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Savannah’s Historic District is packed with beautiful historic churches, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you failed to visit at least a few of them. We explored five of these pieces of history back in January, now let’s take a look at five more historic churches that you should tour when you visit the Hostess City.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Built in 1848, Trinity United Methodist Church has the distinction of being the oldest Methodist church in Savannah. Since 1884, the church as been recognized as the Mother Church of Savannah Methodism. Trinity United Methodist Church features a sanctuary of Corinthian architecture, and the building itself reflects a Greek Revival Style. The church is sits on Telfair Square at 225 West President Street.

Lutheran Church of The Ascension

On Wright Square at 120 Bull Street is where you’ll find the Lutheran Church of The Ascension. This church combines both Gothic and Norman architecture and boasts stained-glass windows that show scenes from the life of Christ. A marble altar depicts Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Completed in the late 1870s, the church was used as a hospital for the wounded during the Civil War.

Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church

The Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church was built in 1868 and features a Gothic architectural style that was patterned after Nieuwe Kerk – or Queen’s Kirk, the most-visited church in Amsterdam. The church honors the founders of the Methodist denomination, John and Charles Wesley. Its memorial windows are made of European-stained glass, and one window, aptly named the Wesley Window, faces the pulpit and features the busts of the two brothers. Find the church at 429 Abercorn Street on Calhoun Square.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Located at 325 Bull Street on Madison Square, Saint John’s Episcopal Church serves as a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. The church was founded in 1841 and is recognizable for its harmonizing chimes that fill the air on the hour every day, as well as its stained-glass windows that portray scenes from the New Testament.

Unitarian Universalist Church

Established in 1851, the Unitarian Universalist Church was where “Jingle Bells” was composed. James Pierpont is credited with writing the classic Christmas in 1852. Located at 311 East Harris Street on Troup Square, the Unitarian Universalist Church stands out with its Gothic style features that make the building resemble a castle. The church was closed before the Civil War and purchased by freed slaves.

There are no shortage of historic churches to explore during your stay in Savannah. Start planning your visit now!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

There’s no time quite like springtime in Savannah. The warmer weather, the endless activities, the gorgeous views – there are countless reasons to head for this gem on the coast. This spring, don’t miss these quintessential ways to thaw out in the Hostess City.

Sunny weather

Spring is a goldmine for great weather in Savannah. The heat and humidity haven’t fully geared up, and the rain has begun to clear. Temperatures remain in the low- to mid-70s – ideal for taking strolls through the city’s unique squares and perusing the local shops.

Flowers in bloom

Though Savannah is known for its year-round Spanish moss and magnolia trees, flowers are the stars of the city in the springtime. Dogwoods, camellias, and azaleas all make their grand entrance starting in late-February, and downtown’s squares explode with color. Make your way to Bonaventure Cemetery for a display of blooms you won’t want to miss, or take a walk down Jones Street to see spectacular colors on display.

Patio season

Savannah takes its patio life very seriously. This is a city that takes it slow and makes the most of its nearly year-round good weather. So, grabbing a cold beverage and pulling up a chair to take in the lovely view and the vibrant street life has become a favorite pastime of locals and tourists alike. If you love a good sip in the shade as much as we do, check out these locations to sample patio life perfection.

Tubby’s Seafood

River Street offers some of the best views in the city, and Tubby’s Seafood gives you front-row seats. Watch the cargo ships float by, take in a great view of the Savannah Bridge and watch for a jumping fish or two.

Moon River Brewing Co.

In the heart of Bay Street, Moon River boast the largest beer garden in downtown Savannah. The outdoor bar has tons of seating, and – in spite of the fact that the building is haunted – the restaurant stays busy. Order a craft-brewed beer and pull up a chair to people watch the folks from all walks of life as they explore the city.

