Where O Where is Scarlett O’Hara? – Savannah, GA

family lunch at The Public

family lunch at The Public

Ahhhh, Savannah. The first city we both agreed we could live in. Don’t worry, we’re not moving yet. Exploring the downtown area felt like being on the set of “Gone With the Wind” although I don’t think any of the book or movie actually takes place there, if memory serves me. There were amazing churches in Savannah. The French gothic cathedral of St John the Baptist was reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris. The Wesleyan Church had such a beautiful turquoise patina on their copper spire steeple. The Savannah College of Art and Design runs throughout the downtown area, in super cool buildings like an old movie theater.

One of the buildings used for Savannah College of Art and Design

One of the buildings used for Savannah College of Art and Design

The city was built around “squares” – twenty-two outdoor spaces all around downtown, so as you walk the city (such an easy city to navigate while walking) you see different looking squares with monuments to all sorts of local heroes, and such pretty gardens and fountains. The bench scene from Forrest Gump was filmed in one of these squares – you know, the “life is like a box of chocolates” part. We visited Leopold’s, a famous homemade ice cream shop. Paula Deen seems to be the food queen of Savannah, she and her sons have a restaurant near the City Market area called “Lady and Sons.” We didn’t eat there (I’m more of a “Barefoot Contessa” girl), but it looked good and prices were affordable.

The boys hanging out in Johnson Square

The boys hanging out in Johnson Square

A fun part of being in Savannah (well, part fun part not so fun) was that our RV had a leak over the driver’s side door that we had to have fixed. The fix required the Moho to sit at the repair shop overnight so we had to stay in a hotel. DARN. We found a great deal at the Andaz hotel, which was really nice! The restaurant downstairs, Square22, named after the resurrected twenty-second square in the town across the street from the hotel (Ellis Square, formerly a parking structure), was soooooo good! They’ve only been open six months or so, and they’re still working on the décor of the place but the food was super delicious. I had chicken noodle soup that warmed not only my body but I’m pretty sure my soul as well. The food here is probably some of the best I’ve ever eaten. There were so many other places around downtown that we didn’t get to eat at – a “foodie” city for sure. Chris claimed he had “the best sandwich of his life” at a place called “The Public,” some sort of chicken bacon ranch thing. Chris isn’t one for exaggeration (as maybe POSSIBLY his wife might be prone to) so I knew he was serious when he said that. It was a moment I will never forget.

Zeph enjoying the space in the Andaz Hotel

Zeph enjoying the space in the Andaz Hotel

Savannah’s history is so fascinating. The personalities and tales that have grown out of this town are such a part of the city’s charm. We’ve taken to traveling around cities on “hop-on/hop-off” tour buses, and we’ve enjoyed this type of experience in the cities of the east coast. Each driver has their own way of telling local legends and anecdotes. One of my favorites was about Mary Telfair. She lived in Savannah in the late 1700s, along with her sister. They both loved the same man, who courted Mary but then married her sister. This made Mary a little bitter to the male race in general. She was well-off and founded many societies of art and such around the city, including a women’s hospital. The rules of this hospital were… interesting. There were no men allowed: patients or doctors or administrative staff. The only males who were allowed were the babies which were born in the Telfair Hospital, and they had only three days to get out. Mary also left a house of hers to the city in her will, with the stipulation that it be made into a museum and no food or drink was allowed inside (this woman was one for details). Apparently in the 1990s when the museum was rehabbed and rededicated they had a reception in the old house – including food and drink – and there was a huge thunderstorm out of nowhere and some chandelier actually fell onto the food table! Sounds like maybe Mary and the Phantom of the Opera were friends. Also, did you know the Ford Motor Company is responsible for the first automobile recall? They used Spanish Moss for the stuffing in their seats, without first boiling it as the Natives knew you must. The stuff is teaming with “chiggers” or red bugs that bite. Ouch. These bugs are also responsible for the term “don’t let the bedbugs bite” as people used to use Spanish Moss to stuff their beds.

Telfair Hospital

Telfair Hospital

We stayed at Fort McAllister campground. This fort was an old earth fort (a fort built into the earth, not on top of it) from the Civil War and was never taken by Union forces. The campground was surrounded by woods and marsh, but only a few miles drive to the closest Publix grocery store. We had such a good time in this city. I think we will end up back there one day… maybe just for a visit, maybe to live. Only time will tell. “But I can’t think about that now. No, I’ll think about it tomorrow.” So long, Scarlett O’Hara, wherever you are. We are off to South Carolina.

Savannah Cotton Exchange

Savannah Cotton Exchange

  • Meg

    Great pictures, now I want to go there! The videos will not play, it says it is private. Safe travels!

    • zephyrsunrise

      Thx Meg, I fixed the videos, they should play fine now if you refresh the page. – Chris

  • Ron

    Best one yet. Videos are awesome.

  • Laura Glynn

    This was very informative! Savannah is a city I’ve always wanted to eat my way through. And St. Augustine is on my list of places I’ve just gotta go to, so thanks for the info. I’m getting motivated!

    Regarding the hop on-hop off buses, Jim and I are real fans…we’ve been on them worldwide (NYC, Paris, Dublin, London) and like you say, it gives you a good first glance of places you may want to revisit, as well as great information about the city.

    Can’t wait for the next update! (And, of course, re the BP – not gonna say it!)

    love,
    me

    • zephyrsunrise

      Laura you are too funny… And very persistent. 😉

  • Lindsay Lou

    I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah. Joe went to SCAD and always tells me fun stories of the town. You make it sound even more wonderful!

    • zephyrsunrise

      Linds if I ever went back to school, SCAD would be my first pick!

  • diane palmer

    Hi! Video’s so fun to watch!!! You all are amazing!!!! Hope to meet up soon!