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TRAVEL GUIDE ATLANTA SAVANNAH JACKSONVILLE HILTON HEAD CHARLESTON AMELIA ISLAND GOLDEN ISLES TYBEE ISLAND

ADVENTURE ISSUE 2016

GREATEST DESTINATIONS & COASTAL BEACH GUIDE PAGE 84

BACK ALLEY

BBQ JOINTS PAGE 154

STORM

SOLDIERS PAGE 50


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62 Tent Cities: The homeless epidemic is growing, but what are we doing to stop it?

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42 LARRY VICKERS

How did this former Delta Force operator help take out Osama bin Laden.

46 DIRTY DAN

Planning runs can be a muddy business, but faith and service keep Dan Pavlin going.

50 STORM SOLDIERS

Local film developers find out the hard way how dangerous some jobs really are.

58 HERE COMES THE STORM The worldwide soccer phenomenon is making its way to the Lowcountry.

54 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Behind the scenes at a local ghost hunt gets a bit harrier than expected.


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38 DEPARTMENTS 22 CHIT CHATS Girls on the Run. 24 CLUB SOUTH South’s 10th Anniversary Gala.

70 TRAVEL & ADVENTURE 36 TRUE SOUTH Volunteer firefighters make the difference. 38 ECO ADVENTURES Take an adventerous journey with this eco-minded company.

154 STYLE/DINING

PLAYSOUTH

68 FISHING FOR STYLE How to look good on the water.

160 SURVIVING LLS Celebrating those who strive to survive.

70 SOUTH’S GREATEST MOMS

A road trip down memory lane.

162 BEST FESTS

74 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Southern hippie-chic style.

164 RACE FOR WARRIORS The Nine Line Foundation is running for our heroes.

150 SPANKY’S CHICKEN FINGERS

84 SOUTH’S GREATEST

The 40th anniversary of the famous dish.

166 WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES

Tactical gear for the adventurer in you.

The best-kept secrets to traveling down South.

152 SOUTHERN SIPPIN’ View from the top.

168 EVENTS CALENDER

34 CULTURED Lowcountry teen makes it to Hollywood on American Idol.

112 EAT, STAY, PLAY, SHOP The greatest places in Savannah and beyond.

154 BACK ALLEY BBQ

26 MOUTH OF THE SOUTH The many characters of Old Savannah Tours, Jeffrey Hall.

28 HIGH COTTON Veteran owned. Veteran operated. Service oriented. 32 SOUTHERN MADE

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50 STORM SOLDIERS The most adventurous job in America.

DESTINATIONS

A guide to the areas hottest BBQ joints.

Men get to see what women go through, shoes and all.

174 SCENES OF THE SOUTH Were you seen by South? 178 SECRET SOUTHERNER Can you guess who it is?


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P U B L I S H E R ’ S L E T T E R /A N G E R & A N X I E T Y

SOMETIMES I THINK ALL THINGS REALLY DO HAPPEN FOR A REASON. I HAVE OFTEN BEEN ASKED WHY I DO WHAT I DO. I’M REFERRING TO MY PROFESSION, NOT THE INEXPLICABLE ANTICS THAT EVERYONE AROUND ME IS FORCED TO ENDURE. (WE’LL GET TO THAT SOON.)

My answer is that I get to explore interesting people, places and things that life puts before me. I especially enjoy learning what makes unique and accomplished people tick. I get to pry into psyches and lives to which few people have access. In the process, I’m always fascinated, often inspired, usually entertained and, in the best instances, thoroughly enlightened. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Freakly, the General Manager of the new soccer club Team Tormenta. Before our meeting that day, you might have been hard-pressed to notice I was enjoying my Publisher, Michael Brooks celebrating the 10th Anniversary of South job at all. I was not a pleasant person to be around. magazine with family. After 10 years, there is still much to learn. Ben is the kind of person with whom you might strike an accord immediately. It’s obvious he has a keen emotional intelligence that the best managers seem to possess. While we set up the shoot, our photographer and stylist doing their unavoidably distracting things, Ben was relaxed, calm and focused as we talked. Only a few minutes into our conversation, he asked me how I started South and seemed genuinely interested in my story. Now he was peeking into my psyche. (Sorry, Ben, I know it’s messy in there.) Ben is known for his inspiring talks. I guess he somehow sensed I could use one that day. This was no fiery pre-game gladiatorial screed, although I’m sure he excels in those moments. This was just interesting banter and thoughtful dialogue. He mentioned quite off-handedly that he had been reading an article on performance blockers earlier in the day. Somehow I doubt that this was Ben’s only education on the topic, but he probably understood that a casual approach was more likely to put me at ease. He told me something that I should probably already know but am somehow too dense to understand consciously. Anger and anxiety are performance killers. Introducing them into the workplace is not productive in the least. Controlling emotions and anxiety, and stabilizing the environment is what high performers and true leaders do. I was also reminded of how thankful I should be about the experiences my life and job have afforded me. It was simple advice stated in a way that somehow made me take it to heart. And, of course, many of you reading this right now can likely profit from it, too. I left the shoot inspired. It was a case of the right message, delivered by perfect messenger, just when I needed it. It seemed like fate had arranged this subtle butt-kicking. Dare I say, it might have been a pivotal, life-changing moment. Of course, whether or not it turns out that way is up to me. Many, many thanks and keep reading,

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SAVANNAH JACKSONVILLE HILTON HEAD CHARLESTON AMELIA ISLAND GOLDEN ISLES TYBEE ISLAND

JOINTS PAGE 154

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Fashion editor, Emily Bargeron took a group of young ladies across the South Carolina border on a mini vacation to shoot this issue’s fashion spread. Featured in this spread was model and South intern Lucy Elm who was asked to jump into an impromptu shoot. Photographer Josh Bransetter, aka Jabberpics was on the scene to capture an amazing photo featuring a coastal beach to tie into this years travel issue. See more photos featured on page 74. Photography byJab, Styling by Andi Denny, Fashion by Emily Bargeron and Art Direction/Cover design by MB. On Lucy: Bikini - Indie Swim , Top -Mamie, Ruth, Necklace - M. Liz jewelry

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PREPARE FOR THE STORM : TORMENTA STRIKES SOUTH GA BEN FREAKLEY, TORMENTA, FC - PAGE 58

Ben Freakley, general manager of the new soccer team, Tormenta, is cultivating the next generation of athletic leaders. Ben is working hard to bring top level soccer to this region and more importantly teaching his young athletes success through values and routines. Read more about Tormenta and Storm Soccer on page 58.Photography by by Zoe Welsh, Styling by Jessica Quito, Art Direction and Design by MB.

–Michael Brooks, Publisher/Creative Director

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CONTRIBUTORS

BEVERLY WILLETT

Beverly Willett is a freelance writer, essayist and op ed contributor who has written for The New York Times, Salon, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Prevention, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, Family Circle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Purple Clover, The Daily Beast and many more. She serves in a volunteer position on the board of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless. A former New York City entertainment attorney, Beverly now lives in Savannah. See her dive into Savannah’s Tent Cities on page 62.

SHAYNA COLVIN

Shayna Colvin is a 21 year old photographer born and raised in Orange County, California. She is currently based in Savannah while she attends the Savannah College of Art and Design, pursuing a BFA in photography. See her work on this issue’s fashion spread Adventure Awaits (page 74).

EMILY BARGERON

Emily Bargeron is a music loving, gypsy soul and the creator of the Savannah-based clothing line Mamie Ruth. When she’s not front row at a music festival she is knee deep in fabric designing her next collection at her studio and storefront on Liberty St. in downtown Savannah. Check her styling of Adventure Awaits (Page 74).

STEPHEN PRUDHOMME

MICHAEL HRIZUK

As an industry award winning Photographer/ Creative Director, Michael’s career has taken him across both the northern and southern hemispheres shooting and directing for some of biggest names in entertainment. From the Discovery Channel to the National Geographic Channel and countless others in between, his true to form approach to authentic story telling has been the cornerstone to his success. See his talents come alive in Tent Cities (page 62) and Down Home BBQ (page 154) michaelhrizukphotos.com.

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Stephen Prudhomme is a New Jersey native who has lived in Savannah for 19 years. He graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in journalism and worked for several newspapers in the Atlanta area before moving to Hilton Head Island to work as a sports editor for a weekly paper. Stephen served as editor for two community newspapers in Colorado before moving back to Savannah and pursuing work as a freelance writer and tour guide. Read his foray into Savannah’s soccer phenomenon in Kicking Into High Gear (page 58).


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CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE GIRL AT A TIME

GIRLS ON THE RUN IS A PLACE WHERE GIRLS LEARN THEY CAN: NO LIMITS, NO CONSTRAINTS; ONLY OPPORTUNITIES.

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"We are about more than just running. "We We teach these girls how to love themselves."

-Beth Aldrich, Executive Director

ince the beginning of time, society has been telling young women they can’t. They can’t be pilots. They can’t be engineers. They can’t beat the boys. Girls on the Run (GO TR) changes that. This organization inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define their future on their own terms. Meeting twice a week with certified GOTR coaches and volunteers, teams of eight to twenty elementary through middle school girls engage in life-building lessons. Over the course of the program, these girls develop a stronger sense of self. They feel confident in who they are, they respond to others with compassion, they create positive connections with peers and adults; they make meaningful contributions to their community and society "We are about more than just running," says Beth Aldridge, Executive Director of the Savannah chapter of GOTR. "We teach these girls how to love themselves, love their team, and love their community." The Savannah area has 18 elementary school GOTR programs. Each session is held over a 10 week period in both the fall and the spring. The program meets two days a week for one and a half hours after school. All girls, regardless of running ability, are encouraged to join. To see the complete list of schools head to girlsontherun-ga.org. If your child’s school isn’t listed, contact the principal to get one going. If you’d like to get involved with the GOTR program, don’t miss the annual 5K Celebration Run on Saturday, April 30. Community runners are welcome; so get a team together and sign up. All proceeds from the 5K Celebration Run go directly to teaching and encouraging as many girls as possible that they can. They can be pilots. They can be engineers. They can beat the boys.

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CLUB SOUTH/ TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA Kissie-Lyn Tan and Thanh-Vi Le worked around the clock to produce this stunning floral backdrop.

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The Jepson Center for the Arts played host to South magazine’s Faces of the South 10th anniversary gala Friday, February 6. Publisher Michael Brooks and his team welcomed over 600 guests to the event, which included delectable hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the evening’s special presentation presented by long time South supporter Tytan Creates. 1. Aidan Anderson 2.Paul & Kelly Bright with Bandit 3.Courtney Cole 4.Chris Clarke & Diana Prevatte 5. T Orlzud Peelson & Dr. Karen Cooper 6.Alex & Charles Bowen 7.Courtney Rawlins & Rachel Wilson 8.LukeJohn Dickson & Thomas Dickensheets 9. Dr. Pete & Dr. Christi Ghaleb 10.Blake Crosby, Danielle Hicks 11.Alicia & Ben Senger 12.Inan Isik Brittany Hegarty & AJ Asci 13.Kiley Lightle 14. Dr. Ben Spitalnik & Aliison Spitalnik 15.Dorsey & Tommy Smith 16.Billy Castro 17.Tina Tyus-Shaw 18. Amber Linkenhoker 19. Lindsay Warren & Ashley Thompson.

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MOUTH OF THE SOUTH / JEFFREY HALL Jeffrey Hall poses as Johnny Mercer with Johnny Mercer outside City Market.

"You might not know about me when I get here, but you won't forget me when ya' leave!" Q: What makes your work so significant to the Savannah community?

INSIDE THE CHARACTER OF SAVANNAH FROM JOHNNY MERCER TO SEXUALLY FLUID PIRATES, JEFFREY HALL BRINGS LIFE AND LAUGHTER TO SAVANNAH’S MANY COLORFUL CHARACTERS. Q: When did you begin impersonating Savannah’s favorite characters? A: It started with Linda Odom and Tales of the South Tours. Her company is a receptive, which means when folks come in here in groups TOTS takes over and provides them with unique and interesting events: dinners in mansions, floating cocktail parties, etc. So, when she needed a pirate to spice up a party she called me. It was a hit! That led to Rhett Butler, R.V. Trailer (honorary Mayor of Tybee), and others. Then, when they needed short-notice musical entertainment offerings for dinners and luncheons, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Jeffery Hall (as myself ) showed up. [Through TOTS] I have entertained thousands of guests over the years.

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Q: So of all your characters, who is your favorite to play? A: Maurice the Marauder. He is a sexually fluid pirate hairdresser with an insatiable appetite for “affection.” He tells folks that his actual name is simply Reese, but every time he is ready to leave the boudoir his partner always screams “More, Reese! MORE!” So that’s how he got his current name. His specific sense of humor, combined with his potentially offensive language and his skin-tight leather pants, make him a favorite at evening events, cocktail parties and the like. We don’t put him in public on Old Savannah Tour’s trolleys or anywhere near Tales of the South or church groups. Jeff Hall as Jim Williams and Maurice the Marauder

Q: What is your favorite part about working for Old Savannah Tours? A: They have allowed me to check off a major bucket list item: being a full-time actor and making a living at it. I have always been a ham. My first starring role was at three months old playing baby Jesus in a church play, and I have loved the spotlight ever since. Will Green and Jim Lucas [of OST] give me the freedom and the resources to create scripts, design costumes and create a cast of historical characters that entertain and enlighten people from all over the world. Their support and trust is priceless.

A: Hell if I know! Significance is an intangible term for me. I get to portray people from history. I get to be an ambassador for the city. I educate people on historical figures and sometimes, I make them laugh. As my dear friend Charlie Brown from Atlanta says, "You might not have known about me when you got here, but you won’t forget me when ‘ya leave!" To see Jeff ’s characters in action, visit oldsavannahtours.com or call 912.234.8141 and book a tour.

WHO IS JEFFREY HALL? - Spent nine and a half years in United States Air Force. - Performed by invitation for President Ronald Reagan in West Berlin at the party following his “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!” speech. - Has performed for international television special broadcasts in seven countries. -Has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Food Network. - Appeared on the final season of American Idol as Johnny Mercer. - Opening the newest rewrite of Johnny Mercer and Me at the Jewish Educational Alliance in April and The Lucas in May.

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HIGH COTTON / SOUTHERN LEADERS TELL ALL

NINE LINE APPAREL BROTHERS IN ARMS. BROTHERS IN BUSINESS. By Emma Iocovozzi

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"WE ARE RELENTLESSLY PATRIOTIC AND WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WHO WE ARE. – DANIEL MERRITT, PRESIDENT NINE LINE APPAREL

THE DEBRIEF

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PRODUCTS PRODUCED AND SENT OUT EACH MONTH

96 COMBINED YEARS OF MILITARY EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THE MERRITT BROTHERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES

n a small, unassuming store in the middle of President Street sits Nine Line Apparel. Brothers Major Daniel and Captain Tyler Merritt, the president and CEO, respectively, spoke to us with passion and excitement for, Nine Line, their company and foundation. Now about three years old and with current monthly production numbers that out-perform companies double their size, Nine Line Apparel has already started making waves in the clothing sector. But their steadily grossing non-profit is the real successful standout in a world where most charities are all talk, no action. “It is one thing to talk about wanting to effect change, but action is required,” says Daniel, currently a Major in the United States Army, “I take pride in our role in helping veterans through our non-profit and our role here in Savannah trying to improve the lives of our homeless.” Back in 2013, the brothers had dreams of starting a business where they didn’t just raise awareness for veteran issues, but gave back to their community. “As a veteran stationed here in Savannah, I experienced a level of respect and gratitude for my service unparalleled to anywhere else,” says Tyler. The two brothers knew they could do more, and used that mentality of giving back

$1 mil IN DONATIONS AND GIFTS RAISED FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY THE NINE LINE FOUNDATION

90 EMPLOYEES WORK FOR NINE LINE WITH FIVE VOLUNTEERS WORKING FOR THE NINE LINE FOUNDATION

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your employees to work hard. Tyler adds, “Hard work beats talent every day of the week so you better be willing to put in the work you demand of others.”

It's a Family Affair > From left: Dan Merritt [ father], Tyler Merritt, Zoe Merritt Bleacher [sister], and Danny Merritt

Thin Blue Line T-shirt

The Pledge T-shirt to achieve even greater success than even they imagined. Nine Line is an apparel company without inhibitions. Part of their appeal is that, unlike larger corporations, they aren’t afraid to take stances on issues deemed too taboo. They serve the community with conviction and in return the community has embraced them wholeheartedly. The secret to Nine Line’s success is that they see themselves as more than just an apparel company. “We are a community with shared values,” says Tyler. “We are not

Shown: ‘All Rifles Matter’ fitted crew tee and ‘Home of the Brave’ hoodie. Tailgater Hoodie comes with patented built in beverage holder and interior zippered pocket. afraid to take a stand on issues most larger brands shy away from. We support veteran initiatives, the 2nd amendment, and love of country. We are relentlessly patriotic and will not apologize for who we are.” In their effort to change the typical small business model, they make it a point to hire veterans, and have even just recently hired a homeless veteran who was living under the Truman Parkway. “Our Nine Line family is now larger and we are going to all work together to get his life back to something that he can be more proud of,” says Daniel. “We are proud to extend all the help and support needed in helping transform other people’s lives.” Including this new hire, there are currently 13 veterans working for Nine Line, out of 90 total employees. That is over double the percent of total veterans currently in America’s workforce. What stands out the most, however, is the fact that the Merritt brothers don’t see a business when they look at Nine Line, they see a family: “I have the pleasure of working with the most intelligent, hard working, and innovative coworkers in the country. Everyone at Nine Line shares similar values and beliefs in who we are and what we stand for. It’s more than just a job and that is something I’m extremely proud of being a part of.” Another benchmark of their success is, of course, all the hard work that gets put into the Nine Line brand. With two long-time army vets (both still active) for bosses you can expect a certain amount of structure. “Over the years, military members have learned to work incredible hours. The running joke of taking a half day means you work 12 hours,” says Tyler. Daniel notes that building a relationship and leading by example are the best initiatives for getting

ON PROMOTING INNOVATION “We make it a point to give every employee, regardless of position, a voice,” says Daniel, “We encourage ideas for new products, designs, marketing techniques, and production systems. No idea is a bad idea. We also pride ourselves on promoting from within. By showing that even an entry level employee can move up to a C level position, we have seen more employees step up to be a part of the company and the mission.” Tyler says the secret to innovation is incentivizing leadership. “Unlike the timetable promotion system within the military, we promote innovation quite aggressively,” he says. “Those who demonstrate the capacity to learn, lead and innovate are given increased levels of responsibilities in title and pay.” ON USING MILITARY EXPERIENCE AS A BUSINESS ASSET Both Daniel and Tyler speak eloquently on how their shared military leadership experience has helped them shape their leadership styles now. “In Iraq I was a platoon leader in charge of 32 of the finest soldiers a guy could ask for. The area of operation was a hostile one, we rolled hundreds of combat missions throughout the year,” says Daniel. “The way I have always led is by building the relationship and leading by example. You have to be firm; yet fair. You have to be able to eat last, sleep last, you have to ensure that above all every one of your soldiers knows you care about them. It is the same in business.” It’s clear, Nine Line has a substantial investment in the wellbeing of their workers, veterans or otherwise. This kind of focus is a far cry from the corporate greed and bottom line seeking companies we are used to hearing about. More than that, Nine Line shows that focusing on your employees can actually make your company more successful and stronger than ever. Tyler leaves us with this, “When you surround yourself with innovators, the sky is truly the limit. We will challenge and engage each other in productive manners which is one of the attributing factors to our incredible growth." Get shirts, hoodie (shown) and this American made mesh hat and more at ninelineapparel.com.

Photograps courtesty of NI NE L I NE APR I L / M AY 2016

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IN THE STUDIO / SOUTHERN ART

HEAVY METAL

"I like taking things other people might view as junk and using it to make something functional or beautiful."

SOME ARTISTS EXPRESS THEMSELVES BY PUTTING BRUSH TO CANVAS. STEVE PENATELLO CREATES HIS MASTERPIECES WITH A BLOWTORCH.

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n a garage studio out in Pooler, Penatello keeps stacks and stacks of what looks like junk: old wires, dusty plane parts, dated trophies. What might look like junk to the naked, eye looks like the makings of a work of art to Penatello. “I like taking things other people might view as junk and using it to make something functional,” enthuses Steve as he lists off the treasures he has hidden in his garage. Bike chains, broken lamps, rusted engine parts. His work is more than functional. One of his favorite pieces is a robot lamp he created for his son for Christmas. “On Christmas Eve I went to my studio and just started collecting things that have meaning to me,” remembers Steve. “I got to work and what resulted was a robot that has a motion censored, colorchanging lamp. My son was crazy about it.” What began as a hobby, making grills for friends, has turned into a lucrative career for this artist/welder/tinkerer. By day he fixes planes at Gulfstream, but in his spare time you’ll find him in his studio: safety mask on, tools in hand, creating something revolutionary. Check out his work at penatellometalcraft.com

X MARKS THE SPOT: Welder and artist Steve Penatello created the iconic metal X featured at South’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Here’s some insight into how this magnificent X came to be.

- Stands over 7 feet tall - Used over 75 feet of weld (most was shaved off) - Finished in three days - Weighs about 30 lbs - Made of 3003 aluminum alloy, which is used in many fuel tanks

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"I knew that getting a golden ticket would be the biggest moment of my life."

Left: Lee Jean, Jr. performs on stage at American Idol Below: Jean is mentored by American Idol alum Chris Daughtry

THE LOWCOUNTRY IDOL IN THE LAST SEASON OF FOX’S AMERICAN IDOL, ONE LOWCOUNTRY TEEN VIED FOR HIS CHANCE AT STARDOM.

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t’s an old story. It strikes a special chord in us, and in many ways, is distinctly American. A young artist from a Southern city, in this case a musician from Beaufort, wants to “make it big.” That’s what drives Lee Jean, Jr., the 16-year-old Bluffton singer who is making waves on the final season of American Idol. Jean’s father, who serves in the Marine Corps, was stationed at the Beaufort base in 2006. His close-knit family has always supported his love of music. Lee’s first instrument was a keyboard, which he started playing at four years old, and he later self-taught himself the guitar from YouTube videos. His biggest supporter was his older brother DJ, who recently passed away in a tragic accident. The memory of his brother is a constant reminder to keep working hard at his dream. “DJ always knew I would be something one day,” says Jean. His story resonates because despite his circumstance, Jean continued in pursuit of any opportunity to get his foot in the door like his brother always believed he could. Confidence in his craft and the support of his family encouraged him to try out for the final season of FOX’s American Idol. “My audition was in Atlanta, and I knew that getting a golden ticket would be the biggest moment of my life.” For his audition, Jean performed “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. The judges instantly fell in love with his sound and his talents. Country star Keith Urban believed in his singer/ songwriter quality, and knew the viewers would be interested in the story this musician had to tell. Since receiving his golden ticket to Hollywood, Jean has had a slew of memorable experiences and new stories that will mark the beginning of his career. He has performed in front of huge live audiences, been on national television with millions of viewers, and even had the chance to be mentored by one of his literal “idols,” Chris Daughtry. This kid is seriously living the dream, but he knows he wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of his family and the love of his Lowcountry home.Jean made it to the top 8, but was voted off the week of March 7. To see clips of the star performing on the show visit americanidol.com.

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ON THE PORCH / TRUE SOUTH "SSFD has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation."

FOR THE COMMUNITY, BY THE COMMUNITY THE SOUTHSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAVES OUR LIVES IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

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e all pass by a local fire station on our way home every day. Most days we just overlook the buildings because we tend to not think about heroes until they are needed most. How would you feel if I told you that the heroes that walk through fire to save your family actually volunteer for the job? Southside Fire/EMS/Security is a communitybased, combination, non-profit Fire, EMS, and Security department, which has been in operation since 1961. Back then, the southern half of Chatham County had no fire protection. With a piece of land, one fire engine, and a budget of $10,000, residents of southern Chatham County joined together to form Southside Fire Department. Since SSFD’s humble one station, one fire engine beginning in 1961, they have grown to include 23 stations, 38 ambulances, 18 fire engines, 4 aerial trucks, 2 heavy-duty rescue trucks, 1 light duty rescue truck, 5 water tankers, 2 natural disaster STORM trailers, 1 air supply truck, 2 rehab units, 1 mass casualty support trailer, a headquarters complex with a full-service

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mechanical shop, assorted officers vehicles, a 24/7 dispatch center with CAD and mobile data system, and a total of 360 personnel, both volunteer and career. Whew! Those volunteers save the taxpayers of Chatham County approximately five and one-half million dollars annually. That’s right: $5,500,000 per year. In addition to saving you money, the SSFD is working hard to help the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, which provides assistance to families of burn patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. How are they helping, you ask? By posing for a sexy fireman’s calendar, that’s how! The 2016 calendar is already on sale, and it features some of your favorite local fire hunks. But more than that, all the proceeds from the sale of these calendars goes to helping burn victims. SSFD has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sales of their calendars for the Southeastern Firefighter’s Burn Foundation. If the sexy firemen weren’t an immediate sell, their charitable efforts will definitely make you hand over the $10. To snag your calendar, go to southsidefire.com.

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

YOUR SOUTHSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT NOT ONLY RESPONDS WHEN YOU CALL, BUT ALSO WHEN AMERICA CALLS. HURRICANE HUGO, SEPT, 1989:

teams sent to North Charleston, SC,

FLOODS OF SW GEORGIA, JULY 1994: teams sent for search & rescue and dive-recovery. 9-11-2001, NY: two search dog teams sent to World Trade Center attacks. HURRICANE KATRINA, SEPT., 2005:

command team sent for fire protection in Waveland, MS.

WILDFIRES OF S. GA, APRIL & MAY, 2007: three separate fire teams deployed.

IMPERIAL SUGAR EXPLOSION, FEB, 2008: 100 Southside personnel respond.

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ADVENTURES WHO SAYS SMALL TOWN GUYS NEVER TRAVEL THE WORLD? THE FATHER-SON-FAMILY TEAM BEHIND GLOBAL ECO ADVENTURES THINKS YOU'RE NEVER TOO SMALL FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME AND THEY ARE READY TO TAKE YOU ON ONE. W O R D S : R O B Y N PA S S A N T E

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hen you’ve seen the Earth from some of the highest mountain heights and lowest ocean depths like Tom Mullikin has, you think differently about its beauty and its people, its resilience and its fragility. And you want others to think differently too. But first they have to see it. That’s why Mullikin – a Camden, South Carolina, attorney, avid outdoorsman and longtime environmental sustainability advocate – started the nonprofit Global Eco Adventures with the help of his son, Thomas Mullikin, Jr., and the rest of the family. Its premise is simple: To create awareness of environmental sustainability through educational expeditions to faraway lands like Antarctica and the Amazon, and to research projects on fragile ecosystems like the Galapagos Islands. “The trips that I’ve led teach about the environment while in the environment. And it’s amazing how people come out with a very different set of optics afterward,” says Mullikin, who remembers the first time his own worldview really changed – on a vacation to Alaska with a friend when he was in his early 20s. Hunting, fishing, and hiking the last frontier opened his eyes not just to the greater beauty of our world, but also to how much we take it for granted. “Alaska to me is one of the greatest places on Earth,” he says. “That inspired me.” The pre-med

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college student worked in politics briefly, serving under then Sen. Fritz Hollings and Rep. John Spratt, before entering law school and finding his way into the right career fit for him. “It’s combined my interest in the outdoors and a more academic discipline,” he says of environmental law. That passion was fueled even further after crossing paths with another dedicated environmentalist. “I worked for a young senator named Al Gore in the mid-’80s, and began to become very focused on environmental issues,” he says of his time Tom Mullikin's goal is with the well-known to be the first human to environmentalist SCUBA dive the worl'd and eventual vice five oceans and climb president. the Seven Summits: the Mullikin has spent highest peaks in each the last 30 years of the world's seven practicing law in the continents. areas of environmental health and safety, while spending his personal time exploring the very ends of the earth, from SCUBA diving off the coast of Antarctica to hunting on the African plains. And the more he traveled and talked to the indigenous people on his trips, the more he wanted to show others the fragility and beauty of what he’d seen. GEA expeditions are typically about 10 days long, cost a few thousand dollars, and include as much education

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Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland. It covers the calder of a volcano with a summit elevation of 5,417 feet. as sightseeing. Led by Mullikin with the help of Thomas Mullikin, Jr., a master naturalist, tripgoers become well versed on the land’s history and laws as well as its flora, fauna, and indigenous people before they set foot on the soil and begin to explore. Mullikin also serves as travel agent, setting up accommodations and making inroads with the locals long before the group arrives. “I’ve never taken anybody anywhere that I haven’t been first without them,” he says. “So I know I’m bringing them to someplace where they’re going to be safe and relatively comfortable, given the environment.” He leads these trips because he strongly believes that to truly effect positive change in a fragile ecosystem, we must first understand everything that has led up to the moment of crisis. And showing is better than telling. “So much of the conversation on the environment is on the proposed solutions, not about the nature of the problems,” he says. “I give talks all over the world on climate change, and I ask ‘What are the greenhouse gases?’ I’ve rarely had an audience get that right. And these are people who are there specifically to talk about it.” GEA’s Project Abby 2100 is one way Mullikin is trying to use research on the past as a way to help the future. Started as part of a class he taught for the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the Galapagos Islands last year, the project involved students who spent time researching what the islands are projected to look like in the year 2100, coupled with interviews they conducted

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Above: Mullikin traipsing through the cold and snow of Antarctica. Right: Mullikin filming educational footage in Machu Picchu. Bottom: SCUBA diving adventures in the Galápagos Islands.


TAKE THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE Jump on one of these expeditions with GEA. You'll have the experience of a lifetime, plus you might learn a thing or two along the way. April 23 "Yakking on the River" Kayaking Adventure June 16-18 Jocasee Gorge Hiking Adventure (SC) July 21-24 Mt. Adams Hiking Adventure (WA) August 24-28 Prince William Sound Kayaking Adventure (AK) Date TBD Galapagos Island Scuba Adventure

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with local elders regarding what physical and ecological changes those people had seen throughout their lifetimes. Students then predicted the effects of climate change there in the coming decades relative to “Baby Abby,” a theoretical child born in 2015. Closer to home, GEA heads up the Adventure Club, an active, educational series for middle schoolers that prepares them for – and leads them on – hikes and other outings right around Camden. The goal is to spark an interest in the environment and a lifelong love of the outdoors, Mullikin says.

“At the end of May we’ll help them hike up Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina, the highest peak on the East Coast,” he says. Mullikin himself is no stranger to high peaks. He’s in the middle of his quest to become the first human to climb the world’s Seven Summits and SCUBA dive in all five of the world’s oceans. The SCUBA end of the goal has been completed, and the summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. Kosciuscko in Australia, and Mt. Aconcagua in South America have been reached – most of them with his son by his side. “When we were climbing Aconcagua, the There's no better way to get around in the arctic than dog sledding. Below, Mullikin locals were showing us pictures of how the leads an adventurous crew through an education journey. mountain looked in the ’50s compared to now. It’s ridiculous how much the glaciers have receded,” says Thomas, who caught his dad’s passion for the environment after his father took him to – where else? – Alaska for his 18th birthday. “Being out on those peaks and him explaining the environment that way was amazing,” he says. “I’ve always been into the outdoors but I’d never really left Camden. That trip made a huge impact.” It’s the same kind of impact the Mullikins are hoping to make with all the travelers they chaperone around the globe, doing what they can to help fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants. “GEA has evolved where opportunities have presented themselves,” Mullikin says. “We’ve gone where we’ve found the fire burning the brightest.”

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I HELPED TO BRING INTO REALITY THE GUN THAT KILLED BIN LADEN...THAT'S LIKE WINNING THE SUPER BOWL.


LARRY VICKERS PHOTOS : JABBERPICS

WORDS : ROBYN PASSANTE

WHEN AL-QAEDA FOUNDER OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS KILLED WITH AN HK416 IN PAKISTAN ON MAY 2, 2011, IT WAS A U.S. NAVY SEAL WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER. BUT WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THIS FORMER DELTA FORCE OPERATOR?

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half a world away, retired U.S. Army 1st SFOD-Delta veteran Larry Vickers felt a swell of pride and a personal connection to the deed, and for good reason: The most notorious terrorist in history was taken out with a weapon Vickers had helped to develop. “My proudest accomplishment, without a doubt, is that I helped to bring into reality the gun that killed bin Laden. In the tactical firearms business, that’s about as big as it gets,” says Vickers of the assault rifle/carbine he developed in the 1990s with German arms maker Heckler & Koch. “That’s like winning the Super Bowl.” Bin Laden’s death might have been his championship win, but Vickers is no onehit wonder. He’s had a long and storied career revolving around the design, function, training and use of firearms, both in the military and out of it.

The 20-year Army veteran is the owner of Vickers Tactical, a Fayetteville, North Carolinabased company that offers a range of gun-related services. He’s one of the nation’s leading civilian weapon trainers for military, law enforcement, and private individuals. He produces and stars in a video series of insider info and training tidbits on his Vickers Tactical YouTube channel, which has nearly 270,000 subscribers. Finally, Vickers is a highly respected consultant to gun and accessory manufacturers, and offers a variety of gun accessories and upgrades of his own design. “I’m very fortunate,” he says. “If I only did one thing over and over, I’d get burned out. So I’m fortunate enough to have four different things – training, consulting, being a brand ambassador, and the YouTube channel stuff – to tap into.” Arguably his most popular product is the Vickers Signature Sling, a quick-adjust two-point sling developed with Savannah-based Blue Force Gear, one of the many manufacturers with whom Vickers has a working relationship.

