Posted May 10th, 2004, 05:47 AM
I lived in Savannah for 5 years, Pebbles lived there most of her life. The "big draw" for Savannah is River Street, which is a string of shops and bars that the sailors used to frequent back when Savannah was a major port town. River Street is no more dangerous than any other tourist trap, but I will say this - if you go 1/2 mile south and two-blocks west of Riverstreet - you are in a very bad section of town - it kind of reminds me of New Orleans.
As for resorts, the best places are out on Tybee Island and are typically associated with golf... Having said that, there are some really nice hotels next to..or on..River Street...Hyatt Regency is the bigest and is on River street (and the most $$), across Main street from the HR and one block away is a nice Days Inn. IMHO, I would not stay anywhere else than those two hotels, if your desire is to stay near River Street.
Of course, there are other places to go in Savannah, which is where they filmed Forest Gump (sitting in Forsyth Park with the box of chocolates - a few blocks south on Bull Street).
THE place to eat: its called Mrs. Wilkes, and it is impossible to find, because it is part of a house. If you stay downtown, ask the hotel folks for directions (they probably eat their lunch there 1-2 days a week...)
Other safe eating places: The Pirates House - mix ($$$), Carey Hilliards - seafood, pork ($), and several places on River Street. If you go 10 miles south of Savannah on I-95 (Abercorn St. exit), there is a place called the "Crab House" where you can get a "low-country boil" of shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn that is second to none....
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