Savannah, Georgia In February

It is 10 degrees above zero in Minneapolis (with a windchill of -3) and I am especially cold because I just got back from spending six days in South Carolina and Georgia, where one day it was 77 degrees. Those of you living in the Twin Cities know it’s been an incredibly mild winter, but nonetheless, I still had a bad case of cabin fever. February is my least favorite month. It feels like winter will never end, and while the days are growing longer, they don’t seem long enough. So I went to visit my parents in South Carolina, and my mom and I took a trip to Savannah, Georgia.

My parents moved to SC in 2007, so I’ve been to visit them in SC many times, but I’d never been to Savannah, or to any part of GA other than the Atlanta airport. While I’ve traveled extensively in the United States, I have never spent much time in the Deep South. I rolled through Texas and Arkansas on the Greyhound, and I visited Florida, but otherwise, the Deep South is new to me, so it was fun to do some exploring. For any of you have never been to Savannah, I highly encourage you to go; it is absolutely beautiful. And, if it’s so beautiful in February, I can only imagine what it’s like in the spring, when everything is blooming.

Here are some pictures I took of Savannah:

Forsythe Park

Isn’t that pretty? Savannah has over 30 town squares, and each one of them is gorgeous!

Forsythe Park

I love that there are so many old trees in Savannah, particularly the live oak with Spanish moss.

Tree with Spanish moss

Check out all the Spanish moss! I love that stuff, although I wouldn’t want to touch it since it has bugs in it.

Occupy Savannah

This is the first “Occupy” demonstration I have witnessed. I know there is one in Minneapolis, but I haven’t chanced upon it.

While in Savannah, my mom and I took a trolley around town, and we did a lot of walking around the town squares. We saw where General Sherman promised “40 acres and a mule” and we saw the square where Forrest Gump sat on his park bench. For me, the highlight of Savannah was going to Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home. If you are in Savannah, I highly encourage you to check it out. It’s well preserved, and the curator is incredibly knowledgeable (and friendly!).

There are lots of good places to eat in Savannah, including Belford’s (delicious lobster and crab ravioli) and The Distillery (fabulous pecan pie). I recommend any dish with Wild Georgia Shrimp in it. They are hands down the best shrimp I have ever eaten, and they are especially good in Po’ Boy sandwiches. That reminds me…if you’re ever in the Augusta, GA area, you should visit Old McDonald’s Fish Camp, which has amazing seafood, along with unlimited hush puppies and grits.

Right now I’m teaching a writing class with a travel writing theme, and I think it has given me a case of wanderlust. My trip south satisfied that to some extent, but I’m yearning to travel more. I’ve been thinking a lot about the bus trip I took across the US in 2002. We’re reading Blue Highways in the class I’m teaching, and I keep wondering what a trip like Least Heat-Moon’s would be like today. It’s got me thinking about what my 2002 bus trip would be like now, a full ten years later.

I digress.

Savannah was lovely. You should visit it. My mom and I had a great time. But, you should also visit Tybee Island, which I will be blogging about later.

Here’s a link to the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home website:


Toby is a great tour guide! You can tell he loves his job. 🙂 The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Savannah, and I hope to stop by the next time I come to your lovely city. –Nicole


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