“I was using slings before and then I linked up with Blue Force Gear and saw the quality of his products, and I said, ‘I’ve been thinking about doing a signature sling,’” Vickers recalls of the genesis of his partnership with Blue Force Gear CEO Ashley Burnsed. “Everything fell into place. It just was one of those things where all the stars aligned.” The sling’s design maintains the rifle in a ready but secure position, even while the user’s hands are doing other things. “There are no extra bells and whistles. When you see it you’re like, ‘Damn.’ It really just does the job it needs to do; it’s very refined. And it’s made at a very high quality,” says Vickers of the accessory, which garnered instant popularity among civilians and the military. “The feather in our cap was when it was adopted as the recommended sling for the M16 and M4 by the Marine Corps,” Vickers says. “So it’s basically the official sling of the Marine Corps. So it’s done very well.” The simplicity and functionality of Vickers’

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sling is a product of his vast experience using weaponry in combat as well as his intricate understanding of the way a firearm works. “My dad gave me a bolt action single-shot .22 rifle when I was a little kid, and I was hooked. Firearms are very fascinating mechanical objects in terms of how they function; how they’re designed. They’re one of the most fascinating machines that man has ever

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made,” says Vickers, who enlisted in the Army right out of high school and served four years before leaving to earn his associate’s degree in mechanical engineering so he could expand the depth of his knowledge on how machines work. Then he re-upped, eventually making the elite Delta Force special operations unit. During Vickers’ time with Delta he was involved with Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 as well as Desert Storm in the early 1990s. A highlight of Vickers’ time with Delta was Operation Acid Gambit, the rescue of Kurt Muse, an American civilian living in Panama who was being held captive as a possible CIA operative. The operation went as planned, right up until the helicopter Muse was in crashed. Luckily there were no lives lost and everyone made it out. Defeat could have overpowered “the jaws of victory pretty easily,” he says, recalling his team’s last-minute scramble to get all those aboard the downed Little Bird to safety. Vickers retired at age 40, and for a time bounced from job to job, unsure of how to make a life outside the service.

VICKERS IN ACTION TO LEARN ABOUT TACTICAL FIREARMS FROM THE BEST, HEAD TO VICKERSTACTICAL.COM FOR CLASS SCHEDULES AND INFORMATION. THE VICKERS TACTICAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL HAS OVER 270,000 SUBSCRIBERS. ON IT, HE SHOWS FANS THE LATEST IN TACTICAL INNOVATION, GIVES TRAINING TIPS, FIREARMS DEMONSTRATIONS, AND SO MUCH MORE. HEAD TO YOUTUBE.COM/ VICKERSTACTICALINC TO SEE HIM IN ACTION.

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Left: Larry Vickers as a U.S. Army 1st SFOD-Delta Top right: Vicker's with his prized design - the HK416. Bottom right: Vickers in his younger Delta Force days.


“When I first got out it was a real transition,” he says. “It took a while to get things sorted out and get on with my second career.” He went back into the military for a time as a contractor, leading training and doing consulting work. “One of my last jobs in the military was in small arms design for Delta. I realized Delta had a carbine requirement for confined spaces, and the guns being used at the time had limitations. If they were made too compact or too small, their reliability would suffer. So I saw [Heckler & Koch] had some ideas, I linked up with them, we met in the middle and got the ball rolling on what would eventually become the HK416, which was adopted by various special operation units,” he says of the gun that would, years later, bring about bin Laden’s demise. Eventually he left the military completely, making the jump to self-employment. “It was a big leap of faith and very scary; I was used to that government paycheck,” he says. “But in hindsight, it’s the best thing I ever did.” These days Vickers says his main business is training. He offers classes all over the nation on a plethora of tactical

arms skills and techniques. “To use a handgun effectively you really do need training,” Vickers says. “It is the most difficult gun to master. It’s not something that you do naturally. There are a lot of factors at play that work against you. You might think you buy a handgun and you’re good to go, but that’s not the ideal approach.” Vickers trains about 500 people a year, most in two or three day sessions that cover how a gun is designed and how it works, as well as safety concerns and techniques to becoming a better shooter. His students include active duty soldiers, law enforcement teams, and civilians. And demand has been on the rise. “Because of ISIS, the San Bernardino shooting and President Obama’s anti-gun rhetoric, the industry now is gang busters, which unfortunately means you get a lot of ass clown instructors, a lot of charlatans and scam artists,” he says. “Fortunately, my resume speaks for itself, so I separate myself from that riff-raff. I’m very fortunate in that regard.” °

To see the pro in action, head to vickerstactical.com.

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The mud runs Pavlin and White put on every year gross thousands of dollars for charities. Be prepared though, you WILL get dirty.

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HE GREEKS ONCE CALLED RUNNING “THE WORLD’S MOST ACCESSIBLE SPORT.” ITS ENDLESS VIRTUES ARE AS UTILITARIAN AS THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. FOUR AND A HALF MILLION YEARS AGO WE LEARNED TO WALK UPRIGHT AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY TURNED THOSE BABY STEPS INTO LONG STRIDES, BUT HOW HAS IT EVOLVED? CLEARLY THINGS HAVE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN; NOWADAYS MOST OF US ARE RUNNING TO GET RID OF THOSE PESKY CALORIES INSTEAD OF HUNTING FOR THEM, BUT CONSIDER THIS: CAN RUNNING BECOME MORE THAN JUST A WAY TO STAY IN SHAPE? DOES IT HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE A COMMUNITY? YOU PROBABLY CAN’T GO A WEEK WITHOUT HEARING OF SOME KIND OF MARATHON OR RACE DEVOTED TO CHARITY. IN 1969, THE FIRST OFFICIAL CHARITY RUN WAS ORGANIZED BY THE CHURCH WORLD SERVICE FOR WORLD HUNGER, AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN WALKING AND RUNNING OUR WAY TO A BETTER PLANET, BUT AS WITH MOST CO-OPTED FUNDRAISING, MANY TIMES WE LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT IS TRULY AT STAKE.

Sitting down with Dan Pavlin, Race Director and CFO of Endurance Race Services, you immediately get a sense that he finds pleasure in managing chaos. I met with Dan at his “day” job at Bernard Williams and Company, where he works as an insurance salesman and we got to talking about -among many other thingsthe true ethos of why he spends his weekends organizing races. “I try to look at the business world as a platform for my faith, and ERS is my outreach arm,” says Pavlin. Giving back to the community as a vehicle for faith can also be applied to anyone who believes in ethics and moral reasoning (aka everyone), in that your career should be an extension of your outreach. Pavlin has taken this idea and quite literally, run with it. About five years ago, Pavlin and Steve White, CEO of Endurance Race Services, came together to organize a charity run for Savannah Christian School, Palvin’s alma mater. Neither of them had organized a race before but they both participated in them frequently. “Steve is a big checklist guy and I’m more of a dreamer so we balanced each other out well. All of a sudden, after the first 5K, we were getting calls from people asking for help organizing their own charity races,” says Pavlin. “Pretty soon we were

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“I TRY TO LOOK AT THE BUSINESS WORLD AS A PLATFORM FOR MY FAITH, AND [ENDURANCE RACE SERVICES] IS MY OUTREACH ARM.” –DAN PAVLIN helping out with multiple events.” This year, ERS will organize an astounding 40 events. “We’ve gotten to a point to where if a charity comes to us asking to put on a race we ask them what they can do, and handle the rest.” Five years and $250,000 in donations later, ERS is redefining this antiquated notion that a charity run is just a means to an end. Never before has a program so seamlessly integrated the needs and importance of its runners while also bringing issues and foundations to the forefront, many of whom would not

have had any exposure without ERS. Let's face it, the charity run has always served two different kinds of people, marathon junkies eager to break another record and those who serve the charity exclusively. “We try to bring these people together to encourage passion on both ends; I firmly believe in striving to make all areas of your life healthy. One serves another,” says Pavlin. This striving of syncretism has catapulted ERS into the 21st century, with an easy-to-navigate website and an enlistment of social media strategies that encourage constant connections between runners, volunteers, and those who just come to support. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the momentum. So what does the future hold for ERS? In true humble fashion, Pavlin would love it if other people took his business model and expanded it. “There are a lot of people out there just like me who are searching for ways to make every facet of their lives healthy,” says Pavlin. For now he is happy spending his weekends awarding medals to runners, writing checks to charities, and preaching the good word of running to the masses. Each stride reminding us that perhaps the journey is more important than the finish line.

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JOIN DAN PAVLIN ON SOME LOCAL RUNS. MARCH 26TH / Red Show Run

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Optim Orthopedic Skidaway Island Marathon and Half Marathon

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Publix Women’s Half Marathon

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Heese Bear Stomp

APRIL 16TH / The Puzzle Run

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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Ride on Ryan Triathlon

MAY 7TH /

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it with speed but trying to run as fast as you can will only lead to burning out. Try interval training: walking with gradually increased bouts of running.

FROM THE COUCH TO THE 5K HOW TO BECOME A RUNNER IN FIVE EASY STEPS MANY OF US FANTASIZE ABOUT BECOMING THE NEXT USAIN BOLT, BUT BECOME DISCOURAGED WHEN WE DON’T REACH OUR PEAK PERFORMANCE. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO START RUNNING LIKE THE PROS:

1) Give yourself at least six months to build a foundation. Teaching your

body to run correctly takes time. When most of us hear the word “run” we immediately associate

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2) Get the right gear. Luckily, here in

Savannah we have some great resources when it comes to finding the right equipment. Places like Fleet Feet Sports (fleetfeetsavannah.com) have an amazing selection of high impact running shoes that can help prevent splints, knee pain, and a plethora of other issues. Plus, you won’t have to sacrifice style for comfort.

4) Mix it up!

3) The Group Mentality. We spoke to some avid runners and almost all of them said the best way to keep it up is to join a runners group that meets weekly. Connecting with other runners in your area will help motivate you and turn what could be a monotonous task into a fun group hang! Try the Savannah Striders (savystrider. com) or Fleet Feet’s group runs page (fleetfeetsavannah.com).

5) Let the app do all the work. Another fabulous motivator for getting your butt in gear is a running app. There are so many out there that it might be hard to choose the one that is right for you, but you can pretty much tailor your interests accordingly. Our favorite is Map My Run (mapmyrun.com), which allows you to track your routes, challenge your friends and count both calories and steps.

While some of us are deftly tied to our routines, running can be a chance to explore the subtle beauty of your city. What’s so great about running is you can practically do it anywhere. From the many parks to forest trails to sandy beaches and backwater marsh roads, if you mix it up every week you’ll never get bored.

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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO TURN YOUR LIGHTS ON? WHILE YOU FLIP THAT SWITCH, THE JOURNEYMEN LINEMEN ARE WORKING TIRELESLLY AND IN SOME OF THE MOST BRUTAL CONDITIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT SWITCH WORKS, EVERY TIME. \ \

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HEY ARE THE LAST OF THE AMERICAN HEROES,” JIM STONE SAYS VERY MATTER-OF-FACTLY OVER THE PHONE. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AT TYTAN CREATES, A PRODUCTION COMPANY HEADQUARTERED ON TYBEE ISLAND, STONE IS CURRENTLY IN LOS ANGELES PROMOTING HIS LATEST FILM “STORM SOLDIERS”, A FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AMERICA’S JOURNEYMEN LINEMEN, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LITERALLY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ELECTRICITY, EVERY SINGLE DAY. STONE SAT DOWN WITH SOUTH MAGAZINE, TO TALK ABOUT HIS LATEST INSTALLMENT IN THE STORM SOLDIERS JOURNEY, AND HOW THESE FIRST RESPONDERS ARE, PERHAPS, THE LARGEST GROUP OF UNSUNG HEROES OPERATING IN AMERICA TODAY.

Linemen brave even the toughest conditions to ensure your house has power.

Back in 2013 Tytan was approached by Hubbell Power Systems to create a safety film to help them train the incoming linemen. Stone remembers being shocked at how dangerous this line of work was, but he was even more shocked at the fact that most of the country, just like him, had no idea. Right then and there he decided to make a documentary about these men in order to raise awareness. “The statistics are astounding,” says Stone, “Linemen have twice the mortality rate as firemen and policemen and the same mortality rate as soldiers in Afghanistan.” At first it seems shocking that something so necessary in our society, could have such harsh consequences, but the reality is, we take electricity for granted. Stone and his co-producer, Jim Wacker, felt they owed it to these men to tell their story. The first Storm Soldiers was released in 2013 and focused on the history of the industry, where these men came from and the intricate and delicate process of becoming a lineman in the electrical utility industry. “I wanted the first film to be more of an overview,” says Stone, “only in the second Storm Soldiers do we really delve into these guy’s personal lives, see their families and the immense peril the job creates on an almost daily basis.”

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Speaking with Stone you can hear it in his voice, the passion he has for this project, as if he knows he is speaking for an entire community. Storm Soldiers II, set to be released in late 2016, walks us through not only a day in lives of the linemen, but also the lives of their families. “Most of the time when a lineman leaves his home, his family has no idea when he’ll be back or if he’ll even be back at all,” says Stone. Another issue prominent in this searing documentary is the ever-diminishing rate of men and women entering the field. “Almost half of America’s 400,000 linemen are set to retire in the next five to ten years,” says Stone, “without an influx of new workers, our infrastructure will start to crumble.”

HOW TO BE A LINEMAN WITH GEORGIA POWER Serve your community by becoming a revered lineman. Georgia Power and The Southern Companies offer Apprentice Lineman and Technician positions to get you started. You must be able to work at high heights and climb tall structures, work in extreme weather conditions and maintain a weight below 280 pounds. To be hired you must be 18 years or older, pass the CAST preemployment test, and have a clean driving record. For more information about career opportunities and requirements visit southerncompany.com.


Left page bottom left: Journeymen must climb vertigo-inducing heights to do their jobs. Right page bottom: Linemen are used to scaling the tallest poles in the country with just a harness and some rope to hold them. STORM SOLDIERS Tytan's documentary won awards and accolades at Docutah, the Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival and at the Louisville International Film Festival. Storm Soldiers II is expected to be even more of a success. To view the trailer visit stormsoldierstwo.com. Stone spouts off some statistics that tell me the electrical infrastructure is, perhaps, already in decline. There are over 1,000 faults a month in cities like New York, keeping these men and women quite busy day-to-day, but with the advent of harsh weather conditions and the ever prominent effects of global warming, having well-trained linemen is absolutely critical. I ask Stone what it would take for the audience to stop looking at this job not as a statistic, but a real thing that affects their lives. “What made it real for me, is watching a man die,” Stone says solemnly. He goes on to tell me that when they were filming in the mountains of Montana, an electrical pole broke loose, fell, and hit a man on his head. The film crew performed CPR, and positioned their lights for the ambulance, which came via helicopter. The man died in the hospital. While this story is shocking, Stone assures me that being a lineman is a hard, but good life. “It really is a great career, for those who want it,” says

Stone. “You don’t have to have a college degree and many of these men are making upwards of six figures a year.” It’s a great opportunity for men and women who not only want to provide for their families, but also for their communities. Stone tells me that linemen are “revered” in their communities, and it isn’t uncommon for their children to enter the field, siting “legacy families” as a common occurrence. So why do they do it? Why would you choose America’s most dangerous profession? Why would you choose to work with 500,000 volts of electricity, oil filled transformers, huge electrical arcs, hundreds of feet off the ground, in the midst of super storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes? “When you see a family, who has gone without electricity for days or even weeks; when you see their faces the moment the lights come back on, and you know you’re the one who made that happen, it makes it all worth it,” say Stone, speaking for the hundreds of linemen he followed in this

process. These men and women get up every day knowing they are bringing power to communities, and part of that is making sure we do not take it for granted. Storm Soldiers II is a shining example of altruism in its rarest form. A documentary that not only shines a light on what it takes for our lights to shine on, but also a unique and intimate journey into the lives of men and women around the country who wake up every day knowing danger is lurking just around the corner and face that danger with pride.

STORM SOLDIERS Tytan Creates has created this exciting series and will be featuring an exclusive screening of Storm Soldiers II. For more information about this documentary, head to StormSoldiersMovie.com. Tytan Creates is a full service agency located in Tybee Island, Georgia. Go to TytanCreates.com.

POST PRODUCTION: -This film was completed in post by 1 senior editor, 2 assistant editors, and 3 motion graphics artists in 2 months. -The title sequence for this film was featured at Adobe Video World this past November. -The cinematic feel of this film is meant to elevate this documentary into a whole new kind of story telling, and we call it DocuFilm. FILMING STATS: -50 hours of footage acquired for the project. - Shot on location in 15 states and over 25 cities - The film crew drove over 25,000 miles throughout the course of production.

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PARA(AB) NORMALITY SAVANNAH IS FULL OF GHOST STORIES AND OTHER HAUNTING TALES. DO YOU BELIEVE?

DIARY OF A GHOST HUNT WITH SAVANNAH GHOST RESEARCH SOCIETY AS EXPERIENCED BY EMMA IOCOVOZZI / PHOTOGRAPHY: JABBERPICS

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Left: The husband and wife team behind SGRS are sure to check what's down every hall. Below from left to right : Ryan Dunn: Lead Investigator/ Founder/ Historian Kim Dunn: Lead Investigator/ Founder/ Spiritual Specialist Shaun Holcomb: Investigator/ Equipment Tech Kris Kersten: Investigator/ Photographer

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f you’ve lived in Savannah for a certain period of time, it doesn’t matter if you believe in ghosts or not, the paranormal tends to consume part of your life. Our hubris in describing this little Victorian city by the sea, drips like Spanish moss out of our mouths with stories of all the characters we’ve encountered. Ghost stories obviously come with the territory, as with most towns hell bent on sustaining historical folklore, but Savannah, of course, is different. People seem to be irrevocably drawn here by the beauty, the weather, and other abstract forces that when described seem like magical entities all on their own.

Ryan Dunn and his wife, Kim, moved here five years ago, intending to start a catering company, but when they settled in an old home in the Historic District, they started experiencing what they considered hauntings. “I have always been attracted to the paranormal, ever since I was a kid,” Dunn tells me as we walk on one of the two ghost tours his company, Afterlife Tours, puts on Monday through Saturday. There are countless “ghost tours” in Savannah, but Ghost Research Society’s Afterlife Tour is the only one where any kind of research is involved. Spoiler Alert: Most ghost tours you go on in Savannah are peddling made up stories and fake tales of tragedy. Don’t get me wrong-- like most

tourist ventures, the reason you go on a ghost tour is to be entertained-- but Dunn and his group want to bring the eerie facts of our history to life and Savannah’s history is truly stranger than fiction. When Dunn asked me to participate in one of their many overnight investigations, this time at the newly christened Barrelhouse South on Congress Street, I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive to accept, but after giving myself a pep talk on journalistic integrity, I agreed to at least understand better how they go about gathering evidenceghosts be damned. The Savannah Ghost Research Society is the oldest still-running investigative group in Savannah. Every place they show you on their tour has gotten

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THOUGH MUFFLED BY NOISE POLLUTION, A CLEAR AND DISTINCT “GOT YOU,” RIPS THROUGH THE RECORDING... the overnight treatment, and every single piece of evidence they present is personal and verified. This includes pictures, videos, and audio that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Ryan, Kim, and their crew of investigators put in hundreds of hours at the Savannah Historical Society delving into documents that haven’t been touched since the 19th century. Before we stay over at Barrelhouse, Dunn sends me some historical research that they’ve complied prior to the investigation. As most of you probably know, the bar is located right across from Ellis Square in the heart of Downtown Savannah. What you might not know however, is that Ellis Square was once a thriving and popular slave market. According to Jeffrey Robert Young,

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a professor at Georgia State University and the author of Slavery in Antebellum Georgia, the slave population in Georgia more than doubled between 1790 and 1860. In 1861, during the beginning of the Civil War, slaves constituted 44 percent of Georgia’s population. Savannah being a port city, you can imagine the influx of families being ripped apart by the wickedness of slavery, all culminating in Ellis Square for decades. The building that now houses Barrelhouse South, was built in 1854 and was most likely a slave warehouse. Dunn notes beforehand that they’ve done investigations along Congress Street and the area is rampant with activity. No doubt our investigation will produce some kind of connection to the spirit world.


MY OVERNIGHT FRIGHT The folks at the Savannah Ghost Research Society never know what's lurking behind the walls at Moon River Brewing Company, which is well-known as one of the most haunted places in the city.

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8:30 P.M. I arrive at Barrelhouse South, just as Dunn and the rest of his crew are finishing their set up. The bar itself consists of a large open area with a stage on the main floor and a basement level that houses another bar, a green room, and an office. The crew has set up cameras all over the bar and Dunn walks me through all of the equipment we will be using. I grab a thermal camera and quickly follow him to the green room where we start. 9:05 P.M. “Is there anyone who would like to speak with us?” Dunn speaks into a voice recorder with clarity and precision. I am trying to brace myself for exactly what to expect in case we encounter an... entity. Something tells me the spirits will be a bit more subtle than a white sheet floating around with eye holes cut out of it. On the ground a Mel Meter (something that detects electric and magnetic fields) has its temperature gauge stuck at 66.6 degrees. 9:43 P.M. Turns out the bulk of ghost investigations are just asking a lot of questions into the ether, hoping to get a response. Mike, a crewmember, mentions that ghost investigations are a lot like fishing. So far nothing is popping out at us from under floorboards or throwing things across the room, but when I replay a recording I did alone in the office, a distinct clear voice responds to my question asking if anyone is there. Though muffled by noise pollution, a clear and distinct “Got you,” rips through the recording and I start visibly shaking from a mixture of fear and excitement. 10:30 P.M. As we are huddled on the basement floor between two pool tables, I ask Ryan and Kim why they are even doing this in the first

place. “We just want to be able to tell their story,” Kim says so sweetly and innocently, I wonder why I didn’t immediately think of that in the first place. Just like that, an EMF reader goes off and Ryan starts asking yes or no questions, in rapid succession waiting for a response from the meter. At the same time Sean, one of two other crewmembers, runs downstairs asking if we’ve just passed by the camera pointing into the green room. We all nod our heads slowly. “I just saw five shadows pass by on the feed upstairs,” says Sean trepidatiously. There have only been three of us down here in the past 30 minutes. 12:00 A.M. We have now gathered multiple voices in our recordings for the night. Dunn mentions that these spirits are most likely intelligent conversationalists, which means not only can they communicate with us but they can also communicate with one another. These guys are not to be confused with residual spirits (who are stuck in time, replaying a specific event) or a demonic spirit (who are not of this earth altogether) and THANK GOD are not in this bar right now. The night ends early as the manager of Barrelhouse must lock up for the night, but I am secretly relieved as most of the responses we got included the words “get out” and “please leave.” The crew tells me this is a quiet night compared to what they usually encounter. As they are packing up I take one last walk around the space. History has definitely left its mark on this small pre-war building, and as I pass by the electronic jukebox and Big Buck Hunter game I can’t help but feel a passing breeze that seemingly comes out of nowhere and makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

“REST EASY,” I WHISPER, AND QUIETLY MAKE MY WAY UP AND OUT OF THE BAR AND INTO THE NIGHT. 1 K-II METER Also detects electromagnetic fields but is more sensitive. Dunn called them “ghost bait” as they can also be placed inside trigger objects like Teddy bears. 2 THERMAL CAM A point and shoot thermal imaging camera that can also take thermal snapshots.

3 A TRUSTY FLASHLIGHT We know you're not afraid of the dark (right?) but keeping a flashlight on you at all times is good for peace of mind. 4 REM-POD Used to pick up electromagnetic energy by radiating its own electromagnetic field.

5 MEL METER Detects electromagnetic fields and usually has a temperature gauge as there is almost always a drop in temperature when you encounter a “presence.”

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7 EM PUMP Provides certain energy to help manifest spirits and help them communicate.

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BY STEPHEN PRUDHOMME / PHOTO BY JABBERPICS, FRANK FORTUNE & BLAKE CROSBY

SOCCER, THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT, IS TAKING OFF IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

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Savannah, Statesboro and the surrounding area are prime assist players in the continuing development of a feeder system that keeps Americans formidable in international competition and perhaps one day bring the ultimate prize of a World Cup men's title. Further representative of the soccer boom in the area is the arrival of Tormenta FC, a player development league professional team in Statesboro. Ten years ago, there was only one soccer club in the coastal area - the Coastal Georgia Soccer Association. Nowadays, that number is 10 plus and continues to grow. According to Jeremy Aven, founder of Storm Soccer Academy in Savannah, there are an estimated 6,000 plus soccer players

between the ages of 3 and 19 in the Savannah area. They range from recreational to competitive elite level players. His academy, which started in 2010, has helped place three players in the youth national team program and offers nearly year round training to elite players. "Top athletes in this area are playing soccer and choosing it as their primary sport," says Ben Freakley, who coaches for Storm and coached 13 years of college soccer as well as ODP and youth leagues. "Players in the Lowcountry have been earning opportunities with our youth national teams, Olympic development programs, and college soccer programs. Drop by the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex any weeknight and you will see


Tormenta FC GM Ben Freakley has a passion for the game of soccer that he hopes to spread throughout the Lowcountry.

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PROS START HERE TORMENTA SCHEDULE APRIL-JUNE FRI MAY 13 @TRI-CITIES OTTERS SCIENCE HILL STADIUM 7:00 PM EDT SAT MAY 21 CAROLINA DYNAMO ERK RUSSELL PARK GA SOUTHERN 7:30 PM EDT FRI JUN 3 PEACHTREE CITY MOBA ERK RUSSELL PARK 7:30 PM EDT SAT JUN 11 SC UNITED BANTAMS ERK RUSSELL PARK 7:00 PM EDT THU JUN 16 @CHARLOTTE EAGLES CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 7:00 PM EDT

Jeremy Aven, head coach and founder of Savannah Storm was instrumental in bringing Tormenta FC to Statesboro. some of Savannah's best athletes in their training environment - big things are coming from this area." Those big things include getting a minor league professional soccer team in Statesboro. Freakley is serving as general manager of Tormenta FC, which will play 14 games, starting May 13, with home contests at Georgia Southern's Eagle Field. The team will be coached by Borja

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FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION ON HOW TO BUY TICKETS, GO TO TORMENTAFC.COM

Perez, who was selected from a list of 40 potential coaches from around the world. Tryouts were held in January, and Freakley says he has an excellent group of 25 young men representing 17 universities. The team's motto, pros start here," is evident in their style of play. "My job is to put an electric style of soccer on the field that people in the Lowcountry will be thrilled to watch," he says. "Tormenta FC makes sense. The Van Tassel family (co-owner Darin Van Tassel) and (co-owner) Jeremy Aven know that soccer in the Lowcountry is growing and that a PDL (Player Development League) team will enable developmental sports tourism opportunities. Partnering with Georgia Southern has been a genius move, as they have welcomed Tormenta FC and been gracious with their support. Additionally, live streaming all our home games will give soccer fans a chance to watch the PDL at home if they cannot attend live." Aven, a former soccer coach at Georgia Southern, credits Freakley with putting together an "unbelievable team," one featuring players from a number of top 25 schools. One player he's quite familiar with is James Brighton, a high school sophomore who has been in the Storm program since the age of 10 and will play for Clemson, last season's runner-up in the national championship game. Brighton will play with Tormenta FC this year Tryouts for TormentaFC brought elite athletes from all over the region.

and, according to Aven, will turn a lot of heads if he plays well as a 16-year-old competing against older players. "James is a premium, tremendous athlete," Aven says. "He looks 18, and his technical and tactical skills are through the roof." According to Aven, Savannah Storm is the second largest soccer club in the area behind Savannah United and offers training and competition for players between the ages of 4 and 18. It caters to the elite level player and draws from an area within a one-hour radius of Savannah and includes satellite programs in Statesboro and Hilton Head. The growing number of players in the area, Aven says, is forcing clubs to do a better job in terms of training and competition. Savannah Storm has responded to that challenge. "There are players outside of Storm who have received some accolades," Aven says, "but not at this level and nowhere near as many as Storm. Storm Savannah is becoming the go-to club if you are an elite level player in this area. There are very few programs that provide the opportunity to train with the same frequency we do. All of these players have risen to the top of their age groups because of their dedication and commitment, and Storm is happy to help provide the right environment for them to do so." A number of players from the club are making a storm on the pitch. Remember their names, as they could be representing this country one day in World Cup and Olympic competition. Erin O'Hearn, a senior at St. Vincent's Academy, has trained with Aven since she was 11. She was selected to the Region III team and will play for Furman University. Aven cites her commitment, noting she didn't play her sophomore and junior years in high school so she could train with Savannah Storm five days a week at the highest level. Says Aven: "She is an exemplary player who really embodies everything that we do here at Storm Soccer Academy." O'Hearn started playing soccer at the age of four. She says it quickly developed from a social activity to a passion she couldn't live without. "I love the competitiveness of the game and the ability to always improve," says O'Hearn, who plays center midfielder/center back. "I can't get enough practice. There is always something I can improve on. It's a mental game as well as a physical one." Storm, O'Hearn explains, focuses on developing a player's skills rather than winning games. She


says coach Jeremy has stressed that it's a marathon and not a sprint. "It's a long term development," she says. Sarah Duckworth, who has signed to play soccer at Clemson University, has also committed herself to the "marathon." The Savannah Arts Academy senior says she doesn't recall choosing soccer as a sport. "I think

Storm's Sarah Duckworth, a senior at the Savannah Arts Academy, has signed to play at Clemson in the fall. Clemson is conistently a top NCAA team and made it to the second round of last year's championship tournament.

Storm's Erin O'Hearn, a senior at St. Vincent's Academy has committed to playing for Furman University next year. Furman was listed No. 9 in USA Today's list of the "Top 10 Division I Schools for Women's Soccer."

my dad got me playing it and then I ended up loving it," says Duckworth, a center midfielder. "I like how the sport allows you to be creative independently and also with others. It's also a great sport because anyone can play it. It really brings people together." Duckworth says Storm has helped her build a technical platform and put her with players who were working toward the same goals. Speaking of goals, Duckworth's are to reach her maximum potential in college and see how far that takes her. Possibly to the World Cup? "The World Cup has always been an inspiring time for me," she says. "It's really fun to watch and dream with my teammates." Aven says Duckworth and O'Hearn are two of the few players from Savannah who have been able to endure the long-term development needed to play at the college level. The talent level is equally impressive on the boys' side as well. Juan Zuniga, a 14-year-old Bluffton resident, has played for a number of Storm elite teams and trains five days a week, 10 months a year at the Storm complex. He's attended two national team camps and will head to

Argentina the end of March as a member of the U15 national team. "Juan is an exceptional athlete and soccer player," Aven says. "He has exceeded the standard for this area, and that clearly shows with all the invitations he continues to get at the most elite level." A native of Colombia, Zuniga grew up playing soccer and says he chose it as his sport because he believes God gave him the gift and talent to play the "Beautiful Game." He likes everything about soccer, Zuniga remarks, citing the competitiveness, discipline, working hard for the team and not giving up to win as his favorite aspects of the sport. Zuniga says the Storm Soccer Academy is helping him achieve his goals through its training program, which he says is the same for local, regional and national competition. "Storm soccer is developing players to be ready and familiar to the style these high level teams are playing," he says. "If they get called up, they will already be familiar with that level of play and will have a chance to stay or even go to the next level." Aven started his academy to keep elite players in the area who were previously traveling to play in larger clubs in Charleston, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Columbia. To that end, he's kicked a winner. "What sets us apart from so many other clubs in the country is our five-day program that runs essentially year round," says Aven. "Players start in August and train all the way through May. Most of them are still doing other soccer stuff throughout the summer, along with training with Storm. Because of our training frequency and methodology, we have seen great success."

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Don’t call them homeless. Because they’re not. They are residents of a community under the bridge and alongside the highway, where the thousands of cars that drive by daily barely notice the family of the faceless citizens that had no place else to call home. Take a look behind the concrete curtain that has become known as

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“We all watch out for each other,” says Billy Sears, a jovial, middle-aged man with long grey hair and wire-rimmed glasses, describing the unspoken code of conduct to guard each other’s belongings and physical safety.

Tent Cities are communities of people who have banded together to form their own society and a place they can call home.

