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True story: I was born on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah and my mom actually went to the parade THAT morning. Her doctor delivered me in his tuxedo around 10 pm having come straight from the annual Hibernian Society dinner (Savannah’s oldest Irish society and originators of the parade). In case you hadn’t guessed, in Savannah, we really, really love St. Patrick’s Day. So, if you haven’t taken part in Savannah’s Irish festivities yet, it begs the question: what are you waiting for? It is, officially, the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world (did you see that, the world!). Now I realize I’m partial but there is absolutely nothing more invigorating than a spring morning in historic downtown Savannah, surrounded by honorary Irish who create a sea of green-wearing spectators. You’ve really just gotta try it!

So, to help you kick up your leprechaun heels and head to the parade, we thought we’d provide some fun tidbits of information to debunk the most common myths surrounding the festivities and tell you what you really need to know about St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. Erin go bragh!

Myth #1: You have to book your hotel room WELL in advance.


This is soooo not true. Granted, the early bird does get the worm. Or in this case, a larger availability of rooms at early-bird rates. But you can still get a room for St. Patrick’s Day even as late as the day of. “The best rates are found about 6-8 months before the event,” explained Stacy Sturgis, director of sales for Stay in Savannah. “Our DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Quality Inn are all within walking distance of the parade route and festival zones.” Hoping for something a bit more removed and family friendly? Stacy recommends the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Savannah’s midtown as the perfect location.

Myth #2: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is really only for the party crowd.


There’s no doubt that throughout the days preceding St. Patrick’s Day, the party atmosphere can reach amazing heights – but that’s not the whole story. “There are two sides to the leprechaun’s gold coin when it comes to the festivities: the parade and the nightlife,” Sturgis told us. “The parade is family friendly. Locals and tourists of all ages set up along the route and in the squares to watch. Once the sun goes down, the adults-only party begins on River Street and in the other festival zones.” So whether you want family friendly or a little more loud and crazy, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy in Savannah.

Myth #3: They dye the Savannah River green.


“You know, they tried to do that once years ago and it was a total failure,” laughed Lawrence “Bubba” Edgerly, the 2019 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Vice Chairman. “The good news is, the water is already naturally green – so it works!” The city does dye the famous fountain in Forsyth Park green each year – and for 2019 that ‘greening’ takes place on Friday, March 8 starting at 12 noon.

Myth #4: There’s nowhere to sit at the parade.


Bleachers anyone? The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee works with Kelly Tours to provide bleachers throughout the parade route. You can buy individual seats on those bleachers or corporate seating for up to 50 people. “There’s plenty of room on the bleachers still,” said Edgerly, “and you can always come early, bring your own chairs and set up on the curb all along the parade route.” The squares in downtown open for spectators starting at 6 am on the day of the parade and the best spots are often occupied early, so if ‘early’ isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to check out the bleachers for a prime spot: http://savannahsaintpatricksday.com/bleachers.

Myth #5: You have to be Irish to attend.


Seriously? Come on. You didn’t really think that, right? All you need to be part of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is something green to wear (it’s not required, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did), some good walking shoes, and maybe a little bit of an adventurous spirit to branch out and try green grits to start your day (they’re delicious!). Take it from Edgerly: “Chill and have fun,” he says with a brightness to his voice. “It’s a family day, so bring your chairs and get ready to enjoy a beautiful parade.”

For more information to help with your St. Patrick’s Day stay in Savannah, visit http://savannahsaintpatricksday.com

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, as evident by the influx of pink, red, and heart-decorated merchandise in retail stores everywhere. If you’re still trying to come up with ideas to shower your sweetheart with love, we’ve got you covered. Here are three different date ideas that’ll help make your Valentine’s Day in Savannah unique.

Traditional
A traditional date approach is a safe choice because it’s a classic, tried-and-true route.

Start the date off with a carriage tour with Historic Savannah Carriages, which is billed as the perfect way to see the Hostess City. The carriage ride takes you through some of the city’s squares at a slow and steady pace — perfect for setting the tone for a romantic evening. The licensed tour guide adds an additional layer of immersion by keeping you entertained with stories of Savannah’s past, and you’re sure to quickly become fond of the horses. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at your next destination for dinner.

