My Secret Savannah


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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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!
  • 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 HouseLUNCH 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.


Trolley Tours:  Our go to trolley is Old Savannah Tourswww.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.

Walking Tours:

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.

Old City Walks – Delight in Savannah’s indelicate truths, the lechery, treachery and debauchery …. Savannah Style! Some stories will make you blush others will make you grin, but all will entertain. From Savannah’s Women to Civil Rights, this is a must-do walk! We love it. www.oldcitywalks.com

Historic Savannah by Foot with Jack Wray – Jack offers customized tours of Savannah that are sure to make you fall in love with our city. www.historicsavannahbyfoot.com 912-596-2950

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

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.

GHOSTS! In American’s Most Haunted City

Here is a list of our most highly recommended downtown Savannah ghost tours:

Cobblestone Tours – a candlelight walking tour – ghostsavannah.com

Blue Orb Tours – http://blueorbtours.com/

Savannah Walkswww.savannahwalks.com – also great Civil war 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?

Recommended House Tours:

Telfair Museum Foundation: Visit three museums for the price of two:

Owens-Thomas House with intact slave quarters

Telfair Museum

Jepson Art Center

Gordon Home – birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low – founder of the Girl Scouts. Located at the corner of Bull and Liberty this house is amazing with docents in nearly every room and no red rope to hold you back.


Segway – The hottest craze to hit town: So Much Fun…Coordination is not a requirement! Tour the city on a Personal Transporter. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. www.segwayofsavannah.com

Perry Rubber – our only recommendation for bike rentals and easily found on Chippewa Square.


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.


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 Journeyswww.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 Tourswww.wilderness-southeast.org Explore pristine beaches or river swamps; discover habitats and exciting wildlife on your own private nature tour.


A classic about town – www.missjudycharters.com



COOKING: If you want a private cooking lesson, or private dinner for that special occasion, call the inn directly for all the details and confirm an available date!

Here are our class recommendations:

www.chefjoerandall.com/calendar.htm – Watch Chef Randall as he prepares a full course of delightful dishes – no tiny samples here – a full on tasting experience!

www.kitchensonthesquare.com – Classes include a generous tasting of all the dishes prepared with a beverage, copies of all the recipes and 10% discount on all items bought in the store on the day of the class.

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: No tour involved but free transport!

CAT Shuttle: follow this link for more information on the free historic district shuttle.



DEC 1-31 – Monet & American Impressionism at the Telfair, This breathtaking show highlights artists who launched an entirely new way of painting in response to French Impressionism. Claude Monet inspired countless others with his loose brush-work, bright color palettes, and focus on capturing transient moments from every-day life. In this exhibition, we recognize his tremendous influence on American Impressionist painters. Monet and American Impressionism will display several paintings by Monet alongside more than 60 works of art by American Impressionist artists. See how these artists responded to Monet’s works, what they embraced and what they ignored.

DEC 1-26 – “A Christmas Tradition” The Savannah Theatre is bringing holiday glitz and glitter to the Savannah Theatre, a two-hour variety show featuring Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, along with an award-winning cast of singers and a live band performing all the classic Christmas favorites, Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Sundays at 3 p.m. $37 adults, $18 children. For more information, call (912) 233-7764 or go to savannahtheatre.com.

DEC 1-25 – Winter Wonderland Holiday, The Westin Savannah invites families to celebrate the season with beautiful holiday lights, Santa’s Workshop, the Gingerbread Village, charitable guests, daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the Winter Escape Ice Bar and North “Pool.” There will be no car drive-thru Festival of Lights around the road course, but instead the Savannah Harbor Foundation is focusing all their attention at The Westin Savannah Harbor grounds. Each night, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., a non-profit organization, children’s group or musical performance will present their very own special holiday cheer. The Winter Wonderland will be open Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 28 – Dec. 12, and daily Dec. 16 – Dec. 25. A $5 donation per person is requested to support the local charities volunteering each night of the Holiday Series.

DEC 1-24 – Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley Tour, Our conductor “elves” are delighted to entertain and amuse guests with tales of favorite holiday traditions. Enjoy caroling from the trolley as you pass by decorated historic homes and city squares. The tour is offered 28 nights throughout November and December and includes 2 stops: The historic Isaiah Davenport House and Savannah’s Westin Resort with the area’s largest Gingerbread Village. Reservations are required as space is limited for this popular tour. Admission: Adults – $25.70 + tax Children (4 -12) – $14.95 + tax Phone: 912-233-0083 http://www.trolleytours.com/savannah/holiday-tour.asp

 DEC 1-24 – December Nights & Holiday Lights, in its first year, only members were treated to the Cottage Garden decorated in lights. This year, December Nights & Holiday Lights encompasses 10 acres around the historic core of farm buildings and gardens with well over 500,000 lights. But the lights aren’t the only activity here; music, sweet treats and a model railroad display add to the festive 2015 holiday experience. $5 per person, children under the age of two are free.

DEC 5 – City Market Holiday Open House, Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights. more than 500 luminaria in the courtyard of City Market, Enjoy Christmas carols, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Holiday Hope Collection Box, 219 W, Bryan St. (912) 232-4903 or savannahcitymarket.com.

SATURDAYS – Forsyth’s 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.

