Take the book tour and all of...
Take the book tour and all of the ghost tours. The late night tour is the best. Its cool and in a horse drawn carriage. The food is wonderful down there. Anything and everything is there for the taking. I recommend buying some local tea.
Savannah is not New York, nor...
Savannah is not New York, nor is it Atlanta -- heck, it's not even Charlotte -- so its important to remember that things move a lot slower here, and its bad taste to get irritated about little things. Don't get distressed if the person in front of you at a stoplight doesn't floor the gas as soon as it turns green, or if the old lady in front of you in line at the bakery takes her sweet time getting exact change out of her little coin purse. Be courteous, polite, and mannerly, and Savannah will treat you in the same fashion. Oh, and it is very poor Savannahquette (it's like etiquette, only in Savannah -- I'm sure you understood) to EVER use ANY kind of profanity in public, in private conversations or otherwise. You'll get nasty looks.
Once Called "Savannah Beach": Tybee Island
To reach Tybee Island from Savannah, take Bay Street to Hwy. 80 and continue for 18 miles through the marshlands of the lower Savannah River until the road dead-ends at Tybee's South Beach parking area.
Tybee Island has been labeled as "a shabbily genteel seaside community blessed with two long, wide beaches...a central business district that exudes a tawdry Coney Island-esque charm" OR " Tybee exudes an old-fashioned, Coney-Island-type appeal, complete with a rickety-tik amusement park, putt-putt golf, corn dog stands, and clapboard cottages"...OR "a small resort and residential island."
Regardless of how one views it, the island has a long sandy beach, activities that kids adore, a lighthouse to climb, and an old abandoned Army Outpost & Battery that serves as a museum now. Most of the activity centers on Butler Avenue where a pier juts out into the surf, and on the pier is a pavilion.
Of all that the island offers, I liked the Tybee Lighthouse the best. It's located at the northern tip at 30 Meddin Drive, (912)786-5801.
The second beach (which is popular with the locals) is along Pulaski & Taylor Streets. and it is dominated by the Lighthouse which is one of two operable lights on the Georgia coast. Tybee Lighthouse guides shipping through Tybee Roads at the approaches to the Savannah River. Built in the late 19th century, this lighthouse is about 150 feet tall, and there is a museum next door.
You may climb it any day 10:00 am-6:00 pm during the summer. There are Candle Lantern Tours on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of June, July, and August for $1.00.
Most of Savannah's nightlife...
Most of Savannah's nightlife is concentrated in the riverfront area. The shops as well as restaurants and pubs in the area stay open very late at night. Some of Savannah's great restaurant's are also located on river street (river front Savannah). You will be surprised that river front Savannah has a very old European style architecture of the 19th century. That is worth a Kodak picture moment!
A Local Landmark in Savannah
Allan and I had lots of fun at a landmark and tourist institution in Savannah called The Pirates'House.
It has been welcoming people to Savannah since 1753. It first opened as an inn for seafarers. "Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said".
Today, The Pirates' House is a restaurant for visitors, locals, and is especially enjoyed by entire families. They have an extensive menu that appeals to almost everyone. I especially enjoyed the desserts! This restaurant is quite unique and spreads out in all directions. There are 15 separate dining rooms, and each one is different. There is a wide selection of wines, a Pirates' House Bar, and it is noted for its distinguished service. The superb service was quite appreciated. I loved the lobster tail with an unusual butter sauce that was laced with citrus. I found the lobster to so tender it melted in my mouth.
Allan enjoyed the filet mignon that was sliced and served with roasted potatoes tossed with a blue cheese cream sauce. The flavors mixed nicely. Another time he tried the wonderful Peppered Rack of Lamb.
Of course I anticipated the much talked about desserts. It was difficult to make a decision, but I ordered the flourless hazelnut torte, and was I happy. I found that it was dense and fudge-like [ as it should be]. Allan had the Mocha Creme Brulee...if you love chocolate, you'll love it.
The combination of excellent service, friendly staff, and delicious cuisine made for an outstanding dining experience.