My Secret Savannah
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND BUILD-YOUR-OWN ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS:
We will be delighted to make your reservation for any trip, tour, or dining accommodation you may desire. Just give us a call. During any special event it is highly recommended that you make dining reservations as early as possible to ensure a seat in the restaurant you want when you want it!
Dinner Recommendations (some are causal lunch places as well):
- Cotton & Rye – Housed in an old bank building this is one of the best-kept locals’ secrets. Only open for one year, this fabulous indoor/outdoor restaurant is garnering accolades across the city and state. We love the sausage and cheese board with house-made sausage, house-made pickled vegetables and a delicious array of cheeses. My personal favorite is the Mustard and Molasses BBQ Lamb Ribs – don’t even think about sharing. Jake’s dinner favorite is the crusted pork chop with Brussel sprouts and back, apple sauce and sweet potatoes. Best secret? The BEST mixologist in Savannah and a wonderfully private dining room in the old bank Vault!
- Sapphire Grill: – One of our ABSOLUTE favorites, every bite you take will make you think you have gone to heaven. The calamari is tender and flavorful (not rubbery as some may fear). They serve melt-in-your-mouth steaks, lamb, and pork (with five different sauces!). If you are not sure about grits, try the Arugula and Chevre-Spiked grits! For a romantic dine-alone or a quiet dinner with friends, have our staff inquire about the Wine Cellar
- Alligator Soul – Jake and I have been very impressed with the food offerings (very fresh, seasonal choices) and with the service! Jake had the signature gumbo and as a main course the Beef Short Ribs while I chose the Georgia Wild Shrimp Plate for my main. To die for!
- A.lure – A charming restaurant in the Heart of City Market. What stands out is their attention to detail, perfect for a destination dinner or a quick meal before an evening tour. From the Kale Salad, to the blue cheese fondue, the appetizers are sure to please. For main course options, “Peas and Carrots”, a creamy blend of carrot risotto topped with perfectly seared local Scallops; the decadent filet and foie gras Meatloaf, or the Root beer Float Duck- a blend of sweet and savory ingredients- so delicious it has become my new favorite! Their flexibility in accommodating dietary restrictions makes this an easy recommendation.
- Vic’s on the River – Avoid the line at Lady and Sons and come to Vic’s for real Southern Cuisine and attention to detail. Spicy Jumbo Shrimp over stone ground grits and Tasso ham gravy; or perhaps a crispy fried trio of shrimp, oysters and local flounder. I love the Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese and tomato chutney. Sample southern side dishes favorites of mac n’ cheese and collard greens or take a leap and try the grilled asparagus. Also open for lunch.
- Public Kitchen – A new Azalea Inn favorite (though it has been around for a year) and winner of the Smoked Salmon BLT award as one of my all-time favorite Sandwiches. Its central downtown location makes if a great spot to lunch at during shopping splurges. Great for Lunch too!
- Noble Fare: A fellow innkeeper raves about this hidden gem and finally, finally I tried it and shame on me for waiting so long. I started my dinner with an amazing Ahi Tuna Tartar with avocado puree that melted in my mouth. My main course was Pan Roasted Diver Scallops with a cauliflower puree on a bed of Israeli Couscous, smoked bacon, corn with truffle oil. Divine, absolutely Divine. The next time you are in town don’t miss the sensational atmosphere that Paddy and his wife have created at the Noble Fare!
- Jazz’d – A Tapas Bar featuring small portions of a large variety of food – great for sharing when you can’t make up your mind what to eat! Jazz band begins around 9:00. Don’t miss Thursday’s singer Trey Gurley with a voice reminiscent of Frank Sinatra. “Wine’d Down” every Monday and Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. Select bottles will be offered at just $12 per bottle! Live music six nights a week and never a cover..
