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    Tired of shopping in the same old haunts around the holidays? Luckily, the oldest city in Georgia offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the state. From boutiques set in historic buildings and artsy shops, you won’t find them anywhere else. Savannah boasts an array of options that are in a class all their own. Here are six of the best places to visit so you can load your sleigh with some memorable gifts this holiday season.

    Wright Square for right-nice gifts

    Completed in 1733, Wright Square is the perfect place for beautiful boutiques. Savannah’s second-oldest square includes an array of antique, original shops that provide a cultural shopping experience. Dog lovers can rejoice at Oliver Bentley’s and get organic, gluten-free treats for their canine companions. For an immersive shopping experience, stop by The Olfactory for unique soaps, teas, and spices while taking in scents from the Old World. If you need a break from buying, stop by the monument dedicated to the Native American leader Tomochichi before resuming your shopping spree. The stores in Wright Square stay open late in December, making this the perfect place for anyone who needs last-minute gifts with a distinct flair.

    Visit River Street Shops

    Travelers and tourists who are only in the city for a short window should head to the landmark waterfront stores along River Street. The cobblestone sidewalk road leads to shops of every kind: gifts, food, clothing, jewelry, books, and much more. Peruse standard gift shops with t-shirts and magnets or go to “Something Different” for one-of-a-kind crafts. There is a shop for everyone: like Books on Bay for bibliophiles, Mad Hatter for millinophiles (people who love hats), and The Peanut Shop for anyone nuts about . . . nuts. River Street makes for a perfect shopping spree for a wide variety of holiday gifts.

    Set your sights on Starland District

    Embrace your inner artist as you venture through Savannah’s art district. This downtown area is filled with all sorts of galleries, boutiques, and strange shops. Stop by the Starland Strange & Bazaar for a variety of items, from odd outfits to strange stickers to sprinkles for adults. Amid the oddities you can stop by the Front Porch Improv Theatre for a few laughs at one of the theatre’s weekly shows. Anyone treasure hunting, visit Picker Joe’s Antique Mall. Picker Joe’s features a wide variety of items, from mid-century furniture and architectural salvage to vintage artwork and cameras. Every artsy community needs a supply store, so head on over to Starlandia Supply for any art materials you or a loved one might need for the season. Savannah’s Starland District is a wonderful artsy area for anyone who loves giving gifts outside the ordinary.

    Hussle on over to City Market

    One of Savannah’s oldest shopping districts, City Market has served as the city’s central marketplace since the 1700s. Shop along several blocks of boutiques, gift shops and art galleries during the day. At night, enjoy sumptuous meals while listening to concerts. City Market features a variety of nourishment for foodies. Satisfy your sweet tooth by going to Byrd’s Famous Cookies or Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a collection of confectionaries. Carnivores can head over to Beef Jerky Experience before washing savory flavors down with wine, smoothies, or beer at The Georgia Tasting Room. Fashionistas can spend hours browsing at Spartina 449 and Charleston Shoe Company. If you’re a romantic in need of the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, head on over to the Savannah Jewelry Gallery and browse a wide selection from featured artists or have a tiny treasure custom-made for your loved one. City Market is the ideal shopping venue for people of all ages and its variety of wares makes it perfect for fun holiday gifts.

    Stroll over to Abercorn Walk

    Stimulate your sense of style by going to one of Savannah’s newest shopping centers just south of downtown. This is the perfect place for anyone who wants an upscale wardrobe or to give glamorous gifts. With retailers like Talbots, The White House Black Market, Chicos, Ann Taylor and Jos A Bank, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the walks fashionable fronts for the perfect outfit. And if all this shopping makes you hungry, stop by Fresh Market for some ready-to-snack bites.

    ShopSCAD for artsy gifts

    Delight in distinct gifts by visiting ShopSCAD, the store operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Take in the hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography and clothing designed by a rotation of SCAD students and alumni. Due to the constantly changing roster of students and designers, you’re bound to find something new every time. Whether you’re a casual window shopper, traveler or a cultured collector, this is the perfect spot for anyone desiring a truly unique gift for the holidays.

    Ready to shop in Savannah and stock up for the gift-giving season? Book your Stay Today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    Known as the “most haunted city in America,” Savannah is overflowing with Halloween activities. The oldest city in Georgia’s rich history provides a plethora of paranormal sightings, spooky vibes and uncanny rituals. From ghost tours to haunted houses and eerie cemeteries, Savannah serves as the ideal city for hair-raising Halloween fun.

    Ghoulish Ghost Tours

    1. 1)  Ghost and Gravestones
      Tour Savannah’s historic district aboard the “Trolly of The Doomed” as you hear about the city’s eerie myths, haunted houses and depraved denizens. “The Trolley of the Doomed” transports you to crumbling cemeteries and two of Savannah’s most haunted sites: the Andrew Low House and Perkin’s and Sons Ship Chandlery. Climb aboard the trolley, if you dare.
    2. 2)  Blue Orb Tours
      End your night with a fright by taking one of the highest-rated ghost tours in the world. Families can visit the city’s most infamous haunted locations in addition to exclusive locales for an evening of spooky stories. Those who want truly terrifying tales can take the 18 and older Zombie Tour filled with graphic, gory legends of the undead, conjurings and paranormal beings.

