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The holidays are quickly approaching, and with that comes shopping, holiday parties, and most importantly, capturing the perfect holiday photo. Savannah is the city for holiday festivities, as well as dreamy scenery for capturing your most Instagram-worthy photo!  After all, if it’s not on the Gram, did it even happen?!

We are exploring the city with our phone in hand to show that you, too, can capture a beautiful holiday photo for Instagram. You may want to start early to avoid large crowds (aka photobombers) and to take advantage of the softer lighting. So grab your phone and get ready because your Savannah holiday photo is about to be #Instafamous.

Forsyth Park
First and foremost, Forsyth Park. It’s no wonder this is the most iconic photo spot in Savannah. It is beautiful!  Walk into the park off E. Gordon and stroll halfway down the walkway in front of the fountain. Grab a bystander or bring a friend to take the photos. Capture multiple shots, vertical/horizontal, and keep in mind the person snapping the photo will need to be quick as lots of people like to gather around the fountain.

The Olde Pink House
Located on the corner of Abercorn and E. Bryan St., you’ll find the perfect shade of pink for your holiday post. The Olde Pink House offers an ideal backdrop and this particular wall is located on the side of E. Bryan St. Thankfully, you do not have to compete with the sun in this spot as the parking deck across the street blocks most of the sunlight.


Along Abercorn across from Clary’s Cafe you’ll find our next spot…

Green Barn Doors
You may never notice these barn doors if you’re just casually strolling down the street, but they are the perfect color for your holiday photo. As you walk down Abercorn Street towards Clary’s you’ll spot them along the sidewalk.


Now make your way towards River Street to find historic, rustic Factor’s Walk…

Factor’s Walk
Factor’s Walk is a great historical landmark in Savannah, located between Bull Street and River Street. You can find these beautiful walkways leading to many antique shops and restaurants. We chose to capture the one right in front of the iconic restaurant, Vic’s On The River.  Grab another grammable shot here, you won’t regret it!


If you’re up for a short drive out of downtown, head to Wormsloe Historic Site…

Located on Skidaway Island, this historic site is stunning. Arrive as soon as the gates open at 9am. This is the perfect time to beat the traffic and capture the best sunlight. You may not find a bystander, so make sure you have someone with you, if you plan to appear in the shot. As soon as you drive through the gate, you’ll see a beautiful row of live oak trees. You may want to stand closer to the front of this stunning view in order to get the most live oaks in your photo.



After you finish your journey of holiday photos, kick your feet up and scroll through all your pictures while indulging in a spiked hot cocoa and pick the perfect Savannah holiday photo! Happy Holidays, Savannah! Tag us in your grammable shots #staysavannah so we can join in on the festivities and possibly share a few!

 By Teresa Earnest Social

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

The days are shorter, and the nights are longer, but people are flocking to Savannah for the holidays. Each year brings a time of joy and celebration, where long-standing traditions meet new ones. From carolers in Chippewa Square to Santa’s arrival in City Market and the Christmas Parade, you can find all kinds of gatherings and events that will light up your holiday season. We’re here to fill you in on some of the most iconic traditions, both old and new, that will make your holiday trip to Savannah one worth remembering.

Winter in Savannah

Savannah winters are generally mild. Daytime temperatures typically average in the low to mid 60s, with overnight lows averaging around 40 degrees. No matter the temperature, you’ll find a heart-warming experience with the holiday events available over the winter months. Here are just a few of the many seasonal hallmarks of Savannah.

Boat Parade of Lights (November 24)

One of Savannah’s most celebrated traditions is the Boat Parade of Lights on River Street. To kick off the holiday season, dozens of lighted boats will take over the Savannah waterfront. You will want to secure your spot on the river early, as this is a well-attended holiday tradition. Enjoy the view from many restaurants along River Street, or book your stay at the Homewood Suites to watch the parade from your room or the rooftop bar! Stay a while and you’ll also enjoy a beautiful firework display!

Book your stay at the Homewood Suites!

