When Sun Country Airlines recently announced direct service to Savannah we turned to our own Georgia Peach, Kate Webb, manager of contracts and proposals for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Webb, who hails from Athens, Georgia, uses phrases like: “That’s as handy as a shirt pocket” (translation: “that’s neat”) and “Let me tell you how the cow ate the cabbage” (translation: “I’m about to tell you how it is”).
And while she’s often hesitant to stroll the streets of Savannah (“Southerners don’t walk, y’all—it’s too darn hot”) she does frequent Georgia’s oldest city. Here are her recommendations for a good time—Savannah style.
Where to start: The Historic District, Broughton Street. Here you’ll find amazing gardens, 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and the iconic Spanish moss that grows up the Southern Oak and Cypress trees. Meander further East to experience City Market and see the historic Oglethorpe Plan—British General and State of Georgia Founder James Edward Oglethorpe’s 1730 plan to establish the City of Savannah.
Where to shop: ShopSCAD (a Savannah College of Art and Design storefront where you can purchase unique pieces from artists on the rise); The Paris Market (a storehouse of items from markets and bazaars throughout the world); and Copper Penny (women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories “curated with a Southern eye”).
Where to eat soul food: It’s hard to pick just one, but I love Sisters of the New South. Order the traditional Southern “meat and three” and the peach cobbler. My mama prefers the more authentic Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. (Hone in on the sweet potatoes and banana pudding.)
Where to people watch: Sitting in front of Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on River Street with a big ol’ pecan praline in hand.
Where to take in (even more) history: Bonaventure Cemetery (made famous by the 1994 novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil); the Wormsloe Historic Site (the former home and plantation of Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s original colonists); and River Street (paved with 200-year-old cobblestones, it was abandoned for over a century after a yellow-fever epidemic in 1818).
Where to get scared: I love a good ghost story, and Savannah is full of them. Take a ride with Hearse Ghost Tours and hear some of the best legends in town.
Where to take a side trip: Tybee Island, the place “where the elite eat in their bare feet.” Pop into the Crab Shack and order the low country boil, sweet tea, and a slice of key lime pie. Bonus: They have resident gators that you can feed while you wait for your table.