This year, I’m thrilled to be spending Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia, one of the most beautiful cities in America and a destination that truly has something for everyone. In Savannah, you’ll find a bustling historic district (teeming with art, culture, music, theatre…you name it!), beautifully manicured parks, a wide variety of architectural styles (everything from antebellum mansions to towering old cotton warehouses), horse-drawn carriages, charming cobblestone streets, monuments, historic homes and churches, wonderful places to dine, and so much more!
Since the day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the holiday season, I expect Savannah will be abuzz with hordes of people taking advantage of the Black Friday sales and Holiday events. That may be fine for some, but I plan to spend that day far from the crowds, relaxing (and digesting!) in Forsyth Park, a beautiful and peaceful destination occupying over 30 acres in Savannah’s historic district. I’ll take a leisurely stroll to the famous Forsyth Fountain (which was added to the park in 1858 and is reminiscent of fountains found in places like the Place de la Concorde in Paris) where I’ll chill out on one of the benches, admiring not only this Georgia icon but the incredible variety of trees planted around the fountain area, including my favorite, the majestic oak covered in Spanish moss. I’ll also revisit the Confederate Memorial, which commemorates the soldiers who gave their lives fighting for the Confederacy. If you’re looking for a place to burn up some of those extra calories, Forsyth Park has got you covered! Here you’ll find walking and bicycling paths, two playgrounds, basketball courts, and open areas where you can play soccer or toss around a Frisbee. Other features include a fragrant garden for the blind, a half shell theatre, and a wonderful café with indoor and outdoor seating.
Assuming I can look at food again by Saturday, I will be back at the park checking out the variety of vendors selling local goods (produce, pastured meat, bread, cheese, fresh herbs, preserves, etc.) at the acclaimed Forsyth Farmers’ Market.
As I said, my plans are to escape the hustle and bustle this Thanksgiving weekend. But to be honest, I’ll probably end up joining the crowds, too! After all, ’tis the season!