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Trip Report Savannah College Tour, etc

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We just returned a week ago from a whirlwind trip to Savannah to look at SCAD where my daughter was accepted for college. In a last minute decision we decided to fly to Charleston and drive down. I found a 3 star hotel on Hotwire for 65 a night and took the plunge. The result was the Best Western Plus which was more 2 1/2 stars in my opinion. My full review is on Trip Advisor dated Feb 22 complete with pictures of some problems, such as buckling carpet, a leak above my door/standing water and a view of a an industrial area. These I can handle, but 20 minutes of a motorcycle gang doing maneuvers under our window was too much. We got back to the room each night before 9 and did not want to venture out. I will spend the extra $$ and stay in a classic hotel in a tony area next time. The first night, we ordered food in because the street was filled with vagrants.

We found out that Paula Deen was in town for a book signing that Monday. We got to the hostess stand at 10:30, made a reservation for the 11:00 slot at lunch, waited across the street and were seated at 11:15. We chose to try the buffet- lots of southern style vegetables, salad bar , fried chicken, barbecued pulled pork. A complimentary fried hoe cake and biscuit with syrup accompanied the meal. That was delicious! It wasn't gourmet or even southern gourmet but all y'all can eat sure does appeal to the buffet bodies in line. Later, we waited and met Ms Deen and her 2 sons, got our book signed and a $10 picture. She was very nice, not phony at all. Dinner that night was at the Moon River brewing company. Nice atmosphere, great beer and you can get one to go! Yes, New Orleans and Savannah are only 2 places with open container laws. YEE HAW!

We skipped the free Best Western "breakfast" and went straight to SCAD. Our tour took 2 hours because the school is very spread out over the city. They have spent a lot of money to renovate buildings and improve property. Still, I would worry some about my daughter parking or walking alone near some buildings. Other parents voiced similar concerns. After our tour we were starving and not anxious to revisit "y'all" and "cookin'" places. We stumbled on Leoci's Trattoria, a charming place with a beautiful deck out back in gardens. The food and atmosphere were first class. (These restaurants are also reviewd on tripadvisor with pictures) The wine list was very good as well.

We really enjoyed the town, the architecture and squares and the social feel of Savannah. We thought most restaurants were pretty expensive and touristy with a few exceptions here and there. Next time, we'll try those! The town is surprisingly noisy, with lots of traffic noise and tow boat horns interspersed with trolley bells and horse carriages, and watch the manure!! She has SCAD as choice #2. Still, I'd go back in a heartbeat, it's a fun place.

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