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7 Reasons to Visit Savannah in 2017

New year, new reasons to visit Savannah! If your resolution is to travel more, Savannah is the perfect place to get started. Get ready to pack your bags!

The Savannah Stopover Music Festival begins on March 9, 2017.

1. Music festivals

From performers on the street to local bands playing venues, music is everywhere in Savannah. Multiple times a year, Savannah welcomes acts from around the world thanks to its many music festivals. Get tickets for Savannah Stopover to get a taste of indie bands who are traveling to South by Southwest. Go to the Savannah Music Festival to see prominent first class artists from around the globe. See iconic jazz musicians jam on stage at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Watch the south’s most talented opera performers at the Savannah VOICE Festival. No matter what style or genre you prefer, you’ll find something that moves your musical soul in Savannah.

The Jepson Center for the Arts is located on Telfair Square.

2. Art exhibitions

Art aficionados, THIS is your year! The Jepson Center for the Arts‘ 2017 exhibits explore soundsuits as a “second” skin; airwaves as art, the Arab Diaspora as seen through Iraqi mother-daughter artwork and much more. This year’s exhibitions come from artists like Nick Cave, Neal Slavin and Khalil Gibran. Click here to learn more about the Jepson Center‘s 2017 exhibits.

Run past vibrant azaleas at the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5k

3. Reasons to Run

One of the best ways to see Savannah is by running your way through it! In the spring, the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5k will allow runners to zoom through the city amidst blooming azaleas. Music-loving runners can run to the beat of live music at the Savannah Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, scheduled for November 4 and 5. At the end of the year, conquer Savannah‘s Talmadge Bridge at the annual Savannah Bridge Run. There are plenty of reasons to run through Savannah during 2017!

The very chic Hotel Indigo is located on Ellis Square.

4. Brand new places to stay 

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Savannah, you’ll be pleased to learn of the city’s newest accommodations. Hotel Indigo Savannah, a chic boutique hotel, opened its doors last March on the bustling Ellis Square. River Street’s newest hotel addition, Homewood Suites, offers visitors southern charm with modern amenities.

The Savannah Film Festival is a film lover’s dream come true.

5. It’s the Hollywood of the South

It’s no secret that many famous flicks have been filmed in Savannah. “Dirty Grandpa”, “The Conspirator”, “The Last Song” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” were all filmed in Savannah. Last year, “Baywatch”, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, was filled on Savannah‘s beach, Tybee Island. Not only that, but the annual Savannah Film Festival brings week-long celebration of cinematic creativity to the city. Whether you’re into groundbreaking documentaries, inspiring animation or seedy film noir, you’re sure to get your tickets’ worth and more at the Savannah Film Festival.

Hitch, one of Savannah’s newest culinary offerings, has a quirky cocktail menu.

6. New flavors

If you like to eat and drink as much as we do, you’re going to be stoked about Savannah‘s newest culinary offerings. Downtown Savannah‘s newest restaurant additions include Hitch, a chic, modern American eatery with a quirky cocktail list, and Savannah Taphouse, an upscale sports bar with over 100 beer options. Savannah‘s up-and-coming Starland District is home to two new culinary additions: The Vault (Asian fusion cuisine) and The Atlantic (seasonal new American cuisine).  And if you haven’t heard the news yet, famous chef Sean Brock plans to open his newest installment of Husk, a widely popular Southern cuisine restaurant, in Savannah this year. Bon appétit!

Photo courtesy of MSN.

7. Every season is magical

Each season in Savannah offers a special experience. Enjoy the beauty of Savannah‘s vibrant azaleas in the spring. If you’re here during the summer, head over to Tybee Island, Savannah‘s beach, for a day of surf and sand. In the fall, munch on fresh oysters and other seasonal coastal cuisine. Winter is reserved for an array of magical holiday events that will make you feel warm inside. No matter what season you visit Savannah in 2017, you’re bound to experience something new!


854a8291Larissa Allen is Visit Savannah’s digital content coordinator. Larissa is addicted to watermelon juice from the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. Her favorite Savannah spots are mostly in the Starland District. 


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5 Responses to “7 Reasons to Visit Savannah in 2017”

  1. Lee Maltenfort says:

    Ms. Allen:
    Bonaventure Cemetery is almost completely recovered from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew, but the Bonaventure Historical Society still has a way to go to recover donation income lost during the two months the cemetery hours were limited. October 2016, for instance, brought in just over $1,000 in visitor donations; in 2015 the number was closer to $6,000.

    We have recently released an app that replicates the tours BHS guides normally give the weekend of the second Sundays of every month, and it is available for both iPhone and Android equipment. We would appreciate it if, in one of the next VisitSavannah postings, potential visitors to Savannah would age made aware that this exists and that the profits from the purchase of the app go directly to the conservation fund of Bonaventure Historical Society. One of the projects on which we are about to embark and that would greatly benefit from those proceeds is the restoration of Dr. Richard Arnold’s gravesite. Dr. Arnold was the Mayor of Savannah who put together the delegation that went to Sherman’s headquarters and kept the community from being torched. Our preliminary estimates for its repair are in the $8,00 to $10,000 range.

    I’d appreciate any promotional assistance VisitSavannah can provide us.


    Lee J. Maltenfort
    Bonaventure Historical Society
    [email protected]

  2. Cruz says:

    Love Savannah

  3. Melissa says:

    What a great read, thank you! And, I loved the pictures too! I’m an Iowa girl who desperately wants to visit Savannah and maybe never come back! For now, I visit vicariously through posts such as this! 🙂

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  5. Mark & Jane says:

    Love Savannah !!! There should 8 Reasons to Visit Savannah. Last year we were there for the St Paddy’s Day celebrations. What a fantastic couple of days, music, food, entertainers, dancing in the streets ……
    We were told that Savannah has the 2nd largest St Paddy’s Day parade in North America… I believe it !

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