Garibaldi in City Market is the perfect place to have a Valentine’s Day dinner. A local favorite, Garibaldi combines refined, largely seafood-driven Italian dishes with a simple, elegant setting that creates an intimate atmosphere, rounded out with excellent service. Whether you opt for the seared sea scallops, crispy diamond scored flounder, or grilled New York strip for your entrée, both you and your sweetheart are sure to be impressed.

Now it’s time to cap Valentine’s Day off with something sweet. River Street Sweets is a short nine-minute walk from Garibaldi, giving you just the right amount of time to prepare your sweet tooth. You can go with the always-stellar pecan pralines – the candy shop’s staple, or go another direction with bear claws, River Street Sweets’ version of chocolate turtles. If you and your honey are feeling particularly daring, you can give the salt water taffy a whirl.

Finish off the night by staying at one of our preferred hotels in downtown Savannah, the Hilton Garden Inn.

Off the beaten path
Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up and do things that may be considered atypical for Valentine’s Day. Let’s try a unconventional date for you and your sweetheart.

What better, unique way to get acquainted with the city of Savannah than joining a Segway tour? Don’t fear if you’ve never been on a Segway before; the Adventure Tours in Motion guides will ensure that you feel at ease and clearly understand how to operate the mobile transporter. You’ll then be led safely around downtown Savannah as your guide shares interesting stories with you about the city.

You’re probably thirsty after your Segway tour, so it’s time to get something to drink. Ghost Coast Distillery offers up tours to see how they make some of the area’s finest craft spirits, while also learning about Savannah’s history with alcohol. Once the tour is over, you and your sweetheart are free to have drinks in the Cocktail Room, where over 18 drinks are made with Ghost Coast’s products.

You and your Valentine’s Day date are likely hungry at this point, so let’s head to Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah’s oldest restaurant that opened during the Great Depression in 1933. Don’t expect anything too stylish; Crystal Beer Parlor is all about great food and drinks. Share fried green tomatoes as a starter and you can’t go wrong with any of the classic burgers.

Tybee
Savannah isn’t the only place with plenty of offerings for Valentine’s Day. The small beach town of Tybee Island is located just 25 minutes from downtown Savannah and has several options to help make your day special.

Explore Tybee and the beach at your own pace with a bike ride. Don’t worry if you don’t have bicycles – both Fat Tire Bikes and Tim’s Bike and Beach Gear offer easy rentals at the south and north ends of the island.

You and your sweetheart can work up an appetite and then head to Sundae Cafe, a former ice cream parlor turned eatery that specializes in seafood and steaks. Start off with the classic Southern appetizer, Oysters Rockefeller, and then look to the sweet and spicy pistachio crusted tuna or fire roasted ribeye steak for an entrée.

No Tybee trip can be complete without visiting the Sugar Shack, an island landmark since 1971. Order ice cream and soak in your Valentine’s Day date on the shop’s front patio.

You’re sure to have a perfect Valentine’s Day outing no matter what kind of date you decide to put together. Don’t forget to hashtag #stayinsavannah when you’re out and about!

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

If you’re visiting Savannah, a stroll down River Street is an absolute must. This busy cobblestone promenade extends along the Savannah River at the northern edge of the Historic District. It’s the perfect place to watch container ships pass, pick up a few postcards and souvenirs, and eat your fill at one of the many family-friendly restaurants available. Having trouble choosing? Don’t worry! We’ve got the rundown on the top spots to enjoy Savannah’s best seafood, pub fare, fine dining, and southern cuisine.

Dining at the River House, which is located in an 1820s King Cotton warehouse, is a classic Southern experience with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Start your meal off with a shareable shrimp boil, fried oysters, or crispy calamari. For your main course, try their signature dish: Savannah Paella, composed of yellow rice, chicken, local shrimp, clams, crabmeat, and grouper. Don’t forget to sample a glass of Chatham Artillery Punch – a Savannah staple since the 1700s!

