ANTEBELLUM MANSIONS, secret gardens, ancient oak trees draped with Spanish moss: Savannah fairly drips with Southern charm. As rich in history and beauty as it is in its culinary offerings, the bewitching city’s hospitable roots run deep. There’s a reason it’s called the Hostess City, after all.
With a pace as relaxed as its drawl, most visitors to Savannah enjoy strolling through the city’s 22 public squares, each “prettier than the next,” locals like to say. Features of a historic district that is one of the country’s oldest, largest and most intact, each square boasts its own distinct character and ambience. The same could be said of the city’s abundant restaurants, loaded with delicious food and drink options — and often located in all kinds of repurposed properties.
The much-acclaimed and chef-driven Grey, considered one of the most coveted dining reservations in town, serves food and wine lovers in a building that originally housed the 1938 Art Deco Greyhound Bus Terminal. Its newest spinoff, called Grey Market, offers diner-type counter seating backed by shelves lined with jars of its pickled vegetables and bottles of wine for sale. Cotton & Rye, another popular eating venue with a cool and sophisticated vibe, is housed in a refurbished 1950s bank. A favorite watering hole, the French-inspired bistro and gastropub Circa 1875 (in a building of the same age), offers a fantastic worldwide selection of wine.
Savannah’s great variety of mansions — ranging from simple Colonials to gingerbread-accented Victorians — represents another of the city’s charms. The architectural gems have not only been made into bed-and-breakfast lodgings like the Hamilton Turner Inn and The Gastonian, but numerous others also have been transformed into the city’s most popular dining destinations. Elizabeth on 37th, filled with elegant antiques and marble fireplaces, is renowned for its seafood and impressive wine list. Overlooking Reynolds Square, the beloved Olde Pink House dishes up authentic Low-country cuisine in an 18th-century Georgian mansion.
For a late-night bump at a Savannah institution, however, nothing beats The Original Pinkie Masters, the longtime neighborhood dive bar where Jimmy Carter famously announced his bid for the presidency, way back when.
That’s Savannah for you — a tantalizing mix of historic and hip, spiked with lots of Southern soul.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.