- The Grey: Located in the old Greyhound Bus Station, The Grey is the newest restaurant to take on the Savannah dining scene – and they are killing it! My husband and I had dinner at The Grey on the eve of Christmas – as a walk-in at 5:30 we were lucky to be seated – reservations were full till 9:30 but the gracious owner, John Morisano, made it happen. Of course I like to think he was so accommodating because of who I am (LOL) but me thinks that this is a part of the service. I could go on and on about the building but I am sure you are just interested in hearing about the food. Chef Mashama Bailey delivers Southern food her way. I skipped appetizers that day and went straight for a “middle”, which is a smaller serving of a main course. My Middle was Country Pasta served with pork belly, parmesan, and cracked black pepper, which was perfect in flavor and size. I did add a side of roasted beets with a buttermilk yogurt which I intended to share with Jake, but…. Jake ordered the Pork Shank with a “mess of greens” and cornbread and a side of whole fried sweet potato with sorghum butter – which he did share with me! Our waitress helped us pick a by-the-glass wine for each of our dishes which were a heavenly match. We completed our evening with a shared dessert: Pound Cake with Leopold’s corn ice cream and caramel popcorn – every bit as delicious and different as it sounds. You can’t go wrong with dinner and drinks at The Grey – but be sure to make your reservation well in advance of arrival – you wouldn’t want to miss out. UPDATE: We returned a second time just to be sure – and we were not disappointed! Make The Grey a must do dinner spot.
- Crystal Beer Parlor – One of the oldest pubs in Savannah, you will delight in the Craft Beer and Burger selection as well as all those old-timey staples such as meatloaf, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese and more! Make sure you leave room for the Oh-So-Delicious Peach Cobbler. They don’t take reservations but while you wait is the perfect time to take in all the old time pictures of Savannah and the framed newspaper stories across the years. Seriously, we eat here at least once a month – more often when we have company!
- Green Truck Pub – A bit outside our downtown waking area, but SO worth the drive, this neighborhood joint features locally sources foods, vegetarian options, and a huge selection of craft beers. My favorite burger is the Rustico, a burger with Goat cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and fresh basil, a huge side of fries all for just $10. Jake alternates between The Whole Farm (You ever put bacon and cheddar AND a fried freaking egg on a burger?) and the Deluxe Hot Rod (As if bacon and cheese weren’t enough, we shove some sauteed mushrooms and onions on top).
Great for Lunch:
- Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House – LUNCH ONLY Monday thru Friday. No stay would be complete without lunch at Mrs. Wilkes -southern home cooking at its best. Served family style – this lunch will keep you full till past dinner. Lines begin forming at 11:00 a.m. and service stops when the food runs out – generally around 2:00 p.m. Open weekdays ONLY!
- Zunzi’s – home of the #2 Sandwich in the entire United States – the Conquistador.
Zunzi’s is a delightful mix of international cuisines reflecting the very different cultural backgrounds of the owners, Gabriella and Johnny. Enjoy the combination of South African, Swiss, Italian and Dutch every day; vegetarian options also available. Be sure to try the South African tea – Rooibos ice cold. Open six days a week 11 to 6 (making it a great place to grab a take-out bite for dinner).
- Wright Square Café – An absolute must is this casual European style café with rich coffee, fresh breads, imported chocolates. Enjoy fresh made salads of green beans, pasta, or rice, sandwiches on fresh-made bread or wraps, muffins, bagels, and truly decadent desserts. My favorite is a baked chicken wrap with caramelized figs. The truffles are a delightfully decadent treat to finish off the lunch, or bring back to our inn to enjoy as you relax by the pool, or on your deck or balcony.
- B&D Burgers – The name says it all…BURGERS! If you are looking for a great casual place to chill or would like to watch your favorite sporting event on the Big Screen (at night) the Patio area is a Must for you. All the Burgers have “Savannah” names & those sweet potato fries are awesome.
Our go to trolley is Old Savannah Tours – www.oldsavannahtours.com, is a home-town company that goes above and beyond in customer service. Our guests rave about the tours, the tour guides and the service. May we suggest you try “The Savannah Experience. They also offer a Riverboat Cruise to see the river landscape.
- Jonathan Stalcup – a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Architecture degree, offers the best Architectural Tour of Savannah, you will not be disappointed. Please see his website at www.architecturalsavannah.com. Inquiries and reservations may be made by calling or texting Jonathan at 912-604-6354 or by emailing email@example.com.
