“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, ‘What’s your business?’ In Macon they ask, ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta, they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah, the first question people ask you is, ‘What would you like to drink?’”
That hospitality combined with an ethereal beauty accented by Savannah’s notoriety as one of the most haunted cities in America makes for a memorable destination. Legend has it that during his March to the Sea during the Civil War, Sherman didn’t burn Savannah because it was “too pretty.” No matter the reason, the result is a city with European flare thanks to an orderly grid layout featuring 22 squares full of live oaks draped with lace-like Spanish moss. Designed by colony founder General Oglethorpe, visitors will catch glimpses of history at every turn, and the open container policy means you never have to stroll through the cobblestone streets without a glass of wine in hand.
All photos by Gary Russell