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I am a Savannah-citizen-wannabe!
I first discovered the wonderful city of Savannah about five years ago. It was the stories about Paula Deen and delicious fried chicken that brought me to your fair city, but once I arrived, Savannah captured my heart and imagination. Luckily I get to visit a couple times per year and on each visit there is something else to see or do that further endears this great city to me. To paraphrase the words of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Savannah, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!”
- Savannah is a happy, friendly place . I have lived above the Mason-Dixon line my entire life and while people are not necessarily rude there, they don’t go out of their way to speak to passersby. Here, everyone smiles and greets you and it rubs off on the rest of us! Nowhere else am I called “honey” and “sweetie” and pretty soon all my sentences are beginning with “Ya’ll”! The hostess city of the South? It absolutely is! The hospitality and graciousness of its residents is very evident.
- Savannah has the largest historic district in the U.S. It is beautifully preserved and cherished by its residents (and those of us lucky enough to spend time there). I happen to live in St. Charles, MO with the largest historic district in Missouri, so my love of history runs deep. The architecture here is simply amazing – a proud testament to Savannah’s long history.
- Savannah has much to offer for an evening or weekend of fun. The events down at the riverfront have provided many happy memories – I’ve witnessed July 4th and New Year’s Eve fireworks from the lawn of the Westin; first Saturday of the month exhibitors with their beautiful crafts and handiwork; parades to open the Christmas season; paddleboat rides on the river; not to mention visiting all the little shops and eateries. I saw Paula Deen and the “Real Woman of Philadelphia” finals at the Lucas Theater. I’ve yet to witness a St. Patrick’s Day celebration here but it is on my “must see list”. When you venture away from the historic district, you can catch a game of baseball with the Sand Gnats, sing along with the great talents onstage at the music shows in the Savannah Theater and a perfect beach day is a mere 20 miles away at Tybee Island (the Pirate Festival there is a real hoot!) I’ve spent many a happy evening sitting in the City Market enjoying the live music and the evening breeze.
- Savannah has gorgeous weather. Sure, it gets hot in the summer, but you are rewarded with beautiful flowers and gardens and vegetables almost year round. It brings my winter-weary heart great joy to travel here in January and see the azalea’s blooming! I go to Forsyth Park for the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning just to enjoy the sights and sounds.
- Savannah is thoughtfully designed. It is truly a walking city. The city squares are like an oasis. They beckon to you as if to say, “come, sit a while”. And I do, along with many others. Recently I watched an Express Store Fashion Show at Monterey Square. Evidently I am not the only one who finds these squares to be absolutely beautiful! Mr. Oglethorpe, you were a wise man when you designed this city.
- Savannah offers the most delicious food of any spot on earth. I truly believe that if I lived here full-time, I would never eat at home. Let me tell you why! There’s the buffet at the Lady and Sons (of all the times we’ve been there, I’ve never used a menu); there is her brother’s place, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House for seafood; for our pizza cravings, we go to Vinnie Van Go-Go’s or to the Mellow Mushroom; if it is lunchtime on a weekday, we are off to Mrs. Wilkes’; for breakfast we nab an outdoor table at Clary’s; when it’s time for ice cream, we head to Leopold’s. While those are our favorites, there have been many many other meals also delicious and unique to Savannah. Yum!!
This is just my short list! Savannah, you are my adopted city, my home away from home. I love you like a dear friend.
Written by: Jackie Johnson (our guest blogger)