- Savannah Dan Walking Tours – Take a leisurely stroll through picturesque squares with a Southern Gentleman. Hear the history of Savannah in the language of the South. www.savannahdan.com
- My City Savannah Walking Tour – Focusing on the colonial district of Savannah follow Sonny on an off-the-beaten path history from debtors’ colony to the Coastal Empire. www.Mycitysavannahtour.com
- Savannah Taste Experience – Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours are 3-hour walking and tasting tours where you will enjoy a fun, one-of-a-kind culinary experience while strolling through the gardens and historic, cultural landmarks of the squares of Savannah, the Hostess City of the South. https://savannahtasteexperience.com
Black Heritage History:
A mesmerizing journey beginning with Day Clean Soul Tours. Dey-Kleen is the Gullah-Geechee philosophy of life that “each day is a new day, each day starts anew; no matter what occurred yesterday – today is a new day!” Jamal Toure’, a renowned lecturer, author and living history performer, will guide you through Savannah’s black history with stops at the Beach Institute, Laurel Grove Cemetery South, the Ralph Gilbert Marks Civil Rights Museum which will open eyes to the courageous acts undertaken to ensure equality of all. Take a few steps along the Underground Railroad with a stop at the First African Baptist Church, the oldest black Christian congregation in America followed by a visit to the Haitian Monument also located on Franklin Square. Jamal will fill your 2-1/2 hour journey with enough tidbits to compel one to learn more about our black history. Call 912-257-0078 for reservations.
Ghosts In American’s Most Haunted City
Here is a list of our most highly recommended downtown Savannah ghost tours:
Horse Drawn Carriage:
Historic Savannah Carriage Tours…our preferred provider. Public rides daily from City Market. OR…. Let us book you a Private ride from the inn to dinner (or perhaps from dinner back to the inn). Romance and History – what’s not to love?
Telfair Museum Foundation: Visit three museums for the price of two:
- Owens-Thomas House and slave quarters
- Telfair Museum
- Jepson Art Center
Motorized or Foot-Powered Touring Options:
- SEGWAY! – The hottest craze to hit town: So Much Fun…Coordination is not a requirement J Tour the city on a Personal Transporter. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. www.segwayofsavannah.com
- Perry Bikes – located on Chippewa Square, it has all your bike rental needs!
Savannah Theatre – Live professional performances at The Savannah Theatre, matinee and evening performances available. “Jukebox Journey”, “Back to the 50’s” and “Christmas on Bull”. To learn more, please visit their website at www.savannahtheatre.com.
On the Water:
- Dolphins abound the waters in the right season. For more information on what to do on the water visit www.tybeeisland.com/dolphin-tours.shtml.
- Or perhaps the sea and you, one on one – in a kayak! Visit www.tybeeisland.com/kayaking.shtml.
- Coastal Journeys – www.coastaljourneys.com (912-308-6050) Glen Gartner will take you into the marshlands surrounding our coastal area on an ecology/nature-based cruise. Explore an uninhabited barrier island, hunt for old bottles or shark’s teeth along Savannah’s river channel, or perhaps bird watching inspires you. Glen will customize a trip for you, your friends and family.
- Wilderness Southeast Nature Tours – www.wilderness-southeast.org Explore pristine beaches or river swamps; discover habitats and exciting wildlife on your own private nature tour.
Deep Sea Fishing:
- http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com/leisure/cooking-school/ – Join Executive Chef Peter Russo as he oversees a variety of interactive programs in a state-of-the-art, full size kitchen with in-depth discussion and explanation of culinary technique and simple tricks that make cooking a very approachable form of art.
Southbridge Golf: Conveniently located within a few minutes of Savannah Georgia’s historic district, Southbridge is a Savannah jewel – a treat for both the eye and the golf game. Southbridge has long been the most highly acclaimed golf course in the Savannah area. Legendary architect Rees Jones’ chose to design this fine masterpiece through a tract of dense woodland in South Georgia. http://www.southbridgegolfclub.com/
Visit www.savannahvisit.com for more ideas on what to do and see in Savannah.
CAT Shuttle: follow this link for more information on the free historic district shuttle.
TUESDAYS – FRIDAYS: Have you ever wanted to walk on the Lucas Theatre stage? Now you can! Tours of the Lucas Theatre are available most days. Availability is occasionally limited by event requirements. In general, free self-guided tours are available, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Guided tours are $4 per person and available by reservation, or by walk-up when events allow. The tours take approximately 20 minutes. Groups are encouraged to make reservations in advance. Group rates are available, (912) 525-5023.
FEBRUARY 3RD: Join in the fun on February 5-6 with the Critz Tybee Run Fest on Tybee Island and participate in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2.8 Mile Beach Run and/or 1 Mile Run. You can do 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 events – whichever you choose. If you participate in all 5 events, the distances add up to 26.2 miles – a full marathon. To register, go to critztybeerun.com.
