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ideal towns >>> savannah, ga
You’ll be transported to a bygone era as you walk along the cobblestone streets of Savannah, GA, with its manicured gardens and shady oak trees draped with silvery Spanish
moss. Take in Savannah’s extraordinary mansions, churches and
museums from your seat in a horse-drawn carriage.
Picturesque Savannah is the largest National Historic Landmark
District in the country. Many amazing buildings have been saved
and restored, including The Olde Pink House (1789), the site
of Georgia’s first bank and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
(1876), one of the city’s most stunning pieces of architecture.
Much of Savannah’s charm lies in strolling through its 22
verdant public squares. In Chippewa Square, there’s a magnificent
bronze statue of Savannah’s founder, James Edward Oglethorpe.
This square is also the place where Tom Hanks sat on a bench and
told his life story in the movie Forrest Gump.
Another fantastic green space is Forsyth Park, a 30-acre
landmark on the edge of the city’s historic district. The park
is home to one of Savannah’s most photographed attractions:
a two-tiered cast-iron fountain.
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• B. Matthews Eatery, located in the heart of the
historic district, is best known for its delicious brunches.
• Elizabeth on 37th is a romantic, award-winning
restaurant incorporating fresh, local seafood and
produce in Southern-in;uenced dishes. Don’t miss the
impressive wine list and famous Savannah cream cake.
• Leopold’s Ice Cream still features the original soda
fountain, and with more than 20 amazing ;avors,
customers have been calling it an ice cream heaven
• Local 11 Ten sits in a restored 1950s-era
downtown bank and is a casual, elegant restaurant
devoted to popular Southern ;avors using local
ingredients. Intimate, candle-lit tables align the
• The Olde Pink House’s inventive Southern
cuisine is served in a beautiful 18th century mansion
featuring outdoor dining and nightly entertainment.