Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in


Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Savannah.


Why Savannah for Your Next Meeting or Event?

Characterized by live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, Savannah is overflowing with rich history, diverse venues, an ideal climate and the best of Southern hospitality. Work could begin on an expansion of the city's convention center in the new year, and a new JW Marriott hotel will open in February.

Venue Additions & Renovations

• Ground should be broken on an expansion of the Savannah Convention Center by summer 2020. Plans call for doubling the exhibit hall to 200,000 square feet and creating a new entrance with an all-glass facade. A 40,000-square-foot ballroom, outdoor space and 15 more meeting rooms (for a total of 28) also will be added. In the works, as well, is a new convention center hotel with at least 300 rooms. 

• Phase one of the Plant Riverside District is expected to debut in early 2020. The $280 million, 4.5-acre development will feature 17,000 square feet of event space, a waterfront park, dining options and a monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Anchoring the development will be the 419-room JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, currently scheduled to open in February 2020 with 28,898 square feet of meeting space, multiple dining options, a rooftop pool, a spa and a fitness center.

• Construction is underway on the 54-acre Eastern Wharf Development. A 193-room boutique property with 6,000 square feet of meeting space is part of the plan, along with 30,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. The hotel and the rest of the development are expected to open by summer 2020. 

• The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah has opened in the city's Historic District, inside a refurbished late-1800s cotton warehouse. On the banks of the Savannah River, the property has 56 guest rooms, a rooftop bar and a rooftop meeting space, the North Star Room. The hotel features 200-year-old pine floors that were part of the original building's roof. 

• The Perry Lane Hotel, part of Marriott's Luxury Collection, debuted earlier this year. The 179-room property offers two bars, the Wayward and the rooftop Peregrin. Its eatery, the Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market, serves Southern-influenced cuisine. For groups, there are 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including a 3,000-square-foot ballroom.

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• All aboard the Georgia Queen! The charming paddle wheeler offers private-deck and full-boat charters for up to 1,000 passengers for lunch, dinner, brunch and gospel cruises on the majestic Savannah River.

• Bootleggers, rum runners and speakeasies are celebrated at the recently opened American Prohibition Museum, dedicated to America's dry spell that ran from 1920 to 1933. The museum, whose motto is "good behavior rarely makes history," celebrates adult beverages in its Speakeasy lounge, where guests can indulge in classic cocktails and jazz.

• Built in 1898, the Gingerbread House looks good enough to eat. Featuring elaborate spindles and arches, the off-beat venue stands as one of the city’s finest examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture. Groups of up to 130 can mingle inside and out, enjoying the property’s three fireplaces, antique furnishings, outdoor gazebo and waterfall.
• Enjoy a private trolley tour of Savannah's Historic District, touching upon 22 gracefully landscaped squares and stopping mid-tour for a guided walk through a beautifully preserved pre-Civil War home.

Savannah's Top Restaurants

Due to its location, Savannah offers diverse cuisine ranging from local and regional to fresh seafood and international delights.

  1. Chive Sea Bar & Lounge - American, Seafood
  2. Crystal Beer Parlor - American, Pub
  3. The Vault Kitchen + Market - Seafood, Sushi
  4. Driftaway Cafe - American, Bar
  5. Cotton & Rye - American
  6. Wiley's Championship BBQ - American, Barbecue
  7. Jazz'd Tapas Bar - American, Bar
  8. 45 Bistro - American
  9. Treylor Park - American, Bar
  10. Tequila's Town - Mexican, Southwestern  

• The owners of Circa 1875, a well-known French bistro in Savannah’s historic district, have  branched out with the recent opening of La Scala Ristorante, an Italian eatery in the Starland district. Housed in a restored mansion, La Scala offers private dining for groups of up to 300 (100 on its outdoor patio). Try the Guancia di Manzo: Chianti-braised Wagyu beef cheek with chestnut tagliatelle, root vegetable ragu and pickled beets.

• Detour to River Street Sweets, the oldest candy store in town (if you consider 1978 to be old), to indulge in "world-famous" candied pralines, homemade pecan pies, chocolate-mint fudge, chocolate turtles and more. Take a moment to watch as saltwater taffy is rolled, twisted and turned on a 100-year-old machine. 

• Established in 1753, the Pirates' House began as a grog hall for bawdy shipmates. The restaurant honors its history with seagoing servers and hearty fare for groups of 20-150.


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