FIRST FRIDAY: Fireworks on the River, 9:30 p.m., on Historic River Street (912) 234-0295 orriverstreetsavannah.com.
FEBRUARY EVERY WEEKEND: Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about unique and flavorful wine with the 75-minute “Potable Gold” program about Savannah’s Madeira Tradition. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. During the experience they will sample two types of Madeira and see the historic house at dusk including spaces usually off-limits to museum guests, every weekend in February. Tickets are $20, and only individuals 21 and older may participate, Every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with extra presentations at 7:30 p.m. if the 5:30 p.m. sessions on February 12 and 13 sell out. For more information, call the Davenport House Museum at (912) 236-8097.
FEBRUARY 13: Every month, the Telfair Museum has a free Family Day on the second Saturday in which children can enjoy hands on art projects, gallery exploration activities, story time and other great activities designed for the entire family. Kids can create DIY masterpieces, play art detective and explore the ArtZeum, an interactive arts space. Each month the Telfair Museums feature a different theme based on the museum’s changing exhibitions.
FEBRUARY 13: The 2017 Premier Wedding Expo in Savannah will kick off on February 13, 2017 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, 1 International Dr. The bridal expo itself will host 100 wedding vendors representing over 17 different wedding categories including reception venues, photographers, DJ, cakes and sweets, wedding planners, décor, rentals, linens, musicians, wedding officiates, registries, beauty, bridal attire, health and fitness, grooms attire, honeymoons, transportation, catering, jewelry and so much more premierbrideexpo.com.
FEBRUARY 16-19: The 2016 Savannah Book Festival will be held February 11-14 in locations in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares in Savannah’s Historic District, bringing in renowned authors for all kinds of events throughout the week. For more information, contact Executive Director Robin Gold at (912) 598-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to savannahbookfestival.org.
FEBRUARY 18: The Georgia History Festival’s Trustees “Dare to Dream” Gala is the Georgia Historical Society’s premiere annual event and the culmination of the Georgia History Festival. Inspired by the iconic Georgia businesses that helped to shape the modern world, with a nostalgic nod to the Mad Men era, “Dare to Dream” will be a sophisticated and stylish tribute to a time when martinis and bossa nova were de rigueur. Each year, this elegant and much-anticipated evening draws top local, state and national leaders to honor and pay tribute to the best the State of Georgia has produced. The 2016 Trustees Gala will feature Governor Nathan Deal’s induction of Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and James H. “Jimmy” Blanchard, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Synovus as the newest Georgia Trustees. 7-11:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. For more information, call (912) 651-2125 ext. 120 or to purchase seats, go to georgiahistory.com/gala.
FEBRUARY 19: Let your spouse know you’d do it all over again with a Renewal of Vows Ceremony in City Market. Join us as Rev. William Hester leads a romantic, moving ceremony renewing your marriage vows. Prizes from City Market shops will be awarded in various categories, such as couple married the longest, with the most children, etc. The ceremony will be held outside in the courtyard, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at an alternate location in the City Market area. For more information, email email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 24-25: Southern Women’s Show at The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center! Shop, taste, learn and live at the Southern Women’s Show. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $10 at door, $8 advanced. Youth (6-12), $5, fewer than 6 free with paying adult, To order tickets or for more information call (800) 849-0248 or visit SouthernWomensShow.com.
FEBRUARY 25: Mardi gras Parade & Party on Tybee Island! Celebrate Mardi Gras as a festive, family-friendly parade rolls down Butler Avenue onto Tybrisa Street. The parade will travel south on Butler and head towards the beach on Tybrisa Street. There are two primary parking lots available for Mardi Gras Tybee in addition to street parking throughout the island. Thrilling street performances entertain revelers as they enjoy the festival and colorful businesses in the area. Be sure to visit the local shops and restaurants as your waiting to catch your beads! Other fun festivities include the N’awlins Costume & Cocktail Kick Off Party, Mardi Gras Tybee Parade & the Mardi Gras Tybee Street Party from 12-6 p.m. with free live entertainment and more! For more information, go to mardigrastybee.com.
FEBRUARY 25 @ 8:00AM: The Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association (CEBA) will present a Fundamentals of Beekeeping at Oatland Island Wildlife Center so participants can learn about the fascinating world of the honey bee and the art of hobbyist beekeeping. Classroom training covers honey bee biology, installing package bees, colony management, queen rearing and much more. Students will have hands-on opportunities in Oatland’s bee yard (apiary) to learn about smoker use, hive inspections and honeybee Do’s & Don’ts.
