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Stay in Sultry Savannah
by Caitlin Moore

We've all heard about how things are different in the south. The pace is slower, the people are more hospitable, and the air is downright sultry. Maybe you've been there before, maybe you haven't, but for a true taste of something different, Savannah makes for a pleasing place to get acquainted with all that the lower latitudes have to offer.

For starters, Savannah is known for its strong sense of history and enduring respect of all things traditional, with a modern spin, of course. The 2.2 square mile historic district is brimming with notable landmarks, architecture, shops, restaurants, and in a broader sense, vitality. Walking tours make a great way to see over thirty points of interest, and horse-and-buggy or ghost tours are also intriguing options.

Savannah was founded by General James Oglethorpe, who set the tone for the town's continuing mild manners and readiness to make new friends. You'll appreciate this atmosphere as you make your way around, as it will cause you to forget the breakneck pace of your normal life. As you sit down for a glass of iced tea and watch the people stroll through the square, you'll almost feel as if you've traveled back in time.

Much has happened here in Savannah, America's first planned city. Juliet Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was born here, and many of Georgia's first important buildings can be seen as you traverse the quaint, shady streets. Legendary night life consisting of blues, jazz, swing, and salsa will fill your evenings with song and dance, and informative places like the Telfair Art Museum and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum will boost your brain power.

If history really interests you, continue you enrichment by heading to three different forts that played roles in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. A plantation site will show you how life was back in the days of the colonists, and the Wormsloe Historic District sheds further light on the lifestyle and habits of early Georgians. The Spanish oaks make for picturesque passageways to the past, so follow the shady lanes to an educational experience.

As Savannah is on the coast, water sports make for a delightful diversion as well. Fishing just off shore or chartering a boat for some deep-sea action will be a thrill for anglers, and kayaking through the waves is an activity you might not have tried before, but you'd be surprised at how accessible it is to travelers of all shape, size, and age. Dolphin tours, swimming, and playing volleyball along the beach are a few more of the many ocean-y activities, so don't forget your swimsuit when you come to Savannah.

Additionally, the nearby island of Tybee is just 12 miles away, so a quick trolley ride will further acquaint you with all that the sand and the sun have to offer. Tybee Island is known for its untamed wildlife and laid-back atmosphere, and makes for a great day trip if you're in the mood to head away from civilization for a bit.

If you like a good party, then schedule your visit to coincide with one of Savannah's many festivals. They celebrate everything here, from heritage to Shakespeare and barbeque to blues. Film fest, Greek fest, Oktoberfest...there's plenty to entertain and amuse locals and visitors all year round. Even if you don't plan to come for a specific event, you'll likely stumble across something fun and fantastic.

If you must shop to complete your vacation, several areas will pique your interest. Central Market is the place for art and specialty shops, Broughton and Bull streets have treasure troves of antiques, and the Southside is a more traditional venue that will supply malls and national brand stores. No matter what you seek, you'll probably find it somewhere here in Savannah.

As for lodging options, Savannah has many unique vacation rentals that may tickle your fancy. There are hotels as well, but when you lay eyes on a cool condo located in the heart of downtown, finding out that it was once a grocery store that has recently been skillfully renovated, you'll be intrigued. Being downtown and having the opportunity to both sightsee and live in this historic district will be a treat, so check into these options as you start to plan your trip.

All in all, Savannah is a place well worth visiting. Plan your itinerary before you leave or leave things up to fate, either way you'll find yourself constantly stimulated as you become familiar with this steamy, mysterious, and ultimately friendly locale. Go online to reserve your Savannah Vacation Rental, and start counting the days until your southern retreat.

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