    Haunted Pub Crawls

    1. 1)  A Nightmare on Congress Street
      Don your best costumes and take your friends on a shockingly spooky Halloween-themed bar crawl. Described as the city’s largest and creepiest pub crawl, you’ll visit multiple bars for a night filled with frights, fun and the chance to win a $2,000 costume contest.
    2. 2)   Moon River Brewing
      Startle your stomach as you dine with ghosts and revenants at one of Savannah’s most haunted restaurants. The Moon River Brewing Company has a history of deaths, murders, and paranormal events. Walk the haunted halls, descend into the basement, and eat a meal if you have the stomach for it.

    Haunted Houses

    1. 1)  The Haunted Forest Moose Lodge
      You’re in for a night of both scares and laughter if you attend this haunted house. Walk through a long, dark trail in the woods to encounter devilish children, voodoo priestesses and crazed clowns. You’ll even see frightening monsters from your favorite horror movies.
    2. 2)  Alee Terror Plantation Haunted House
      Voted Savannah’s #1 haunted house, get excited for an electrifying experience as you wander through Terror Plantation. Filled with spine-chilling scenes, atmospheric special effects and creepy characters, you’re bound to remember this haunted house for years to come. Ye be warned: not everyone who enters is able to complete the haunt. Will you be able to keep your wits?

    Celebrated Cemeteries

    1. 1)  Colonial Park Cemetery
      Nearly 300 years old with over 9,000 graves across 6 acres, Colonial Park is Savannah’s oldest cemetery. There’s much to learn about the city’s history, its most famous residents and significant events. This is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful stroll on Hallow’s eve.
    2. 2)  Bonaventure Cemetery
      The winner of TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award, Bonaventure Cemetery Tours is an educational feast for the spirit. Located on the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery is filled with beautiful statues, tombs and moss-draped oaks, making it Savannah’s most beautiful and picturesque cemetery. A tour through the cemetery’s 100-plus acres is filled with valuable information and scenic beauty that will leave you wanting more.

    Divine Dining

    1. 1)  17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant
      Located near Savannah’s historic district, this inn and restaurant provides hearty meals in a building that dates back to 1790. Period furniture, colonial decor and dim lighting creates a historic ambiance that is the perfect place to kick off your hocus pocus plans. One of Savannah’s most famous restaurants, we suggest you make reservations to properly enjoy this atmospheric inn.
    2. 2)  Olde Pink House
      Add class and culture to your Halloween evening by dining in this beautiful 18th Century mansion. Enjoy classic Southern food in a historic, romantic atmosphere or venture into The Planter’s Tavern–located in the restaurant’s basement–for a more vibrant ambiance. It’s recommended you make reservations beforehand, as this is another one of Savannah’s most well-known restaurants. It’s the perfect place to end your Halloween weekend in style.

    Planning to spend Halloween in one of the nation’s most haunted cities? Book your stay today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    Full of charm and romance, Savannah offers a variety of date night activities guaranteed to impress. From drinks on the roof to strolling through the Botanical Gardens to catching an award-winning improv show, Savannah has the perfect outing for spur-of-the-moment dates, anniversaries and every moment in-between.

    Drinks on the Town

    1. Bar Julian
      Set the date-night bar high by grabbing drinks on Savannah’s tallest rooftop at Bar Julian. Cozy up over hand-crafted cocktails and admire the enchanting cityscape and endless Savannah River views. Toast the sunset with fresh spirits and share a refreshing Mediterranean menu for two.
    2. Perch at Local 11 Ten
      Impress your date with spectacular views of Forsyth Park and specialty cocktails at Perch. Nestled amongst the oak trees, Perch brings nature right to your table with natural bamboo and steel accents throughout. The bar’s design is as functional as it is relevant to the original concept and features seating that persuades couples to ‘perch’ for a while.
    3. Water Witch
      Set the mood at a tiki oasis in Savannah’s Starland District. Here, classic tiki culture intertwines with an adventurous atmosphere and cocktails are served side-by-side with mariner myths and local lore of an ill-fated warship. Merging island influences with brooding storytelling and tropical overtures, Water Witch will put the wind in your date night sails.

    Wine Tasting Dates

    1. The Georgia Tasting Room
      Wine and dine your date at The Georgia Tasting Room. Located in Historic City Market in the heart of downtown Savannah, here, you can enjoy $3 wine tastings, wine smoothies, moonshine smoothies, local beer and meat and cheese plates with a southern Savannah spin. The best part? Everything is locally sourced and created, so you and your date can enjoy classic Savannah fare.
    2. Savannah Wine Cellar
      Take your date and tastebuds on an adventure at Savannah Wine Cellar. Start with the whites, explore the roses and share some reds from the high-tech tasting machines. Stop in early on Saturday afternoons to enjoy hand poured tastings featuring six different types of wine from all over the world. With over 400 wines stocked, there is something for every connoisseur and couple.

