A quick Hotwire trip to Savannah

Old Jul 1st, 2011, 10:04 AM
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Yes, the door into Avia is steps away from the door out of the Inn and Ellis Square. Walk to the street, cross the street and there's the door.

Yes Broughton Street is the former commercial street that "died" years ago and then has been revived. It's the closest you'll get to Charleston type shopping.

Here's a Southern Living article -

And from Lucky magazine -

Gap, Banana Republic, Marc Jacobs, etc.
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Old Jul 1st, 2011, 10:46 AM
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I'm sure Ellis sq is much better to look at than the parking garrage.

I'm also sure that City Market establishments are happy something more pleasing connects them to the Historic District.

However, it should be called something other than a Savannah square. It doesn't have that quaint, old southern look to it. Too bad you can't plant mature trees.

We walked thru it on our way to City Market but I much preferred the rest of the grid of squares.

And I totally agree about River Street. The day we arrived it was drizzling and I thought maybe that jaded my opinion of the street. But it's not much.

The area between Bay Street and Forsyth Park is just beautiful. We stayed at Planters Inn on Reynolds Square and couldn't be happier with the choice.
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Old Jul 1st, 2011, 10:58 AM
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It's still a Savannah square. I've very glad they tore the eyesore of that old parking garage down.

Yep, they chose a completely different concept than a "traditional" Savannah square. IMO they borrowed from other urban parks with the interactive fountains, a different genre of sculpture and a more of a meeting place than a square with a few benches under live oaks. I was "so-so" on it until this last visit. I saw new communual space come alive at night and I think it will have a BIG - and very positive - impact on the area. At first look it appears barren - especially during the day. It was enchanting at night.

And if you want an "old square" then walk a couple of streets...and then two more...and then two more...and then...
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Looks great, thanks for the links.
We are arriving in waves. The first group will be pretty small and the Avia looks like it would be a good place for us to gather to talk and visit. Tapas is the perfect solution for us as we will have all been traveling most of the day.

I appreciate the information. The only downside is waiting till October (of course it will be considerably cooler by then!).
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