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There are few places in this world that are simultaneously eccentric and dignified, holding fast to their gracious and grandiose history while also teeming with unapologetic vivacity.

And yet, these are precisely the complementary disparities with which Savannah bewitches visitors time and time again. Get swept up in this Southern study in contrasts when you escape to the "Hostess City of the South". Whisk your belle amour away for a one-night weekday ($139) or two-night weekend ($289) stay at the dreamy Forsyth Park Inn, an opulent Queen Anne Victorian mansion located on the western flank of the historic park for which it is named.

The inn, built in 1893, has 11 antique-laden rooms with soaring ceilings and 12-foot windows and a private courtyard garden cottage, which is pet friendly. Many of the rooms offer park views with some featuring working fireplaces. You'll be served your included gourmet breakfast on the sweeping veranda or, on a cool morning, fireside in the parlour.

Enjoy Lowcountry favourites like fluffy buttermilk biscuits, cheesy grits soufflé and inn specialties like Bananas Foster French toast or Florentine Eggs Benedict. And, you can literally soak in Savannah charm by choosing a room with a whirlpool or clawfoot tub.

Retreat to a rocker on the grand veranda for included refreshing beverages with hors d'œuvres in the late afternoon and sweets, coffee and assorted herbal tea in the evening.

Take advantage of the inn's location on Forsyth Park to play tennis, jog or enjoy lunch in the park's cafe, or wander the paths through the opulent Victorian garden, taking care not to miss the park's crowning jewel: the magnificent 1858 fountain.

Stroll down Bull Street, stopping in to shopSCAD, a one-of-a-kind retail space featuring the unique wares created by Savannah College of Art and Design students and alums. Pedal through Savannah's historic district, discovering dramatic architecture and decadent restaurants throughout the town's 21 squares.

Make reservations at the James Beard Award-winning Elizabeth on 37th, or stop in to the more casual Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room for renowned fried chicken and cornbread. "In Savannah, whether you like your Southern cooking haute or hotter'n hell, you can count on plenty of it," assures Travel + Leisure, adding: "Be warned that 'eating light' just means leaving the cheese off the grits."

Hop the Tybee Island shuttle for a beach day on the laid-back barrier island, just 20 minutes from town. Cultural travellers appreciate the city's numerous walking tours, historic homes, and fine exhibitions at the Telfair Academy, the South's oldest public art museum.

Envelop yourself in this city's passion and 19th-century charm for an escape that is as genteel as it is surreal.

Escape kit

  • A one-night weekday ($139) or two-night weekend stay ($289) for two
  • Full daily breakfast
  • Beverages, hors d'œuvres, and dessert in the evenings
  • Book by 19 July

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