Zunzi’s

Located right off Drayton Street, this pint-sized lunch spot is a local favorite. Featuring South African-inspired fare, Zunzi’s is the home of The Godfather, recently voted “Best Sandwich in Georgia” by People.com. Grab a table outside and sit under a rainbow umbrella as you chow down on any of their unique sandwiches while you watch the sparrows flit through the trees.

Treylor Park

Treylor Park’s motto is “quality over quantity.” Featuring bespoke cocktails, craft beer and locally sourced ingredients, this vintage-chic space is within walking distance of the river and offers great music and lots of energy. Enjoy a drink amid the lush outdoor seating area surrounded by sable palms.

Starland Yard      

For a family-friendly atmosphere and a bright, colorful venue, you can’t beat Starland Yard. This all-outdoor space features a rotating list of food trucks. Grab a seat at one of the many tables, or throw a blanket down on the manicured lawn and eat picnic style. With games, music, and a vast array of food options, Starland Yard is an ideal way to enjoy the Savannah sunshine.

Food, festivals, and your feet in the sand

Spring marks the start of festival season in Savannah, and the fun gears up quickly. From   March 26 – April 11, don’t miss the Savannah Music Festival. This 17-day-long event offers an impressive array of artists and musical styles, from bluegrass, to punk rock, to classical.

Another great way to spend the afternoon is at the Savannah College of Art and Design Sidewalk Arts Festival. Each year, SCAD students create masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of Forsyth Park. Visitors can also see the art of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), in which actors and models silently depict scenes as if in a photo.

SCAD students also bring their talents to the beach with the annual Sand Arts Festival on Tybee Island. Staff, alumni and students all create magnificent and wild creations in the sand to win the coveted SCAD Spirit Award.

Ready to spend spring in the Hostess City? Book your stay in Savannah today!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is big. No, like REALLY big. More than 500,000 people are expected to visit for the festivities this year. According to Fodor’s, it’s one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. There’s an annual parade, vendors and live music on River Street, green fountains, green beer, and green pride throughout the city. If you haven’t been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s an absolute bucket list experience.

If your partying days are mostly in the past, not to worry! There are so many family-friendly, non-alcohol-related activities to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in learning more about your Irish heritage, or just hoping for a bit of the luck o’ the Irish, here are a few of our favorite ways to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.

Celtic Cross Ceremony

Emmet Park

March 8, 1 p.m.

This moving, annual ceremony, attended by the city’s Irish Catholic community along with their family and friends, honors the city’s Irish heritage. With live bagpiping and meaningful speeches in front of the Celtic Cross in Emmet Park, this traditional ceremony and reception is the perfect way to understand what St. Patrick’s Day is all about.

Celtic Woman

Johnny Mercer Theatre

March 10, 6 p.m.

This incredible, all-female group of musicians have kept the Celtic tradition of telling stories through song. Tara McNeil plays the fiddle and Irish harp while soloists Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh join in song. Joined by pipers, drummers, and stepdancers, Celtic Women is a magical, live experience that celebrates Ireland’s rich musical heritage.

Irish Heritage Society Dance

Alee Temple

March 13, 8 p.m.

Irish dancers of all ages have been showing off their moves at this dance, which has been held for more than 40 years. Kick off the celebrations of the Irish community at Alee Temple with live music, dancing, raffles, and more!

Tybee Irish Heritage Celebration Parade

Tybee City Hall

March 14, 3 p.m.

If you’d rather avoid the chaos of Savannah’s parade, we recommend checking out this family-friendly event a few days prior. With floats, marchers, and bands, you’ll enjoy being part of the sea of green at this seaside celebration on Tybee Island.

Still deciding where to stay? We recommend the Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront. From the rooftop bar and cabanas, you can look down at all the festivities happening on River Street or retreat to your relaxing oasis, where every room includes a full kitchen. Book your stay in Savannah today!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

When you go to a bar in Savannah’s Historic District, you’ll soon discover a unique perk. Instead of being forced to finish your drink before you leave to head to another bar, you can instead take it with you thanks to Savannah’s unique to-go cup zone – as long as the beverage is held in a plastic container. Now that you’re aware of that little treat, let’s look at some of the city’s best downtown bars.

