Savannah Advances to Final Round in Greatest Southern Towns Competition

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Now through Thursday, April 3, Savannah will compete against Franklin, Tenn., for the title of “Greatest Southern Town” in Garden & Gun Magazine’s bracket competition. If Savannah wins the competition, the city will be able to celebrate with a scoop of world-famous Leopold’s ice cream for $1 on Monday, April 7 from 2-4 p.m. at its location on Broughton Street.

Garden & Gun Magazine announced today that results will now be hidden until the winner is announced on Friday. Visit Savannah is encouraging all Savannah residents and fans of the destination to vote hourly on Garden & Gun’s website at

“Like any Final Four championship team, Savannah has brought its A-game to this competition,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah president. “Our weather right now is sunny and warm, the city is awash with the vibrant colors of blooming azaleas and people from all over the world are filling our streets for events like the Savannah Music Festival and the Annual Tour of Homes. Thanks to our many fans for their support and for voting us into the championship round!”

Social media has been a large component of the competition with supporters of both cities tweeting and posting using the #SouthernTowns hashtag.

“Our fans and followers have been so enthusiastic across our social media channels,” said Amy Brock, Visit Savannah social media manager. “As soon as we began sharing about the contest, the ‘Savannah machine’ started moving and our loyal network delivered. I hope the momentum continues through this championship round and we can have some fun with it on Twitter and Facebook.”

Help us on Twitter with these sample tweets!

•  Vote for #Savannah in @GardenandGunMag’s #SouthernTowns finals!

•  You can vote hourly for #Savannah in @GardenandGunMag’s championship match against Franklin, TN >> 

•  Tell your mama and them to vote for #Savannah in GardenandGunMag’s finals! Just a click! >>

• Just an old sweet song…keeps #Georgia on my mind! Vote #Savannah, best #SouthernTown >>

• Vote for the land of the “to go cup” and @TheLadyChablis >>  #SouthernTowns

• Busy as a cat on a hot tin roof — Voting for #Savannah! Vote here >>

• Hurray! @Leopolds_IC is offering $1 sccops of ice cream on Monday if we win! Vote >>

For more information, contact Erica Backus at or 912.644.6405