The Savannah historic district is a small town in a big city! From these pictures generously shared by photographers who love Savannah, Georgia or commissioned by Azalea Inn & villas you’ll discover the beguiling magnetism of Savannah’s version of “The South.” When asked, “Why go to Savannah?” the reasons are endless and varied—experience the southern charm, slow the lifestyle pace, absorb the aura of optimism, explore the Georgia coast countryside, discover the Hollywood attraction… and more!
Dabble in the history, hospitality, and genteel charm of the Old South in Savannah, Georgia, then hit the golf links, tennis courts at Forsyth Park, and beaches at Tybee Island or Hilton Head SC.
Remember the “life-is-like-a-box-of-chocolates” scene in Forrest Gump? It was filmed in Chippewa Square, which is one of 24 mini-parks that are part of Savannah’s urban planning scheme devised by General Oglethorpe, one of Georgia’s colonial founders.
Where to blow a paycheck
Savannah’s City Market consists of a four-block area with a pedestrian promenade that emanates Southern charm. Art galleries, working art studios, antique shops, and restaurants fill the identical rows of the 19th-century brick buildings, which are restored grain elevators.
You can take it with you
ShopSCAD on Bull Street is a gallery loaded with rare and original handmade creations conceived by talented and soon-to-be-discovered artists from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Pick up everything from cuff links and checkbook covers to paintings and jewelry. Boutique shops along Broughton Street include Marc Jacobs.
Get out of Dodge
After a few rounds of golf on Hilton Head, take some time for bird watching at the Audubon-Newhall Preserve. Walk around the 50-acre forest and discover native plants around every turn. Wilderness Southeast will guide nature-lovers to “discover the lush, dynamic natural worlds of Savannah’s subtropical shore.” Or, take a road trip on I-95 North (Harleyville exit) to The National Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest, housing the world’s largest Cyprus trees … and called ACE Basin one of the last great places on earth.
Located in an upscale trailer park (yes, really) near Hilton Head, Sunset Grille offers five-star quality food and incredible views. It’s famous for Sunday brunch, so sip Bloody Marys, nibble on fresh biscuits, then dive into Cajun fried oysters with a gorgonzola cream sauce or salmon with grits. For barbecue, don’t miss Jim ‘N Nicks.
Savannah, Georgia Historic District
Savannah’s 1733 Beginnings. Recognized as one of the nation’s largest historic districts, Savannah has preserved a proud history and has built upon its reputation as a living museum. Easy-going leisure is a must-do experience in the walking-resort-feeling historic district. Around the infamous historic district squares rise charming old inns, churches, and homes with balconies and sweeping staircases. The Savannah National Historic Landmark, known for its 18th and 19th-century architecture and gardens, encompasses the original town plan laid out in 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the British colony of Georgia. Of historic Savannah Georgia squares Chan Sieg writes, “The Squares are the sine qua non of ‘Savannah Style,’ social life, the economic heart of the area, the religious and artistic endeavors, even the political and justice systems are intimately enmeshed in the little green parks that simultaneously separate and bring together the community.”
Historic Savannah sightseeing tours, a brief Savannah, Georgia history film, and points of interest are available at the Savannah Convention and Visitors Center, located on the site of the 1779 Siege of Savannah, now Martin Luther King Boulevard at Liberty Street. Its Savannah History Museum includes a diorama of the siege, films, an antique cotton gin (which Eli Whitney invented in Savannah), and a recent addition of a replica of the bench made famous by Forrest Gump.
Off the Beaten Path
Together with its popular Savannah accommodations, our historic inn charts a road less traveled with its lighthearted mantra, “Where Fun Blooms!” Lyricist Johnny Mercer’s hometown, Savannah, evokes an adventurous Huckleberry Friend’s love of life. These Savannah area and south Georgia pictures are off the beaten path… the “Splendiferous!” places where guests will miss the crowds, and discover nature and heritage.
After completing the guest’s reservations for Savannah accommodations, concierges will be happy to recommend off-the-beaten path highlights of the Savannah historic district and selective soft adventures beyond.
