Savannah Staycation

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Savannah Staycation Savannah may not sit in wine country, but this destination has everything that makes for a wonderful winecation: history, breathtaking setting, art, and of course, great food. Toted as “The Hostess City of the South,” this title is supported by the running joke made famous by John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:
“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, ‘What’s your business?’ In Macon they ask, ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta, they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah, the first question people ask you is, ‘What would you like to drink?’”

That hospitality combined with an ethereal beauty accented by Savannah’s notoriety as one of the most haunted cities in America makes for a memorable destination. Legend has it that during his March to the Sea during the Civil War, Sherman didn’t burn Savannah because it was “too pretty.” No matter the reason, the result is a city with European flare thanks to an orderly grid layout featuring 22 squares full of live oaks draped with lace-like Spanish moss. Designed by colony founder General Oglethorpe, visitors will catch glimpses of history at every turn, and the open container policy means you never have to stroll through the cobblestone streets without a glass of wine in hand.

All photos by Gary Russell

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  • The website for Johnnie Ganem's is Thanks!

    Apr 09, 2012 at 7:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Freyauna
    31958 14

    Great article and it just so happens to be I'm visiting Savannah this week as I write this. Its very interesting that this came out while im here. Haunting...
    I love this beautiful city and have been enjoying the historic sites and squares. Next is the wines I need to get to tasting.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 7:15 AM

  • Snooth User: ctjones1
    946580 129

    Don't forget the historic pink house for dinner and the quaint presidents quarter B & B for an overnight stay. These are two of our favorite spots.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM

  • Snooth User: mary4394
    1057024 3

    Great new wine store in Savannah with tasting machines...Savannah Wine Cellar in Twelve Oaks Shopping Center

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

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