Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Savannah Gateway
Located 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, the Best Western Savannah Gateway is removed from crowds but still close to the region’s historic and military landmarks and the beach on Tybee Island. The hotel’s spacious guest rooms provide a home away from home, and the hearty breakfast spread fills you up for a day of exploring.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi and cable TV with HBO; king rooms also have microwaves and refrigerators
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool.
- Golf discounts: Guests get discounted rates at the nearby Henderson Golf Course.
- 24-hour Denny’s right on the property
- Pet-friendly: Up to two pets less than 80 pounds can stay with you for a nominal fee.
- Other dining options nearby: Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Hooters, Ruby Tuesday, and Shellhouse
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 United States 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 short walk west of River Street 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.