Touted to tourists as elegant and gracious, Georgia’s first city also has the energy and edge for even the most expert eaters, drinker, and culture lovers. And if you happen to be a person who likes to booze on the go, (i.e. everyone), then Savannah may be your new favorite city. Call her earthy. Call her eccentric. But whatever you do, don’t call her old. We made a list of the things you're sure to love about the real Savannah -- and you won’t find them on the brochure.
1. If you have a Y chromosome, the odds are in your favor
According to a recent U.S. Census evaluation by the Martin Prosperity Institute, there are at least 5,000 more available women than men living in our small city. The Savannah College of Art and Design attracts roughly 7,000 more single ladies each year. Not bad for a city that’s smaller than Greenwich Village. If those odds aren’t the least bit enticing, there’s also a thriving, open gay community.
2. Plastic cups are practically a requirement
An alfresco alcohol policy enables you to take your drink “to-go” at any bar north of Jones Street. This allows your wine to truly breathe. It also makes for some entertaining, bourbon-infused little chats along the way from tavern to taproom. Don’t even think about driving once you’re out on the town. And remember to pace yourself, Savannahians are steady, not sloppy.
3. You can go island hopping -- in Georgia!
One hundred miles of undeveloped coastline stretch southward from Savannah, making this the last line of civilization on your way to pristine barrier islands and fantastic fishing. No boat? No problem. Charters and captains abound, and a Freedom Boat Club membership will make you seaworthy in a day.