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Where to stay, eat, and shop on River Street

By Gayle K. Christopher

Where to stay: Rates at The Olde Harbour Inn start at $169;800/553-6533 or Ratesat The River Street Inn start at $149; 800/253-4229 or Ratesat The Hyatt Regency start at $145; 800/233-1234 or

The perfect meal: Seafood bisque followed by a half-pound ofpeel-your-own shrimp at The Shrimp Factory (313 East River Street).Finish with a slice of Key lime pie; 912/236-4229 or

Where to shop: Check out Savannah Candy Kitchen (225 RiverStreet), a kid's paradise; 912/233-8411 or Fortrains, flags, and unusual toys, step into Savannah Sails &Rails; 912/232-7201. Washed Ashore carries a variety of nauticaland coastal gift items; 912/234-6100. True Grits is for thekitsch-inclined shopper; 912/234-8006. River Street Marketplacehouses 30-some vendors; 912/220-9100 or

More information: Visit River Street Hospitality Center nearthe Hyatt on the west end of River Street, or call 912/651-6662.For online information, visit riverstreetsavannah.comor

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