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Silver Airways to launch TPA's first nonstop to Savannah

Just a short flight away in the heart of the south is a place where local coffee shops, beer gardens and the occasional haunted building line picturesque cobblestone streets as waves from the nearby Atlantic lap its scenic shores.

Savannah, Georgia is known for its Southern charm, hospitality and comfort food - and for the first time in TPA's history, Tampa travelers can visit this city nonstop on Silver Airways, starting April 2.

So what's the draw to a city just hours southeast of Georgia's bustling capital of Atlanta? Well, although Savannah may be small, stretching just over 100 square miles of land, the city is stocked with enticing activities and plenty to feast on.

Southern charm

Georgia's oldest city is full of hey y'all's and bless your heart's, but the charm doesn't stop at the lingo. Walk from square to square (to square - there are 22 of them!) to enjoy different sights like the beautifully-aged architecture in the Historic District or shrink below the massive Spanish moss-covered trees in Forsyth Park where you'll probably take your next profile picture in front of the famous fountain. The city was founded way back in 1733 and amazingly enough, some of the original buildings are still standing to this day. The popular River Street boasts views of the picturesque Savannah River and you're likely to find some local artists showcasing their work alongside curbs. The city, among others in Georgia, has a reputation for sweet-as-honey hospitality which can be experienced as soon as you land at the airport and extends to the many restaurants around town. 

Comfort food and 'darn good dining'

Speaking of restaurants, did you even go to Savannah if you didn't get your fill of comfort food and sweet Georgia peaches? With year-round-almost-perfect weather, outdoor dining is huge in this city with food trucks scattered throughout and most restaurants having outdoor seating options. Notorious favorites include Vic's on the River, Cotton and Rye or the Olde Pink House, for you higher-end folks, while locals know their barbeque, finding themselves frequenting Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room or Wiley’s Championship BBQ... cause it's in the name. Looking for the best peach cobbler? Some say you'll find it at Sisters of the New South which features 'Real Southern Cooking."

Things to do - and lots of 'em

Once you're done eating and enjoying the sights, stop at the Prohibition Museum, where you might feel like a rule breaker while sipping a cocktail, or waltz into the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum for an interactive experience. Savannah is full of historic museums and unique things to do, including ghost tours and visits to 'haunted' cemeteries. Not so interested in all things spooky? Take a stroll down Broughton Street where you'll see plenty of shops, boutiques and vintage finds to scratch your shopping itch. The closest beach, Tybee Island, is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown and makes for the perfect getaway. While beachside, you'll still have the chance to get your history-lesson on by checking out the historic forts like Fort Screven or Fort Pulaski. Whichever you choose, Savannah is full of things to do no matter your interests. 

Southern hospitality, good eats and activities are plentiful in Savannah, Georgia, but the city still wants to ensure its residents and visitors are staying safe. Check out the Savannah Safe initiative for the most up-to-date information on travel updates and requirements. 

Silver Airways nonstop flights to Savannah, GA are scheduled to launch on April 2 with service twice a week. Book today at SilverAirways.com