Life in Savannah

Life in Savannah is as varied and diverse as its people. To get a taste for what life in Savannah is all about, just take a glimpse at its residents’ greatest loves.

Savannah Loves its Beauty…

…even General Sherman couldn’t burn it down. Most locals will happily regale you with the tale of General Sherman’s March to the Sea. After capturing Atlanta in the Civil War, Sherman made his way towards Savannah burning cities to the ground. As Savannahians tell it, upon seeing our beautiful city, he could not destroy it and instead presented it to President Lincoln as a Christmas gift.

Savannah Loves its History…

…and proves it through all of its restoration efforts. The downtown area, including the Historic District and the Victorian Historic District is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country. Strict preservation guidelines ensure that the city retains its charming past when being renovated and historical sites are all over town including forts, plantation homes and parks.

Savannah Loves the Supernatural…

…its “America’s 2nd most Haunted City.” Ghost tours led by lantern light or riding in a hearse entertain locals and visitors alike year round. Pick up a book on local ghost stories in any of the shops downtown or just as a resident who will be happy to regale you with stories of their own. Tours of the historic Bonaventure Cemetery are both beautiful and chilling and are offered during the day or after the gates are locked for the more adventurous.

Savannah Loves its Southern Cooking…

…this is Paula Deen’s hometown after all. With traditional or modern takes on southern cooking, Savannah boasts a multitude of restaurants that prepare excellent southern cuisine. Ask any local though, and they will tell you that no one’s low country cooking is better than their mother’s!

Savannah Loves SCAD…

…and all of the great work the school has done to revitalize the city. Generating over 4,000 jobs and $88 million in student spending, SCAD has boosted the Savannah economy while also renovating historic buildings for campus use and infusing their art and culture into the city.

Savannah Loves to Keep it Local…

…many of our local businesses far out perform their national counterparts. From local boutiques for the best in fashion to farmer’s markets and stands selling local produce and freshly caught shrimp and crabs, Savannah knows that the quality and service is always better when you buy from your neighbors.

Savannah Loves its Traditions…

…which would explain all the haint blue front doors and porch ceilings. A superstition turned tradition, the Gullah culture of the Lowcountry believes that spirits, or haints, can’t cross water and by painting your entrance this pale blue, you will prevent evil spirits from entering your home. Another tradition in many Savannah homes is New Year’s dinner consisting of black eyed peas and collared greens believed to bring prosperity and luck in the new year.

Savannah Loves College Football…

…namely, the UGA Bulldogs. Every Saturday throughout the fall, Savannahians don their red and black and gather in pubs, living rooms and backyards to cheer on their beloved Dawgs.

Savannah Loves to Chat…

…and Savannahians have never met a stranger. Known as the Hostess City of the South, and rated the second friendliest city in America by Conde Nast Traveler, you will instantly feel right at home. Never in a rush, friends, neighbors and even strangers will stop to chat any chance they get.

Savannah Loves to Party…

…ask any green clad reveler on St Patrick’s Day. We have the second largest St Patrick’s Day Parade in the country and the party lasts all day. But Savannahians don’t just get out on St Pats, we have open container laws that allow you to drink on the streets in most of Downtown (in plastic cups-no glass bottles!)