Every summer, I make my annual pilgrimage to Savannah, GA. Something about this city just makes me feel at home. I am not sure if it is the architecture, culture, art, history or charm, but I absolutely LOVE this town! Truth be told, it probably helps that it is the one day I escape from my family beach vacation and spend time all alone, shopping and sightseeing.
Savannah, while similar to New Orleans in architecture, is true southern charm and a mecca for sweet tea. Wide brick streets, squares, courtyards, moss covered century old oak trees, ornate architecture and incredible American history. Savannah has been the location of choice for numerous films including, but not limited to, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Forrest Gump.
My favorite stops include the Forsyth Park Fountain, Madison Square, The Olde Pink House (food is sooo yummy) and the incredible Noble Hardee Mansion. The Noble Hardee Mansion is one of the last unrestored mansions in Savannah and it is home to a most incredible antique store. I love to tour around the inside of the house, with peeling plaster, creaking floors and vines that are growing in through the windows. This house is one of those that is referred to as having good bones, reminding me of the book, Good Bones & Great Pieces by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath. There are incredible rooms on every level and you can almost feel the presence of those that lived in the house many, many years ago. It would be amazing to see this house restored to its former glory, but until then I will continue to make my annual migration and revel in its history and charm.