The Rail Pub

The Rail Pub has been a local mainstay since it opened its doors back in 1890. Located on Franklin Square, the pub’s name stems from the workers who would gather in said square as they waited to work on the railroad. Today, the laid-back, no frills bar serves as a go-to watering hole for both locals and tourists alike.

Stafford’s Public House

One of Savannah’s newer bars, Stafford’s Public House, opened in March of 2017, combines the atmospheres of a dive bar and a dance club into one, resulting in one of the more entertaining experiences you’ll have in the Historic District. Enjoy a drink or two with new friends you’re bound to meet, and then dance the night away. You’ll find Stafford’s Public House off the beaten path at 306 West Upper Factors Walk.

Artillery

Located in a restored armory in which the Georgia Hussars cavalry unit once stored their artillery, this speakeasy boasts an extensive bourbon, cocktail, and wine list. Artillery’s interior harkens back to the eclecticism and romanticism of the 19th century, so you’re greeted with an air of sophistication as soon as you walk through the door. Find Artillery at 307 Bull Street, between Liberty and West Harris streets. Make sure you try the Bull & Matador cocktail!

O’Connell’s Irish Pub

If you’re interested in a genuine Irish pub on the smaller side in the Hostess City, then you’ll want to go to 42 Drayton Street. O’Connell’s Irish Pub prides itself on its authenticity, with its walls being covered in all kinds of Irish memorabilia like sports jerseys. Get a pour of Guinness and you’ll feel as though you’re in the heart of Ireland!

Circa 1875

Circa 1875 is a French restaurant that houses a gastropub on one side and a dining room on the other side. The gastropub features an ambience that reflects 18th century décor, from the doors, windows, moldings, complex tile floors, and Mahogany bar. And, of course, refreshing drinks to pair with your hors d’oeuvres. Circa 1875 is located on the corner of Whitaker and Broughton streets.

Abe’s on Lincoln

As if the name wasn’t clear enough, this Abraham Lincoln-themed bar is situated at 17 Lincoln Street. Enjoy craft beers and cocktails in the rustic-esque tavern, or find space outside on the patio. If you’re looking for spot with a dive bar ambience, then look no further than Abe’s on Lincoln.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay in Savannah and start visiting the city’s best watering holes!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

Did you know that Tybee Island is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Savannah? This beautiful oceanside community boasts some of the best beaches, bars, restaurants, and views around. It’s no surprise that there’s always something to celebrate. You may be familiar with Savannah’s famous St. Patrick’s Day parade, but have you enjoyed any of the fabulous annual festivals on Tybee? Put these celebrations on your calendar and come explore all Tybee has to offer!

Irish Heritage Celebration Parade

March 14, 2020

Can’t wait to kick off your St. Patrick’s Day pride? Deck yourself in green and head to Tybee for this family-friendly event to celebrate all things Irish. The parade includes floats, live bands, bagpipes, and plenty of green! This event is free and open to the public.

Wine Festival

April 30-May 2, 2020

It’s wine o’clock somewhere! This delicious weekend event offers multiple wine and food tastings at different venues across Tybee, all benefitting the restoration and operation of the historic Tybee Post Theater. The signature event is The Grand Wine Tasting, held in Memorial Park on May 2 from 3-6 p.m. Choose to sample from over 100 international wines and Tybee restaurant menu items. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, and commemorative wine glasses. Don’t forget your VIP tickets for special menu offerings and additional wine options!

Beach Bum Parade

May 15, 2020

Kids and adults alike will love this playful festival that’s all about enjoying Tybee’s best feature – the water! This wild and crazy event features an island-wide water fight and parade. Bring your squirt guns, super soakers, and swimsuits and prepare to get wet, but don’t forget a towel and a dry bag for any electronics.