    Spend a Relaxing Afternoon Outdoors

    1. Savannah Botanical Gardens
      A great place for a romantic stroll, the Savannah Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to get lost with your date. Created in the 1980’s, the garden includes a two-acre pond, nature trails, archaeological exhibit, historic Reinhard House, amphitheater and both formal and naturalistic plantings. Walk among the perennials in the summer garden before heading over to the David Austin English rose garden and pause at the fountain to share some quality time with the one you love.
    2. Forsyth Park
      Pack a picnic, blanket, some games and your beverage of choice (in plastic containers only) for a fun and leisurely date in Forsyth Park. Located just south of the historic district downtown, this majestic 30-acre park features beautiful oak lined paths, the infamous Forsyth Fountain, an amphitheater with concessions, tennis courts and spacious grassy fields perfect for cuddling up with your partner.

    Dinner and a Comedy Show

    1. Alligator Soul Restaurant
      Located on historic Telfair Square (one of Savannah’s first four colonial-era squares) the Alligator Soul restaurant experience starts outside with the beautiful ambiance of historic Savannah. From there, it moves indoors where there are indulgences to fulfill all the senses. The perfect start to your date night, enjoy handmade dishes created with fresh, local ingredients in a unique and unforgettable dining event.
    2. Dine with Rhett
      Treat your date to Coastal Cuisine that celebrates the bounty of Lowcountry. Located at the intersection of Savannah’s bustling Riverfront and the entertainment district, Rhett is a lighthearted hub of taste, with a warm and hospitable spirit and a dedication to Southern hospitality. Here, the chef takes revered local dishes and transforms them into playful, accessible plates perfect for two.
    3. Front Porch Improv
      End your date night on a funny note by sharing a laugh at Front Porch Improv. Known for stellar shows and a cast of talented performers, Front Porch offers award-winning live events every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a variety of comedy, improv, sketch and storytelling shows, as well as beginner classes.

    Ready to treat your partner to a Savannah date night adventure? Book your stay today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    Savannah is packed with so many exciting things to do, why limit your adventure to just the weekends? From variety shows and ghost tours to river boat cruises and food tours, there’s plenty of family-friendly or adult-themed ways to keep Monday through Friday fun.

    Sunset River Boat Cruises

    Catch a refreshing evening breeze and a captivating sunset any day of the week on a Sunset River Boat Cruise. Decked out in traditional red, white and blue riverboat colors, these elegantly appointed boats cannot help but draw visitors back to a time. So, sit back, relax and take in the city’s antebellum charm and iconic views of the stoic live oaks covered in flowing Spanish moss, the welcoming shady squares and picturesque waterways. Or head below deck and dance to tunes from the 50s through today performed live by talented Riverboat Entertainers.
    The riverboat tours leave the dock right next to the exact location where General Oglethorpe first landed on the riverfront and head upriver, into the Port of Savannah, and then turn around and head back under the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge and past the historic riverfront. The tours continue downriver passing the world-famous Waving Girl, Florence Martus, through the shipyards, and just past the tip of Hutchinson Island and Old Fort Jackson. There, the boat circles back upriver to arrive gently back at the dock.
    Set sail in Savannah

    Ghost City Tours
    Turn a normal weeknight into a paranormal adventure and be the next guest to have an experience with one of Savannah’s ghosts. Explore “America’s Most Haunted City” with Ghost City Tours and visit the most haunted locations in the Historic District. Packed with spirited fun, these talented Tour Guides take you on an exciting journey and bring spooky tales from Savannah’s tortured past back to life.

    Tours are available daily and range from kid-friendly options, like The Grave Tales Ghost Tour, to adult-themed fun, like The Strangled Not Stirred Pub Crawl, The Beyond Good and Evil Tour and Ghost City Haunted Pub Crawl.
    Have a weeknight haunt

    Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos
    On Thursday and Friday nights, head over to a place guaranteed to strike a key, Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. This audience-driven, all-request show features four talented piano players and non-stop fun. “Dueling pianos” is a great form of entertainment where two grand pianos are each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are a must. We play songs for all walks of life, from classic rock and country to Top 40 hits and R&B. And we take requests. Great for large groups or just a night out on the town, stop in and strike a chord on the dancefloor.
    Wrap up the week in smiles

    Savannah Food Tours
    Upgrade your weekly dinner plans to a delicious food tour around the city. Perfect for self-acclaimed foodies and anyone who appreciates a tasty meal, food tours are the perfect way to sample some of the city’s finest dining and regional cuisine, and a great way to get to know the city.

    Kick off your afternoons at 11:15am with First Squares Food Tour, a guided walking tour of six eateries located in Savannah’s Historic Squares. The tour includes a lot of great info for history buffs as well as plenty of tasting opportunities. The food establishments in this tour include everything from a Scottish pub to a British bakery, from a trendy eatery to a store that sells award-winning honeys and honey products.

