Spared from destruction by General Sherman during the Civil War, Savannah has retained her old-time charm and beauty-despite several fires over the centuries. On the river front you’ll find old-time white river boats, with their big paddle propellers behind them, docked along the walk. (They’ll take you on a dinner cruise over the Savannah River–loads of fun!) Along the street rises the ancient storefronts which used to be, long ago, a place for all sorts of trade: cotton, wares, goods, grains, and slaves. The barrier islands of northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are home to an ancient culture of ancestors of those slaves, and you’ll find in my new series, The Dark Ink Chronicles, just how amazing and cultural-rich the Gullah are to this area. You can read about them not only in my debut, AFTERLIGHT, but here: http://www.ultimategullah.com/culture.html The Gullah played an intricate part in Georgia’s histoy, and they’re a beautiful people with much to share. Sweetgrass baskets are their specialty, and they’re absolutely gorgeous! You can find them lined along HW 17 going to Charleston, on the side of the road, weaving and selling, dressed in colorful skirts and head wraps.
One of my favorite things to do in Savannah, besides just walking the squares and cobbles and dipping into the Sweet Shop, is to go on Ghost Tours! They’re fun, take you places you’d never see unless walking with a tour guide, and it really gives you a good feel of how the city used to be. One of my favorites is http://www.sixthsensesavannah.com/ The old squares, with ancient oaks dripping with Spanish Moss, is a must-see, must-experience. You’ll find plenty of it in AFTERLIGHT!
City Market is great place to hang! So many fantastic restaurants and pubs, bars and music. Garibaldis Cafe on Congress Street is one of my favorite restaurants in the historic district. I’ve even mentioned it in my book! If you’re ever in Savannah, this place MUST be on your agenda. http://www.garibaldisavannah.com/flash.html I usually go straight to the desert menu, and their fruit basket is made with a sesame basket filled with ice cream and fresh fruit. THE BEST, I swear! If you’re in the area and want some fantastic burgers and crab stew, try The Crystal Beer Parlor. In business since the 30’s, it has that old-time feel to it and has the best food EVAH! http://crystalbeerparlor.com/
The Pirates House on East Broad Street is also a must! (I went there for my senior Prom–EEK! LOL!) Once an old pirate’s tavern for the burly, scrappy, unpredictable sea-ruffians who used to frequent our coast, it has a feel to it that I cannot explain! (their fillet mignon is THE BEST!). Some say it’s a little touristy, but I don’t think so. I love it! Check it out! http://thepirateshouse.com/
Wow! I seem to have a LOT to offer by way of FOOD! LOL! Well you can’t come to Savannah, GA and NOT jump in line to eat at The Lady and Sons (Paula Deen’s restaurant). Too much deliciousness to mention–but all YUMMY! (and her sons are HOT! LOL!) Everyone wants to step inside The Lady and Sons, so if you’re one of those you need to get in line about an hour before lunch. I KNOW! A LONG WAIT! Only you decide if it’s worth it! I think it is, and I have several of her cookbooks and LOVE THEM! 🙂 http://www.ladyandsons.com/
Wanna see a cool fort? Fort Pulaski, on the way to the now-infamous Tybee Island, is a place you want to hit! It’s cool, eerie, and will take you back in time! You’ve got to check out Tybee Island while you’re almost there–cool lighthouse, and MOVIES are being FILMED there! LOL! http://tybeevisit.com/attractions/fort-pulaski
Wanna see a little of Riley’s world? Step onto the wild side of Savannah and visit one of her eclectic clubs: http://www.wormholebar.com/ Cool!
You can find just about anything to do by going to this website: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/Georgia/Attractions/Savannah/Photos/19805
Everything from pics of the squares, the Cotton Exchange Building, Factor’s Walk, and River Street. Restaurants, B&B’s, and the historic houses found on the city tours. You’ll be in for a fantastic weekend!
Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King. Growing up on the salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia, she was always fascinated by the city’s ancient cobblestones, eerie church spires and Gothic Revival architect—as well as the dark, not-so-publicized side of Savannah, both steeped in tumultuous history. After an education at Armstrong Atlantic University, she forged her love of Gothic literature with an active imagination to pen her own stories. She is now a full time writer and lives amidst the moss and shadows of Savannah.
There is a reason we fear the night…As Savannah’s most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe is quite familiar with the local underground scene. She lives and works on the edge of it every day.Now, she’s about to step over the edge.When her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by centuries-old vampires, Riley discovers a world of shadows and blood–and those who exist there.Her ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, who is attracted both to Riley’s beauty as well as her one-of-a-kind blood type. A blood type he is not alone in craving.To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley will face dangers she’s never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour all in its vile grasp.