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It’s a cold February morning and Cynthia Bird, affectionately called “mom” by those gathered around her awaiting breakfast, stirs a skillet of sausage simmering over a makeshift fire pit. Nearby, two men dismantle wooden pallets to keep the blaze going. It’s breakfast time at one of over 30 homeless encampments scattered throughout Savannah and Garden City, where individuals pitch tents and tarps under bridges, beneath highway overpasses, and in other wooded areas on public and private land. Homelessness and the growth of tent cities, now confirmed in all 50 states, is a national crisis. Savannah’s homeless population has hovered for decades at approximately 4,000, which includes nearly 300 veterans and 1,000 chronically homeless individuals. Roughly 160 people live outdoors year-round. Another 500-600 shuffle between shelters and the wild. In a 2013 survey of Georgia’s 75 counties, Chatham County ranked tops with two others for the greatest number of homeless individuals. The same survey showed a severe shortage of shelter beds to lodge them. “The recession has ended for those on Wall Street, but definitely hasn’t for those on Main Street,” said Eric Tars, senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. While the nationwide poverty rate is 14.8 percent, Savannah’s is nearly double at 26 percent, which is higher, too, than Georgia’s rate of 18 percent. In some Savannah communities, the number jumps to 50 percent. Along with poverty, Savannah has a chronic shortage of affordable housing. In 2014, over 15,000 individuals lined up for public housing and housing vouchers. The customary nationwide benchmark caps the recommended amount of income for spending on rent at 30 percent. According to a recent Harvard University study, a record one in four renters spends more than 50 percent. The 2016 HUD fair market value rent for even a one-bedroom apartment in Savannah is $775, requiring a salary of $31,000 to support it at the

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30 percent threshold. Research shows that 42 percent of households in Savannah earn less than $30,000 per year. A commonly held perception is that people generally choose to be homeless. “That’s BS and you can quote me,” says Cindy Kelley, executive director of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless. Though, in the absence of permanent housing, some individuals would choose life outdoors over shelters, even if there were enough beds. To them, camps represent the next best thing to home because they provide a sense of community, stability, personal autonomy, and privacy all of which are absent in shelters. From a sociological standpoint, tent cities make perfect sense. “Humans live in social structures and those with similar interests tend to congregate in one place,” Kelley said. “What they have left is their pride and that’s the only way they can live with the fact that their options for stability are gone.” LEVI SWAIN “I’d rather freeze out here than go to the shelters,” says Oklahoma-native Levi Swain who has been homeless since 2012. “A young and strapping man like me? Another man lying beside me – they put the beds so close together there – and trying to wrap his hands over me?” Swain is a Navy veteran and has lived in Savannah for 16 years. A picket fence adorned with Mardi Gras beads borders one side of Swain’s clearing. Signs reading “love,” “peace” and “ring bell” are tacked to the slats. Swain apologizes for the disarray caused by the recent storm, collects empty cans from the rickety picnic table, and wipes off the bench before sitting down. A collection of tents, tarps, chairs, coolers, food and kitchenware completes his domain, along with a charcoal grill. When Swain lost his $18 an hour job pouring cement, he couldn’t pay his mortgage. Since then, he’s worked at a series of cleaning and construction jobs earning $50 a pop. He says shelter curfew hours can’t accommodate individuals who work at night or odd hours. Most prohibit alcohol, too, and Swain enjoys an occasional drink. SHELTERS VS CAMPS Like shelters, camps have rules. Older and more mature individuals generally act as camp moms and dads, negotiating disputes over boundary issues and admission of newcomers. Some residents cook alone; others pool their funds and share meal times. Some

Mom Bird cooks up some breakfast for the camp.

camps permit drinking; others are dry. Violence is rare and typically occurs when outsiders attempt to force their way in. Some camps divide up, with noisemakers sleeping in one area and quiet folks bunking in another. Shelters won’t house couples either. Residents must also travel light because storage is limited, and homeless individuals are often afraid to lose what little they own. Shelters turn away sex offenders and those without id, and stays are limited, after which residents must vacate shelters before they can return, making it easier to just stay put outdoors. To their credit, shelters grapple with funding issues and offer needed help for many who thrive better with structure. BRYON MILLER Bryon Miller, who has lived in the encampments since 2010, can’t apply for jobs until he acquires a state-issued ID. When individuals become homeless, they often lose important documents required to obtain ID cards and ultimately employment, including social security cards and birth certificates. Obtaining replacements can be a long, arduous process. Miller left Miami in 2003 where he said he’d been jailed for nearly five years awaiting trial for felonies he didn’t commit. After the charges were dismissed, he opened a car detailing business. The business ultimately failed, and Miller now picks up the occasional car repair job to keep afloat. “I can’t push myself to get in the shelters,” he said. “A lot of people there are in the same position I’m in, and they’re angry. I came a long way with my temper, and I want to stay away from all that.”


Some residents pool their resources for food while others make it on their own.

He keeps warm by heating up the inside of his tent with a propane tank before shutting it off, bundling up, and crawling under blankets. He seems more concerned for camp residents who have experienced medical emergencies. “You call 911 and they take their time coming,” he said. “They’ll come right away if you have a house. If you’re sick you still have to walk out.” After Sears lost his job tending horses in South Carolina, he said his landlord gave him 24 hours to move out of the apartment he’d occupied for eight years. He moved to Savannah in 2010 and has been unable to find work since. SOLVING THE PROBLEM Bugs, mildew, floods that ruin belongings after a heavy Savannah downpour, and lack of a toilet are some of the drawbacks mentioned to living out-of-doors. But the City has no comprehensive plan to end homelessness. “The one they had in 2008 was good,” Kelley admits, acknowledging that the plan became difficult to implement due to the economic downturn. Other cities have adopted “housing first” models that focus on providing permanent housing first in order to stabilize individuals before they can recover. “There is so much data out there now that when you provide housing you save your community money,” Tars said, noting the reluctance of politicians to pass laws they can’t sell as budget-neutral. Yet research shows constituents pay far more in the long run for emergency room visits, jails, and other homeless services. By statute, the Housing Authority, whose state and federal funds are earmarked for services and not building homes, is in charge of the coordination, evaluation, and administration of homeless services. “It’s not my job to do housing development,” Kelley said. “But nobody else is doing it.” So in 2015, her board adopted a housing first plan and, with free labor from Fort Stewart, Kelley oversaw construction of a $6,900 tiny house model for a

“I’d rather freeze out here than go to the shelters.” Hence his preference for residing in the woods with his girlfriend and two cats, Tiger and Chaos, who gather at his feet. Men comprise the majority of tent dwellers. There are no children. Unsheltered women are more physically at risk, so the few who live in tent cities are usually coupled. Miller tells of a man he issued a stern warning to after he repeatedly nosed around Miller’s girlfriend. “He took off, and I haven’t seen him since,” Miller said. But Miller can’t always be around.

Luckily, the man he calls Uncle Billy lives adjacent to him. UNCLE BILLY “We all watch out for each other,” says Billy Sears, a jovial, middle-aged man with long grey hair and wire-rimmed glasses, describing the unspoken code of conduct to guard each other’s belongings and physical safety. He too prefers his tent, even though he’s sick with a cold.

community of homeless veterans. Purchase of land is also underway. But this grand plan requires funding and support from citizens and the City The City’s position is unclear. “My understanding is that all of our homeless plans are through the housing authority. They do receive City funding, you know,” said Bret Bell, deputy director of media relations for the City’s Public Information Office. He also said, “We don’t necessarily endorse the housing authority’s plan.” For the last three years, the housing authority has received $190,000 each year from the City, monies necessary to cover the shortfall in state

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ABOVE: Old palettes serve as firewood on cold days and nights. Even here, the tenants add their own touch to make a home.

Mom Bird prepares food for the camp.

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and federal grants and to meet payroll. Instead of implementing housing first plans, many cities across America are clamping down on the homeless by enforcing anti-camping laws and forcibly evicting campers. However, in its report entitled “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States,” the National Law Center reviews the growing body of domestic and international law that supports the right to housing. In a recent lawsuit still pending in Idaho, the Department of Justice has maintained that anti-camping laws are unconstitutional where adequate shelter alternatives are non-existent. Other communities concentrate on keeping the homeless out of public view. Honolulu, for example, spends $15,000 in weekly sweeps, only to have campers return because they have nowhere else to go. Savannah prohibits panhandling and sleeping in recreational vehicles, but has no anJessica Raby is two years clean thanks to the support she gets from her friends in Tent City.

ti-camping ordinance. Residents near the President Street redevelopment project were nevertheless told to relocate. Although the National Law Center disapproves of long-term encampment, it believes tent cities can offer temporary solutions during implementation of housing plans. During the interim, Tars says municipalities should supply basic services such as trash removal, portable toilets, water and washing facilities, and access to showers. These items are on Kelley’s wish list, too. “The City at this time is not contemplating providing refuse containers at the homeless camps,” Bell said. He explained that the Sanitation Bureau can barely service paying customers, but said at times the bureau removes bags placed alongside right-of-ways and participates in periodic camp clean-ups. Still, without systematic garbage collection, trash piles up. In 2012, for example, a city bulldozer carted off trash accumulating for years on President Street, and police warned homeless residents against future littering.

HOW YOU CAN HELP There are lots of people throughout the city that chip in by bringing food and clothing to the people in tent cities. The Social Apostolate is one such cause. The volunteers at the SA run a soup kitchen, provide showers, employment assistance and even run a birth certificate and ID program. Because many homeless need these identification items to access benefits, the Social Apolstolate takes care of fees and paperwork associated with obtaining them. If you'd like to help, head to socialapostolate.org.

“The homeless residents are very committed to picking up their own trash,” Kelley said. If the City can find funds elsewhere in its budget, she recommends the establishment of two or three common camps on public land where garbage removal would be more efficient and economical. “I don’t think we have a position on that at this time,” Bell said, when asked whether the City would also supply potable water, showers or portable toilets. But after a long gap, the police department finally filled the position of homeless liaison officer, and Kelley applauded the hiring. BACK AT CAMP Back at a downtown camp, breakfast is almost ready. Bird adds gravy to the sausage and tosses a separate skillet of scrambled eggs. “I can throw down, too,” Mark Wood says, as he watches. He mentions that he served some jail time, but doesn’t say what for. Prior to that, he was a professional cook for 15 years. Jessica Raby, a 32-year-old woman wearing a navy sweatshirt and winning smile, says she struggled with drug addiction, but has been clean for two years thanks to the help of her boyfriend, also homeless. “I may not have a home and the things everybody else has, but I have a clear mind now,” she says. She and her boyfriend hope to leave soon for seasonal work at an onion factory where they’ll earn $8 an hour. Her biggest challenge right now? “Patience.” “Just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent,” Bird leans over to say. Meanwhile, Savannah’s tourism industry continues to grow steadily, generating a record breaking $2.5 billion at last tally. Tourism seems to have a positive ripple effect in Savannah. In Savannah’s tent cities, though, it seems there’s an end to just how far the splash can stretch.

TINY HOUSES With free labor from Fort Stewart, construction of a $6,900 tiny house model for a community of homeless veterans was built. Each house will be about 128 square feet with 12-foot roofs. They have windows and, while permanent, can be moved if necessary.

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StyleSouth Orvis waxed cottom strap vest $149 Filson field shirt $98 Sitka ballistic cap $30 Mountain khaki field pant $109.95 Costa sunglasses $249 Flyvines sunglasses retainer $7.99 Orvis shot shell belt $89

HUNTING FOR STYLE BEING A SPORTSMAN DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD HAVE TO COMPROMISE STYLE FOR FUNCTIONALITY. There’s nothing better than heading out for a long day of peace and quiet in the woods, hoping to shoot down some game for dinner. It’s the primal instinct in us; we love the hunt. Just because you’re going out in the middle of the woods, does not mean you shouldn’t look your best while doing it. In Victorian Savannah, hunting garb was the height of fashion. A Southern gentleman didn’t leave the house without the proper attire in 1870, and you shouldn’t either in 2016. Apart from style, your gear should fully assist you in your sporting endeavors, protect you from the elements and be comfortable. That may be a lot to ask of your clothes, but Rivers & Glen Trading Co. has you covered (literally). With locations in both Downtown Savannah and Augusta, as well as an online shop, Rivers & Glen is always close enough to outfit you for your next outdoor adventure. Experts in outdoor apparel and gear for everything from fox hunting to flyfishing, these guys will help you get properly outfitted for a successful trip. At that's what really matters, right? Coming home with game for dinner. (But it never hurts to look good too.)

“A Southern gentleman didn’t leave the house without the proper attire in 1870, and you shouldn’t either in 2016.”

Rivers and Glen 24 Drayton Street Savannah, GA 912.349.2352

387 Highland Ave Augusta, GA 706.738.4536 riversandglen.com

INSIDE STYLESOUTH Roadtrip with Mom .................................................. 70 Adventure Awaits ..................................................... 74 South’s Greatest Destinations ................................. 84 68

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Savannah ................................................................... 85 Island Life..................................................................90 Hilton Head...............................................................98

Charleston ................................................................102 Jacksonville..............................................................104 Atlanta ......................................................................108

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SOUTHERN MAMAS ARE A SPECIAL BREED. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND FULL OF FIRE. THEY ALWAYS KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO SAY AND DO, AND ARE ALWAYS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY. YOU VOTED ONLINE FOR THIS YEAR’S GREATEST MOM’S AND HERE THEY ARE: BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND FULL OF FIRE. PHOTOS BY ANGELA HOPPER-LEE

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ST YLED BY ERICA JARMAN / HOUSE OF STRUT & LISA ANNE DOYLE / GYPSY WORLD


Travel Tip 1 Always pack an emergency baggie with wipes, bandaids and extra napkins.

Jessica Quito As a mama of two adorable little girls, Jessica Quito has her hands full, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her daughters keep her laughing and dreaming, which is the blessing all children bring us. Jessica has instilled her love of nature in both of her daughters and they hope to take a trip to the Smokey Mountains some time soon. “We would love to road trip to the Smokey Mountains! The girls and I have always wanted to camp out in a cabin, hike trials, cook out in a fire and tell stories. They are huge nature lovers like I am, and we are hoping to make that come true soon.”

IN THE PHOTO: JESSICA QUITO & HER DAUGHTERS CAMILA AND MIKAELA

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Emma Cassity Emma Cassity is the quintessential Southern mama. Her manners are impeccable, her taste is divine, and she raised seven kids: enough said. Her favorite road trip memory with her children was on a special exploration. “I remember taking a family trip with my four oldest children to Mount Rushmore. The road leading up to the monument was not much more than a dirt road. We stopped at a fresh water spring for a drink and my oldest son Wayne had a glass of cold water in the back seat and spilled it down my back, boy was it cold!”

Travel Tip 2 I recommend taking plenty of underwear, socks and comfortable shoes. Take at least one dress up outfit for church. Always take a coat and hat and plenty of tip money.

IN THE PHOTO: EMMA CASSITY & HER DAU G H T E R PAU L A .

Travel Tip 3

Let the kids pack their own bags, but I would suggest checking them out when they are done.

Theresa Kaye Originally hailing from Maryland, Theresa Kaye raised three Southern daughters, which makes her Southern in our book. Her favorite memories with her girls are the 13 hour roadtrips they used to take to see her family up in Maryland. Being in such close quarters for that long, makes bonding a necessity. Her favorite road

trip activity? Singing with her girls. “We had trouble with road trip games. We tended to be better at singing together. So when a good song came on the radio, we would turn it up and sing as loud as we could.” Now that her girls are older, Theresa would love to take another road trip to Maryland, for old times’ sake.

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Travel Tip 4 Always make sure to not only pack for the weather, but also pack for unexpected weather!

Sun Hui Hamilton A different kind of Southern, Sun Hui Hamilton hails from South Korea. Her siblings and extended family are still back east, but her beloved children and grandchildren call the Southern U.S. their home. Hamilton remembers road trips with her daughters, Tanika and Michelle, as bonding moments, “I think my children helping their dad

find routes by paper map were much like a game! Mapping out the route to our destinations and letting one of the kids read the road signs as they appeared on the mapped out route was always something fun that we did on our road trips. GPS and nagivation systems were non-existent back in our road trip days!”

IN THE PHOT O FROM LEFT T O RIGHT: MICHELLE ADAMS, SUN HUI’S YOUNGER DAUGHTER; TREY L A M A R , S U N H U I ’ S G R A N D S O ; S U N H U I H A M I LT O N ; EMRI LAMAR, SUN HUI’S GRANDDAUGHTER; AND T A N I K A H A M I LT O N, S U N H U I ’ S O L D E R D A U G H T E R

MORE ROAD TRIP TIPS FROM THE SOUTH’S GREATEST MAMAS From Theresa: Make sure their bags are ready the night before, so you know they have enough clean clothes!

From Emma: I would talk to them about sights along the road so they would learn. Also, I usually packed cheese and crackers and peanut butter sandwiches without jelly. Jelly is too messy!

From Sun Hui: When we took road trips, the gadgets that exist today were not around. Needless to say, road trips were much more of a social event for our family. Use trips to spend quality time with eachother and really interact.

From Jessica: We like to play I Spy, or count how many red cars we see while on road trips. We also play 20 questions, or jam out to fun music. Buying cds that read stories for kids is also a good way to keep them engaged.

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ADVENTURE

AWAITS THE SOUTH IS FULL OF MYSTIQUE AND WONDER. BEHIND EVERY MOSS-DRAPED OAK OR DOWN EVERY DIRT ROAD IS ANOTHER ADVENTURE JUST WAITING TO BE TOLD. THIS IS WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE. THIS IS WHERE STORIES ARE TOLD. THIS IS WHERE LIFE HAPPENS. S T Y L E D B Y E M I LY B A R G E R O N & P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y S H AY N A C O LV I N LOCATION: ZIPLINE HILTON HEAD

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ASSISTANT STYLISTS: RYLIE HEALY & TINDALL ANDERSON


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PREVIOUS PAGE > FAR LEFT: PLAID SHIRT FROM COPPER PENNY, JEANS BY ONE TEASPOON SOLD AT MAMIE RUTH & M.LIZ BOUTIQUE; BAG FROM TERRA COTTA CENTER LEFT: DENIM ROMPER FROM LIVVY BOUTIQUE CENTER RIGHT: BARBOUR JACKET FROM J. PARKER FAR RIGHT: JACKET FROM COPPER PENNY

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> BARBOUR JACKET FROM J. PARKER, BAG FROM TERRA COTTA

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LEFT & BELOW > HAT: MAMIE RUTH, CLOTHES: MODEL’S OWN RIGHT > PLAID TOP FROM COPPER PENNY, VINTAGE TEE BY FREE PEOPLE, BAG FROM TERRA COTTA, AND BRACELET BY M.LIZ JEWELRY

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PICTURED RIGHT > FAR LEFT: DRESS BY MAMIE RUTH, JEWELRY BY M.LIZ JEWELRY CENTER LEFT: DRESS FROM LIVVY BOUTIQUE (ALSO PICTURED RIGHT & BELOW) CENTER RIGHT: DRESS FROM FREE PEOPLE, JEWELRY BY M.LIZ JEWELRY FAR RIGHT: DRESS BY MAMIE RUTH, FLANNEL FROM J. PARKER LTD. (ALSO PICTURED BELOW)

NEXT PAGE > KIMONO BY MAMIE RUTH, BRALETTE FROM GYPSY WORLD VINTAGE

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Gorgeous landscapes and impeccable style are both found at The Bleu Companies on HHI.

YOUR GUIDE TO TRAVELING SOUTH

The Lowcountry is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country (and no we aren’t just biased). The beautiful beaches, the towering trees dripping with Spanish moss, the history and culture of our cities, and the incredibly warm and generous people are just a few reasons why millions flock to this region every year. But we live here. We know the romanticism and the draw our region has because we see it every day. We understand

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Gorgeous landscapes and impeccable style are both found at The Bleu Companies on HHI.

the beauty and the culture because we live it. That’s why we are highlighting the best the South has to offer: the off-the-beatenpath restaurants, the tucked-away boutiques, and the luxury hotels dripping with Southern hospitality. We’ve got the greatest destinations this great destination has to offer. So if you’re just visiting or you’re up for a day trip, use this list as an exploration guide to traveling the coastal South.


A day spent exploring Savannah’s famous squares is a day well spent. Try to hit all 22 of them in one afternoon!

Hostess City FROM THE SPANISH MOSS DRAPED OAKS TO THE COBBLESTONE STREETS, SAVANNAH ROMANTICISM IS WORLD-RENOWNED. THIS GUIDE GIVES YOU THE BEST OF THE CITY THAT BOTH LOCALS AND TOURISTS LOVE TO ENJOY. BY KELLY HEITZ

A beautiful view from the Andaz

PHOTO CREDITS: JOSE GONZALEZ OF GONZALEZ ARCHITECTS, THE BLEU COMPANIES

WALKING TOURS THROUGH HISTORY

Savannah has deep roots, deep history, and even deeper secrets. To get a full understanding of her mystery, you have to take a walking tour. There are no better tour guides than the folks at Noble Jones Tours. Their guides are walking encyclopedias of Savannah’s history and culture. Through every cobblestoned street and monumentfilled square, your guide at Noble Jones will bring you accurate historical recounts, interesting facts, and entertaining tidbits about Georgia’s First City. You’ll leave your tour feeling like you know Savannah better than you know yourself. For more information about tour offerings or to schedule a tour with Noble Jones, visit noblejonestours.com.

ANDAZ

On Ellis Square awaits the urbane Andaz hotel. With its artful décor, relaxed urban vibe, and new South sophistication, Andaz Savannah delivers a bold, sleek style and a cool vibe to the Historic District. After a day of meetings or sightseeing,take an invigorating dip in the rooftop pool or sip a glass of wine by the fire pit as you gaze at the urban oasis views. The inviting outdoor terrace is one of Savannah's best sunbathed secrets. After a beautiful city overlook, sit down and savor the flavors at their farm-to-fork eatery, 22 Square. Award-winning chef, Lauren Teague, knows a thing or two about preparing a crowd-pleasing meal. This season, one of her favorites is the Hunter Cattle Company grass fed beef, served with oxtail, sundried tomato polenta cake, and a buttered veal gloss. savannah.andaz.hyatt.com

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This cozy British pub is the perfect place to enjoy a beer.

IT’S ALL ABOUT BROUGHTON

AUTHENTICALLY BRITISH

Once Savannah’s center for commerce, Broughton Street is back on the rise. With tons of local and big name shops and restaurants opening up, there’s definitely something for everyone on this famed city street. So you don’t miss anything, we suggest starting on the west end of the street at ZIA Boutique, an ecclectic mix of handmade jewelry and accessories. Make your way east on that side of the street, stopping at all the fabulous shops along the way. When you get to Leopold’s Ice Cream, stop for a sweet treat at the famous establishment owned by Hollywood legend Stratton Leopold. Next, make your way back west stopping at local favorites like 24e and The Paris Market.

Savannah’s British influence is felt throughout the city, but no more than at Six Pence Pub, the most authentic British pub in the entire state. Located on Bull Street (the center of Savannah’s Historic District), Six Pence is the perfect place to pop in for a beer (or four) after a day of walking the squares. The ambiance is exactly what you’d find in traditional British pubs, but with the hospitality you can only find in the South. sixpencepub.com

NEXT TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA

Who says Savannah isn’t an international city? After you visit England, make your way to Australia with The Collins Quarter. Modeled after Melbourne’s famous Collins

Quarter, a new "experimental kitchen" idea will be introduced to their Sunday Funday and Motown Monday extravaganzas. Their experimental menu reflects cuisine from the places all over the world their chefs have lived.

SHOPPING BROUGHTON HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BROUGHTON SHOPS:

J. PARKER LTD. Preppy men and women’s clothing and accessories jparkerltd.com

GLOBE SHOES Go-to for quality footwear since 1892 912.232.8161

LEVY JEWELERS Family owned and operated since 1900 levyjewelers.com

FEEL THE WIND There’s no better way of cruising through Downtown Savannah than on a motorcycle. The feeling of freedom, the 360 views, not to mention it’s way easier to find parking!

CLASSIC DESIGN AND STYLE

Brand new in Savannah, Indian Motorcycles is the place to go for that classic Indian look. These folks are passionate about bikes, so even if you’re just stopping in, you’re in for an awesome experience. The enthusiastic staff will get you geared up for the ride of your life. indianmotorcyclesavannah.com

FAB’RIK Trendy women’s clothing and accessories fabrikstyle.com

24E Contemporary and eclectic home fashions 24estyle.com

NOTHING LIKE A HARLEY

Savannah HarleyDavidson has both a showroom outside the city and a shop of Historic River Street. If you’re in town for the weekend, rent a bike from HD to explore the city on your own terms. savannahhd.com

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AERIAL ADVENTURES

Savannah experience for the adventurer at

For the ultimate view of the city and

heart. Depending on weather conditions,

her isles, take an introductory flight on

your pilot might even let you take the

Amphibian Air. This motorized hang glider

reigns for a bit! For more information on

takes you up in the air and soars like a bird

the aircraft and booking the ride of your

over the city and ocean. It’s the ultimate

life, visit amphibianair.com.

PHOTO CREDITS: JABBERPICS, ALICIA COLÖN

Stop into Collins Quarter for amazing coffee and an even better menu.


CRUISE THE RIVER EXPERIENCE SAVANNAH’S BEAUTY FROM THE BEST VIEW POSSIBLE ON A SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISE.

MELLOW OUT

Nothing is better that the view from Top Deck.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

The bar with the best view in Savannah has to be Top Deck. Perched atop the Cotton Sail Hotel, this casual yet sophisticated bar has an unobstructed view of the Talmadge Bridge and the river below. It’s the perfect place to escape after a long day touring the Hostess City. Try one of their craft cocktails before choosing a beer off their extensive local menu. topdeckbar.com

A SAVANNAH TREASURE

Around the corner from the Cathedral sits a quaint little bookstore called E. Shaver. You might not happen upon it unless you’re taking a quiet stroll through the Historic District (which is how you find some of Savannah’s best kept secrets by the way). You’ll have a blast exploring the shelves filled with new volumes of old classics. eshaverbooks.com

After perusing stacks of books, you’ll most likely have worked up an appetite. Head down the street to Mellow Mushroom, one of Savannah’s favorite pizza places. Perfectly located on Liberty Street, Mellow Mushroom is in the heart of the Historic District. Cool off with one of the many craft brews they have one tap. If you’re alone, try a calzone: they’re amazing. If you’re with some friends, get one of Mellow Mushroom’s specialty pizzas to share. We love the Maui Wowie, but you can’t go wrong with any choice. mellowmushroom.com

DINNER ENTERTAINMENT CRUISE Chow down on 5-star cuisine and dance the night away while cruising the Georgia Queen.

SATURDAY MOONLIGHT CRUISE Take a moonlit cruise on the Savannah River for a romantic night out.

SUNSET CRUISE The best view of the Savannah sunset is from the water.

With a hip downtown atmosphere and delicious pizza, Mellow Mushroom has quickly become a favorite hangout for locals.

For more information visit savannahriverboat.com.

THE CENTER OF IT ALL

If you’re looking to be within walking distance to some of Savannah’s best attractions, be spoiled with impeccable service, and have killer views of both the city and the river, you should be staying at the Hyatt. Right smack in the middle of River Street, the Hyatt Regency Savannah has long been on of Savannah’s favorite hotels. savannah.hyatt.com

CITY MARKET: THE HEART OF THE CITY No doubt the best place in the city to hang out and people watch, City Market is Savannah’s hub. With two city blocks closed for pedestrian traffic, you can walk through galleries and shops; all with a drink in your hand.

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BELFORD’S

City Market’s upscale restaurant, Belford’s is known for its tremendous Angus steaks. Don’t discount their seafood though, their take on Shrimp and Grits is one of the best in town. belfordssavannah.com

Out doors pool at the Hyatt

LIVVY BOUTIQUE

these storied shops. Full of chic

If your venture outside of

fashions, unique accessories and

Downtown Savannah and into

the sweetest bunch of people

the quaint neighborhood of

you’ll ever meet, Livvy’s is one

Sandfly, you’ll find a slew of

of our favorite boutiques in

bars, restaurants, and shops that

Savannah. Be sure to stop in for

are tucked away off the beaten

amazing some amazing fashion

path. Livvy Boutique is one of

finds. shoplivvy.com

BYRD’S COOKIES

This famous Savannah cookie company is one of our favorite spots in City Market. You can sample any cookie you want at their cookie bar. We recommend the Georgia Peach Cookies. They’ve also got a few gluten free varieties too! byrdcookiecompany.com

POUR LARRY’S

This basement dive bar has some of the cheapest beer in town. Plus, they’ve got bar games, live music, and a constant party atmosphere. facebook. com/pourlarrys

SEPTEMBER

A chic, eclectic boutique, September is the best kept shopping secret in Savannah. It’s the perfect place to stop for unique gifts, clothing and accessories. They are constantly updating their inventory, so you’ll find something new every time you stop in. facebook.com/ september.boutiques

PHOTO CREDITS: E. SHAVERS, HYATT

E. Shavers Bookseller is an adorable shop tucked into the heart of the Historic District.


IT'S COOLER IN POOLER Pooler continues to be one of the countries fastest growing cities. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, there is something in Pooler for everyone. This is one friendly city rich with history and a proud future. If you haven't lately, we recommend you take the day and discover the many perks of Pooler for yourself.

The new Beetnix Juice Bar on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, makes this our healthiest choice this year. Opened by Shelly Lowther, it includes a cold press juice bar with healthy dishes and while you are there head up to the second floor and visit their her yoga studio called Dancing Dog.

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BEETNIX JUICE BAR

In the heart of Broughton Street is a little juice bar with a lot of flavor. Hell-bent on promoting a healthy lifestyle in this Southern town, Beetnix offers an amazing selection of cold pressed juices, smoothies and café selections that are vegan, organic, and jampacked with superfoods. We recommend stopping in for breakfast. Try the Fresh Start, a cold pressed juice made with cucumber, pineapple, mint and jalapeño – it will jump-start your morning like you never knew possible. beetnixbar.com

TANGER OUTLET Whether you are the ultimate trendsetter, looking for deals or a mom on the go, Tanger Outlet has the look for you. This spacious shopping oasis offers minimal traffic, lots of parking and great deals. tangeroutlet.com

90,000-square feet of history. This complex exhibits real aircraft, images & medals from the 8th Air Force. mightyeighth.org

PHOTO CREDITS: 24E, JOHN ALEXANDER, NATIONAL MIGHTY EIGHTH MUSEUM,BLAKE CROSBY

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For modern design and contemporary home furnishings, you can’t miss 24e while you’re shopping on Broughton Street. Walking through the shop, you’ll find an eclectic assortment of furnishings and accessories designed to help customers get inventive with their home design. 24e’s amazingly talented staff can help with anything from picking out the perfect accent piece for your living room, to full-on home design services. 24estyle.com

JAZZ'D TAPAS BAR The Peach Bourbon Smash(left), the Beer Cocktail(right) and the Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits are featured at Jazz'd Tapas Bar. Trey Gurley performs live on Thursday nights.

Something about descending a flight of stairs to drink below the earth's surface makes us, well, thirsty.

Above all the chic and ultra-hip spaces in Savannah, Jazz'd is our favorite place for cocktails, tapas and unforgettable live entertainment. An Americanized take on a centuries old Spanish tradition, Jazz’d offers an eclectic selection of over 35 tapas. With the intent of ordering multiple items and sharing, guests are encouraged to bring the entire clan. Call for reservations 912. 236.7777 or go to jazzdtapasbar.com

NATIONAL MIGHTY EIGHTH MUSEUM

IMAX ROYAL CINEMAS

OGLETHORPE SPEEDWAY PARK

Experience a casual dinner theater, IMAX & Dolby 3D options with a bucket of popcorn and Milk Duds for the kids. Mom and dad , you can enjoy a beer or wine from the snack bar. You deserve it. royalcinemaspooler.com

This half mile speedway has entertained race fans since March of 1951 when championship motorcycle racing debuted in Savannah. ospracing.net

SURF LAGOON

With go-kart tracks, miniature golf, and one of the biggest arcades in the area, Fun Zone offers something for children, teens and adults alike. poolerfunzone.com

A good water park in the key to a succesful family vacation. Make your vacation splash at the best place to cool off in the South. surflagoonpooler.com

FUN ZONE AMUSEMENT AND SPORTS PARK

Release your inner Nascar at FUN ZONE.

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Welcome to the

DOWN THE ATLANTIC COAST, FROM CHARLESTON TO JACKSONVILLE, ARE SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS. THESE LITTLE ISLANDS BOAST THE PERFECT MIX OF LAID-BACK BEACH STYLE AND SOUTHERN CHARM. BY KELLY HEITZ

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D I S C OV E R THE SECRE TS OF THE SOUTHERN ISLES

PHOTO CREDITS: GEOFF JOHNSON

ISLAND LIFE


PHOTO CREDITS: THE CLOISTER, JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB

The lawn on the historic Jekyll Island Club is perfect for afternoon drinks or a rowdy game of croquet.

Join the Club ON TWO OF GEORGIA’S FAMED GOLDEN ISLES SITS THREE VACATION CLUBS THAT WERE ONCE SOME OF THE MOST EXCLUSIVE IN THE WORLD. TODAY THEY ARE LUXURY RESORTS VISITED BY EVERYONE FROM A-LIST CELEBRITIES TO FAMILY REUNION GROUPS. BY KELLY HEITZ

If you’re more into active adventures, take a horseback ride on the beach at the Cloister on Sea Island.

THE CLOISTER A secluded coastal retreat, The Cloister has been an elegant beach destination for decades. With personal service, spectacular dining and tons of fun activities, The Cloister is a beach resort that rivals anything the Caribbean has to offer. The Cloister Main Building is built in a stunning Mediterranean style inspired by the original 1928 building. A stay at The Cloister is defined by elegant dining experiences. The Georgian Room, Georgia’s only Forbes Five-Star restaurant, features a menu full of locally and globally sourced ingredients to create their signature “new Southern” cuisine. For a more laid-back vibe, stop in The Georgian Room Lounge for craft cocktails and an imaginative small bites menu. For more information visit seaisland.com.

SEA ISLAND BEACH CLUB Part of the Sea Island resort experience, The Sea Island Beach Club (also known as The Cloister Beach Club) is an oceanfront oasis of a resort that is architecturally bold and sophisticated, while also offering the fun and laid-back vacation you hoped for. Ideal for couples or families, the Club has three swimming pools, access to water sports, and a stunning five miles of private beach. Other amenities also include Wonderland (the jawdroppingly awesome ice cream and candy shop), a 100-seat movie theater, Camp Cloister for the kiddos and a casual dining restaurant. Don’t forget to schedule a tee time at one of the island’s exceptional championship courses. For information visit seaisland.com.

JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB Once considered the most exclusive vacation and social club in the world, the Jekyll Island Club was a summer home to well-known luminaries such as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Today, the club is a resort hotel that anyone can enjoy. Full of rich history and modern comforts, the Club is Jekyll Island’s only four-star resort and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests are treated with first-class service and offered a plethora of activities. From carriage rides and history tours to golf, dolphin cruises, beach fun and bike exploring, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel has an activity for every personality in your group. For accomodations and visitor information visit jekyllclub.com.

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The mesmerizing sands of Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach.

EXPLORE LITTLE ST. SIMONS

One of only a handful of places on the East Coast that are home to bands of feral horses, Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island.

WILD AND FREE

The allure of Cumberland Island lies in its unspoiled, wild spirit. With no phones, no roads and very few full-time human residents, this wild barrier island is the perfect place to go off the grid for a weekend. There are five designated campgrounds on the island, each with their own allure and wonder. Campers are limited to seven consecutive nights on the island, but that’s probably just enough time to appreciate civilization again.

THE DUNGENESS RUINS

Cumberland Island is more than just a natural paradise. Take a trip to the Dungeness Ruins (where you’re likely to see some wild horses grazing), which was originally built by Revolutionary War Hero General Nathanael Greene’s wife after his death. In 1884, Thomas Carnegie built a mansion on the original foundation. The Carnegie’s Dungeness burned in 1959 and today only the ruins remain on site.

