The glittering Savannah River forms the dividing line between much of South Carolina and Georgia, lazily flowing downstream until it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Just before it does, it passes through the heart of the city it shares a name with, forming a picturesque backdrop along River Street and Savannah’s historic district. More than a century ago, this area of the city was dominated by cotton warehouses. Today, visitors and locals alike enjoy meandering by these historic industrial buildings, which have been converted into hip boutiques, galleries, restaurants and breweries—a modern homage to the past.
Savannah is a city that’s perfect for wandering. When you set out on a stroll, it won’t be long before you encounter one of its famous squares (each with its own name). This unique city design was the idea of General James Oglethorpe, who first arrived in Savannah in 1733. Back then the squares were used for militia drill practice. Today they are open areas intended for public use and enjoyment. Steps from River Street, you’ll find Ellis Square, featuring a statue of Savannah native Johnny Mercer, famous for his four academy award wins for best song, including one for “Moon River” performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
When hunger strikes, Savannah delivers. Some of the city’s best food can be found steps away from the river. For an offbeat afternoon bite, locals love Treylor Park (go ahead, say it out loud). Its modern-retro decor evokes classic Airstream trailers, and its menu offers fun twists on southern favorites, such as shrimp and grits tacos or a grilled apple pie sandwich. For a meal with a side of history, head to the Olde Pink House, a converted Georgian mansion built in 1771—and yes, it’s really pink. Whether you dine in style upstairs or retreat to the underground tavern, you’ll enjoy top-notch low country cuisine and nightly live entertainment.
Sunset in Savannah is the perfect excuse for libations, and thankfully the city boasts a lively and bustling nightlife scene. City Market is the place to go for nightly performances by local street musicians and concert bands. For the full effect, grab a cocktail in one of Savannah’s famous “to go” cups and stroll the entire length of the market between Ellis and Franklin Squares. For a change of scenery, head to the water and end the night with spectacular riverside views. There are plenty of rooftop lounges around, but Rocks on the Roof is hard to beat. To get there, simply head to the top floor of the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. From there, the night is yours—grab a cocktail, find a place by the firepit and enjoy the stars reflected in the river waters below.