    With tours starting at 11am on Wednesday, the Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour is perfect for adventurous foodies looking for something a little more off the beaten path, alley or down a live-oak-lined square. Featuring six locations, this tour includes tastings of locally-sourced gourmet cuisine, nouveau American fare prepared in a wood-fired oven, South African-inspired cuisine, Leopold’s Ice Cream (a 100+-year-old Savannah tradition) and more.

    Starting at 4pm on Thursdays, Walktails and Bar Bites Happy Hour is a fun and yummy walking happy hour tour that brings together some of Savannah’s most endearing traits: to-go cocktails, delicious bites and fun, engaging hosts. This adults-only tour takes guests to four unique, surprising bars where you will enjoy 3 food tastings plus 4 exceptional cocktail pairings (a mocktail version of this cocktail is available for non-drinkers) making this the most delectable and fun way to start your evening.
    Spice up your weeknight meals

    Jazz’d Tapas Bar
    Kick off your business loafers, slip on your dancing shoes and hop on over to Jazz’d Tapas Bar for local, live music Thursdays through Sundays. A space that uniquely captures the energy of downtown Savannah, this is where locals and tourists alike jive over delicious food, craft cocktails, martinis and live entertainment. Many think the name “Jazz’d” represents the genre of music, and indeed there is a speakeasy vibe, but the name Jazz’d is not about the music. It’s more about a state of mind, stepping down the stairway and through the doorway finding something truly unique to Savannah. Get “All Jazz’d Up” because every night is a different experience.

    What once was the old Kress Department Store, the owners transformed the rundown basement with its exposed utilities, concrete walls, floors and ceilings, into the sleek, industrial chic lounge it is today. Now the 5500 square feet hosts a lounge, bar, intimate dining area and a lot of friends. Whether you are there for a quick drink at the bar, a special date night or a bachelorette party, it’s a cool and contemporary getaway.
    Get all Jazz’d up

    The Historic Savannah Theatre
    Top off your weekday with a show in of one of the United States’ oldest continually-operating theatres, The Historic Savannah Theatre. This month, catch Savannah Live. Running Sep. 7th to Oct. 29th, this high-energy 2-hour variety show features everything from Pop to Broadway and Motown to Rock & Roll. Featuring a live band, singers and dancers, it is sure to be the most fun that you have in Savannah. If you’re looking for something the kids will enjoy, check out Pete the Cat ¬– Jimmy Biddle is the best student in his 2nd grade class, until Pete the Cat moves in with his skateboard and electric guitar. But when Jimmy needs help with his art project, groovy Pete is the purrfect pal to awaken Jimmy’s imagination. Together, they go on an artistic adventure all the way to Paris and back on Pete’s hip VW Bus. This one-hour rockin’ musical is fun for the whole family.
    Liven up the week

    Ready to turn your weeknights into a Savannah adventure? Book your stay today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    6 ways to stay cool during a midsummer stay in Savannah

    Savannah welcomes visitors with open arms, but during the summer that warm southern hospitality may feel more like a sweltering heatwave. Here are six ways to stay cool in the city’s hotspots while simultaneously quenching your thirst for Savannahian culture, art, history and locally brewed refreshments.

    1. Cool off while slipping back in time
    A great way to immerse yourself in Savannah’s rich history and culture while staying cool is by visiting our museums. Start at the Davenport House, a preserved American Federal-style house. Here, visitors can step into the 1820s and learn how both free and enslaved residents experienced life in this historic household. If you’d rather remain in the present, the SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum that features emerging and established international artists through commissioned works and rotating exhibitions. Need a place the kids will be entertained too? The Jepson Center is a strikingly modern building filled with art, hands-on activities and plenty of educational opportunities for children. Just a few blocks away, The Telfair Museums were originally constructed in 1819 on the site of the former colonial Government House and the official residence of Royal Governor James Wright. Today, the property features three nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the owner’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculptures and decorative arts. The best part? All the museums are within walking distance of StayinSavannah.com preferred hotel partners!

    2. Escape the heat in an Escape Room
    Test your teamwork skills in an (air-conditioned) escape room. Fun for the whole family, an escape room is, essentially, one big game that uses a series of puzzles, riddles and clues that when solved lead players to the exit. Whether you are a first-time escaper or long-running Game Master, this is a great spot to stay cool and have fun. At The Escape Company, located directly behind the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District and Doubletree Hotel Savannah Historic District, you can choose from a variety of rooms that range in difficulty and adventure. Complete a search and rescue mission in The Cavern, escape Alcatraz or see if you can survive A Night in Greyside Manor.