EXPLORING THE ISLAND For a safe, enjoyable trip to Cumberland Island be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, pack snacks and water, and wear sunscreen! For information about booking campgrounds, planning a day trip or to learn more about “The Gateway to the Golden Isles” visit nps.gov/cuis. 1 2

TOP 3 EXPOLRATION MUST HAVES 1. Binoculars: Rivers & Glen 3 Trading Co. riversandglen.com 2. Walking shoes: Sperry Topsider sperry.com 3. Water bottle: halfmoonoutfitters.com

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Little St. Simons Island is the last family-owned island on Georgia’s coast. It was purchased in 1908 by Philip Berlzheimer and his descendants still own the island. They operate a retreat where only 32 overnight guests at a time are invited to visit to fish, hunt, horseback ride, canoe, take nature tours, and enjoy seven miles of beaches. If you’re not up for staying the night, take a day trip to the island for a guided introduction to its wildlife and history. Your day trip leaves from Hampton River Marina on the north end of St. Simons Island and includes lunch, a naturalist-led tour, and an afternoon on the beach. For reservations and more information visit littlestsimonsisland.com.

THE THRILL OF THE SLIDE

Perfect for the whole family, Jekyll Island’s Summer Waves Water Park is an ideal way to spend a hot summer day. Relax in Turtle Creek, the lazy river that takes you all around the park, or catch a wave in the Frantic Atlantic wave pool. Slides like Nature’s Revenge and Force 3 will get the adrenaline pumping, but the best is Pirate’s Passage – a five story, double drop dark enclosed slide that plunges riders into the unknown! For seasonal schedules and ticket information visit jekyllisland.com.

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is a marine turtle rehabilitation, research and education facility. The center provides state-of-the-art emergency care for injured sea turtles, as well as educational tours and experiences for the general public. If you’re headed to the GSTC for the day, we recommend the Behind the Scenes Tour. On this tour you’ll get a chance to go into the treatment centers to see how these endangered turtles are nursed back to health. You’ll even get

UNINHABITED BARRIER ISLANDS MOST OF GEORGIA’S COAST IS UNTOUCHED BY MODERN CIVILIZATION.

LITTLE TYBEE ISLAND Only accessible by private boat, Little Tybee is a favorite for recreational camping. visittybee.com

WASSAW ISLAND The most primitive and undeveloped of Georgia’s barrier islands, Wassaw was sold to the Nature Conservancy with the understanding that no bridge would ever be built to it from the mainland. fws.gov/wassaw

ST. CATHERINE’S ISLAND Closed to the general public, St. Catherine’s is widely known for its globally significant archeological and research sites. stcatherinesisland.org

WOLF ISLAND Only limited public recreation activities are allowed so as to protect the nesting grounds of native birds and loggerhead turtles. fws.gov/wolfisland

to meet a few of the patients! For tour information visit gstc. jekyllisland.com.

DRIFTWOOD BEACH

For a beach trip unlike any other, spend a day at Driftwood Beach. Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach is littered with washed-up driftwood. This haunting and mesmerizing stretch of beach is often described as a tree graveyard. Not many people head to this area of the island; so it is perfect for a nice picnic or a mid-day getaway. For more information head to goldenisles.com.

SC’S GOLDEN ISLE

Still only accessible by boat, Daufuskie Island offers a glimpse of what island life was like before modern development. The native residents of Daufuskie are descendants of freed slaves who have made a living oystering and fishing for decades. The best way to get to know the island is through a tour with Outside Daufuskie. Board a golf cart and spend two and a half hours traveling the sandy roads to significant historic landmarks, artisan studios and galleries. Your interpretive historian guide will teach you everything about the history and culture of this unique island. For tour info and other activities visit outsidedaufuskie.com.

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PHOTO CREDITS: GREYFIELD INN

FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

Relax your cares away at Greyfield Inn.


The Saint Simons Island Lighthouse Museum is steps from the Village and Pier and the perfect activity to enjoy with kids.

Saint Simons Island is a golfer's playground. EXPLORE THE VILLAGE HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE VILLAGE SPOTS:

GOLDEN ISLES BRACELET CO. Handmade local metal and wood jewelry gibcobracelets.com

HOPE’S Trendy and affordable women’s fashion shophopes.com

BARBARA JEAN’S Don’t you dare miss their crab cakes barbarajeans.com

BROGENS SOUTH This sports bar is a local favorite brogens.com

MOONDANCE VINTAGE CLOTHING

The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island is a cozy beach town full of quaint shops, winding oak lanes, and bursting with history and intrigue. Visitors could spend hours exploring the island’s pristine beaches, championship golf courses and a slew of attractions. Even just walking around The Village, St. Simon’s adorable “downtown” area, is a day well-spent in this quintessential beach town.

129 STEPS TO THE TOP

Located near the village and pier, the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia. Visitors can climb the 129 steps to experience amazing panoramic views of neighboring Jekyll Island, the Georgia mainland, and the south end of St. Simons

Island. The Lighthouse Museum hosts several events throughout the year. Summer Sundays bring the Little Light Music Concert Series, a unique experience where concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnics and lawn chairs to enjoy live music on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse. For information and visiting hours visit saintsimonslighthouse.org.

THE VILLAGE: THE ISLAND’S EPICENTER

Located on the south end of the island, The Pier Village District is the downtown social hub of St. Simons Island. A popular destination for locals and visitors to meet, mingle, shop, drink, and relax, The Village is what makes St. Simons Island the ultimate beach town. You won’t find another place like it anywhere in the country. For a list of shops, restaurants and attractions visit explorestsimonsisland.com.

ZUZU’S You won’t find a better burger anywhere facebook.com/zuzusicecream

BLUE WATER CAFE Casual waterfront dining with spectacular views thebluewaterssi.com

ST. SIMONS SWEETS Their fudge is heavenly stsimonssweets.com

PALM COAST Coffee, craft beer, and live music: what more could you ask for? palmcoastssi.com

OCEAN MOTION SURF CO. An island staple for over 20 years. stsimonskayaking.com

SANDCASTLE CAFE The ultimate breakfast buffet sandcastleatthepier.com

EXPLORE NEW FAIRWAYS

A golfer’s playground, St. Simons Island is home to a variety of beautiful and challenging courses. From the lush marsh views of the famed King & Prince Golf Club to the astounding 27 holes of the Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons has something to offer golfers of all skill levels. For information on courses and booking tee times visit explorestsimonsisland.com.

THE MARSHES OF GLYNN

The famed Marshes of Glynn separating St. Simons from the mainland is the perfect place to enjoy a day of exploration. Beauty, intrigue and animal encounters await you in this unspoiled wonderland.

SOUTHEAST ADVENTURE OUTFITTERS

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters is your one-stopshop for both equipment and tours. They offer daily kayak tours, nature boat cruises, kayak and powerboat fishing excursions and stand-up paddleboard rentals. For information on where to launch your adventure visit southeastadventure.com.

DOG FRIENDLY BEACH If you’re looking for a beach to enjoy with your furry family members, St. Simons is perfect. Dogs are allowed year-round at beach access points west of the pier. All other beaches prohibit dogs from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The rest of the year, dog-lovers are free to bring their dogs to any portion of the beach. For more information on pet-friendly areas visit bringfido.com.

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PHOTO CREDITS: ST. SIMON'S ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM, KING & PRINCE GOLF CLUB

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE ST. SIMONS ISLAND

Vintage boutique with a beachy flair 912.268.2343


A stroll along the Tybee Island pier is a great way to meet local fishing enthusiasts.

THE FAMOUS PIER

The Tybee Pier and Pavilion is a must-see for anyone visiting the island. Right at the end of Tybrisa Street (Tybee’s beach shop and island bar hub), the pier juts right out into the Atlantic and is a great place for fishing and people watching. During the summer months, the attached pavilion has a snack bar ripe with classic beach eats like hot dogs and ice cold Coca-Cola. Throughout the year, numerous festivals and events are held in this open-air beachside locale. For event information and schedules visit tybeeisland.com. THE ISLAND’S BEST BEACH BARS

Tybee Island KNOWN AS “SAVANNAH’S BEACH” THIS LITTLE ISLAND OASIS HAS IT’S OWN UNIQUE STYLE AND CULTURE. WE LOVE IT FOR ITS ECLECTIC VIBE, WARM RESIDENTS AND SLOW PACE. WHEN YOU’RE ON TYBEE ISLAND, YOU’RE ON “TYBEE TIME.” BY KELLY HEITZ

AS MUCH A DRINKING TOWN AS A BEACH TOWN, TYBEE HAS A SLEW OF WATERING HOLES:

DOC’S BAR A local favorite since 1948 912.786.DOCS

WET WILLIE’S The best frozen drinks anywhere wetwillies.com

HUC A POOS Awesome pizza and beer dive bar hucapoos.com

THE SAND BAR

COTTAGE SHOPPING

NAMASTE, DUDE

For an enlightening watersport experience, try Paddleboard Yoga at AOK Watersports. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a beginner looking for a new challenge, SUP Yoga is an amazing workout and fun way to get to know the island. AOK also offers regular paddleboard lessons, kiteboarding

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lessons, and rentals. For lesson and rental information visit aokwatersports.com.

TYBEE ISLAND SOCIAL CLUB

Tybee Island's beaches

Beach bar meets art gallery meets 5-star cuisine tybeeisland-socialclub. com

are a playground for Savannahians and Tybee locals. From kite boarding and surfing

STINGRAY’S Great outdoor patio with live music every weekend stingraysontybee.com

to sand volleyball and bocce, there's always something fun to do at the beach. Whatever your activity of choice, be sure to show up in style. Lacy coverups and cutoff denim are always good choices to throw on over your best suit.

SPANKY’S BEACHSIDE Right off the beach – inventors of the chicken finger! spankysbeachside.com

NORTH BEACH BAR & GRILL The perfect spot with the perfect food northbeachbarandgrill.net

PHOTO CREDITS: TYBEE ISLAND, TRAVIS TEATE

For a break from the beach, you won’t want to miss the adorable little cottage shops at The Shops at Tybee Oaks. You’ll find everything from handmade souvenirs to eclectic fashion to beautiful jewelry. One of our fave shops is Ziggy Nicks Trading Co. (facebook.com/ ziggynickstradingco) where you’ll find new, handmade and vintage fashion and accessories inspired by all forms of rock and roll. For more store listings visit facebook.com/ tybeeoaks.

Great spot right on the main strip 912.786.8304


Hilton Head The Beach House Resort is the ultimate combination of tiki and luxury.

ESCAPE TO A TRUE ISLAND PARADISE. HILTON HEAD ISLAND IS A PLACE WHERE BREATHTAKING NATURE JOINS WITH THE BEST OF MAN-MADE AMENITIES TO CREATE A PLACE BOTH LOCALS AND VISITORS JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF. BY LISA SIMONS

THE RESORT THAT HAS IT ALL

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a premier resort located mid-island and tucked away in a private gated community. This natural paradise includes three miles of pristine beaches, a full-service marina, and tons of shopping and dining at Shelter Cover Harbour. There is also an 11-mile lagoon that cascades among the resort so guests can kayak, canoe, and enjoy nature. Golfers will appreciate the three world-class golf courses that have helped make Hilton Head a golfers' paradise. Because Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is in a neighborhood, you’ll feel like part of the Hilton Head community, even if you’re only staying a few days. For more information on the resort and the neighborhood, visit palmettodunes.com.

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THE QUINTESSENTIAL BEACH HOTEL

The Beach House is a newly renovated coastal retreat by Holiday Inn. This oceanfront hotel is an ideal location for families, adventurers and beach bums alike. The Beach House is located at the south end of the island and is steps away from the ocean. Walking distance to Coligny Plaza, this hotel truly is steps away from the best the island has to offer. With the renovation came The Porch, a southern-style kitchen and bar with a stunning coastal ambiance. Also on site, The Tiki Hut is a great place to kick off your flip-flops, enjoy live music, and play some beach volleyball. It truly is the place to find the ultimate beach party. For booking and restaurant information head to beachhousehhi.com.

HARBOURTOWN HAPPINESS

The Inn & Club at Harbour Town is nothing short of legendary. The light and airy lobby awaits your arrival and the spacious guest rooms are luxurious to say the least. Your stresses will melt away in the newly enhanced coastal canvas ambiance and the suite-style bathrooms, which are enhanced with rainfall showerheads and generous-sized soaking tubs. The newly opened pool is perfect for days you don’t want to spend on the beach. Plus, the Sea Pines area has a slew of shops, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. Not only will you be treated with excellent service at The Inn & Club at Harbourtown, you’ll also be smack dab in the middle of everything Sea Pines has to offer. For more information on the hotel and the Sea Pines area, visit seapines.com. The Inn & Club at Harbourtown has some of the most luxurious accomodations on the island.


You can catch a glimpse of the White Ibis at the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

WATER SPORT ADVENTURES

Stroll and admire the majestic yachts and sailboats in the picturesque Shelter Cove Marina overlooking Broad Creek. Located mid-island at Shelter Cove Harbor, Shelter Cove Marina is the largest marina on Hilton Head Island. You can enjoy every conceivable water sport from this island locale: inshore and off shore fishing charters, sport crabbing, sail and power boat rentals, sightseeing and nature excursions. Shelter Cove Marina is also the best place to enjoy an island sunset. For more information call 843.842.7001.

PHOTO CREDITS: THE CLOISTER, BEACH HOUSE RESORT, THE INN & CLUB AT HARBOURTOWN, THE BLEU COMPANIES, CRAVE BY DANIELS

WALK ON WATER

The hottest craze in water sports has arrived in Hilton Head. HHI Jetpack allows you to strap on a jet pack and fly up to 30 feet above the water. This is definitely one for the adventurous type. With HHI Jetpack, a certified instructor will take you through a quick training course and be your coach as you set off on your own, constantly talking you through your ride through an in-helmet headset. This truly is an experience of a lifetime. For booking information head to hhijetpack.com.

PEACE AND QUIET

After a high-flying jetpack adventure, enjoy the peace and

ISLAND ADVENTURES THE MOST THRILLING ACTIVITIES ON HILTON HEAD ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

serenity of a coastal nature sanctuary. The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a must see for bird enthusiasts, nature lovers, and photographers. It is also a great place for a stroll or bike ride. The refuge is located in Beaufort, South Carolina and is 1/2 miles west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278. On 4,053 acres and surrounded by breathtaking views of salt marsh and tidal creeks, this undisturbed natural gem is a Lowcountry paradise. For more information visit fws.gov.

SURF’S UP

No island is complete without a hip surf shop, and Quiet Storm is Hilton Head’s ultimate surf shack. With an ideal location across from the beach at Coligny Plaza, Quiet Storm has become the hottest spot on the island to get sandals, shades and the best in surf gear. Brands like Reef, Rainbow, Quiksilver, Sanuk and Billabong dot their racks, and an array of surf, skim and skate boards cover their walls. For more information visit quietstormsurf.com.

ZIPLINE HILTON HEAD A once-in-a-lifetime experience soaring through the Lowcountry ziplinehiltonhead.com

AWESOME ADVENTURE CHARTERS Exciting fly fishing tours awesomeadventurecharters.com

ISLANDACE ADVENTURE TOURS Try the shark fishing adventure! hiltonheadislandtours.com

SKY PIRATE HILTON HEAD Parasailing is the ultimate high-flying thrill ride skypirateparasail.com

SEA MONKEYS WATERSPORTS Rent a JetSki and zoom through the intracoastal seamonkeyshhi.com

LIVE OAC Take a dolphin tour to an up close look at some majestic creatures liveoac.com

OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD Get outside the island on an exciting adventure tour outsidehiltonhead.com

Learn to walk on water with HHI Jetpack.

A FOODIE’S PARADISE Hilton Head Island has quickly become a foodie’s paradise…literally. Here are some of the best restaurants Hilton Head Island has to offer.

SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE

CRAVE BY DANIELS

This hidden jewel is tucked away at the north end of the island, and has been consistently ranked as one of the top seafood restaurants in South Carolina. Skull Creek Boathouse’s outdoor dining experience has a captivating view, and the menu choices include a wide array of fresh seafood, ceviche, Lowcountry boil, sushi and traditional seafood favorites. Don’t miss the weekend brunch! We love the deviled crab benedict topped off with one of their delicious Bloody Marys. skullcreek-boathouse.com

Crave is THE place on Hilton Head for an upscale happy hour. The chic location and cool ambient light gives a sense of city slicking down at the beach. Crave by Daniels is a unique dining and nightclub experience combined into one incredible location. Enjoy an innovative tapas menu paired with craft martinis that will knock you socks off, which will be good for the free salsa lessons held on Thursday nights. cravebydanielhhi.com

Surf and turf the right way at Crave by Daniels.

LIVE BLEU The Bleu Companies is a rare and unique combination of furniture, interior design and clothing boutiques. On one hand you have Bleu Jean, a stylish clothing store with gorgeous artisan jewelry, unique clothing and an extensive boot collection. On the other is Blue Door, a furniture and interiors shop with full-service interior design services and exquisite pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Visionary, designer, and founder of the Bleu Companies, Jerri Thomas juxtaposes her love of the mountains with her home at the ocean in a fused style that is like none other in the Lowcountry. bleucompanies.com

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Beaufort THE QUEEN OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S SEA ISLANDS, BEAUFORT IS THE ULTIMATE SOUTHERN SMALL TOWN. THE GORGEOUS WATER VIEWS,

This antebellum mansion on historic Bay Street was in Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides film..

ANTEBELLUM MANSIONS AND WHIMSICAL BEAUTY OF BEAUFORT WILL IMMEDIATELY CHARM YOU. IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH SPENDING A FEW DAYS EXPLORING THIS TIMELESS TOWN. BY LISA SIMONS

Common Ground is the perfect way to start your exploration of this historic town.

STRIVE FOR COMMON GROUND

The best way to start your day in Beaufort is a robust cup of coffee and a delectable pastry at Common Ground. Located in Beaufort's famed historic district, Common Ground boasts stunning views and a convenience that can't be beat. Sit on their expansive porch and sip your coffee while enjoying a stunning morning view of Henry C. Chambers Water Front Park. It’s the perfect place to start your exploration of this charming town. If you stop in for lunch, be sure to try their homemade Southern Tomato Pie; it’s truly amazing. Or, go straight for dessert with their famous authentic Italian gelato; it's the perfect way to cool off on a hot Lowcountry summer day. commongroundbeaufort.com

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YES, A KAZOO MUSEUM Whether you brought the kids with you or not, the Kazboobie Kazoos Museum is a fun time for both the young and young at heart. This museum has one of the largest collections of kazoos in the world. To get the full experience, you should take a guided tour. On it you'll learn the history of this goofy musical instrument and see how they're made. At the end, you’ll be able to build you own kazoo! Kids ages one to 100 can choose colors, patterns, etc. for the souvenir of a lifetime. You’ll never be able to experience something like this again, so we highly recommend going the full Monty and building your own kazoo. It’s a place that will build lasting memories for you and your family. thekazoofactory.com


Take a SUP excursion on the Harbor River with Higher Ground.

A BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE IN BEAUFORT

HISTORIC BAY STREET

For an all-in-one shopping and dining experience head to Lowcountry Produce on Carteret Street. Try the Ooey Goey Sandwhich, which is a grilled cheese with scrumptious pimento cheese in the center. Isn’t your mouth watering just thinking about it? Lowcountry Produce also houses a market that features fresh bakery baskets, homemade granola, a cannery, and specialty kitchen items. lowcountryproduce.com

A STROLL ALONG BAY STREET ISN’T COMPLETE WITHOUT A STOP IN SOME OF THESE TREASURES:

LAGNIAPPE LOWCOUNTRY Upscale antiques and finery 843.322.0880

SOUTHERN GRACES BISTRO Amazing cuisine in a gorgeous setting southerngracescatering.com

BAY STREET TREASURES Eclectic antiques and décor 843.379.4488

FORDHAM MARKET Lowcountry art and gifts fordhammarket.com

LULUBURGESS Interesting finds and gifts luluburgess.com

THE CHOCOLATE TREE

SEARCHING FOR HIGHER GROUND

Higher Ground is the place to shop for the adventurer in you. Located in the Beaufort Town Center, they offer camping and travel gear, clothing and footwear, and kayaks, stand up paddleboards and accessories. If you’re looking to try stand up paddleboarding for yourself (or SUP as the pros call it), Higher Ground offers outings every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The trips start and return at the marina on Bay Street in the downtown historic district. highergroundoutfitters.com

A UNIQUE VACATION PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

Atripography is a unique photo experience that combines a personal chaperone, concierge, and photo shoot all in one package. Instead of contrived beach vacation portraits, Atripography takes you to interesting places and follows you on your vacation journey. Lisa Simons of Atripography can help you explore sights you never knew existed while capturing genuine emotions and moments with your family. Perfect for couples too! atripography.com

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Homemade candies and sweets thechocolatetree.us

If you don't feel like dining in, Lowcountry Produce is the perfect place to load up on picnic basket essentials.

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One of the chicest new restaurants in Charleston, Anson boast an elegant mood and a fantastic wine list.

CHIC EATS

Located at 12 Anson Street, Anson recently reopened after a kitchen fire shut down the restaurant in 2014. Now, fully redecorated and back with a splash, this elegant, two-story restaurant has lighting mastered, setting the mood for intimate dinners and parties, with an interior that has an equestrian tilt. With some of the freshest, most succulent shellfish and seafood in Charleston, Anson primarily sources from local purveyors, while mixing in more eclectic ingredients for an extra kick. ansonrestaurant.com

Inspired by the roaring 20s, The Spectator Hotel is an experience unlike any other in Charleston.

The Holy City CHARLESTON HAS LONG BEEN A COLORFUL CITY OF INTRIGUE AND FRISSON. FOUNDED IN 1670, THIS SOUTHERN CITY IS DEFINED BY ITS COBBLESTONE STREETS, ITS PRE-CIVIL WAR PASTEL-COLORED HOMES, AND ITS ATMOSPHERIC HARBOR ALONGSIDE WATERFRONT PARK. BY EVA FEDDERLY

CHANNEL GATSBY Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, The Spectator Hotel is nestled into the historic district of downtown. Upon arriving at The Spectator, guests receive a complimentary cocktail, as well as access to the hotel’s bikes. The Spectator Hotel also has a bespoke butler service, where specialized professionals cater to your every need and serve as gatekeepers to the city of Charleston. The Bar is a trendy cocktail lounge inside of the hotel inspired by the Jazz Age, where mixologists craft the perfect drink for every set of taste buds. thespectatorhotel.com

WALK THROUGH HISTORY

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is recognized as the first

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The George Gallery is a little corner gallery with a lot of personality. They have regular openings so check their website for events while you're in town!

museum in the United States. Tracing American history throughout the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the museum blends “beauty and pain, grace and war, great storms and calm seas.” The goal of the museum is to educate visitors about the cultural and natural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Tickets to the museum are $12 for adults and $5 for children (children under 2 are free). The Charleston Museum is open seven days a week. charlestonmuseum.org

THE ART GALLERY YOU WANT TO HANG OUT IN

Located on Charleston’s east side, The George Gallery on Bogard Street features contemporary art and often has a trendy scene. Regularly hosting gallery openings with night crowds that spill onto the sidewalk,

The George Gallery is known for its abstractions and textures, with a fresh take on contemporary art. The April show will feature “Broad Spaces,” a show by two female artists from Memphis, Tenn. For additional information on upcoming exhibits visit georgegalleryart.com.

RESTORING OLD CHARLESTON

Restoration on King is a boutique hotel that is located right on Charleston’s famous King Street. Newly expanded and renovated, the Restoration is no doubt in a prime Charleston location. For an added special touch, the Restoration’s staff delivers breakfast every morning in a charming picnic basket to every guest’s room.


HISTORIC CHARLESTON THE HOLY CITY’S HISTORY IS PART OF ITS BEAUTY. DON’T MISS THESE AMAZING HISTORICAL LANDMARKS.

DOCK STREET THEATRE Known as “America’s First Theatre” charlestonstage.com

CHARLESTON CITY MARKET Hampden is a unique shopping experience that caters to every individual customer.

THE SOUTHERN SHOPPING MECCA King Street is home to some of the best designer and local merchant shops in the world. Here are two you can’t miss:

PHOTO CREDITS: ANSON, THE GEORGE GALLERY, THE SPECTATOR HOTEL, HAMPDEN, TRAVIS TEATE, GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL

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Hampden’s 2,800 squarefoot space offers a variety of high-end designers. The shop’s specialty is hand-picking and packaging an assortment of pieces tailored to each client’s individual style. Each season, the store’s team travels to New York City and Paris to buy specifically for the store, bringing some of the most exclusive brands and coveted pieces to Hampden. The store itself has old-world style tin ceilings and crystal chandeliers, making the shopping experience a fun and elegant one. hampdenclothing.com

IBU

Ibu is both a local and global movement. Founded by Susan Hull Walker, a graduate of World Religions from Harvard Divinity School, Hull founded Ibu in 2013 to feature clothing and textiles made by women and women’s co-operatives from around the world. Ibu also features its own original designs. The store offers clothing that is handmade, luxurious, and international. ibumovement.com

Built in 1841 and still going strong thecharlestoncitymarket.com

PATRIOTS POINT Board the USS Yorktown and USS Lafferty patriotspoint.org

OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM The only known extant building used as a slave auction gallery in SC oldslavemartmuseum.com

BRUNCH SO HARD

Toast is a casual, seemingly non-descript restaurant located downtown that has one of the best breakfasts in Charleston. Arguably serving the best Eggs Benedict in the South, and perhaps the nation, Toast is also home of the Bottomless Mimosa brunch. Toast is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and their ingredients are served fresh and local with homemade goodness. For dinner, be sure to try the Fried Sweet Tea Glazed Chicken for a Southern treat. toastofcharleston.com

ASIAN FUSION

Located in a converted gas station on Rutledge Avenue, Xiao Bao Biscuit serves up innovative multicultural Asian cuisine and specialty cocktails. Selecting dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, the menu changes seasonally with rotating daily specials and family style dinners. Can’t decide? Try the Butter Curry, a braised lamb shoulder in a traditional butter curry sauce; it’s one of Bao Biscuit’s signature dishes. xiaobaobiscuit.com

COASTAL BEACH GUIDE Your guide to the best beaches in the coastal South.

MAGNOLIA PLANTATION Stunning home with even better gardens magnoliaplantation.com

ANGEL OAK Believed to be over 1500 years old angeloaktree.org

FORT SUMTER The first battle of the Civil War nps.gov/fosu

DRAYTON HALL America’s oldest unrestored plantation house still open to the public draytonhall.org

FORT MOULTRIE Learn about the evolution of seacoast defense from the Revolution to WWII nps.gov/fosu

MORRIS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Located off Folly Beach on an ecologically and historically sensitive barrier island savethelight.org

Folly Beach, South Carolina Just south of Charleston, Folly Beach has an eclectic beach community and a bohemian style that’s all its own. If you’re just getting into surfing, Folly is a great place to ride calm waves. follybeach.com Hilton Head, South Carolina One of the most iconic beach destinations, Hilton Head is perfect for family vacations. With 12 miles of beach, there’s a spot for everyone. hiltonheadisland.org Isle of Palms, South Carolina Located just north of Charleston, Isle of Palms is a ritzy, but relaxed beach community. Wildlife is abundant here, so bring your cameras to capture osprey, dolphins, or even sea turtles. iop.net Jekyll Island, Georgia With three amazing public beaches to choose from, Jekyll Island is a great place for a day trip to the beach. We recommend Great Dunes, which has mini golf, bike rentals and playgrounds nearby. jekyllisland. com

Tybee Island, Georgia Just 20 minutes from Downtown Savannah, Tybee Beach is the perfect little getaway for anyone making their way to the Hostess City. Pitch your tent at North Beach. It’s generally less crowded in the busy summer months, and you can watch the ships entering the harbor right from your chair. tybeeisland.com

Kiawah Island, South Carolina Located south of Charleston, Kiawah is a popular resort area with beautiful villas and gorgeous beaches. The only public-access beach is at Beachwalker State Park, but it’s worth the trip. kiawahisland.org

Saint Simons Island, Georgia Directly between Savannah and Jacksonville, Saint Simons Island is a quaint beach town with gorgeous beaches. SSI also has some of the most dog-friendly beaches in the state, so you don’t have to leave Rover at home! explorestsimonsisland.com

WINOS UNITE! The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston offers a wine blending class called Bohemian Wine Blending and Tasting for both guests and non-guests. The class is an hour and half long and participants have the opportunity to learn about the different varietals, while curating their own bottle and custom label. The in-the-know sommeliers then help cork the wine so that participants can have the perfect souvenir. grandbohemiancharleston.com

Stop in the Grand Bohemian Hotel for an incredible wine blending and tasting experience.

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THIS BOLD CITY BY THE ST. JOHNS RIVER IS EXPLODING WITH CULTURE AND EXCITEMENT. AN AMALGAM OF ALL-NATURAL COASTAL BEAUTY, ABUNDANT HISTORY AND RUGGED URBAN PANACHE, JACKSONVILLE HAS NO SHORTAGE OF AWESOME THINGS TO DO. THINKING OF VISITING? HERE’S WHAT NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR ITINERARY. BY STELLA KATSIPOUTIS

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A NEW TAKE ON FRESH

Right in the heart of vibrant downtown, amid Jacksonville’s dynamic business and culture scene, stands the tastefully modern and highly coveted Omni Jacksonville Hotel. Its convenient location offers easy access to the city’s hottest attractions. After a long day of sightseeing, nothing could be more soothing than taking a dip in this resort’s incomparable outdoor pool, which offers a sweeping panoramic vista of the Jacksonville skyline and the St. Johns River. After a satisfying swim, the newly renovated JBar and Juliette’s Bistro are the perfect place to grab an ambrosial cocktail and exquisite meal. The opulent guest rooms, complete with breathtaking views, make for an idyllic day-end retreat from the buzzing city streets below. omnihotels.com

Just minutes south of downtown, the historic San Marco Square is one of the artsiest shopping and entertainment districts in Jax. This pedestrian-friendly piazza is studded with lush landscaping, public art displays, trendy upscale clothing boutiques, remarkable galleries and more. Score some vintage furniture and jewelry at III Lions Antiques, check out the rare and collectible books at the San Marco Book Store, or put together the perfect on-trend outfit with fashionable threads from Olive or Rosie True. Wrap up your shopping tour at the original Peterbrooke Chocolatier, where you can take a guided tour of the factory for only $1 and get a free sample of their famous chocolatecovered popcorn. mysanmarco.com

Whether you’re craving a laidback brunch or a lively night out for dinner and drinks, bb’s Restaurant & Bar in San Marco boasts an electric-yet-refined atmosphere that awakens your appetite at any time of day. The brunch and lunch menus feature gourmet daytime eats such as crab cake “Benedict” with grilled prosciutto and lemon-chive hollandaise. For dinner, spoil yourself with specials like bouillabaisse with pan-seared triggerfish, littleneck clams, mussels, shrimp, relish and saffron rouille. Of course you can never go wrong with their first-class core menu, which is served all day and spotlights enticing appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Go for the melt-in-your-mouth stuffed mozzarella bruschetta—you’ll be glad you did. bbsrestaurant.com

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tour or have a picnic lunch overlooking the water at The Bluffs. For those who love to be outdoors but aren’t interested in roughing it in the woods, the paved 2.9-mile Timucuan Trail is the ideal place for a leisurely walk or bike ride at any time of day. floridastateparks.org

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FIND YOUR HAPPY If the gooey, hearty goodness of gourmet grilled cheese makes you smile, you’ll want to track down The Happy Grilled Cheese Food Truck when you’re in town. Jacksonville native Anthony Hashem puts his own creative spin on the ultimate comfort food and serves it fresh daily at local hot spots. With a selection of recipes ranging from standard to eccentric, the menu offers irresistible options that will appeal to each of your taste buds. thehappygrilledchees.wix.com Track down the Happy Grilled Cheese Food Truck while you're in town to get your hands on this mouthwatering sandwich.

JACKSONVILLE’S NATURE PARADISE If you’re a photographer or nature lover, this is where you need to be. Big Talbot Island is teeming with diverse habitats and plenty of opportunities to observe local wildlife. Countless trails lead you through the stunning untouched forests, shorelines and marshes, giving you the extraordinary opportunity to experience Florida in the raw. Are you an early bird? You’ll want to set your clock and head to Boneyard Beach to see the most glorious sunrise views Jacksonville has to offer. Don’t feel like waking up at dawn? Take an afternoon kayak

WHO’S PLAYIN’?

THE FLORIDA THEATRE IS NOT ONLY A GORGEOUS HISTORICAL VENUE, BUT IT ALSO HOSTS SOME OF THE BEST ACTS IN THE COUNTRY. FLORIDATHEATRE.COM

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PAULA POUNDSTONE April 9, 8 p.m.

KATHY GRIFFIN: LIKE A BOSS TOUR April 14, 8 p.m.

A thing of beauty, the Florida Theatre was built in 1927 and dedicated the same day that television was invented. What was then the largest theatre in Florida was a stunning architectural work of art, that also happened to be a movie theater. Now, the restored theatre is a mecca for some of the best musical acts in the country. It's one of Jacksonville's beloved historic landmarks, and it's truly a sight to behold. A trip to Jacksonville isn't complete without a tour of this gorgeous theatre. Before you head to town, check who's playing, you might get the opportunity to see a legend! floridatheatre.com

HEAD TO AMELIA ISLAND Seated atop sandy dunes beside the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by majestic oaks, The Ritz-Carlton is the quintessential icon of Amelia Island’s pristine coastal beauty. Widely recognized as one of the most popular destinations on the East Coast for beachgoers, this lavish resort occupies prime real estate on the island’s 13-mile coastline. The obliging staff unwaveringly strives to provide guests with ultimate relaxation and superior luxury

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN April 21, 8 p.m.

BEN FOLDS April 22, 8 p.m.

CHRIS ISAAK April 24, 7:30 p.m.

ANJELAH JOHNSON PRESENTS BON QUIQUI April 30, 8 p.m.

BILL MAHER May 14, 8 p.m.

NIGHT RANGER May 19, 8 p.m.

The pool at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is a tropical oasis ready for you to relax in.

