Deep South Beauty which is Savannah

By: Douglas Scott

Whoever you are, wherever you arere from, well welcome you with true Southern hospitality, just as we've been welcoming guests since 1733.

Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you'll find amazing architecture, spooky cemeteries and rich history along with global sophistication, funky nightlife and fabulous food. It's where history resonates into the present day, and where memories are still being made.

Hear jazz and blues or bluegrass. Go salsa or swing dancing. Sing along in a piano bar or puff away in a cigar bar.

We don't roll up the sidewalks at sunset in this Southern town. Savannah offers evening tours, outdoor concerts and frequent fireworks and festivals, along with late-night hot spots.

Theoretically, you could stay out all night although we do suggest that you get some sleep to keep up with the daytime fun.

You have walked our streets and admired our beautiful parks, squares and mansions, but underneath the appealing aesthetics of this centuries old city are some historical accounts and quirky facts that helped to shape our nation.

The Pirates House, A famous Savannah restaurant, was actually a tavern frequented by pirates who sailed the Caribbean in 1794. Events at the Pirates House were the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevensons novel, Treasure Island.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the John Berendt novel about secrets, socialites and murder spent more than five years on the New York Times best seller list holding the record for the longest running best seller in history.

While admiring Savannahs splendid architecture, you might start to notice a recurring colour painted on the door frames, porches and window sills of many Savannah homes.

This blue green colour, or Haint Blue, is not only aesthetically pleasing but has an important purpose, and that is to ward off evil spirits.

Haint Blue paint was first used by African Slaves to secure entry point into their houses from spirits.
According to the Geechee Gulla culture of the Low country, the blue green colour of Haint Blue represents water which, it is believed, spirits can not pass over.

Antiques, boutiques, fine art and high fashion youll find it all in and around Savannah. Surrounding our historic squares, you will find trendy shops featured in fashionable magazines, funky old stores full of fun and gallery after gallery, each different from the last.

Stroll down the cobblestone River Street for art, souvenirs, apparel and sweets.

Broughton and Bull streets form the heart of our famed antique district, where treasures of old are waiting to be unearthed.

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