Pirate Fest

October 8-11, 2020

Don your eyepatch, grab your matey, and hoist your skull and crossbones flag when you gather on Tybee for the 16th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest! This swashbuckling festival is a Tybee tradition, and includes costume contests, a carnival, a parade, a magic show, live music, cannon firing, fireworks, and more. Come in costume and bring the whole family as there are designated children’s events and areas.

There’s always something to celebrate here in Savannah. Pick your favorite festival and book your next stay in Savannah today! Don’t forget to tag your festival photos with #stayinsavannah during your visit.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

Here is your chance to win a Museum Lovers Contest in Savannah!

Savannah, founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe, is the oldest in Georgia. Naturally, the city is filled to the brim with history, and the several museums in the Historic District support that claim.

Now is your chance to explore a few of Savannah’s museums – the Jepson Center for the Arts, Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, Telfair Academy, and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum – with an exclusive, two-night stay downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District.

The winner of this package with receive:

       • a two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District
       • two passes to the three Telfair Museums sites
       • two passes to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and a $25 gift card

Renovated in 2018, the Hilton Garden Inn sits at the perfect spot in downtown Savannah – convenient to City Market, River Street, and many of the city’s historic museums.

The Telfair Museums consists of three museums: the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, and the historic Telfair Academy.

The modern Jepson Center for the Arts, opened in 2006, features a contemporary collection of paintings, photos, and various exhibits. The artwork on display can feature can range from classic European artists to new artists invoking original styles. The Jepson Center for the Arts is located on Telfair Square, and is just a short seven-minute walk from the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Telfair Academy first opened in 1886 as the first public art museum in the South. It houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Like the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Telfair Academy is also located on Telfair Square.

Considered one of the best examples of English Regency architecture in the country, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters was built in 1819 and gives you the chance to learn about the people – both free and enslaved – who lived on the site. You’ll find decorative arts, interactive exhibits, and more. The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is just three squares away from the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Academy.

Established in 1966 and located in the historic Scarborough House, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum features 18th and 19th century ship models, paintings, and antiques that are primarily from the era of Atlantic trade and travel between America and England. Ships of the Sea is just a four-minute walk away from the hotel.

There are three easy steps to enter the Museum Lovers Contest:

  1. Complete this simple entry form.
  2. Follow Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District, Telfair Museums, and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum on Facebook.
  3. Go to this post and tag who you would take with you!

Someone must win – why not you?

The contest begins on February 18, 2020 and ends at 11 a.m. on February 21, 2020. The winner will be notified via email.

 

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

It happens like clockwork. Every March 17th, bass drums boom, floats glide, bars prop open their doors from morning to night, and shops serve food, drinks, and souvenirs. The fountains flow green, bagpipes skirl, and the luck of the Irish can be felt from River Street to Rochester.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and this year over 300,000 people will make the pilgrimage to this celebration that’s been happening since 1824. Here’s a guide to mastering the madness.

The Parade

March 17 at 10:15 a.m.

If the Savannah River isn’t big enough for you, may we suggest a sea of green? A crowd as big as 10 percent of the population of Ireland will make the trip to Georgia to join in the fun, making Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade the second largest in the country. The parade features dancers, floats, music, and the march of the Hibernians, Savannah’s oldest Irish society. Don’t forget to wear green, or there may be consequences.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

March 13-14 from 10:00 a.m. to midnight

Of all the festivals and events on River Street and in City Market, none is bigger, better, or greener than the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Vendors line the street with gifts and goodies, and bands perform live music on stages all over downtown. These two hot spots are where the real St. Paddy’s Day party is. Guests can hit up City Market for a good time with great jams, or grab a drink and enjoy the fun down on River Street.

St. Practice Day

March 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For those looking to turn the days imbibing into a marathon, St. Practice Day is the perfect way to make sure you don’t end up asleep on the couch by the afternoon. This Irish pub crawl starts at McDonough’s, and winds its way through downtown Savannah, where you can check off your scorecard, enjoy drink specials, and grab some green and gold swag.