Holiday Pops Concert with the Philharmonic (December 7–8)

Now in its tenth year, the Holiday Pops Concert is returning to the Johnny Mercer Theater in the Savannah Civic Center. Every year, the Philharmonic convenes for this seasonal celebration with the orchestra and chorus, as well as musical guests. This year will feature the excellent Savannah Children’s Choir. Bring the family for a sing-along of your favorite holiday music. Family matinee tickets are $15 per person. Evening shows start at $25.

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Savannah Theatre Holiday Show (November 22–December 24)

‘A Christmas Tradition’ is a wildly popular event that draws people of all ages to the historic Savannah Theatre for a fun, engaging performance, but make sure you’re ready to participate! This show includes everyone in comedic song, dance, and random outbursts. Now in its 17th year, the holiday show is an entertaining experience for the whole family.

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Holidays in City Market (December 8)

One of Savannah’s most characteristic locations, City Market, becomes a brilliant display of lights and cheerful spirits. This destination for entertainment, shopping and dining also includes a celebration for children called “Christmas for Kids” on Dec. 8. Kids will love making ornaments, getting their faces painted, and meeting Santa. City Market also hosts a popular New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Holiday Tour of Homes in Savannah (December 8)

Any time is a wonderful time to see the beautiful architecture in Savannah. However, during the holidays, visitors love seeing the classic homes of downtown Savannah decked with boughs of holly. Residents and guests alike look forward to touring eight private homes, three inns, and two museum homes, all decorated for the season. There are two tour sessions available, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The ticket price is $65 per person.

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Are you ready make a new tradition in Savannah? Book your stay today!

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

The hospitality industry creates a lot of waste. One of the largest contributors is servicing rooms for guests. When rooms are serviced, bathrooms are provided with new soaps and bottled shampoos. Nationwide, this practice contributes around 14 million pounds of waste to landfills every single year. Soap is easily recyclable, so it’s very unfortunate that so much is being discarded.

All preferred hotels on Stay in Savannah partner with Clean the World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste and saving lives. Since 2009, Clean the World has partnered with hotels to collect soaps for recycling and distribution to nearly 120 countries worldwide. Since 2016, Stay in Savannah’s partnership with Clean the World has kept over 10,000 pounds of waste out of local landfills. Stay in Savannah partners have also recycled and distributed over 35,000 bars of soap and distributed nearly 10,000 hygiene kits to communities in need, both domestic and international.

Recycling Reduces Environmental Impact

Keeping hotel rooms clean is a priority, but hotel soaps, shampoos and lotions are needlessly thrown away, even if they are not fully used. This inefficient practice adds millions of pounds of unnecessary waste to landfills. Clean the World helps to mitigate some of the effects of landfill waste by recycling soaps and distributing them to people in need.

Partnering with Clean the World, Stay in Savannah partners have not only been able to provide thousands of soaps and hygiene kits for those in need, but have also been able to improve their practices, making hotels much more environmentally conscious.

Preserving Natural Resources Reduces Costs

It’s estimated that hotels nationwide discard nearly 2 million bars of soap every single day. This wasteful practice not only drives up the cost of resources but also skews the levels of consumption. Though seemingly insignificant, the costs associated with servicing rooms can build up over time, especially with soaps. The reality is that millions of dollars are being thrown away instead of helping those in need.

By choosing to recycle used soaps through Clean the World, Stay in Savannah partner hotels use resources more effectively. Simultaneously, hotels pay closer attention to their consumption. All of the materials that hotels source can be more closely monitored so that they only take what they need.

Supporting Global Communities Saves Lives

A World Health Organization study estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people around the world don’t have access to proper sanitation. Consequently, nearly 1 million lives, mostly children, are lost every year due to bacterial and viral infections. These deaths could be easily prevented with proper sanitation.

Clean the World is striving to prevent perfectly good soaps from going to waste. These soaps can go directly to help communities with sanitation needs. Through Clean the World, Stay in Savannah partners have made a genuine impact, helping people in need.

Stay in Savannah partners proudly use these renewable practices in all preferred hotels.

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Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

With the weather finally turning cooler and fall at our door, Savannah is the perfect destination for a fabulous date night. Here are just a few tips on how to make your next date night in Savannah complete!