Vacationing with the family? Spanky’s offers plenty of kid-friendly options including pizza, burgers, nachos, and sandwiches. They also proudly proclaim the title of “Home of the Original Chicken Finger,” with hand-battered tenders and plenty of sauce options, sure to please even the pickiest eater in your party.

If you’re interested in something a little bit more upscale, we recommend Chart House. Their menu includes a variety of creative dishes like peach-bourbon glazed scallops, kimchi calamari, or mac nut mahi with a warm peanut sauce and mango relish, in addition to an extensive wine list. And if you’re visiting Savannah for a special occasion, Chart House also offers private dining experiences to suit any event, from anniversaries and birthday parties to business functions and rehearsal dinners.

Huey’s Southern Café offers a menu inspired by New Orleans cuisine and Low Country classics in an upscale environment with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river. Try some Louisiana favorites like shrimp creole and crawfish étouffée. Huey’s also offers a sizable brunch menu with sweet and savory options including crab cakes benedict, Cajun gumbo, and “N’awlins style” French toast. Be sure to save room for beignets coated in powdered sugar and served all day.

If you’re looking for fabulous river views, snag a seat on the balcony at Tubby’s and watch the river boats pass while you dine. Famous for their seafood and signature drinks, this laidback eatery offers happy hour specials, discount shots when container ships go by, and a southern-style breakfast each weekend. For a taste of everything, try the Low Country platter with steamed shrimp, crab legs, and sausage. Don’t forget to sample the pecan pie, baked fresh daily at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen!

Cap off your stay in Savannah with a memorable visit to the always exquisite Vic’s on the River. With elegant evening entertainment and attentive service, Vic’s is comprised of the best Savannah has to offer. Whether you’re craving seafood, steak, or just a selection of expertly crafted appetizers, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal in a refined setting, with views over the Savannah River. We recommend the braised beef short ribs, marinated in Cheerwine and served with baby carrots and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. Their dessert menu includes decadent after-dinner drinks like Vic’s Night Tripper Coffee, made with coffee liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Bailey’s Irish cream. During the day, head downstairs to Vic’s street-level coffee bar for caffeinated drinks, cocktails, baked goods, and other treats.

Don’t forget to snap a few photos while you enjoy all River Street has to offer, and tag them with #stayinsavannah for a chance to be featured on our home page!

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

Whether buying a house, picking a hotel, or maybe even starting a business, being centrally located is definitely a big check in the pros column when you’re making a decision. And while there is an abundance of things to do during your stay in Savannah, you might be interested to know that while you’re here, you’re also centrally located to some amazing adventures that are surprisingly close by.

Tybee Island Lighthouse
Just outside of historic downtown Savannah is the authentic beach town of Tybee Island, Georgia. A short 40-minute drive will transport you worlds away with warm ocean breezes, sand between your toes, and the chance to tour Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. As part of an original light station whose history dates back to 1736, the 145-foot tall tower is a must-see during your jaunt to Tybee and offers breathtaking 360-degree views from the catwalk at its top; an apex that can only be reached by climbing the lighthouse’s 178 steps.

The good news is, there are resting platforms every 25 steps complete with a viewing area so even if the foot-powered ascension seems daunting all at once, with a break here or there, you’ll scale it like a pro. In addition to the lighthouse, your ticket also gives you access to historic cottages on the ground that were once occupied by the lighthouse’s keepers as well as Battery Garland, where the Tybee Museum is housed.

The Daufuskie Difference
Now that you’ve seen Tybee from the ‘top’ we invite you to come back down to sea level and ride a few waves aboard the Daufuskie Difference ferry to an historic island like no other. With a history that dates back 10,000 years to Indians who inhabited the island until the 1800s, Daufuskie, which means “point of a feather” or “point of an arrow” according to the Yammacraw tribe, remains rich in history and nature yet still so secluded that you can only reach it by boat. “Our spring ferry service typically starts every March, weather depending, and usually runs through the end of November when the fog picks up,” explained Mary Ward of DaufuskieDifference.com.