March of Dimes Shamrock Run

March 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Ellis Square is where this annual 5K run gets started. Around 2,000 runners and walkers show off their wackiest green gear as they make their way to Forsyth Park and back. Dogs, strollers, and leprechaun puns are encouraged. Stick around afterwards for food trucks, music, and giveaways! All proceeds benefit the mission of March of Dimes to improve the health of babies and mothers.

Tybee Irish Heritage Celebration

March 14 at 3:00 p.m.

From downtown Savannah, it’s a just a 30-minute drive to Tybee Island, where you can witness the island’s quirky Irish Heritage Celebration. Come decked in green for this family-friendly parade of floats, marchers, and music. The fun starts at Tybee City Hall and makes its way all the way down to Tybrisa Street.

Are you ready to go green? Book your stay in Savannah today!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

With its immaculate backdrops, always-gorgeous scenery, and pleasant charm, Savannah is easily one of the most romantic cities in the country. So, if you need help trying to plan that perfect Valentine’s Day, try these spots around the Hostess City that will make your romantic night one for the ages.

Go on a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise

It doesn’t get much better than spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the water. Savannah Riverboats offers a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise that comes with a four-course plated dinner, live entertainment, wine or champagne, flowers, and, of course, dancing. Everything is in place here for a perfect Valentine’s Day outing.

Explore the Historic District

Savannah boasts beautiful architecture, unique squares, and romantic scenery seemingly at every block. Why not take the evening to take in all that Savannah’s Historic District has to offer? It will be just you and your sweetheart laughing, talking, walking, and enjoying the simple pleasures of the city. Sometimes, it only takes a simple idea.

Have a picnic in the park

A picnic in the park is never a bad idea, and when you consider Savannah has several options – including Forsyth Park or any of the city’s 22 squares – you’re sure to be in for a charmingly romantic time. Settle down for a nice meal and enjoy your sweetheart’s company as you both bask in Savannah’s natural beauty.

Watch the sunrise or sunset on the beach

While this idea isn’t technically in Savannah’s Historic District, watching the sun set – or rise – on one of Tybee Island’s beaches is such a fantastic treat that making the short drive is easily worth it. Walk along the beach, splash in the water, or simply enjoy the sun from the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. Expect and unforgettable morning – or evening.

Go on a haunted tour

Only in Savannah can a haunted tour double as a Valentine’s Day date. But when you’re in one of the most haunted cities in the country, you do things a little differently. Visit some of Savannah’s spookiest sites and cuddle up next to your lover as you listen to spine-tingling tales.

Eat at a fine dining restaurant

Savannah certainly has its share of restaurants that provide the perfect romantic setting – as well as delicious food – so taking this classic avenue is always a good idea. Just a few options include a.Lure, Belford’s, Garibaldi, The Olde Pink House, and Vic’s On the River.

Attend a Valentine’s Day party

How about enjoying handcrafted cocktails in an intimate setting? One of Savannah’s newer venues, the Peacock Lounge provides a perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s Day party. Your ticket will grant you a glass of rosé, hors d’oeuvres, and various sweet treats.

No matter what you opt to do for Valentine’s Day during your stay in Savannah, the city will unquestionably show you a wonderful time.

 

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

When you think of a stay in Savannah, what comes to mind? Historic downtown, picturesque squares, and coastal vistas are all probably at the top of your list. But the number-one must try for most people is: the food! There, I said it. It’s true of most any travel destination, really, isn’t it? Experiencing the many tastes of a new place is part of what makes for a memorable getaway. And did you know that Savannah cuisine extends far beyond Southern fare and fresh seafood? It’s true! You can take a virtual trip around the world when you experience the many international tastes available to you in historic Savannah – no passport required!

