Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Central Inn
Ease is the focal point of the Best Western Central Inn, where guests can dine on complimentary continental breakfasts with waffles and donuts and make free local phone calls. High-speed WiFi—also complimentary—is available in public areas, meeting rooms, and spacious guest rooms, which feature golden accent walls and satellite television with HBO. At the hotel's outdoor pool, you can park a chaise in the sunlight or beneath a pergola for shade.
- Hop aboard: The hotel serves as a trolley stop into Old Town Savannah.
- Civil War history: Visit the 150-year-old Fort Pulaski National Monument to learn about the site's historic showdown.
- Hunter Army Airfield: The hotel is adjacent to this base, which features occasional soldier shows and hosts an 18-hole golf course.
- Take a day trip to the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum to stand on the same 5-acre site that has been leading ships safely to shore for more than 270 years.
Savannah, Georgia: Historical Mansions and a Lively River Walk
Founded in 1733 as Georgia's first town, Savannah is not only one of the most graceful cities in the South but also one the most historic. The old but well-preserved architecture landed it on Forbes_’s 2011 list of America's Best Downtowns, and _Travel + Leisure dubbed it one of the Top Cities in the U.S. and Canada in 2013. The city's 22 famous public squares play host to some famous landmarks, such as antebellum-era houses framed by moss-covered oak trees. Head to Oglethorpe Square to see the Owens-Thomas House, an English Regency–style mansion completed in 1819 that now serves as a museum; tours here depart from the original carriage house and go past its charming English-style parterre garden.
Another relic of Savannah's past, River Street curves for about a mile along Savannah River's south bank. The cobblestone walkways are lined with 100-year-old cotton warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, brewpubs, and galleries. Explore the riverfront in style aboard one of the Old Town sightseeing trolleys or during a horse-drawn carriage tour. Though the street is tamer than it was a few decades ago—when it was overrun with muscle cars and rowdy sailors—there's still plenty of energy here, with a lively pub scene and views of large ships lumbering toward the dock.
A five-minute walk west will take you to the City Market, a four-block public meeting space on the edge of downtown. This section of Savannah’s sprawling historic district has established itself as one of the city's top destinations for entertainment and dining thanks to the many artists' studios, open-air restaurants, and taverns found here.