Essential City - Savannah

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Savannah is a city that has long been tied to the water; in fact its very name comes from the river that the city was founded on. From its earliest days it was the home of a critical commercial port, and is still one of the busiest in the US. However, as “The Hostess City Of The South” it is also a place known for welcoming visitors, and attracts over 12 million people annually. 

Whether you live there, or are experiencing it for the first time, there is plenty to see and do in and around this bustling city by the water. 

Southern History 

Savannah is a city full of history. From the downtown area, which is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US; to museums such as the Tefair, which spans 3 museums, each focused on the time period around which the building was constructed; and smaller points of interest dotting the city there is plenty for the history lover to see and do. 

For those who love architecture, Savannah is rich in diversity. According to the Savannah Historic Foundation more than 40 percent of 2,500 buildings inventoried had architectural or historical significance. It is estimated that almost all of the prevailing architecture styles of the 18th and 19th century can be found in the city, and many have been carefully restored. 

Southern Heart 

Savannah is a city that embraces its artistic cultures. Events held throughout the year give visitors an opportunity to experience the forms of expression that takes place in the city, whether it’s performance or static. 

The First Friday Art March allows visitors to explore a number of galleries and discover the works of art in one evening each month. The Design District and City Market provide shops filled with creative products to explore. 

Festivals celebrating creative endeavors also fill the calendar. Music, fashion, film, homes & horticulture and even masterpieces of sidewalk chalk are all on display at various times of year.

Southern Swing 

The south is one of the prime locations for golf enthusiasts. Views of the scenic landscape and the ocean provides the perfect backdrop for those looking to perfect their swing. Savannah has 3 golf courses, but many more are within a drive of only a couple hours. The Golden Isles are home to a number of greens, and further south on Amelia Island golfers can find another 117 holes to play. The relative proximity of so many world-class locations makes the south the perfect place to tee off. 

Pick up your copy of the 2014 Charleston, Savannah & The Lowcountry Essential Guide to plan your Savannah getaway.

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