The charm of this coastal city overflows in nearly every direction. The captured-in-time antebellum architecture will delight the history buffs. The long list of world-renowned restaurants serves as the prototype for Southern fare. And the spirits are plenty—it’s known both as the most haunted city in America and for its bar-hopping, open-container culture.
• The city is home to the oldest black church in North America, First African Baptist Church. Since 1777, the church is has remained operational. The church even served as a location on the Underground Railroad (firstafricanbc.com).
• The barely year-old Brice Hotel is racking up “best new hotel” accolades. In a city proud of its preservation of antebellum structures and romantic aesthetics, the Kimpton brand brings a contemporary flair to Washington Square. The building, which has seen multiple uses since its1902 inception, is updated with touches like pop art, edgy accents, cuckoo clocks and even swings (bricehotel.com).
• Also new to the city is The Grey, a highly acclaimed restaurant headed by chef Mashama Bailey.“ Savannah is special because I lived here as a kid and had fond memories of Savannah,” says Bailey, who left notoriety at New York City’s award wining Prune to open The Grey, which is built in the city’s landmark Greyhound bus terminal. “I hope The Grey will enhance the dining scene and provide a meeting round for Savannahians and people who want to come to visit Savannah. You can pop in to the Diner Bar and have a drink and some oysters, or sit down in the dining room and relax over food and wine for hours” (thegreyrestaurant.com).
• Placing its claim as the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world, the city goes wild with green—even dying its famous fountain at Forsyth Park.
Words: Nina Hemphill Reeder
Photo: Courtesy of VisitSavannah.com