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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!
    • 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. 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.
    • 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! The owner is a VEGAN, so if you wonder whether a vegan can get a beautiful and satisfying dinner – this is the place for you!
    • 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.

TOUR SAVANNAH:

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.  They also offer a Riverboat Cruise to see the river landscape.

Walking Tours:

    1. 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 jonathan@architecturalsavannah.com.
    2. 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
    3. 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
  1. 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!

Theatre

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 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.

Deep Sea Fishing:

Cooking:

  • 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.

GOLF:

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/

MORE:

Visit www.savannahvisit.com for more ideas on what to do and see in Savannah.

CAT Shuttle:

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

MONTHLY EVENTS:

November 2017

 

Savannah Film Festival at Trustees Theater

October 28 – November 4

Annual Savannah Film Festival at Trustees Theater. Screenings of unreleased and recently released films, plus talks and panels with professional filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses. 216 E. Broughton St. For festival passes and the complete schedule of events, call (912) 525-5051 visit filmfest.scad.edu.

 

Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon

November 4th and 5th, 2017

Join in on the fun Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 with the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and run the charming, scenic courses through the Historic District of Savannah with southern hospitality at every turn.

which also includes a two-Person Half Marathon Relay, 5K, 1 Mile and KiDS ROCK! There will be running, high-energy music on the course, post race entertainment and more. Runners will, once again, start downtown at historic City Hall, pass by three of the city’s iconic downtown squares, tour through the stunning homes of Gordonston, the southern charm of West Savannah before an exciting finish alongside Forsyth Park.

Marathoners will enjoy a tour of the Savannah State University campus and Daffin Park, running past the Grayson Stadium.

For more information about the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, call (912) 644-6414 or go to runrocknroll.competitor.com/savannah.

Throughout the years, Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah has become a landmark event for the Hostess City of the South, featuring charming, scenic courses through the historic downtown district with southern hospitality at every turn. Join us in Savannah in 2017 for our series-wide celebration of 20 Years Running!

 

 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

November 6-12, 2017

Fall in Savannah just wouldn’t be complete without this weeklong festival full of events celebrating culinary artistry by showcasing some of the city’s best chefs and favorite restaurants. If you’re looking for an excuse to visit, this is it – the Savannah Food and Wine Festival! With events ranging from the Grand Reserve and Silent Auction to the casual River Street Stroll and Taste of Savannah, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival is not something you’re not going to want to miss.

 

Hopped up on Georgia Brews

November 4th, 2017

The 4th Annual Hopped up on Georgia Brews craft beer tasting will take place along the Savannah riverfront on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 feature offerings from an assortment of Georgia breweries. Guests will have the opportunity taste local and regional brews crafted by creative souls in Georgia.

For more information about Hopped Up on Georgia Brews, call the Savannah Waterfront Association at (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.

 

 Savannah Theater presents “Savannah Live”

Sept. 2-Nov. 18, 2017

This dazzling two-hour musical variety show features an award-winning professional cast and live band performing everything from pop, jazz, Broadway and rock and roll. Call for show times. “A must-see while in Savannah!” says TripAdvisor.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Check calendar or call ahead for showtimes! Tickets are about $40 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at savannahtheatre.com or by calling the box office at (912) 233-7764. For more information about “Savannah Live,” or the theatre itself, email info@savannahtheatre.com.

 

Art Quilters of the Low Country “Art in Stiches”

November 1st – 30th, 2017

Art Quilters of the Low Country “Art in Stitches”, on display at the JEA Art Gallery. The “Art in Stitches” exhibit showcases the use of fabric, thread and quilting to create the illusion of three dimensions. The Quilters are three gals and a guy – Ron Hodge, Shaaron Thomas, Peg Weschke and Jody Wigton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5111 Abercorn St. (912) 355-8111 or www.savannahjea.org.

 

Christmas Made in the South

November 1th – 12th, 2017

What better way to get ready for the holiday season than buying American-made treasures crafted with creativity? Head to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center November 10-12 for this year’s award-winning 29th annual Christmas made in the South! You’ll find pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodworking, glass, Christmas ornaments, photography, fine art, delicious gourmet delights and so much more.

