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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Uncover the New South in Old Savannah

Spot the future of Southern culture in this mini-metropolis, where a famous historic district accommodates Confederate and cosmopolitan sensibilities alike.


1. Where to Stay

The Green Palm Inn offers four rooms decorated with a nod to the city's history.  

Surround yourself with decadent décor at the Mansion on Forsyth Park (from $199), a Victorian-style brick castle housing 126 rooms outfitted with onyx marble, blood-red curtains, and gold-leaf accents. Considered the city’s best hotel, this four-star/four-diamond property opened in 2005 but was painstakingly designed to blend in with the area’s historic architecture, right down to the bricks used in its façade. Request a Deluxe Forsyth room if you want a view of the park.

Get boutique-style service despite the big size at 150-room AVIA (from $239), which features a distinctly modern vibe that’s part Miami (private outdoor cabanas, bold furnishings) and part Old South (plantation shutters, crown molding). Located blocks away from popular City Market, certain rooms can be noisy on weekends; light sleepers should avoid booking rooms that overlook Ellis Square.

Feel like part of the family at the Green Palm Inn (from $129, two-night minimum on weekends), one of Savannah’s smallest and loveliest B&Bs. Housed within a classic nineteenth-century Victorian gingerbread, its four rooms are outfitted in British-Colonial palm décor. Expect first-name service and knowledgeable tips from innkeeper Diane McCray and her staff.

Published on Feb 17, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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