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snapping turtle. MOSH’s main attraction has to be the

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science and history exhibits. Get up-close-and-personal

Explore outer space with live star shows, or stimulate

with marine mammals, reptiles and invertebrates in

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laser light show and high-def digital picture and sound.

Courtyard and say hello to Tonca, the resident alligator

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LIONS & TIGERS & BABIES, OH MY! If you’re on the prowl for a family adventure that’s thrilling for all ages, then your hunt is over. The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants will keep you and your little ones wildly entertained for hours.

EAST COAST SAFARI

The only walking safari in Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens opened its doors in 2004, beginning with the Range of the Jaguar and expanding over the years to include mammoth-scale exhibits like Giraffe Overlook, Great Apes, Stingray Bay and more. Visitors young and old will lose themselves in the excitement of exploring animals

from every corner of the globe, like African elephants and Australian kangaroos, just to name a couple.

TIGER BABY

Don’t forget to swing by the 2.5acre Land of the Tiger exhibit to catch a glimpse of baby Kinleigh Rose, the newborn Sumatran tiger cub that made its big debut to the public in February. jacksonvillezoo.org

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A historic and coastal wonderland, Amelia Island is the perfect escape from the bustling Jacksonville city life.

that whisks you far away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Take a few swings on the resort’s par-72 golf course, test your skills at an exclusive cocktail-making or salt-tasting class, try out the menu at the award-winning Salt restaurant, or take part in one of the most highly desired activities the Ritz has to offer: lounging in an oversized Adirondack chair, absorbing the picturesque views of the ocean. ritzcarlton.com/Amelia-Island

TASTE AMELIA ISLAND

For a unique Amelia Island experience, take a Mixology Tour with Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours. As a visitor, you'll get a local's experience of the best bars and restaurants in town. As each tour is designed to be a surprise adventure, you'll never know what exciting place you'll get to try. The Mixology Tour is a mobile cocktail party where you'll meet the creative bartenders of Amelia Island. You'll hear about the art and craft of mixing cocktails and sample some of their best concoctions. It's a great way to start out the night! ameliaislanddowntowntastingtours.com

ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE

For a crazy boat tour experience, hop aboard a "Craigcat," which are like go carts on the water. At Backwater Adventure, you'll get the independance of driving your own boat while following a guide through the back rivers of

Amelia Island. It's an interactive adventure where you'll see wildlife, learn about the area and have a boatload of fun. Don't forget to bring a waterproof camera to get tons of pictures on your tour. backwateradventure.com

NATURE AND HISTORY COLLIDE

Before leaving, make sure you spend some time at Fort Clinch State Park. The park provides exceptional recreational activities immersed among beautiful natural communities, as well as wildlife viewing, historic attractions and unparalleled living history interpretive programs. It also has a half mile long fishing pier and over 60 campsites. floridastateparks.org

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The World of Coca-Cola Museum is one of the most-visited landmarks in Atlanta.

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Centennial Olympic Park was built for the 1996 Olympic Games, but now serves as a gathering place for locals and visitors.

THE EMPIRE CITY OF THE SOUTH IS NOT ONLY GEORGIA’S CAPITAL CITY, BUT IT’S ALSO A PRETTY AWESOME PLACE TO VISIT. IT’S HARD TO COVER THE WHOLE CITY IN JUST A FEW DAYS, BUT WE’VE GATHERED SOME HOTSPOTS YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN’T MISS.

Located in Atlanta’s Vinings neighborhood, Canoe has been a local favorite for over 20 years. With a lush herb garden out back and an al fresco dining area overlooking the Chattahoochee River, Canoe has earned its name as an oasis in the city. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch. Order a basket of Georgia Pecan Sticky Buns for the table as an appetizer, and then dive into the Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit for your main course. canoeatl.com

STAY WHERE HISTORY AND LUXURY COLLIDE Set in a mansion dating to 1896, Stonehurst Place is an eco-friendly bed and breakfast complete with solar panels, eco bath products and a kitchen that serves up divine farm-to-table recipes. Stonehurst offers landscaped gardens and a relaxing Sleeping Porch, but don’t think you’re too far from the city's center to enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer. stonehurstplace.com 108

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ENJOY A CLASSIC

A trip to Atlanta is never complete without a visit to the World of Coca-Cola Museum. Here you can get a behind-thescenes look at the Coke bottling process, take a tour through the history of the refreshing soft drink, and sample Coke products from all over the world. To get the full experience, you should set aside most of your day to exploring this world icon. worldofcoca-cola.com

WORLD’S LARGEST DRIVE-IN

Serving customers in Atlanta since 1928, The Varsity is an Atlanta classic that’ll never go out of style. The original Varsity is in downtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech, but they now have locations throughout the city. Do yourself a favor and visit the original to get a glimpse of the history and celebrity of this hometown institution. While you’re there you have to order one of their famous chili cheese dogs with a side of rings. Don’t forget to top it off with a Frosted Orange – an orange-flavored

BUCKHEAD’S BEST EXPLORING ONE OF OUR FAVORITE ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOODS.

BRIDGE BOUTIQUE SoHo meets Southern style bridgeboutique.com

ATLANTA FISH MARKET The best seafood selection in town 404.262.3165

PRICCI The best Italian you’ll find outside of Italy 404.237.2941

TULIPANO Sleek and trendy women’s fashion shoptulipano.com

CHOP’S LOBSTER BAR Actually famous for their steaks 404.262.2675

milkshake that tastes like a meltin-your-mouth Dreamsicle treat. thevarsity.com

ENJOY A PIECE OF OLYMPIC HISTORY

Built for the 1996 Olympic Games as a gathering spot for visitors and residents, Centennial Olympic Park is now a beautiful 21-acre park in the heart of downtown Atlanta. While there, visit the Fountain of Rings, the centerpiece to the park. It’s the world’s largest interactive fountain and is in the shape of the Olympic Ring symbol. centennialpark.com The Varsity Drive in

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TOWERING BEAUTY The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, one of the city’s finest hotels, is located right in the heart of Buckhead. The Mandarin offers its guests luxury and comfort from the goose down bedding to the plush bathrobes. Plus, the stunning architecture and design will keep you coming back to The Mandarin every time you visit the city. mandarinoriental.com

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Take a tour of the historic Fox Theatre or stop in to see a Broadway show.

A NIGHT AT THE FOX

Formerly a movie palace, the Fox Theatre is a beloved historic landmark in the heart of the city. From Broadway musicals to concerts performed by major recording artists, there’s bound to be an amazing show to catch at the Fox. You can even take tours of this historic treasure. The Fox Theatre Tour is a 60-minute guided program that will showcase the must-see details of the Fox and its remarkable history. You’ll even learn how locals saved this beauty from the wrecking ball. foxtheatre.org

HOME OF THE BRAVES

Whether it’s baseball season or not, a trip to this sports icon is a must when visiting ATL. Even though it’s a fairly new park, Turner Field artfully combines the nostalgia and atmosphere of old-time baseball with a state-of-the-art environment unlike any other park in the country. If you’re there in season, book the Braves VIP Experience. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes pregame tour of Turner Field, a sideline view of the pros’ batting practice, and access to the 755 Club Delta 360 Lounge. It’s the only way to enjoy a Braves game right. atlanta.braves.mlb.com

NOT THAT KIND OF GUNSHOW

Chef Kevin Gillespie offers a bold new take on traditional dining by fusing Brazilian churrascaria style dining and Chinese dim sum at Gunshow. Selections are presented on carts to patrons who Whether you're a baseball fan or not, Turner Field is an awesome place to spend the day in Atlanta.

select from them tableside. The menu includes Chicken & Waffles with a Vietnamese twist, Pork Belly Steamed Buns, and Barbecue Georgia Quail. The atmosphere and service in this Glenwood Park locale could not be more unique and downhome. gunshowatl.com

THE BOHEMIAN CENTER OF THE SOUTH

Little Five Points is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta that’s always bustling with eclectic sights and sounds. We love exploring this alternative neighborhood and meeting the generous people who call it home. Full of artsy establishments and painted with murals, Little Five Points is a great place to spend an afternoon. For drinks and amazing burgers, visit The Vortex. You can’t miss the 20-foot high laughing skull façade. littlefivepoints.net

CHIC BOUTIQUE

The Artmore is a boutique hotel that offers an ultra-chic setting in the center of Atlanta’s Cultural Art District. Offering more than just a comfortable place to lay your head, The Artmore prides itself on delivering a personalized guest experience. This hotel features suites and rooms in a fully renovated 1924 historic building. Custom bedding and large rooms add to the great value of the Artmore. The outdoor courtyard features a large fountain and fireplace and is a perfect place to relax in the evening. The Studio Lounge is a hip place to enjoy top-shelf wines and drinks with a great selection of gourmet specialty dishes. artmorehotel.com

For the ultimate in Southern cooking without the clogged arteries, take a visit to Home Grown. This Reynoldstown eatery offers creative and delicious breakfast options and a hearty brunch menu on the weekends. After your meal take a stroll through their garden out back, which supplies food to the restaurants kitchen. See, they really are “Home Grown.” homegrownga.com

The Artmore is mid-town Atlanta’s premier boutique hotel experience.

EXPLORE THE URBAN WATERWAYS Escape the urban jungle for a piece of paradise in Atlanta. Set out on a raft, kayak, or inner tube from the picturesque Powers Island Park River to the Chatahoochie River with the guides at Urban Currents. Channel your inner Huck Finn, kick back, and float along some of the most picturesque river scenery. This is a perfect way to spend a hot summer day with friends and family! For more information visit call 404.590.2922

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TOPDECK Perched atop the Cotton Sail Hotel on Historic River Street, guests of Top Deck Bar are awarded the best unobstructed views of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, the Savannah River and historical Bay Street below. The building itself sits on a bend in the river, which makes it seem like the bar is floating right over the water. It’s a rooftop oasis in the heart of the city. After a long day walking the historic streets of Downtown Savannah, there’s no

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better place in town to enjoy a relaxing cocktail or craft beer while taking in the breathtaking Savannah sunsets. It is also a perfect setting for an al fresco lunch or after work meeting spot to unwind and enjoy a refreshing cocktail. We suggest you try the Grandma's Garden - their speciality cocktail designed to taste just like you decided to raid a garden of fresh produce. Hand crushed iced is finished with a refreshing blend of Seagrams Vodka infused for two weeks with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries,

blackberries, cucumber, lemon and lime and muddled fresh cucumber, topped with ginger beer and mint. They are staffed with outgoing, talented bartenders who will quickly become your favorite rooftop friends. They love make amazing cocktails without being pretentious. Despite the always-attractive crowds they, they seem to always have a signature waiting when you walk in. You can even get your foodie fix here, too. Top Deck’s small plates and charcuterie menu features farm-to-table inspired dishes like lamb

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sliders with goat cheese and bacon and salmon dip with dilled cucumber charcuterie and cheese board. To top off the night, enjoy a bacon brownie on Top Deck’s panoramic wrap-around deck that perfectly captures the cities twinkling lights below. The energy takes a rise of its own on the weekends when both locals and visitors alike converge on the 6th floor for a fun lively evening of socializing and unbeatable views.

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OUR TOP DECK FAMILY PUTS THEIR HEARTS IN CREATING INCREDIBLE DISHES, COCKTAILS AND CUSTOMER LOVE FOR THE LOCALS AND TOURISTS, WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US TREMENDOUSLY. — CHANTAL GLOOR, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF TOP DECK

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Amazing hotel with a gracious and friendly staff. Great location! We visit Savannah often, best hotel we have stayed in! — PAULA G.

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ANDAZSAVANNAH

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Relax and stay awhile at one of the 151 ultra-modern guestrooms and suites offered at the Andaz Savannah, which was recently named the number one hotel in Savannah in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Located on Ellis Square, Andaz Savannah is perfectly situated within steps of shopping, dining, and more of Savannah’s most popular destinations. With its artful décor, serene urban vibe, and new southern sophistication, Andaz Savannah adds a bold, polished look and chill ambiance to the hotel scene in Savannah’s Historic District. ����BARNARD�ST��•���SAVANNAH�GA��•����������������•��SAVANNAH�ANDAZ�HYATT�COM

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EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING…SO MUCH SO – WE WENT BACK THE NEXT NIGHT. WE NEVER DO THAT! SERIOUSLY! DON’T MISS THIS PLACE. IT’S WORTH IT! — JENNIFER G. ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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SAVANNAH'S UNDERGROUNDHOTSPOT Tucked beneath Barnard Street off Ellis Square is Savannah’s favorite sultry, swanky lounge. As you walk downstairs and enter the underground restaurant, you instantly feel like you’ve entered another world. You’re off the beaten path, yet in the heart of the city. You feel like you’ve entered a speakeasy, but with modern décor and amenities. On thing is for sure, Jazz’d Tapas Bar has something for everyone. Chef Richard Hattaway’s menu of Americanstyle tapas allows guests to samples small plates with a mixture of French, Asian and Latin flavors. Specialty martinis, craft cocktails and a wine for every palette compliment the sweet and savory tapas dishes. This cool, contemporary getaway presents the perfect place for a night on the town.

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A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE! WHETHER YOU WANT TO GO DANCING OR JUST HAVE A RELAXED NIGHT- THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE! — MIKE D.

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The trifecta of Savannah’s downtown nightlife, Barrelhouse South, SEED Eco Lounge and Rogue Water Tap House are three Savannah bars you can’t miss. A favorite hangout for locals, Barrelhouse South is an eclectic bar planted smack dab in the center of Congress Street. Every Thursday through Saturday nights, Barrelhouse has live regional and touring bands jamming their stage with the best in every genre of music. SEED, however, is Savannah’s only ecologically friendly bar. Their craft cocktails are delicious and the dance floor is always hopping. Finally, you have Rogue Water Tap House, the perfect place to hang with friends, watch a few games and sample some of the best beers on tap in Savannah. ��BARRELHOUSE�SOUTH�•������W�CONGRESS�ST��•��SAVANNAH��GA��•����������������•��FACEBOOK�COM/BARRELHOUSESAV ��SEEDECOLOUNGE�•�����MONTGOMERY�ST��•��SAVANNAH��GA��•����������������•��FACEBOOK�COM/SEEDECOLOUNGE ��ROGUE�WATER�TAP�HOUSE�•�����MLK�JR�BLVD�•��SAVANNAH��GA��•����������������•��FACEBOOK�COM/ROGUEWATERSAVANNAH 118

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CANDY AND MEMORIES MADE FROM SCRATCH! — STAN STRICKLAND, FOUNDER, SAVANNAH CANDY KITCHEN

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ASWEETTREAT Watch the candy makers of the Savannah's Candy Kitchen dip pralines, pull taffy, and make the best treats in town right in front of your eyes. Originally opening on Savannah’s Historic River Street, Savannah's Candy Kitchen has grown to include locations in Savannah’s City Market, Charleston, Nashville, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, and will be opening its newest location in National Harbor Maryland later this summer. Each store has a flavor for every sweet tooth with a wide selection of classic southern sweets and barrels of nostalgic candies. Stop in and see what makes this candy empire so sweet.

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CLASSICALLY BLENDED RICH WOOD TONES, GARNISHED WITH BAMBOO AND TEAK, CREATE AN ERNEST HEMINGWAY, BRITISH COLONIAL ISLAND FEEL ON RIVER STREET – WITH ELEVATED PUB FARE, MAKES IT A GREAT SPORTS VIEWING OPPORTUNITY.

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The only sports bar on River Street, Dub’s, a Public House, has a cool atmosphere and a killer view. Just because it’s a pub, doesn’t mean their menu isn’t elevated. Try the jalapeno beer cheese dip served with soft pretzels and topped with pico, cilantro and jalapeños as an appetizer while you take in any sports game on one of their many high definition televisions. You can even challenge some friends to a game of ping-pong in Dub’s river front game room. With daily chalkboard specials and a constantly updating beer list, you’ll never be bored at Dub’s Pub. pimento cheese burger

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LIVE LIFE IN THE CURRENT.

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OUTDOORADVENTURES AREWAITING In the heart of the Historic District is a shop dedicated to enjoying everything the city can’t offer: the wonderful outdoors. Clothing and gear for outdoor adventures require a kind of quality that is hard to find. Rivers & Glen Trading Co. specializes in curating that quality for sporting enthusiasts. With shops in Augusta and Downtown Savannah, as well as a growing online storefront, Rivers & Glen is everywhere their customer needs them to be. They carry coveted brands such as Orvis, Patagonia, Barbour, Filson, and Simms that are known for their superior quality and durability. So, whether you’re into fly fishing, wingshooting, or just enjoy the sportsman (or woman’s) look, you will find everything you need at Rivers & Glen. �����DRAYTON�ST�•��SAVANNAH��GA��•����������������•��RIVERSANDGLEN�COM

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THE EXPERIMENTAL KITCHEN REFLECTS CUISINE FROM THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WE'VE ALL LIVED IN AND WANT TO SHARE WITH SAVANNAH. — CHEF NICK MCNEVIN

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The Collins Quarter is the perfect dining destination for the travel and adventure enthusiast. Chefs Nick McNevin and Hank Phillips have introduced well-traveled, world classics to Savannah's food scene that otherwise may have never had the opportunity to grace our Southern pallets. Their newly themed Sunday Funday and Motown Monday have been deemed "experimental kitchen" nights by the chefs. Guests are encouraged to suggest the dish of their dreams for the chefs to try and tackle. They are also taking Tuesday off to tackle some new experiments of their own.

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INTERNATIONALFLAVOR MEETSSOUTHERNCHARM


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CELEBRATING OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY, SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES HAS NEW AND EXCITING CHANGES FOR 2016… WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU ABOARD SAVANNAH’S TRUE WATERFRONT DINING EXPERIENCE! — CAPTAIN JONATHAN CLAUGHTON

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SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT CRUISES

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ALL–ABOARD!

With seven cruise options available for exploring the Savannah River, visitors can experience everything the Hostess City has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a sightseeing harbor tour, a dinner entertainment cruise with delicious local cuisine, an exquisite cultural experience, or enchanting sunsets during their new Sunset Cruise, Savannah Riverboat Cruises has a voyage for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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JOHNNY ROCKETS PROVIDES A CLASSIC EXPERIENCE OF FOOD, FUN, & FRIENDLINESS REMINISCENT OF FEEL-GOOD AMERICANA. —CHAND SHARMA, OWNER, JOHNNY ROCKETS, POOLER

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Take a break while you shop and stop in Johnny Rockets. The newest addition to the Pakwan restaurant family, Johnny Rockets boasts a classic diner atmosphere and amazing service. Johnny Rockets creates a fabulous dining experience for every guest. Try one of their famous hamburgers made with 100% fresh, never frozen all-natural beef. We’re big fans of the Houston, a spicy take on the original with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, iceburg lettuce, tomato, and JR’s spicy sauce. If you can’t choose between their signature sourdough recipe onion rings or their crispy American fries as a side, get the ½ and ½: half rings, half fries for a whole lot of tasty.

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DAVE IS VERY INFORMATIVE, SAFETY CONSCIOUS, AND EXPERIENCED. THE FLIGHT WAS SMOOTH. THE VIEWS ARE SPECTACULAR. I CAN’T WAIT TO GO AGAIN! — TRIP ADVISOR

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AMPHIBIANAIR

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TAKETOTHESKIES An INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT on Amphibian Air is a once-in-alifetime high-flying adventure. A certified FAA Flight Instructor will fly you over some of Georgia's most beautiful landscapes. You will experience flying "low and slow" over the Golden Isles in an open cockpit Powered Hang Glider, a FAA certified Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft. A hands-on piloting experience is available, which lets you take the reins and fly the aircraft through the sky. It's like riding a motorcycle in the sky.

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STYLISH DESIGN, GENUINE STAFF, LOCALLY SOURCED MENUS AND THE PERFECT LOCATION MAKE HOTEL INDIGO THE IDEAL CHOICE FOR EXPERIENCING SAVANNAH'S HISTORIC DISTRICT — MORGAN STINCER DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING

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HOTELINDIGO

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TRAVELLIKEAN EXPLORER’ STAYLIKEALOCAL’

The perfect mix of old and new, Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District is housed in the “Grand Lady on the Bay” on West Bay Street. The historic Guckenheimer building has been everything from a storage house, a grocery store with the city’s first true coffee house, and now a charming boutique hotel with all the modern amenities you’d expect from this luxurious setting. Directly off City Market, Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District’s prime location makes it the perfect place for guests to immerse themselves in Savannah culture, while still having a comfortable place to lay their heads. ������WEST�BAY�ST��•��SAVANNAH��GA��•���������������•��HOTELINDIGOSAVANNAH�COM�

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HONESTY, TRANSPARENCY, AND GREAT PRODUCTS. OUR PATRONS SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE FINDING THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR THEM AT OUR HEADSHOP. — SEAN GENG, OWNER, SMOKE CARTEL

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SMOKECARTEL

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HIGHENDGLASS The folks at Smoke Cartel feel the values of Savannah reflect their values as a business. Because of this, they’re committed to offering the highest quality of glass from the most qualified people. Located in the heart of Savannah on the intersection of Victory and Montgomery Streets, Smoke Cartel strives to offer the best selection of smokeware to their faithful customers in the community. With a large assortment of smoking gear like glass, vaporizers and other accessories, Smoke Cartel caters to their clients both online and in-store. ������W�VICTORY�DR��•��SAVANNAH��GA��•����������������•��SAV�SMOKECARTEL�COM

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DOWNTOWN 17 HUNDRED 90 INN & RESTAURANT

307 E. President St. 912.236.7122. 17Hundred90.com. As one of the oldest buildings in Savannah, the restaurant in 17hundred90 is, as you might have expected, haunted. The reason we haunt this place, however, is because the food is so amazing. Miss Annette’s Crab Stew is at the apex of classic Southern recipes and a must try.

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14 Barnard St. 912.629.9493, Savannah. Andaz.Hyatt.com. This trend-setting eatery is located in the Andaz hotel and one of the only restaurants in Savannah that is truly committed to providing locally sourced food. Their specialty is preparing different dishes with the same proteins.

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605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. 912.721.0595, HolyCityHospitality.com. Our favorite dish at 39 Rue De Jean is their traditionally prepared Beef Tartare. Along with authentic French dishes like this, they also have a raw bar and something way out of left field but still intriguing- Sushi! 123 East Broughton St. 912.234.3111 MarshallHouse.com. Situated within Savannah’s first hotel, the classic, elegant restaurant offers an out of this world shrimp Caesar wood fired pizza and various types of risotto. The restaurant itself has different sized private rooms that can accommodate up to 250 guests.

700 DRAYTON

700 Drayton St. 912.721.5002, 700Drayton. com. Winner of the 2015 Open Table Dinner’s Choice Award, 700 Drayton is about as upscale as Southern food can get. The menu changes seasonally but if you are lucky and the okra fries are on the menu--order them.

A.LURE RESTAURANT

309 West Congress St. 912.233.2111, AlureSavannah.com. A great atmosphere for sipping their signature Savannah Heat cocktail, with exposed brick intermingling with the white linen tablecloths. A favorite dish is an updated and deconstructed version of a low country boil made with entirely local ingredients.

2311 Habersham St. 912.447.0400 AlSalaamDeli.com. This unassuming cafĂŠ is home to some of the best Middle Eastern food in town. Very casual and great for lunch, they carry a variety of authentic Levantine groceries along with life-changing hummus and babaganush. 21 West Oglethorpe Ln. 912.495.0902 Angels-bbq.com. The owner, a saucier from the California Culinary Academy, put all his efforts into mastering barbecue and has six different signature sauces. Open at 11:30 a.m., make sure to call ahead and see if they still have barbecue as it goes fast.

B. MATTHEW’S EATERY

325 East Bay St. 912.233.1319, BMatthewsEatery.com. What started out as a casual deli and bakery has evolved into a full-service eatery with menus that feature a variety of traditional and new American-style dishes. Known for their amazing breakfast and brunch, B. Matthew’s lunch and dinner items are just as great.

BACK IN THE DAY BAKERY

2403 Bull St. 912.495.9292 BackintheDayBakery.com. Considered one of Savannah’s “foodie destinations,� Back in the Day Bakery has gotten worldwide acclaim for their baked goods. Great for lunch too and we strongly recommend a Chocolate Heaven Cupcake- it lives up to its name.

BEATNIX

18 E. Broughton Street., 912.401.9771 beetnixbar.com The best juice bar in Savannah serving organic, vegan and vegetarian food, juices and smoothies. They even have a yoga studio upstairs, Dancing Dog Yoga.

BELFORD’S

313 West Julian St. 912.233.2626, BelfordsSavannah.com. Belford’s Seafood and Steaks is a Savannah institution. If you’re looking for a little history with your meal look no further as the building was built in 1902. Reminiscent of bygone days, the crab cakes are the best in the city.

BELLA NAPOLI

18 E. State St. 912.355.5555, bellanapolibistro.com. Recently opened Bella Napoli is the perfect neighborhood Italian restaurant to compliment the casual atmosphere of downtown. Great for families or sipping wine with your significant other.

BOAR’S HEAD GRILL & TAVERN

1 N. Lincoln St. 912.651.9660, BoarsHeadGrillandTavern.com. A favorite for locals and tourists the past 35 years, Boar’s Head is locally owned and operated by Chef Philip & Charlene Branan. Boar’s Head offers casual, riverfront dining in a unique restored cotton warehouse built in the 1800’s.

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CITYMARKETMERCHANTS THEBUZZINGEPICENTEROFSAVANNAH City Market is the place to go for entertainment, dining, art and shopping in Historic Savannah. The heart of Savannah since the 1700s, City Market was once a gathering place to buy and sell groceries, services and other essential goods. Today, the four blocks of Historic Downtown that make

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CHIVE SEA BAR & LOUNGE

4 W. Broughton St. 912.233.1748 ChiveLounge.com. Fusing upscale Asian cuisine with a 1920s Gatsby flair, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge is the perfect vacation from reality; We recommend the stuffed striped sea bass or anything from the raw bar.

ter.com. The Collin’s Quarter is changing the lunch game, with the freshest local farm-to-table meals and a great coffee and drink program. The chef focuses on his dishes like they are works of art. Recommended for those who love taking pictures of their food.

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102 E. Liberty St. 912.349.5583, ByrdCookieCompany.com. Located on the first floor of Drayton Towers, B.T. Byrd’s is a charming little cafÊ showcasing their infamous cookies as well as specialty drinks and breakfast items made to order.

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119 MLK Jr. Blvd. 912.232.2525, CarlitosMexicanBarandGrill.com. A go-to for pre-gamers looking for some delicious Mexican favorites before a night out on the town, there’s always something spicy going on inside. If you’re with friends make sure to order a fish bowl margarita.

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102 E. Broad. St. 912.790.7888, Cha-Bella. com. Cha Bella is alfresco dining at it’s best. Fresh, flavorful and bright dishes that feature local and free-range meats and seafood. They are also dedicated to sustainable agriculture, which means farm-to-table and highly seasonal menu items.

CHART HOUSE

202 W. Bay St. 912.234.6686, Chart-House. com. Though there are many Chart Houses around the country, this one has the best waterfront dining, and the spectacular seafood menu features one of our favorite dishes, the Snapper Hemingway.

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48 Whitaker St. 912.443.1875, Circa1875. com. Calling themselves an unpretentious gastro pub and French restaurant, eating and drinking at Circa is like being transported to turn of the century France, complete with Absinthe and amazing Cassoulet Maison.

CLARY’S CAFÉ

301 W. Jones St. 912.232.9929, CrystalBeerParlor.com Savannah’s second oldest restaurant opened in 1933 during the Great Depression and has been a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors ever since. A great casual dinner spot for authentic pub fare and an amazing beer selection.

404 Abercorn St. 912.351.0302, ClarysCafeSavannah.com. A local cafe that blew up when it made its national debut in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Clary’s homemade bread and delectable breakfast menu are even more of a reason to stop by.

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1801 Habersham St. 912.777.6286, CottonAndRye.com. Quickly becoming a favorite among locals, Cotton & Rye aims to bring the importance of craft into everything they do. That is why most things like bread and pate are made in house daily. 151 Bull St. 912.224.1245, TheCollinsQuar-

151 W Bryan St. 912.341.8014. All the other cupcakes in town are jealous because Mabel Francis Potter’s Cupcake Emporium has over 100 different kinds of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes. They also have great breakfast and lunch items. 105 E. 37th St. 912.236.5547 , Elizabethon37th.net. Executive Chef Kelly Yambor makes full use of fresh coastal seafood, local produce, and the restaurant’s own house grown herbs and edible flowers. Perfect for a elegant date or anniversary. 1919 Bull St. 912.401.0543, FoxyLoxyCafe.

com. The unique combination of Tex-Mex cantina and coffee house with an artsy atmosphere make Foxy Loxy a great place to study, relax or meet with friends for a coffee break or a bite.

GALLERY ESPRESSO

234 Bull St. 912.233.5348, GalleryEspresso. com. Located off Chippewa Square, Gallery Espresso has the perfect coffee house vibe. Not just for beatniks, they serve a plethora of great coffee drinks as well as breakfast and lunch or a mid-afternoon snack.

GOOSE FEATHERS 912-233-4683, www.goosefeatherscafe.com. Proudly serving the Savannah area since 1986, this cozy cafÊ fuses the dining ambiance found in Lower Manhattan’s urban Greenwich Village and the Left Bank in Paris. GREEN TRUCK PUB

2430 Habersham St. 912.236.5885 GreenTruckPub.com. Famous for their grass-fed burgers, this casual neighborhood pub hits the spot every time. They have a great selection of wine and beer and even make their own ketchup!

THE GREY RESTAURANT

109 MLK Jr. Blvd. 912.662.5999, TheGreyRestaurant.com. Executive Chef Mashama Bailey is turning heads with her familiar

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MAMIERUTH HIPPIECHIC Unapologetically Southern and made in the U.S.A., Mamie Ruth is style for the modern hippie. You can find Mamie Ruth clothing in boutiques and specialty retailers nationwide, but there’s no better place to shop for this unique Southern style than the flagship store on Liberty Street in Historic Downtown Savannah. The shop is eclectic yet

refined and owner and designer Emily Bargeron is always on hand to style even the most apprehensive fashionista. Named for Bargeron’s grandmother who was a fiercely independent entrepreneur and creative thinker, Mamie Ruth boasts many fans throughout the country. You’ll love her designs, which are made by hand, with love, using the most eco-friendly methods possible.

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but elevated Southern food. Located in an old Greyhound bus terminal, the interior is art deco at it’s best and makes you feel as if you have been transported to a richer, more delicious time from the moment you step in the door.

GRYPHON TEA ROOM

337 Bull St. 912.525.5880. Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Gryphon Tea Room is a sumptuous and sophisticated restaurant with an amazing imported selection of teas and homemade desserts that are unforgettable.

Savannah Georgia area. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

JUAREZ MEXICAN

420 E. Broughton St. 912.236.0530, RestaurantJuarez.com. A downtown institution for many years, Juarez is a casual family joint with killer margaritas and the best salsa this side of the border.

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J. CHRISTOPHER’S

52 Barnard St. 912.236.7777, JazzdTapasBar.com. An underground jazz venue that houses some of the best local music talent and an impressive wine selection. One of the only places in town where you can get real tapas.

JEPSON CAFÉ

JOHNNY ROCKETS 11 Mill Creek Cir, Pooler, GA 31322, (912) 450-3399. Johnny Rockets, the restaurant for all-American food and fun specializes in classic hamburgers, fries and shakes with over 300 restaurants worldwide.

122 E. Liberty Dr. 912.236.7494, JChristophers.com. Well known for their breakfast and brunch, J. Christopher’s can sometimes have a long wait time, but it’s well worth it. We suggest getting one of their skillets or the Crab Cakes Benedict. 207 W. York St. 912.790.8823, Telfair.com/Café. Housed on the second floor of the Jepson Center for the arts, The Jepson café serves a light and refreshing menu of salads, wraps and sandwiches. Looking for a nice chilled glass of wine between gallery perusing? They have you covered.

JALAPENOS MEXICAN GRILL

Islands: 107 Charlotte Rd., (912) 897-8245; Southside: 8840 Abercorn St., 912.920.0704, 7405 Skidaway Rd., 912.356.1800; Pooler: 226 Pooler Pkwy, 912.988.3017, 930 Morgans Corner Rd., 912.450.1555; Richmond Hill: 60 Exchange St., 912.459.1022 jalapenosinc.com Authentic Mexican Cuisine with five convenient locations around the

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102 W. Congress St. 912.233.2600, TheLadyandSons. com. As any local, or tourist for that matter, can tell you, The Lady & Sons is now an American icon. All your traditional Southern favorites are adequately represented, fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens, all with a big glass of iced sweet tea.

LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM

212 E. Broughton St. 912.234.4442 , LeopoldsIceCream.com. The local landmark, owned by the big

screen movie producer Stratton Leopold, is the perfect place to dip into on a hot afternoon. Try interesting flavors such as Chatham Artillery Punch Sorbet and Japanese Cherry Blossom.

of single malt scotch whiskey on the East Coast and are eager to teach you about all of them.

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21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 , MoonRiverBrewing. com. Housed in one of the oldest, most historic, and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah, Moon River is the perfect restaurant to go to if you’re looking for something fun in the heart of historic downtown. They recently opened a beer garden and are now serving free-range burgers and have over 15 signature brews that rotate throughout the year.

1110 Bull St. 912.790.9000 Local11Ten.com. Truly a locals spot, this establishment used to be a bank and is now richly updated with modern and sultry décor. The food is Southern inspired and locally acquired. An amazing date spot for a special night out or if you just want to get a couple cocktails.

LULU’S CHOCOLATE BAR

42 MLK Jr Blvd. 912.238.2012 , LulusChocolateBar. net. Lulu’s is a cocktail joint specializing in homemade desserts and confections. Their bar is casual but glamorous with a rockabilly vibe and for those with an insatiable sweet tooth we recommend the Lulutini.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

11 W. Liberty St. 912.495.0705, MellowMushroom. com. Mellow’s is a laid back pizza joint with an awesome draft beer selection and a fun atmosphere. As you might suspect the place is filled with psychedelic mushroom murals and sculptures giving it an interesting but enjoyable vibe.

