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Savannah: Sweet and Low(down)country

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An April 2002 trip to Savannah by smmmarti guide

Savannahs Squares Photo, Savannah, Georgia More Photos
Quote: Savannah has often been called the "quintessential Southern city." She’s not as good-looking as Charleston, as exciting as Atlanta, as intriguing as New Orleans, or as well-off as any of these Southern cousins. Yet, she's memorable all the same and sure to cause a stir or two with her antics.

Savannah: Sweet and Low(down)country

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Overview

Savannah's Squares Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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There’s something just slightly creepy about Savannah, slightly haunted. With all those moss-draped trees, moldy warehouses and buildings, alligator laden swamps, and a history of dashed dreams and fortunes made and lost, it’s no wonder. It’s been a rough road for this city, and it’s also what makes it so intriguing; that, and the city's many colorful citizens such as Mrs. Wilkes, Jim Miller, Johnny Mercer, Lady Chablis, "waving woman" and Juliette Low. When you stroll the extensve historical area, the largest restoration in the U.S. and realize Savannah was America's first grand-plan city, you'll find what gives Savannah her unmistakable charm. There are many tour companies ready to take you ...Read More

Hyatt Regency Savannah

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Hotel | "Hyatt Riverfront"

Hyatt Regency Savannah Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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If there’s any city where one should stay in an old restored B & B, it has to be Savannah. When you consider the haunted, creaky, historical possibilities that could bring an air of romance and adventure to the experience, it has to add up to one memorable good time. Unfortunately, the one thing my husband made me promise when we said our wedding vows was that I would never make him stay in a B & B ever again. As he explained so well, the idea of bunking up in the home of someone unrelated to you, where sounds carry far more than is ever comfortable for the parties on either side of the walls, where tinkling piano music, soft jazz or worse yet - Enya - is playing on the sound sy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 238-1234

Savannah Candy Kitchen

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Attraction | "Savannah Candy Kitchens"

Savannah Candy Kitchen Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Would you think me childish if I admitted that the Savannah Candy Kitchen was one of the most memorable parts of my visit to Savannah? What if I told you it was Easter Sunday and I just needed to find a chocolate bunny and a few cream eggs and they just happened to have some at both their locations? No matter what your personal sentiment toward sweets, you’d understand my sense of affection if you visit either store. Stopping into the River Street store you will find caramel corn, taffy apples, homemade fudge, ice cream, pralines and truffles, jelly bellies, root beer barrels and every other assorted reminder of so many childhood pleasures packed into dozens of wooden barrels ready to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Savannah Candy Kitchen
318 W Saint Julian St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 201-9501

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

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Attraction | "Wayne-Gordon House: Juliette Low Birthplace"

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It’s true that the copy of the biography of Juliette Low that I found one rainy afternoon in my grandfather’s basement was the first biography I ever read. It told the compelling tale of a girl raised in the grand old South during historical times that would prove to be as tumultuous as the young woman’s personal feelings about the limitations imposed on females in that time in history. The story hits home to most young women. Yesterday I could run barefoot with my brother through the woods, shooting BB guns and playing "war" but today I was being told it wasn’t proper for a young lady. Instead, I should tend to the young ones, learn to cook and sew, sit more quietly and maybe read a book. Juli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
10 East Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233-4501

Savannah's Story

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Story/Tip

Bay Street Inn Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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"...with twenty-two luscious green squares it is like strolling through the rooms of an elegant open air mansion." John Berendt (Author, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) Savannah started when a group of English settlers accompanied James Oglethorpe to the colony that would be called "Georgia" at the behest of King George, who hoped the pioneers would develop meaningful crops and provide the British Empire with less foreign dependence on goods. The settlers were all poor folks who sought a better life in the new world, where they had been promised fifty acres, two mules and other assorted treasures to sweeten the pot of what was described to them as the "paradise of...Read More

Six Degrees of Savannah-type Separations

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Savannah Steps Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Piquing interest in Savannah one celebrity connection at a time... Did You know that the 50-inch statue of the "Bird Girl" made famous by the "Book" was created by sculptor Sylvia Shaw Judson in 1938 in the Chicago suburb, Lake Forest, Illinois, where I used to live? Surely you know that a copy of the statue was used in the opening and closing scenes of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." But did you know that John Cusack, who starred in the movie, is also from a Chicago suburb and once attended the YMCA camp where I once worked? Not only that, but my good friend, who I met at that same YMCA, now works for the National Girl Scouts, the very same or...Read More