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24 Hours in Savannah
Only about 250 miles away from Atlanta is the charming city of Savannah. It’s the perfect one-day trip for business or pleasure. I’ve lived in Georgia for more than 15 years and believe it or not, I finally made the 3 to 3.5 hour drive to the city for the first time this past October.
I spent about 24 hours in Savannah, so here's how I immersed myself in the southern hospitality.
Free Water Ferry Ride
Savannah Belles Ferry is a quick, but lovely experience on the Savannah River. If you’re on Hutchinson Island, hop on the complimentary ferry to Downtown Savannah and back to the island. Don't worry about getting lost because there are only 3 stops on the whole route. The captains are so nice and helpful if you have questions about getting around the area. Be sure to enjoy the sights because the ride will be over before you know it.
Grab Coffee, Work & Eat
Turbine Market + Café is a unique spot in Savannah where you can get a cup of joe, power up your computer, and enjoy some good food. It’s located in the new Plant Riverside District along the riverfront inside the Power Plant hotel. Yes, I said hotel! I'll tell you more about it, keep reading.
The building where the café is located looks like you've walked into an art gallery. Of course, I thought I was in the wrong place, but thanks to a kind local, I didn't walk out. It's easy to spend hours working at the café. I sure did!
New Riverfront Entertainment District
I spent most of my short visit in the downtown area strolling the historic River Street and exploring Plant Riverside District. It’s Savannah’s new entertainment hub along the city’s riverfront. There’s so much to see and do, not to mention eat! If you’re craving it, more than likely you’ll find it in the district. As for some retail therapy, get ready to shop until you drop. Now one of the best places to take an Instagram photo is at a mural on the side of the JW Marriott Savannah's Three Muses building. The talented artist is Niki Zarrabi.
A Cocktail with a View
Honestly, it won’t be hard to find breathtaking views of the Savannah River in Plant Riverside District. Now I opted for the rooftop at Electric Moon Skytop Lounge. It’s like an adult playground with several games, and even a slide I didn’t get to experience. Why? It was closed, but I did enjoy a refreshing beverage called a Moon Margarita. The $15 cocktail is made with 1800 Silver Tequila, Blood Orange Syrup, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar. Sounds good and pricey, but let’s just say I only needed one! So it was like enjoying a 2 for 1 special. LOL
Stay at the JW Marriott Savannah
Who doesn’t want to indulge in the finer things in life from time to time? Well, satisfy your urge for luxury and pampering by staying at one of the three JW Marriott Savannah buildings in Plant Riverside District. For more of a romantic, opulent vibe then book a room at the Three Muses. Remember the Power Plant hotel that looks like an art gallery inside? The artwork is the Kessler collection which belongs to Richard Kessler, the district's developer.
What’s even more fascinating about this space, a 135-foot chrome dipped dinosaur replica sits in the hotel's lobby.
Now the new hotel that just happens to be my favorite is the Atlantic. The maritime-themed hotel is very sexy with gorgeous, spacious rooms and a resort-style rooftop pool with amazing views of the Savannah River.