A city of monuments
Never before have I seen so many monuments in a U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C. They seem to dole out monuments to every Tom, Dick and Harry. I'd hate to have lived in 1700s Savannah and not have a monument. It seems like you'd have to have been a real loser not to warrant a monument.
Honoring an Irish hero
Each of the city's 22 squares has its own identity and Madison Square is no exception. This city has a fine custom of honoring its history and here we see a memorial to an Irish Revolutionary war hero. Sgt. William Jasper's statue and plaque (both pictured here) are a dramatic accent to the shaded square along with some vintage cannons from the old Savannah Armory.
Madison Square is also where you will find the Sorrel-Weed house and the Gryphon Tea Room ( both of which are mentioned in other tips).
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) originally opened on this historic square.
Sea Island is a Close by Luxury Resort
This island has the Cloister which is steeped in history, as well as the island. Today. many luxury homes have been built along the beach and marsh sides for optimum views. There are many sporting activities on the island, but the most interesting is seeing the nice homes.
Even More Mysterious From Dusk to Dawn
River Street is, indeed, a night spot in Savannah! It fills with locals, romantic couples, sailors in uniform, and party goers all mingling along the pedestrian promenade...Of course, they also go in and out of the numerous restaurants and bars that have "live" music such as Bayou Cafe, Kevin Barry's (great Irish Pub), and Exchange Tavern.
If you happen to be here in August , you will be able to enjoy the Maritime Festival here at River Street. At the festival, there are food stalls, live bands, temporary dance floors, beer & wine stalls, and fireworks!
City Market also offers night life activities, but more laid-back. At the Bottom Line, local pianist, Chris Chandler, plays old Johnny Mercer tunes when the swing bands and/or jazz musicians are not performing. City Market Cafe has dinner jazz music, and Crossroads has blues until 3:00 am (except Sundays).
Above the Pirates' House Restaurant (20 E. Broad St.), a local jazz club called Hannah's East resides.
The Comedy House Theatre in the Southside district at 711 Mall Blvd. presents live comedy and hot snacks.
There are several theatres available here for evening entertainment:
The Savannah Civic Center at 301 West Oglethorpe hosts popular personalities.
Savannah Folk Music Society performs around town in the squares, at festivals and malls.
The Savannah Symphony, 225 Abercorn Street performs during its season from September through May; they also perform free summer concerts in the squares!
The Savannah Ballet Theatre (912)236-2894 performs throughout the year. Call for a schedule.
The Savannah Theatre Company (912)233-7764 also has seasonal productions of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Call for information.
City Lights Theatre Company at 125 E. Broughton, (912)233-7764 has local productions in a 100-seat theater; they also present the annual free Shakespeare on the Square in early May. Dress depends on the place. For instance, the Crossroads is an arty place that caters to artistic souls. (My advice: wear black even in the summer!)
For the Ballet Theatre and other theatres more dressy clothing is appropriate.
Riverfront is casualwear.
Watch others become carnal
When we got into town, our taxi driver, our hotel check-in lady and a host of others told us that we had to make at least one trip to the famed Savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons. Of course, we already knew we needed to go to The Lady and Sons, having watched one too many episodes of Paula Deen's show on the Food Network while we should have been dieting. The restaurant is huge, taking up an entire block. Even with it's size though- three floors of southern cooking goodness, it cannot always accomodate the crowds of people that rush in for the unbeatable fried chicken and cheese biscuits. We were lucky and got a table, but for the rest of our trip I overheard other tourists talking about not being able to get in. If you can get in, this is authentic Southern cooking- it is bad for you and it is tasty. Do the buffet so you can try a bit of everything and be prepared for singing waiters to serenade you as you stuff your face. My boyfriend lost his mind over the fried chicken, displaying demonic qualities I never want to see again. I think trying to go on a week day/night might be your best bet for getting in, although we went in the off season and I am sure it becomes much more difficult during tourist season (March-October/ November) The fried chicken is not to be missed
The cheese biscuits
The mashed potatoes
i was too sick to eat by the time dessert came out, but i am sure that was good too.