When many people think of Savannah, they picture the draping Spanish moss, the antebellum mansions, and the many historic landmarks for which it is so famous. Or, if you’re a movie buff, you probably have one of the many films in mind in which the charming Southern city played a starring role, like the Academy Award–winning movie Forrest Gump. Think the scene where Forrest sits on the bench at the bus stop reminiscing about his life.
You can see Savannah the uber-touristy way (like the bus tours to see the aforementioned film and historic sites), but the city is so full of complexities, it’s worth seeking out richer, more immersive ways to explore Savannah’s layered culture.
Now a new, chic hotel and fresh additions to the dining scene (for example, The Grey, whose chef, Mashama Bailey, earned a James Beard nomination in 2018, just opened its new The Grey Market this fall) are making Savannah a more attractive destination than ever. From the food to the art-filled hotels, here’s what to eat and where to sleep on your next weekend getaway to Georgia’s most alluring city.
Savannah has plenty in the way of major chain hotels and some charming B and B options, but what’s been missing up until now is a place that captures the spirit of the city but also offers a certain level of luxury and sophistication. Cue the new Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection situated in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District by New York City–based firm Flank and designed by AvroKO and Savannah’s Hansen Architects. The 167-room hotel, which includes 12 suites, includes subtle nods to the city’s rich history with maps and cool tchotchkes in the guest rooms and common spaces.