Savannah Squares

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, March 20, 1998

Go with me? They tried to keep Sherman out in 1863, but we'll find no resistance. We're going to Savannah, a quirky, beguiling, historic city of squares. Quirky? Well, where else could we track the paths of New York tell-it-all writers, check-bouncing charmers, and piano-playing grannies?

Oops, that's the new stuff. Take a tour of Savannah "By the Book" and you'll see all the places mentioned in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." If you're lucky, you'll bump into one of the real-live characters; ask politely and you may wind up with an autograph. Pat Tuttle's Hospitality Tours are fun and lively; they also offer a curl-your-toes Ghost Walking Tour. Candlelight, witchcraft, voodoo, anyone?

But to more serious stuff, Savannah has the largest urban historic landmark district in the country. They have over 1,000 restored buildings! So stay downtown, in the middle of it all. Walk the cobbled streets through the river's early-morning fog. Have lunch at the Pirates' House. In business since 1753, it's said "Treasure Island's" Captain Flint still haunts its 15 dining rooms.

And those squares? When Mr Oglethorpe designed this bluff-top river city in 1733, he planned for parks. Savannah still has 21 of its original 24 downtown park-squares. Take the right pair of shoes and walk them all. The scale is human-sized and most are surrounded by lovely homes. Forsyth, the largest, is bursting with azalea bloom today (don't wait!); garden tours and spring celebrations continue through April.

Plan on eating well, too. Many of the fabulous restaurants are clustered near the waterfront, cotton-warehouse style. Fill up on low-country boil (shrimp, sausage and corn-on-the-cob), crab claws, spicy Savannah rice, and oh-so-rich Georgia pecan pie. See you there.

Savannah, Georgia
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