For visitors to Savannah, the ferry is conveniently located on River Street and takes passengers straight to the Freeport Marina on the island. “The Marina is also home to the Old Daufuskie Crab Company that serves a variety of local favorites including a drink called the Scrap Iron that’s made from moonshine,” described Ward. “The restaurant has live music most Saturdays and Sundays and there’s also a nearby general store, children’s playground and golf cart rentals.” You are highly encouraged to reserve your golf cart ahead of time. With only two paved roads on the entire island, cruising through forest canopies is best enjoyed via motorized golf cart.

So, you’re on Daufuskie, you eat a little lunch, browse the general store, and hop on a golf cart. Now you get to explore the true beauty of this island gem using a map with 14 points of interest that includes the Bloody Point Lighthouse, Silver Dew Winery, Undertakers House, Mary Fields School, Iron Fish Gallery….well, let’s just say there’s plenty to do and see. “It takes a little less than an hour, one way, to travel from Savannah to Daufuskie,” said Ward, “and it’s a great chance to view salt marshes and see dolphins and wildlife along the way. Once you’re here, give yourself about 4 hours on the island to enjoy a self-guided tour.” There are guided tours also available and for that along with any other information you may need, a wonderful resource to help you make the most of your experience.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
For an excursion to enjoy on the mainland, you should set aside an afternoon to explore the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on nearby Jekyll Island, Georgia. “Jekyll is only about an hour, hour-and-a-half from Savannah so it’s an easy (and beautiful) drive to see the only sea turtle hospital in Georgia,” stated Nicki Thomas, Education Program Manager for the Jekyll Island Authority, Georgia Sea Turtle Center. “As a renowned and innovative facility, visitors get a chance to see the rehabilitation process up close and learn about one of the most recognizable species in the world.” According to Thomas, most visitors and families spend about an hour at the hospital facility and then they make a day of being on Jekyll by enjoying nature-based activities, amazing history tours and the Island’s iconic beaches.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center also offers behind-the-scenes tours of its facilities, taking guests back into the working parts of the hospital guided by a member of their education staff. This exclusive peak includes a visit to the food prep areas, animal holding areas and the treatment room for an in-depth view of sea turtle rehabilitation (but plan accordingly as size is limited to six participants ages 10+ and advance reservations are required).

One thing is certain: during your stay in Savannah, you’ll never ever have to ask the age-old question, “what are we going to do today?” Immersed in the history of Savannah and surrounded by the intrigue of worldly excursions that are all mere minutes away, the better question may be, “how do we do it all?” Then again, that’s what return visits are for. And we do hope you’ll return again and again.

Ready for your next adventure? Book your stay in Savannah!

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

It’s impossible to avoid Southern fare when you pay a visit to Savannah. The Hostess City is home to some of the very best Southern cuisine in the region, and the DoubleTree, located conveniently in Savannah’s Historic District (with free valet parking!), offers up a fine lunch buffet Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that will satiate any appetite. So, round up your coworkers for a business lunch or friends and family for a birthday celebration and get ready to embark on a Southern comfort food journey.

Before you dive into the main course, you have to whet your appetite with a cool, refreshing salad. The DoubleTree Southern-style lunch buffet provides you with plenty of options to personalize your salad as you see fit. Choose lettuce or spinach, and then load up on a variety of toppings that include ham, eggs, red onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Drizzle your choice of dressing over your freshly-made salad, and you’re well on your way.

Now that you’ve had your salad, it’s time to move on to the main course. Absolutely no classic Southern meal is complete without collard greens. Pile your plate with these leafy-green vegetables that are slow-cooked with a ham hock in broth. Collard greens are a staple in Southern cooking, so there’s no reason why these shouldn’t be on your plate.

Fried chicken and Southern culture go hand-in-hand, and it’s arguably the most important part of any Southern spread. From the first bite you’re introduced to golden, crunchy skin followed by juicy meat. Ask any Southerner and they’ll tell you without hesitation that this is chicken in its most perfect form.

Once you add your other essential Southern food items — namely macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, and okra — it’s time to chow down. Don’t be shy about going back for seconds (or thirds)!

