Forsyth Park, Savannah GA. Monterey Square

Known for its gorgeous iron-works and architectural beauty, Savannah, Georgia is a magical city and a perfect Southern gem for a quick 3-5 day getaway.

Built in a square pattern by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah, Georgia rests as America’s first planned city. Starting as twenty-four squares from its center, Savanah has since dwindled through the years down to twenty-two. However, that hasn’t stopped its overwhelming charm from making this a fabulous destination to visit while on business.

This city is loaded with history and enchantment at every step.

Surrounded by gorgeous architectural homes – from Gothic Revival & Greek, Victorian Regency, to Medieval-influenced cathedrals – walking through the squares you will feel as if you’re traveling through a picturesque scene complete with huge live oaks dripping with hanging moss, much like that of a movie set.

In fact, the opening scene of the world-renowned movie Forrest Gump was filmed in Chippewa Square. The legendary bench scene in the film has since been moved to the Museum of Natural History. Interestingly enough, this decision was due to people chipping pieces of the bench off as souvenirs. Weird, I know!

Savannah is a very well kept small city that offers a plethora of activities within walking distance of each other..

There’s a little bit of everything there.

Every city has it’s own symbol that represents it. In this case it’s Forsyth Park. It has been modeled after Paris’ Place de la Concorde, the only difference is Forsyth is lined with Spanish-moss-covered paths. It is a beautiful spot for weddings and the occasional picnic or just to grab your organic groceries on a cool breezy Saturday.

 

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Just a block away from Forsyth Park is Monterey Square where the famous Mercer Williams Museum is across from the way.  This is where Clint Eastwood filmed the movie of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. This mansion is an example of the Elegant Italianate Style, that are all over Savannah.

Monterey Square, Savannah, Georgia
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Forsyth Park is modeled after Paris Place Vendome
Savannah Georgia, Historic District
Monterey Square, Savannah, Georgia Mercer Williams House

Heading towards the Telfair Museum (supposedly the oldest public art museum in the south although I have not seen any evidence to support this claim from them yet, lol) is another gorgeous example of Regency style architecture.

Being a fan of the book and the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, what I love about this museum is the Bird Girl Statue that was used as the poster for the movie.  Like that of the bench from Forrest Gump, this statue is housed in this famous museum due to previous vandalism.

 

savannah bird girl statue at the Telfair Museum In Savannah Georgia

“Not all who wander are lost” ~J. R. R. Tolkien

It’s time to indulge a bit…

Chocolat by Adam Turoni.

It’s a gorgeous place on Broughton St, reminiscing of some of the best chocolate I have had in Paris. Yes, the price is a bit pricey but these are artisan chocolate especially the dark chocolate is so divine:)

Chocolat by Adam Turoni Savannah, Georgia
leopold's ice cream savannah ga
MaggieLamarre-Marshall-house Savannah, Hunted Hotel
Leopold’s Ice Cream was Founded in 1919, Savannah GA, Historic District

Now that you have refueled,let’s go shopping…

The Paris Market, if I had a retail store that is exactly how I would curate it. It has a small cafe with a nice selection of Macarons, mixed of styles clothing for the family.

ooooh don’t forget to browse the brocantes you will find downstairs from vintage to shabby chic and everything in between. I could literally spend hours in there.

the paris market & brocante savannah, GA home decor and European style cafe

Did someone say River Street?

Yep, don’t dare leave Savannah until you have experienced the tourist mecca area lol. It’s chuck full of souvenir shops, trinkets, bars and restaurants. Plenty of old brick buildings, riverboats, cobblestone streets and a tribute to “the waving girl”  Florence Martus sculpture…

My favorites Savannah Candy Company and the Cotton exchange for the best freshest Bloody Mary I’ve ever had. It’s made fresh daily on premises for the past 28 years by the head bartender who has won tons of awards…

Now is your turn…

Share in the comment section below, where your travels are taking you this year…

cotton exchange tavern savannah ga
MaggieLamarre-Marshall-house Savannah, Hunted Hotel
The waving girl, Florence Martus sculpture river st, Savannah GA, Historic District

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