Savannah's Premier Resort
I just can't get enough of Savannah. I adore walking its tree-shaded squares, poking in and out of shops, studying the famed architecture, and relishing refined meals.
But when it comes to settling in for the night, there are only so many times I'm willing to schlepp my bags up yet another narrow staircase into a quirky small room found at one of the city's historic inns. Every once in a while, I'm ready to trade the quaint charm for an elevator, a comfortable bed, room service, and a spa.
Then I escape across the river to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, where elegant serenity satisfies my every need.
Perched on the north bank less than 300 yards from River Street, the 16-story resort feels a world away. Actually, it's just a few minutes by a ferry that can whisk me across the water or by car via the Talmadge Bridge.
Upon entering my room, I pull the sheers and sink into the Heavenly Bed, a custom-designed mattress with down duvet and triple sheets. I may order a simple soup or salad and enjoy the handsome surroundings.
Try to time your arrival with one of the outrageous Sunday brunches ($29) in Aqua Star. From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., chef stations featuring beef tenderloin, seasonal fresh fish, waffles, omelets, fruits and vegetables, and desserts fill the restaurant. Afterward, claim a lounge chair at the riverside swimming pool.
In My Own World
Golfers will prefer a day on the Robert Cupp-designed course. Emerald fairways lined by chinaberry trees are wide enough for errant drives, yet tight enough to challenge.
I indulge my need for relaxation at The Greenbrier Spa. The trained staff has spent time at the famed West Virginia facility. I choose the popular Signature Greenbrier treatment ($95), which starts with a mineral-based bath and ends with a wake-me-up Swiss shower and Scotch spray.
Rejuvenated, I return to my room and look at the river again. It's time to head to the flurry of activity in Savannah, where the squares, shady trees, and wonderful shops beckon.
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: 1 Resort Drive, Savannah, GA 31421; (912) 201-2000, 1-800-937-8461, or www.westinsavannah.com. Rates: Range $150-$300. Greens fees: Range seasonally from $95 to $125.