    3. Catch a seaside breeze on Tybee Island
    Just a short 15-minute scenic drive from any of our preferred hotel partners in Savannah, Tybee Island is a place where coastal charm meets laid-back beach vibes. Known as one of the most quirky and colorful beach towns in the country, this three-square-mile enclave is jam-packed with local shopping, dining, lodging opportunities, bike trails, white sand beaches and sunset-crowned saltwater marshes. Tybee Island is an ideal getaway any time of year but this gem shines in the summer. Enjoy breakfast at the classic diner-style Sunrise Restaurant before shopping for souvenirs at the Shoppes of 1207. Sunbath at North Beach, paddleboard on the Back River and toast to a day well spent at The Deck Beach Bar.

    4. Enjoy a frosty summer treat
    Founded in 1919 by three brothers from Greece, Leopold’s Ice Cream serves up “Good Things to Eat, Good Things to Drink” to tourists and Savannahians alike. All of Leopold’s super-premium, award-winning ice cream is handcrafted in historic downtown using original, secret recipes and techniques handed down by the family. Many of their toppings and ice cream ingredients, and all of their sandwich meats and salads are prepared from scratch by a Leopold’s chef, so you’re sure to find something memorable here. Leopold’s is also sold in our hotel gift shop at the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront and Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District!

    5. Stop in for a refreshing brew
    Beat the heat while staying in the spirit of the town at Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first distillery since prohibition. Honoring the ghostly spirits of Savannah, the distillery prides itself on crafting the finest liquors that embody the city’s unique past and vibrant future. More of a beer guy or ghoul? Grab a brew in one of the oldest, most historic and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah, Moon River Brewing. Here, visitors are invited to experience the history and spooky ambiance while enjoying excellent food and hand-crafted beers firsthand. Both breweries are located only 2 blocks from the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District and Doubletree Hotel Savannah Historic District. Whether you are new to Savannah or just passing through, you’ll find a warm atmosphere and a great selection of food and spirits at our local breweries.

    6. Let the (air-conditioned) theater entertain you
    Sit back, relax and enjoy a show in one of the United States’ oldest continually operating theatres. A walk or short pedi cab ride from any of our preferred hotel partners is The Historic Savannah Theatre which first opened its doors on December 4th, 1818, and has since served as a live performance venue as well as a movie theater. After enduring several fires and undergoing multiple renovations, today the theatre hosts regular performances of a variety of shows and music revues. Visitors can enjoy classics like Grease and newfound favorites like Elf. While you’re there, be sure to tour the museum’s artifacts, newspaper articles and photographs from the past.

    Ready to stay cool while enjoying your Savannah summer? Book your stay today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    The city of Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe with the intention of providing colonists with space for militia training exercises. The first four squares that were created by Oglethorpe are known as Johnson Square, Wright Square, Ellis Square, and Telfair Square. Now, these squares are public spaces for locals and tourists to enjoy within Savannah’s Historic District.

    Lovely oak trees, historic houses, museums, monuments, and businesses can be found in the original squares, reflecting the history and identity of each. The squares also help provide an unforgettable experience as well as promoting walkability in Savannah by calming traffic – with squares being located at intersections of two streets. Walkways through these squares also connect to several destinations in neighborhoods and downtown, making the pedestrian and bicyclist experience pleasant and safe.

    Learn more about Savannah’s Original Four Squares:

    Johnson Square

    The first square to be laid out in Savannah was Johnson Square, which was planned by General Oglethrope himself in 1733. Johnson Square was named after Robert Johnson, South Carolina’s colonial governor who made a significant impact in colonial times. Johnson Square was a meeting place for Savannah’s initial residents, mostly used for church, community activities, and meetings.

    Johnson Square is only one block away from Bay Street, making this square one of the most popular in Savanah, being surrounded by historical buildings and popular pubs and restaurants. The square also hosts food vendors, local artists, and live music. Other attractions include The Nathaniel Greene Monument, The William Bull Sundial, The First Christ Church, and The Fountains in Johnson Square.

    Wright Square

    Formally named Percival Square, Wright Square was the second square to be created in Savannah’s Historic District in 1733. Two tributes can be found in Wright Square, the Monument to William Washington Gordon and Tomochichi Memorial. Wright Square got the nickname “Hanging Square” after the execution of Alice Riley, which happened right on site.

    There is plenty of shade from the oak trees surrounding the square, making it a nice spot to seek shade on a summer day. You can also find Wright Square Café, which is a popular café for chocolates. Attractions include The Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Tomochichi Federal Building, Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace, The Tomochichi Monument, The William Gordon Monument, and Chatham Country Courthouse.

    Ellis Square

    Ellis Square was laid out in the 1733 in the Decker Ward, which was a market area for the Savannah community in the 1950’s. Ellis Square was also the spot for Slave Auctions in Savannah before General Sherman’s invasion.

    Now, Ellis Square is a popular spot with City Market, The Ellis Square Fountains, and the Johnny Mercer Statue. Ellis Square is considered to be the liveliest square with its open areas and seating under oak trees. With a dancing foundation in the middle of Ellis, it is a popular attraction for families to cool off on a hot summer day while enjoying live music from the City Market.

    Telfair Square

    This square was created in 1733 and was originally named St. James Square. In 1833, it was decided to rename the square to Telfair Square in recognition of Edward Telfair, the three-time Governor of Georgia, as well as a strong advocate of Savannah arts.