MOLLY MACPHERSON’S SCOTTISH GRILL & PUB

311 W. Congress St. 912.239.9600 MacPhersonsPub.com. A family-run joint named after their great-grandmother who first opened a pub in Nova Scotia, the tradition has been passed on for generations. They have the largest selection

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MRS. WILKES’ BOARDING HOUSE

107 W. Jones St. 912.232.5997 , MrsWilkes.com. The quintessential spot for reliving true Southern family style dining. The line is usually around the block so get there early, but the fried chicken and pickled beets are well worth it.

OLDE PINK HOUSE

23 Abercorn St. 912.232.4286, PlantersInnSavannah. com. One of Savannah’s most beautiful architectural icons, the dining rooms are breathtaking, neoclassic parlors with fireplaces. In addition to the rich and contemporary Southern menu, they also have our favorite vegetarian dish; Caramelized Vidalia onion and sweet potato ravioli with a savory pecan cream sauce.

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ALURE SOUTHERNCUISINEOUTSIDETHEBOX Tucked in the heart of the Historic District is a contemporary restaurant rich with Southern charm. A.Lure boasts an atmosphere full of warmth and culture, and a menu teaming with delicious farm-to-fork creations you won’t find anywhere else. Each

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OLYMPIA CAFE

5 E. River St. 912.233.3131, OlympiaCafe.us. Famous for their fried Calamari and flaming Saganaki cheese; Olympia cafĂŠ is an unpretentious family run cafĂŠ with great Greek food and amazing waterfront views. Its impossibly charming dĂŠcor and friendly wait staff make you feel as if you are part of the family the moment you walk in.

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601 E Bay St. 912.233.6002, PacciSavannah. com. Pacci is located on Bay Street inside the Brice Hotel. They specialize in creating soulful versions of coastal Italian dishes using local and sustainable seafood. Our favorite dish is the Bucatini All’ Amatriciana, using Vidalia onions.

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THE PIRATES’ HOUSE

20 E. Broad St. 912.233.5757, ThePiratesHouse.com, The Pirates’ House, open since 1753, was originally an inn for sailors, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates. Filled with history, this place is perfect for your kids to enjoy while you feast on delicious Southern favorites.

RIVER HOUSE SEAFOOD

125 W. River St. 912.234.1900, LiveOakStore. com/RiverHouse Rich food with a rich history, the River House is located right on River Street in an old cotton warehouse. A great place to take big groups and sip on some Chatham Artillery Punch and eat a fried green tomato BLT.

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13 E. River St. 912.234.4608 , RiverStreetSweets.com. Selection of gourmet home made Southern candies such as pralines, chocolates, fudge, bear claws, chocolate turtles, salt water taffy, pecan pies and more!

ROCKS ON THE ROOF

102 W. Bay St. 912.721.3800 , BohemianHotelSavannah.com. Offering one of the best views in Savannah, Rocks on the Roof is an edgy, sleek, but welcoming bar for craft cocktails and the best Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese you’ve ever had.

ROCKS ON THE RIVER

102 W. Bay St. 912.721.3800 , BohemianHotelSavannah.com, The more refined, sister restaurant to Rocks on the Roof, this has a great date atmostphere with affordable prices for their innovative dishes.

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building on historic River Street was an old cotton warehouse, but since 1977 has specialized in delicious seafood in a casual atmosphere. If you are looking for something classic, their shrimp and grits is the best in the city.

SIX PENCE PUB

245 Bull St. 912.233.3151, SixPencePub.com. It’s a part of the traditional, haunted pub-crawl for a reason, but the charming lunch spot also has some amazing English and American comfort food and great beers on tap.

SODA POP SHOPPE

114 Bull St. 912.236.5860. A great experience for those who have never eaten a great pimento cheese sandwich, they also have cheap but killer hot dogs with various toppings such as chili or coleslaw. Great for groups or if you’re just famished from a day of walking around and need some good food in your tummy.

225 E. River St. & 318 W. St. Julian St. 800.443.7884 SavannahCandy.com. Visitors from near and far come to taste test Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s world famous desserts. Even if you don’t want a sweet, its worth it to go, just to smell the pecan pralines being made.

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313 W. River St. 912.236.4229, TheShrimpFactory.com. Built over 200 years ago, the

317 E. River St. 912.236.3009 LiveOakStore. com/Spankys. Home of the original chicken finger, Spanky’s has a fun friendly atmosphere and is great for kids and adults alike. We love their fried spuds. 11 E. 41st St. 912.443.9355, StarlandDining. comFresh garden-style lunches with local

art and photography exhibits on the walls in one of Savannah’s most creative districts. This lunch place is locally owned and operated in an old townhouse and features innovative salads and sandwiches as well as one of our favorite soups in town, the Tomato Thai.

TA CA SUSHI & JAPANESE FUSION 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave. 912.232.8222, TaCaSushi.com. With an excellent sake menu to compliment their interesting and original sushi, Ta Ca is perfect for large groups looking for a fun, sleek atmosphere. Don’t forget to try their Pho as well, it’s the best in the city.

TEQUILA’S TOWN

109 Whitaker St. 912.236.3222, tequilastown. com. Tequila’s Town takes pride in offering genuine Mexican recipes and a modern twist on time-tested Tex-Mex favorites. With the tableside guacamole made with fresh Hess avocados, and a large selection of tequila, this place is as authentic as it gets.

WET WILLIE’S

7101 E. River St. 912.233.5650, WetWillies. com. The local and long-time experts on frozen drinks, Wet Willie’s is perfect for a sweltering summer afternoon or any time you’re in search of something sweet. Stop by the world famous frozen daiquiri bar and sip on an orange-flavored “attitude adjustment� or electrifying “shock treatment.�

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downtown Savannah eateries. Serving the Savannah area since 1986, Goose Feathers is located just steps away from boutique shopping on Broughton Street. Guests are treated to a dining experience reminiscent of a Parisian sidewalk cafĂŠ.

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21 West York St. 912.238.1150, WrightSquareCafe. com. When your specialty is gourmet chocolate it’s not hard to see why people have become addicted to this quaint downtown shop. Not to mention their delicious menu of homemade sandwiches and salads. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable and can answer any chocolate related question you have.

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ZUNZI’S TAKE OUT

108 E. York St. 912.443.9555 Zunzis.com Home of the famous Conquistador sandwich, this family-owned gem produces the ultimate comfort meals like shepherd’s pie and meatloaf. Zunzi’s also caters, for when you need to push your event to the next level.

MIDTOWN SAVANNAH B. TILLMAN BAR AND GRILL

26 E. Bay St. 912.721.1000, Vic’sontheRiver.com. Dine in an elegant and open room with expansive windows for viewing the boats that float by on the river. Also view part of history with a map of Sherman’s March to the Sea on display in the dining room.

6700 Waters Ave. 912.355.1716 ByrdCookieCompany.com An offshoot of Byrd Cookie Company, B. Tillman specializes in sophisticated comfort food like pickling their own vegetables and putting house-made pimento cheese on toast points. Don’t forget to ask about some fresh Bryd cookies warm out of the oven.

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317 West Bryan St. 912.233.6394 VinnieVanGoGos. com. No one comes to Savannah without partaking in Vinnie’s! One of Savannah few hand tossed pizzas and outside seating on city market with views of the square. They are cash only which only adds to the collegiate vibe and fun atmosphere.

YIA YIA’S

3113 Habersham St. 912.200.3796 YiaYiaSav.com Family-owned and authentic, Yia Yia’s serves lunch, Greek pastries, baked goods and other ethnic foods from baklava to gyros to salads. Be sure to check out their European Market, which boasts carefully selected imported ingredients.

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4523 Habersham St.912.355.5956 BarFoodSavannah. com. Intimate ambiance and modern atmosphere. Great drink specials with outstanding FrenchAsian inspired dishes. Complete with the attitude of a classy downtown eatery but with a private parking lot and a diverse menu that keeps you coming back for more.

GREAT HARVEST

7360 Skidaway Rd. 912.777.7263, GreatHarvest.com. Bakery chain specializing in breads and muffins made with fresh milled 100% whole grain flour. Whether you are looking to stock your pantry for the whole family, drop by for a delicious treat, or sit down and have a good sandwich, Great Harvest is the place to go.

THE FLORENCE

1 W. Victory Dr. #B, 912.234.5522, TheFlorenceSavannah.com. While the food at The Florence is Italian-focused, the ingredients are Southerngrown and locally harvested. Occasional movie nights provide a good opportunity for those who like a little entertainment with their meal. Great coffee, a quirky wine program, and beautiful digs make the Florence a place where the community can come together.

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that offers excellent and authentic Thai cuisine. Extensive menu provides a new dining experience with each visit. Thai curries, noodles & stir fries served in a warm spot with crimson walls & traditional accents.

LAI WAH CHINESE

7010 Skidaway Rd. 912.356.5888. Offering authentic chinese food for reasonable prices. Portions so large you’ll have plenty of leftovers to take home. Fast, quality take-out available.

4426 Habersham St. 912.353.8337 HiranosHabersham.com. Large portions of quality cooked Japanese food served nice and hot. Delicious variety of sushi rolls and a selection of beer, wine, and sake. Rotating specials and low prices make Hirano’s easily affordable and well worth a visit!

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JOHNNY HARRIS

PAKWAN INDIAN RESTAURANT

1651 E. Victory Dr. 912.354.7810, JohnnyHarris.com. Serving up southern staples since 1924, Johnny Harris is a Soul Food favorite. Offering fried chicken, barbecue pork, and spareribs along with a comprehensive selection of Savannah seafood. Menu includes delectable salads, sandwiches, and famous Brunswick Stew. Featuring its famous house barbecue sauce, available for sale by the bottle.

THE KING & I

7098 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 912.355.2100 KingandISavannah.com. A rare gem in Savannah

7054 Hodgson Memorial, 912.692.1394. NoodleBowlSavannah.com. Extensive selection of soups and other Southeast Asian dishes like shabu shabu. Build your own noodle bowl by choosing your own noodles, meat, vegetables and sauce. Quick, easy and sure to satisfy. 7804 Abercorn St. 912.353.5799 PakwanUSA.com. Superb Indian cuisine and genial hospitality. High standards of freshness, taste, and overall quality craft a well rounded menu including only the best curries, tandoori, lamb, chicken, and seafood. Ample vegetarian options available.

SWEET POTATOES

6825 Waters Ave. 912.352.3434, SweetPotatoesKitchen.com. True southern cooking at its best. Get a fresh taste of the South with dishes like Peach Glazed BBQ chicken and fried freshwater catfish BLT. Daily specials from chicken to fish and killer biscuits, sides and desserts.

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Spring Fever? Lucky for you, now is the best time to jump on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and explore the coast like you never have before. Savannah Harley-Davidson offers travel and adventure enthusiasts not only motorcycle rentals, but have mapped out some of the most beautiful day trips around the region. From Tybee Island to the Golden Isles, see and discover the low country as it was meant to be seen - on

the back of a Harley-Davidson. Savannah Harley-Davidson also has a shop on Historic River Street, where Harley fans can find t-shirts, souvenirs and riding gear. New to the bike world? They have you covered with a learn-to- ride New Rider Course offered through SH-D’s Harley-DavidsonŽ Riding Academy. They have been in business since 1995, but recently moved into a new, state-of-the art facility at 1 Fort Argyle Road.

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TOUCAN CAFÉ

531 Stephenson Ave. 912.352.2233 ToucanCafe.com. They explain their style as a little bit Caribbean, a little bit Greek; we think it’s just plain good.

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7400 Skidaway Rd. 912.398.1969. DriftawayCafe.com. Specializing in casual coastal cuisine, Driftaway is the perfect neighborhood dinner destination.

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SANDFLY BBQ

8413 Ferguson Ave. 912.356.5463 , SandflyBBQ.com. This place is the real deal with fall-off-the-bone barbecue, stellar sides and house made sauces.

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WILMINGTON & WHITEMARSH ISLAND BASIL’S PIZZA AND DELI

216 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 912.897.6400 BasilPizzaOnline.com. A family run pizza joint, Basil’s is the islands’ neighborhood favorite for family, fun, and food.

ELE FINE FUSION

7815 Highway 80 E. 912.898.2221 , EleRestaurant.com. Located on beautiful Wilmington Island, the restaurant prides

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itself on creating edible, artistic masterpieces in a sultry upscale environment. Perfect for a date after a day at the beach.

LITTLE ITALY

138 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 912.201.3805 LittleItalySavannah.com. Along the water in Wilmington Island, Little Italy is quickly becoming the best Italian restaurant in Savannah.

MOLLY MCGUIRES’S TAVERN

216 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 912.898.0852 , MollyMcguiresTavern.com. “Eat, Drink and Be Molly� at this Savannah favorite that hosts a wide variety of live bands, great food and is always a good time.

PAPA’S BAR-B-QUE & SEAFOOD

119-A Charlotte Rd. 912.897.0236, PapasBarB-Que.com. Delicious Lowcountry boil and all the classic barbecue favorites. The Savannah red rice is outstanding.

TYBEE ISLAND AJ’S DOCKSIDE

1315 Chatham Ave. 912.76.9533, AJsDocksideTybee.com. Fun, laid back, and tucked away from the hustle and bustle, AJ’s has the best fried shrimp on the East Coast!

LA DOLCE VITA

1401 Strand 912.786.7777, ladolcevitatybee. com. New, upscale italian dining located in

Tybee’s iconic Hotel Tybee. Great for catered event or a night out.

melds modernity with Savannah charm and a contemporary design.

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ARTIST’S INN ON THE GARDEN 780 Hall St., (912) 306-8412, airbnb. com/rooms/543549. Steps away from Forsyth Park, this new B&B is a bohemian artist’s studio in a charming 1800s home.

101 Lovell Ave. 912.786.8888 , MacElweesonTybee.com. A Tybee favorite, famous for their beer battered seafood and alfresco dining atmosphere. Casual but elegant as a beach side restaurant should be.

NORTH BEACH BAR & GRILL

33 Meddin Dr. 912.786.4442 NorthBeachBarandGrill.com. Nestled between the beach and the lighthouse, North Beach is the perfect haunt for those who enjoy eclectic flavors with a Caribbean flair. For more information on local restaurants, visit SouthMag.com.

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ANDAZ 14 Barnard St., (912) 233-2116, savannah.andaz.com. Stocked with all the modern amenities for today’s business traveler, this property

THE BALLASTONE INN 14 East Oglethorpe Avenue 800-822-4553 ballastoneinn.com. This historic downtown inn provides a top-of-the line luxury experience for guests and is frequented by high profile visitors and celebrities looking for a quiet, private retreat in the heart of it all. BEACH VIEW BED & BREAKFAST 1701 Butler Ave, (912) 786-5500, beachviewtybee.com. Set in a mansion dating back to 1910, this traditional B&B is a 6-minute walk from the Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion, plus 2.5 miles from the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. There’s also a polished lounge with a fireplace, as well as a veranda, bikes and event facilities.

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BEACHSIDE COLONY RESORT 404 Butler Ave, (912) 786-4535, beachsidecolony.com. Tybee Island’s only oceanfront resort, offering a selection of one, two, and three bedroom condominiums throughout the property. THE BOHEMIAN RIVERFRONT 102 W Bay St., (912) 721-3800, bohemianhotelsavannah.com. Old Savannah meets modern day luxury on this Bay Street retreat. It even boasts dining and nightlife with the best rooftop view at Rocks on the Roof. BRICE HOTEL 601 E Bay St, (912) 238-1200 bricehotel. com. Set across from Emmet Park and a block from the river, this boutique hotel houses chic, contemporary rooms with private balconies and soaking tubs. CATHERINE WARD HOUSE INN 118 E Waldburg St, (912) 234-8564, catherinewardhouseinn.com. Victorianstyle B&B with richly decorated rooms for guests aged 14 and up, plus a garden courtyard. COMFORT INN & SUITES 15 Jay R Turner Dr, (912) 629-1500. This straightforward 3-story roadside hotel is

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adjacent to Interstate 95, a 1.9-mile drive from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and includes a hot breakfast buffet, airport shuttle and large-vehicle parking.

DAVENPORT HOUSE 324 E. State St., 912-236-8097, davenporthousemuseum.com. Take a peek back into Savannah’s past when you visit this historic landmark home.

safe havens in the country by Town & Country, this 1,800-acre private community on the banks of the Ogeechee River offers a select few members the best of every day.

THE COTTON SAIL HOTEL 126 W Bay St., (912) 200-3700, cottonsailhotel.com. Housed within a refurbished late-1800’s cotton warehouse, the Cotton Sail is Historic Savannah with a modern twist.

DESOTO BEACH HOTEL 212 Butler Ave, (912) 786-4542. The DeSoto Beach Hotel is located less than 20 minutes from Historic Downtown Savannah, 45 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and only steps from Tybee Island’s beautiful beachfront.

EAST BAY INN 225 E Bay St, (912) 238-1225, eastbayinn. com. Built as a cotton warehouse in 1853, this reportedly haunted upscale boutique hotel is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.

COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY CARLSON 7576 White Bluff Rd, (912) 692-0404, Enjoy the southern charm of Savannah while relaxing in comfort at the Country Inn & Suites By CarlsonŽ, Savannah Midtown. Just minutes from the Hunter Army Base, the Historic District and many other attractions. COURTYARD MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN 415 W Liberty St., (912) 790-8287, marriott.com. Perfect for a weekend trip or a family vacation, this hotel is comfortable with an up close and personal location to Savannah’s best activities.

THE DOUBLETREE SAVANNAH 411 West Bay St., (912) 790-7000. Enjoy the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District hotel, where a friendly staff member is waiting to greet you with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. DRESSER PALMER HOUSE 211 East Gaston Street, (912) 238.3294. Set on a tree-lined street, this stately B&B occupies a 19th-century Italianate mansion with an ornate veranda. FORD PLANTATION 12511 Ford Ave Richmond Hill, GA 31324, 912-756-5666. Named one of the top seven

EMBASSY SUITES 605 West Oglethorpe Avenue, 1-912-7216900. The Embassy Suites Savannah hotel offers an excellent central location in the heart of downtown Savannah where history meets luxury. Ideal for short trips or extended stays. Also features a great meeting facility ideal for business conferences. FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES 17027 Abercorn St. (912) 925-5050. Conveniently located just off I-95, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah I-95 South features a newly renovated lobby, and is just 20 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, 10 minutes from Hunter Army Airfield Base, and 15 minutes from the Historic District.

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NINELINEAPPAREL VETERANOWNED’VETERANOPERATED’ What started in a garage by Army officers and brothers Daniel and Tyler Merritt, has turned into a lifestyle brand that dedicates every product to the country they served. From men and women’s apparel to American inspired accessories and tactical

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gear, Nine Line offers a slew of products that are designed and printed right here in Savannah. Their storefront on President Street is the perfect place to shop for your veteran, first responder or patriotic friend. Nine Line even offers custom design services; if you’ve an idea, they’ll work to bring it to reality. ď?¤ď?Ľď?łď?Šď?§ď?Žď?Ľď?¤ď?Šď?Žď?¨ď?Żď?ľď?łď?Ľ

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON 15 Martin Luther King Blvd, (912) 790-1000. Those who stay at the Four Points by Sheraton in Historic Savannah don’t need a car—the hotel is within walking distance of the city’s biggest attractions. It sits on the edge of the historic district, just steps from the cobblestone paths of River Street, Broughton Street, and City Market, the city’s commercial and social center since the 1700s.

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THE GASTONIAN 220 E Gaston St. 912-232-2869, gastonian.com. Consisting of two mansions, The Gastonian is located in the middle of Savannah’s Historic Landmark District steps from Forsyth Park.

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GOLDEN ISLES (912) 265-0620, 1505 Richmond St, Brunswick, GA 31520. Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL, lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.

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HAMILTON-TURNER INN 330 Abercorn St, (912) 233-1833. Set among magnolias and oaks in Lafayette Square, this upscale B&B in an ornate 1873 mansion serves free afternoon refreshments and an evening wine happy hour with snacks. A landscaped brick courtyard offers shaded seating. HILTON SAVANNAH DESOTO 15 E Liberty, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 232-9000. Set in downtown Savannah’s historic district, this upscale hotel offers sophisticated decor, city skyline views and custom-designed beds, a relaxed lounge, a coffee shop and an elegant grill restaurant serving southerninspired cuisine. HILTON GARDEN INN 321 West Bay Street, 912-721-5000. Explore historic downtown Savannah from the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District hotel, situated one block from River Street, City Market and historic Broughton Street. HILTON GARDEN INN MIDTOWN 5711 Abercorn Street, (912)

652-9300. The Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown is right where you want to be. Within walking distance to a variety of well-known shopping and dining options, this hotel is located just three miles from historic Savannah. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAVANNAH 199 East Bay Street, (912)231-9000. This brand new Holiday Inn Express is a Southern contemporary style hotel located on East Bay Street and within easy walking distance to River Street as well as dozens of boutiques, restaurants and Savannah’s famed squares. HOMEWOOD SUITES RIVER STREET 611 E. River Street, (912) 355.0025. The Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/ Riverfront is situated at River Street East in Savannah’s famed Historic District. Hotel guests will experience stunning views of the Savannah River from their guest room balcony or the resort-style rooftop pool with beverage service.

HOTEL INDIGO 201 West Bay Street, (912) 236-4440. Hotel IndigoŽ Savannah Historic District is the perfect mix of old and new. The building was once 19th-century mega-merchant Simon Guckenheimer’s dry goods storage house and shop that has transformed into a charming boutique hotel with modern style in a vibrant Ellis Square setting that reflects the essence of Savannah’s renowned historic district. HOWARD JOHNSON EXPRESS INN 17003 Abercorn Street, (912) 925-7050. This hotel, conveniently located near River Street, makes a great home base for your fun Georgia vacation. With a convenient location off Interstate 95, we put you right in the center of all the most exciting Savannah destinations. HYATT REGENCY 2 W Bay St., (912) 238-1234, savannah.hyatt.com. A waterfront hotel located near the River Front Plaza. An unparalleled combination

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RIVERSTREETSWEETS TAKEASTROLLDOWNSWEETSTREET Born on River Street, Savannah’s famed River Street Sweets has grown to locations across the South. Walking into one of their sweet storefronts will instantly take you back in time. Creaky wood floors and glass cases filled with the most delicious made-from-scratch treats are only the

beginning. Nothing beats that sweet, sugary aroma that hits you as you walk in the door. That’s because River Street Sweets not only gives their customers a great experience, but also delivers World Famous Pralines Ž and other fresh, high quality flavorful Southern candies and confections.

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of business, entertainment and leisure with incredible views of the Savannah River. INN AT MULBERRY GROVE 101 O’Leary Rd, (912) 965-9666 innatmulberrygrove.com. Among Savannah hotels, the pacesetting new hotel -- Inn at Mulberry Grove -- introduces smart budget travel mingled with affordable luxury. JEKYLL ISLAND AUTHORITY 196 Stable Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, (912) 635-2284. The Jekyll Island Authority is a self-supporting state agency responsible for the overall management and stewardship of Jekyll Island, obtaining its operating revenues from leases, fees, and island amenity operations. This income is used to maintain, develop, beautify, and promote Jekyll Island as a public beach resort and a world-class vacation and meeting destination. THE MANSION ON FORSYTH 700 Drayton St., (912) 238-5158, mansiononforsythpark.com. This impeccable hotel has 125 luxurious rooms in a Victorian Romanesque environment overlooking Forsyth Park.

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MARSHALL HOUSE 123 East Broughton Street (912) 644-7896 marshallhouse.com. As one of the city’s oldest hotels, The Marshall House has an abundance of unique history and charm. They take great pride in their authentic and original features, including 19th century doors and a reconstructed wrought iron balcony. OCEANFRONT COTTAGE RENTALS 717 1st St., Tybee Island, (912) 786-0054, oceanfrontcottage.com. Tybee Island’s premier luxury rental agency offering over 100 properties for rent. Perfect for a weekend getaway or large groups. OGLETHORPE INN AND SUITES 7110 Hodgson Memorial Drive (912) 354-8560 oglethorpeinn.com. Near Savannah ‘s Historic District and attractions, Oglethorpe Inn & Suites is an excellent and affordable alternative to the higher priced hotels in downtown Savannah. OGLETHORPE LODGE 117 East Bay Street (877) 982-2481 oglethorpelodge.com. Dating from 1853, the historic yet current 3 unit lodge is a great vacation getaway. Their charming

courtyard offers a retreat to all guests after an action packed day of seeing the historic sights of Savannah. OLDE HARBOUR INN 508 E Factors Walk, (912) 234-4100, oldeharbourinn.com. Nestled within Savannah’s historic district, above the colorful cobblestones and lively River Street activities, awaits the historic hideaway of Olde Harbour Inn. THE OLDE SAVANNAH INN 217 E Gaston St, (912) 247-8254. Occupying an 1877 townhouse decorated in French Renaissance style, this Historic District bed-and-breakfast makes for a truly romantic getaway. PLANTERS INN ON REYNOLDS SQUARE 29 Abercorn St. 912-232-5678, plantersinnsavannah.com. The Planters Inn is an upscale, historic, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Savannah. Offering comfortable Savannah lodging and a convenient downtown location in the heart of the historic district.

PRESIDENTS’ QUARTERS INN 225 E President St, (912) 233-1600, presidentsquarters.com. Set in twin Federal-style mansions, this genteel B&B offers complimentary wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres each afternoon you visit. Evenings bring free cordials in the parlor. ROUSSELL’S GARDEN BED & BREAKFAST 208 E Henry St, (912) 239-1415 roussellsgarden.com. 1888 Queen Anne–style B&B featuring gardens with fountains & four quaint guestrooms with private baths. SANCTUARY PLACE INN 202 W Duffy St, (912) 224-7072, sanctuaryplacesavannah.com. Restored 19th-century church offering lofts & cottages with kitchens, plus a central courtyard. STAYBRIDGE SUITES 301 E Bay St, (912) 721-9000. Set one block off the Savannah River and the River Street shopping area, this contemporary all-suite extended-stay hotel is also 1.2 miles from Forsyth Park. continued on page 140

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RUEDEJEAN ANESCAPETOPARISINHISTORICSAVANNAH Widely known simply as "Rue" this 2015 addition to the Savannah culinary scene is the sister to its original Downtown Charleston location. Open for close to 15 years the Charleston location is, without question, a landmark and in Charleston, that is saying something. Inspired by the style

of classic French brasseries, Rue's flavor and European design lends an air of sophisticated comfort. The menu incorporates classic French staples with contemporary fare, including mussels in a choice of six preparations, steak au poivre or Rue's famous burger, ground in-house and served alongside hand-cut pommes frites.

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STUDIO HOMES AT ELLIS SQUARE 120 W. Bryan St., (912) 233-6820. When your vacation calls for an exclusive resort with Southern charm, The Studio Homes at Ellis Square Resort delivers in the tradition of the prestigious hotels of the past.

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THUNDERBIRD INN 611 W Ogelthorpe Ave., (912) 232-2661, thunderbirdinn.com. Retro-chic, this is the hippest place to stay. Close to everything and the greatest economy lodging in town.

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TYBRISA AT THE BEACH 1 15th St, Tybee Island, GA, (912) 447-5080, tybrisa.co. Timeshare resort featuring beachside 2-bedroom villas with balconies, full kitchens and washer-dryers. Located alongside the Pier and Pavilion on beautiful Tybee Island. WESTIN SAVANNAH HARBOR & GOLF RESORT River Street. 1 Resort Dr., (912) 201-2000, westinsavannah.com. Newly re-imagined and full of Southern charm, the Westin is a top

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location on the river. Complimentary ferry service brings you to Savannah’s soul. THE WHITMAN 611 Whitaker St., (912) 704-6233, thewhitmansavannah.com. Delight in this stunning mansion’s turn-of-the-century details, exquisite accommodations, lush modern conveniences – all culminating in the ideal Savannah experience.

PLAYSOUTH TOURS MUSEUMS The featured tourist attractions listed in this section are a partial list compiled from the Savannah, Georgia region. To be included in this section, email your listing to editor@southmag.com.

AMPHIBIAN AIR 912-572-8055, Amphibian Air 109 Bowman Ave, Garden City, GA 31408. Try this “bucket list� fulfilling adventure and leave with

some real hands-on piloting time and memories you’ll never forget. ART FIELD (843) 374-0180, 238 East Main Street Lake City, SC 29560. Lake City, South Carolina is proud to present ArtFields, our 9-day, Art Competition, from April 22-30, 2016. With $100,000 in cash prizes given to artists from across the Southeast, ArtFields is the largest arts competition of its kind. Winners are determined by votes from ArtFields attendees and a juried panel of visual arts professionals. BONAVENTURE CEMETERY TOURS 330 Bonaventure Rd., 866-666-3323. Savannah’s most breathtaking cemetery is both eerie as well as beautiful. Take a tour and experience a place in this city like none other. COASTAL HERITAGE SOCIETY 912-651-6840, 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Coastal Heritage Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit

organization chartered in 1975. Their mission is to provide relevant educational experiences to the public through the preservation and presentation of historic cultural resources in Georgia and adjacent regions. GHOST CITY TOURS 912-660-9539, ghosttoursinsavannah.com. Rated 4.7 stars out of five by Trip Advisor. Visiting the top haunted Savannah locations, these tours offer a spine tingling good time. GOLDEN ISLES (912) 265-0620, 1505 Richmond St, Brunswick, GA 31520. Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. THE MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE MUSEUM 125 Bourne Ave. Pooler, 912-7488888, mightyeighth.org. World War II history brought to life. Activated

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NOBLEJONESTOURS A Noble Jones tour guide is more than just a teller of tales. Noble Jones Tours are always full of history and anecdotes that you won't find on a typical trolley or tour bus. "Were not pretty enough to be actors.

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receive a highlight tour of the city as you make your way from one location to another.

NOBLE JONES TOURS (912) 660-6468, noblejonestours.com. Call yourself a Savannah connoisseur by the end of this tour. Rich history and more is offered about Georgia’s first city.

SAVANNAH AVIATION 34 Hangar Rd., (912) 964-1022, savannahaviation.com. Take a ride or even learn how to fly at Savannah’s premier flight training and aircraft maintenance facility.

OLD FORT JACKSON 1 Fort Jackson Rd. 912-232-3945. Georgia’s oldest standing brick fortification is a must-see National Historic Landmark. Take a tour and witness the daily canon firings.

SAVANNAH BIKE TOURS 41 Habersham St. 912-704-4043, savannahbiketours.com. See the city and get a little exercise to boot. Pedal through the squares, parks, streets and past buildings that make up the beautiful city.

OLD SAVANNAH TOURS 250 MLK Jr. Blvd., (912) 234-8128, oldsavannahtours.com. Old Savannah Tours offers a variety of tours from private touring to haunted historic tours. Serving Savannah since 1979, they’ve been providing the best tours for Savannah visitors.

SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC 30 W Broughton St #205, (912) 232-6002. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts each season (September to May), from classics to pops.

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS 234 MLK Jr. Blvd., (912) 233-0083, trolleytours.com/savannah. Old Town Trolley offers a unique brand of transportation that allows your group to

SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT DINNER CRUISES 9 East River Street, 800-786-6404, www. savannahriverboat.com/riverboat. Enjoy an evening of dinner, entertainment, and

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an unforgettable tour of Savannah on a Riverboat cruise. Book tours and tickets online and save or call us toll-free for assistance with reservations, group tour bookings, and private charters. SAVANNAH SLOW RIDE 315 W. Wayne St., 912-414-5634, savannahslowride.com. This 15-person bicycle tour is 100% pedal powered and takes you through historic downtown. SAVANNAH TASTE EXPERIEMCE 134 Whitaker St #2, (912) 221-4439, savannahtasteexperience.com A delicious, fun tasting tour of restaurants and eateries of Historic Downtown Savannah. Food tastings are included in the ticket price and is enough food for lunch. Perfect for a first-time visitor to Savannah. SEGWAY OF SAVANNAH 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Bldv., 912-233- 3554, segwayofsavannah.com There is a lot to see and do in Savannah. Do it quickly! A Segway tour of the city will get you to the sights you want to see at a fun-pace. SHIPS OF THE SEA 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 912-232-1511, shipsofthesea.org. Get lost

inside this Greek revival mansion that houses intricate model ships, maritime artifacts and breathtaking paintings. TYBEE WINE FESTIVAL

Tybee Post Theater, P.O. Box 2356 Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 912-472-4790. The 8th Annual Tybee Wine Festival is an annual springtime celebration of wine and coastal cuisine set on postcard-perfect Tybee Island, the laid-back paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah.

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309 West Congress St. 912.233.2111, AlureSavannah. com. A great atmosphere for sipping their signature Savannah Heat cocktail, with exposed brick intermingling with the white linen tablecloths. A favorite dish is an updated and deconstructed version of a low country boil made with entirely local ingredients.

ANDAZ 14 Barnard St., (912) 233-2116, savannah. andaz.com. Stocked with all the modern amenities for today’s business traveler, this property melds modernity with Savannah Charm.

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B&D BURGERS 209 W. Congress St., 912-238-8315, bdburgers.net. Located in the heart of Savannah with an outdoor patio complete with projection screen, perfect for drinks and watching the game. BARRELHOUSE SOUTH 125 W Congress St., (912) 662-5576. Savannah’s hottest ticket in town with regular live bands playing through the entire week. BAYOU CAFE RHYTHM & BLUES 912-233-6411 14 North Abercorn Ramp. A landmark live music venue on the historic Savannah river front, Bayou Cafe has been providing the best live Classic Rock & Blues for 20+ years, seven nights a week. BELFORD’S

313 West Julian St. 912.233.2626, BelfordsSavannah.com. Belford’s Seafood and Steaks is a Savannah institution. If you’re looking for a little history with your meal look no further as the building was built in 1902. Reminiscent of bygone days, the crab cakes are the best in the city.

