LuxeGetaways - - Feature Hospitality Profile - BY SHELBIE LANDRY

With its pedes­trian-friendly lay­out and an abun­dance of south­ern charm, Sa­van­nah in­spires vis­i­tors to re­turn again to fur­ther ex­plore this beau­ti­ful south­ern city on the coast.

I first vis­ited Sa­van­nah a few years ago as part of a South­ern au­thors lit­er­ary road trip. We ar­rived late in the af­ter­noon and spent the evening wan­der­ing around the un­fa­mil­iar streets, eat­ing at a sceney restau­rant with live, lo­cal mu­sic be­fore re­turn­ing to our lodg­ing for the night. The next morn­ing, we ven­tured into the eas­ily walk-able city with our knowl­edge­able guide. Stops along the brick paved streets in­cluded au­thor Flan­nery O’Con­ner’s home in the his­toric district, the freema­son lodge on the wa­ter­front, and, of course, a grave­yard tour just be­fore dusk. The next morn­ing we de­parted for our next des­ti­na­tion, with only about a 24-hour visit to Sa­van­nah un­der my belt. Ob­vi­ously I wished I had more time, but trust me, a short­age of time does not mean you need to miss any of the Sa­van­nah high­lights! Thanks to one of my good friends and Sa­van­nah lo­cal, we have com­piled the best sights and bites for you to en­joy dur­ing your 24-hour stop in the iconic south­ern city of Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia.

Spend your ar­rival lunch-hour at the his­toric, 1933 es­tab­lish­ment Chrys­tal Beer Par­lor be­fore hop­ping aboard a trol­ley or pedi­cab tour to dis­cover the unique his­tory be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment and growth of the city of Sa­van­nah. You are sure to find some­thing to en­joy for lunch, but if you need some di­rec­tion, the ham­burg­ers are leg­endary in this area!

Ded­i­cate your late af­ter­noon to Broughton Street for some se­ri­ous shop­ping and some pre-din­ner dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream, even if the line is half­way down the street. They will have all your fa­vorite fla­vors, but be sure to give their sea­sonal fla­vors, like Guin­ness ice cream, a try. And do not miss the movie posters from decades of box of­fice hits by owner and pro­ducer Strat­ton Leopold.

Now that you have spent your day walk­ing through that in­fa­mous south­ern hu­mid­ity, you will prob­a­bly want to ven­ture back to your ho­tel to freshen up be­fore head­ing out to see Sa­van­nah af­ter dark. Since din­ner reser­va­tions are a ne­ces­sity in Sa­van­nah, do not for­get to make them early. Be­gin your evening with a stroll down River Street to­wards the Bo­hemian Ho­tel to visit their rooftop lounge known for its hand­crafted cock­tails, live en­ter­tain­ment and stun­ning Sa­van­nah views. For your one chance at a Sa­van­nah din­ner, The Grey will not dis­ap­point. Built in a 1938 art deco Grey­hound Bus Ter­mi­nal, The Grey mixes the his­tory, fla­vors and hos­pi­tal­ity of Sa­van­nah with the re­fined, unique style of Chef Mashama Bai­ley to pro­vide a unique lo­cal­ized ex­pe­ri­ence. The sea­sonal menu ro­tates fre­quently of­fer­ing guests and lo­cals alike a truly one-of-a-kind tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. To get the best restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence, ask to sit at the cen­ter bar where the full menu is avail­able along with a com­plete view of the restau­rant go­ings-on. Fin­ish off your per­fect day with a late night stop at LuLu’s Choco­late Bar and en­joy some sweet, heav­enly dessert dreams (if you are feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, try the Rap­ture Sun­dae).

Af­ter a rest­ful night’s sleep, visit the funky, retro-vibed Back in the Day Bak­ery for a cap­puc­cino and a snack (or their old fash­ioned vanilla cup­cake if you’re in the mood for some­thing truly de­lec­ta­ble, or the scones and laven­der cook­ies are other fa­vorites). Sit at one of the win­dow ta­bles or snag one of the avail­able long ta­bles if you’re plan­ning to meet friends. On your way out of town, bid a fi­nal farewell to Sa­van­nah with a walk around the foun­tain in Forsyth Park. Built in 1858, the foun­tain serves as the city’s fo­cal point dur­ing the fa­mous St. Patrick’s Day fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the cer­e­mo­nial dye­ing of the foun­tain’s wa­ter to sham­rock green. Per­haps this fi­nal Sa­van­nah icon will work it’s magic and en­tice you to come back for more than a quick visit. Who knows, per­haps af­ter only 24-hours you too will have “Ya’ll” worked into your vo­cab­u­lary!

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