While I was writing ‘Midnight,’ I knew that if I succeeded in capturing even a fraction of Savannah’s allure, which is to say the beauty of its houses, the soothing backdrop of its moss-draped live oaks, the quirky charm of its people and, above all, its pervasive aura of enchantment, then readers of my book would fall in love with the city just as I have. John Berendt

Join author John Berendt on a three-day stroll through Savannah, Georgia’s shaded squares; Georgian, Victorian, and Gothic Revival-style homes; and Spanish moss trees in Bonaventure Cemetery. A former editor of New York Magazine and columnist for Esquire, Berendt is best known for his Pulitzer-nominated Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a non-fiction murder mystery that takes place in this beguiling city, and, over the course of this weekend, we’ll come to better understand the Old South through Berendt’s crystal clear lens.

Some of Savannah’s most prominent residents will open their homes to PRIOR members for cocktails and dinner: historian John Duncan, antiques dealer Mimi Cay, among others. There’s no better way to experience Southern hospitality. (PRIOR has, of course, enthusiastically replied “yes” to all of their invitations.)

Contact us at membership@prior.club or phone our New York City office on +1 (212) 619 0352 to reserve your place.

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A decadent cocktail party that progresses through some of the most beautiful homes around Monterey Square.


Bring your fancy dress for a black tie evening at a historic mansion frequented by Savannah’s society.


See the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, which exemplify the English Regency style; the Gothic Revival-style Green-Meldrim House; and the Greek Revival-style Sorrel-Weed House; among others.


The African-American experience in the South as told by Patt Gunn and Roz Rouse with an underground tour of Savannah.


Enjoy a traditional seafood boil and oyster roast at a local farm sitting on the banks of both Knox Creek and the Carneghan River.


Stay in one of the 17 rooms at the Hamilton-Turner Inn, a French Empire-style mansion built in 1873.