2. Savannah's southern, but far from stereotypical
This was Georgia’s first city, and it’s still as peppered with churches and chicken as the next town, but that’s where the clichés end. The Bible Belt loosens a bit when you get to this international seaport. Locals don’t lead with hellfire and damnation, and they’re as apt to vote Democrat as they are to toe the GOP line. And they cook with truffle butter, not lard. Pay a visit to any coffee shop -- Foxy Loxy, Gallery Espresso and the Sentient Bean are favorites -- for a real taste of the creative local culture.
3. Savannahians know their art, but aren't not snobby about it
Talent doesn’t take itself too seriously in Savannah, where a sense of humor is a most prized possession. Wry wordsmith Flannery O’Connor was born here, and her smartass spirit lives on in fellow Irish-Savannahian Zach Powers, co-founder of the Seersucker Live literary variety show. The reading is part cocktail party, part musical, part quiz show -- and it’s not the only good-humored happening in town. Telfair Museums’ “Drink and Draw” sketch sessions and Starland’s roving Art March also mix mischief and mastery.