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Isle of Hope

Isle of Hope lives up to its dreamy name as a lovely coastal community on a horseshoe-shaped bend on the Skidaway River, surrounded by tidal inlets. Though normally a peninsula, it indeed becomes its true island self at high tide. In the mid-1800s, Isle of Hope was a popular place for Savannah residents to spend the summer, escaping to the island to avoid the heat and mosquitos in the city. Many of these 19th-century retreats are still standing, with Greek Revival, Victorian, and Craftsman houses making up the Isle of Hope Historic District. At the Wormsloe Historic Site, visit one of Georgia’s most famous and photogenic sights: the Avenue of Oaks, a mile and a half of 400 moss-covered oak trees, first planted in 1891. Nearby, the historic neighborhood of Sandfly has become a destination for its popular restaurants and shops. Boaters can dock in the marina, capable of accommodating dinghies to mega-yachts.

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Living in Savannah

Gorgeous and welcoming, Savannah is lovely to behold and even lovelier to live in. The lifeblood of this city, founded in 1733, is the Savannah River, flowing around and through the entire metropolis. And its heart? That’s Savannah’s legendary urban planning, created by town founder James Oglethorpe. A visionary town planner, Oglethorpe incorporated parks and gardens throughout, with pedestrian-scaled streets. Replicable and non-hierarchical, Savannah’s town plan remained the guiding light for the city’s new developments through the twentieth century. As a result, Savannah is a place that feels utterly livable, whether you’re relaxing on the beach, drinking and strolling on River Street, or just enjoying a delicious seafood meal, surrounded by moss-covered oak trees.