Welcome to Savannah!
The weather is nice and mild today and we have been preparing everything to make sure you have a great time at this year’s conference.
If you’re already in Savannah:
Our team has been in and out of Savannah in the last few weeks planning AVConnect and we have some tips about our hotel, the area and the best sites to see within walking distance.
If you are looking for some food in the area, we have great things to say about SoHo South Café, which is kitty-corner to the hotel on Liberty St. and boasts some great modern cuisine with a Southern flare. Also close to the area is Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, highly recommended by locals for its family-style dining, but be sure to carve out a few hours for this one today as the lines begin building around the time we published this post (10:30AM). They are also only open weekdays from 11:00AM-2:00PM.
If you are looking for a quick bite, Parker’s is a hidden gem and only 3 minutes on foot from the hotel on Drayton St.. This diamond in the rough looks a typical gas station, but once you go in, you will be pleasantly surprised by the gourmet deli, vintage wines and exquisite snacks you can get. Our team has eaten entire meals from Parker’s and the food was good enough to write home about!
Other great dining options can be found in the City Market, on W Bryan St. There, you’ll find several bars, take-away restaurants and gourmet fare. The Riverside area is a great place to dine on a patio at sunset, and it looks like tonight will be a great evening to do so.
Our hotel is right in the middle of the Historic District, which allows you to carry a liquor beverage on the street with you. Be sure to keep any drinks as you stroll in the city in a paper or plastic cup (no glass). Being in the Historic District, we are close to a handful of world renowned sites. Many of us are lucky enough to have great views of the river, or the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is open to visitors throughout our conference. Also close to our hotel is Forsythe Park, a huge inner-city park that is the center of local activity for the Savannah community. Other notable sites include Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump was filmed and the Mercer Williams House Museum, which is the famous setting for Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, and that house also has a pretty interesting background (or so the guide on the ghost tour I went on last night said).
Savannah is renowned for its tours, which allow you to do everything from explore the city in a trolley to see the haunted city while riding in a hearse. Both the ghost and tourist tours are a great way to hear about the city’s history and there are tours for everyone in this city.
If you are in Savannah already, please take advantage of exploring this great city while you can.
What to expect tomorrow
Our conference kicks off at 8:30AM with coffee, networking and registration.
From there, we launch into our general session, where we all come together to celebrate client success stories, learn about what is coming in the future and enjoy great keynote speakers.
Following that, we head into our afternoon sessions and you can choose which one you’d like to attend as the day evolves. This is our schedule for all three days of the conference, and we’ll also follow that with great social events every night during AVConnect so we can get to know each other better. These will be three full days, but they are well worth it.
We can’t wait to see you all here. If there’s anything we can help you with while you’re hear in Savannah, feel free to reach out to any of the AudienceView team.