With its beautiful weather and hospitable people, it’s not hard to see why Savannah, Georgia, is nicknamed the ‘City by the Sea’. Not only is it a picturesque city located on the coast, it also boasts wonderful gardens, historic district and much more.
If you’re considering putting down roots in this gorgeous town, or are just curious as to how you can make the most of your visit, keep reading. We’ve curated a list of the best ways to use Savannah to grow your business.
Attend The Spoleto Festival
One of the best things about Savannah is how welcoming it is to visitors. From jazz festivals to theatrical performances, the city truly shines when it comes to cultural events. The local arts community goes all out to celebrate the Spoleto Festival USA, an annual arts event that takes place in May and features the best of American and international art. Spoleto is a program that encourages international cultural exchange through art, music and drama, and it’s a great way to learn more about the City by the Sea and its inhabitants. What’s more is that tickets are generally inexpensive – averaging about $30 a day, not including fees – and you can get them online or at the box office. The arts community in Savannah truly shines during the Spoleto Festival USA. If you’ve never been there, be sure to add it to your bucket list.
Start A Biz In The City
Whether you’re looking to cut back on your corporate travel budget or want to do more business locally, starting a business in the city is a great way to make your bottom line happy. The cost of living is relatively low, which means your overheads are going to be lower too. Renting office space in Savannah is particularly affordable, starting at around $1,000 a month, with high-end corporate addresses going for around $2,500 a month. This makes it a highly competitive market, which is good for business – and good for you.
Get A Coffee Machine
If you visit any coffee shop in Savannah, you’ll notice something quite different about it: namely, the emphasis on local and organic products. While you might find some traditional coffee options too, these days you’re more likely to find an espresso machine rather than a drip coffee maker. This is because of the growing popularity of single-origin espresso, which allows you to explore the varying quality and taste of local coffee. Start your own coffee shop and get to know the local businesses and communities better too.
Tourist Visits Rise During The Off-Peak Season
During the off-peak season, only the most adventurous tourists stop by, as it’s generally assumed that the attractions and activities in the area are closed. However, the exact opposite is true, as the area’s attractions and events are just as busy, if not more so, than during the peak season. The great thing about this is that you won’t feel like a vacationer, but instead will feel like a local, which is part of the experience.
Attend Conferences And Meetings
Many businesses, especially those in the tech sphere, rely on conferences and trade shows to meet with other businesses, network and showcase their products. Conferences and trade shows in Savannah are a great opportunity to do just that, whether it’s an annual or biennial conference, or a two-day show including meetings, seminars and exhibitions. Having said that, a lot of the time these conferences and meetings are held in the larger cities nearby, like Atlanta, so you might want to consider that as an option. The great thing about conferences and meetings in Savannah is that they’re relatively affordable, averaging around $30 to $60 per day, not including the cost of food and transport. You can get tickets in advance, or on the day of the event, from the conference organiser, and if you want, you can get a travel package that includes hotel accommodation and tickets to some of the area’s must-see attractions.
If you have a business, whether online or offline, you’ll know that livestreaming events is gaining popularity, and for good reason: they’re easy to set up, can reach a wide audience and allow you to interact with potential and existing customers on a more personal level. If you’re looking for an engaging way to showcase your business, products or services, livestreaming is a great choice. You can do this through platforms like YouTube, which is easily accessible, and offers many tools and features that can make your video content more engaging for your audience. What’s more is that you can record and send short videos to potential customers or members, offering them more value and encouragement to do business with you.
Livestreaming is a great choice for event organisers as well: you can set up a platform with the relevant apps, and manage the live video from anywhere, bringing the event to participants around the world. It’s a great way to showcase your expertise, as well as allow people to ask questions and engage with you live. Whether you choose to host an event in person or via livestream, it’s a great option to consider.
Explore The Local Culinary Scene
One of the things that make Savannah so special is its delicious cuisine. With places like Jack’s Bar-B-Que and Frank’s Restaurant offering authentic Southern dishes, as well as indie cafés and eateries focused on innovative takes on classic foods, there’s an abundance of choice for hungry visitors.
Tourists and locals alike are discovering all kinds of new dishes thanks to the abundance of food trucks, as well as the emergence of culinary festivals, such as the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, which happens every year in May and focuses on local and small-batch producers.
Savannah is a great place to be a foodie – and if you like Italian culture, you’re in for a real treat, as there are many authentic Italian restaurants and food trucks to be found.
Stay In A Heritage House
If you visit Savannah during the off-peak season, it can be difficult to find a suitable place to stay. This is because there are not many hotels that offer discounts during the low season, and those that do are mostly large chains, with limited rooms available. This makes it difficult for smaller businesses and tourists to plan their itineraries, and can result in missed connections and disappointment. This is why it’s best to book your stay in advance, or on the day of your arrival, at a hotel that offers some flexibility regarding the check-in time.
If you’re looking for luxury without the hefty price tag, consider a heritage house, which is what you’ll find if you stay at the Omni Parker House Hotel. Built in 1852 and restored to its former glory, the hotel provides guests with a glimpse into the gracious living of the late 19th century. There’s also a resident ghost named Grace who wanders the halls looking for guests who stop by unannounced. While some might find these stories a little spooky, the hotel’s atmosphere is actually very welcoming and provides a sense of nostalgia for even the most seasoned traveller.
Visit Museums And Attractions
One of the best things about Savannah is its cultural heritage. From its gorgeous gardens and cobbled streets to its majestic museums and impressive architecture, the city truly shines when it comes to its ‘storytelling traditions’, as the locals call them. There are so many museums and cultural hubs, as well as historic sites that you might want to visit, but the list is endless. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a time machine, and will want to stop time just so you can continue your exploration.
Whether you choose to spend your time in the company of other entrepreneurs, or would prefer to learn about the city’s rich history from an educator, there’s plenty to see and do. The next time you’re in town, be sure to add the City by the Sea to your itinerary.