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Destination Savannah: Happy Holly Days

November 17, 2010

It seemed like such a silly question to ask, I know, but I needed to be sure.

Dialing the number for the Savannah Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, I’ll admit I felt like a bit of a dunderhead but a polite, enthusiastic man answered the phone and put me right at ease. After a few exchanged pleasantries, I focused on the reason for my call. “Tell me,” I asked him, “does Savannah pretty much shut down for Thanksgiving?”

That was almost three months ago, when I was faced with the decision of once again either spending my Thanksgiving holiday alone in New Jersey eating Chinese takeout, or using the opportunity to venture off into the unknown.

“Oh, no,” he answered brightly. “We have a festival where we shut down the main drag and put in an ice skating rink and snow and everything.”

The last time I was at an ice skating rink was roughly thirteen years ago. I fell, landed on someone else’s skate blade, and had to be “escorted” off the ice by a pair of nice-looking men. It’s not exactly a great memory–one guy with his hands under your armpits while the other held your feet as they cleared the dead weight of your fear-paralyzed body from the ice.

But my ears perked up at the thought of ice skating—outdoors, no less—in Savannah, Georgia, the subtropical South.

I’m pretty sure the gentleman who answered the phone that day almost three months ago had no idea on how quickly he’d sold me on the idea of Thanksgiving in Savannah. And I’m finally one week away.

What’s got me really excited?

Enjoying a Southern-style Thanksgiving dinner.  Wandering among the eroded, patina’d headstones of centuries-old cemeteries. Waiting in line for hours just for a taste of the lunchtime repast at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. The Riverwalk. Blues clubs. Tybee Island. And meeting the locals (Savannahans? Savannahians? Savannahites?).

There are still a few things I need to do before I board that southbound train. Packing for Savannah’s warm days and cold nights. Deciding on one of the two hotels I’ve booked. Breaking in my new shoes (yes, I bought new walking shoes–that’s just how I roll!). Finishing up a few projects at work. Completing the first draft of my grad school term paper (eek!). Cleaning up my apartment. And when I’m done, it’s going to be crazy, non-stop fun and/or relaxation for six whole days. I can’t wait!

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  1. terriberry permalink
    November 18, 2010 2:47 pm

    I’ve never been ice skating or seen snow. Snows in some parts of oz, but I think it would be better seeing it overseas.Definitely on my ‘must do’ list. Knowing me, I would fall over ice skating. Pitty my mum & I won’t be seeing snow on our europe and uk holiday when we go in may after next year. Apparantly that is the best time to go.

    Sorry to hear about the fall you had. Good thing those guys came to your rescue! Thank goodness for long pants too lol. Must be freezing on ice.

    Enjoy the holiday. Hope you have a merry christmas too and fab new year!


    • November 18, 2010 9:29 pm


      I didn’t see snow until I was 12 years old myself (and that’s a whole other funny story) but it’s well worth the wait. Hope you get your first snow experience soon!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year right back!

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