Make it a staycation! Whether you’re visiting from out of town or right down the road, make it a getaway and stay the night at the gorgeous Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront in the heart of the downtown. Savannah is a walking city, so let the valet take your car for the night and you can get around on foot, by horse and carriage, or even pedicab!  With our open container laws, it’s easy to safely sip and stroll your way around the historic district, and you’ll see more this way, too.



Speaking of strolling, make sure to add Forsyth Park as a stop along your route. This 30-acre park situated in the center of downtown Savannah offers postcard-perfect photo-ops, so plan on stopping by a bit before sunset.



Next, head north on Bull Street to The Collins Quarter for a cocktail. Home of some of the best people-watching in Savannah, this charming spot is a favorite of locals and visiting celebrities alike.



Before you arrive in Savannah, be sure to make a reservation at The Olde Pink House.  Built in 1771, and as Pink as the name suggests, this Savannah staple never disappoints!  The service is as warm as the greeting you’ll receive from the Pink House host, Marquelle, quite possibly the friendliest person in Savannah.  We recommend the always amazing BLT salad, the pork shank with pineapple gremolata, and of course a pink lady cocktail (or two!).



Next, head over to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar for a sweet after dinner treat. Lulu’s is open late and serves the most decadent desserts and dessert cocktails.  We suggest sharing the insta-worthy rapture sundae, if you dare! A chocolate martini is also a must.



The night doesn’t have to end as Savannah offers a lively nightlife scene, but if you’d prefer to relax and watch the ships go by on the river, head back to the Homewood Suites for some of the best views in Savannah at their signature (guest only) roof top bar, rtb!  Hang a do not disturb sign on the door, sleep in, and enjoy your free breakfast in the morning for the perfect end to your Savannah staycation!



Include Savannah as a part of your next date night and tag us in your photos, #staysavannah so that we can tag along!


By Teresa Earnest

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

It’s the holiday season! Well, at least according to every department and craft store. Is it just me or did it seem that as a child, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was FOREVER? Now that same time seems to go by in a blink. This holiday, you owe it to yourself to hit pause on the hustle and bustle, and enter for your chance to win the VIBee Savannah Weekend Getaway from DoubleTree and Savannah Bee Company.

December in Savannah should be called the Goldilocks season — not too hot, not too cold, with just the right amount of briskness in the air to put a little pep in your step. You’re here, of course, because you are the lucky winner of our VIBee Savannah Getaway, a grand idea developed by Stay in Savannah and the Savannah Bee Company. Here’s what you’ll enjoy:

  • As the winner of the VIBee weekend getaway package, your Savannah Gift Box will be shipped directly to you with all of the instructions on booking your stay. Your gift box will be filled with Savannah Bee favorites like their Tupelo Reserve honey, Royal Jelly Body Butter, Chocolate Whipped Honey, honeycomb, and a variety of products from their skin care line.


  • A two-night weekend stay in December for two at the DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District, complete with a heart-warming complimentary breakfast and valet service both days. Staying at the DoubleTree places the beautiful views of River Street and the excitement of City Market right outside your door!


  • You’ll receive two all-day on-off passes aboard a trolley from Old Savannah Tours so you can experience the heart and history of Downtown Savannah.


  • Next, indulge in a private Mead and Honey Tasting Tour at the Savannah Bee Company (and discover why Southerners so affectionately address acquaintances as, “honey”). Your tour will take you on a journey through the ancient art of mead-making while sampling a flight of Savannah Bee’s delicious Honey Wines (they say it’s like liquid sunshine in a bottle). Of course, you can’t go on a tasting tour of Savannah Bee without tasting some honey! So ready your taste buds to sample up to 20 varietals of honey while learning what makes each honey different. If you’ve never tried Savannah Bee honey, you’re in for a truly sweet treat. What was started by one man in Savannah, GA back in 2002 has grown to include 13 locations. Founder, president and head beekeeper of Savannah Bee, Ted Dennard, is passionate about bees and in a short time has grown his offering of edible treats to include beauty and lifestyle products that stay true to his all-natural Georgia roots.


  • Once you’ve fully pampered your palate, you’ll relax with honey facials for two at the award-winning Spa Bleu. Sit back, and let the hydrating, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of honey nourish your skin and leave you with a golden-honey glow.


