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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!
    • 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
    • 45 Bistro – I recently dined at the Bistro with a friend (and at her suggestions) who has years of experience in the Savannah dining scene so naturally I left the ordering to her. Mind you, we opted to sit at the magnificent bar rather than in the dining room but you can opt for a more intimate dining experience if you choose. The first course was Roasted Ruby Beets – Belgian endive, praline walnuts, stilton cheese and roasted golden and ruby beets marinated in champagne vinaigrette. I LOVE beets and these did not disappoint. Next was GRILLED hearts of romaine with garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan and their house made Caesar dressing. I don’t think I will ever have an ordinary Caesar salad again – grilled split romaine is the way to go. Our final course was a shared plate of Duck Two Ways – a succulent pan-seared duck breast and confit thigh topped with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, roasted beets and natural jus reduction
    • 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!
    • Sundae Cafe on Tybee Island – I have to say, I love a surprise – especially when it’s a dinner that exceeds every expectation for quality, flavor, service, and best of all, price. That night we had a Jerk BBQ salmon over sweet potato and plantain hash, a lovely strip of beef tenderloin with biscuit bread pudding, lamb chops over a creamed spinach and a raspberry port demi-glace, jumbo sea scallop with an andouille succotash with a roasted poblano pepper sauce, and dessert, a simple chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, fresh berries and two cheeses. WOW. The food was sublime, but the wildly decadent bread pudding made of buttermilk biscuits and blue cheese brought even more flavors to our palate. The restaurant’s location is deceptive – don’t be put off by the strip mall and gas station.
    • 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.

HOW TO 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.

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.
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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:

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.

MOTORIZED and LEG-POWERED OPTIONS:

  • 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.

THEATRE, ETC.

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: 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.

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: No tour involved but free transport!

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

 

MONTHLY EVENTS

 

NOVEMBER:

November 6-7: Harvest Fest:  Celebrate at the First Friday & Saturday celebration this fall season. Enjoy local and regional craft beer tastings, arts & crafts exhibitors and live country music on the Arbor Stage all weekend long. The Hopped up on Georgia Brews craft beer tasting featuring over 20 Georgia Breweries takes place on Sat., 1-5 p.m. Weekend festivities will kick off on Fri., 4-10 p.m. with First Friday Fireworks presented by Wet Willie’s at 9:30 p.m., and continue on Saturday 10 am – 10pm.

Nov. 5 – Rock and Roll Marathon, A 26 mile marathon through the city of Savannah, There will be music venues at every mile marker with party for the participants in the evening in Forsyth Park.

NOV 7-13Savannah Food & Wine Festival , Celebrating a week of wine and culinary excellence in Savannah, Georgia, with wine dinners, tasting events, festival and more.

Nov. 26 Boat Parade of Light, Enjoy a Christmas parade Savannah Style! The Savannah Harbor Foundation hosts the Boat Parade of Lights as approximately 50 lighted vessels parade both sides of the waterfront, accompanied by live music performances, a tree lighting ceremony and a fireworks extravaganza. Savannah Pipe & Drum opens the ceremony with a proclamation by General Oglethorpe. Live music and the holiday party continue until the Cannon fires to signal the Boat Parade and concludes with a fireworks extravaganza. savannahharborfoundation.com.

 

DECEMBER:

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 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.

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 3 – Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run  Ready, set, GO! Run once, twice or three times over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge for the 5k, 10k and double pump races on Saturday, Dec. 5 during the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run. The races start on Hutchinson Island so participants can park at the Trade Center, ride the water ferry, or take the complimentary trolley shuttle from the Civic Center parking lot. Once you finish, celebrate on Broughton Street at the Michelob Ultra Post-Race Party, presented by Host South. Don’t forget to kick off the weekend at the Bridge Run’s Health and Wellness Expo on Dec. 4!

DEC 4 – The Savannah Children’s Choir 10th Annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. at the historic Lucas Theatre. Start off you holiday season on the right note with this annual tradition, which brings together Savannahians and visitors together in a family-friendly concert celebrating the sounds of the season. Tickets, which may be purchased at the Savannah Box Office online or by calling (912) 525-5050, are $50 for VIP reserved; $25 for reserved and general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. For more information about this event, go to savannahchoir.org.

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.

 

January Events:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $7.00 for adults, $4 per child (ages 2-12). 9:00am-5:00pm (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.

JANUARY 1: Tybee Polar Plunge a Polar Plunge into the brisk waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Kool Karoke in front of hundreds and the Gang of Goof Parade are all part of the fun at the 2017 Tybee Polar Plunge. Along with a costume contest for groups of three or more, the winners of the costume contest received the coveted Le Gang of Goofs trophy. The polar plunge is at noon on New Year’s Day. Ticket cost Adult $25 and kids under 12 $15. For more information, call (912) 663-1099 or go to tybeepolarplunge.com.

