Savannah: The Hostess CityWords by Carolyn Steere
If there is one thing they love to do in Savannah, Georgia it is to host a party, particularly big, important parties. This historic and charming city is known for its warm hospitality, superb low-country cuisine, Southern tradition and picturesque settings.
Located overlooking Savannah’s largest and most historic square, the iconic Mansion on Forsyth Park is a highly sought after wedding venue for good reason. This newly renovated boutique hotel is part of the Kessler Collection, known for well curated collections of local art on display throughout each of their properties. The Mansion will not disappoint as a charming place to lodge your guests, pamper them at the Poseidon Spa, share a meal at the 700 Drayton Restaurant and host them for your wedding event. The black candelabras and cut-glass chandeliers catch the light in the Viennese Ballroom which seats 200, or if you prefer a fresh air location, the Marble Garden Courtyard, overlooking the pool, palms and fountain is also exquisite.
Located a short distance away directly on the Savannah riverfront is its trendy sister hotel, The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront where you can start your amazing culinary tour of the city. Executive Chef Zachery Martin is a master at preparing American comfort food with a decidedly Southern contemporary flare at Rocks on the River and a quick elevator ride opens to Rocks on the Roof, where you can enjoy spectacular views, award-winning food and live entertainment. Another unique Savannah dining experience can be found during the day at the family style Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, but get there early as the line forms quickly. For a totally fun (and educational) culinary experience for you and your guests, check out the 700 Kitchen Cooking School where Chef Darin Sehnert expertly walks you through the preparation of some select low-country dishes, which you then have the privilege of savoring coupled with well-chosen local wines.
When it is time to work off the calories, things to do and enjoy abound in Savannah. Getting around is easy on foot or jump on one of the trolley tours which will drop you off to stroll the town parks and historic district. Since Savannah has the distinction of being one of “America’s Most Haunted Cities,” be sure to spend one evening on the Old Savannah Ghost Trolley touring sites where you may encounter the paranormal.
Your guests will be delighted with your choice of Savannah for a truly unique destination wedding. Let the warm Southern hospitality of its wedding planning community help you with the most important party of your life.
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.
Photos courtesy of The Kessler Collection (1st & 4th) and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce (2nd & 3rd).
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