Sure, Savannah is known as “America’s Most Haunted City,” but that wasn’t why I visited. First off, I’m a coward. Second, I really wanted to see the city and meet the people rather than challenge my bladder at the mere thought of a spirit watching me. What brought me to Savannah was obviously the historic component, but I’ve heard from many friends how “cool” and hip the city is. Incredible food? Um, yes. There’s no mistaking the historical aspect (you’ll find in future posts where I checked out), but what made the city for me aside from said food is the people first, the setting second but it’s very, very close (it’s so culturally rich there). You’ve heard of “southern hospitality” – well that notion is alive and well here. Everyone from strangers to wait staff to museum guides to were so kind and courteous in town it made me sort of dread going back to New York. In any event, here are some highlights of the people and the places I visited in Savannah. I’ll keep these posts up for a few days, weeks so enjoy…and definitely visit. Special thanks to Erica Backus of the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – a most welcoming host with the most who helped us navigate our way in the beautiful Georgian city (the first planned city in America BTW).
City Market is cool to stop by and get some souvenirs and cafe’ style eats, but River Street is where it’s at. Tons of quaint shops and fine dining greet you there, and while we were in town, the “first of the month” event was taking place with crafts and jewelry on sale and caloric-heavy delights available for purchase. I had a fine beer that fitting had hints of peach in it. Yum.
Son of a Beach
A short drive away from our hotel, we drove to Tybee Island – Savannah’s beach – and found the waves a bit rowdy (I like it, my wife doesn’t.) As surfers took to the waters, I enjoyed being thrown off my feet from captivating waves – thinking the whole time that if my mom were there, she’d yell at me to get out of the “rough water.” While there were some jelly fish and the sand was oddly sticky, the beach was a pretty cool way to spend a 100-plus degree weather day (more on that later). Aside from the sand and surf itself, Tybee offers touristy shops and a pier you can walk along. Nearby, we visited a lighthouse as well (First Lighthouse on South Atlantic Coast) and spotted a few dolphins along the way – “prettay, prettay” good as Larry David might say. It’s very scenic indeed.