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March 18 - Savannah Named a “South’s Best” by Southern Living Magazine

Category: Hospitality & Tourism

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2019 - Southern Living magazine announced the winners of its third annual South’s Best Awards, ranking the region’s best cities, chefs, hotels, restaurants and more.  

Savannah was lauded as one of Southern Living’s “Best Cities” coming in #2, best “Foodies Cities” coming in at #3, and The Grey, The Mansion on Forsyth Park and The Keho House took honors for “Best Chef” and “Best Inns” respectively.

“Wow, the readers of Southern Living have come through again for Savannah,” said Joseph Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah. “Ranking us as the #2 city in the South is truly quite an honor.  And to be listed among so many other great cities is not only very special but also a testament to the unique brand of Savannah’s southern hospitality that the people of our community extend to our visitors each and every day.” 

Southern Living launched the crowd-sourced digital survey that received more than 65,000 responses last fall. This year's categories include Bars, BBQ Joints, Chefs, Cities, Food Cities, Food Towns, Hotels, Inns, Resorts, Restaurants and Small Towns.

"At Southern Living, we're passionate about celebrating the extraordinary people and places that define Southern hospitality," said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. "Our goal is to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now— places that represent the very best of the South. This year's awards represent a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites."

South’s Best Cities

1. Charleston, South Carolina.

2. Savannah, Georgia.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana.

4. Nashville, Tennessee.

5. Asheville, North Carolina.

6. Atlanta, Georgia.

7. Greenville, South Carolina.

8. Wilmington, North Carolina.

9. Tallahassee, Florida.

10. Austin, Texas. 

South’s Best Food Cities

1. Charleston, South Carolina.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana.

3. Savannah, Georgia.

4. Nashville, Tennessee.

5. Atlanta, Georgia.

6. Asheville, North Carolina.

7. Austin, Texas.

8. Birmingham, Alabama.

9. Richmond, Virginia.

10. Louisville, Kentucky.

South’s Best Inns

1. Stonehurst Place, Atlanta, Georgia.

2. Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill, Mills River, North Carolina.

3. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, St. Augustine, Florida.

4. Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia.

5. Blair House Inn, Wimberley, Texas.

6.Henderson Park Inn, Destin, Florida.

7. Anchorage1770, Beaufort, South Carolina

8. John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

9. The Keho House, Savannah, Georgia

10. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia

South’s Best Chefs

1. Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, North Carolina.

2. Frank Stitt, Birmingham

3. Cole Ellis, Cleveland, Mississippi.

4. Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah, Georgia.

5. Kevin Johnson, Charleston, South Carolina.

6. Mike Lata, Charleston, South Carolina.

7. Hugh Acheson, Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.

8. Tory McPhail, New Orleans, Louisiana.

9. Ashley Christensen, Raleigh, North Carolina.

10. Katie Button, Asheville, North Carolina.

Read all about Savannah in the April issue of the magazine, hitting newsstands March 22. For more information on Southern Living’s 2019 South’s Best Awards visit

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