Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful, elegant towns we’ve ever seen, and one of the most historically important places in the United States. But underneath all that genteel beauty and historical importance lies a fascinating web of stories, myths, and legends, ranging from quirky to downright morbid. And that nuanced, complex dichotomy is what makes Savannah absolutely enchanting.
Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with a place? As travelers and storytellers, that feeling is what we live for. Y’all: we fell for Savannah HARD. I’m talking like, we were looking at homes on Zillow 2 nights in.
On the way home, we were obsessively reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – an absolute must-read for anyone mildly curious about Savannah, and referred to locally as The Book – and listening to podcasts about Savannah, like this one. For weeks after our trip, we gushed to friends & family about how amazing and unique and wonderfully weird this place is. And we couldn’t figure out a way to condense our newfound obsession into a single post, so instead, we’re writing …well, let’s just say a few.
We recommend staying a little away from the hustle and bustle of River Street, south of Liberty in the quiet, beautiful, and walkable Historic District. Here, the old oak trees drip with moss above mansions that have stood watch over Savannah’s carefully planned squares for centuries. You’ll be talking distance to most of the things to do in Savannah on this list as well as the waterfront, and your stay will be quieter further from the crowds.
EXPLORE ALL 22 SQUARES
If you look at a map of Savannah, you’ll notice a pleasing arrangement of streets perfectly aligned around a pleasing arrangement of little green squares. Savannah is a geometrically planned dream come true, and honestly we’re baffled as to why every city in the world isn’t laid out this perfectly.
STUFF YOURSELF SILLY
The strangest and most amazing thing happened during our trip to Savannah (strange and amazing both being two excellent words to describe this city): we had a PERFECT food streak. Everything we ate – EVERYTHING – was absolutely amazing. Delicious. Flawless.
ENJOY THE “HOSTESS CITY” ONE DRINK AT A TIME
Savannah’s nickname is the Hostess City, and a proper Southern hostess always provides drinks for her guests.So while you’re eating your way through Savannah, don’t hold back: get a drink, too. Or 2. Or 3…