  • In the evening, redeem a $100 gift card at one of the fabulous restaurants owned by Ele & The Chef: Fire Street Food, Little Duck Diner, The Vault Kitchen & Market, Flying Monk Noodle Bar, or Chive Sea Bar and Lounge– all located in historic downtown Savannah – or venture to nearby Wilmington Island where Current Kitchen & Cocktails awaits.


  • Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you cap off your evening with a decadent, delicious and famously creamy treat, care of Leopold’s Ice Cream.


So what are you waiting for? You only have until October 26, 2018 to enter! Just follow the steps below for your chance to win one SWEET VIBee Savannah Getaway. And thank you to DoubleTree, Savannah Bee Company and all the generous donors who came together to make it possible. Good luck! We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!

To Enter:

  1. Follow @savannahbeecoand @StayinSavannah on Instagram
  2. Find this post about the VIBee getaway
  3. Like the post
  4. Tag 3 friends who need a trip to Savannah*Bonus entry – sign up for email here.

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

If you’ve never attended the Savannah Food and Wine Festival before, you’re in for a treat! The Festival is an annual week-long event that takes place across multiple locations throughout the city, and it’s your chance to sample the unique flavors of the South while strolling down River Street, taking in rooftop views, or even cruising on a river boat!

Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite events below. Keep in mind that availability is often limited, so purchase your tickets today!

If you’re the hands-on type, you’ll want to buy your tickets for the Bistro Savoir Interactif on November 1st, hosted by the Savannah Technical College Foundation and guided by chef instructors from the Savannah Culinary Institute. This all-inclusive event allows participants to learn new culinary skills as they tackle recipes from around the globe, including Turkish meatballs, Chinese dumplings, and Jamaican pickled peppers. The event also includes guided wine tastings with expertly paired hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets: $100 in advance, 21+

Ready to party like it’s 1929? Then put on your fringe and pearls and head to the Georgia State Railroad Museum for the Secret Savannah Speakeasy all-inclusive event on November 8th! Enjoy artisanal cocktails, small-plate tastings, and live music while you dance the night away in your best flapper-inspired style. Sample the signature drinks of the Bartenders Challenge finalists and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice award!

Tickets: $80-85 in advance, 21+

One of the most popular events of the Food and Wine Festival is the annual River Street Stroll. Enjoy the beautiful riverfront views and watch the sunset over Savannah while you sip handcrafted cocktails, wines, and craft beers on November 9th. Tickets include all beverage tastings and limited food offerings. Learn more about all the featured beverage participants here!

Tickets: $55-60 in advance, 21+

If you can only choose one event to attend, we recommend Taste of Savannah on November 10th, where you’ll sample the local flavors of Savannah’s best restaurants and chefs! Located at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, you’ll have access to over 400 beverage tasting booths, including wine, beer, and spirits, as well as 5 free food tokens to satisfy all your cravings. Peruse the Artisan market, purchase Georgia Grown products, participate in the Silent Auction, and watch cooking demos from celebrity and local chefs! You’ll also take home a souvenir leaded crystal wine glass. Be sure to arrive early, as this popular event tends to get very crowded.

Interested in taking your Taste of Savannah experience to the next level? Purchase a VIP ticket for access to the indoor/outdoor VIP lounge, where you’ll meet celebrity chefs and winemakers, enjoy a catered gourmet experience, and receive access to private bars, live music, and an exclusive entrance. Find out more about the VIP offerings here!

Tickets: $70-75 in advance, 21+

VIP Tickets: $150 in advance, 21+

Cap off your Food and Wine Festival experience with a champagne POP at the Jazz + Bubbles Brunch, located onboard a Savannah Riverboat Cruise on November 11th. Fill your plate at the buffet of chef-selected specialties, including southern fried chicken, honey glazed spiral ham, Savannah shrimp & grits, biscuits & sausage gravy, banana pudding, and plenty more! This all-inclusive event is sure to make you fall in love with Savannah all over again as you indulge in unlimited mimosas while you take in the river views and enjoy a live jazz band.

Tickets: $80, 21+

These are just a handful of the amazing events at the Food and Wine Festival. For a full event schedule, tickets, and all the details, visit

Need hotel accommodations? Look no further! Book your stay at one of our preferred properties today, and walk to all the events in the Historic District!

