The NYT’s popular “36 Hours” column covers Savannah this week. I like the opening:
Some of Savannah’s best-known attractions — mossy cemeteries, old mansions, ghost tours — give the misleading impression that the city is a macabre vestige of its storied past. In truth, Savannah is alive and kicking: How could it not be when a large swath of the historic downtown enjoys liberal open-container alcohol policies that make “go-cup” a popular term in the local lexicon? More recently, a cultural revival has been converting abandoned properties into everything from craft breweries to a contemporary art museum. So now Savannah’s antebellum beauty of live oaks and elegant squares coexists with cool shops and innovative restaurants. Welcome to the new South.
The NYT last spent 36 Hours in Savannah in 2007 (at least that’s the most recent I can find).
Interestingly, this year’s itinerary includes the Forsyth Farmers’ Market and several eateries south of Forsyth Park — Local 11 Ten, Sandfly BBQ, and Sly’s Sliders and Fries.
Of course, these things always have something of a random feel, but it’s a great series and no doubt great for the city and the featured businesses.
Here’s the accompanying video, which is very much worth watching:
A shoutout to photographer Adam Kuehl, who contributed images to the piece.