Strolling through Savannah’s Historic District is like stepping back in time. Spanish moss drapes the trees and shimmers in the sunlight. Cobblestone streets, beautiful gardens and oak shaded parks make this city a perfect weekend getaway. The Historic District is made up of twenty-two squares. Each is unique and offers a glimpse into the history of Savannah. These parks are filled with statues and ornate fountains and are a gathering place for musicians and artists. Surrounding the parks are quaint bed and breakfasts, beautiful churches and historic homes.
The Mercer House is another enticing place to visit in the Historic District. The house is inspired by the farmhouses of northern Italy. It was designed for General Hugh Weedon Mercer, great grandfather of the songwriter Johnny Mercer. Construction was halted by the Civil War and completed in 1868. The house was the scene of a shooting death in the John Berendt novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
In addition to its history, Savannah is also known for a vibrant art culture.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private, nonprofit University with locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. SCAD has partnered with the city of Savannah to restore its buildings for use as college facilities. The college campus includes 67 buildings spread throughout downtown Savannah, many in the historic district. SCAD has transformed Savannah into a major art destination. The student’s art is displayed in galleries, museums and restaurants.
A visit to Savannah is not complete without exploring the River Street.
Located along the broad Savannah River, it is bustling with activity. Enjoy an Irish beer (Savannah has the nation’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration) from the balcony of a cozy pub. Browse the antique shops, southern boutiques, and souvenir stores. Take a leisurely Savannah Riverboat Cruise or watch ships sail into port.
Savanna is overflowing with Southern Charm. The beautiful architecture, interesting history and colorful art make this “Hostess City of the South” an unforgettable weekend getaway.