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

There’s a certain cool factor associated with food trucks. It’s almost like venturing out to find that best-meal-ever hole-in-the-wall spot — the one you would usually be hesitant to try but once you do, you’re SO glad you did. Only with food trucks, there’s an added element of mystique because it’s so good, you can’t help but ask, “was this really made…in a truck?”

If you’ve ever tried food truck cuisine, you’re not alone. According to a recent article in Inc. Magazine, food trucks are the fastest-growing channel in the foodservice industry today. They started to hit the mainstream back in 2012 and at that time it was a $650 million industry. Fast forward to 2017 and food trucks were hailed as a $2.7 billion industry.

Savannah’s food truck scene caught on a few years later, around 2014, and according to Ryan Giannoni, president of the Savannah Food Truck Association, when they stamped their initial request with the city they had only one food truck. “A lot of people look at it like a negative that we didn’t have food trucks for so long,” stated Giannoni, “but I feel very blessed because we were able to step back and see what other cities were doing – what worked, what didn’t – and then bring the best-of-the-best ideas back to Savannah.” And boy did that formula work! The first official organized food truck event by the Association was in April 2015 and included just two trucks — Savannah’s single food truck, along with one more brought in from nearby Bluffton, South Carolina.  By contrast, more than 65 trucks applied for this years fifth annual Food Truck Festival, and 25-30 trucks will be selected to attend. “It’s been growing steadily ever since we started,” said Giannnoni, “Savannah’s a foodie town and they make it convenient and easy.”

Prior to the formation of the Savannah Food Truck Association, Giannoni realized that zoning restrictions played a large part in inhibiting the industry’s growth in the city. Once the city granted their request, getting a mobile food unit permit became legal, and more food trucks and food truck developers flocked to Savannah. While owning a food truck can have a lower start-up cost compared to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, in a city like Savannah, where amazing food is paramount, you better believe these trucks put pedal to the metal when it comes to serving up delicious mobile fare.

The Big Cheese food truck is a must-try for those who fawn over fromage. Memories of mom’s grilled cheese and canned tomato soup can still make you warm inside, but The Big Cheese is taking that nostalgia to the next level. “Currently we have 23 sandwiches that we cook (and adding all the time based on customer suggestions) and we select roughly six of those recipes for special events, chosen to fit the customer base,” explained Jan McKinney, owner of The Big Cheese. After spending much of her career in customer service, McKinney suffered a stroke in 2016, which proved to be a time to recover and reevaluate her life. She’d always thought a food truck would be fun and, apparently, her husband agreed because he purchased an old FedEx truck and spent nine months building it out while McKinney perfected her recipes.

In March of 2017, she attended her first event and she’s been serving up her brand of comfort food ever since. One of the more interesting grilled cheese concoctions served by The Big Cheese is their Big Daddy, which features homemade spaghetti with mozzarella cheese, served on locally-baked bread coated in a garlic parmesan mixture. But the most popular “by far” according to McKinney, is the Oldie, which starts as a basic cheese sandwich that customers can enhance with a variety of ingredients. A meatball sandwich will soon be making its debut and their Elvis – peanut butter, honey and banana – will have you saying “oh, mama” in no time. There’s also the Rosie – cheddar, cream cheese, bacon and jalapeno; the Hot Rod – swiss, ham, pickle and spicy mustard; and the Athena – mozzarella, feta, cucumber and tzatziki.

Unlike some food trucks that also operate as a restaurant, The Big Cheese is strictly on wheels and your best chance to find them is at a local event or festival. You can always visit their Facebook page for updates.

Here are a few upcoming dates in 2018 that will help you get your cheese fix:

Oct 14 – Savannah Food Truck Festival, Daffin Park

Oct 20 – Isle of Hope Art and Music Fest

Oct 21 – Family Fun Scavenger Hunt, Emmet Park

Oct 25 thru 28 – Savannah Speed Classic, Hutchinson Island

Nov 8 – Pups and Trucks, Diamond Causeway

Nov 10 – Wilmington Island Farmers Market

Nov 11 – Butterducks Winery

Dec 7 – Starland Street Fair

Dec 8 – Santa Train at the Railroad Museum

While grilled cheese is a universal comfort food, many consider barbecue the official comfort food of the South, especially when you add in home-cooked sides like macaroni and cheese, collard greens and coleslaw. Sound like your kinda truck? Then you need to give Bowtie Barbeque a try.

