Founded in 1733, Savannah is one of the South’s most historic cities and popular tourist destinations. What is considered the best of Savannah is largely in the eye of the beholder.
In recent decades, this thriving metropolitan area on the Georgia coast has been attracting an increasing number of retirees, thanks to the comfortable subtropical climate and affordable cost of living that includes low property taxes.
A regional hub of cultural activities, Savannah also offers outstanding medical and professional services in a stable economy underpinned by local manufacturers like Gulfstream Aerospace. And tuition for both degree and non-credit courses at several local state colleges is free for most residents age 62 and older.
Best ANNUAL EVENTS
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2018
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Eight days and nights of cinematic celebration with movie screenings at four downtown theaters, plus documentary, shorts, and animation competitions, lectures, workshops, and big-name Hollywood honorees.
Nov. 5-11, 2018
Savannah Food & Wine Festival
A full week to enjoy the historic city’s most savory traditions, with celebrity chefs, wine and spirits samplings, the Taste of Savannah main event, and the Jazz + Bubbles Brunch grand finale.
Feb. 14-17, 2019
Savannah Book Festival
The perfect Valentine’s Day weekend for book lovers! Best-selling authors are featured at ticketed functions, while Festival Saturday events—with presentations by more than 40 emerging writers—are free and open to the public.
March 16, 2019
Saint Patrick’s Day
One of the nation’s longest-running and most lively celebrations of Irish heritage and culture, a week of River Street festivities climaxes with the annual parade that winds through the historic downtown squares.
March 28-April 13, 2019
Savannah Music Festival
The 30th annual event will bring 500 artists to town for 17 days of eclectic music, including blues, classical, country, folk, gospel, jazz, opera, rock, and much more.
Savannah has become a culinary destination that offers dozens of award-winning dining venues, including these favorites:
Savannah’s acclaimed downtown French bistro with domestic and Old World wines
Crystal Beer Parlor
Fried green tomatoes, fresh seafood, juicy burgers, and craft brews on the side
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
The ultimate local-cuisine lunchtime tradition with shared seating at tables for 10
Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill
A waterfront location for the celebrity chef’s signature Southern seafood fare
Southern-style sauces on pork and chicken, plus beef brisket and Brunswick Stew
The South’s oldest public art museum includes three sites in the Historic District: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Telfair Academy.
SCAD Museum of Art
The renowned Savannah College of Art and Design is home to the region’s finest collection of contemporary art and learning programs for kids, undergrads, and seniors.
Savannah Art Walk
Strolling tours of more than 20 Historic District galleries every second Saturday of the month where you can meet the artists and enjoy post-walk cocktails at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel.
Best PLACES TO EXPLORE
Historic Squares and Parks
As one of America’s first planned cities, Savannah’s Historic District has preserved 22 picture-perfect town squares that can be toured on foot or using the free trolly service. Nearby Forsyth Park is a 30-acre oasis for bike rides and weekly farmers markets, while Bonaventure Cemetery is a 100-acre garden of ghostly delight.
Savannah City Market
Four open-air blocks in the heart of the Historic District feature scores of unique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife entertainment.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Explore this university research center that’s open to the public on weekdays with formal gardens, bamboo groves, and events like the 25th Annual Autumn GardenFest (Oct. 26-27, 2018).
Best DAY TRIPS
Just a 20-minute drive from downtown, Tybee Island features beautiful beaches, casual restaurants, the Marine Science Center, and Fort Pulaski National Monument.
Discover the South Carolina Lowcountry from the galleries and cafes of Old Town Bluffton to the iconic lighthouse in Sea Pines’ Harbour Town, plus top-flight golf courses.
Best MEDICAL CENTERS
US News & World report ranks these Savannah medical centers among Georgia’s best:
Memorial Health University Medical Center
Complete health services with the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, children’s hospital, and Mercer University School of Medicine campus.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospitals
Two anchor hospitals and specialty centers for cancer research, heart treatment, women’s health, and neurosciences.
Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport
Upgraded passenger service facilities with non-stop flights every day from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C., plus weekly/seasonal direct flights from many other hometowns.
Located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Savannah, The Landings on Skidaway Island is an amenity-rich residential community for retirees and working families. About 8,500 residents currently enjoy The Landings’ lifestyle, but plenty of choice homes and homesites are still available for new neighbors. In addition to two deepwater marinas, there are 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, a two-acre community farm, and a dog park. Landings Club members have access to six on-site championship golf courses with seven clubhouse dining venues, plus three tennis centers with 32 courts, and a complete fitness facility with indoor/outdoor pools. And with 100+ special interest clubs, Landings’ residents can easily make new like-minded friends or simply expand their horizons. Check out The Landings – thelandings.com
Set on 2,300 oak-shaded acres surrounded by more than six miles of pristine coastal marsh frontage near Savannah, WaterWays is a growing Georgia residential community. Traditional Southern architecture characterizes the single-family homes in four distinctive neighborhoods and new custom homesites are now available in The Enclave and Parkway South. In addition to miles of nature trails for walking and biking, WaterWays features a unique interconnected lagoon system that’s perfect for kayaking and fishing adventures. The new fitness center at WaterClub West is now open and construction is well underway on the signature WaterWays Marina. The adjacent Marina Village will be the hub of community social activity. Check out Waterways – livewaterways.com
Blending historic charm with modern convenience, Savannah Quarters is a master-planned community with a number of residential choices. Low-maintenance town homes popular with retirees, single-family residences in a variety of floor plan styles and sizes, and large sites for custom-designed homes are all available in appealing locations. Club members enjoy their on-site recreations at the pool complex, on the Har-Tru tennis courts, and in the state-of-the-art fitness center. The club’s featured amenity is the Greg Norman Signature golf course, an award-winning design with a picture-perfect island green on the 15th hole. The golf clubhouse features fine dining and meeting space for community activities. check out Savannah Quarters – savannahquarters.com
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