Streets of Savannah

I don’t think there is a dull street in Savannah. Each one has something—historic houses, cobblestone walkways, wrought-iron railings, oaks covered in moss—and most have their fair share of everything. While there, I think we spent nearly half our time strolling the streets of Savannah.

(Fun fact: Savannah’s cobblestone streets, especially those nearest the river, are believed to have been made from stones brought over as ballast on ships from Europe. So Savannah is, quite literally, a blend of the Old World and the New.)

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It’s genius, really, how the city is constructed. At its center, squares of green space sit every other block, and like the rest of Savannah, these squares ooze with charm and history. The first four squares (including Johnson, immediately below) were built in 1733 as part of a master plan for a city that “made sense” and encouraged citizens to gather in public.

Since then, the nearly two dozen squares have witnessed plenty. The highlights: A dance given in George Washington’s honor. A Revolutionary War battle. The filming of Forrest Gump. And not just one, but two burials of historic figuresa Revolutionary War general and a Creek Indian chiefwhose graves are marked by monuments in their respective squares.

Johnson Square in Savannah, Georgia
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As the city expanded southward away from the river, the plan featuring squares every other block was abandoned for the next-best thinga sprawling park in the heart of the city. Read: More oaks. More moss. More fountains. More monuments. More strolling and standing in awe of this beautiful city.

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Believe it or not, strolling the park was my least favorite part. I was seduced by the streets. But so are the streets of Savannah.

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WHERE TO EAT/DRINK

Sandfly (best barbecue we’ve ever had): The downtown location (where we ate) is located in an old railway car, so seating is limited but one-of-a-kind. Stained glass windows, mahogany details, and stainless steel and Deco finishes hearken back to the 1930s when the car was built. It was absolutely packed when we wentwith SCAD students, police officers, and other locals alikeso we really felt like we had found a beloved, local gem. Tip: Get. The. Ribs.

Crystal Beer Parlor: Equal parts charm and craft. Crystal Beer Parlor prides itself on being Savannah’s oldest restaurant and bar, having opened in 1933, and it’s known for its cocktails and a variety of local beers (more than two dozen, in fact) on tap. The food is also superb. I highly recommend the lamb burger!

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