Sunday, March 16, 2014

Savannah

If you've never been to Savannah, make plans to do so soon. And if you are up for one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Southeast USA, then make plans to attend next year. I have never been but it's on my wish list - and one year I will be watching the ginormous parade on River Street and see the Forsyth Park fountain with it's water turned green. St. Patrick's Day, celebrated in Savannah since 1824, is it's most lucrative tourist attraction. And if you want to see what I mean just google it and check out the crowds. If you can't (or don't want to) attend then, Savannah is still fun any other time of year.

A good way to see the city is to ride the hop-on/hop-off trolley which makes 15 stops all around the city.

You can see the Candler Oak which is thought to be about 300 years old. If you are a Girl Scout or former Girl Scout, you can visit the home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the organization. If you liked the movie or book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, then you can view the house where the supposed murder of Danny Hansford took place.

The Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD) had an art museum and store where you can purchase goods made by students at the school.  You can walk around the very interesting and old Bonaventure Cemetery for a taste of history.


If you'd like a great view of the river, head up to the rooftop bar, Rocks on the River, at the Bohemian Hotel on the Riverfront. And of course, you can't visit Savannah without visiting River Street with it's cobblestones, River Street Sweets, the Waving Girl Statue and bars and restaurants overlooking the Savannah River.

The piece de resitance to Savannah, though, is Forsyth Park. It is the quintessential Southern city park covering 30 acres in the historic district of  the city. It includes walking paths, a cafe, a Fragrant Garden for the blind, a childrens play area and fields for playing all kinds of sports. Across the street is the famed Mansion on Forsyth Park, an Autograph Collection hotel known for housing the rich and famous.

And if you're really lucky, you may just spot Forrest Gump himself, famous bench sitter of Savannah!

1 comment:

  1. HA! After I went to Savannah for the first time I said, "I feel like I'm not he set go Forrest Gump!" I'm going back in June and I can't wait!

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog about travel guilt. It made me feel better that I'm not the only one. :)

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