Last Updated: 21st Aug 2014
by – Alex McCarty, Tour Manager, North America
‘Life is like a box of chocolates…’
The mystique and charm of this classic southern city is felt the moment you set foot in it.
The Spanish moss hanging from centuries-old oak trees standing guard over the perfectly manicured squares and parks all over town converge to create a pulse in the city that is slow, relaxed and warm.
Situated at the apex of the river of the same name and the Atlantic ocean, Savannah was a powerful American travel and trade port rivaling San Francisco, New York and New Orleans well into the 18th century (leading up to the American Civil War).
Today, Savannah, with a population of a quarter million, is well known as the site of several scenes from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ was written and filmed on location there.
In addition, the cuisine and nightlife in the city is as lively as you’re likely to experience anywhere in the U.S., mainly because “…you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Being so near the river and the ocean, the seafood in Savannah is always served fresh and usually comes with a southern flair, like the oysters at the Savannah Seafood Company on River Street. But if you get the chance try a meal at the world-famous Pirates House. The building is as old as the city, having been built as a botanical garden and served as an Inn and Public House for weary sailors, pirates, artists and dignitaries alike. Be sure to order a ‘skullcrusher’ when you’re there—the name says it all!
Downtown Savannah is centered around River Street, and it is the home of the most happening nightlife in the city. Start your night at ‘Wet Willies’, then stumble from bar to bar back to the hotel from there. If you decide to have a dangerous frozen concoction there named ‘call-a-cab’ it would be a good idea after drinking it to do just that!
For fans of the movie Forrest Gump you must visit Savannah’s Chippewa Square (one of 19 in the city) to see the spot where Forrest waited for the number 9 bus to stop and take him to Jenny’s house. This, also, is one of those few American cities where an Old Town Trolley tour would be extremely beneficial in order to see as much of this historical city as your time will allow.