The perfect combo…Savannah in the winter then trot off to Mackinac Island for the summer. Both are totally walking cities. In Savannah you park your car and walk/eat your way across the city…at least I do.
People go to Savannah for the food, the flowers, the big old Southern houses, the parks and Spanish moss, love of things haunted, and did I mention the food.
My must-eat restaurants are the Pink House. Through the years, the building has survived fires, wars and plagues. The two things remaining are the pink exterior and James Habersham Jr who hanged himself in the basement in the 1700s and never quite left the place.What to order...shrimp and grits!
If you want the best fried oysters go to Tubby’s on River Street and eat outside overlooking the Savannah River. The best sandwiches…Zunzies for a Conquistador with special sauce that drips down your chin.
Order pecan chicken at the Pirate House, oldest house in Savannah and where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island and where you can go through the tunnels underneath that lead to the Savannah River and where pirates kidnapped drunken sailors and dragged them to waiting. Ask the waiters at the Pirate House about ghosts...everyone has a ghost story.
For down home food wait in line at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House and eat greens and grits and the best fried chicken biscuits on Earth. You have to wait in line for an hour just to get in but it’s so worth it
Where to stay...an old Southern home of course. Many are now B&Bs and haunted like mad. The Marshall House, The Kehoe House & The 17 Hundred 90 Inn & Restaurant are all three fine places to stay and are known to be the most haunted inns in Savannah. I’ve stayed at the Marshall House and had my cell phone go off in the middle of the night, the alarm went off, our door key refused to work the radio came on by itself in the middle of the night. The maid said that ghosts love electronics. Keep that in mind when you stay in Savannah.
The city squares are terrific. There are 23 of them and they are small parks in the city and have huge live oak trees with Spanish moss. General Oglethorpe designed the layout of Savannah in 1733, streets interrupted by public squares. Every city should have this kind of green space.
Forsythe Park is so lovely at night you need to stroll it to appreciate it. For more of the real South take a walk through Bonaventure Cemetery. Just an FYI…Voodoo is not a tourist gimmick in Savannah, it’s the real deal and you’ll see fresh fruits and vegetables on certain tombstones as “offerings.”
Many of the old homes are named after the person who designed it or lived in it or died in it. Most famous is the Juliette Gordon Lowe house, founder of the Girl Scouts and of course Juliette is still around to keep those Girl Scouts in line and when you pass but the Davenport House, look in the window for the ghost cat. The Sorrell Reed house is the most haunted house in Savannah. People buy it,t they sell it, it’s always on the market. No one lives there now…they haven’t for years and it’s prime real estate in Savannah.
Okay, I gave you a tiny glimpse of my fav city, so what’s yours? Las Vegas? New York, Miami, Disney World?