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2024 Savannah and Tybee Island Insider Guide

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The city's squares are beloved icons. Can you visit all 22? Gordon Monument in Wright Square Hip to be Square SAVANNAH'S 22 SQUARES — SMALL PARKS WITH VERDANT LANDSCAPES, STATELY SCULPTURES AND PLENTY OF ROOM TO RELAX FOR A PICNIC — ARE ONE OF THE CITY'S MOST ICONIC FEATURES. CHIPPEWA SQUARE Featuring a bronze statue of Savannah founder Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, this square was featured in the fi lm "Forrest Gump" during the bus stop scenes. (Thanks to the Coastal Heritage Society, you can still see a replica of Forrest's bench from the movie at the Savannah History Museum.) Book one of the six beautifully appointed luxury suites at The Jules, a restored historic mansion, then grab a coffee at Gallery Espresso, a drink at McDonough's Restaurant & Lounge or a bottle of wine for your hotel room from Parker's Market (known as Fancy Parker's). Catch a live show at the historic Savannah Theatre, shop around the square and just beyond at Satchel, then fi nish with a meal at the iconic Six Pence Pub. Want to see it from above? Head to the nearby Perry Lane Hotel and take the elevator to its rooftop bar, Peregrin. MONTEREY SQUARE Explore the square that was designed to commemo- rate the Mexican-American War and is home to the Casimir Pulaski Monument. Tour and shop at the Mercer-Williams House Museum and Carriage Shop made famous by the book and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," admire the view of the Forsyth Park Fountain just beyond and visit Congregation Mickve Israel, the only Gothic-style synagogue in North America. MADISON SQUARE Admire the beauty and landscaping, explore adjacent shopSCAD for unique designs by Savannah College of Art and Design students and alumni and shop E. Shaver Booksellers for a picturesque bookshop ex- perience before reaching the Sgt. John William Jasper monument. Don't forget to look up for architectural de- tails after tea at the Gryphon Tea Room in the ornate 1926 Scottish Rite building. For something stronger than oolong or rooibos, head to Edgar's Proof & Provision, located inside The DeSoto Savannah hotel. COLUMBIA SQUARE Enjoy this quiet square and note the ironwork details on the Kehoe House, tour the Davenport House Museum, make a wish in the fountain (that was originally from Wormsloe State Historic Site) or rest on a bench before continuing to Broughton Street, which is lined with dozens of local boutiques, brand- name stores and dining, drinking and sweet-treat establishments. It's worth the stroll into The Paris Market & Brocante for jewelry, apothecary and home accents. ELLIS SQUARE Enjoy this restored, family-friendly outdoor oasis with splash fountains before treating yourself to brunch at Goose Feathers Café & Bakery. Then, take in the art galleries, live music, shops and restaurants of City Market, like Corleone's Trattoria and Wet Willie's. FRANKLIN SQUARE Visit the Haitian Monument, which honors the largest unit of men of African descent who were recruited from Haiti to serve in the Revolutionary War. Then, peruse a variety of nearby boutiques like Spartina 449 and re- fuel with contemporary Lowcountry cuisine at a.Lure. Tour First African Baptist Church, home of the oldest Black congregation in North America. At the time of its construction, the church's mostly enslaved members worked on plantations by day. By night, they worked on the church, completing the structure in 1859. TELFAIR SQUARE Tour the oldest art museum in the South, Telfair Academy, as well as its contemporary sister museum, the Jepson Center. If you're traveling with little ones, check out the Telfair Children's Art Museum (you can lighten the load of your visit by renting clean, safe, insured gear like strollers or cribs from nearby BabyQuip). Then make a reservation for an elegant meal at Alligator Soul, just steps from the square. 18 |

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