Savor Savannah’s splendor

There’s no shortage of accolades for Georgia’s beautiful city of Savannah. 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.

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