|Savannah Cotton Exchange|
After a wonderful visit to Charleston, we drove down to Savannah to spend a few days and celebrate Thanksgiving. As much as I enjoyed Charleston, I really loved Savannah. We first found ourselves on the Riverfront, where the old cotton factory buildings and cobblestone streets made me feel like I was in a quaint European town. Our hotel was across the street from the red brick Cotton Exchange, putting us in a great place to explore this historic city on foot.
|Mercer Williams House|
|One of many antique stores in Savannah|
Our first day in the city was a wet one! We were determined not to let the torrential rain spoil our day, so we decided to start with a tour of the Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square. This is a lovely and historic home to tour, but it is most famously known as the setting of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. The house really is gorgeous and worth a tour, even if you haven't read 'The Book'. After you tour the house, be sure to take a walk around Monterey Square. There are some fabulous homes and shops, like Alex Raskin Antiques. We enjoyed the Square so much that we returned another sunny afternoon to take the photos we weren't able to get the first day in the rain!
If you have a car, I suggest taking the short trip out to Bonaventure Cemetery. This Southern Gothic cemetery is on the Wilmington River, making it a beautiful place to walk and explore. Some of the graves date back to the 1800s, and there were both elaborate and simple memorials. Many famous Savannah residents are buried here, including Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken and Mary Telfair. Tourists once came to see the famous 'Bird Girl' statue featured on the cover of Berendt's book, but the status has been relocated to the Telfair Museum of Art.
One last site not to be missed is Forsyth Park. The stunning Forsyth Fountain, situated at the end of the 'avenue of trees' all covered in Spanish Moss, is the highlight of the thirty acre park. We visited the park on Thanksgiving Day, and saw many people out strolling in the sun after what had been a very rainy week. Everyone we passed took a moment to greet us and wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. We ended our holiday by taking a dinner cruise on the Savannah River. We had a great dinner and met some nice people on the boat. Would you believe me if I told you these sisters from Arizona happened to sit right next to some other sisters from Arizona? It's true! Looking back, the most memorable part of the holiday was walking around this pretty city, soaking in the sun and the hospitality of the locals. Southern hospitality is truly inspiring, and I hope to bring a little of that kindness to my everyday life at home.