The jewel of Georgia's lazily enchanting coast, Savannah was founded in 1733 by British General James Oglethorpe, who designed the perfect grid of streets and grassy tree-shaded squares for which this city of 130,000 is still famous. This has long been a place where eccentrics, artists, and traditional Southerners mingle with ease, but the 1994 publication of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil especially heightened the city's popularity with gay travelers, who appreciate its many stunning inns, fine restaurants, beautiful house-museums, handful of gay bars, and rich arts scene.
|Club One gay nightclub, near City Market||Tybee Island, Savannah's beach community, a 20-minute drive east of town||Mansion on Forsyth Park, a luxury inn overlooking the park of the same name||Architectural Tours of Savannah, an excellent way to learn about the city|
|Blaine's gay bar, just off Chippewa Square (closed 2011)||Venus de Milo wine bar, a hip hangout near City Market||Madison Square, overlooking Shop SCAD and historic armory cannon ||Marc Jacobs boutique, on West Broughton Street|
|Jepson Center for the Arts, part of the Telfair Museums complex||Historic River Street, along the Savannah riverfront||Chuck's gay bar, on historic River Street||Gallery Espresso cafe, a gay-popular coffeehouse on Chippewa Square|