Christmas Made in the South is focused on keeping the world of fine artisans and craftspeople vibrant. This nationally acclaimed event is a fantastic way to ease into your holiday shopping and find that special gift for that “hard to shop for” friend.

For more information, visit madeinthesouthshows.com or email Festivals@MadeInTheSouthShows.com.

 

Sailing with Santa Cruise

November 24th, – 25th, 2017

Take your Christmas photo on board with Santa! Join us, Santa and his North Pole crew as we cruise the Savannah River during our one hour Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise!  Children will also enjoy a special treat from Santa and an arts & crafts station. Sailing Nov. 24 & 25, 2017 from 1-2:30 p.m., boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. Children sail FREE (12 and under) with the donation of a new unwrapped toy and accompanied by a paying adult! No reservation required. Tickets are $23.95 for adults, $14.95 for children. For more information, call (912) 232-6404 or go to savannahriverboat.com.

 

Savannah 16th Annual Harbor Holiday Series

November 24th – December 24th, 2017

For lights, amazing gingerbread houses, Christmas activities, holiday treats and more, head over to the Westin across the Savannah River for the 16th annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series. It will not only feature the South’s best Santa Claus, a world famous Gingerbread Village & Competition, but also daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the “Ice Bar” and “North Pool.” You can find more information about it at savannahharborfoundation.com.

 

Tony Couch Watercolor Painting Workshop

November 27th -30th, 2017

The Savannah Art Association invites you to the four-day Watercolor Painting Workshop Monday-Thursday, Nov. 27-30, 2017 at The Coastal Georgia Center, located at 305 Fahm St.

This will be a thorough workshop with Tony doing a full sheet demonstration painting each morning, plenty of time for you to paint in the afternoon and a critique at the end of the day for all of the work done that day. He will unravel much of the “mystery” surrounding design while he shows you how to make your paintings fresh and crisp – and he’ll make color much simpler for you, too. Many students have said they have learned more in one day at these workshops than years at school.

Cost is $350. A $50 deposit will hold a spot for you in the workshop, or you may send in the whole amount, if you prefer. The remainder is due Oct. 27, 2017. Please make checks payable to the Savannah Art Association. For more information about the Tony Couch Watercolor Painting Workshop, or to register, call 912-663-3188

 

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum

October 31st – December 31st

Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., depending on weather conditions. We are a complete light station whose history dates back to 1736. The tower stands 145 feet tall and has three Light Keeper’s Cottages nearby. A small 1812 Summer Kitchen holds archaeological finds. Across the street is an 1899 Military Battery that houses the Tybee Island Museum. Exhibits cover the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven, Tybee’s Golden Era and more. A yellow raised cottage adjacent to the property showcases 1900s Tybee architecture. 30 Meddin Dr. (912) 786-5801 or www.tybeelighthouse.org.

 

Forsyth Farmers Market

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens 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 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. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 

Cannon Firings at old Fort Jackson

Daily Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well ad daily Interactive Programs. This National Historic Landmark is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 Fort Jackson Rd. Call (912) 232-3945 or visit chsgeorgia.org for the schedule of events and pricing.

 

 Loyalists and Liberty

Thursday-Saturday: “Loyalists & Liberty” program at the Savannah History Museum at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. A special program offering visitors an in-depth understanding of the Revolutionary War in Savannah with a musket demonstration and a visitor reenactment on Battlefield Memorial Park. 303 MLK, Jr. Blvd. (912) 651-6840 or www.chsgeorgia.org.

 

Art Rise Savnnah

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.

 

Mansion to Museum Tour Dec 1- Dec 30.

Mansion to Museum Tour at the Telfair Academy at 10 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.), 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Learn the incredible story of the transformation of the Telfair family mansion into the oldest public art museum in the South. 121 Barnard St. (912) 790-8880 or www.telfair.org.

 

A Christmas Tradition At the Savannah Theater Dec1- Dec23.

The Savannah Theatre brings holiday glitz and glitter to the Savannah Theatre with “A Christmas Tradition,” Nov. 23-Dec. 24, 2017.This two-hour variety show features 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. Shows are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinee performances at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are about $40 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at savannahtheatre.com or by calling the box office at (912) 233-7764. For more information about “A Christmas Tradition,” email info@savannahtheatre.com.

