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New Year's Eve in Savannah

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A December 2001 trip to Savannah by Coach Bear

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New Year's Eve in Savannah

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St. Patrick's Day parade Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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The highlights of the latest trip that my wife and I took to Savannah include visiting Love's Seafood House, the candy shops on River Street, and our New Year's Eve celebration at Kevin Barry's. The entire city has historical connections, as well as scenic vistas everywhere that one looks. New Year’s time in Savannah brings celebrations in all quarters of the town, especially along the tourist area of River Street. Quick Tips: One of the most enjoyable destinations in the state of Georgia is Savannah. We always find that we don't have enough time to do all that we want to do. Walk around on River Street, take some of the historical tours, and relax in this historical city. This is the ...Read More

Holiday Inn Savannah Midtown

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Midtown"

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When my wife and I go to Savannah, we usually like to stay at this Holiday Inn. The unit is about 5 miles from the downtown historic district, so the rates are usually less than the overpriced hotels that are closer. One gets the same (or better) amenities, less hassle when calling for reservations, and a more relaxed atmosphere than the downtown hotels. Abercorn Street is a straight shot to get to any location in the downtown area, also. This hotel has a pretty courtyard with a pool, a restaurant, and a bar. I have never been in the restaurant (since I have my favorite places to eat when I go to Savannah), but it looks clean. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Even when the town is over...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Holiday Inn Savannah Midtown
7100 Abercorn St.
Savannah, Georgia 31406
(912) 352-7100

Eliza Thompson House

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Hotel | "The Eliza Thompson House"

Eliza Thompson House Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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One of the most elegant places that my wife and I stayed while in Georgia was the Eliza Thompson House. This is one of the oldest bed and breakfast inns in Savannah. It was originally built for Eliza Thompson in 1847. It has since been restored to allow the landmark to recall a prosperous time in Savannah where elegant parties in fine homes were popular.There are 12 guest rooms inside the house, with an addition of 13 guest rooms in the courtyard. This bed and breakfast is located on historic Jones Street, and is within walking distance to shops, antique stores, museum houses, Civil War memorials, beautiful old churches and Savannah's finest restaurants. Room specials are available with walking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Eliza Thompson House
5 West Jones Se
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 236-3620

Kevin Barry's Irish Pub

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Restaurant | "Kevin Barry's, Inc. "

Kevin Barry's Irish Pub Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Kevin Barry was a medical student who participated in an ambush of British troops in 1920. His gun jammed, but he was convicted of the murder of a British trooper. He was the first IRA fighter to be hung by a court decision. This pub is named in honor of this gallant young lad (only 18 years old). This wonderful Irish pub has a bar, a dining room, and a balcony area. In the dining room there is live music on most evenings from around 8:00 - 12:00 (usually Irish folk music). My wife and I have become friends with one of the singers, Harry O'Donohue. Harry comes from Ireland and sings many ballads and other traditional songs when he is in town. He performs usually two weeks per month at K...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Kevin Barry's Irish Pub
117 West River St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
+1 912 233 9626

Love's Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Love's Seafood "

Love's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Alligators can be seen basking in the grass at the side of the Ogeechee River as it slowly flows past Love's Seafood. Large, beautiful Magnolia trees grow in the lawn. A swing porch is filled with people waiting to be led to their tables. The visitor is slowly drawn into thoughts of lazy Southern afternoons or evenings. A visit to Love’s elicits all of these scenes. This restaurant has been famous in the Savannah area since the 1930s when Grandma Love first began to sell her crab cakes, shrimp, and fried catfish. The reputation of Love’s Seafood is so immense that some scenes in the film "Forrest Gump" were filmed at the restaurant. In fact, one of the popular items from the menu is the "Bubba Gump" s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Love's Seafood Restaurant
Highway 17 South
Savannah, Georgia 31401
912/925-3616

William's Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant

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William's Seafood in Savannah is a family-owned business that started back in the 1930's. The depression was difficult for many families, so the original Mr. Williams spent his days collecting crabs along the banks of the river, then shelling the crabs and making them into crab cakes. These he sold along the highway leading away from Savannah. The family eventually purchased a building and began selling the crab cakes and other local seafood. This became the original William’s Seafood Restaurant. I took my wife to William’s on our last trip to Savannah. The restaurant had the appearance of a school cafeteria, but the delicious food made the difference between an average meal and a delightful di...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

William's Seafood Restaurant
8010 US Highway 80 East
Savannah, Georgia 31410
(912) 897-2219

Pirates' House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Pirate's House"

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Onour last trip to Savannah, my wife and I decided to eat out at The Pirate's House, a famous restaurant in the area. This was Anna'a first experience at The Pirate's House, so you can imagine her surprise when she saw the complex of buildings that comprises the restaurant and its historical group of buildings. One of the first things that we noticed was the old building. It was erected in 1734 and is said to be the oldest house in the State of Georgia. Beside this building is another edifice, one that was erected in 1753. This is the true Pirates' House, which served as an inn for sailors visiting the city. These two buildings have been joined together to form what is the present restaurant, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2003

Pirates' House Restaurant
20 E Broad St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233-5757

W. G. Shuckers Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant

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With a motto of "Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw", many people would think that W. G. Shuckers was a porno palace. However, my wife and I found that was not the case. Shuckers is one of the outlets for Savannah's most prized resource: oysters. My wife and I decided to try out the food at Shuckers. The restaurant is conveniently located on River Street in the Historic District of the city. It is located in a building that was once a warehouse for goods brought in by the river traffic. We decided to try the food for lunch on a Sunday. Most of the appetizers were oyster-based. So, a bucket of steamed clams seemed to be in order, along with a pint of beer. For the main meal, a varie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

W. G. Shuckers Seafood Restaurant
480 Mall Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31406

River Street Candle Factory

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Attraction

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While my wife and I awaited our New Year's Eve reservations at Kevin Barry's, we walked two doors down and visited this candle shop. There were hundreds of artistically carved candles. Many had a Christmas motif, but most were carved in unusual styles. I was so impressed there that on my shelf at home are two candles that I purchased that evening. All of that which you find will be unique and tasteful. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

River Street Candle Factory
121 West River Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 236-6336

River Street Sweets

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Attraction

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The first thing that is noticed by the visitor as they walk anywhere near the River Street area will be the sweet smell in the air that comes from the two candy shops. Only the person with serious physical allergies that block the nose can miss the aroma of freshly made candy. Then, only a very strong-willed person can resist following these aromas and being drawn to see these candy 'factories.' Only the strongest can resist stop making a purchase of chocolate or saltwater taffy. Of the two candy shops, my favorite is River Street Sweets. They make old-fashioned saltwater taffy, pralines, chocolates, nonpareils, and other confections. As the tourist enters the shop there is an old-fashioned mac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2003

River Street Sweets
13 East River Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 234-4608