Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Savannah, GA!

Welcome to the latest edition of our Travel Nurse Assignments series: Live Like a Local – Savannah, GA! Adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, Savannah is a vibrant port city that is brimming with architectural flair and historical charm. It’s a wonderful place to visit in the winter, with a humid subtropical climate, less precipitation, and mild temperatures throughout the season. Savannah is also known for their southern hospitality, earning the nickname “The Hostess City of the South” This Deep South metropolis blends historic preservation with modern innovation, a burgeoning arts scene with thriving industry, and traditional southern cuisine with trendy restaurants and craft breweries. Experience the aura of Savannah for yourself, and see why people find it difficult to leave!

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The Gingerbread House in Savannah’s Historic District

A Rich History

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah was founded in 1733 and became the first capital of Georgia, when it was still a British colony. The founder, James Oglethorpe, envisioned a city that promoted the Enlightenment principles of social equity, self-determination, and civic engagement. His urban plan for Savannah revolved around the concept of the ward, where neighborhoods would be comprised of four residential and four civic blocks built around a central square. Oglethorpe’s vision was popular with the townspeople, as well as future city planners, who continued to develop Savannah using Oglethorpe’s plan.

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With 22 squares nestled in Savannah’s downtown area, the city has grown to form a unique identity, where these aesthetically appealing squares are the focal point of the city. If you’ve seen the movie Forrest Gump, you’ll notice one of these squares in the opening scene, as Forrest (Tom Hanks) begins to tell his story while sitting on a park bench.

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Chippewa Sqaure, one of the 22 historic squares of Savannah

Time to Explore

There is no shortage of activities in this quintessentially southern town. Start with Savannah’s Riverfront Area, where the red-brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets meander along the river. There are numerous scenic viewpoints and photo-worthy spots to check out, and the riverfront is home to several great restaurants and bars.

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Huey’s on the River is a casual spot that serves up New Orleans inspired dishes with a nice riverfront ambiance. Have you ever been to a bar with dueling piano players? If not, check out the Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Bar on the west end of the riverfront.

A view of River Street, and the iconic cobblestone.

From River Street, you can make your way uptown towards the squares. All the historic squares are between the riverfront area, and Forsyth Park which is about a 20 min walk from the Riverfront Plaza. Self-guided walking tours are popular, and allow you to explore the squares at your own pace. There are several historic homes you can view and tour, including the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Ending with a leisurely stroll through Forsyth Park is the perfect cap to your tour. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop into Savannah Seafood Shack for some of the best shrimp in the city!

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Forsyth Park with native Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.

However, even the most die-hard history buffs get bored after awhile. For some variety, head over to City Market, the self-proclaimed “art and soul” of Savannah, to peruse the shops and bistros. For some quality entertainment, see a performance at the Savannah Theatre. One of the highest rated attractions in Savannah, this historic theater is known for putting on fantastic concerts, shows, and comedy routines. For some cheap thrills, consider taking a ghost tour, or walking through Bonaventure Cemetary at dusk (if you dare).

Tybee Island

Tybee Island at Sunrise

When you’ve had enough of the city, head out to Tybee Island for a relaxing beach day, just a 30 min. drive from downtown. There are five sandy beaches on the island perfect for sunbathing. The South Beach area has countless bars and restaurants to choose from. Try the RipTide Bar on the Tybee Beach Pier for some beachside cocktails. If you’re thinking sushi in a Georgia beach town can’t possibly be a thing, I recommend stopping into Raw Ingredients for a very pleasant surprise.

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The Tybee Island Light House is the main attraction on the island, and it’s one of the most scenic spots in the Savannah area. Take the stairs to the observation deck where you will be treated to stunning views. Admission also gets you access to the lighthouse keeper’s historic residence and the Tybee museum.

Tybee Island’s beaches are popular with locals and tourists alike

With so many attractions packed into one city, it’s impossible to get bored in Savannah! Cost of living is dirt cheap, with the average home price around $131,700. Savannah also has an international airport and is only a few hours from the transportation hubs of Atlanta and Jacksonville. Don’t wait until summer when it gets hot and muggy, experience the wonders of Savannah today!

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