Hotel at a Glance: San’s Boutique Hotel and Suites
San’s Boutique Hotel and Suites is situated in a quiet, scenic part of Savannah, about 16 miles from the historic downtown. The hotel is only about 13 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, making it a good home base for travelers.
- Free meal: Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.
- In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
- Squeeze in a workout at the onsite fitness center.
- Green thumb: At the nearby Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, you’ll find bamboo trees, waterfalls, and you-pick berry fields.
- Historic squares: In Savannah’s centuries-old downtown, take a walking tour of the town’s famous squares.
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.