Owens-Thomas House
  • Considered the finest example of English Regency architecture in the U.S. by many architectural historians, this National Historic Landmark overlooking Oglethorpe Square was finished in 1819. The mansion features a porch overlooking the garden from which musicians can entertain guests, and its garden area, the only portion of the facility that can be rented by groups (max. cap. 100), is a good venue for bar and food service tables. www.telfair.org

Jepson Center for the Arts
  • The newest talk of the town, the Jepson Center opened a year ago and includes a soaring atrium that is ideal for large sit-down dinners. Smaller dinners can be held in its boardroom or in one of its smaller galleries. There is also a 220-seat theater and a third-floor outdoor sculpture terrace fitting for a cocktail reception. www.telfair.org

Lucas Theatre for the Arts
  • Built in 1921, the Lucas Theatre was a gathering spot for Savannahians for 40 years until flight to the suburbs resulted in its closing after, ironically enough, a deserted screening of The Exorcist in 1976. A 14-year, $14 million renovation then began in 1986, and now the 1,237-seat venue, which can house lectures, live performances and films, is supported by the Savannah College of Art and Design. www.lucastheatre.com

Savannah Riverboat Company
  • One must not forget that for all her mossy public squares and historic architecture, Savannah is a quintessential river town. Groups can get out on the water aboard two triple-decker red, white and blue sternwheelers operated by the Savannah Riverboat Company. The 400-passenger Savannah River Queen and the 600-passenger Georgia Queen operate a variety of themed cruises, along with spouse events and entertainment, and also offer meeting space. www.savannahriverboat.com