The program will be open to anyone age 12 and older 8 a.m-4 p.m. $45 per person. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, and some give-a-way prizes randomly selected. For more information about this beekeeping event, contact Greg at (912) 704-3160 or Annie at (912) 395-1509.
FEBRUARY 25 @ 8:00AM: The Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation is the perfect way to see Savannah with 10K and 5K courses that wind their way through the historic district on streets lined with moss-covered oaks and blooming azalea, Starts 8 a.m in Forsyth Park. Registration ranges from $25-$45. For more information, contact Frances Colon at fcolon@myHSF.org or go to fleetfeetsavannah.com.
MARCH 6: Support the Davenport House Museum with an oyster roast on Saturday, March 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale January 1, 2016. For more information, call the Davenport House Museum at (912) 236-8097 or go online to davenporthousemuseum.org.
SATURDAYS: The Forsyth Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah, a variety of vendors will offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants, forsythfarmersmarket.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org..
MARCH 11: Tybee Island 12th Annual Irish Heritage Celebration Parade, 3 p.m. Tybee Island will “go green” with a family-friendly parade in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The parade will include floats, marchers and musical bands. Families are encouraged to dress in green and celebrate. Butler Ave., Hwy. 80. Free! (912) 786-5444 or tybeevisit.com.
MARCH 11: 25TH Tara Feis Irish Celebration, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emmet Park (east end of Bay Street). The family-friendly feis (pron. FESH) – or festival – will be a feast for the eyes, ears and palate, with live performances, food, art activities, crafts and games hosted with Irish ceremony, tradition and hospitality. Tara Feis is a free, non-alcoholic event geared towards families and children, Presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs (912) 651-6417 or savannahga.gov/arts.
MARCH 12: Every month, the Telfair Museum has a free Family Day on the second Saturday in which children can enjoy hands on art projects, gallery exploration activities, story time and other great activities designed for the entire family. Kids can create DIY masterpieces, play art detective and explore the ArtZeum, an interactive arts space. Each month the Telfair Museums feature a different theme based on the museum’s changing exhibitions.
MARCH 12-13: Savannah Stopover Music Festival capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah, Georgia’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference. The small, vibrant coastal community is rife with a unique brand of Lowcountry hospitality and southern Gothic ambiance, not to mention home to a burgeoning music scene, music-hungry demographic and an established arts community. The three-day festival merges music, visual arts and technology in an intimate, historical setting at a price unrivaled by any similar music festival. For more information, go to savannahstopover.com.
MARCH 12-13: Savannah Stopover Festival, Various artists and venues in and around Downtown Historic District. Tickets are available on showclix.com. Savannah Stopover is a collaborative effort of Music File Productions and countless volunteers, partners, vendors, and media sponsors, which will showcase more than 60 bands from all over, in multiple venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. Bands will enjoy the quirky, shamelessly social elements of Georgia’s Hostess City while festival goers will be exposed to up-and-coming bands in closer, more personal environs. Visit savannahstopover.com.
MARCH 12-18: Girl Scout Week at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Celebrate 102 years of Girl Scouting in the United States and the life of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at her childhood home. Girl Scout cookies served (912) 233-4501 or juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org.
MARCH 14: Explore the Historic District of Savannah by visiting artists and galleries with a wine pour, a gratis, at Bohemian Riverfront Hotel and Andaz Savannah on every second Saturday of the month!
It all starts at Rocks on the Roof atop the Bohemian Hotel, with a wine pour, a gratis, and a welcome by Artist Tiffani Taylor, the founder and producer of the Savannah Art Walk, with a showcase of her expressionistic painting of the Talmadge Bridge, which was painted from that viewpoint. At 5 p.m., head over to Tiffani Taylor’s Gallery and then out to see all of the other participating galleries of the season. The evening comes to a close at the Andaz, where there will be a wine pour, a gratis, and a raffle at 8 p.m.
Guests who have visited 10 or more galleries 8 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for VIP Gifts, which can include free hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets or gallery gift certificates.
For more information, go to savannahartwalk.com.
MARCH 14-17: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Historic River Street! Enjoy wearing, drinking, eating and celebrating green on historic River Street! Join the great green fun for everyone with non-stop entertainment and more (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.