Back when Corbin Parker, owner/ operator of Bowtie Barbeque, worked as a manager at a chain restaurant, his choice of on-the-job bowties drew a surprising amount of attention. Several years later when Parker decided to try his hand at making barbeque sauce, he decided the name ‘bowtie barbeque’ had a nice ring to it. “I liked the alliteration of the B’s and the Southern throwback of bowtie-wearing gentlemen,” said Parker. The name stuck and so did his sauce, which he still makes today. “We’ve paired with local sources like Southbound Brewing Company, PERC Coffee Roasters and Savannah Bee to make a variety of sauces that people love,” said Parker.

The sauce eventually led to a brick-and-mortar restaurant located on Waters Avenue in Savannah’s midtown but Parker envisioned more. “I thought, we’ve got this kitchen with all this food so let’s get it out there,” he said with a laugh. And that he did when he launched Beauregard’s Chariot, the official food truck of Bowtie Barbeque.  “The cool thing is, it’s a full kitchen on wheels,” detailed Parker, “everything from pork ribs, fried chicken, wings, tacos, macaroni and cheese, and even barbeque poutine, we can serve from that truck.” For those who are curious about barbeque poutine, he described the perfectly crisp fries topped with blue cheese crumbles, blue cheese dressing, smoked pork, and Bowtie Barbeque sauce. Of course, most folks opt for Beauregard’s pork sandwich, served on brioche with the sauce on the side. “We love our sauces, but we want the meat to speak for itself,” stated Parker. Find them at their standing food-truck spot at Lone Wolf Lounge in Savannah on Friday and Monday nights with special themes and even wings (just be sure to check their social media for any changes or updates). For the latest updates on Beauregard’s Chariot’s locations, visit their Facebook page.

If you’ve never been to a southern BBQ cantina, then it’s time to track down that truck and order the deliciousness they’re serving up at Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina. Their home base is a downtown location in the Starland District where there’s live music on the patio and plenty of margarita varieties to keep things interesting. But Blowin’ Smoke also takes their colorful brand of cuisine on the road in their food truck, serving up southern cantina favorites at festivals, special events, and privately catered parties. “We combined our love for tacos and BBQ to give us a Southwestern BBQ vibe,” said Bailey Coppage, general manager at Blowin’ Smoke. “We smoke all of our meats in house, which gives more uniqueness to our tacos, and our love for craft cocktails and cantina-style mules shows with our drink menu.” If you’re ready for a flavor adventure, then order one of the newest additions to their menu, the Georgia Peach — a taco that’s packed with pecan-smoked pulled pork, peaches, peach BBQ, and fried onion straws. Coppage also recommends their fried pickle spears with smoky ranch or their street-style corn with a chili lime butter and parmesan cheese. Yum! Ready to track down that truck? Then take your taste buds on one exciting ride and visit their Facebook page for the latest posts and event updates.

For a refreshing change of pace, look no further than Savannah Square Pops. Aptly named for the 22 historic squares in downtown Savannah, Savannah Square Pops has a devoted following of folks who adore their handcrafted gourmet popsicles. They use only the freshest ingredients, no preservatives, made in small batches right here in Savannah. “I was actually an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama and a local company there delivered a batch of their popsicles to our office,” explained Judd Wiggins, owner/partner of Savannah Square Pops. “I tried a buttermilk popsicle and honestly didn’t think I would like it and it turned out to be surprisingly great!” He filed that yummy experience away until an opportunity to open Savannah Square Pops came along. Now two years in business out of their whimsical downtown location on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Judd, along with business partners Royce and Tara, operate both stationary and mobile versions of their business.

