Savannah is one of the magical cities of the South dripping in history, charm and hospitality. Known as “The Hostess City of the South” its people are known to be friendly and welcoming. I first visited Savannah in my teens and knew I would be back many times in my life. Every few years I try to find time to make the trip down to Savannah with a stop along the way one of my other favorite Southern cities, Charleston, SC.
Savannah is a town that requires a long walk. To notice all the architectural details and catch a glimpse into the secret gardens behind people’s iron gates, you must be on foot. The historic district in particular is compact enough to enjoy an afternoon strolling adventure. Forsyth Park occupies 30 acres in the historic district and highlights a beautiful fountain and unique Fragrant Garden for the blind. The historic district is popular for its many squares, 22 in total, that divide the streets and create space for large trees, sculptures, places of rest and water elements. The streets weave around these squares every few blocks, requiring people to slow their pace to the rhythm of the city.
The city sits on the Savannah River and the cobblestoned riverfront area is a must see. In the 1800s the Port of Savannah was one of the busiest in the United States. The port’s popularity declined rapidly after a lengthy Union blockade during the Civil War. In 1864 General Sherman telegraphed President Lincoln, presenting him “as a Christmas gift, the City of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition; and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”
Tybee Island, just off the coast, is a popular beach spot that offers quaint overnight rentals off the beaten path. Take a detour to Bonaventure Cemetery, made popular in the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, on your way to Tybee Island.
Go to Visit Savannah for more information on planning a trip to this charming little city. It will revitalize your spirit.