MARCH 17 @12pm: Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park, noon. Enjoy this Savannah tradition, as they city gets ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
MARCH 17: 2013 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades, 10:15 a.m. More than 700,000 people are expected to visit Savannah to help celebrate the second largest St. Patrick Day Parade in the United States and to enjoy the city-wide festivities, Held in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District. Approximately 350 floats and marching units featuring representatives from various local Irish groups, Irish pipe bands, local and regional celebrities, area politicians and military units make regular appearances in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You may even have the chance to drink green beer or to sample emerald-colored grits, for a true taste of St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah-style (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
MARCH 23 – APRIL 3: 81th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to walking tours, you will enjoy seminars, special evening events and some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer. (912) 234-8054 or savannahtourofhomes.org.
MARCH 23 – APRIL 8: The Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. Over 17 days each spring, the SMF stages world premieres, original productions and unique collaborations by renowned artists in classical, jazz, Americana and world music in intimate venues throughout Savannah’s historic district. SMF has been called “one of the best events around the world” by the London Times, Chicago Tribune, Gramophone and Songlines Magazines. (912) 234-3378 or savannahmusicfestival.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.
SATURDAYS: The Forsyth Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah, a variety of vendors will offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants forsythfarmersmarket.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.
SATURDAYS: Early Bird’s Preservation Walking Tour of the Landmark Historic District’s East Side. Take an early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah. Tours are led by the Davenport House director, who will introduce the personalities, structures, and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden will follow the 2.3-mile walking tour. Admission is $23.
For more information about the walking tour or the museum, call the Davenport House Museum at (912) 236-8097 or go to davenporthousemuseum.org.
APRIL 10 – 16: “Get your Plaid on” The 48th RBC Heritage will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” The Northern Irishman PGA TOUR golfer, Graeme McDowell was the 2013 Heritage tournament winner. http://www.rbcheritage.com/spectators/schedule-of-events
APRIL 21 & 22: The Garden Club of Savannah invites you to the 42th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens Friday, April 21st, 2017 to Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 The 42nd Anniversary of NOGS is the perfect time to visit Savannah, Georgia, the largest urban landmark Historic District in the United States. Come and discover its twenty-two beautiful squares, elegant historic homes, unique architecture, and flower filled gardens.10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $40 admission (912) 961-4805 or gcofsavnogstour.org.
APRIL 19 – 23 2017: Tybee Wine Festival. Wine lovers unite! Sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights at the Tybee Wine Festival. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater. The Tybee Wine Festival is one of the Tybee Post Theater’s major fundraising events. Now in its eighth year, the Festival will feature five fun and unique wine and food experiences – all taking place within the beautiful surroundings of Tybee Island, just a few miles east of Historic Savannah, GA
April 29: March for Babies – Saturday, April 29, 2017 – We’re getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends – it’s a great feeling knowing we’re all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies’ right here in our community!
Coastal Empire March for Babies is one of the Savannah area’s signature walk events. This 3.1 mile walk helps culminate months of fundraising by company teams, family teams, and individual fundraisers. The event is supported locally by corporate and in-kind donors. Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to walk together in support of ALL babies. Fun for all ages! For more information about the March of Dimes or our March for Babies event, or to volunteer, register a team, make a donation or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey Costikyan Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on April 29th!
APRIL 29: Annual Tybee Turtle Trot Beach Run. Join us in kicking off Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season and raising funds for Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project with our 14th annual Turtle Trot 5k beach run! April 29th, 2017. Day-of registration begins at the pier and pavilion at 7am, the race starts at 8am! http://TybeeTurtleTrot.net
Garrison Chorus’: May 4, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Garrison Chorus’ exciting season concludes with their Spring Concert, featuring the Garrison Arts Choirs directed by John Tisbert and the Garrison Piano Studio directed by Kelly Burke on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Telfair Square. The concert is free and open to the public; however donations are welcome at the door
Art Rise Savannah: May 5, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm every first Friday of the month, Art Rise Savannah presents the First Friday Art March through the Victorian and Starland Districts of Savannah. Discover local art, music, food and culture all over Georgia’s First City by taking the free Art March Trolley to different galleries and shops around Forsyth Park and Past Forsyth Park. There is FREE entry to all of the First Friday Art March events! The First Friday Art March trolley picks up in approximately 20 minute intervals from 6-9 p.m. For more information about the First Friday Art March, go to artmarchsavannah.com.
