Suddenly sophisticated Savannah, Georgia
The Savannah College of Art and Design operates seven galleries in the city and maintains a calendar of exhibitions, so you can get a preview of what will be showing during your stay. Much of the work is very experimental. The newly opened “main” museum, the SCAD Museum of Art, has a permanent collection that is augmented by temporary exhibitions of the best current works. You should definitely make time for the city’s Telfair Museum and in particular, it’s gorgeous modern wing designed by architect Moshe Safdie. In City Market, check out the gallery of local artist Stephen Kasun.
The shopping is laid out along a half-dozen blocks of Broughton Street and in City Market. Sylvester & Co has everything from zip-up flowered cowboy boots to retro refrigerators. The Paris Market sells collectibles and housewares that have been gathered worldwide. Beekeeper Ted Dennard parlayed his fascination with the social insects into a stellar boutique, Savannah Bee Company, which offers dozens of deliciously packaged local honeys and soap.
While Savannah has great musical history — it was home to the composer of Jingle Bells and Johnny “Moon River” Mercer — it did not have much to offer beyond country and blues bands until fairly recently. At Casimir’s Lounge, jazz combos play Sinatra and standards while cigar smokers retreat to the rooftop terrace overlooking Forsyth Park to sip their Scotch. SubZero is a faux ice bar located in a basement. Everything is white, from the fur-trimmed minis worn by the hostesses to igloo-esque walls and a mounted caribou head. The crowd starts young and gets younger as the night goes on. On Congress Street, 51 Degrees is a three-story dance club with very loud hip-hop, salsa and house music.