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CITY MARKET MERCHANTS 219 W. Bryan St. 912-232-4903, savannahcitymarket.com. Eat, shop and be entertained as you stroll through the famous City Market. The best stores, restaurants and galleries in one place. CLUB ONE 1 Jefferson St., 912-232-0200, clubone-online.com. Savannah’s best dance club complete with karaoke, drag shows, burlesque shows and evening with the famous Lady Chablis. THE COLLINS QUARTER

151 Bull St. 912.224.1245, TheCollinsQuarter.com. The Collin’s Quarter is changing the lunch game, with the freshest local farm-to-table meals and a great coffee and drink program. The chef focuses on his dishes like they are works of art. Recommended for those who love taking pictures of their food.

JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR 52 Barnard St. 912-236-7777. jazzdtapasbar.com. Whether you want martinis, wine, tapas, live music or all of the above, this contemporary restaurant is happy to oblige.

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LUCAS THEATRE 32 Abercorn St., (912) 525-5040, lucastheatre.com. The historic Lucas Theatre is the perfect venue to evoke a vintage Savannah vibe. There are spacious lobbies for a reception or dinner, and a large stage in the theater that is perfect for a big wedding. MCDONOUGH’S

21 E. McDonough St. 912-233-6136, innatmcdonoughs.com/restaurantlounge. One of the tastiest menus in town but it’s the karaoke that keeps people coming back for more. Take the mic or cheer on a friend, either way a night here is always a good idea. MELLOW MUSHROOM

11 W. Liberty St. 912.495.0705, MellowMushroom.com. Mellow’s is a laid back pizza joint with an awesome draft beer selection and a fun atmosphere. As you might suspect the place is filled with psychedelic mushroom murals and sculptures giving it an interesting but enjoyable vibe.

MOON RIVER BREWING COMPANY

21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 , MoonRiverBrewing.com. Housed in one of the oldest, most historic, and genuinely haunted

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buildings in Savannah, Moon River is the perfect restaurant to go to if you’re looking for something fun in the heart of historic downtown. They recently opened a beer garden and are now serving free-range burgers and have over 15 signature brews that rotate throughout the year.

OLD PINK HOUSE CELLAR BAR 23 Abercorn St. plantersinnsavannah.com/the-olde-pink-house/ (912) 232-4286. Set in an 18th century mansion, this is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants. Guests are treated to delicious southern cuisine in a structure of history. OLYMPIA CAFE

5 E. River St. 912.233.3131, OlympiaCafe.us. Famous for their fried Calamari and flaming Saganaki cheese; Olympia cafÊ is an unpretentious family run cafÊ with great greek food and amazing waterfront views. It’s impossibly charming dÊcor and friendly wait staff make you feel as if you are apart of the family the moment you walk in.

PERCH AT LOCAL 11TEN 1110 Bull St., Savannah, 912-7909000, local11ten.com. Enjoy a cocktail at one of Savannah’s exclusive rooftop bars. Perfect for a drink during happy hour or as the ending to a night on the town.

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Savannah oldest and most beloved bookstore, E. Shaver Bookseller is proof that the shop around the corner is not a dying breed. The Downtown Savannah landmark features seven wellappointed rooms of new fiction and non-fiction books, as well as local gifts and amazing selection of teas. Don’t miss E. Shaver’s children’s book rooms. They are as cozy and whimsical as your would imagine they would be. Check their website for upcoming events. Follow them on Facebook and Instagramto stay up to date with everything going on. �����BULL�ST�•�SAVANNAH��GA�•������������� �ESHAVERBOOKS�COM

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THE PUBLIC 1 W. Liberty St. 912-790-9000. thepublickitchen.com. The place to be for casual dining in Savannah. Whether it’s for your lunch break at work or Sunday brunch, this restaurant puts a modern spin on American favorites.

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102 W. Bay St., 912-721-3901. Take in the spectacular view of the Savannah River and the Historic District from this rooftop lounge all while sipping a cocktail, savoring the food and mixing with the locals.

THE RAIL 405 W. Congress St. Savannah, 912-238-1311. Don’t take this place too seriously. With menu items such as Ghetto Dawg and Pickled Pigs Feet, this is a bar that likes to have as much fun as you do.

ROGUE WATER 38 MLK Jr. Blvd., (912) 349-1549. A Traditional Tavern specializing in craft beers featuring a backyard patio and an upstairs terrace to watch all of Savannah walk by.

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215 W Liberty St., 912-352-2994, savannahcoffee. com. For more than 100 years, Savannah Coffee Roasters has poured art into every cup. Connoisseurs and novices alike celebrate the satisfyingly smooth notes of each varietal, blend and flavored coffee.

125 W. River St. 912.234.1900, LiveOakStore.com/ RiverHouse . Rich food with a rich history, the River House is located right on River Street in an old cotton warehouse. A great place to take big groups and sip on some Chatham Artillery Punch and eat a fried green tomato BLT.

RUE DE JEAN 605 W Oglethorpe Ave., (912) 721-0595. Escape to Paris in downtown Savannah. Open nightly for dinner at 5pm. Featuring a festive Brasserie and very European atmosphere, Rue is just the right place for a cafĂŠ au lait, leisurely meal, a lively dinner or drinks with friends.

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SAVANNAH QUARTERS COUNTRY CLUB 8 PalladianWay, Pooler, (912) 450-2280 savannahquarterscc.com. Savannah Quarters Country Club features various locations to host your wedding, whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding or a combination of the two. They also have

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A Savannah staple since 1977, the Shrimp Factory is a casual, coastal dining restaurant overlooking the Savannah Riverfront. Housed in one of River Street’s former cotton warehouses built in 1823, diners will feel the history in the original heart pine beams, Savannah grey brick and ballast stones. Be sure to try Chef Tisha’s famous Shrimp and Grits or her Savannah Stuffed Shrimp; you will truly never find anything like them anywhere else. �����E�RIVER�ST�•��SAVANNAH��GA�•�������������� �THESHRIMPFACTORY�COM

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an array of amenities including linens, table service and a customizable menu. SEED ECO LOUNGE 39 Montgomery St., (912) 349-5100. Savannah’s only ecologically friendly bar with consistent sustainability in mind from a bamboo bar-top to cocktails. THE SHRIMP FACTORY

313 W. River St. 912.236.4229, TheShrimpFactory. com. Built over 200 years ago, the building on historic River Street was an old cotton warehouse but since 1977 has specialized in delicious seafood in a casual atmosphere. If you are looking for something classic, their shrimp and grits is the best in the city.

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245 Bull St. 912.233.3151, SixPencePub.com. It’s a part of the traditional, haunted pub-crawl for a reason, but the charming lunch spot also has some amazing English and American comfort food and great beers on tap.

SOCIAL CLUB ON CONGRESS 411 W. Congress St. 912-238-1985 congressstreetsocialclub. This is the place to eat, drink and mix with the locals of Savannah. Wings, burgers, nachos and sandwiches go down easy with a nice cold beer and a group of friends sitting at the outdoor patio.

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SORRY CHARLIE’S 116 W. Congress St. sorrycharliessavannah. com. (912) 234-5397. This new oyster bar is the talk of the town. Besides oysters, they serve burgers, fish, and Lowcountry cusine. It is centrally located in the heart of Congress Street. SPANKY’S PIZZA GALLEY & SALOON

317 E. River St. 912.236.3009 LiveOakStore.com/ Spankys. Home of the original chicken finger, Spanky’s has a fun friendly atmosphere and is great for kids and adults alike.

TELFAIR MUSEUM OF ART 207 W York St., (912) 790-8800, telfair.org. The oldest public art museum in the Southeast that houses around 4,000 works of art. Located at 3 locations: the Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House. TEQUILA’S TOWN

109 Whitaker St. 912.236.3222, tequilastown.com. Tequila’s Town takes pride in offering genuine Mexican recipes, and a modern twist on timetested Tex-Mex favorites. With the tableside guacamole made with fresh Hess avocados, and a large selection of tequila, this place is as authentic as it gets.

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TOP DECK 125 W River St., (912) 200-3700, topdeckbar.com. The spot for a rehearsal dinner, Top Deck is Savannah’s premier rooftop bar located on River Street above the beautiful Cotton Sail Hotel. The majestic views and breathtaking sunsets lend the perfect landscape to this Top Ten destination city.

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VIC’S ON THE RIVER 26 E. Bay St. 912-721-1000, vicsontheriver.com. Local seafood and Southern cuisine, overlooking the Savannah River. The piano bar is always entertaining! This renovated cotton warehouse is perfectly located in between Bay and River Streets.

BLACK ORCHID 118 W. Victory Dr. 912-236-0010, blackorchidtattoo.com. A custom tattoo studio that houses experienced, professional tattoo artists that will help you get the ink you’ve always wanted.

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GHOST TOWN TATTOO (912) 349-6888 35 Montgomery Street. Ghost Town is a small custom tattoo shop located in downtown Savannah. They prefer appointments, but do accept walk-ins whenever possible.

10 E Broughton Street, (912) 236-4900. Milan Day Spa on Broughton is one of the hidden jewels of Savannah’s downtown historic district. Their mission is to blend the sensibilities and style of Savannah with modern day spa techniques and products.

VU LOUNGE 2 W. Bay St., 912-238-1234. savannah.hyatt.com. A 2-in-1, dinner and a view. Located in the Hyatt Regency Savannah, there is a light dinner menu and signature cocktails.

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ANONYMOUS TATTOO 9 E. Bay St. 912-234-3900, anonymoustattoo.com. If you have a unique tattoo idea, this is the place to visit. No matter which artist you see, you are sure to leave with a masterpiece.

KUSTOM HUSTLE TATTOO 912-200-4904 348 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Utilizing a series of artists who practice several

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different styles of tattoo artwork, Kustom Hustle Tatoo is a welcome place for tattoo enthusiasts and creative collaborators alike. They are always excited to begin or continue your expression through body modification.

MISC. 912.236.3331, 1 East Broughton Street. Savannah’s premier fitness center offers various facilities, classes, and personal trainers for all your health needs.

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ALEX RASKIN 441 Bull St. Savannah, GA. 912-232-8205. Offering unique 19th-century antiques and vintage finds in the only un-restored mansion in Savannah, Alex Raskin’s eclectic mix is magical. The house is worth a look and talking with Alex is never dull! BULL STREET AUCTIONS 2819 Bull St. 912-443-9353, bullstreetauctions.com. With items from local estates to regional consigners, Bull Street Auctions offers a variety of merchandise. Auctions typically take place every other week. COBBLESTONE LANE ANTIQUE MALL 230 W. Bay St., Savannah, 912-447-0504, cobblestoneantiques. com. One of Savannah’s largest antique malls, Cobblestone Lane

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Housed in the old warehouse for Belford’s Wholesale Food Company on the edge of City Market, Belford’s Savannah is an elegant restaurant known for its amazing certified Angus beef steaks. However, steak isn’t their only specialty! Their Shrimp, Greens & Grits is to-die-for and don’t even get us going about their crab cakes! Belford’s is the perfect place to enjoy a date night out on the town, so treat yourself to one of their wonderfully selected wines with your gourmet meal.

In the center of Broughton Street, Savannah’s shopping mecca, is fab’rik, a high fashion boutique with affordable prices. With nothing over $100, fab’rik ensures that everyone can afford to be stylish. We love their blend of bright Southern style, chic New York attitude and laidback L.A. vibe. Gorgeous clothes, unique accessories and shoes to die for make fab’rik THE place to stop on your Savannah shopping trip. Local stylists will be happy to assist you in putting together the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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offers a selection of antiques, collectables, gifts, and decor. CORNER DOOR ANTIQUES 417 Whitaker St., 912-238-5869. Located in the Design District, the Corner Door sells jewelry, collectables, as well as antiques. HABERSHAM ANTIQUES MARKET 2505 Habersham St., 912-238-5909, habershamantiquesmarket.com. With over seventy vendors, there are so many treasures to be found. Vintage clothing, jewelry, mid-century furniture, and more! JERE’S ANTIQUES 9 Jefferson St. 912-236-2815, jeresantiques. com. A family-owned business for over thirty-five years; Jere’s showroom is over 33,000 square-feet. Specializing in fine antiques and the designing and constructing of bespoke furniture. SAVANNAH GALLERIES 30 E. Bryan St., 912-232-1234. Over ten thousand square-feet of fine antique furniture, paintings, carpets, and more. WRIGHT SQUARE ANTIQUE MALL 14 W. State St. 912-234-6700. Located in the heart of Downtown Savannah, the

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Wright Square Antique Mall offers collectables from more than thirty local dealers.

APPAREL JEWELRY AFFORDABLES APPAREL SAVANNAH Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St., (912) 303-5443. HILTON HEAD Fresh Market Center, 890 William Hilton Pkwy, (843) 321-4200, affordableapparels.com. Clothing for real women with real lives. With locations in Hilton Head and Savannah and throughout coastal South Carolina, this boutique dresses mature women with active professional and personal lives. ANNABELLE’S

boho-chic womenswear, shoes, accessories & home dĂŠcor. BOTTEGA BELLINI

413 Whitaker Street, (912) 231-3518, bottegabellini.com. Located in Savannah’s Downtown Design District, we are the destination for everything Italian! This boutique features an extensive line of handmade, handpainted ceramics with over 20 original designs and an endless selection of Table Top and Serving Pieces. CIVVIES

14 E. Broughton St, (912) 236-1551 civviesclothes.com. Civvies is a buy, sell, trade store meaning we give you the opportunity to bring us your unwanted clothing, shoes, bags and other accessories for the chance to receive either cash or store credit.

8409 Ferguson Ave, (912) 691-4729, iloveannabelles.com. Annabelle’s is a fabulous boutique located in Savannah, Georgia. We offer excellent customer service, gorgeous home accessories and fabulous gifts!

COPPER PENNY 22 W Broughton St., (912) 629-6800, shopcopperpenny.com. Upscale women’s boutique that sells designer clothing, footwear, jewelry, and accessories for the beautiful Southern woman.

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DAMSEL IN DEFENSE 208-288-2989, damselindefense.net. Damsel in Defense aims to educate women by encouraging them to back up

38 Montgomery St, (912) 944-6113, anthropologie.com. Chain selling

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their clothing and accessory purchases with self-defense training. Their mission consists of three principles: Equip, Empower and Educate. FABRIK 318 W Broughton St., (912) 234-8470, fabrikstyle.com. One of a kind boutique without the dread of sticker shock, on trendy Broughton Street. Bringing runway fashion to you all for under $100. FOLKLORICO 440 Bull St. Savannah, GA 912-233-9300. Browse for hours with their selection of gifts from over 30 different countries. FREE PEOPLE

217 West Broughton St, (912) 234-1678, freepeople.com. Women’s clothing chain with a bohemian-inspired collection of dresses, jackets, shoes & accessories. FRIEZE

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Olympia Cafe has been serving Greek specialties and fresh local seafood such as whole snapper, scored flounder, and Georgia wild shrimp for twenty five years. Located on beautiful historic River Street, Olympia Cafe also has an extensive selection of Greek and American wines to please your palate. This local favorite will make you want to embrace your inner Greek and say OPA!

The Embassy Suites Historic District is not only the perfect choice for the perfect home away from home. This Award Winning Hotel also happens to be Savannah’s premier venue for all types of events, from smaller intimate meetings to larger business conferences. Its prime location on Oglethorpe Avenue gives guests and groups an amazing central location to access to some of the best attractions Savannah has to offer. Guest accommodations at Embassy Suites include two-room suites, complimentary drinks and free made-toorder breakfast, and the renowned on site French restaurant, 39 Rue De Jean.

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THE FUTURE ON FORSYTH 106 W Gwinnett St., (912) 235-2476, thefutureonforsyth.blogspot.com. Find a new style at this vintage shop with modern flair located right on Forsyth Park.

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GAUCHO 251 Bull St. 912-232-7414, gauchosavannah.com. Three designers create a go-to fashion destination for women of Savannah. The shop decorates Bull Street with its many contemporary collections. GLOBE SHOE CO. 17 E Broughton St., (912) 232-8161. An exclusive selection of designer footwear and accessories for both men and women. GYPSY WORLD VINTAGE 2405 Bull St., Savannah, GA (912) 704-2347. Bring in your gently used clothing and find something new at this Starland District shop. Browse through clothes for men, women and children. HALF-MOON OUTFITTERS

15 E Broughton St, (912) 201-9393,halfmoonoutfitters.com. Half-Moon Outfitters has been

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providing the Southeast with quality goods and services for adventure and travel since 1993. HARPER 118 Bull St., (912) 234-2180, harpersavannah.com. The sister store of Red Clover! Fashions the urban-chic woman at great values. HELLO PINEAPPLE BOUTIQUE hellopineapple.com This chic and trendy online boutique, which started right here in Savannah, is the perfect place to find fabulous fashion at extremely low prices. With nothing over $50, it’s easy to try the latest trends without worrying your wallet. INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CENTER 349 Mall Blvd, #100, (912) 629-9433, shopidc.com. The International Diamond Center carries the largest selection of designers to guarantee you are able to find the right ring to suit your tastes. They also offer a selection of loose diamonds in every size, color and cut imaginable.

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20 W Broughton St Savannah, Ga 31401 or 912-234-0004, http:// jparkerltd.com. Conveniently located on Historic Downtown Broughton street J Parker Limited shares the Suntrust building on the corner of Bull and Broughton and is ready to serve your clothing and accessory needs! JAMES HOGAN 412 Whitaker St. (912) 234-0374 jameshogan.com. Previously featured in Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, James Hogan dresses you up in the finest fashion. JOHN B. ROURKE 7135 Hodgson Memorial Dr., (912) 355-1211, johnbrourke.com. Dedicated to providing men with exclusive, quality clothes, the professional staff constantly explores men’s fashion for the finest brands and designer collections to bring together a selection of suits, sport coats, trousers, sportswear, furnishings and accessories. LEVY JEWELERS 101 E. Broughton St. (912) 233-1163. levyjewelers.com. Discover your

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favorites from David Yurman and Michael Kors for an intimate gift or even a self- indulgent guilty pleasure. LIVVY, A SAVANNAH BOUTIQUE 7360 Skidaway Rd., Suite L-2, (912) 898-9828, livvyboutique.com. This locally owned boutique purveys chic ladies’ clothing and accessories in their beautiful Sandfly store. L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE

101 W Broughton St, (912) 236-7514, usa.loccitane.com. France-based chain selling skincare, bath & hair products (many made with natural ingredients). LULULEMON 309 W Broughton St., (912) 234-3685, lululemon.com. This popular fitness wear company has finally hit Savannah just in time for summer. MAMIE RUTH

107 W Liberty St, (912) 495-5291, mamieruth-mliz.com. Apparel for bohemian babes. Mamie Ruth is more than just clothing, it’s a way of

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The perfect mixture of genuine Mexican recipes and modern Tex-Mex favorites, Tequila’s Town is Downtown Savannah’s favorite Mexican restaurant. Start with a pitcher of their amazing specialty margaritas for the table along with the tableside guacamole. You can tailor this guac to your exact specifications and flavors, so you know it’s incredible. For the main course, don’t miss their famous Street Tacos stuffed with a variety of ingredients to stimulate every taste bud.

In 2014, Olivia Wardlaw created a specialty boutique in Sandfly. The boutique, fittingly named Livvy, after a nickname given to her by a close friend, celebrates the fun and stylish side in each of her shoppers. In the short time the store has been open, Livvy has quickly become a Savannah staple for finding the most eye-catching and up-to-trend pieces. No matter the occasion, Livvy never fails to dress their shoppers with welldesigned pieces that will last a lifetime.

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311 Whitaker St, (912) 209-0942. A fabric parlor that carries leather & apparel, decorator, quilting and crafting textiles as well as trimmings, notions, tools and hardware. NINE-LINE APPAREL

1732 East President St., (912) 388-3370. A brand that advocates for military, veterans, and patriotic Americans, Nine-Line Apparel line promotes the importance of caring for our veterans, especially those who are severely wounded.

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411 Whitaker St, (912) 443-0065, numberfoureleven.com. An evolving design center that mixes classic and fresh ideas while offering unique gifts and custom monogramming in Savannah’s Downtown Design District. OLEANDER 127 Abercorn St. 304-374-1684 shopoleander.com. SCAD graduate Lexi Ferguson brings hand made women’s accessories to a whole other level of chic.

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ONE FISH TWO FISH 401 Whitaker St., 912-447-4600, onefishstore.com. With everything from bedding to jewelry, this local shop has it all, including the renowned paintings from local artist Bellamy Murphy.

women’s clothing styles from bohemian, to classic, to vintage. Voted Best boutique in Savannah.

beautiful. Top-of-the-line honey products to soothe your skin and the best jarred honey in town.

24 Drayton St, :(912) 349-2352, riversandglen.com. Rivers & Glen Trading Co. specializes in quality goods built for the sporting lifestyle. Their many collections of well-made outdoor clothing covers all the base.

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SERENITY HOUSE TEA SOCIETY 140 Abercorn St., (912) 638-0381, serenityhousetea.com. Transport yourself around the globe with Serenity House’s selection of international teas. With over 100 leaves to choose from, you’ll find the perfect concoction.

127 E Broughton St, (912) 201-0228. This store buys old toys and video games. Everything fun is welcome!

SALT TABLE 51 Barnard St. Savannah, 912-447-0200 salttable.com. Everything from sugars, teas, popcorn seasonings and peppers to spice up your life.

SHOE BE DO 7 W York St., (912) 495-5076, shoebedousa. com. Savannah’s newest shoe store has it all! Bring some international flair to your outfit with their world of designers.

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TANGER OUTLETS Bluffton 1414 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-5410 Pooler 200 Tanger Outlet Blvd (912) 348-3125, tangeroutlet.com. Find great fashions at affordable prices now at two convenient Savannah area locations.

THE PARIS MARKET

36 W Broughton St, (912) 232-1500, theparismarket.com. Sometimes extravagant, sometimes serene, always instantly classic, enjoy the spectacle! PLANET FUN

414 Whitaker St, (912) 349-6378, pwshort. com. PW SHORT is a general store with items for gardening, cooking, dining, entertaining and just about anything food-related. Most of the products are locally or regionally sourced, although there are a variety of exceptions for unique and well-designed items. RED CLOVER 244 Bull St. Savannah, 912-236-4053, shopredclover.com. Offering a range of

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202 East 37th Street, 912-234-5266, sarajanekids.com. Sara Jane children’s boutique is Savannah’s premier children’s store offering hip and unique clothes and gifts for your little one. SATCHEL.

4 E Liberty, (912) 233-1008, shopsatchel. com. Handbags & Leather Goods. Made in Savannah, Georgia. Est. 2006. SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY 104 W. Broughton St. 912-233-7873, savannahbee.com. Allowing nature to bee

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TERRA COTTA

34 Barnard Street, 912.236.6150, terracottasavannah.com. Terra Cotta evokes a feeling of another era with one- of-a-kind vintage inspired silhouettes.

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MELLOW MUSHROOM

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More than just a pizza joint, Mellow Mushroom is a gathering place for Savannah’s slew of pizza and beer lovers, and who doesn’t love pizza and beer? Strategically located on Liberty Street in the heart of downtown, Mellow Mushroom has killer pizza and the best happy hour in town. Don’t believe us? Head to the shroom weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $2 drafts of their fantastic selection of craft brews. If you don’t feel like loosing your house slippers, Mellow Mushroom also offers delivery in the Historic district.

Nowhere else in Savannah can you enjoy authentic French Croissants with a delicious award winning coffee - the Captain's Choice. Get there early though, as the demand is heavy for this little French Bakery inside Savannah Coffee Roasters Factory. Sit back with a class of Pinot and enjoy a French Dip, Classic Club or Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pesto Sandwiches. At 5pm this little French Bistro features International fare at local prices. A little bit of deliciousness and a delightful place to stop.

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412 B Whitaker St, (912)308-6558, threadandonion.com. An independent designer brand with head office, fashion studio, and show room in historic downtown Savannah. To produce the most original and unique fine goods, the members of Thread + Onion design and handle the quality of each piece, from the choice of nice material to well making. TWINKLE

33 Jefferson St, (912) 234-1001. Twinkle is a fun and funky retail accessories shop in beautiful City Market. Great duffels, backpacks and totes, perfect for a weekend trip in Savannah! URBAN OUTFITTERS

221 W Broughton St, (912) 238-5606, urbanoutfitters.com. Chain with a hipster vibe known for on-trend fashions, accessories & quirky home-decor items. VERONICA’S CLOSET 205 E 37th St., (912) 777-4190. This charming two-story carriage house is the place to shop for unique

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clothing, shoes and jewelry at affordable prices.

HOMES 24 E 24 E Broughton St., (912) 233-2274, 24estyle.com. Home to Savannah’s modern furniture. A large selection of contemporary pieces, furnishings and accessories for any home. CIRCA LIGHTING 405 Whitaker St. 912-447-1008 circalighting.com. Classic and timeless collections are brought to light. Influential designers, like Ralph Lauren, provide an extensive selection and original products to choose from. DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY 19 W. Gordon St. 912-233-0920, thedownstairsgallery.com. One of the top spots in the Downtown Design District. Works of Lowcountry artists play up the gallery’s walls with everything from original oil paintings to still life photographs.

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Right on the Savannah River, Hyatt Regency Savannah offers an excellent locale for exploring everything Savannah has to offer. Spacious guest rooms, panoramic views, and impeccable service are what make Hyatt Regency Savannah a favorite hotel for repeat visitors. Don’t miss Hyatt’s two incredible dining options. The first is Windows Restaurant which features an authentic Southern breakfast or lunch overlooking the Savannah River. Your second option is the everpopular Vu Lounge and Patio, one of Savannah’s favorite nightlife spots. ���W�BAY�ST�•��SAVANNAH��GA�•������������� �SAVANNAH�HYATT�COM

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FRIEDMAN FINE ART GALLERY 28 W. State St. 912-234-1322. friedmansfineart.com. Contemporary realism is this venue’s specialty. Over 100 years in business ensure fine art from fine artists. LA PAPERIE

409 Whitaker St, (912) 443-9349, lapaperiesavannah.com. From stationery to journals as well as perfect gifts for the bride or mother-to-be, La Paperie is a unique addition to Savannah ‘s shopping experiences. PROSPECTOR CO. 320 W. Broughton St. 912-234-1175, prospectorco.com. Offering men’s skin and shaving products in vintage packaging, Prospector Co. offers a unique retail experience. Be dapper! SYLVESTER & COMPANY

205 W Broughton St, (912) 236-1150, sylvesterandco.com. Life supplies for modern living. Authentic quality goods and apparel. Hamptons style. Artisanal coffees. Small batch pantry.

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TIFFANI TAYLOR 11 Whitaker St. 912-507-7860, tiffaniart.com.Tiffani’s signature red poppies and inviting yet colorful atmosphere to showcase her many works of art.

MISC. CAMPING WORLD (888) 525-4410, 129 Continental Blvd, Pooler, GA 31322. Camping World is a chain operation for new & used RVs, accessories & repair services, plus other camping equipment. CITY MARKET MERCHANTS 219 W. Bryan St. 912-232-4903, savannahcitymarket.com. Eat, shop and be entertained as you stroll through the famous City Market. The best stores, restaurants and galleries in one place. E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLER

326 Bull St, (912) 234-7257, eshaverbooks.com. As Savannah’s oldest and most beloved bookstore, they have been locally owned and operated for over 40 years.

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GYPSYWORLD AVINTAGEBOUTIQUE

Travel and Adventure....clearly a vibe you will feel as you enter the one and only Gypsy World. Full of not only vintage clothing for men and women but also hats, purses, shoes and jewels along with some very unique household items ranging from the Victorian Era thru the grungy 1980's. Take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful aroma of times gone by as the owner Lisa Doyle and her beloved dog "Gypsy Girl" greet you with a smile and assist you in finding the perfect vintage outfit for the Cinderella Ball or for a simple Day in the Park! Gypsy World....good for the soul. Surely a must see while in Savannah. ������BULL�ST��•�SAVANNAH��GA�•������������� �GYPSYWORLDSAVANNAH�COM


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219 Skidaway Road. Savannah, 912-354-9208, enmarkstations.com. It is not always easy to find a healthy snack item in a convenience store. At enmarket, they are committed to making healthy choices easier for their customers. That’s why they created the enmarket stand, a section you’ll find in our stores with healthy, better-for-you snacks. GOLDEN REALM 306 E Bay St., (912) 335-8623, facebook. com/goldenrealm. Find unique pieces or have owner Steve Carroll create a one of a kind piece at this new find located on beautiful Bay Street.

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OF SAVANNAH

6 Gateway Blvd. West, (912) 231-4400, indianmotorcyclesavannah.com. Indian Motorcycle of Savannah is your local motorcycle shop. Our 23,000 Sq. Ft. facility is located just off of I-95 at Exit 94. Their experienced staff of motorcycle enthusiasts are here to serve you. They carry the full line of Indian Motorcycles, accessories, and apparel as well as a large selection of handpicked Pre-Owned bikes. RIVER STREET SWEETS

13 E. River St. 912.234.4608 , RiverStreetSweets.com. Selection of gourmet home made southern candies such as pralines,

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chocolates, fudge, bear claws, chocolate turtles, salt water taffy, pecan pies and more! SAVANNAH CANDY KITCHEN 225 East River St. & 318 West St. Julian St., (800) 443-7884, SavannahCandy.com. Visitors from near and far come to taste test Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s world famous pecan pralines. SAVANNAH HARLEY-DAVIDSON

1 Fort Argyle Rd, (912) 925-0005, savannahhd.com. Savannah Harley-Davidson is proud to be trusted with your pride & joy and invite you to come see for yourself why they were awarded the

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prestigious Bronze Bar & Shield Award from Harley-DavidsonÂŽ for 2013 and 2014. SHOPSCAD 340 Bull St. 912-525-5180, shopscad.com. Shop the artwork of students from one of the top art colleges in the world. Fine art, jewelry, fashion and home decor are available at this exclusive galleria. SMOKE CARTEL 302 W Victory Drive (912) 574-2000, smokecartel.com. Smoke Cartel offers quality products with a close-knit team of glass lovers to help you find the best smoking gear.

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Located in one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah, Moon River Brewing Company is also one of the best places to grab a bite. You can build your own burger, made with locally produced organic grass-fed beef, and pair it with one of their incredible selections of house brewed beer. We recommend the Yoga Pants, but if you fancy yourself a connoisseur, get a flight and try the seasonal favorites they have on tap.

An enticing mixture of both Cajun and Southern cuisine, Bayou CafĂŠ is a dining experience unlike any other. Chow down on their fresh and cooked to order menu of seafood, wraps, burgers, and veggie-friendly dishes while enjoying the best live classic rock and blues the river has to offer, seven nights a week. Between the great music and fantastic food, you'll never want to leave- good thing they are open late!

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IN HONOR OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BELOVED CHICKEN FINGER, WE’VE GOT THE STORY OF HOW IT WAS INVENTED. To get the real story, you have to go back farther than 40 years to when Alben Yarborough, Ansley Williams, and Dusty Yarborough were kids growing up in the tiny town of Thomaston, Ga. The three unassuming boys never knew they’d grow up to rule a chicken finger empire. Fast-forward to 1976, when the three friends began construction on a restaurant down on River Street. Originally, they planned on opening a pizza and burger joint. “Savannah didn’t have a signature pizza and burger place at that point, so we thought we’d fill the void,” said Ansley of their business endeavor. Alben, on the other hand, wouldn’t print a menu without some chicken on it. So, while messing around in the kitchen in December of ’76, Alben decided to make a chicken breast sandwich. Those big breasts were too big for the buns, so they had to trim the edges. Not one to be wasteful, the guys knew they had to do something with these chicken bits. “I said ‘Give me a minute guys I’ll come up with something,’” recalls Alben. “So then I just seasoned ‘em a bit a threw them in the deep fryer. When they came out I thought, ‘whew, this’ll work!” The guys knew they had a winner on their hands, so after opening they began to invite school children down to Spanky’s to try their chicken fingers. They figured if they got the kids to like them, their parents would bring them back. And did that plan work! The chicken finger took off like they never thought it would. Today, Spanky’s is still family owned and operated, with new generations taking the reigns. “As the kids come up they bring new ideas and innovations. It’s amazing to see them taking to our legacy like that,” notes Alben. And that’s how the chicken finger was invented: through family ties, a little innovation and a whole lot of fun. Dusty Yarborough, Alben Yarborough & Ansley Williams INSIDE DINESOUTH

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SOUTHERN SIPPIN' "They challenged any bar patrons who could pop these balloons to a round of shots. Rather than wait to see this situation pan out, we took matters into our hands..." – Donnie Pomykala

TOP DECK'S DONNIE POMYKALA Bartending Since

I have been bartending in Savannah for 15 years. My favorite guests might say I'm about as mature in bartending years as I am in person. I've always had fun behind the bar.

What Makes it Fun

One thing that I consistently get from our guests is that Top Deck is the most unique drinking experience in Savannah. When you arrive to the sixth floor, your entire nightlife experience is elevated immediately. Among our neighboring bars, we're still fairly new, yet we have the most attractive view of them all. I've been with Top Deck since we opened, giving me the opportunity to have an instrumental say in designing our cocktail menu.

Best Bartending Tale

The best stories seem to somehow always revolve around someone losing a major bet. On Halloween, we had some guys come in dressed up as Mario Kart characters with balloons tied to their backs. They challenged any bar patrons who could pop these balloons to a round of shots. Rather than wait to see this situation pan out, we took matters into our hands and ran from behind the bar to pop them ourselves. People forget the other side of the bar knows how to have a little fun, too.

Donnie's Signature Drink:

My cocktails are only as good as the tools in my toolkit. I have a pretty extensive collection of tools I use for mixing up new concoctions or stirring the perfect old fashioned. My most popular handcrafted original is The Grandma's Garden. Judging by its ingredients, you'd think we went and raided an old lady's garden for you.

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THE VERY WORD BARBECUE DRIPS WITH IMAGES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH. WE SET OUT ON A HUNT FOR BBQ OFF THE BEATEN PATH AND FOUND OUT SOME INTERESTING PLACES THAT HAD THEIR OWN TAKE ON WHAT TRUE SOUTHERN BARBECUE REALLY IS.