Let’s start in the Mediterranean and awaken our taste buds with a visit to Olympia Café.  In 1992, Nick Pappas and Vasilis Varlagas, both natives of Greece, renovated the storage floor of an 1892 building on River Street into a beautiful Greek taverna. Relying on recipes that have been handed down for generations by their relatives in Greece, the two owners continue to take a hands-on approach to every aspect of the restaurant.

“Customers are always surprised at how much care the owners take with the preparation of the food and with how much they love coming from the kitchen to greet customers,” stated Frannie with Olympia Café.

With so many mouth-watering and authentic options, what should you try? Frannie suggests the kalamari: “The secret to our fried kalamari is one that Nick keeps to himself and it’s one of our most popular items.” Olympia also serves a whole red snapper that is filleted tableside along with freshly made spanakopita, moussaka, and the house specialty, sautéed grouper. With its wonderful menu and lively atmosphere, you’re sure to be saying “opa!” before your meal is complete!

Next up, we’re going to Mexico! I mean, come on, who doesn’t love starting out a meal with chips and salsa, right? Well when you’re at Tequila’s Town, that is – literally – just the beginning. Located on Whitaker Street in downtown Savannah (with a second location on the city’s south side), Tequila’s Town is a family-owned business whose roots go back to Morelia, Michoacan in central Mexico.

“We refer to our concept as ‘up-a-notch Mexican’ because we are elevated casual and focus on fresh food and well-trained service,” explained Melody Rodriguez, spokesperson for the restaurant. You’ll realize they mean what they say when you order their tableside guacamole. “It’s a foodie experience,” said Melody. “We prepare it next to your table and only plant-based ingredients go into the recipe.” Even better, because it’s made on the spot, you can customize your guacamole to your liking.

If you’re more of a “some like it hot” kinda customer, then you’ll definitely want to try the lava rock Molcajete with its simmering veggie sauce and melted Oaxaca cheese and meats. And that’s just the food! Tequila’s Town also carries over 100 agave spirits and stocks artisan and premium tequilas as well as mezcal and sotol for a variety of surprising cocktails and specialty margaritas. Pair your beverage with a house-made mole recipe crafted from 28 ingredients, or a California-inspired chimichanga plate for one well-rounded, mouthwatering experience!

Okay, this next one might come as a bit of a surprise, but aren’t those the best kind? The name of this spot is Boomys – and the surprising part is that it’s a bar. Before you jump to the conclusion of “pub food” do me a favor and click here first. Did you go to the website? Because if you did, you’d see the following food categories: noodle salads, rice plates, pho-noodle soups, curry bowls, stir-fry noodles – does that sound like any bar you know?

For most of us, we go to a restaurant to eat and then we head to the bar, but Boomys is out to change that one amazing dish at a time. Located near Franklin Square just off Congress Street, Boomys has carved out a name for itself as “a bar with great food.” Just ask one of the owners of Boomys, Keith Berger. “Boomys was inspired and created six years ago to pair our love of a great, friendly bar with great food,” said Keith.

So what international taste will you find here? As you may have guessed, primarily Thai and Vietnamese. “We are known for everything, from starting off with pot stickers to ending with one of our stir frys.” Keith said. Boomys is also known to have one of the best steaks in Savannah. Of course, with its fully stocked bar, you know you’ll have your choice of libations as well, and Boomys famous frozen slushees will not disappoint.

Let’s see, we’ve gone to Greece, Mexico, and even Thailand. The good news is, that only begins to scratch the surface of international cuisine you’ll find in Savannah. Namaste Savannah is a restaurant on Broughton Street that  brings “cuisine from the foothills of the Himalayas to historic Savannah.” Flock to the Wok, located just off of Broughton Street, offers a “modern twist on Chinese cuisine” and delights diners with its grand brass birdcage interior design. If a taste of fine French cuisine is what you’re after, look to Circa 1875, where you’ll delight in an “unpretentious Parisian bistro and pub with delicious French cuisine in an authentic old-world bistro setting.” Then there’s the Cuban flavors of Savannah favorite, Rancho Alegre; the South African flair of Zunzi’s; beloved Italian classics and original dishes at Garibaldi; and even a glimpse of jolly old England at Pie Society.