JANUARY 11: Every month, the Telfair Museums 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, Times 1-4 pm.

 

JANUARY 7: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday as well as his contributions to Human Rights during the Civil Rights Movement with the MLK Parade on Tybee Island at 2 p.m. down Butler Avenue. If you or your organization would be interested in participating in the parade this year, please contact the Tybee Martin Luther King Jr parade committee at tybeemlk@gmail.com. For more information about the parade, go to tybeeisland.com.

 

JANUARY 7: Go see the full-length Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr Ilyich and Choreography by Maricus Petipa and Lev Ivanov,at the Savannah Civic Center on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $28-$58 and available on etix.com (click here to buy tickets). For more information, call the Civic Center at (912) 651-6550 or email info@savannahga.gov.

JANUARY 19 & 21: The 7th annual Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah returns to the Trustees Theater on January 19 and 21, featuring award-winning documentary films and forums with guest filmmakers from Telluride Mountain film’s annual festival. Mountainfilm celebrates the Indomitable Human Spirit with documentaries that cover a wide range of themes: cultures worth exploring, adventures worth pursuing, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth sustaining. General admission is $15, and tickets are $10 students, military and seniors with valid ID and $5 for children and matinee showing, Tickets available at the Savannah Box Office and online at mountainfilmsav.org.

JANUARY 27-31: The 13th annual Telfair Museum’s PULSE! Art + Technology Festival returns January 27-31 and will feature a host of exciting programs and artists! With a multisensory mix of fun, innovative and interactive technology-based art, this is a favorite festival of many in Savannah. Several PULSE programs are offered free of charge, including the festival’s largest event, PULSE Free Family Day. For more information, call (912) 790-8800 or go to telfair.org/museum-events/pulse.

JANUARY 29-30:  Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival will celebrate its 13 anniversary with films that explore the ocean at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts in Savannah on January 29-30! Gray’s Reef, Georgia’s own national marine sanctuary, hosts its annual film festival honoring our oceans. This year, there will be a 3D Ocean Exploration Evening at the Trustees Theater and a National Geographic Night on Saturday at the Lucas Theatre. Admission varies. For more information, go to graysreef.noaa.gov.

JANUARY 28: Outland Island Wildlife Center will host an Open Fire Cooking Workshop 9am, in which participants can enjoy a five-course meal that they have prepared throughout the day, along with learning how to choose and care for cast iron cookware, select fire wood, as well as curing, cooking techniques, recipes and other topics. All scouting leaders, youth or church group leaders, teachers, park staff, or just plain outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend. The workshop will be held outdoors at Outland’s Heritage Home Site. Participants should come prepared for the weather. In case of rain, a rain date will be selected.

The workshop is open to anyone 12 years or older and will include a full meal that the participants have created throughout the day. Price is $35 per person (includes admission to Outland) and will be limited to the first 25 paid registrants. To register, please call (912) 395-1500.

February Events:

 

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. Erin, (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 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 info@savannahbookfestival.org or go to savannahbookfestival.org.

FEBRUARY 13: Every month, the Telfair Musuems 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 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 info@savannahcitymarket.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.

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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 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 @ 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 azaleas. 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 Events:

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 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.

 

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: Every month, the Telfair Musuems 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 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 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 MusicFile 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 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 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 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 14-17: St. Patkrick’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: 2013 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, 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 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.

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.

 

April Events:.

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 $21.

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 40th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens. Walking tour of eight private gardens in Historic Savannah, plus the Massie Heritage Center gardens which are planted and maintained by the Garden club of Savannah. Tour highlighted by a Southern tea at the Historic Green-Meldrim house. All proceeds donated to local charities. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $40 admission. (912) 961-4805 or gcofsavnogstour.org.

APRIL 19 – 23: 2015 Tybee Wine Festival. The Tybee Post Theater will host the 7th Annual Tybee Wine Festival from Wednesday through Sunday, offering something for everyone – from wine lovers to culinary enthusiasts – amid spectacular Tybee Island surroundings. (912) 663-1099 or visit TybeeWineFestival.com.

April 29: March for Babies – Saturday, April 30, 2015 – 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!

 

APRIL 28: 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 12th annual Turtle Trot 5k beach run! April 23rd, 2015. Day-of registration begins at the pier and pavilion at 7am, the race starts at 8am! http://TybeeTurtleTrot.net

 

May Events:.

MAY 4-9: Savannah Fashion Week is a collection of independent retailers promoting fashion within the Savannah area.  SFW always donates a portion of ticket sales to a local charity.  A special series of events will take place, during the week of April 28, 2013 until April 3rd http://www.savannahboxoffice.com