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Smokin: Stealthily smoking away on Oglethorpe Lane, the husband and wife team of Andy and Aileen Trice have found a way to bring their world experience and culinary expertise to the streets of Savannah in the form of oak and hickory nut smoked pulled pork and briskets. After his culinary training in San Francisco and bohemian travels in Europe, Andy says he “wanted to do something real.” The menu includes pulled pork dishes and sandwiches, BBQ Beef Brisket, mustard-based coleslaw, the obligatory mac-and-

cheese, and amazing fries topped with BBQ baked beans and cheese.

Pig Butts: We often equate the Boston “butt” with the rear end of a pig, but it has a much different story. “Eighteenth-century sailors needed meat to eat that was preserved, and Boston was the greatest port of call for supplies then. Pork shoulders were often the hardest to use and overlooked part of the hog, so these were stored in stockyard barrels after being salt-cured and then topped with brine in barrels that were called butts,” explained Andrew Jones Trice III looking a little like a colonial sailor, but with Technicolor tattoos, and certainly a pirate’s smile. So we are not eating hog’s butts after all? Phew y’all!

Top Left: Ribs on the block Top middle left: Chef Neil Youngblood, Blowin’ Smoke Top middle right: Soulful mix at Angel’s BBQ Top right: Menu board at Wall’s BBQ Second row left: Menu board Angel’s BBQ Second row middle left: Array of sauces at Angel’s BBQ Second row middle right: Ladle waiting at Wall’s BBQ Second Row right: Theresa Weston greets diners at Wall’s BBQ Bottom row left: Piggy tschotchke at Angel’s Bottom row middle left: Wall of fame at Angel’s Bottom right: Voodoo Juice contest poster from Angel’s APR I L / M AY 2016

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Angel Sauce: Let’s just go ahead and replace ‘awesome sauce’ with ‘angel sauce’ because this Duke’s mixture will satisfy all fallen pallets. Andy passionately embraces the tomato—even though it is more common in Memphis, Texas and Kansas City barbecue sauces—and blends it with mustard, which is more common in the neighboring South Carolina territory. Of course we still find the preserving vinegar, the sweetening sugar and a healthy dose of salt in Angel’s sauce to make it unique to Angel’s and what he describes as the true Savannah style—albeit an emerging one.

The Family Tradition WALLS BAR-B-QUE 515 E YORK LANE FACEBOOK.COM/WALLSBBQ EAT-IN, TAKE-OUT, CATERING

Small Tow Family, International Fame: When Bryant Gumbel of NBC’s Today Show pulled his yacht into Savannah in the 1980s, one of the first destinations he sought out was Wall’s Bar-B-Que. Since then it has been a prime destination for European and British tourists with continuous listings in Fodor’s and Frommer’s international travel guides. Wall's owner Teresa Weston says, “Eighty percent of our business is not local but international, mostly from England, Spain and Australia.” Their local base is astonishingly small for how incredible this place is. “We had a man from France come in with his guide book and showed us with this accent, ‘look, you are in zee book.’ It is just astonishing.”

Andrew Jones Trice III, smokin’ at Angel’s Barbecue

No Smoking Please: Teresa is not a barbecue purist in the sense that the meat needs to be smoked, but she and her staff have perfected techniques to render the same, if not better, taste. Simplicity is at the heart of her cooking philosophy—she does hold a higher degree in chemical engineering, so listen up smokers! “All foods have a singular taste and I try to stay true to those tastes and bring out their natural flavors.” Because Wall's started as a family business by her grandmother in 1963, Weston cooks the way her grandmother cooked. She grills everything including the ribs and then dry rubs and bastes her meats until they taste right. And boy, howdy, do they ever! She is also a pusher of dark green, slow-cooked vegetables and her collard greens and black-eyed peas will knock you over. Pure food, simple techniques, focused on flavor—sounds like there’s a woman in the kitchen y’all! The Sauce: Walls’ barbecue sauce is unapologetically Lowcountry. There are two strains—hot and not. And there is not a scintilla of tomato rearing its head in this sauce. “It is purely a mustard an vinegar based sauce and some people hate it, and some love it, but that is what we have,” says the lady of the house. All the family recipes are cooked in an open kitchen that inspires dialog—even dancing on occasion—and the lady of the house, her staff and patrons could not be more welcoming and engaged in the purity and hospitality of Walls’ family traditions. Pulled pork, baked beans, collards, white toast and Angel’s special sauce on the side 156

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Pulled pork, Mac & cheese, okra and mustard sauce at Wall’s

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Eclectic Barbecue Time Capsule Long known in the community of Sandfly, this barbecue establishment heralds the diversity of greater Savannah in that is has Memphis roots—read sweet tomato-based sauce—but is open to new adventures and incorporates the owner, Keith Latture’s love of Cajun and Creole flavors into their special offerings. The new location in a vintage Streamliner diner on Barnard Street time travels us back into the day when we could jam to Elvis singing "Treat Me Like a Fool" as we canoodled in a cozy booth. Using only the freshest and healthiest of local ingredients, this is a place you can entrust to nourish the body and transport the soul. Memphis Sweet and Savannah Tang Sandfly understands Savannah’s melting pot and her needs for a lot of options. Their sweet Memphis sauce caters to those who have that hankering, the mustard-based sauce flavors the pecan and hickory-smoked meats for those who get that direction, and they also offer a traditional vinegar-based peppery North Carolina style sauce for the more northern tastes in these parts. More than a Pig in a Poke: Not exclusive to barbecuing pork, Sandfly takes the hooves to the sky and tackles chicken and beef as well. Enjoy not only pulled pork but also pulled chicken, smoked sausage and beef brisket, like the Texans do. Sides are full of veggies and some of the best include green beans, coleslaw, and BBQ baked beans. An oft-forgotten bi-product of the barbecue tradition in Georgia is Brunswick Stew; Sandfly brews the most magical cauldron of this Georgia stew that will ever hit your belly.

Smokin’ Sav Hood Favorite BLOWIN SMOKE 1611 HABERSHAM STREET BLOWINSMOKESAVANNAH.COM EAT-IN, TAKE-OUT, CATERING

Theresa Weston serves customers at Wall’s

Barbecue at the Crossroads: Until a few years ago Blowin Smoke was the downtown haunt of many barbecue lovers in town, known for its outdoor tented enclave that hosted many local musical acts while the smoker out back prepped its offerings of traditional pecan-smoked pork shoulder dishes. Now situated in Midtown and under the visionary direction of the Gaslight Group, Blowin’ Smoke has answered the call of Savannah’s diverse populous of diners by matting up with a Tex-Mex tradition. Blowin’ Smoke exemplifies the ever-morphing journey of barbecue in that it offers its home-smoked pork and beef in Southwestern clothing. Big Boy Platters Not to be outdone, Blowin’ Smoke entices the heartiest of appetites with heaping helpfuls of hospitality. Dig into the Pulled Pork Plate or the holy grail of the menu—the Holy Smoke Platter with smoked beef ribs, pulled pork and brisket.

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Top left: Blowin’ Smoke’s Beef Rib Top middle: Blowin’ Smoke’s Fried Pickles Top right: Choo-Choo Express BBQ’s pulled pork, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes Bottom left: Smoked chicken, potato salad, green beans and Texas toast at Sandfly BBQ

BBQ Outliers The outskirts of Savannah offer a few worthy BBQ destinations that provide their own unique environments and techniques.

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Bottom middle: Keith Lature of Sandfly BBQ

Long known as one of the best traditional purveyors of barbecue, Choo Choo Bottom right: also offers one of the most charming Chopping it up at Choo indoor and outdoor dining experiencChoo Express es from breakfast all the way through dinner. Tucked into a wooded lot near Old Town, Bluffton, its iconic little red caboose has been a mainstay for locals and visitors for over 20 years. The barbecue is traditionally smoked in oak wood, and in addition to pork they also smoke chicken. Barbecue for breakfast? You bet! Try the Southern Hash Smoke Stack with hash, pulled pork, bacon, onions, cheese, and topped with two eggs. Pulled pork and chicken sandwiches can be accompanied

by cole slaw, baked beans, collard greens, hush puppies, fries, or mac & cheese. Take a day to explore Old Town Bluffton before or after dining at Choo Choo – it makes for a wonderful Lowcountry day.

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You will find a little Texas in Babe’s approach to BBQ with smoked beef brisket offerings, sausage dogs, and pulled smoked chicken. Oh, and wings! Their sandwiches, including the pulled pork, all come on Texas toast too. The roadside atmosphere lends a great ‘Route 66’ feeling of adventure to the Babe’s experience and the staff is super friendly.

The Smoking Pig

1215 HWY 80 EAST POOLER SMOKINGPIGBBQJOINT.COM Open daily for lunch; The Smoking Pig also tips its hat to Texas with beef brisket options to its smoked pulled pork sandwiches and plates. A variety of beef and pork ribs are offered along with traditional sides of cole slaw, baked beans and mac & cheese. Be sure to try their unique Smokin’ Baked Potatoes loaded with your choice of barbecue meats and the Smokin’ Salads too!

BBQ Fun Facts • Most hogs in America today, and the wild ones in the Lowcountry, have Spanish origins from the time the explorers landed in the 15th century.

• Christopher Columbus discovered slow cooking with ‘barbacoa’ grids on Hispaniola in 1540.

• BBQ Has been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. • Barbecues are closely associated with political rallies – perhaps they are better for garnering ‘pork barrel’ contributions! • Boston ‘butts’ are not hog’s rear-ends but are the cuts from the upper part of the shoulder with the bone. Boston ‘butt’ refers to the barrels these were packed in for storage in the 18th century and it is said that the Bostonians were the first to use this cut of meat.

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PlaySouth Dominick Tambon (center), Maci Varnell (left) & Jonathan Thomas continue the fight against Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Dominick Tambon Maci Varnell

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CANCER: IT’S GOTTA END SOMETIME!

FORMER LOCAL BASKETBALL STAR IS SHOOTING TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED WITH THE DISEASE HE SURVIVED. “MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR” MAY SOUND LIKE THE TITLE OF A BEAUTY PAGEANT, BUT FOR THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, THIS PARTICULAR COMPETITION REPRESENTS MUCH MORE THAN WHAT ITS NAME IMPLIES.

Every year, the LLS hosts a spirited 10 week fundraising competition where dynamic, enthusiastic candidates from the community campaign to earn the LLS titles “Man & Woman of the Year.” Candidates such as Dominick Tambon, an orthopedic sales representative and survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma, use unstoppable ambition to motivate their fundraising efforts in a large-scale capacity. Tambon was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in the fall of 2014. During one of the lowest points in his treatment, he made a deal with the man upstairs that he would find a way to give back to the community after he was cured. Aside from educating others and raising awareness of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Tambon said his campaign’s biggest goal is to raise as much money as possible. Tambon got involved with the LLS about one year after his diagnosis. His campaign slogan derives from his days playing basketball at Savannah High. Tambon remembers during the hardest times of practice his coaches would say, “It’s gotta end sometime” to keep them pushing through. Even before Tambon got involved with the LLS, he had always wondered how young people were able to handle the same disease he struggled and fough with as an adult. “These are just little kids. They shouldn’t have to go through that stuff,” Tambon said. The LLS’s 2016 campaign kicked off on Thursday, March 3rd. Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of the campaign’s 10 week run. The fundraising competition culminates with a celebration of all the candidates’ efforts at the Grand Finale Gala on Friday, May 13th at Savannah Station. To donate, join a campaign or get involved with the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society visit Savannah4LLS.com INSIDE PLAYSOUTH Best Fests ..................................................................162 Nine Line ..................................................................164 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes .......................................166 160

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Sand Arts Festival, Tybee Island, May 5

Best Fests! It’s time to party in the sultry South

Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, March 24 - April 4) This two-week festival is the largest musical arts event in the state of Georgia and one of the most distinctive and celebrated music festivals in the world. The 17-day musical smorgasbord will showcase over 100 acts performing at 10 different venues within the Historic District. For more information visit savannahmusicfestival.org. Tybee Island Wine Festival (Tybee Island, April 20 - 24) Presented by the Tybee

Post Theater, this annual springtime celebration of wine and coastal cuisine features five days of international wines, fine food, and live music set in multiple venues across the island. For more information visit, tybeewinefestival.com. Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife (Jekyll Island, April 22 - 24) This new spring culinary event artfully combines legendary beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close.

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For more informaton visit whiskeywineandwildlife.com . Sidewalk Art Festival (Savannah, April 23) This annual tradition is almost as old as the college itself. Showcasing Sidewalk Art Masterpieces that are drawn along the paved walkways of Forsyth Park by Savannah College of Art and Design Students, Alumni, and prospective students, this event is free and open to the public. It will be cancelled if it rains, so keep your fingers crossed for the sun to shine! For more information visit scad.edu.

of fun featuring fresh Lowcountry seafood from local area restaurants. For more information visit riverstreetsavannah.com. 38th Annual Bluffton Village Festival (Bluffton, SC May 7) Often referred to as Mayfest, this eclectic and homespun Southern festival is famous for its annual Ugly Dog Contest and the annual Pie Eating Contest. Enjoy unique arts and crafts, music and delicious food. For information visit, blufftonvillagefestival.com.

Spoleto Festival (Charleston, May 27 - June 12) Internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival, the 17 day Spoleto Festival fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor venues with performances by renowned and emerging artists in the genres of opera, theater, dance, and music. For more information visit, spoletousa.org. To Submit Your Event Visit SouthMag.com

Sand Arts Festival (Tybee Island, May 5) Spend the day on Tybee Island’s picturesque North Beach and watch in awe as elaborate creations rise from the sand. Enjoy the picture-perfect setting and cheer on your favorite Savannah College of Art and Design artists. Just make sure to get there before the tide comes in! For more information visit, scad.edu. River Street Seafood Festival (Savannah, May 6th & 7th) Grab the entire family and get ready for a weekend

Tybee Island Wine Festival Tybee Island, April 20 - 24

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WHAT BETTER WAY TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO OUR WOUNDED VETERANS THAN TO COME OUT AND ENJOY A LAID BACK RUN, A BEAUTIFUL COURSE, AND A BOUNTY OF FESTIVITIES? THE NINE LINE FOUNDATION WILL HOST THEIR 3RD ANNUAL 5K/10K ON MAY 21 AT THE HUTCHINSON ISLAND RACE TRACK.

The Nine Line Foundation operates with the mission to offer a lifeline to wounded veterans returning from duty to the United States. The term “Nine Line” is used in combat as an emergency medevac request, describing the difference between life and death for the most severely wounded soldiers. Through these events, Nine Line works to improve the quality of life of our wounded heroes, focusing their efforts on each individual candidate’s needs. Proceeds collected from this race will benefit the Nine Line Foundation’s current candidate, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Aaron Causey, a combat wounded veteran with multiple severe injuries. After stepping on an IED in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011, Causey suffered various bodily injuries, including two above-knee amputations, several amputated fingers, and a traumatic brain injury. After two years of countless surgeries, Causey retired as a Sergeant First Class with nearly 13 years of service as an EOD technician in two branches of military: the Air Force and the Army. All money raised from the race will help SFC Causey and his wife build a handicap-accessible home. For those who are unable to participate in the event, be sure to enter the Nine Line Virtual Race and encourage friends and family to do the same. Nine Line will send each participant a shirt, coin, and koozie. The organization encourages participants to send pictures from their hometowns after they complete the race. For more information about how you can support the Nine Line Foundation or enter the race, please visit ninelinefoundation.org.

RACE NOTES Packet pickup for the race is Friday, May 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nine Line Apparel, 1732 East President Street, Savannah, Ga. Race day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs through 6:45 p.m.

The race starts at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Race officials recommend participants walking the course bring flashlights to the event since the sun will be setting at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the day of the race. Savannah’s own Cumulus radio partners

will provide live entertainment during the event. Drinks and other activities will be offered after the race, including a post race Service Brew Beer (available for those 21 and older), the chance to win a Boozie, Nine Line Apparel, Challenge Coin, and Official Nine Line Apparel Shirts.

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P L AY / WA L K A M I L E I N H E R S H O E S Sgt. Davis Barefield, Sam Carter (center), Jack Levine & Sam McCachern are preparing to walk a mile in her shoes.

THE REAL DEAL IN HEELS LOCAL MEN COME TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO “WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES” AND PROVIDE HEEL-ING EFFORTS WITH THE RAPE CRISIS CENTER

omen not only know how to wear a pair of high heels, but also how to rock them. Most men don’t understand the pain women go through to rock these shoes, but once a year some boldly don pumps for a noble cause: to march with a mission to end rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence. Heel-clad men will take to the sidewalks of Savannah for the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire’s 3rd Annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event on April 7th. The event, which runs (pun intended) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., starts and ends at the Bandshell in Forsyth Park. The

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walk is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness about the serious causes, effects, and remediation to sexualized violence against women. Walk-A-Mile gives the RCC an opportunity to rally support from both boys and men in the community through an effort to bring awareness to the struggles of victims of sexual violence while also promoting advocacy and prevention. This fun and educational event focuses on encouraging communication about gender relations and sexual violence. As stated on the national Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes website, “...it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships, and decreasing the potential for violence.” Kesha Gibson-Carter, director of the Rape Crisis Center, says the walk and its cause aim to take a unified stance for an incredibly serious and understated cause. Gibson-Carter’s husband, Sam Carter, is a former infantry marine and the current director of fitness at SCAD and has participated in the walk for the past couple years. “Once you go thirty to forty yards around that park, it starts to get painful to say the least,”

Carter said regarding walking in high heels for the event. “I don’t know how these women do it.” Though walking in high-heeled shoes does not begin to capture the full challenge of a victim’s journey, seeing a man humble himself for a brief promenade around Forsyth Park makes GibsonCarter proud of her organization and its mission. Those who wish to participate in the mile walk are welcome to bring their own shoes, though Gibson-Carter said she and her team bring out tons of shoes just in case. “At the end of the day, the men are so ready to get out of their shoes that they just give them to us,” Gibson-Carter laughs. “That’s how we’ve gotten such a great collection.” Participants are asked to secure pledges in any amount from family and friends to take the mile challenge, which includes a walk around Forsyth Park in high-heeled shoes. Females can also participate by providing support to males on their “journey.” A special “Teal Heel” award will be presented to the group and individual with the most funds raised. For more information on Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes, please contact events@rccsav.org or visit walkamileinhershoes.org.

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Events Calendar Check out the latest happenings in the Lowcountry.

Big Nasty Mud Run, Savannah, May 14

SAVANNAH Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens (Savannah, March 31 - April 3) This unique tour offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations. In addition to home and garden walking tours, participants can also enjoy exclusive special events along with the great food and hospitality. For more information, visit savannahtourofhomes.org. Sheep to Shawl (Savannah, April 2) This fun annual family festival features the shearing of Oatland

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Island Wildlife Center’s sheep. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in many activities including carding, spinning and weaving, as well as partake in crafts, games, and demonstrations. For more information visit oatlandisland.org. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Savannah, April 7) Men and women of all ages are invited to join the Rape Crisis Center to walk around Forsyth Park wearing high-heel shoes to symbolize the steps that victims must take toward healing. Participants are asked to secure pledges in any amount from family and friends to take the mile challenge to establish a unified

front against sexual violence. For more information visit rccsav.org. Siege Weekend (Savannah, April 9) Fort Pulaski will host a twoday living history event to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the battle for the oldest fort in Georgia with activities including soldier’s life programs, musket and cannon demonstrations, ranger led battle talks, and living historians who will bring a unique perspective to life at this solitary masonry outpost. For more information visit nps.gov/fopu. Savannah Art Walk (Savannah, April 9 & May 14 ) Enjoy a self-guided tour of the

galleries and local shops located within a one-mile radius of the Savannah Riverfront. Begin at Top Deck Bar for a free opening reception featuring local artists and authors and end at the Andaz Hotel for a finale reception with raffle drawings and prizes. Guests may take the tour on foot or by way of the free Old Savannah Tours Trolley. Sponsored by Tiffani Taylor Gallery & Heej Chung Art and Designs. For more information, visit savannahartwalk.com. Martinis at the Mansion (Savannah, April 20 & May 18 ) Join South magazine at the Mansion on Forsyth Park for this monthly power-networking event where guests will enjoy


18th Annual TLC Golf Tournament, Savannah, May 6

delicious $5 craft martinis while participating in the evening’s fundraiser to support local nonprofit organizations. In April, the event will support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire and in May the Coastal Heritage Society. For more information visit southmag.com.

Awards Gala at the American Legion Post on Bull Street. This event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and will include, entertainment, cocktails, dinner, live auction, and awards ceremony. For more information visit rccsav.org.

Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens (Savannah, April 22nd & 23rd) Take a stroll through the largest urban Landmark Historic District in the U.S. and discover the beauty that blooms in the Hostess City during springtime. View Savannah’s most spectacular gardens and experience some private and discreet gardens, which are not typically open for public viewing. For more information, visit gardenclubofsavannah.org.

Lowcountry Pie Festival (Savannah, May 1) Presented by the Lutheran Services of Georgia, this annual pie contest will take place at Historic Emmet Park. The festivities include: a Pie Judging Contest, Live Pie Auction, Pie Eating Contest, Celebrity Pie-in-the-Face Raffle, and a silent auction in addition to a kid’s corner. A food and beverage area features pie sold by the slice, food trucks, vendor booths, and live entertainment. For more information visit lsga.org.

tournament on Tuesday, May 3 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Golfers will be playing to raise money for the TLC Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarship money to college students who are studying for careers in the tourism and hospitality field. For more information visit tourismleadershipcouncil.com.

the Savannah Board team of lawyers, which raises money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association’s Savannah Kiss-A-Pig Campaign. The massive after party begins at 6 p.m. with food, auction, bourbon tasting and live music by the Trainwrecks. For more information visit facebook. com/SavannahBoars.com

18th Annual TLC Golf Tournament (Savannah, May 6) The Tourism Leadership Council will be holding their annual golf

Lawyers Guns Money Clay Shoot (Savannah, May 6) All day sporting clay shoot hosted at the Forest City Gun Club by

Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner Cruise (Savannah, May 8) Show mom how much you love her by giving her a great day on a

Pearls of Power Awards Gala (Savannah, April 29) Celebrating over 40 Years of Service to the Community, The Rape Crisis Center is pleased to present the Pearls of Power

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Savannah Riverboat Cruise where she doesn’t have to lift a finger. Enjoy a delicious brunch or dinner buffet and kick up your heels up on the dance floor while making memories that will last for years to come. For more information visit, savannahriverboat.com. Legacy Ball (Pooler, May 14th) The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will be hosting their annual fundraising gala, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by a fabulous dinner. For more information visit mightyeighth.org. Kiss a Pig Gala (Savannah, May 21) The 24th Annual Savannah Kiss-a-Pig Campaign will come to a close at this popular event to celebrate the candidates, teams, and funds raised for the American Diabetes Association. The contestant who raised the most gets to kiss a live pig, honored by ADA as the original source of insulin. We kiss the pig for saving

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lives. For more information visit facebook.com/kissapigsavannah.

TYBEE ISLAND Coastal Arts Fair (Tybee Island, April 9) This family-friendly beach fair will be held at Memorial Park on Tybee Island and will include unique and beautiful artwork from a variety of genres created by Lowcountry artists in addition to food and more than 50 vendors. For more information visit to tybeearts.org. EVP Beach Volleyball Tour / Beach Bum Open (Tybee Island, May 07 & 8th) Watch elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors as they get the opportunity to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions at hosting venues. For more information visit, evptour.com. Tybee Island Georgia Tour of Homes (Tybee Island, May 14) This unique beach hometown tour takes place rain or shine throughout

Beach Bum Parade, Tybee Island, May 20

Tybee Island and features a variety of colorful cottages along with many historic and contemporary homes. Guests receive a map with each of the homes listed and begin at the home of their choice. Proceeds benefit the Island Maritime Academy and the Fresh Air Home. For more info, visit tybeetourofhomes.com. Beach Bum Parade (Tybee Island, May 20) The “Largest Water Gun Fight in the South” will have spectators lined up on both sides of Butler

Avenue, armed with water guns, water hoses, and buckets all aimed and ready for war. Parade floats and participants are also armed with their favorite water weapons and ready to strike back. For more information visit, tybeeisland.com/ events/event/beach-bum-parade.

HILTON HEAD RBC Heritage Classic (Hilton Head Island, April 11th -17th)

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13th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival, Port Royal, SC - April 16 Village Association invite you to enjoy delicious Lowcountry cuisine prepared by the area’s greatest local chefs who highlight different recipes featuring soft shell crab. This family-friendly event also includes live music, artisan craft market, kids’ fun zone, classic cars and the annual Port Royal Crab Race. For more information visit oldvillageportroyal.com.

Make plans to attend the 48th RBC Heritage taking place at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. The RBC Heritage Classic is South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, so don’t miss it. For more information visit rbcheritage.com.

featuring paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, pottery and much more. Fine dining, exquisite retail and live entertainment are also available at this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information visit artfestival.com.

Hilton Head Art Festival (Hilton Head Island, May 28) More than 150 of America’s finest artists will descend on Shelter Cove Harbour Memorial Day Weekend to attend the 7th Annual Art Festival

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13th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival (Port Royal, SC - April 16) The town of Port Royal and the Old

An Evening Under the Oaks - Lafayette Soiree (Beaufort, April 23rd) Join the Historic Beaufort Foundation for an enjoyable evening under the stars featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music by Atlanta’s CEO Show Band. For more information visit historicbeaufort.org.

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Volvo Car Open (Charleston, April 2 - April 10) Formerly known as the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament, the Volvo Car Open is one of the largest women’s only tennis tournaments in the world, featuring a unique festival

geared toward fan entertainment in addition to court play. For more information visit volvocaropen.com. The 29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival (Mt. Pleasant, April 24th ) One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, this unique seafood festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry. Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/ fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings, live music, a craft show, art exhibition, Shag and shrimpeating contests and family-friendly activities. For more information visit comeonovermp.com. 46th Annual Charleston Greek Festival (Charleston, May 6 - May 8) Celebrate Charleston’s Greek heritage and enjoy authentic Mediterranean food, wine, music, dancing and fun! For more information visit charlestongreekfestival.com. Charleston Beer Garden (Charleston, May 14)

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Craft beer lovers can spend the day enjoying samples from more than 20 craft breweries who will showcase more than 40 different beers in addition to live music, food trucks, vendors and an expanded Homebrewers Village with Yelp Beer Games that will test feasts of knowledge, brawn and skill. For more information visit charlestonbeergarden.com. The Atlantic Cup (Charleston, May 24 - May 27) Presented by 11th Hour Racing, the Atlantic Cup is the United States’ premier and only dedicated Class 40 sailing race, which showcases some of the top Class 40 sailors in the U.S. and the world as they compete in a challenging three-leg event. For more information visit atlanticcup.org.

51st Annual Atlanta Steeplechase (Atlanta, April 23) Often referred to as, “The Best Lawn Party in Georgia,” this premier social and sporting event offers an unforgettable day of horse racing, fashion, food, and fun. Activities include, terrier races, shopping, hat parade and contest, the Kid’s Corral and of course, steeplechasing! For more information, visit atlantasteeplechase.org. Atlanta Jazz Festival (Atlanta, May 1 - May 29) This month-long celebration features jazz legends and up-andcoming jazz artists performing in venues across the city. The festival culminates in a spectacular concert in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day Weekend. For more information visit atlantafestivals.com. Masters Water Ski Tournament (Atlanta, May 28 & May 29) Kick off Summer at this Memorial Day Weekend Festival featuring the 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® along with a host of other fun attractions at Robin Lake Beach including live music, the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market, beach activities, kid’s zones, great food, drink specials and much more. For more information visit, callawaygardens.com.

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The Mitsubishi Electric Classic, Atlanta, April 11 - April 17

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The Mitsubishi Electric Classic (Atlanta, April 11 - April 17) This 54-hole stroke play tournament will feature 81 PGA TOUR Champion professionals competing for a $1.8 million purse at the prestigious TPC Sugarloaf. For more information, visit mitsubishielectricclassic.com.

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20th Annual Southeast US Boat Show (Jacksonville, April 15 - April 17) Formally known as the Jacksonville Spring Boat Show, this three-day event includes seminars, live music, and hundreds of new and quality brokerage boats of all styles displayed and available for purchase. For more information visit, southeastusboatshow.com. World of Nations Celebration (Jacksonville, April 21 - April 24) Join the City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends in Metropolitan Park for this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within

your reach. For more information visit makeascenedowntown.com. Jacksonville Jazz Festival (Jacksonville, May 26 - May 29) Nationally recognized as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, this Memorial Day weekend event boasts an allstar lineup of jazz legends including, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis, Buddy Guy, Harry Connick, Jr., Mavis Staples and many more. Experience three stages of live entertainment, local food, drinks, shopping and more throughout fifteen blocks of downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit jacksonvillejazzfest.com.

RUNS

Girls on the Run 5k, Savannah, April 30

Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5k (Savannah, April 2 & 3) This 13.1 mile course navigates throughout the Savannah Historic and Victorian districts with a picture-perfect finish at the Forsyth Park Fountain. For more information, visit savannahwomenshalf.com.

Girls on the Run 5k (Savannah, April 30) Join hundreds of runners at this inspiring 5k race held at Savannah State University that encourages young girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. For more information visit, m.girlsontherun-ga.org/5ks.

Savannah Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Savannah, April 16) This life-changing race begins and finishes at Telfair Square in downtown Savannah with the Survivor Dinner taking place at the Square on Friday evening. This fundraising event provides significant funds to help raise awareness about breast cancer to the local Savannah community. For more information, visit komencoastalgeorgia.org.

Ride on Ryan - Triathlon and Duathlon (Savannah, April 30) Advanced racers are invited to participate in this fast and flat Triathlon and Duathlon to honor the memory of local running enthusiast, Ryan Williams. The event features a 500 yard swim, 13.1 mile bike ride and finishes with a 3.1 mile run inside of L. Scott Stell Park. For more information visit, savannahraces.com/#!rideon-ryan/c1cno.

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Savannah Color Run (Savannah, May 21) “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” returns to the Savannah Historic District to color up the place a bit and offer runners the time of their life as they are doused with different colors of paint at each kilometer. The fun continues at the unforgettable Finish Festival at Forsyth Park, complete with music, dancing and massive color throws. For more information visit, thecolorrun.com/locations/savannah.

Savannah Color Run, Savannah, May 21 Turtle Trot (Tybee Island, April 30) This 12th annual 5k helps kick off Coastal Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season and r aises funds for the Tybee

Island Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Project. Following the trot there will be a sea turtle release into the ocean. For more information visit tybeemarinescience.org.

Join the Nine Line Foundation and Nine Line Apparel this Armed Forces Day for this 3rd Annual 5K/10K Run for the Wounded at the Hutchinson Island Racetrack in Savannah. Proceeds will benefit a combat wounded veteran with multiple severe injuries. For more information visit, runsignup.com/ Race/GA/Savannah/9LINE2016.

Big Nasty Mud Run (Savannah, May 14) This annual race benefits the Bekilee Epilepsy Foundation in memory of local community advocate, Bekilee Stanton. The race consists of 4.5 miles with lots of mud and over 33 obstacles including, Ranger Bars, Wall of Terror, tunnels, tires, cargo nets, and the famous Big Nasty Mud Slide. For more information visit, savannahraces.com/#!bignasty-mud-run/c1yvh.

Savannah Mile (Savannah, May 28) Join the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire and Fleet Feet Sports for this annual Memorial Day run to support first responders, military and their families. Participants begin on at the southern end of Forsyth Park and run one mile North on Drayton Street to finish at Broughton Street. The Savannah Mile attracts runners of all ages and skill levels including a family division and five year age groups with many guaranteed award winners and ends with the Heroes Heat in full gear! For more information visit fleetfeetsavannah.com/mile.

Nine Line 5k/10k (Savannah, May 21)

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SCENES OF THE SOUTH / HEARTS FOR HEROES

HEARTS FOR HEROES GALA The Second Annual Hearts for Heroes Gala, held Saturday, February 13 at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, was presented by the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and attended by over 200 people. The event featured a live and silent auction and raised over $32,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer and the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center. Each year the beneficiaries of the event change, but the goal to give back to the community gets bigger and better.

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Over one hundred guests arrived at Casimir’s Lounge at 700 Drayton Restaurant this past February to attend Martinis at the Mansion at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Sponsored by South magazine and the Mansion on Forsyth Park, this monthly networking social included a silent auction and $5 cocktails benefiting the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. 1.Pat Showf 2.Tom and Melissa Smith 3.Lisa Roberson 4.H. Lee Perry 5.Megan Adams and Shannon Iwansai 6.Louis Schiavone and Rose Marie Woulfe 7.Josh Flores and Kristen Bishop 8.Bertha Hernandez and Maribel Gomez 9.Emily Owens and Shivangi Patel

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SECRET SOUTHERNER

THE RIGHT DIRECTION NOT ONLY IS THIS SAVANNAHIAN PROUD OF THE HISTORY AND DIVERSITY OF HIS CITY, HE WORKS DAILY TO SHOW THE REST OF THE WORLD ALL THE GREAT THINGS SHE HAS TO OFFER.

The Host with the Most

This Secret Southerner is a leader in one of the most important industries in Savannah. He works hard every day to make sure residents and visitors alike are constantly falling in love with the Hostess City.

He’s Classic

Music is this man’s passion. He is an avid classical musician. He plays both the classical guitar and the piano regularly. If you’re lucky enough to be close friends with this Southerner, you might have been blessed with a private concert or two.

A Congrats is in Order

There is nothing more important to this Secret Southerner than his family. He has a one-year-old son and another child on the way. Any free time he gets is spent with his wife and child. As they are adding another bundle of joy to their family, he will soon be filled with even more love and happiness. Do you think you know who this issue’s Secret Southerner is? If so, send your guess to editor@southmag.com. The first 10 correct guesses get a free one year subscription to South!

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