Monthly Archives: July 2012

Whitefield Square

You can’t take a stroll through downtown Savannah without passing through some of the 22 squares, which were quite lively back in the days of old. Each of these squares was built at the center of a “Ward” to be gathering places where the community could come together for activities, celebrations, and protection.
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One of the last squares to be established in 1851 – Whitefield Square – was in the center of “Wesley Ward,” named for John Wesley, who is often referred to as the father of Methodism. As is quite customary for Savannah, several of the named monuments are located in different squares. (In this case, the monument for John Wesley can be found in Reynolds Square.) The square itself was named after an early minister, the Reverend George Whitefield, who founded the Bethesda Orphanage in 1740, which is still in operation today as the Bethesda Home for Boys.
While Whitefield Square might be one of the lesser known squares, it might also be one of the most Church 2beautiful.
Located on Habersham between Taylor and Gordon Streets, just one block south of Gaston, its standout feature is the beautiful gingerbread style gazebo in the middle of the square. Shaded by the age old trees, with an occasional gentle

breeze, it’s a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in a book, flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, or getting away for a lunch break. Most of the houses surrounding the square were built after the Civil War in the Victorian style and it shows in the architectural details of big porches, wrap around balconies, gothic windows, and turrets. You’ll also find the First Congregational Church on this square that was built in the late 1800’s.
It will take the afternoon to meander through all of Savannah’s squares, but it’s definitely worth it.  So grab a drink to go and enjoy a leisurly stroll through the squares.

Dining on Broughton Street

If you like to eat and drink, then Savannah is the place for you.  One of the few cities that will let you take your drink “To Go” while you sight-see and make your way around town, there are several national and local places on Broughton Street to grab a bite for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Here are some of the local favorites on Historic Broughton Street:

Corleone's

   
    Corleone’s Trattoria
offers traditional
    Italian cuisine in a cozy setting, along
    with a few tables for outside dining.

Taco Abajo
   

   

For you late nighters, Taco Abajo is open
until midnight Sunday through Wednesday
and until 3am Thursday through Saturday.  
Order up some tacos, burritos, salads or 
specialties while you hang out and play pool or foosball, or stay for the live music.

 

  Papillote

 

 

 

    Papillote brings a little bit of Paris to
    downtown Savannah with only the
    freshest ingredients; the menu varies     depending on what is fresh and in
    season (and what the Chef is in the
    mood to prepare).  Perfect to grab and
    go for a lunch in one of Savannah’s 
    beautiful squares.

Kayak Kafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

A local favorite for salads, sandwiches,
and voted “Best Tacos,” Kayak Kafe is a  
casual café that offers healthy choices using   only the freshest ingredients. 

A few outdoor tables provide seating for some of the best people watching in town.  Also open for dinner, if you’re a healthy eater, you won’t  want to pass them by.

The Tea Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

    If you’re a tea lover, 
    The Tea Room serves afternoon
    tea complete with finger
    sandwiches, scones, and a
    sample of dessert items. 
    They also offer a selection of
    loose teas imported from around
    the world along with other fun
    gifts.
Leopold's

 

For dessert head on over to Leopold’s Ice Cream, but make sure you’re there early – there’s usually a line during the weekend evenings.  Founded in 1919, the original Leopold’s located on the corner of Gwinnett and Habersham, was quite the happening hot spot, but closed in 1969.  After pursuing a career in Hollywood, Stratton Leopold returned to Savannah and opened the current location on Broughton Street and even has the original black marble soda fountain.

Juarez

 

    If you’re looking for something quick
    easy (and affordable), wander just a
    little further down Broughton to Juarez
    Mexican Restaurant
.  With daily lunch
    and dinner specials, Juarez offers fast
    and friendly service; no wonder it’s
    another local favorite.

There are several national chains to choose from as well, and if you're looking for a place to cool down, stop by any of the yogurt or smoothie places for a cold treat.
No matter where you decide to go, remember, if you get your drink “To Go,” be sure it’s in a plastic or Styrofoam cup as you can be ticketed for having an open can or bottle.

Shop Downtown Savannah

Savannah’s version of “Main Street, USA,” Broughton Street is the main shopping district for Historic Downtown Savannah. Spanning from MLK Boulevard to Broad Street, the 12 blocks are filled with local restaurants, shops and boutiques. Here are some of the local favorites for shopping:

Cherry Picked 

 

    
    You never know what fashion savings you’ll find at Cherry Picked; a high
    end consignment shop featuring designer fashions and accessories for
    women.

