Jan. 10, 2017 | By Larissa Allen
7 Reasons to Visit Savannah in 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Larissa 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.