    Telfair Square is home to two of the United States finest art museums, the Jepson Center and Telfair Museums. Trinity United Methodist Church is one of Savannah’s oldest churches and is also located in Telfair Square. Another attraction includes Telfair Academy.

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    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    From large tourist groups to finding dinner for a family of four, Savannah has a variety of restaurants to accommodate your party. Discover big flavor and family-style dining at one of Paula Deen’s two local restaurants. Or, if you’re hunting for smaller plates with a sophisticated take on Southern cuisine and an incredible river view, head on over to Vic’s. Perfect for private events, reunions and costume parties, rent a historically themed dining room at the Pirate’s House. No matter what you’re searching for, you’ll find it in Savannah and you’ll always be in good company.

    Vic’s on The River
    Located in a beautiful old cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River and Historic River Street, Vic’s has entrances on both Bay and River Streets and is super easy to find. Perfect for groups and pets, guests are invited to dine under the gorgeous, centuries-old Live Oaks and take in the spectacular view of Historic Factors Walk. The food will wow you just like the views.
    a sophisticated take on traditional Southern cuisine, Vic’s menu embodies Savannah’s Southern charm with tasty classics and fresh, local seafood. Bring your friends and enjoy live music in the lounge 7 nights a week, and Happy Hour at the Bar and on the Patio, Monday-Friday, 3:30-6pm.
    Bring the party to Vic’s

    Olde Pink House
    Built in 1771 and originally named the Habersham House, the Olde Pink House is as famous as it is full of history. It was one of the few to survive the Savannah fire of 1796 that destroyed 229 buildings in the city and is still thought to be haunted by the ghost of by the apparition of its creator, James Habersham Jr., who has been said to appear frequently in the restaurant, and has even been seen wearing his Colonial garb while drinking ale. In 1812, the home became Planters Bank, the first bank in Georgia. Later still, in 1864, the house became a military generals’ headquarters for Union troops. After the Civil War, the house changed hands several times, becoming an attorney’s office, bookstore and Alida Harper Fowlkes’ Georgian Tea Room before eventually becoming the Southern Cuisine restaurant locals love today. Enjoy the inventive menu served in the Colonial mansion and the live music performed in the cellar tavern.
    Dine in the history of Olde Pink House

    The Pirate’s House
    Savannah’s Famous Pirates’ House is not only located on one of the most historic spots in Georgia, it is also the plot of land where the first public agricultural experimental garden in America grew, Trustee’s Garden. Decades later, the land, just a scant block from the Savannah River, became an inn for visiting sailors and pirates weary from their travels on the Seven Seas. While the building remained intact through the centuries, it lost its spark and fell into disuse after World War II. Slated for demolition in 1945, it was saved by Mrs. Mary Hillyer, wife of the president of the Savannah Gas Company. Mary, along with some other local ladies, took it upon themselves to restore General Oglethorpe’s vision of Savannah. With great imagination, perseverance and skill Mary was able to renovate the building laying the groundwork for the restaurant it is today. Because of her efforts, guests can enjoy award-winning Southern fare in a rustic, pirate-themed historic inn. There’s even private dining offered to groups in the historically decorated rooms.
    Walk the plank to the Pirate’s House

    The Lady & Sons
    Can’t get enough of Paula Deen? The good news is that there’s more to enjoy at The Lady & Sons. In this easygoing eatery Paula teams up with her sons to create family-style dishes that bring friends and loved ones together. The idea for this collaboration started with humble beginnings back in June 1989, when Paula started The Bag Lady out of her home and ultimately moved into a Best Western with a buffet. As The Lady became quite successful over the next several years, the locals couldn’t get enough. Today, you can dine in the charming and historic three-story restaurant and enjoy endless portions of hearty entrées, classic Southern side dishes and a variety of desserts.
    Pull up a chair with The Lady & Sons

    Garibaldi
    Built with classic Palladian architecture, Garibaldi started as a Germanian Firehouse in 1871 and the Germanian Society used it as a community gathering spaces. Today, the Fire House is home to Garibaldi, a Zagat Award of Distinction restaurant that serves inspired Italian cuisine and fresh seafood in historic Savannah, Georgia. If you’re craving some delicious dishes and a beautiful dining experience to share with your group, look no further. Garibaldi Café is an elegant and romantic eatery offering upscale Italian cuisine and has been a staple on the Savannah dining scene for many years.
    Dine in the historic Firehouse

    Belford’s
    Travel down the southwest corner of City Market and discover Belford’s rich history and delicious cuisine. The building itself is something to admire. It was designed by Hyman Witcover, the architect of Savannah’s gold-domed City Hall in 1902. Before becoming what it is today, the 2-story structure originally belonged to the Savannah Hebrew Congregation. Twenty-one years later, the Congregation sold the building to the Belford family who need a place to house its wholesale food company. Patrons of the restaurant, which opened in 1996, can still admire the original food company painted signs on the west and north walls. Great for groups, stop into Belford’s and experience the award-winning menu of seafood, steaks and fine wines yourself.
    Share a piece of Savannah’s history

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    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    Who doesn’t love starting their day with delicious food and mimosas?