  ZIA

 

Voted “Best of Savannah” by Savannah
Magazinefor jewelry and accessories, ZIA Boutique features one-of-a-kind pieces from designers around the globe. The “Feel Exotic Collection” with delicate wire wrapped pieces is designed by Zia himself. 

Nourish

    
    The wonderful aroma inside Nourish makes you want to linger over all
    of their soaps, soy candles, body products and stuff gentle enough for
    a baby.  Made with all natural ingredients, Nourish products never
    contain animal products, parabens, petroleum, harsh detergents or
    mineral oil, making them not only good for your skin, but good for the
    environment. 

James Gunn

 

 

Fashionistas looking for dresses, cute tops, designer denim, shoes, jewelry and handbags won’t want to pass by James Gunn, where they’re a little funky and a lot fun! 

 

DC2

 

 

 

 

    
    If you’re looking for something for your home, DC2
    
is the place to look for fun accessories, furniture and 
    lighting.  You’ll also find jewelry and handbags from LA,
    New York, Paris and  London.

 

 

Savannah Bee

 

Buzz by Savannah Bee Company for everything honey! From its’ raw form to soaps, lotions, sauces and even coffee, they offer a sampling of some of their most popular honey flavors for you to try.

Paris Market

 

 

 

 

    You never know what you’ll find at 
    Paris Market, where they bring you 
    the latest  treasures from across the 
    planet with collections from Italy,
    London, Holland, Belgium, and of
    course, France.

Civvies

 

 

For fashions from every era, check out Civvies consignments for used and recycled clothing; where there’s even a section for the guys.

 

24e

 

 

 

 

    The designer showroom at 24e will have you drooling
    over its’ designs of modern and eclectic furnishings and
    accessories and have you dreaming of what you wish
    your home could be.

 

Planet 3

 

 

 

Everything fun is welcome at Planet Fun; games, toys, action figures, dolls, collectibles – everything new and old. The kids will love this store! 

 

 

 

Most Broughton Street stores open at 10am and close around 5pm or 6pm, but some stores will be staying open later on the weekends this summer – and during special events – so shop ‘till you drop!

Hungry? Next week will be all about Broughton Street eateries.

Happy Birthday America!

It’s 4th of July week; time to celebrate our Nations 236th Birthday!  Here’s where you can catch all the action in Savannah:

Tuesday, July 3rd
6pm – 7pm
  Fort Stewart will “Salute to the Nation” at Cottrell Field where one artillery round will be fired for each of the 50 states in this tribute to America.

9:15pm  The Tybee Island Fireworks Celebration can be seen from the beach, the pier, or anywhere on the eastern side of Tybee Island.

  

Wednesday, July 4th
10am
  A Declaration of Independence ceremony will be held at Colonial Park Cemetery on Abercorn Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.  Enjoy patriotic music and talks with Christy Crisp from the Georgia Historical Society.

10am – 5pm Fort Pulaski will feature children’s activities, musket and cannon firings, and a presentation on baseball during the Civil War era.  After the presentation, visitors can play a pick-up game of baseball with the park staff.  ($5 per person/15 and under; free.)

10am – 5pm Fort Stewart has a day of celebration for Soldiers and their families at Newman Field.  Fun for the kids includes a Bounce House, climbing wall, trampoline, video arcade, laser tag and more!  Cool off in the “Springs Splashpark” pool while the kids play water tag and slip down the water slide.  Food will be served from 11 – 2 and you can bowl a free game or two before the concert kicks off at 6pm at Donovan Field where Mario, Mockingbird Sun and Martina McBride will take the stage.  (Sorry, no pets or coolers, or video at the concert.)

5pm – 9pm  River Street celebrates with music, games and fun for the whole family with the Fireworks show to follow at 9:30pm which be choreographed to music, so tune your radio to KIX965., MIX102.1 or I-95.
  River Street Fireworks

7:05pm  Savannah Sand Gnats take on the Charleston River Dogs with fireworks immediately following the game.

Please note that the 4th of July is a National Holiday and all city and county offices will be closed in observance.
Savannah Getaways wishes your family and fun – and safe – Holiday!