February 4, 2024

5 Must-Do Attractions in Savannah During the HFTP 2024 Club Summit

Written by Kaylee Sciacca

With a nickname like "The Hostess City of the South," we couldn't imagine a better place to host the 2024 HFTP Club Summit than Savannah, Georgia! Whether strolling beneath the canopy of ancient oaks, savoring the flavors of Southern cuisine, or immersing yourself in the city's storied history, Savannah invites you to experience a destination where time seems to stand still and Southern hospitality welcomes you with open arms. Check out these must-do Savannah attractions located near The DeSoto, this year's Club Summit host hotel.

Walk Along River Street

No list of Savannah attractions would be complete without River Street, a testament to the city's maritime legacy set against the scenic backdrop of the Savannah Waterfront. Lined with an eclectic array of boutiques and restaurants housed in carefully preserved historic buildings, the waterfront boulevard seamlessly blends the charm of yesteryear with the vibrancy of the present. Be sure to get a picture of the Waving Girl statue, a tribute to Florence Martus who greeted passing ships for over four decades.

Take a Guided Tour

Become a city expert in no time with a variety of tours to choose from starting in downtown Savannah. Whether you want to test Savannah's claim to be America's most haunted city for yourself with ghost tours galore, taste your way through the town with the Savannah Taste Experience or sightsee from the comfort of a pedicab, Segway or ferry, there's an excursion for every urban adventurer.

Get a Scoop of Leopold's Ice Cream

A Savannah institution, Leopold's Ice Cream has been churning out premium ice cream and soda fountain treats for over a century. Leopold's serves up all of the classic ice cream flavors in addition to some original creations including Savannah Socialite (milk and dark chocolate with roasted Georgia pecans and swirled with bourbon-infused caramel) and Tutti Frutti (rum with candied fruits and roasted pecans), which has been a menu mainstay since 1919. The flagship store on Broughton Street is home to many fixtures from the original store at the intersection of Gwinnett and Habersham streets alongside movie memorabilia from the films co-founder Peter Leopold's youngest son Stratton worked on, including Mission Impossible 3 and The Sum of All Fears. 

Visit a Museum

With such a rich historical presence, it's no surprise that Savannah is home to dozens of marvelous museums. Downtown is home to multiple museums built right into residences, including the Sorrel Weed House right across the street from the DeSoto, the first home in Georgia to be designated a state landmark. The Telfair Museums, a three-building enterprise focused on art and architecture, houses distinct generational collections in each segment reflecting the diversity and innovation of their respective times.

Explore The DeSoto

While you’re there for the Summit, take some time out of your day to discover our host hotel The DeSoto, a Savannah landmark in its own right that has hosted visitors including U.S. presidents and celebrities since 1890. The DeSoto has partnered with the world-renowned Savannah College of Art & Design (lovingly referred to as SCAD) to showcase the work of graduates, local artists and photographers throughout the hotel and multiple sister properties. Onsite dining opportunities include the Lowcountry-inspired 1540 Room (curated by Savannah Magazine’s 2022 Best Chef awardee Collin Clemons) and indoor-outdoor gastropub Proof & Provision.

For more information, check out Visit Savannah's Getting Around guide for transportation tips and related travel details.

Ready to Pack Your Bags?

Now that you know where to go, make sure your plans are set to attend the 2024 HFTP Club SummitEvent registration and hotel reservations are now live. See you there!

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