    Brunch plays an important role in every vacation, getaway, and celebrations. Luckily, Savannah is the epicenter of brunch in the South. The Hostess City lives up to its name when it comes to mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and delectable Southern style food. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, graduation, or just “Sunday Funday”, brunch is always the answer.

    Check out our favorite brunch spots below:

    The Ordinary Pub

    The Ordinary Pub is a basement pub located in historical downtown Savannah. Opened by Chef Justin Grizzard in 2015, The Ordinary Pub embraces reimagined pub fare style, creating a very impressive and delectable menu.

    Offering a full brunch with award winning cocktails and food, The Ordinary Pub is a prime brunch spot in Savannah. Their pork belly & bourbon donut sliders, morning mac & cheese, and chicken & waffle gyro are few of the favorite. Not to mention award-winning bloody Mary’s, cold brew cocktails, and bottomless mimosas really help to get any celebration started!

    The Grove

    Located in the heart of Savannah’s City Market, The Grove is a charming restaurant and rooftop bar. With a Southern inspired menu and Lowcountry twists on brunch, this is a spot you must try!

    Shrimp and sausage gravy biscuits, shrimp and grits, avocado toast, and chicken biscuits are a delicious way to enjoy views on The Grove’s rooftop bar. For drinks, you can sip on mimosas, screw drivers, bloody Mary’s, or go big with their “Grand Mule” – a 192oz cup of shareable bliss. Or cool off with their champagne pop, a Savannah favorite!

    Collins Quarter at Forsyth

    Collins Quarter at Forsyth is situated in one of Savannah’s most beautiful and iconic spots, Forsyth Park. Serving all day brunch makes with patio seating makes it a great destination for food and taking in Savannah’s charm.

    This brunch spot has an Aussie inspired brunch menu, hand crafted cocktails, signature coffees, and scenic views of Savannah’s natural beauty. What’s not to love?

    Funky Brunch Café

    Funky Brunch Café is not just funky, but it’s a fun spot with quite a creative breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu. With outdoor seating and being a dog friendly restaurant, this it a perfect hang out for family and friends.

    Get funky by flipping your own pancakes at your table or starting out with their famous funky bread for your brunch experience. Located right in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, Funky Brunch Café is a brunch you’ll never forget.

    B Matthew’s

    Starting out as a deli and bakery, B Matthew’s has grown into a one-of-a-kind bistro that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This eatery truly represents Savannah with its beautiful architecture and offers a unique brunch experience with their modern menu.

    Serving brunch classics such as omelette’s and chicken n’ biscuits, B Matthew’s is known for their shrimp & grits and scrambles. With delicious brunch food, brunch drinks are a must. B Matthews understands the brunch experience and has a variety of Bloody Mary’s to choose from.

    Treylor Park and Hitch

    “Quality Over Quantity” is a motto that Treylor Park and Hitch stand by. When it comes to brunch or serving cocktails, you best believe that quality always comes first. With serving unique food, drinks, and beer day and night, Treylor Park and Hitch offer a unique space to enjoy with family and friends.

    Having a laid-back atmosphere, this restaurant makes a great spot for brunch. Start out with PB&J chicken wings or even one of their famous shots like Tang Rum. At Treylor Park and Hitch, you live sensibly and brunch sensibly.

    Stay in Savannah

    Brunch is always the answer, getting to and from brunch is the question. The beauty of these favorite brunch spots is that they are all walking distance from our preferred hotels. Get the full Savannah experience on your next trip. Visit https://stayinsavannah.com/savannah-hotels/ to book your stay.

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    There’s no doubt that Savannah is known for its unique architecture, Southern charm, and rich history. Savannah’s documented history began in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe first stepped on Savannah’s soil. He later came up with the idea of laying the city out in a grid system with squares the intended use for the militia to practice and drill.

    Now, the squares are icons to The Hostess City and are great spots for walks, games, and special events. Each square is unique with their own history as well as charm. If you are a history and nature enthusiast, Savannah should be high on your list.

    With 22 squares today, it’s hard to pick and choose which ones to visit and fully take in the beauty and history of each square. Here are some of our favorite squares that are known for just that.

    Chippewa Square

    Chippewa Square was built in 1815. The name “Chippewa” was used to honor the men who fought in the Battle of Chippewa, a battle in the war of 1812. The bus stop scene in Forrest Gump was filmed in Chippewa Square, making it one of the most popular squares for both tourist and locals.

    Popular attractions are The James Oglethorpe Statue, The Savannah Theatre, and The Moses Eastman House.

    Franklin Square

    Franklin Square and Franklin Ward were created in 1790, named after Ben Franklin. Savannah’s water tower was in the middle of the square in the 19th century, giving Franklin Square the nickname “Water Tower Square” and “Reservoir Square.”

