Mr. Harper's Travel Guide
Georgia was one of the original 13 Colonies, a founding member of the Confederacy and a birthplace of the civil rights movement. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, fueled in no small part by Atlanta's economic dynamism. Nor does ...
Georgia was one of the original 13 Colonies, a founding member of the Confederacy and a birthplace of the civil rights movement. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, fueled in no small part by Atlanta's economic dynamism. Nor does Georgia lack scenic grandeur, including the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a coastline fragmented into numerous islands and estuaries. Savannah is a perpetual delight, with moss-draped oaks and pretty antebellum houses surrounding a unique system of 22 squares.
Our suggested properties here include perennial family favorites such as The Cloister at Sea Island, as well as several charming Victorians in Savannah's historic district (one of which claims to be haunted). In Atlanta, the Mandarin Oriental and The St. Regis continue to set the standard for lodgings in the city.
Recommended Luxury Hotels in Georgia
Best Restaurants in Georgia
A smart brick loft interior with a sleek bar provides the setting for the contemporary cooking at this lively and sophisticated restaurant. The crab cakes burst with lumps of blue crab with just enough binder, and come with a side of golden potato purée and a spiced crème fraîche. And the excellent benne (sesame seed)-encrusted black grouper filet is given a nice Asian touch with stir-fried vegetables and sweet soy accompanied by jasmine rice.110 Congress Street Savannah $65 http://www.sapphiregrill.com/
At this beautiful restaurant in a renovated home, chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s starters might include smoked trout and celery salad with rye crackers, or ruby red and golden beets with candied walnuts and Meyer lemon yogurt. Main courses could be mountain trout with oyster mushrooms, snow peas and hazelnuts; and beef short ribs with carrots, turnips, sugar snaps and potato purée. The extensive wine list has an impressive selection by the glass. Closed Sunday.490 East Paces Ferry Road Atlanta $60 http://www.aria-atl.com/
Opened in 1981 by chef Elizabeth Terry and her husband, Michael, this sophisticated, stylish restaurant set a benchmark not only in Savannah but for the whole country. (It regularly wins coveted awards.) The kitchen is now under the direction of Terry’s former sous chef, Kelly Yambor, whose menus are filled with luscious fare such as a thick, creamy butter bean soup, and the delicious, spicy Savannah red rice with Georgia shrimp, sausage and okra.105 E 37th Street Savannah $65 http://www.elizabethon37th.net/
Chef/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison use only fresh, organic products in their New American, five-course prix-fixe meals. Main courses could include Gulf red snapper with red shrimp, field peas and tomato; or prime New York strip steak with moonshine turnips and grits. Wine pairings are offered with each course. Closed Sunday.1198 Howell Mill Road Atlanta $85. Five-course menu, $85 http://www.starprovisions.com/
The name certainly cannot be disputed; the 18th-century mansion that houses this lovely restaurant is done up in a shade that would put a flamingo to shame. This completely belies the elegant, sedate interior of classic hues and furnishings. I could not resist the indulgent she-crab soup, and the sautéed local shrimp with ham gravy on just-crisp Cheddar-grit cakes with a generous helping of collard greens on the side. The obliging, attentive staff only added to our enjoyment of our meal here.23 Abercorn Street Reynolds Square Savannah $60 http://www.plantersinnsavannah.com/the-olde-pink-house/
Chef Kevin Rathbun creates contemporary American cuisine. Dishes might include jerk-seared ahi tuna with coconut-jasmine rice, pork belly tacos with citrus-hoisin sauce and sesame onions, and tarragon-roasted chicken with Vermont butter mashed potatoes. Closed Sunday.112 Krog Street Atlanta $65 http://www.rathbunsrestaurant.com/dinner-menu.html
Gina and Linton Hopkins’ eclectic menu changes daily. Items have included New York strip steak with pommes Macaire (seasoned potato cakes); sweet garlic cream and beech mushrooms; and grilled trout with Creole shrimp perloo (a flavorful shrimp-and-rice preparation), lamb lardo and a ragout of morel mushrooms. The wine list is full of selections from small-production vineyards.2277 Peachtree Road Atlanta $70. Six-course tasting menu, $110 http://www.restauranteugene.com/