December 8, 2016

my favorite corner of savannah


Savannah, Georgia is one of the prettiest places to visit, and I try to get there once a year when our family vacations in Hilton Head, which is only an hour away from there. 

Driving into this gorgeous city is a real treat! The streets of Savannah are laid out in a grid pattern with 22 historic squares dispersed throughout the city. The squares are small tree-filled little parks filled with live oak trees, Spanish moss and unique historic artifacts and each square is surrounded by beautiful homes, churches and museums.


My favorite square is Madison Square, which has been around since 1839. Lovely architecture surrounds this neighborhood square and it’s also home to my first stop in Savannah, The Gryphon Tea Room, now simply known as Gryphon. This little restaurant is located on the corner in the gorgeous marble Scottish Rites Building, at the meeting of Bull and Charlton Streets. 

My favorite table is on an upper area that faces Madison Square. Through that window you can watch the locals and tourists passing by. It’s my favorite spot in the whole city!     

At one time this location housed an apothecary, and the interior still houses its carved mahogany bookcases and stained glass. The leopard carpet is fabulous!
   

Every time I visit, Gryphon changes slightly. They’ve been able to accommodate more tables recently, which means less of a wait, hopefully.



Everywhere you look is a treat for the eyes. And don’t forget to look up…


there’s a lot to see!


Here's St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was built in 1853 in the Gothic Revival style.


and next door...


Take a peek at this salmon-pink beauty behind all this fabulous wrought iron, the Green-Meldrim House. It's a great example of Gothic Revival architecture. This Savannah landmark features a beautiful cast iron front portico and is surrounded by ornate ironwork porches on three sides. 

This is where General Sherman wrote his famous letter to President Lincoln towards the end of the Civil War: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.”


I love all that Spanish moss!


Great details and gorgeous marble work!


I hope you'll be able to visit too!



ciao! fabiana

2 comments:

  1. We're Savannah lovers too and Gryphon is such a delightful spot. They even serve my favorite Harney & Sons cinnamon tea. We have a trip planned at the end of March. By the way, we have also visited Costa Mesa. Our son and daughter-in-law used to live there.

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    1. Hi Sally. I'm so happy we share the same love for Savannah, and that we have a connection to Costa Mesa! I want to try that cinnamon tea, next time I'm there, or maybe I will get some for Christmas. It sounds perfect for the holidays!

      One stop I didn't get to make in Savannah was the Paris Market. Have you been there? It looks like a really cute store.

      Thanks for stopping by. It's so nice to hear from you!
      xoxo

      Ciao!

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