Let’s hope you saved room because a creamy banana pudding — another Southern cuisine staple — complete with vanilla wafers and whipped cream awaits you. This classic dessert is the ultimate comfort food and will help you truly understand the meaning of Southern hospitality.

Are you ready to enjoy a true Southern meal in Savannah? Book your stay now!

 

 

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

In spring, when warmer weather greets the blooming azaleas and camellias, Savannah comes to life. Visitors are returning to the beaches, artists are in the streets and everyone is looking forward to the countless activities and seasonal events that make Savannah the perfect getaway for your spring break. Here are just some of the many reasons to enjoy Savannah this spring.

Savannah Stopover Music Festival March 7-9

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival is a hugely popular music festival that brings hundreds of musical performers every single year for one of the nation’s largest and most anticipated events. With a very high demand for more shows, dozens of bands have opted to play more venues in other cities before SXSW even begins. In Savannah, you can preview dozens of talented artists from around the country and the world. Now in its ninth year, the Savannah Stopover Music Festival features artists like Deerhunter, Susto, The Joy Formidable and many others.

See the full lineup and purchase your tickets

St. Patrick’s Day March 17

The only thing greener than spring in Savannah is the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Over 300,000 people visit Savannah for one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Make your plans to see the Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park or stop by one of the many performances during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. There’s no better place to go green than Savannah.

Savannah Music Festival March 28 – April 1

It’s hard to overstate the musical talent that Savannah attracts. The Savannah Music Festival brings world-class musical artists for over two full weeks of incredible acts and performances. Back for its 30th year, the festival is set to feature one of its largest and most talented lineups ever. Come and enjoy shows from the likes of The Earls of Leicester, Ricky Skaggs, Punch Brothers and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

See the full lineup and grab your tickets

Visit Tybee Island

Spring is the perfect time to venture out to Tybee Island. A short drive from downtown Savannah, Tybee has plenty to pique your interest. From beautiful beaches to relax on to delightful dining at the “world famous” Breakfast Club, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend your time on the island. And if you want to do a little more exploring, check out one of Tybee’s famous dolphin tours.

Enjoy a tour with Old Savannah Tours

Experience the most entertaining tour of Savannah when you step on one of these classic trolleys. Try one of the popular “On/Off tours” with fun, local guides, offering helpful tips on sights along the route. Old Savannah Tours also offers themed tours like the Historic Overview Tour, where you’ll see interesting characters like pirates or even Forrest Gump. If you’re eager to ride a classic riverboat, there is a Land and Sea Tour. Old Savannah Tours also connects you to many of the city’s most celebrated landmarks with their History and Architecture Package, which includes admission to the Owens-Thomas House as well as free admission to the Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center for the Arts. With pickup in front of the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District, this is one of the easiest tours to access.

Buy tickets and read more information

Are you ready to get away in Savannah? Book your stay today!

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

Savannah is one of the most romantic cities in America. With its charming historic streets, dramatic Spanish moss draped over enormous live oak trees, spectacular river views, and oceanfront proximity, it’s no wonder the city has become such a popular site for destination weddings and elopements.

Just twenty minutes outside the city, Tybee Island is the perfect wedding venue for beach-lovers looking for a laidback atmosphere. Here you can say your “I Dos” with crashing waves and dramatic dunes as a backdrop during a breathtaking sunset. Host a reception at the Tybee Island Historic Lighthouse grounds, ideal for an elegant, tented event, or enjoy an intimate celebration with live music at Tybee Island Social Club.

If you love Savannah’s historic parks and squares, we highly recommend snapping a few wedding photos in front of the beautiful Forsyth Fountain and posing with your whole wedding party under the romantic live oak trees. You can even rent out a square for your special day! More information here. For spectacular receptions in the Historic District, take a look at the Charles Morris Center, which can host events up to 300 guests, and the Gingerbread House is utterly charming for smaller celebrations up to 100 guests.

If you’re planning to host some out-of-town guests, be sure to secure a block of rooms at one or two hotels in the area. While you’ll typically find the best rates during the off-season, you may be able to snag a discount if you guarantee a minimum number of rooms in advance. Our preferred hotels offer event space, catering menus, and close proximity to everything downtown Savannah has to offer! Your guests will love being close to all the shopping and restaurants in the Historic District while they relax during your wedding weekend.

