Savoring Savannah

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2011 - 9:34 AM

This Georgia gem serves up the sweet life, complete with languid parks, hipster art, historic architecture and fried chicken.

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mmoen1Sep. 24, 11 5:43 PM

If anyone gets the chance, GO. I'm from Mpls. & now live in Fla. but there is no place more beautiful than Savannah. Going back up for Thanksgiving myself.

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gjr526Sep. 25, 11 7:44 AM

Thanks John, for this story. We are going to be in Savannah next Thursday for three days and your story is like a blueprint of what we can do. Could this be because of your time in New Ulm and me being raised there. I'm sure some of the things you describe are not for everyone, but they are what we try to find when on vacation. Again, thanks! Greg & Cathy

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go25or624Sep. 25, 1110:21 AM

Have to spend a night partying on River street. One drink a Wet Willies and you're well on your way!

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djmn514Sep. 25, 1111:19 AM

MMoen1 im from Minneapolis also and now live in savannah. Id say stay in Minnesota Yes Savannah is nice in the tourest parts and the history is nice. but outside of that it really is a dirty and rough city alot of crime and poverty. i would not recomand anyone to visit savannnah.

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oslo59Sep. 25, 11 8:27 PM

I grew up in MPLS and now live in Charleston, SC. I go down to Savannah as much as possible. I consider it a sister city to Charleston. I also have attended the Savannah Jazz Festival the last four years. In fact, I just came back today from it. It goes on for a week and all events are free. It is a true Deep South treasure with so much to see I can't go into it. Great music scene, food, history, etc. Do NOT listen to what djmn514 says, this person is a paranoid Yankee to say the least. Show me one city this size that does not have a "bad" section?!

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tpalm02Sep. 25, 11 8:59 PM

Savannah is one of my very favorite cities. Thank you for reviewing it, Jon! However, it is unfortunate that you didn't take the Mercer House tour. There you would have seen beautiful antiques and learned that it actually NEVER belonged to Johnny Mercer. It was built for General Hugh Mercer in the mid-1800s, near the time of the Civil War. While in Savannah, I recommend that one visit Clary's Cafe and have one of their delicious milkshakes. And pop out to the Crab Shack near Tybee Island... "where the elite eat in their bare feet".

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drousakis1Sep. 26, 1110:09 PM

Jon, I just read your article about Savannah. I was born and raised here, but also lived in Charleston, SC for 10 years, studied in Paris, France and in a small town in Germany. I have traveled extensively and early on in my travels I was always looking for a fun, interesting, beautiful small town in a water-related setting with friendly people, then I realized that I was looking for Savannah, my home town. I recommend that MMoen1 find another place to live. He obviously does not grasp the depth and beauty this city has to offer. I am sure he could find (somewhere, maybe) a city that has doesn't have a "bad" side, but I can guarantee he won't find one with as much history, mystery and charm as Savannah. And by the way, most of us are pretty friendly too. All of the places Jon mentioned are worth at least a peek, but do not leave out River Street (Rousakis Plaza) and the City Market area. For those considering visiting what the Paris newspaper "Le Monde" deemed the "most beautiful city in the world," I would also recommend leaving the downtown scene and exploring the historic areas on the southside of town such as Wormsloe Plantation, Bethesda and the tiny town of Sandfly, GA. Tybee Island is also filled with its own type of beauty and a whole other set of friendly characters with their own stories to tell. (Doc's Bar late on a Saturday night is just as good as Pinkie Master's if not better, but do NOT drink and drive. Get a hotel room on Tybee and take the Crab Cab.) The Crab Shack is a must and Fort Pulaski (Civil War fort) is an interesting stop along the way. Coco's Cafe, Sundae Cafe, North Beach Grill, Bernie's and Huc-a-Poo's are also good dining/sipping establishments on Tybee. The newly remodeled Hunter House--now called the Oceanview Inn--should be open by November and is a gorgeous little inn. Once you have experienced all of these places, then you will know the true beauty of Savannah. I only ask that you leave your negative attitudes behind and come prepared to embrace the myriad layers of this southern gem.

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dawgfan1Sep. 27, 11 7:44 AM

Very good article. I grew up in Minnesota and I now reside in Savannah. For such a small town there are many things to do. Mrs. Wilkes is a great location to eat lunch. I talk visitors there all the time instead of Paula Deans. Another really good dinner location is the Pink House. It is expensive but very good. Jen and Friends on Bull St is a great place to grab a drink or sit outside and meet new people. Savannah is a very friendly town if you get out of your shell and just say "hi". If you do you will feel like a local within minutes.

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cks1950Sep. 29, 11 2:04 PM

I live in the twin cities, but my wife & I have made five visits to Savannah. We've done a fair amount of traveling but there's something about Savannah that has really captivated us. If not for the grandkids, we've move in a heart beat.

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