Book Review: Savannah with Hilton Head and the Low Country


Fodor’s In Focus
Savannah with Hilton Head and the Low Country

Fodor’s is a trusted name in travel guides, with tried and true ratings for restaurants, hotels and sights. Fodor’s pocket sized Savannah with Hilton Head and the Low Country is no exception. Edited by Douglas Stallings, this is an essential guide for any traveler who wants to find the best this destination has to offer without the hassle of combing through a heaping pile of information. And despite its compact size and light weight, there’s no skimping on vital information.

The book is divided into 8 chapters, which are conveniently marked for the reader with tabs. Each chapter contains “Close-Ups” which gives the reader more detail about special places, restaurants and hotels worth visiting.
The book starts with a short intro of Savannah and a bit about its history before transitioning into the heart of sightseeing. There’s no shortage of historical sights and remarkable architecture in this oldest city in Georgia. I enjoyed the page with “Best Bets” and the easy-to-read street map with clear markings of all the recommended sights.

The third chapter in the book, and one of the most important, is all about where to eat. I say it is important because Savannah has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten anywhere – no only in the US, but in the world. In fact, now would be a good time for me to suggest that you eat lightly a couple of weeks before your visit. Because if you are like me, you will likely put on a few pounds while you’re here. I regretfully recall being unable to button my jeans upon leaving this city of great eats after my last visit. Southern food is really good. No scratch that – it is supreme. Fodor’s guide will let you know exactly what to expect at each restaurant, how it is rated, and what it will cost you to eat there. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat well here.

Of course you’ll need to know where to stay when in town, and in Chapter 4 you’ll get a run down of the best of the Historic District as well as other places around town. You’ll find inns, B & Bs as well as traditional hotels. The map on page 64 will help you figure where exactly the accommodations are situated.

In the brief Chapter 5, you’ll get an overview of the arts and the nightlife of the city, followed by a chapter on sports and the great outdoors. Shoppers will want to read Chapter 7 to learn about the city’s shopping districts and a list of specific specialty shops worth a look.

Visitors who have time to explore nearby Hilton Head, South Carolina and the Low Country, can check out Chapter 8. You’ll get a succinct briefing on where to stay, where to eat and what to do.

At the very end of the book is Travel Smart Savannah with the all-important information about getting there, getting around there and other travel essentials. The handy index at the back of the book will make it easy to find what you are looking for. The print throughout the book is easy to see. Yeah! And although there are no photos weighing this book down, the concise information is exactly what you’ll need to plan an extraordinary visit you’ll remember for years to come. Savannah with Hilton Head and the Low Country is affordable, effortless to carry, easy to use, and it gets the job done. Go out and get one today. Just remember what I told you about the food.


Debbie Glade/smartpoodle is the Geography Awareness Editor for Wandering Educators


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