    Franklin Square was later dismembered in 1935 due to the Highway 17 expansion. But in the 1980s, it was restored during the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Georgia. Attractions include The Haitian Monument and First African Baptist Church.

    Madison Square

    Madison Square was laid in 1837 and is located on Bull and Macon Streets. This square is named after our 4th President, James Madison. Madison Square features a variety of shops, restaurants, and historic architecture. Attractions include the St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Green-Meldrim House, and the Sorrel-Weed House.

    Monterey Square

    Monterey Square was named in honor of a battle in the Mexican American War, Battle of Monterey. This square was created in 1847 and is located at Bull and Wayne Streets. Attractions include The Mercer-Williams House and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Pulaski Monument, and Temple Mickve Israel.

    Oglethorpe Square

    Oglethorpe Square is named after Savannah’s founder, General James Oglethorpe, located on Abercorn Street. Built in 1742, Oglethorpe Square was one of two squares created after James’ returned from England and was a part of the six squares created by James.

    Attractions include Presidents’ Quarters Inn, The Moravian Pedestal, and Owens-Thomas House. Oglethorpe Square is also home to Historic Inn.

    Whitefield Square

    Created in 1851, Whitefield Square was named after Reverend George Whitefield, the founder of the Bethesda Orphanage. Whitefield Square was also the last square to be created in Savannah. This square is a great venue for events and weddings with a Victorian-era gazebo located in the center of it.

    Attractions include the Gazebo and The First Congregational Church.

    Stay With Us

    We hope your travels bring you to Savannah in the near future. For more information on traveling to Savannah, please visit www.stayinsavannah.com.

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

    Savannah is more than an artist’s dream. It’s a place where those dreams become reality. As one of the nation’s major art hubs, Savannah’s scenery and history continually inspires established artists, while places like Savannah College of Art and Design are a springboard for new and upcoming talent. Experience the best of both worlds in one location by visiting our favorite Savannah galleries.

    1. Telfair Museum
    The oldest public art museum in the South, Telfair Museum was founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent local philanthropist Mary Telfair, who left her home and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. Today, Telfair Museum consists of three unique buildings: Telfair Academy, Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters – two National Historic Landmark sites built in the early 19th century. Each of the museum’s three buildings represents an innovative expression of its time and houses a collection corresponding to the era in which it was built. Together, these three unique buildings and three distinct collections bridge centuries of art and architecture, illustrating the continuum of art and history in Savannah.
    Take a walk through history

    2. Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
    The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is perhaps the only “house museum” in the nation created specifically for girls to enjoy — though it is loved by everyone! At this unique house museum, owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the USA, visitors can trace the arc of Juliette Gordon Low’s life and learn about the Girl Scout Movement she founded. The house stands as a National Historic Landmark honoring Low as a daughter, debutante, wife, adventurer, artist and first Girl Scout. Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low was born here in 1860, and she lived in and visited the house throughout her life. It was from this very home that she made the famous phone call that marked the beginning of Girl Scouts in 1912, proclaiming, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start tonight!”
    Visit the birthplace of Girl Scouts

    3. Kobo Gallery
    Kobo Gallery is an award-winning contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, nearby Ellis Square. Celebrated as a true artists’ cooperative, Kobo Gallery offers work from wildly passionate local artists in many mediums: painting, photography, woodwork, fiber work and jewelry. Staffed by artists, this intimate gallery features many finds at all ranges of price points.
    Meet the artists

    4. SCAD Museum of Art
    The SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum that features emerging and established international artists through commissioned works and rotating exhibitions. The museum also engages local communities with special initiatives of an international scope and serves as a resource for SCAD students and alumni during their academic careers and beyond. With more than 4,500 works from established visual artists of international acclaim, the museum’s permanent collections include:

    • The Walter O. Evans collection of African American Art
    • The Modern and Contemporary Art Collection
    • The Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Art
    • The 19th -and-20th-Century Photography Collection and the SCAD Costume Collection

    Tour the collections

    5. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
    Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, founded in 1966, exhibits ship models, paintings, maritime antiques and artifacts. Featuring nine galleries, the museum primarily sails through the great era of Atlantic trade and travel between England and America during the 18th and 19th centuries. The vast majority of ship models were commissioned by the Museum to interpret the rich story of Savannah’s maritime history. The collection of models includes colonial vessels, ironclads, ocean-going steamers and modern navy ships.
    Voyage through maritime art

    6. Signature Gallery of Savannah
    The idea of Signature Gallery was the dream of two Savannah artists who are still in residence today ¬– Kathy Miller and Sharon Saseen. The design for the Gallery was donated by a New York architect and the renovation was given to the artists by the City Market Partners. The result is a beautiful space flooded with natural sunlight and immersed in some of the South’s most architecturally historic neighborhoods. Here, the artists’ spaces are cleverly designed and the public is always greeted by one of its knowledgeable and ever-informative artists.
    Experience the Signature Gallery

    Ready to explore Savannah’s art scene? Book your stay today!

    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds a seat at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

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