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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Savannah

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Savannah, Ga.

BY WORTH | Cities | May 14, 2019

A historic, dynamic and vibrant city, Savannah, Ga. is packed with exciting things to do. Worth highlights the most interesting businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions to explore on your next trip.

Businesses

Georgia Ports Authority

The operator of the Port of Savannah and other major shipping facilities and infrastructure in Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority is a key point of contact for anyone involved in import/export or logistics in the Southeast. Jamie McCurry, senior director, administration and government affairs, jmccurry@gaports.com, 912.963.5562, gaports.com

The Plant Riverside District

The historic Georgia Power Plant is being completely renovated to feature 4.5 acres of vibrant entertainment and a 419-guest room JW Marriot. Richard Kessler’s latest project to revitalize the city is set to make its grand debut in November 2019. 500 W. River St., plantriverside.com

Savannah Economic Development Authority

With connections to the port, city administration and the community’s business leaders, SEDA is the starting point for anyone wanting to invest or build a business in Savannah. 131 Hutchinson Island Road, 4th Floor, 912.447.8450, seda.org

The Creative Coast

The product of a partnership between SEDA and the city, the Creative Coast is a network and advocacy group for entrepreneurs, especially in the creative industries—a big business here thanks to all of the expertise flowing out of the Savannah College of Art and Design. 2222 Bull St., 912.447.8457, thecreativecoast.org

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Hotels

Mansion on Forsyth Park

A luxurious offering from hotelier Richard Kessler, Mansion on Forsyth Park is centrally located just off Spanish moss–draped Forsyth Park and done up in an old Southern style mixed with modern touches. A cooking school is available for those interested in experimenting with Lowcountry cuisine. 700 Drayton St., 912.238.5158, kesslercollection.com/mansion

Perry Lane Hotel

Just steps away from iconic Forsyth Park, this luxury hotel allows guests to experience Savannah in style. Amenities include a robust artwork collection to explore, a rooftop pool with 360-degree views of the Historic District and in-room spa services. 256 E. Perry St., 912.415.9000, perrylanehotel.com

Presidents’ Quarters Inn

Built in 1855 by a pair of wealthy cotton merchants for U.S. presidents visiting the city, this widely acclaimed bed and breakfast has long been an essential upscale destination in Savannah’s Historic District. The top-notch amenities, Southern charm and proximity to the best attractions make this a great introduction to the city. 225 E. President St., 912.233.1600, presidentsquarters.com

Hamilton-Turner Inn

Set off Lafayette Square, this historic 17-room inn drips with Southern charm. It offers amenities such as evening wine and hors d’oeuvres and a Southern breakfast in the morning. 330 Abercorn St., 912.233.1833, hamilton-turnerinn.com

Kehoe House

Housed in an 1892 mansion, Kehoe House is consistently rated one of the top small hotels in the country. Between a made-to-order breakfast and its proximity to the Savannah River and top nightlife and dining, the Kehoe is an excellent home base for exploring the city. 123 Habersham St., 912.232.1020, kehoehouse.com

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Restaurants

Elizabeth on 37th

The much-lauded restaurant features local ingredients—wild mushrooms and Half Moon River clams—and a setting, like Savannah’s Historic District itself, that’s genteel. 105 East 37th St., 912.236.5547, elizabethon37th.net

The Grey

Owner Johno Morisano and chef Mashama Bailey reflect their love of the Port City in every aspect of The Grey, from its home in a refurbished 1938 Art Deco Greyhound Bus Terminal to the regional produce, seafood and meats it serves. Guests will experience elevated versions of familiar local flavors, organized on the menu by origin: Pantry, Water, Dirt and Pasture. 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 912.662.5999, thegreyrestaurant.com

The Olde Pink House

This restaurant takes the antique seriously, and since its home is the Planters Inn, which resides in a supposedly haunted 18th-century mansion, this is appropriate. The menu features Southern classics such as shrimp and grits and braised pork shank with macaroni and cheese and collard greens. 29 Abercorn St., 912.232.4286, plantersinnsavannah.com/olde-pink-house-restaurant

Experiences

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

In a city known nationally for its food, the best way to experience it all is at the Food & Wine Festival. Held November 4-10, the festival features more than 300 vendors and offers master classes and dinners hosted by celebrity chefs. 24 Drayton St., Suite 630, 912.232.1223, savannahfoodandwinefest.com

Savannah Yacht Club

Founded in 1869, this private yacht club offers tennis, swimming, dining and yachting services. While the club is not open to the public, you can inquire about joining by contacting them directly. 730 Bradley Point Road, 912.644.4100, savannahyachtclub.org

SCAD Museum of Art

As one of the preeminent art and design schools in the world, SCAD has a permanent collection that includes key works by African American artists and a fascinating assemblage of 19th- and 20th-century photography. At any given time, it has visiting exhibits by many leading modern artists. 601 Turner Blvd., 912.525.7191, scadmoa.org

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