Grab the Savannah Belles Ferry across the Savannah River to Hutchinson Island, a charming resort destination perfect for a weekend away to visit Savannah. It's a quick trip from downtown Savannah, Georgia by free ferry or the Talmadge Bridge, and the island houses the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. The island combines contemporary Southern charm with relaxing activities, drawing in visitors with its golfing and spas.
Golf Like a Pro
The Club at Savannah Harbor operates an 18-hole golf course managed by Troon Golf and designed by professionals Robert Cupp and Sam Snead, perfect for a day trip getaway. You can take a golf clinic to improve your game or hire a PGA pro for a private lesson. Each adult who pays for a game also gets free admission for one child and the opportunity for a golf cart rental. While you tee off on this National Audubon Association certified course, you might glimpse eagles, ospreys, hawks and Chester, the alligator who lives on hole 17.
Spend Time at the Spa
Pamper yourself with a visit to the Heavenly Spa by Westin. At the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, you can choose from an array of massages – deep-tissue, sports, hot river rock and aromatherapy – or a session in the hydrotherapy tub. The offerings include exfoliating scrubs, customized facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing services. Couples massages and bridal packages are available. The spa also has fitness facilities, where you can work out with a personal trainer, assess your fitness or join a small class for things like biking or yoga.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Westin complex has several restaurants, cafes and bars open to the public as well as hotel guests all in the wonderful riverfront historic district of Savannah, GA. Pick up breakfast items and snacks at a coffee shop in the lobby. For lunch and dinner, choose between casual, poolside dining or seafood-and-steak dishes from a noted chef. For golf aficionados, the hotel also operates a bar and grill with a view of the course. Specialty bars showcase bourbon, champagne, chocolate, cigars and wine. On Sundays, indulge in brunch while listening to a historic Savannah jazz combo.
Oysters Roasting on an Open Fire
The Westin sponsors oyster roasts on the first Friday of every month, from March through November. Dine on oysters, shrimp and other grilled items, then roast marshmallows for s'mores. A full bar and live music round out the itinerary.
Light the Night
Throughout December, the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights illuminates Hutchinson Island with two miles of must-see lights and a winter village for an amazing nightlife scene. Take a walking tour, drive your own vehicle or take a carriage or trolley tour past the exhibits on River Street. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations that help at-risk children and teens, homeless people and needy families.