Introducing the city

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Main Course £11.78 | $15.00

About Savannah

Resplendent architecture recalls the grandiose of colonial America. Luxurious picnicking turf and symmetrical parks are lined by gnarled oak, draped in Spanish moss that sways in coastal winds.

The lavish real estate of Georgia's biggest city is a sizeable financial asset but also Savannah's historical and cultural heritage. Lurking behind the magnolias and elevated porches of extravagant residences lies that cosy and wholesome Southern hospitality, itching to offer you a chair and a glass of chilled ice tea.

Georgia's largest city is home to more than renovated mansions and 19th century commercial districts though. Spacious streets double as gardens when flowers bloom along pine windowsills in the springtime and there's fried bounties of home cooked suppers, each followed by calm midsummer walks that pass through woods down to blathering creeks and rivers. Savannah is the textbook hostess; personable, well groomed and contented to make everyone feel at home.

Savannah and hospitality go together like peas and carrots.

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When Should You Visit?

Visit from mid September to mid November, after the tourist spike from March to July and when the humidity begins to decrease.

The Savannah climate is subtropical. July, the hottest time of year, has highs of 35 degrees Celsius and high chance of thunderstorms. These are quickly followed by a muggy August which can have a humidity rate as high as 95 per cent.

The upside is that the winters aren't too cold, evening temperatures rarely touching baseline at three to four degrees Celsius. The coldest months of the year are from late November to late February.

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Travioor top tips

Nightlife
View
Walk

English

  • The express shuttle that services the Historic district is free.
  • For a view of the city, take the Savannah Belles Ferry from City Hall or the Waving Girl landmark on River Street over to Hutchinson Island. The ferry is free and the view of the boats and the river with the city as a backdrop is picturesque.
  • Savannah is a walking city so pack comfortable walking shoes and stock up on supplies like trail mix and water.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.78 | $15.00

3-Course Meal £47.13 | $60.00

Cappuccino £3.31 | $4.21

Beer £3.14 | $4.00

The Scene

A Savannahians palate is far more humble than the mansions and pedicured lawns imply. The simple Gullah and Geechee cuisine tastes like it came from mama's kitchen, not a professional restaurant. Costly seafood mixed with spices from the profitable spice trade are tell tale signs of the wealthy slaveholders appetite.

We're talking soft and fluffy corn bread, fried chicken, yams, sides of baked mac 'n' cheese and barbecued shucks of corn. Don't miss out on crab cakes, spicy, blood red catfish stew and char grilled oysters, all of which are all specialities of the region.

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History

Savannah's Story

The Yamacraw people inhabited the areas along the mouth of the River Savannah where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. When colonial peoples landed in 1732 aboard ship Anne from Britain, peaceful relationships were established and as such, Savannah was able to prosper as many early American settlements didn't; unhindered by war and destruction. A significant number of Jews from Spain and Portugal arrived the following year and Savannah still celebrates its Jewish ancestry to this day.

Unusually, slavery was outlawed in Savannah for 18 years but not out of moral righteousness. Many felt slaves would invite Spanish Florida to offer freedom in exchange for military assistance, produce a useless and unproductive middle class (not far off the mark) and create potential for local uprisings. However in 1751, despite her better judgement, Georgia lifted this ban and joined the remainder of the South in exploiting free, forced labour from imported slaves. When the cotton gin was invented towards the end of the 18th century, Georgia's position on slavery became obstinate, if it wasn't already.

During the American Revolutionary War, Savannah was taken by the British in 1779 and survived the joint French-American attempt to reclaim it, remaining in British hands until 1788 shortly before the British defeat.

Georgia's neat grid design contrasts strongly with the surrounding salt marshes formed by encroaching tides. The University of Georgia was founded in 1792 and much of the city's Georgian, Gothic, Romanesque and Regency architecture is connotative of films like Gone With The Wind. Around 40 per cent of Savannah's buildings are of some historical significance and the renovated buildings are a major tourist attraction.

Language

English

English is the official language of Georgia state, thank you kindly. It's old fashioned but it pays to address people as sir or miss and don't forget your basic please and thank you's as they really do go a long way. The colloquialisms below will get you off to a good start:

  • Dinner: lunch
  • Supper: dinner
  • Quit being ugly: Stop being mean/unkind

Need to know

+1 912 Dialling code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • The Spanish moss (its not actually a moss at all) that clothes the trees in Savannah is a favourite hang out for chiggers. These tiny arachnids lay eggs under the skin causing extreme itching and an allergic reaction. Popular opinion is that chiggers do not inhabit the trees but the ground but better safe than sorry. Snakes also favour the Spanish moss as a hangout so handle with caution.
  • Bring waterproofs as there is a chance of rain year round, particularly in the summer months.
  • Savannah loves to eat and restaurants are frequently full during peak times. As a rule of thumb, any restaurant with a hour wait is probably worth hanging on for. In the summer it can be too hot for a large midday meal.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the United States here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Ice Cream

If you are in Savannah in the summertime go to Leopold's on East Broughton Street for Lemon Custard, Pistachio or Ginger flavoured ice cream.

2. Forrest Gump Bench

Don't waste your time searching for it in Chippewa Square, its in the Savannah History Museum.

3. River Street

Popular for its boutique shops, restaurants and galleries but try and avoid staying too close by as come evening time its the noisiest part of town.

4. Ghost Tours

The ghost tours can be banal. Instead, take a walk through the cemeteries and woods towards dusk with John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

5. History

Downtown is one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the US. The Self-Guided Tour of Savannah adds fascinating history lessons to the beautiful walks.


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