These are not your ordinary popsicles. Among their more interesting flavors, Wiggins described the Reynolds Square variety (also known as the Milk ‘n Honey Bees Knees popsicle) that blends Madagascar vanilla beans, fresh cream, and Savannah Bee Wildflower Honey. There’s also the Franklin Square, a combination of fresh strawberries and a hint of balsamic vinegar, the Monterey Square that puts a fresh twist on key limes, the Greene Square, which blends grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, mango and peach, and the Pulaski Square that’s a heavenly hand-held treat of chocolate and pretzel-covered salted caramel. “We strive to offer as many vegetarian, non-dairy, vegan, and gluten-free options as possible,” explained Wiggins. And if you want to go back to where it all began, there’s even the Ellis Square, a buttermilk popsicle like the surprising treat that started it all back in Birmingham. “We love our shop, but we also love taking our treats out to farmers markets, festivals, and even private events,” Wiggins told me. If you can’t swing by their shop and want to mosey up to their food truck, be sure to visit their Facebook page , and if you have any four-legged friends along with you, ask Savannah Square Pops about their frozen treats for dogs!

Wouldn’t it be great to visit all of these food trucks in one place? You’re in luck! The Savannah Food Truck Association’s fifth annual Food Truck Festival is the area’s biggest gathering of food trucks of every variety. This year’s festival will be held at Daffin Park off Historic Victory Drive, on Sunday, October 14th, from 12 pm to 7 pm with free admission. The entire event is designed to help raise money for charity (so that means you should definitely splurge on that fried goodness or decadent dessert). “We donate everything above the cost to run the festival to charity,” said Giannoni of the Food Truck Association. “This event isn’t to profit the Association, it’s to help grow loyal followers to the area’s food trucks while also raising money for as many charities as we can.” It gives the phrase “comfort food” a whole new meaning!

Whatever you crave, Savannah’s Food Truck Scene is a delicious addition to this thriving foodie town. So check in with social media calendars and keep your eyes peeled when you’re here, because off a square, in a park, or around an unexpected corner, you may spot the very best meal on wheels you’ve ever had!

Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!

History of the Film Festival

For over 20 years, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has hosted its wildly popular annual film festival. Welcoming some of the industry’s best actors, writers, directors, and producers, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival is one of the country’s most engaging showcases of independent and student film. This October, Savannah will welcome thousands of guests from around the world for this celebration of film.

The Festival Today

The festival has grown to host dozens of exciting interviews and featured screenings at two of SCAD’s historic theaters, the Trustees Theater and the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. You’ll also find extensive panels and workshops from rising stars and students of film in the nearby Gutstein Gallery, as well as lectures and master classes from visiting artists and creative professionals in the SCAD Museum of Art.  While you fill your afternoons with screenings, you can enjoy all of the meet-and-greet opportunities, and even see the juried competition for student film.

SCAD Savannah – Fall 2017 – Savannah Film Q&A with actor John Boyega – Lucas Theatre. Photography Courtesy of SCAD.

Who Might You See?

Interacting with actors, writers, and producers is a huge component of the film festival. Previous guests of the festival include Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, John Boyega, Zoey Deutch, Roger Ebert, Peter O’Toole, Tommy Lee Jones, Norman Jewison, Ellen Burstyn, Oliver Stone, Liam Neeson, Miloš Forman, Michael Douglas, Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Claire Danes, James Gandolfini and many others. It’s rare to find an environment where so many lovers of film can interact with the makers in so many different ways, all while enjoying dozens of features together. For the film lover, especially for those in the southeast, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival is a must-see event.

The Big Screen and a Bigger Turnout

Depending on what you want to see, you can purchase a viewing package suitable for your experience. Packages range from day passes that allow you to view screenings before the evening events, all the way to exclusive VIP packages that include workshops with the industry’s best creators. But these tickets always sell quickly. In fact, if you’re remotely considering the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, you should go ahead and purchase your tickets now. With an average attendance of more than 50,000, every program is expected to not only be full of people, but full of entertainment and inspiration for what is to come in the film world. If you’re lucky enough to snag an invite to one of the VIP after parties, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience!

What to Expect at This Year’s Festival

This year, the film festival runs from October 27-November 3. Though the details are largely secret until its arrival, you can surely expect that the students and faculty at SCAD will out-do themselves, as they do each year. With the growth of film production in Georgia, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival has only gained popularity. If you’re interested in the film industry, there’s no better place to be at the end of October.