Book a block of rooms at the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront and arrange for a cocktail hour on the rooftop bar for stunning river views and champagne toasts high above the city. We also highly recommend hosting a morning-after southern buffet brunch at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District’s in-house restaurant, John Ryan’s Bistro, where you can reconnect with your guests before heading off on the honeymoon of your dreams!

Feeling spontaneous, or just overwhelmed with the prospect of wedding planning? Consider eloping! There are plenty of elopement services in Savannah to make your planning process a breeze. If you’re suddenly swept up by the city’s southern charm, you can even book a wedding officiant on the fly!

However you spend your special day, we’re here with travel tips and recommendations! Tag your Savannah wedding photos #StayinSavannah for a chance to be featured on our home page! What are you waiting for? Book your next stay and start planning now!

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

Typically, vacation is all about lettin’ loose — at least a little. And in a Southern city like Savannah where decadent home cooking is immensely popular, sometimes lettin’ loose might also mean loosening those pants a little, too. But no need to fret because we’re here with a little helpful advice for how to enjoy a healthy, feel-good Savannah getaway (even with a few indulgences here and there).

Dancing Dogs Yoga
Nothing starts the day off right like a proper sun salutation pose (and also preps those muscles for a walking tour later). Whether you’re new to yoga or you’ve been practicing for 10 years, Dancing Dogs Yoga in downtown Savannah on Broughton Street has a class for you. “Our classes can be challenging,” explained Christine Graeber, general manager of the Savannah and Tybee studios and an instructor. “We’re a hot power yoga studio but we teach to all levels so though we do offer more advanced postures, we don’t expect someone to be able to do them all.”

With enough space to accommodate up to 75 people, walk-ins are welcome. If you’re looking for a specific class you can visit their website for a complete schedule. Dancing Dogs even offers equipment rental to make it easier to incorporate yoga into your getaway. “Vacations can be stressful,” commented Graeber. “Your diet can change, you don’t exercise, and yoga is a great opportunity to get balanced.” Maybe you had a few too many cocktails the night before? “We say ‘detox to retox’,” quipped Graeber, who adds one class with Dancing Dogs can help you reduce stress, create flexibility, and pump up your heart rate as well. Sounds like the perfect way to get things going in Savannah!

Brighter Day Natural Foods
If you’re visiting Savannah, chances are Forsyth Park is on your list of things to see. While you’re at the park’s south end, be sure you visit the best little health shop you’ve ever been in, Brighter Day Natural Foods. “It was 1978 and we were both young, 24 at the time, but we found this location and everything fell in place,” said Janie Brodhead who, with her husband, Peter, co-owns the health food store.

Still in its original location, Brighter Day is one of those places that makes you feel healthier just by walking inside. From vitamins and minerals to organic foods and even a grab-and-go deli counter (all healthy of course), Brodhead and her husband believe in much more than ‘selling’ good but also helping customers make good choices as well. “We’ve set very strict standards for everything in our store so a customer can come in blindfolded and confidently make selections of natural, preservative-free, good-for-you items without reading one label.”

With most of their staff having a 30-year or longer involvement with Brighter Day, you can go in not knowing one thing about what vitamins you need yet leave feeling fully informed — and healthier — for your visit. Whether you need a natural remedy from eating too much the night before, or just a little something to fend off vacation weariness, Brighter Day is going to make your vacation — and your overall well-being — much better!

Kayak Kafé
So you’ve done your yoga, stocked up on vitamins and now, you’re hungry! Though fried chicken (or seafood, or steaks…) are bound to be on your plate at some point during your stay in Savannah, you can still leave room for some healthy fare, Savannah style. Kayak Kafé, located on Broughton Street, has been serving affordable, healthy, fast-casual choices to customers for almost 13 years. “The inspiration behind our menu items is to offer great, sustainable selections for everyone,” said Brendan Pappas, owner/operator of Kayak Kafé. “Whether you follow a plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, paleo or omnivore diet, we offer great house-made choices using the highest quality ingredients around.”

