On our first day in Savannah I found myself on the receiving end of at least 25 smiles, a dozen hellos, and even one God bless you ma’am and that was just on my morning run. Later in the afternoon a girl in her early twenties waved from across the street in a slow, southern salute. I looked over my shoulder to search for the recipient of her greeting and realized she was waving at me.
Southern hospitality is alive and well in Savannah.
Our friends and Savannah tour guides, Judd and Amanda, took it upon themselves to show us their beautiful city. It was only really hot, which I learned was sort of a bargain weather-wise, so we headed out on a walking tour of Forsyth Park. We strolled down a path shaded by Savannah’s famous Live Oaks, past the Forsyth Park fountain, and into the city’s historic district.
Live Oaks in Savannah, GA
The fountain in Forsyth Park
The red door of a church peeks through the Live Oaks in Savannah’s Historic District
After a mile or so of walking we arrived at the Colonial Park Graveyard. The Colonial Park Graveyard is the second oldest cemetery in Savannah and was the burying ground for the city from 1750 until it’s closure in 1853. This place even has gravestones of pirates! The cemetery is also the final resting place to nearly 700 Savannahians who died during the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820.
Old gravestones in Colonia Park Cemetery
The gravestone of a pirate
Our walk then lead us down to the waterfront where we ducked into a bar called The Warehouse to watch the Euro Cup and cool off from the oppressive mid-day heat. A few hours and a few beers later we headed outside to watch the big ships float by on the Savannah River.
The Warehouse in Savannah, GA
Judd watches ships in Savannah, GA
The following morning the heat evolved from really hot to scorching and we declared it a beach day. We drove to Tybee Island and planted ourselves under an umbrella, taking periodic dips in the Atlantic. The water was cool, the sun was blazing, and dolphins jumped in the surf a quarter mile from shore. Savannahians must love their accessibility to cheap holidays- Tybee Island is only a half-hour drive from the city but it feels a world away.
Tybee Island, Savannah, GA
Savannah took my breath away (and not just because of the heat). The city is absolutely stunning.
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is located in the city and lends an artsy, creative vibe to Savannah’s old southern charm. SCAD has done a lot for the city, buying up and renovating many beautiful old buildings that had grown dilapidated over time.
There’s so much history in Savannah that I felt I could wring my sweat rag and Nathanael Greene would drip out. It’s a city that gets more beautiful with age, I’m sure.
(Editors note: I just learned that Nathanael Greene died of sunstroke which totally! makes! sense!)
Architecture of Savannah
Historic downtown Savannah