United States, Savannah, Georgia
5 nights / 6 days
An enchanting Southern escape where art, architecture, trendy boutiques and ghost stories meet. A world of culinary delights await where the cuisine comes from the coast and cocktails are splashed with mint.
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Day 1 ur Home Town / Savannah, Georgia
Board your comfortable flight or pick up your car rental with unlimited miles for a delicious journey in the South. Upon arrival, check-in to the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection for five glorious nights in a Kessler one-bedroom suite. Discover boutique sophistication and Southern hospitality at this charming resort next to famous Forsyth Park and its iconic fountain. Indulge in elegant accommodations, a heated outdoor pool and the pampering Poseidon Spa.
Your first evening of gastronomic bliss begins with the globally inspired flavors at 700 Drayton Restaurant at the hotel. Offering a romantic and artful ambiance, start your meal with a glass of their own Kessler blend wine and shrimp and grits arancini with "grandma's gravy" and a sumptuous skillet cornbread with pecan butter. Tempt your palate with a twist on a Southern favorite, a fried green tomato caprese salad with smoked bacon and collard greens, accompanied by a Devil Went Down to Georgia cocktail. Then, dive in to the cavatappi pasta with dayboat scallops, Savannah honey glazed chicken and dirty rice or a Black Angus Delmonico with a Kessler Cabernet reduction and roasted cauliflower. Your delectable dinner is complete once you dig in to their signature ice cream and Georgia bourbon pecan pie.
Day 2 Savannah Exploration
For a hearty brunch and patio dining, pop in to the Two Cracked Eggs Cafe. For a sweet start to your day, try the peach French toast topped with caramel, whipped cream and pecans or a yummy crepe with seasonal berries, candied pecans and powdered sugar. For savory fans, feast on the signature biscuits and gravy with two eggs and grits or the decadent crab cake benedict.
Spend the day at Forsyth Park, spanning more than 30 acres and home to the Confederate Memorial, a theater, playgrounds, towering oak trees and Spanish moss. Visit the famous Forsyth fountain, modeled after the fountains found in Place de la Concorde in Cuzco, Peru and on Saturdays, discover the local Farmer's Market. Tonight's specialties await at Rock's on the River located in the Savannah Historic District. The rooftop lounge features a tasty tapas-style menu and breathtaking views over the Savannah and Talmadge Bridges. Famed appetizer options include baked brie, lobster mac 'n cheese or seafood chowder. Then dine on a Neapolitan-style pizza; succulent pork rib eye with bacon marmalade or a low country boil, comprised of Georgia shrimp, Andouille sausage and local corn and potatoes. Then, relax with a River Street old fashioned or a signature Savannah tea.
Day 3 Cooking Classes
Take advantage of the hotel's cooking classes to explore new flavors in a state-of-the-art kitchen at 700 Kitchen Cooking School. Guided by storytelling, tasting and sampling, the chefs share a different side of food to change your perspective, dish by artful dish. Perfect your knife skills, learn to grill, conquer seafood and plate a beautiful dish. Although the menus change, a sample of featured classes range from classic Italian and Low Country staples to Pho-natical and Seafaring specialties.
Learn how to make an antipasto salad, ricotta gnocchi and risotto frutti di mare (mixed seafood risotto) with a citrus zabaglione finish. Or, try tempting Southern favorites such as Savannah red rice, shrimp and grits, succotash and low country stewed chicken. For an Asian twist, sample the Vietnamese style chopped salad, beef Pho, chicken ramen and pineapple coconut panna cota. After creating your masterpieces, enjoy the best part...sitting down and enjoying your meal with your fellow classmates and a Kessler glass of wine.
Day 4 Day at Leisure
Spend your time in Savannah at your leisure, delighting in the Historic District; 22 town squares and parks; and the Starland District, with its hip stores, amazing art and boutique shops. Visit Tybee Island to dig your toes in the warm sand and splash in the waves, or explore the Victorian homes dating back to the 1800s.
A celebrity chef dinner awaits at Lady & Sons, where you'll feast on Paula Deen's favorites family style. Enjoy your meal just like grandma used to make, served with the Southern hospitality you would expect, delighting in fried okra and fried green tomato starts. A traditional gumbo with shrimp and blue crab is up next, followed by entree options including chicken pot pie, parmesan-crusted catfish, crab-stuffed shrimp and Paula's famous fried chicken. Then dig in to a Key lime pie or pecan pie a la mode.
Day 5 Savannah's Haunted History
Knowns as the most haunted city in America, walk in to any historic building or cemetery and catch sight of ghostly presence, feeling the paranormal activity. A few options include the Hamilton-Turner Inn where you'll hear the sounds of children laughing, billiard balls rolling and a strange, cigar-smoking man sitting on the roof. Once a hospital for Union soldiers, then again for 19th-century yellow fever patients, guests report seeing ghosts, hearing nonexistent children and faucets turning on by themselves at the Marshall House. Or, hear the stories of a woman scorned and a servant boy who are all said to hang around 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant.
To complete your haunted day, have dinner at The Pirates' House, which can't escape its dark past. While dining you'll learn the secrets of the many that were shanghaied down in the boarding house basement and forced to serve at sea. Serving up seafood fare, enjoy the Deep South mussels and clams or fried calamari, followed by corn fritters with blackened shrimp. Then, savor a parmesan tilapia with jumbo lump crab, Angry Seas pasta or Cajun mahi cioppino, while filets and pastas are also available.
Day 6 Savannah, Georgia / Your Home Town
After check-out, head over to Fork and Dagger Eatery for brunch. Dig in to their breakfast bowl with marbled rye toast or try their famous pig 'n grits, a slow roasted pulled pork atop cheesy grits and a fried egg. Then, enjoy your scenic drive home in your car rental or head to the airport for your comfortable flight home and beginning planning your next culinary journey.
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