Uptown Savannah, Georgia
Insiders’ Guide to Savannah authors Betty Darby and Rich Wittish tell us that “downtown Savannah” is actually “uptown Savannah” due to its geographic (north) proximity. Coastal Living magazine recommends Savannah in its article “Romantic top places to take your sweetheart.” This collection of Savannah Georgia pictures highlights the special romantic dining restaurants, top Savannah attractions, and intimate moments. No smoking is permitted indoors in Savannah restaurants or bars, so we cannot help you find a smoky jazz club. But with the help of distinguished Savannah visitor photographers, we happily share some fabulous pictures that will encourage you to see Savannah with new eyes. We hope you will enjoy these pictures that portray the insider’s intimate side of Downtown and Uptown Savannah.
A stay at the Azalea Inn and Gardens gives flashbacks to the 19th century when Savannah’s prosperity teamed up with Victorian tastes to create richly comfortable surroundings in our Forsyth Park neighborhood. Built in 1896, our historic Victorian inn is run by two of the most pampering of innkeepers in Savannah—Teresa and Micheal Jacobson.
Vintage Savannah, Georgia
On February, 12, 1733, a town of four tents marked the beginning of a colony and Savannah itself. Captured in vintage pictures, top historic Savannah vacation spots and attractions remain well kept… perhaps to the surprise of visitors today. A tradition since the English founded Georgia, Savannah (est. 1733) welcomes visitors with an invitation to linger and partake in the city’s southern charm and hospitality of its citizens.
Photographer Jim Taylor writes, “So much of the visual magic of this city lies in the marvelous juxtapositions of disparate elements. A tolerance for architectural differences symbolic of a city of integrations.” From the colony’s beginnings with English settlers (ca. 1733), the citizenry of “County of Savanna” Georgia has swelled with immigrants from Europe, African, Ireland, Scotland and across the world. Landscaping, architecture and social scenes include multicultural heritage celebrations, diverse religious holidays and ethnic celebrations.
“Easy Does It” Savannah Georgia Style… a Change of Scenery and Sensibilities. After a very Savannah-style round of introductions and how-do-you-dos, proper southern hospitality in historic Savannah may take on a twist of New South sassiness. One Savannah traveler writes, “The world could learn a lot from the way Savannahians can make you feel welcome and loved.” An Azalea Inn visitor comments, “Thank you for the time you spent and the personal treatment you offered us during our Savannah Georgia travels.”
Dashed with rave-review cuisine and family traditions, Savannah lights up for the holidays. It was Samuel P. Hamilton, the first contractor to light Savannah streets, who proclaimed that Savannah would be the best-lit city in the south. For a city called the Paris of North America, one now wonders: “Shall we rival Paris… especially for the Christmas season?” Christmas Holidays in Historic Savannah (pdf)
Along the sub-tropical Georgia coast one finds more than beaches. One can discover landlocked donkeys on private Ossabaw Island, Oceanside views on Tybee Island beaches, and photographic wizardry when capturing the Tybee Island pier. The coast remains an international harbor with the Port of Savannah, Garden City and Port Wentworth, Georgia, along the Savannah River harbor. Not to be forgotten is the Creative Georgia Coast, complete with edgy art and modern technological developments, attracting new international business and corporate travel to Savannah Georgia.
Savannah, Georgia Social Scenes
The Savannah Music Festival is an “around the world” adventure of live music for nearly three weeks each spring. Live jazz and blues, classical music, southern and world heritage artists, swing dance parties, and vocal competitions entice regional and international visitors. The don’t-miss event is held at the end of March and early April every year: 18 days and nights of music in Savannah, a fun-loving, American festival city! With more than 200 citywide festivals and events a year, Georgia’s First City has an exciting array of activities to entertain travelers. Savannah hosts yearly Film, Art, Jazz, Music, Seafood, St. Patrick’s, Riverfront, Christmas, Shakespeare and numerous other festivals. Once experienced, few will forget Savannah-style cuisine, featured on Food Network with Paula Deen.