Thinking of moving to Savannah? Dubbed as the oldest city in the United States, Savannah, Georgia has a unique charm that never fails to attract both seasoned and first-time travelers to the area. From Instagram-worthy architecture to Southern gastronomic finds, it’s no wonder why many people can’t seem to have enough of what Savannah has to offer.
Here are the top 10 reasons why many people believe that Savannah is such a great place to live.
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1. It has a laid back culture.
You will never run out of things to do in Savannah. You can go to the numerous parks, beach, and restaurants. The city also has an active nightlife. Whatever mood you are in, there’s always a place to match your needs.
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2. Time seems to always come to a halt.
If you’ve always felt like your day is never enough to do everything that you want to do, living in Savannah can definitely change your perspective on time. With a strong focus on historic preservation, Savannah offers nothing that is too tall nor too modern for the curious traveler. On River Street, you will find much of the original buildings and cobblestone roads still intact while other notable places have been placed under restoration. Indeed, there’s no need to run after time while you are in Savannah.
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3. It is easy to visit.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Savannah is a popular weekend getaway among residents from the Southeast is its strategic location. After all, it is only 4 hours away from Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta. People who are coming beyond the South can take advantage of the nonstop flights that are available in 13 cities. These include Boston and NYC where you can take a flight to Savannah Hilton Head Airport.
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4. The dining experience is superb and one-of-a-kind.
With all of these activities and events happening around the city, it’s easy to feel a bit drained and hungry in the end. Whatever your taste buds feel like indulging into at the moment, you can always find something to match your food fantasies. Some of the dining spots you can put in your list include Soho South Café, Green Truck Pub, Zunzi’s, Local 11 Ten and The Olde Pink House.
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5. It has a beach nearby.
Tybee Island, otherwise known as Savannah Beach, is only a 20-minute drive from the city. Known as a quirky and laid-back beach town, Tybee Island has been hosting the annual and free “Beach Bum” parade for over 30 years. Locals and visitors come to this event armed with buckets, hoses, and tons of water guns. The purpose is to soak, douse and drench one another in a clean fun and wholesome wet way.
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6. It’s beverage-friendly.
In Savannah, locals have a term for 16-ounce cups which they lovingly refer to as “travelers.” You can always hold a tasty beverage in an open container in one hand and never have to worry about breaking any laws. From beer to coffee and anything that you desire, Savannah will make sure that you’ll never run out of something to quench your thirst.
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7. It has a walkable downtown area.
Downtown Savannah is interestingly laid out on a grid which is composed of 22 historic squares. Apart from its walkable character, the city also features a number of transportation options. These include trolleys and horse-drawn carriages. However you choose to get around, prepare to be mesmerized with the city’s breathtaking landmarks, parks, and historic homes.
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8. It has cool and tame winter.
Between January and March, enjoy high temperatures in the 60's and low versions in the 70’s in Savannah. Night time is absolutely cooler so make sure to add more layers. Hate the thought of wearing snow boots? In Savannah, there’s no need to wear a single pair at all.
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9. It has a tight-knit community feel.
Every Saturday morning, you can go to the Forsyth Park Farmer’s Market where you can find a small but complete market. From fresh produce to a singing farmer, going to the market will always bring a community vibe.
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10. It has a scary appeal….in a good and positive way!
Each one of us must have listened to a ghost story or two in our childhood which tends to keep us wondering if it really happened or it’s nothing but a mere fabrication of someone’s imagination. Savannah, as some locals claim, has its own share of scary stories which earned it the title as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Go ahead and bring back the child in you as you go ghost hunting. Whether you discover something or not, you’d surely feel relieved both ways!