Among Kayak Kafé’s more unique menu choices are the Black-Eyed Pea Burger, Lime Chicken Enchiladas, and the Walnut Chorizo Tacos. “If you didn’t know it was healthy, you would still love it as much,” Pappas said. “We pride ourselves on making everything in house, from scratch, including all of our vegan dishes.” Even if you’re in need of a meal on the go, Kayak Kafé uses only biodegradable and compostable products so you’ll feel as good about what you eat as what its served in — now that’s ‘feel good’ all day long!

Blend and Press Wellness Bar
And rounding out our tips for a healthy getaway is Blend and Press Wellness Bar, where owner Chelsea Dye and her team of ‘mixologists’ have perfected the recipe(s) for clean living. “People just don’t have energy,” explained Dye. “We’re creating an easier solution to the ills and woes of getting healthy and staying healthy.” What you may think of as a smoothie, Dye and her mixologists create using a press and blend technique — no ice — in order to preserve the integrity of ingredients and make her selections as clean as possible.

“It’s a nice way to stay healthy,” said Dye. “Customers can come in and pick up our drinks and store them in their room fridge to easily have on hand and it’s still going to be good and fresh. We also offer smaller-sized shots so from a super-immunity shot to combat an airplane’s cabin air or one to help with changes in diet and irregularity, we’re here to help customers find the solutions their bodies need.” Dye even encourages those traveling to the city to call her before you arrive to discuss your needs and Blend and Press Wellness Bar will customize their products for you ahead of time,  which means no excuses, right?

Even though the Savannah foodie scene may get more recognition for its ‘comfort’ side, it’s good to know there are still amazingly healthy ways to enjoy a feel-good Savannah getaway – and take the good home with you! See you soon!

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The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

There is no better place to ring in the New Year than in the charming city of Savannah, Georgia. With so much to offer it’s no wonder people travel from all over to celebrate with Savannahians. Here are nine exciting ways you can ring in 2019.

The Savannah Theatre: A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve
The Savannah Theatre, located on Chippewa Square, presents a fun and unique way to roll in the New Year. A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve is a special night of entertainment that includes a two-hour musical of “Savannah Live.” During the party, you’ll celebrate with the cast while, toasting to champagne, dancing, and singing on stage with the rockin’ live band until after midnight! Purchase your tickets in advance.

Savannah River Boat Cruises
Many celebrate New Year’s by the Savannah River but very few celebrate on the river. Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers two incredible experiences: a New Year’s Eve Gala Cruise and a New Year’s Eve Party Cruise. The NYE Party Cruise features heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors and a cash bar onboard. The Gala Cruise is a stylish cocktail attire, 4-course surf & turf dinner with a bottle of champagne or house wine, party favors, excellent live entertainment and a cash bar! This is something you will want to purchase ahead of time as the cruises fill quickly!


Skatefest

We may not have snow here in Savannah but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the brisk ice-skating rink at the Savannah Civic Center! Skatefest is an annual tradition that is fun for the entire family. Multiple sessions are offered and extend every ninety minutes on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day. Grab a jacket and head downtown!

City Market: New Year’s Eve Celebration
If you like live music, City Market is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Music starts at 9 PM and will last well into the New Year. You will hear all different types of bands and genres, so grab your dancing shoes and enjoy the outdoor street party!


Up the Cup
Like the ball drop in New York, Savannah has its own unique way of counting down the final seconds to the New Year with the Up the Cup celebration. A six-foot to-go cup will drop when the clock strikes midnight. This unusual but exciting Savannah tradition comes with a fun light show. Don’t be shy, greet a stranger in the street, and countdown to the New Year!

Hilton Garden Inn Cocktail Bar
Located off W. Bay and Montgomery St. close to City Market the Hilton Garden Inn is situated in the perfect location for cocktails with friends before walking to the firework show on River Street. Come to enjoy the warmth of the indoors while listening to music, catching up on the college football bowl games, and toasting to a New Year!