 

 

16th Annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series Nov 24- Dec24

For lights, amazing gingerbread houses, Christmas activities, holiday treats and more, head over to the Westin across the Savannah River for the 16th annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series. It will not only feature the South’s best Santa Claus, a world famous Gingerbread Village & Competition, but also daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the “Ice

Bar” and “North Pool.” You can find more information about it at savannahharborfoundation.com.

 

Annual Christmas On The River Celebration Dec 1-Dec 3.

Join the Savannah Waterfront Association on Dec. 1-3, 2017 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. Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, which marks the official arrival of St. Nick. This is one event you don’t want to miss. Weekend festivities are free and open to the public.

 

 

For more information about Christmas on the River, call (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.

 

20th Annual Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights Tour Dec1- Dec24

November 25-December 24: Get into the Christmas Holiday Spirit on the Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights Tour. The Conductor “Elves” will delight, entertain and amuse guests with tales of favorite Holiday Traditions. Enjoy caroling from the trolley as you pass by historic homes and city squares with stops at the Isaiah Davenport House and the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort to see the area’s largest Gingerbread Village. Tours begin at 214 W. Boundary St. Reservations are required, call (855) 245-8992 or visit www.trolleytours.com/savannah/christmas-holiday-tour.

 

“A Christmas Tradition” matinee at Savannah Theatre Dec2, 3 & 9th

The Savannah Theatre brings holiday glitz and glitter to the Savannah Theatre with “A Christmas Tradition,”Nov. 23-Dec. 24, 2017. This two-hour variety show features 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. Shows are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinee performances at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are about $40 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at savannahtheatre.com or by calling the box office at (912) 233-7764. For more information about “A Christmas Tradition,” email info@savannahtheatre.com.

 

Loyalists & Liberty Dec 1- Dec 30

Thursday-Saturday: “Loyalists & Liberty” program at the Savannah History Museum at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. A special program offering visitors an in-depth understanding of the Revolutionary War in Savannah with a musket demonstration and a visitor reenactment on Battlefield Memorial Park. 303 MLK, Jr. Blvd. (912) 651-6840 or www.chsgeorgia.org.

 

The Forsyth Farmer’s Market Every Saturday in December

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens 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 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. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 

The Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market Every Saturday in December

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-June and September-December. This outdoor market sets up on the property of Islands High School (170 Whitemarsh Island Rd.) on Whitemarsh Island. Come by for one of our many on-site programs including:

  • Food vendors and Artisan vendors will be at the market each Saturday.
    • Guest Chefs join us to demonstrate ways to use your market bounty to its fullest.
    • Local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests also provide unique entertainment opportunities.
    • Story time for kids of all ages.
    • Kid’s Crafts each week.
    • Monthly Charitable Organizations whom we partner up with to collect donations for.
    • Shop with Chef

For more information about the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, go to wifarmersmarket.org or email wifarmersmarket@aol.com.

 

Holiday Gospel Cruise Dec4 & Dec7

Back by popular demand! Experience local holiday gospel entertainment and enjoy the savory flavors of the South! Don’t miss out on this spectacular two-hour holiday gospel dinner cruise with the Savannah Riverboats on Dec. 4 & 11, 2017.Featuring live performances and delicious Southern cuisine as you cruise the Savannah River. Sailing only twice in December, this cruise is a must do! Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $49.95 for adults and $30.35 for children (ages 5-12). Kids four years and under are free. Sailing from 7-9 p.m., boarding at 6 p.m. For more information, call (800) 786-6404 or go to savannahriverboat.com.

Christmas PJS/ Lights Fun Run Dec 12

Join Fleet Feet Sports of Savannah for the Christmas PJS/Lights Fun Run on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at 6 p.m.! Everyone is invited to partake in this festive fun run. This family friendly event is a part of Fleet Feet’s Fun Run series. Join their Fun Run Club and find more information about their races at fleetfeetsavannah.com.

 

Holiday Magic Dec 16.