Clearly the hardest part of international dining in Savannah is deciding where to go. Just think of it this way: if you don’t get to try them all this trip, it simply means that a return trip is in order (or two or three). So pack your bags and be sure to bring your taste for the exotic. We’ll see you during your stay in Savannah!

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

Celebrate Black History Month and learn about the First African Baptist Church, the oldest continuous black church in North America. You’ll also meet civil rights leaders W.W. Law and Rev. Ralph Mark Gilbert. Step back through time with exhibits and experiences detailing Savannah’s role in the civil rights movement.

First African Baptist Church

Organized in 1773 under the leadership of Rev. George Leile, the First African Baptist Church has existed longer than the United States of America. Here, you’ll discover how religion impacted traditions in the South. Tour exhibits celebrating the church’s 17 pastors, plus see handwritten records and communion sets from 1814. This landmark of black religious history is available for tours at specific hours Tuesday through Sunday.

 

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is named after one of the prominent leaders of Savannah’s civil rights movement, Rev. Ralph Mark Gilbert, who was the 13th pastor of the First African Baptist Church. As president of the Savannah branch of the NAACP, Rev. Gilbert established the West Broad Street YMCA, helped in hiring Savannah’s first black police officers, and assisted with the NAACP’s voter registration drives. At the museum you’ll find historic photos, documentaries, interactive exhibits, including an NAACP organization exhibit, a fiber-optic map of significant civil rights sites, and a lunch counter where sit-ins occurred. Georgia’s official civil rights museum offers three floors of exhibits and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Westley Wallace “W.W.” Law

Westley Wallace “W.W.” Law, known as “Mr. Civil Rights,” is perhaps the most influential person of the civil rights movement in Savannah. Law worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 40 years, but he was fired from this position in 1961 because of his civil rights activities. Only after aid from NAACP leaders and President John F. Kennedy was he reinstated. He served for 26 years as president of the Savannah chapter of the NAACP and was credited for keeping Savannah’s civil rights activities more peaceful than those in other Southern cities. After his NAACP presidency, Law assisted the establishment of the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum and the Negro Heritage Trail Tour. He received many prestigious awards throughout Georgia and is revered as a crusader for justice and civil rights for African-Americans.

 

Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center

Built in 1867 by the Freedmen’s Bureau, the Beach Institute was established by the American Missionary Association to educate newly freed slaves. Named after the New Yorker Alfred Ely Beach, editor of Scientific American, the site became the first free public school for black children in 1875. Unfortunately, enrollment declined and the school was forced to shut down in 1919. Now, the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center is where visitors receive a full schedule of programs and exhibits celebrating African-American art. The center is open every Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

 

King-Tisdell Cottage

Along Savannah’s Negro Heritage Trail, you’ll find a cottage that embodies the African-American entrepreneurial class. The home was originally purchased in 1925 by African-American business owners Eugene and Sarah King who owned a laundry and confectionery business, respectively. After Eugene’s passing in 1941, Sarah became married to longshoreman Robert Tisdell, but only for a short while as she herself passed away. In 1980, the home stood in the middle of an area targeted for urban renewal and was threatened with demolition. W.W. Law rescued the cottage, donated property and assisted in moving the cottage to its new and present location in the Beach Institute neighborhood. Here, you’ll find exhibits that cover slavery and emancipation, black entrepreneurship in Savannah, Gullah-Geechee culture and the life and achievements of founder W.W. Law. You can tour this storied building Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Whether you’re looking to brush up on your African-American history or explore the civil rights movement, Savannah has lots to offer. Book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to an immersive trip into Georgia’s rich African-American heritage.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. For more information please visit: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

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