The Hostess City

Get Away to Georgia’s Jewel, Savannah

Dubbed the Hostess City, Savannah’s epithet rings true at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Standing sentinel over the city’s charming Forsyth Park, a sprawling 10-acre complement to the two dozen squares that punctuate the city blocks, this modern-meets-historical getaway is arguably the best accommodation in a city renowned for its hosting.

The boutique hotel draws inspiration from the mansion itself, a 19th century red-bricked, turreted architectural beaut. The 126-room inn, decked in dead-ringer bricks that pair seamlessly with its namesake neighbor and the rows of historic buildings that flank it, may be traditional in its exterior, but its interior is anything but. Owner Richard Kessler, whose properties include our own Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, infused the property with his personal collection of modern art. The hotel draws its design inspiration from that art collection: a marbled white courtyard accented with pops of primary color, traditional furniture painted white and swathed in velvet, chandeliered hallways and foyers, and guest rooms with stylish, contemporary furnishings and luxurious amenities.

The old mansion itself is home to 700 Drayton, a low-country restaurant decked in rich wood and leather and home to a menu of Southern staples with flair. If you’re afraid these recipes will haunt your dreams (Savannah is the most haunted city in America, after all), fear not: a class at the in-house 700 Kitchen Cooking School will teach you to make your favorite recipes at home. Chef Peter Russo goes over everything from the basics (the best way to cut an onion) to the trickiest tricks of the trade (rendering duck breasts).

In John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a native Savannahian notes, “In Savannah the first question people ask you is ‘What would you like to drink?’” At Casimir’s, the jazzy upstairs bar at 700 Drayton, that quote comes to life with freshly-muddled and sprigged cocktails worthy of literary mention. Or stop in at the Bösendorfer Lounge, located just off the hotel’s lobby, for a nightcap before an evening of sweet slumber in your plush bunk.

In Savannah, history and myth are draped across streets and facades like the Spanish moss in her trees, but the Mansion on Forsyth Park offers a modern respite at day’s end.