Getaway: Savannah

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Historic Southern Charm

Wintertime in Savannah is like something out of a fairy tale. The coastal city’s signature Spanish moss-draped live oaks are a beautiful, whimsical sight when covered with a fresh blanket of snow—if you’re so lucky to see it. Average temperatures in February range from a mild 40 to 64 degrees, ideal weather for seeing the sights without breaking a sweat and cozying up in the city’s many renowned restaurants and bars for a nightcap.

Savannah’s haunted past gives it even more allure. Many hotels, restaurants, shops, breweries and more in the city have eerie histories that are tempting to explore on a nighttime haunted tour. Savannah residents and visitors even have a ghost story or two to tell.

But don’t let Savannah’s history scare you away—the delightful city is now very much a popular getaway, especially for Raleighites, who only have to endure a five-hour drive down I-95 to get there. You’ll be met with picturesque cobblestone squares and fountains, antebellum architecture and the Savannah River, delectable Southern food, and cocktails so good you won’t be able to stop at just one—thankfully there is an open carry policy.

Let a horse-drawn carriage lead you around the best of the city or traverse the grid blindly and get lost in Savannah’s charming wonder.

DO

Forsyth Park
A fresh snowfall only adds even more beauty to Forsyth Park, a popular tourist attraction for those looking for a ’gram-worthy photo. We imagine the park’s 30 acres of snowcovered trees, flowers and other foliage—plus the beautiful fountain in the center of it all—would make a pretty great
cellphone wallpaper.

Old Savannah Trolley Tour
Cozy on up in an Old Savannah trolley and see all there is to see in this picturesque historic Southern town. Choose from the hop-on/hop-off trolley, which includes 16 stops that you can peruse as you please, or, the 90-minute trolley, which lends views of moss-draped oak trees, the riverfront, gorgeous mansions and more from the comfort of your trolley seat. oldsavannahtours.com

Alex Raskin Antiques
On an unexpected chilly day, tuck into Alex Raskin Antiques, a lesser-known antique shop featuring two floors of old chairs, armoires, paintings and other unique finds. Located in the Noble Hardee Mansion—known as the last unrestored grand mansion of Savannah, peeling paint and general decomposition only add to the vintage vibe. atlasobscura.com/places/alex-raskin-antiques

EAT

Flock to the Wok

Husk
A spooky past and excellent food from chef Chris Hathcock are at the center of Husk, a seasonally driven, Southern-inspired fine-dining spot located in the revitalized famous mansion at 12 Oglethorpe Ave., one of Savannah’s most haunted homes. The menu changes every day based
on what’s available from local producers. husksavannah.com

Flock to the Wok
Going to Flock to the Wok isn’t just about the food—though their
homemade dumpling should not be passed up—it’s about the experience too. Visitors dine in a grand brass birdcage that creates an intimate and unique environment for enjoying craft cocktails and modern Asian dishes. flocktothewok.com

Sandfly BBQ
Sandfly BBQ specializes in Memphis-style barbecue with a Southern twist—a combination of which Savannah residents and visitors alike can’t get enough. Meats including pulled pork, smoked sausage and beef brisket are traditionally seasoned and smoked, then topped with your choice of sauce and served with sides like mac ’n’ cheese, fried okra and Brunswick stew. sandflybbq.com

DRINK

The Diner Bar at The Grey

The Diner Bar at The Grey
When you’re in the mood for a simple yet trusty libation, The Grey’s Diner Bar is exactly where you want to be. It serves a mixture of classic and house specialty cocktails out of a restored 1930s Greyhound bus station that also houses the restaurant, as well as small plates such as smoked catfish dip, lamb and red rice balls and pork belly pasta. thegreyrestaurant.com/at-the-bar

Savoy Society
Vinyl tunes. Trendy cocktails. A moody atmosphere. It’s everything you could ever want in a hip bar in an unfamiliar city, and that’s exactly what you get at Savoy Society. Tempting libations include the Good Life with bourbon, oat milk, corn, amaro, velvet falernum and bitters: and the Modern Love with tequila, Campari, pamplemousse and smoked salt.
savoysociety.com

Gallery Espresso
One of the oldest coffee shops in Savannah, Gallery Espresso sits in an 1859 historic building at the south end of Chippewa Square. Savannah residents and tourists from all walks of life can be found cozied up on the vintage couches around the fireplace for coffee and a light breakfast or for lunch. galleryespresso.com

STAY

Perry Lane Hotel

Perry Lane Hotel
Perry Lane’s classy digs make a weekend in little old Savannah feel like a Parisian getaway. The luxury hotel is both charming and modern—elegant rooms make you feel right at home, while amenities like in-room spa services and a year-round rooftop pool put you right back in that vacation state of mind. perrylanehotel.com

Eliza Thompson House
This 1847 historic inn near Forsyth Park is known for its private, peaceful atmosphere and impeccable service. An enchanting garden courtyard with beautiful moss-draped trees is another attraction, not to mention a chef-prepared breakfast, afternoon wine reception and complimentary coffee—all for just a $20 amenity fee. elizathompsonhouse.com

Drayton Hotel
Gorgeous riverfront views and a hip contemporary style—plus a stunning rooftop—are the main attraction of the Drayton. The hotel, located in a 19th century building in the Historic District, features 50 polished rooms and suites, an intimate downstairs cocktail lounge and Saint Neo’s Brasserie, a gorgeous—and tasty—seafood restaurant and raw bar. thedraytonhotel.com

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