Favorite thing: This is definitely a city you where you can walk around. It's laid out in a grid system, with "squares" everywhere. These little open areas have live oaks and beautiful architecture surrounding them where you can just relax. There is a ton of history in this town and notorious for its southern society. ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil contributed to this...a lot like "The Great Gatsby" of the south...) Just walking around, you can submerge yourself in history and southern culture and customs.
Favorite thing: I like that this beach is not overly developed. Mostly, it's residential with some hotels. Not at all like the NE coast or even down to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. You can kayak, watch dolphins, walk along the beach and I've never experienced crowds of people there. The lighthouse is nice, the restaurants are okay...they have good views:) But it's a nice getaway from the city, I suppose.
With its cobblestone streets, historic squares, opulent mansions, and spreading dripping with Spanish moss, Savannah is one of the most distinctive cities in the United States, ranking with New Orleans, San Francisco, and Charleston, South Carolina. The town has a lazy, genteel feel, accentuated by the humid southern climate and laid-back nature of its citizens. There is much to see and do in Savannah, and it serves as a good home base for excursions to other, wilder areas of the Georgia coast.
Officially, the district is defined by the Savannah River and Gaston Street (Forsyth Park) and bordered by East Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Victorian Historic District, which stretches south from Forsyth Park for approximately 1 square mile, is undergoing renovation and development that has already swept through the neighborhoods to the north. Some beautiful lodging and delicious dining are found in this area as well.
It is recommended that visitors start their sojourn in Savannah at the Savannah Visitors Center. From here, tourists can get oriented to the town's charms by taking a tour or picking up maps and helpful information. Annual events to be aware of start with St. Patrick's Day. For more than 160 years, this riotous event has celebrated the Irish heritage of the city. The St. Patrick's Day parade is the second largest in the U.S., behind New York, and the celebration is the third oldest, behind New York and Boston. Other events to look out for are annual tours of homes and gardens, which allow a peek into some of Savannah's finer homes that usually are closed to the public.
Fondest memory: Touring Savannah
Savannah is ranked in the top 10 best walking cities in the U.S. by Walking Magazine. Most tourists sites are concentrated around River Street, City Market, and the Historic District. River Street and City Market are thriving tourist areas within walking distance of each other that feature a collection of restaurants, clubs, art galleries, and souvenir shops housed in the historic buildings of Savannah's waterfront and City Market.
Savannah Visitors Center/Savannah History Museum
Located in the 1860 Central of Georgia Railroad Building, visitors starting here can get information on lodging, restaurants, and attractions that make Savannah distinctive. Walking, driving, or carriage tours are booked here. The Savannah History Museum offers an excellent introduction to the area's history. Exhibits feature Forrest Gump's bench and the Bird Girl statue on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, discuss the Siege of Savannah, Savannah-born songwriter Johnny Mercer, and Savannah's railroad history.
Directions: I-16 to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Exit 37A/167. At light, go left. Visitors Center is on left.
Activities: Historical touring.
Facilities: Restrooms, gift shop, snack bar.
Dates: Open 7 days a week, 9–5.
Fees: A small fee is charged for the museum.
For more information: Savannah Visitors Center/Savannah History Museum, 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31499. Visitors Center: Phone (912) 944-0455. History Museum: Phone (912) 238-1777
Savannah's port has always been a significant part of the city's economy, transporting timber and other resources to England in its earliest days.
Savannah once served as a prime shipping avenue for New World goods bound for Europe.
Today, Savannah has the largest foreign commerce port on the South Atlantic Coast.
Favorite thing: The area from E.Broad Street to Martin Luher King Jr. Blvd. and from the Savannah River to Gastoon Street was officially designated a Historic Landmark District. Savannah's historic district is one of the largest such areas in the United States, with thousands of architecturally significant buildings in the 2.2 square mile area, including examples of Federal, Victorian, Regency and Italianate architecture.
Savannah is rich in architectural splendor, natural beauty and old-fashioned Southern charm. The nation's most unique cities.
General Oglethorpe created a modern city in the heart of the Georgia wilderness.
Savannah unique city plan, features an ingenious system of squares, which are really miniature parks that serve as an organizing system for the historic district.
Houses, churches and business surround each square. Savannah has 23 district squares across the historic district, each of which has its own charm, style and personality.
Owens-Thomsa House, located at 124 Abercom Street in Savannah is considered the finest example of English Regency architecture in the United States. It overlooks Oglethorpe Square.
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This was the headquarters of Union General William Tecumsah Sherman in Savannah during the surrender.
In December 1864, Sherman sent the following telegram to President Abraham Lincoln:
"I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah..."
Fondest memory: Green Meldrin House is located at 14 West Macon Street in Savannah.
It became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. It is also known as St. John's Episcopal Church Parish House.
This is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. Original begun in 1808 it was used during the War of 1812.
After being enlarged between 1845 and 1860 it served as headquarters for the Confederate river defenses during the Civil War.
Fondest memory: It is located at #1 Fort Jackson Road.
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The photo is from a postcard.
Living on Jones Street! Locals have long referred to it as "the one with all the trees." But its more than that. Side by side 1850's rowhouses spotted by the occasional mansion with brick streets and hidden gardens, nooks and niches. It represents all that Savannah is in one single mile street. Neighborly, communal and wonderfully shadowy at night. Its also standing as a divider between the traffic of the riverfront and the suburban southside so it acts as a noise barrier well enough.
Fondest memory: Oooo...you'll have to wait for the book but in the meantime I love walking and walking and walking Savannah's lanes and streets. Its dreamlike and a fantasy for the wanderer in us all. Every square offers its own adventure and encounter and you're guaranteed to have them if you open yourself to the possibility. Stay on a trolley or a tourbus or don't leave River Street then you can forget it and keep moving onto Disney World. If you want real life, then dare it here!
The Riverfront is the place I would take anyone to first if they had never visited Savannah before. There is alot to see there with many choices of resteraunts and shops, not to mention the view of the river.
Fondest memory: I return to Savannah just about every couple of months or so, even for a few days. I miss the charm, the history, the brick streets and the moss hanging from the trees. My favorite memory is staying at the Hamilton Turner Inn where we parked our Harley motorcycles right in the front. Charlie, the owner, said it added 'charm' to the place! If you can get a reservation there, I highly recommend the Hamilton Turner Inn for at least one night!
Favorite thing: Come in Spring for the Azaleas blooming. March 5 - April 30th. March 17 is St Patricks Day and savannah has the second largest parade in the US and the largest party afterwards. 1/2 million people came out for it last year
Savannah visitors center... will help you gain an accurate overview of the historical attractions that Savannah is loaded with.
Other areas of interest are the river district(that's what I'll call it) that has a lot of interesting museums, shops,resterantsand pubs. Some very unique shops in the area as well as the usual traps. The riverwalk atmosphere is nice, but the waterfront view of the other side of the Savannah River is not a scenic photo op.
My favorite thing to do is walk around and look at the beautiful homes and parks.
Fondest memory: The day we spent walking around and taking pictures, then it rained, and rained, and rained, but we still had a good time. And when we had to leave the next day, we didn't want to!
Favorite thing: I personally loved hanging around the river. When I was here, there were some great jazz musicians playing their tunes. I loved watching the big barges and ships sail up the river shaking the gorund and making big waves. I was here in early May, so it was quite pleasant to be outside. Just hanging out suited me just fine.