DEC 4-5: Christmas on the River.  Join the Savannah Waterfront Association as they get into the holiday spirit on with, a holiday celebration on River Street. Rousakis Plaza will be full of regional arts & crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers to check off of your Christmas list. Music and local entertainment will take place on the Arbor Stage all weekend long. With Fireworks on Friday and don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade starting on West River Street at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss. Weekend festivities take place Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free and open to the public.

DEC 6 – First Friday for Folk Music, a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at Stewart Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., from 7:30-10 p.m. First Friday For Folk Music is a much sought after listening venue on the East Coast since the past 18 years for performers who yearn to be on stage and have the appreciative and undivided attention of a knowledgeable and mature audience who enjoy good live musical performances. $5 – minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. savannahfolk.org.

DEC 6 – Lights on for Tybee, 6:30pm. Partake in the festive island spirit as the mayor lights the Christmas tree at the roundabout next to the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Following the Lights On For Tybee lighting ceremony, the choir will lead you from the tree to the steps of Historic Carbo House for holiday entertainment and ole’ fashioned sing-alongs. Tybee Beautification will present the Best Decorated Business awards and dance performances from the area showcase their fancy footwork to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Claus to town for the weekend! Children can also enjoy gently falling snowflakes from the Sea & Breeze throughout the evening. Complimentary refreshments will be available at participating locations throughout downtown during the evening celebration.

DEC 7 – Christmas for Kids Celebration, 11am, Bring your family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella carriage and a choir performance during the Christmas for Kids Celebration. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. For more information call (912) 232-4903 or go to savannahcitymarket.com.

DEC 7 – Savannah Art Walk. Join visitors and locals on the first Saturday of the month at Bohemian Hotel at 4 p.m. for the Welcome Reception of Savannah Art Walk! Enjoy complimentary wine and meet several artists! The Art Walk is a free event and offers a beautiful peek into 32 galleries in the Historic District. Visit http://www.savannahartwalk.com/ to RSVP, view event sponsors, and download a map! Conclude Art Walk at Andaz Hotel and if you visit at least 10 participating galleries, enter to win fabulous VIP prizes including gift certificates, L’OCCITAINE gift baskets and art! Hop on the Old Savannah Tours Trolley at 6 p.m. to visit galleries in elegant Savannah style!

 DEC 11-12 – Holiday Pops, a perennial favorite, returns for the seventh season. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the magic, joy, and warmth of the season with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, soloists and special guests. This year the soloists include Irish Entertainer Harry O’ Donoghue and countertenor (American Traditions Competition Gold Medalist) Alexander Edgemon with special guest I Cantore. Tickets range from $16 to $75. Click here for more information about, or to buy, tickets.

DEC 10 – Holiday Tour of Homes, Now in our 41st year, the Holiday Tour of Homes features eight private residences for you to tour on the afternoon of December 12, 2015. The self-guided tour will take you on a stroll through some of the most picturesque parts of downtown Savannah to private homes graciously opened to the public by generous Savannah owners. This year The Massie Heritage Center is the tour’s headquarters, located at the corner of Abercorn and East Gordon streets off Calhoun Square. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase at Eventbrite. For more information, go to dnaholidaytour.com.

DEC 10 – Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe. Enjoy a Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe by participating in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. Admission is $4.50-$10. For more information, call (912) 353-3023.

DEC 18-19 – Candle Lantern Tours at Ft. Pulaski.  Fort Pulaski National Monument will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Confederate Nog Party of 1861 with night-time candle lantern tours of the historic fort, which will also include hot cider, cookies, music, caroling, and historic weapons firings. Six programs will be offered each evening, at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and the last at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, while children 15 years and under are free. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and can be made starting mid-November, in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by cash, check (made payable to “National Park Service”), or credit card. Credit Card orders are also accepted by phone at (912) 786-5787 ext. 120. For more information, contact Ron Calhoun at (912) 786-5787 ext. 120.

DEC 17 – The Twelve Bars of Christmas” Charity Bar Crawl! We hope you are ready to “Survive Savannah’s Winter Wonderland.” Crawlers will have to brave the ice-cold winter weather and journey through our winter wonderland, otherwise known as the beautiful, historic, downtown Savannah, Georgia. Here in Savannah, things are always bigger and better!! 12 bars later, you’ll be sufficiently full of holiday cheer. Along with presents from Santa, and a Santa Hat, each bar will provide festive drink specials for “The Twelve Bars of Christmas” participants ONLY. Tis’ the season for Tacky Sweaters, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Snowmen, Angles, Gingerbread Men/Women, Christmas Trees, Lights, Drummer Boys, Snowflakes… let’s get creative! For more information, go to staffordpromotions.com.

DEC 31 – City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration, It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Enjoy live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. For more information, call (912) 232-4903 or go to savannahcitymarket.com.

DEC 31 – Historic River Street New Year’s Celebration with the 3rd Annual Up the Cup Countdown sponsored by Wet Willie’s Savannah. The celebration offers live music and the non-traditional “ball drop.” Count down the final seconds of 2015 as they raise the six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The countdown begins just before midnight followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2015. Free and open to the public, (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

DEC 31 – Tybee Island New Year’s Celebration, Ring in the New Year with a bang on Tybee Island Beach. At the stroke of midnight, a spectacular display of fireworks will launch from the Tybee Island Pier out over the water. Guests can view the fireworks from one of Tybee’s many restaurants or bars, or watch from the beach. For more information, call (912) 786-5444.