Rousakis Riverfront Plaza: May 5, 2017 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm First Friday: Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Music, food booths and artists make appearances around the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St. This free event is open to the public every month! For more information about First Friday Fireworks, call the Savannah Waterfront Association, who organizes the event, at (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.
Race Against Crime 5K/10K/15K: May 6, 2017 8:00 am – 11:00 am Put on your racing shoes and help CrimeStoppers Race Against Crime at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Forsyth Park! Choose between the 5K, 10K and 15K.
Race awards will be presented to the 1st overall male and female and male and 1st overall masters female and male in each race. Age group awards will be given to top three in each age group. Registration is $20-$40 and proceeds from the event will fund the rewards we pay out for tips that lead to arrest! Packet pickup is on Friday at Fleet Feet Sports from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-8 a.m. in Forsyth Park.
SCAD Sand Arts Festival on Tybee Island: May 12, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Spend the day on Tybee Island’s picturesque North Beach and watch as students from the Savannah College of Art and Design create sculptures out of sand on Friday, May 12, 2017. SCAD students compete in different categories, creating everything from from sea monsters to funny cartoon characters. Just make sure to get there before the tide comes in! The activities will be on the beach near the Tybee Island Lighthouse.
Second Saturday Art Walk: May 13, 2017 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Explore the Historic District of Savannah by visiting artists and galleries on the every second Saturday of the month! Meet at River Street Inn at 2 p.m. for a warm introductory welcome by Artist Tiffani Taylor, founder and producer of Savannah Art Walk (or, one of our charming co-hosts in her absence). Pick up your map, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and meet some of our artists!
From 3-6 p.m., head out to see all of the participating galleries of the season. The evening comes to a close at the Andaz, where there will be a wine pour, a gratis, and a raffle at 6 p.m. Guests who have visited 10 or more galleries 6 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for VIP Gifts, which can include free hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets or gallery gift certificates. For more information, go to savannahartwalk.com.
Coastal Stewards Program: Georgia Oysters: May 19 – 20, 2017 join us at the UGA Marine Extension Shellfish Laboratory on May 19-20, 2017 for the Coastal Stewards Program: Georgia Oysters to learn about oyster ecology and local oyster aquaculture. Participants in the Georgia Oysters workshop will have opportunities to tour the state’s first oyster hatchery, talk with researchers, visit wild oyster reefs and develop skills applicable to conservation, consumption, and recreational use of oysters and oyster reefs. This workshop is part of the Coastal Stewards Workshop Series.
Cost is $100. For more information or to register, contact Kayla Clark at email@example.com or (912) 598-3345 or go to marex.uga.edu/aquarium.
SCAD Fashion Show: May 20, 2017 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm don’t miss the SCAD Fashion Show on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The SCAD Fashion Show gives the university’s fashion students a chance to display their talent through their compositions. The runway presentation of SCAD student work is selected by a juried process and critiqued every step of the way, from sketches to garments, by some of the industry’s top professionals. For more information about the SCAD Fashion Show, go to scad.edu.
Savannah Mile: May 27, 2017 8:00 am – 11:00 am The 12th Annual Savannah Mile on May 27, 2017 presented by the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire honors our fallen first responders, their families and our military heroes. The one-mile course down Drayton Street from the south end of Forsyth Park to Broughton Street has heats for every fitness level and age group.
Our elite first responders and military runners will compete for the Full Gear * All Out Flag in the heroes heat in full gear (30 additional pounds). The family friendly Family Fun Run/Walk allows anyone to participate, including strollers, wheelchairs and our four legged family members. The Memory Walk has the surviving family members of our fallen first responders walk the mile in remembrance of their loved ones.
Registration is $15-$25 and packet pickup is on Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports and Saturday in Forsyth Park from 6:30- 8 a.m. For more information about the Savannah Mile, go to fleetfeetsavannah.com or contact Karen Sawers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crawl of the South: May 27, 2017 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm are you ready for Bar Crawl Savannah’s third annual The Crawl of the South Memorial Day bar crawl? This event has gathered 5,000+ participants each year and we are planning for another big one! Join us on Saturday, May 27, 2016 from 2-10 p.m. for The Crawl of the South; the start is at Start at Savannah Smiles from 2-8 p.m. and the After Party is at Saddlebags from 4-10 p.m. Participants are challenged to visit 10 of the 20 participating bars, before meeting us at the Saddlebags After Party.