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Savor Savannah’s splendor

By Zenda Douglas
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    Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 1-22 (various locations). The centerpiece will be Feb. 8 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. In addition to the various activities for youth and performances by nationally famous recording artists, food and retail vendors will also be on hand. All events are free and open to the public. Details: www.SavannahBlackHeritageFestival.com.

    Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 13-16 at Trustees Theater, and Wright and Telfair squares. This annual, world-class literary event brings more than 35 popular and critically acclaimed authors and thousands of readers together in historic Savannah. The event's mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversations. Most events are free and open to the public. Details: www.SavannahBookFestival.org.

    “Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain,” through May 4 at Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. As artist and teacher, Henri also played a pivotal role in the history of American art in the early 1900s, and throughout his career championed the realistic portrayal of contemporary life. Admission: $12 ($20/pass). Details: www.telfair.org.

    190th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17 in historic downtown Savannah. This three-hour parade consists of more than 350 units, including several U.S. military divisions, many award-winning bands and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Admission: free. Details: www.SavannahSaintPatricksDay.com.

    Savannah Music Festival, March 20-April 5 (various locations). Experience timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. This annual festival is the largest musical arts event in Georgia and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. Details: www.SavannahMusicFestival.org.



There’s no shortage of accolades for Georgia’s beautiful city of Savannah. Livability.com ranks it a “A Top 10 Romantic City” while Travel + Leisure says it’s the “Best City for Affordable Getaway” – two great reasons to make your way there.

“The Hostess City of the South” is on the Savannah River, about 20 minutes from the Atlantic and Tybee Island (Savannah’s backyard beach). It’s oldest city in Georgia and an important seaport.

Get your bearings with a city tour – by trolley, carriage, group bike or river cruise. You’ll find there is a river cruise for just about any occasion.

The list of must-sees is lengthy and offers something for everyone. Start out with a visit to City Market and soak up the authentic feel of the city. Covering four blocks within the historic district, it displays the works of artists in many mediums, presents music and has great dining and shopping. Stroll along Riverfront Plaza and Factors’ Walk, where renovated 19th-century cotton warehouses and passageways now house shops and restaurants.

Learn about Savannah’s role in the civil rights movement at The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Savannah’s Gilbert, a former president of the NAACP, served as pastor (1939-1956) of the First African Baptist Church, the oldest African-American church in North America.

Architecture is a big draw here. You can spend many delightful hours meandering through fascinating buildings, including old government structures and magnificent churches. Savannah is famous for its park-like squares; the historic district contains 22 of them.

Save time to visit Telfair Museum of Art, the oldest public museum in the South. Plan ahead to take in a show at one of the many performance venues, including the Savannah Theater and the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Savannah is home to the Savannah Music Festival, rated one of the best music festivals in the world.

Romance is in the air in Savannah, and lovers will find all the charm and intimate settings desired to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants, hotels and inns that are known for their romantic atmospheres include Alligator Soul, 22 Squared at the Andaz, Vik’s on the River, The Keho House, The Dresser-Palmer House and The Hilton-DeSoto.

Savannah info: www.visitsavannah.com.

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