Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day … in Savannah, GA!

No matter when you choose to visit Savannah, Georgia, it will always be a beyond charming Southern city where historic architecture, trendy boutiques, art, exemplary cuisine, and haunted stories collide under a magical veil of Spanish moss. Savannah easily earns its nickname as The Hostess City of the South! But, did you know that Savannah is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the US? Sure you could go celebrate St. Patty’s in NYC or Chicago (and freeze your cute little butt right off). Or – hear me out –  you could celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA (where the weather will be PERFECT). Interested? Read on for why you should head to Savannah for your best St. Patrick’s Day ever!

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Savannah’s is one of the largest St. Patty’s Day parades in America! Save your seat on the parade route early (or better yet, reserve your seat – we did this last year and it was brilliant!), grab a green beer, and enjoy. The parade has Irish heritage on full display – traditional Irish dancers, marching bands, elaborate floats, and even Irish wolfhounds. 

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Savannah’s St. Patty’s Day Parade

You Can Drink in the Street (Legally!)

Did I mention that Savannah has an open container policy when it comes to alcohol? Indeed, when leaving a restaurant or bar, you will often be encouraged to “take a traveler” (aka a to-go cup full of your booze of choice) on your way out. Wouldn’t want ya to get thirsty on your stroll to your next destination, now would we? In light of this, it’s safe to say that libations flow freely during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities – all day and all night, only adding to the festive ambiance.

The Entire City Gets Into It!

It’s not only the parade, the entire city REALLY leans into and loves St. Patty’s Day! Even the water in the fountains in the city’s squares is dyed green and Decorations are everywhere you turn. And Savannah’s Plant Riverside District – which is lively any time of year – absolutely turns it up a notch for St. Patrick’s Day.  The riverfront is full of live music, events, and drink specials – it’s impossible not to have fun here and feel the luck of the Irish start to rub off on ya!

Fountain in the St. Patty’s Day Spirit!

Where to Stay

In order to fully enjoy the St. Patty’s Day celebrations, you’re going to need a place to stay. Savannah is full of truly lovely hotels.  Personally, I like to stay down by the riverfront – I dig the views and the close proximity to the fun.  My go to is the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District . It’s in the heart of the action, but the hotel itself and the lovely rooms provide a nice reprieve when you need a little break from the fun. 

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JW Marriot Savannah Plant Riverside District

My Top 5 Can’t Miss Things to Do in Savannah

Assuming you stay in Savannah longer than just to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and you really should!), here are my top 5 favorite things to do:

  1. Take a Tour.  Savannah has a tour that will suit everyone. Historic walking tour? Check. Prefer a trolly tour? No problem. You’re a foodie? Say no more – plenty of culinary tours to choose from.  Like to feel a little spooky? Savannah has ghost tours galore.  AND if you happened to have read, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt (also known just as “THE Book” in Savannah), I HIGHLY recommend a tour of the Mercer House (once the home of Jim Williams – as played by Kevin Spacey in the movie). 
Take a Tour!
  1. Shop.  You can quite literally shop ‘til you drop in Savannah.  Browse the iconic shops on Broughton Street or get lost in Bull Street’s to die for boutiques (I personally have dropped some coin at Red Clover and Harper
  1. Enjoy a Drink with a View.  Whether you fancy a view of historic landmarks or the river, Savannah has a plethora of rooftop bars and restaurants to delve into. My favorite is the Lost Square. Simultaneously stylish and cozy, you will love the vibe here as well as the hand-crafted cocktails. 
  1. EAT. Savannah is a culinary delight. There is good food everywhere – ranging from iconic classics (The Olde Pink House and Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room) to avant garde modern eateries (Husk and Common Thread. Bottomline, Savannah is a foodie mecca. Be prepared to dine extremely well. 
Savannah is a Foodie Mecca!
  1. Beach Day.  Look, it’s easy to forget with all the historic Victorian architecture surrounding you, but Savannah is on the coast. How are you going to the coast and NOT having a beach day?!? Tybee Island is a short 20 minutes from Savannah’s historic district. Take a stroll on the pier or just enjoy lounging on the beach letting the sound of the waves melt your cares away. 

In short, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA and enjoy the festivities … and then stay a few days and enjoy everything else the Hostess City of the South has to offer. I promise you will LOVE it!

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