River Street Fireworks
If you decide to celebrate New Year’s downtown, head to River Street to watch fireworks light up the city sky as they also reflect on the Savannah River. This picturesque event will take place promptly at midnight, so make sure to grab that special someone to share your midnight kiss with!


Tybee Island Fireworks
If you want to escape the downtown scene, enjoy Tybee Island’s annual fireworks show from the beach! You can watch from a beach chair, blanket, or the many restaurants and bars Tybee has to offer. The show is launched from the end of the Tybee Pier at the stroke of midnight, so find your spot early and enjoy the spectacular show!

Rooftop at Homewood Suites
Plan ahead and reserve a room at the Homewood Suites. The guest-only rooftop bar is the perfect place to catch the River Street fireworks away from the crowd. Click your champagne glasses and ring in the New Year in a more intimate and romantic way. Enjoy complimentary parking and breakfast along with the best views of the city.

Cheers to 2019. Share your New Year’s Eve photos with #StayinSavannah so we can celebrate with you!

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By Teresa Earnest Social

The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

When the sun goes down, Savannah is just waking up. Savannah’s nightlife boasts plenty of exciting events, restaurants and bars that could easily turn you into a night owl for a weekend.

Johnson Square Food Trucks after 11 PM

Okay, you’ve had dinner (and possibly a few drinks), but after walking around downtown, you’ve already burned it off. Well, fortunately, just over a year and a half ago, Savannah began allowing food truck sales, and they have been an enormous hit, especially for late night, on-the-go bites. Visit Johnson Square at night and you’ll find a variety of food trucks you’ll love. Try a half rack of ribs, paired with savory and sweet sauces, as well as mac n’ cheese “done right” from Roy’s Nutz & Buttz Barbecue. Taste the Hat Trick, a traditional poutine topped with sweet and spicy sausage, bacon, chorizo and jalapenos from The Squeaky Beaver. Or try the jerk fried fish with mango salsa, cilantro sour cream and dill pickle from Dark Shark Taco Attack.

To-go Cups (Yes, Open Containers)

There is a lot to do in Savannah, and so much to see as you walk along the historic streets at night, wouldn’t enjoying an adult beverage make it even better? Savannah is one of the few cities that encourages to-go cups, which allow you to bring your drink of choice with you when it’s time to leave the restaurant or bar. If you’re walking somewhere between the river and Jones Street and from West Boundary to E. Broad Street, then you can make use of these to-go cups in nearby restaurants and take your beer or cocktail with you. Just make sure to contain yourself.

City Market Free Concerts

If you’re looking for a little entertainment on the cheap side, head over to City Market. This converted square of warehouses not only has dozens of boutique shops from Savannah Cigars to Georgia Tasting Room to the American Prohibition Museum during the day, but it also has nightly performances from various local artists, even on weeknights. And it isn’t far from some great restaurants and bars like A.Lure, Vinnie Van Go Gos, Belford’s, The Rail Pub and Boomys. Check their calendar for updated performance schedules.

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Pub Crawls

There are plenty of opportunities to wet your whistle, but did you know that Savannah offers several special pub crawls? Depending on your tolerance for information (and alcohol), you can find haunted tours and historical tours year-round, but you can also find seasonal and holiday bar crawls. Finish the year with the Twelve Bars of Christmas and the New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl both this month. Or look forward to the new year with Cupid is Stupid in February and St. Practice Day in March.

Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

What if a jukebox and an improv comedian had a baby? For over 20 years, Savannah Smiles has answered that question with some wildly entertaining musical performances. Here, you can request a song and live performers will battle it out in multiple styles and genres. You can also enjoy the pub-style food, local beer and liquors. Check out their schedule for a full listing of performers.

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The Peanut Shop

The Peanut Shop of Savannah is a specialty gourmet food store that features over 70 varieties of hand-cooked, super extra large peanuts. From chocolate covered, to hot habanera and everything in between, we have it here at The Peanut Shop. We also specialize in hard to find sauces, jams, preserves, and mixes that you don’t find at your typical store. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, the samples we offer will! We sample over 50 different items every single day, all day long!

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