The outline of Savannah's remarkably well-preserved historic district conforms to the city's boundaries before the Civil War. In addition to its multitude of architectural treasures, the district has been declared the most haunted area in America by the American Institute of Parapsychology. Guided ghost tours of the city's spookiest spots provide chills and a chance to delve into Savannah's rich and colorful history. A few blocks from the Dresser Palmer, the green landscapes of Forsyth Park beckon. Those renting a scooter for the day as part of their stay package can zip around the city, checking out hip boutiques and cafés in the modern downtown area or challenging sightseers on segway tours to a game of motorized polo. Shoppers flock to the City Market—four blocks of converted warehouses housing quaint shops and restaurants.
Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.
Stu and Donald Card didn?t always have time to meander down low-country roads, stopping to snack on barbecue and pralines and chat with the local bullfrogs. One brother was a partner at a national law firm, the other a media coordinator for NFL championships and international sporting events. But they found that something was missing from their fast-paced careers?something delicious. Deciding to make culinary pleasure their business, they founded tour company Savannah Taste Experience on a tripod of family, food, and friends. Their flagship tour showcases Savannah?s unique contributions to the culinary world?such as shrimp and grits, fried oysters, and the gourmet honeys of the Savannah Bee Company?through the town?s historic squares, while other routes travel off the beaten path to favorite local hangouts.
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour.
Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
The glow from Casbah's copper lanterns glints off brocade pillows lining low banquettes and floor-level seating in traditional Moroccan style. The opulent decoration sets the stage for an authentic North African feast, where guests are encouraged to eat with their hands as if they were dining with a family in Casablanca. Heady aromas of saffron, paprika, and ginger rise up from skewers of marinated chicken, sea scallops, and spicy roasted lamb, their richness punctuated by piquant shavings of preserved lemon or sweet caramelized apricots. Belly dancers sway under the dining room's tented ceiling, leaving no muscle or head unturned in the search for lost tank tops. An onsite bazaar beckons departing guests with Moroccan wares, such as kaftans, fez hats, and colorful pottery.
Flops & Socks' specialty boutique decks out toes and ankles in sandals from brands such as Cobian, Rainbow, Flojos, and Havaianas. Within the tidy shop of stone-tile floors, black lacquered wood, and dark red decor, designer flip-flops hang from the walls, and adorable toe socks and holiday-themed socks cover calves in fun stripes and bold colors. The ample selection of open-air shoes of fabric, leather, and foam is perfect for cultivating a look that says, "I am a laid-back beach lover" or "My feet are terrified of the dark." As its employees match feet to patterned and printed sandals, Flops & Socks helps out those in abject poverty with shoe drives to charitable organizations such as Soles 4 Souls.