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

Irish Heritage Celebration Parade

March 14, 2020

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

Wine Festival

April 30-May 2, 2020

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

Beach Bum Parade

May 15, 2020

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

Pirate Fest

October 8-11, 2020

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

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

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

The winner of this package with receive:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone must win – why not you?

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

 

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

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

The Parade

March 17 at 10:15 a.m.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

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

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

St. Practice Day

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

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

March of Dimes Shamrock Run

March 6 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Tybee Irish Heritage Celebration

March 14 at 3:00 p.m.

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

Go on a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise

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

Explore the Historic District

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

Have a picnic in the park

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

Watch the sunrise or sunset on the beach

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

Go on a haunted tour

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

Eat at a fine dining restaurant

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

Attend a Valentine’s Day party

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

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

 

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

First African Baptist Church

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

 

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

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

 

Westley Wallace “W.W.” Law

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

 

Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center

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

 

King-Tisdell Cottage

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

When you take a stroll through Savannah’s Historic District, you’re sure to notice the many steeples that take over the sky. Savannah is rich with historic churches, ranging from First African Baptist Church, the country’s oldest African-American church, to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the state. When you visit Savannah, it’s a must to visit at least one of these charming pieces of history.

First African Baptist Church

The First African Baptist Church, billed as the first black Baptist congregation in the United States, was organized in 1773 by Reverend George Leile, with the building being finished in 1859. The church served as a stop along the Underground Railroad, reflected by the air holes in the flooring of the sanctuary for escaped slaves. You can find First African Baptist Church at 23 Montgomery Street, right on Franklin Square.

Congregation Mickve Israel

The Congregation Mickve Israel holds the distinctions of being the only purely Gothic-style revival synagogue in the country as well as representing the third-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. It was organized by Sephardic Jewish immigrants of Spanish-Portuguese extraction from London in 1735. Tour the Congregation Mickve Israel at 20 East Gordon Street, situated on Monterey Square.

Independent Presbyterian Church

If you’ve seen Forrest Gump – and it’s more than likely that you have – and you remember the opening credits from the classic movie, then the Independent Presbyterian Church will instantly look familiar. Located at 207 Bull Street at the corner of Oglethorpe Avenue, it is considered the mother church for the Presbyterians of Georgia. The church was organized in 1755 and built in 1817.

Christ Church Episcopal

As you’re walking up to Johnson Square, you’re likely to notice a building with distinct Corinthian columns. That building is Christ Church Episcopal, located at 28 Bull Street. The church was the first house of worship in the colony back in 1733 and is known as the Mother Church of Georgia.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

No matter where you are in the Historic District, you’re almost certain to see the iconic twin steeples of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, located at 222 East Harris Street on Lafayette Square, shooting up to the sky. This restored cathedral is one of Savannah’s most-visited sites, and you’ll quickly learn why as you’re walking up the steps and coming face to face with the stained-glass windows.

Of course, these are just a few of the many historic churches in the Hostess City. Consider this a mini-guide to round out your stay in Savannah.

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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

Crawford Square

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

Johnson Square

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

Ellis Square

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

Chippewa Square

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

Whitefield Square

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

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

The Lady & Sons Restaurant

Paula Deen’s famous Lady & Son’s Restaurant, as seen on the Food Network, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Choose from the southern buffet or order off the menu. Looking for some memorabilia? Paula Deen’s store is located on-site as well!

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