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Last post, we started our Top Ten Savannah Attractions list. Here we continue with number five.
5. Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The cemetery looks out on the Wilmington River from a bluff east of Savannah, about four miles from our vacation houses in the Historic District. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. The cemetery is a world famous tourist destination, due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6. Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a perfect place to stroll, jog, or take photographs, within the heart of the Savannah Historic District. This 30-acre park is bordered on the north by Gaston Street, on the south by Park Avenue and has a one-mile perimeter popular with runners. The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. The park is also adorned by monuments to the Confederate Soldier, the Marine Corps Monument, the Spanish-American Monument and the Fragrant Garden for the Blind.
7. Olde Pink House
The food is incredibly good – try the crab cakes and scallops. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a rich history. Stop at the bar before your meal for a martini and make sure to ask your server or bartender for some history on this special Savannah residence. The property dates back to the 18th century and the dining room is split into smaller alcoves, making it feel more private and also cutting down on the noise level. The staff is very attentive and well-informed. Plus, the Olde Pink House is less than a mile from our rental houses.
We have three more attractions on our top ten list! Check the blog later this month to see what rounds out our top ten!
Is this your night to dine at The Lady and Sons?
There is much to experience in Savannah any day of the year, but New Year’s Eve is a particularly good time to visit this city and stay in a luxury Savannah vacation rental. As of this writing, we still have availability at the O’Connor House and part of 109 West.
New Year’s is one of the few nights of the year when it is possible for small parties to make a reservation at The Lady and Sons, the restaurant owned by Paula Deen and her two sons, Jaimie and Bobby. Take advantage of it! For an elegant, old-world dining experience, try The Olde Pink House. A fireplace and antiques adorn every dining room in this National Historic Landmark from 1771. Once you’ve enjoyed your dinner, move over to the Planters Tavern for live music.
Cha Bella is a short walk from the luxury Savannah Vacation rentals on East Broughton. It won the 2009 “Best Overall Restaurant and Best Downtown Restaurant” in the Best of Savannah contest. Thanks to an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients (many of which are grown at their own three-acre vegetable farm) and a commitment to creative dishes, your meal is sure to be unforgettable.
Should you decide to stay in the Garden Suite or Carriage House of our luxury vacation rental at 109 West Liberty Street, walk around the corner to the Six Pence Pub and start your evening with a pint of Guinness. Also close by is Noble Fare, a restaurant dedicated to the art of good eating; on New Year’s Eve, Noble Fare is serving a special prix fixe five course dinner.
Dinner is just the start. Listen to live music at the Historic Savannah Theatre or the Live Wire Music Hall. The dance party at Sugar Daddy’s Food and Wine Bar starts at 10 p.m., and there will be hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at the Seed Eco Lounge. Enjoy great views, great food and great music during a New Year’s Eve Gala Riverboat Cruise.
You may find that after a good dinner and a walk around the festively decorated historic district, you may simply want to return to your luxury vacation rental Savannah and welcome the New Year with your sweetie. It’s a good option.