It’s early February, and I’m sitting in one of my favorite cafés on this beautiful Thursday afternoon, sipping some hot apple cider, listening to people laugh, and really just enjoying myself. Randy, my boyfriend, and I always try to get downtown as much as possible, and The Sentient Bean is one of our favorite stops for lunch or dinner. The Sentient Bean is a vegetarian and vegan café. I am by no means a vegetarian, but this place is amazing. The ingredients are natural and fresh. The prices are reasonable, and you get a lot for your money. They always have an assortment of freshly baked goodies available, and the smoothies, herbal teas, and coffee are all wonderful. My favorite thing to order is the Greek panini, and I always get a cup of the hot apple cider, it’s the best I’ve ever had. This place is always full of a diverse crowd. S.C.A.D. students, lawyers, professors, doctors, artists, authors, designers… you name it, they’re there. The atmosphere is relaxing, comfortable, and cozy. The staff is inviting and friendly. And the food?… it’s absolutely delicious! If you’re in the area, this is definitely a must-stop.
After lunch, and while Randy was off riding his bike, I took a walk around Forsyth Park, which is right across the street from The Sentient Bean. The weather is perfect today; the sky is blue, sun is shining, air is crisp, and the birds are chirping. Savannah really is an incredible city and has so much to offer. Yes, it has faults, and yes, some of them are pretty big. But all in all, I don’t want to be anywhere else. I’ve moved around a lot and I always come back. If you have pets, you can’t find a friendlier and more welcoming city for them to be in. I love taking Havoc and Sofie to Forsyth Park, there’s so much room for them to run and play, it’s quiet for the most part, and everyone is always so friendly. I love the trees here, they’re amazing and so majestic. The Spanish moss adds a whimsical touch, and the statues, monuments, and fountains are all lovely and give you plenty to learn about. You can even enjoy a beer or mixed drink while you take a stroll, and there isn’t a better spot than Forsyth to stop and enjoy a picnic.
History runs deep in Savannah, and Forsyth is no exception. In the 1840s, William Brown Hodgson (1801-1871) conceived the idea of setting aside ten acres of wooded land at this site for the development of Savannah’s first recreational park. It was named for former Georgia Governor John Forsyth (1780-1841). William Bischoff created the original landscape design. In the early 1850s improvements to the park included removal of some pines for walkways and ornamental plantings, benches, and iron fencing around the perimeter. In 1854 the fountain and radiating walks were added. Originally created as a military parade ground, the twenty one acre Park Extension was added in 1867. The dummy forts were built in c. 1909 and used for training during World War 1.
No matter where you wander to in Savannah, there’s a story to hear. It’s a city rich in history. I recommend taking in the sights via a trolley or horse and carriage tour. The ghost tours are amazing and I haven’t been part of one I haven’t liked. Most of the ghost tours are on foot, which I prefer, but you can always hop inside a hearse if you’d rather be driven to the sites. Things can move a bit slow at times around here, but once you’re here you’ll understand why. No one is in a hurry because they’re simply enjoying themselves, they don’t want to rush from one place to the next. You slow down, relax, take it all in, and enjoy the magic of this beautiful and historic city.