Savannah was co-founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. Considered America’s first planned city, Oglethorpe is responsible for the city’s pretty public squares. By 1750, slavery arrived with a vengeance. Being a port city, making it an invaluable prize as a naval base and supply center, Savannah was spared from ignition by Union forces in 1865. Charleston was also spared since the Confederate army had already abandoned it.
The South has long presented some of America’s most exciting and delicious food. Today, both cities are brimming with artisans and gourmands doing innovative things with Southern ingredients. By honouring the past without being overly wedded to it, transplants like Bill & David at Sugar Bakeshop (Charleston, SC) and Cheryl & Griffith at Back in the Day (Savannah, GA) are creating culinary alchemy.
Don’t let Charleston’s ‘old South’ reputation confuse you ; Zero George hotel has no doilies or chintz. What it does have: restored colonial architecture, Architectural Digest-worthy interiors, an inventive local restaurant and plenty of shaded piazzas (that’s a veranda, in Charleston-speak) for your afternoon kiki. And both cities are blessed with those dreamy Spanish Moss-draped oaks.
*update June, 2019: David and Bill, longtime owners of Sugar Bakeshop since 2007, have handed over the keys and plan to move to a farm in the tiny town of Sedgwick, Maine.