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Countdown to Savannah: Got Your Guidebook?

Kathy Wood (kaydee)

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

Holding A Book In Your Hands

Despite all the information available on the internet, I still like guidebooks. I like holding a book in my hands, studying up on a place before I go. I like having a book with me on the trip, ideally one I can carry in my purse or backpack. And, I do like having guidebooks on the bookshelf ... another memory of a trip long after its over.

I've already got my guidebooks for Savannah. I already had a couple of Savannah area books - from trips a couple of years ago - but I wanted new editions to be sure I had the latest information. Here's the run-down on what's available:

Focus on the Savannah area

Frommer's Portable Savannah, 2nd edition Definitely the guidebook to bring with you if you're going to pack light!

Insider's Guide to Savannah and Hilton Head, 6th edition I think this is a great resource. Applicable to travelers and potential residents, it's written by two locals and filled with all sorts of useful information and trivia about Savannah.

Romantic Days and Nights in Savannah I don't have this one, but it sounds intriguing. The book includes suggested itineraries, maybe not all romantic. It's available used from Amazon sellers.

How about a freebee?? You can request a free travel planner from the Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau. It's a useful little book, including directories for restaurants, shopping and activities.

Savannah and Beyond

Many travelers to Savannah also visit Charleston and the coastal islands, definitely worth considering if you're making a longer trip. These books cover a broader area:

Fodor's The Carolinas & Georgia, 17th Edition

Frommer's The Carolinas & Georgia, 8th edition

Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book: A Complete Guide, 5th edition (A Great Destinations Guide)

Maps

It's very easy to get free maps in Savannah-- they're available at hotels and B&Bs and from the Tourist Office. Some of the best maps are put out by the trolley tour companies. But if you want a really nice map (which includes maps of the surrounding area), consider this one, which has really positive reviews on Amazon. Amazon also sells it in combination with the Frommers portable guide.

The Best Litle Map of Savannah

Photo of Savannah Guide Books

Savannah Guide Books

Resources

All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Woods Family Grand Tour of Europe: List of articles and photo albums by Kathy Wood


Kathy is a former Human Resources executive who now works as a consultant and part-time college professor. She and Charley also lead The Luberon Experience (www.luberonexperience.com), a week-long, small-group trip based in Provence.

© Kathy Wood, 2007


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