“By day, Savannah is blushing southern belle, but by night this good time gal can really kick her heels up!”
Savannah, the one-time capital of the state of Georgia, still feels like the soul of America’s Deep South. Be ready for glorious days, balmy nights and lashings of southern hospitality.
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Savannah is greater than the sum of her parts. There is no single gee-whizz attraction but everywhere you go you get a real feeling you’ve just walked into a Faulkner novel. Head for the historic waterfront, order a mint julep and enjoy the graciousness of the Savannah folk.
“Have a nice day y’all.” Savannah is known as the “hostess city of the south” — it was once a cheesy promotional slogan but it somehow stuck and within minutes of being here you’ll realize why.
At the Olde Pink House. Built in 1771, with a pink stucco facade, this longtime favourite (and ex-Civil War HQ) is formal, yet the food is as deliciously Southern as it gets. Sautéed local shrimp with country ham and grits cake, crispy scored flounder with apricot sauce — the menu is as long as it is delicious.
Mint juleps. It has to be. The classic mix of bourbon, sugar, water and spearmint is as southern as it gets. Ideally served on the porch of course but also available at great bars in the historic district like Churchills, the Six Pence pub, or 309 West.
Guys can do a lot worse than a classic linen suit, which is cool, practical and a big southern statement. Ladies might opt for ultra-feminine southern belle dresses. Oh, come on, it’s fun. Either way, take decent shoes — some of the cobbled streets are a nightmare!
Much of Savannah’s charm lies in the way she doesn’t seem to have changed much since colonial times. The scenery, all grandiose mansions and Spanish moss-covered oaks, and even civil war forts, reflect the city’s importance (and prosperity) both then and now. Look a little closer and you’ll also see a good time gal just below the prim and proper surface.
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal here, with major (slightly drunken) parades. There is a bizarre tradition that encourages women (slightly drunken) to go topless. But in recent years the police (slightly drunken) have taken an increasingly dim view of this so maybe best to keep covered-up.
Sir and ma’am
Courtesy and manners are a big big deal here. So don’t forget them. A well-placed please and thank you can mean the difference between the best steak in the house and a mangy piece of yesterday’s left-overs.
For more information, check out savannah visit.com.