Savannah

While walking along the river on Savannah’s River Street, you’ll stumble upon the famed Peanut Shop of Savannah. Originally from Williamsburg, VA, this shop has created the gold standard for peanuts. Due to their meticulous growing and quality process, you’ll only see cream-of-the-crop nuts in this store. They offer different flavors including candied peanuts, chocolate peanuts, peanut butters, brittles and a selection of other nuts in-store for you to sample.

Wet Willie’s

If you’re looking for a refreshing way to beat the Savannah heat, then we have the place for you. Wet Willie’s, creators of the world’s greatest frozen daiquiris, can be found on River Street and in City Market. This casual, upbeat, and fun atmosphere gives its guests the chance to sample flavors before receiving a full pour of delicious daiquiri. They’ll even let you mix flavors to create your own drink. Paired with a food menu filled with burgers, seafood, tacos, sandwiches and salads, Wet Willie’s will quench any level of appetite. Start concocting your most creative flavor combinations and stop by for the most colorful and satisfying drink in the South.

Whether you’re looking to sample some popcorn or create your own frozen daiquiri, Savannah is filled with treats to delight even the pickiest of eaters. So, book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to a stay filled with samples of savory sweets and salty treats.

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.

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.

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