4. The “traveler” is our best friend
This is Savannah’s little nickname for the to-go cup, which allows people to walk around downtown with up to 18 ounces of open alcohol. If a bartender offers you a traveler, the answer is “Yes, ma’am/sir” (especially if you’re nursing the absinthe-laced perfection of a Flying Bridges at The Grey Diner Bar).
5. They play things cool
Aw, shucks: OK, this one is not an actual phrase used; it’s a self-effacing attitude that pervades Savannah culture. Locals would rather undersell themselves and amaze you than blow smoke and disappoint. So, if someone invites you to out to “the cottage,” don’t be surprised if you end up at a magnificent waterfront mansion.
6. It’s polite to pry in Savannah
Oyster roasts are the ultimate in unfussy entertaining -- making them a great place to meet future "sweethearts" as they say in the south. If you’re invited to a roast, bring a six-pack, a sweater, and your own shucking knife. Inside tip: to open an oyster, work the knife like a crowbar, gradually prying the shell open at the seam. Less stabbing, more prying.