By Visit Savannah Staff
Whether you are looking for a fun adventure or that must have one-of-a-kind antique, here’s a list to help you make the most of your time in the Hostess City for the Savannah Food & Wine Festival!
1. Get Hip to the Squares
Our revolutionary urban plan dates back to the city’s founding and peppers our metropolitan grid with 22 lush miniature parks—each with its own character and history. For example, peaceful Washington Square was once the site of Gen. Oglethorpe’s experimental garden, whereas bustling Wright Square is a mecca for shoppers and students alike. Brick-lined Ellis Square conceals ample parking and boasts a playful fountain, while adjacent Telfair Square is a serene center for the arts.
2. Go “Haunting”
The American Institute of Parapsychology named Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City.” Some of our spirits are sad, some sassy, some friendly, some scary. And according to local legend, they’re all around us.
3. Stop, Collaborate and Listen
Looking for hard rock or soft jazz? You’ll find dozens of bars, clubs and cafes offering live music nightly. Stroll down Congress Street or find yourself in one of Savannah’s chic wine bars enjoying a nightcap listening to jazz.
4. Add to Your Collection
Sure, you’ll find plenty of antique shops along our historic streets. But Savannah also boasts mod décor stores, funky junk shops, chic boutiques, scads of fine art and craft galleries and lots of locally made fashion, food and home goods.
5. See What’s Brewing
You’ll find more than just a convenient jolt of caffeine at the city’s independent coffee houses. Discover poetry readings, intimate concerts, alternative cinema and original art by some of the city’s most talented emerging artists. And don’t even get us started on our hopping craft beer scene…
6. Give Your Taste Buds TLC
From wild caught Georgia shrimp to boat-fresh grouper, the Coastal Empire serves up an abundance of seasonal seafood. It’s also home to a number of BBQ and soul food joints that dish out Southern staples like slow-cooked pulled pork and fluffy red velvet cake.
7. Tour the Reel City
Dozens of major movies have been shot in or near Savannah, including The Last Song, The Gingerbread Man, CBGB, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies and Forrest Gump (ranked by the American Film Institute among the 100 greatest films of all time).
8. Get Your Feet Wet
Kayak over to Little Tybee Island or paddle through Savannah’s estuaries and tidal saltmarsh ecosystem. Glimpse the silver moon reflected in black water on a full-moon boat tour to experience the ultimate form of coastal meditation.
9. Sip as You Stroll
As one of only a handful of cities in America that allow al fresco cocktails, Savannah offers an unforgettable night out. If you’re walking on foot north of Jones Street, ask any Historic District bartender to pour your drink to go.
10. Go “Picnic Chic”
The heart and soul of downtown Savannah is verdant Forsyth Park. This 30-acre urban oasis has hosted outdoor concerts and spontaneous gourmet gatherings since 1840. Grab a blanket and a basket, and pick up a few delectable local treats—like fried green tomato sandwiches.
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