Every third Saturday and Sunday of the month, Unity in the Community hosts a festival on River Street. On Dec. 16 and 17, 2017, they will throw a Holiday Magic celebration from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Unity in the Community is a nonprofit organization that promotes and hosts free, family-friendly culturally diverse events to give back to the community. The events feature handcrafted ethnic arts and crafts, home-based businesses and community nonprofits. Entertainment is provided by churches and other local individuals and groups.

For more information about the Holiday Magic celebration, go to unityinthecommunity.org. If you would like to have a booth at the festival, call Unity in the Community at (912) 495-8838 or email unitynthecommunity@hotmail.com.

 

Skate fest  Dec 16- January 1

Skate fest returns to the Savannah Civic Center this holiday season for endless family fun! This annual ice skating event offers guests the opportunity to zip around the festive indoor ice rink. Individual skating sessions, and Skate fest Punch Passes are available for purchase at the Savannah Civic Center. Times Vary | $7-$35.

 

Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer Dec 21st

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. 7:30 p.m. (912) 651-6556, savannahcivic.com.

 

Ugly Sweater Fun Run Dec 23

Join Fleet Feet Sports of Savannah for the Ugly Sweater Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 7 a.m.! Everyone is invited to partake in this festive fun run. This family friendly event is a part of Fleet Feet’s Fun Run series. Join their Fun Run Club and find more information about their races at fleetfeetsavannah.com.

 

“Rewind” at the Savannah Theatre Dec 27- Dec 30.

The Savannah Theatre presents “Rewind!” March 1-26, Sept. 1-Nov. 17 and Dec. 27-30, 2017. Rewind back to the first time that you pushed play! Eight award-winning singers and a live band perform a two-hour, high-energy tribute to the songs of your lifetime! Whether you heard it first on vinyl, 8-track, cassette or cd, the award-winning Savannah Theatre cast revisits over 40 years of Top 40.

Shows are at 8 p.m., with matinee performances at 3 p.m. on select Sundays. Tickets are about $40 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at savannahtheatre.com or by calling the box office at (912) 233-7764. For more information about “Rewind,” or the theatre itself, email info@savannahtheatre.com.

 

 Tybee Island Light Station and Museum Tours Jan 1- Jan 31st

Wednesday-Monday: Tybee Island Light Station and Museum, Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., depending on weather conditions. We are a complete light station whose history dates back to 1736. The tower stands 145 feet tall and has three Light Keeper’s Cottages nearby. A small 1812 Summer Kitchen holds archaeological finds. Across the street is an 1899 Military Battery that houses the Tybee Island Museum. Exhibits cover the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven, Tybee’s Golden Era and more. A yellow raised cottage adjacent to the property showcases 1900s Tybee architecture. 30 Meddin Dr. (912) 786-5801 or www.tybeelighthouse.org.

 

First Friday Art March Jan 5

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.

 

First Friday for Folk Music! Jan 5

Savannah Folk Music Society Monthly presents “First Friday for Folk Music” at First Presbyterian Church on 520 Washington Avenue each month. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. It is a smoke free, alcohol free and family friendly evening of music in a coffee house setting, regularly attended by an appreciative audience of folk music enthusiasts from the greater Savannah and surrounding area. A $5 minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. For more information call (912) 898-1876 or visit savannahfolk.org.

 

First Friday Fire Works on River Street Jan 5

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.
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market Jan 6 and EVERY SATURDAY

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens 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 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. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 Wilmington Island Farmers Market Jan 6 and EVERY SATURDAY

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-June and September-December. This outdoor market sets up on the property of Islands High School (170 Whitemarsh Island Rd.) on Whitemarsh Island. Come by for one of our many on-site programs including: • Food vendors and Artisan vendors will be at the market each Saturday.
• Guest Chefs join us to demonstrate ways to use your market bounty to its fullest.
• Local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests also provide unique entertainment opportunities.
• Story time for kids of all ages.
• Kid’s Crafts each week.
• Monthly Charitable Organizations whom we partner up with to collect donations for.
• Shop with Chef

For more information about the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, go to wifarmersmarket.org or email wifarmersmarket@aol.com.