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While many tourists travel to Savannah for its historic buildings, natural beauty, lively bar and restaurant scene, and famous hospitality, there’s one more reason the city draws the attention of curious visitors. Savannah is notoriously known as the home of countless hauntings, spirits, and ghosts! Known for being one of the most haunted cities in America, Savannah is chock-full of legends and lore. If you’re hoping to experience a spectral sighting during your stay, we recommend a visit to one of these supernatural spots.

The Pirate’s House is one of the city’s most popular restaurants, but did you know that it’s also the oldest building in Savannah? First opened in 1753, it was originally an inn and tavern, drawing the business of merchants, sailors, pirates, and privateers. It was frequently a gathering place for criminals, and unlucky patrons who had too much to drink might wake to find themselves shanghaied and stuck on a ship offshore. The current owners claim that Treasure Island’s famous pirate Captain Flint died in one of the upstairs bedrooms, and staff have reported feeling the ghostly sensation of being watched during their work.

Often called one of the most hauntingly beautiful cemeteries in the US, Bonaventure Cemetery contains over 100 acres of historic gravestones, gardens, and flowering trees. The cemetery was famously featured in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and its cover features the well-known Bird Girl statue which used to reside there, but has since been moved to the Telfair Museum of Art. Bonaventure cemetery contains the graves of songwriter Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken. However, its most famous grave belongs to Little Gracie Watson, who died of pneumonia at age 6 in 1889. Her father had an exact replica of her likeness carved by sculptor John Waltz, and the life-size statue still resides at her gravesite today. Visitors of her grave have reported seeing visions of Little Gracie and hearing a child’s laughter nearby. She has also been spotted playing in Johnson Square, where her family’s business, The Pulaski Hotel, was built.

Although it’s now a popular restaurant and brewery, Moon River Brewing started out as Savannah’s first hotel in 1821. The building later functioned as a makeshift hospital when outbreaks of yellow fever claimed many of Savannah’s population. Today, Moon River’s staff and patrons have reported ghostly activity throughout the building, from beer bottles thrown around the room, to pushes and slaps from unseen hands. Most notably, a ghost known as “Toby” is said haunt the restaurant’s basement.

Old Fort Jackson was built in the 19th century as part of President Thomas Jefferson’s national defense system of fortifications. The fort has since been restored and is a National Historic Landmark, as well as the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia. Some visitors of the fort have claimed to experience paranormal encounters, such as the phantom footsteps of ghostly soldiers. One frequently sighted specter is said to be Confederate soldier, Private Patrick Garrity, who attacked his commanding officer by bludgeoning him with a musket, and then drowned in the fort’s moat during his attempt to escape.

If you’ve visited Savannah before, you may have walked by the beautifully vibrant Olde Pink House on Reynolds Square, or enjoyed an upscale meal in one of its traditional, elegant dining rooms. Originally home to one of Savannah’s founding-family members, James Habersham Jr., the house is now known as a staple of Savannah’s fine dining scene, offering classic southern fare. The Olde Pink House is also known as one of the most haunted buildings in the city, as employees and customers alike have reported seeing the spirit of James Habersham Jr. sitting in the dining area, straightening the tablecloths, and adjusting the furniture. Some have even claimed to hold full conversations with the spirit!

Savannah is home to many beautiful squares, adorned with statues and fountains. The most haunted of these is Madison Square, the site of the Battle of Savannah during the Revolutionary War, where many lives were lost. While some say the bodies of those killed in battle lie beneath the square, this has never been confirmed. However, there have been many rumors of ghosts in the area, including that of William Jasper, whose monument presides over the square.

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Here at Stay in Savannah, we love to give back to our amazing community. This month, the Stay in Savannah team volunteered to tidy up our beautiful Tybee Island!

We paired with Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, a grassroots volunteer organization that works to keep Tybee trash free throughout the year. They provided the buckets, grabbers, and water, and we provided the man-power.

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Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub

We’re the only authentic Scottish Pub in Savannah and Richmond Hill, with the largest selection of Single Malt Whiskies (over 150!) on the East Coast. We’re open for lunch, dinner, and drinking seven days a week. Happy Hour is 4pm – 8pm daily. Come get happy at Molly’s!