Savannah is just charming and a joy to visit! This much-celebrated destination has been enticing visitors with her sultry ambiance, Low-Country cuisine, striking beauty and old-world charm for centuries. Perhaps one of the better Christmas gifts, Savannah was given to President Lincoln by General Sherman in 1864. Along with her world-class reputation for hospitality and grace, Savannah will draw you in with her romantic ambiance and capture your heart.

Very much a walking city, Savannah has 22 beautiful and historic squares laid out in the 1700s by General James Oglethorpe, glorious moss draped trees and cobblestone streets. One of the most famous is Chippewa Square, where scenes from Forrest Gump were filmed; the bench where he waited for the bus is now in the Savannah History Museum.

River Street was once cotton warehouses but now houses some of Savannah’s best shops, restaurants and hotels. Take a river cruise on a sternwheeler or just sit and watch the enormous ships come and go into one of the US’s busiest ports. A foodie city to savour, there is little better than enjoying a nice cold glass of wine or Georgia iced peach tea on the water front as the sun sets. There is also a surprising number of rooftop bars and restaurants tucked away throughout the city offering views of the cobblestone streets and historic landmarks.

Forsyth Park, which dates back to the 1840s, occupies 30 acres in Savannah’s Historic District. The iconic fountain in the center of the park is a landmark in itself and take a walk through the park’s Fragrant Garden, especially glorious in the springtime. Head on to Broughton Street and enjoy an ice-cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor, which has been serving for almost a century. The City Market in the heart of the Historic District has nightly live entertainment as well as all a myriad of restaurants, art galleries and shops.

Last but not least, no visit to Savannah is complete without visiting Tybee Island, just 20 minutes from the Historic District. Tybee Island is home to three miles of beautiful beaches where you can eat locally-caught seafood and visit a number of historic sites.

Combine your stay in the city with a visit to the Golden Isles 100 miles of glorious coastline about an hour from Savannah.

There were a lot of highlights on the holiday and really unfair to pick one or two out but we had another great holiday with Frontier America.

Mr Merkin - Travelled to New England