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Moon Charleston & Savannah (Moon Handbooks) [Paperback]

Jim Morekis
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27 Sep 2012 Moon Handbooks
Connect Savannah Editor-in-Chief Jim Morekis shares the must-see sights and local secrets of Charleston and Savannah, from exploring the French Quarter to kayaking in the Golden Isles. Morekis includes unique trip strategies like Literary Lark--following the life and work of authors Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allen Poe, and John Berendt--and his Kayaker's Paradise tour. Including expert advice on walking the squares of Savannah's Historic District and dining on she-crab soup in Beaufort, Moon Charleston & Savannah gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 5th Revised edition edition (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612383440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612383446
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 14.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Morekis grew up in Savannah, and he's used to Charlestonians regarding his hometown as a wayward little sibling. As for the ongoing debate over which city is better, Jim calls it a tie: Charleston has better long-term planning, but Savannah has to-go cups (allowing anyone to explore the Historic District with a beer or cocktail in hand). As the longtime editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Connect Savannah, the University of Georgia graduate has written about and experienced pretty much every cultural happening in Savannah. Jim's favorite Carolina pastimes include relaxing on Edisto Island, climbing lighthouses on the Outer Banks, eating shrimp and grits in Charleston, playing miniature golf at Myrtle Beach, and walking through old cemeteries. When not busy writing, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Handbooks - Charleston & Savannah 1 Oct 2011
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This is the second Moon Handbook I have purchased and again it is excellent. Though the photographs are in black and white, these are numerous and the level of detail is very good. A great read also as there are lots of boxed feature articles relating interesting contextual details. Good clear maps and hotel & restaurant recommendations complete the picture. The best US guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - a wonderful find 7 Mar 2011
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I bought a couple of books for my trip to charleston and savannah but they didnt have everything i expected to find - then found this book and what a great book it is. I took this book with me on my travel and it really helped me with my itinerary of things to see and do. Its well written and easy to get around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent descriptive book 13 April 2014
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This book on Charleston & Savannah fulfilled all my expectations.The detailed discriptions of the places is just what I needed for my trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide 7 May 2009
By Eleanor H. - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent guide to Savannah, where I visited for 3 days. (I can't judge the Charleston part, since I was there for less than a day, but I assume it was equally good.) This guide has good information on the sights, restaurants, etc. plus it gives a good feeling for the culture and atmosphere of Savannah. It is easy to use. It provided information that I wouldn't have known otherwise -- about the free bus that goes around the historic district.

I loved Savannah and this guidebook helped me to enjoy it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for locals and tourists 8 Jan 2009
By S. Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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I've lived in Savannah for ten years, and I have learned so much from this book. The entries are witty, informative, and fun to read. The history sections make the past come alive. The author is the editor of the local alternative entertainment magazine, Connect Savannah, so you really get a insiders look at Savannah, but his Charleston section really comes alive as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go to Savannah without it! 29 Jan 2009
By SurferNova - Published on Amazon.com
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Travel is about 2 things...seeing the sights and having memorable experiences. The first is easy, the second is THE REASON to buy this book. Jim Morekis' local knowledge makes this book a huge assett to finding yourself in those wonderful situations that you can't wait to tell to friends once you're back home. All travel books should be like this!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to the coast from Charleston to south of Savannah 17 Mar 2010
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good guide to this part of the country. The author writes well and makes the entire book a joy to read. It's no ordinary directory of places to sleep and eat. The compilation of sights is excellent, as are the suggested itineraries for travelers of varying interests. There are plenty of cultural and historical contexts to make for enjoyable and informative reading as well.

Jim brings a real working knowledge of these cities to his writing and it shows. Though presented together in this guide, Charleston and Savannah are two different species. Charleston is the older town, with roots in the English Caribbean, and is the more dense and quaint of the two. Savannah is of a bolder, more self-consciously Anglo-Irish presentation. Charleston is thoroughly gentrified, and is blindingly expensive. Savannah still has areas that are on the up, and are accessible to mere mortals.

The coverage is most complete in Savannah, and the author is really in his element here. It's the best chapter in the book. The section on Charleston is a bit thin, but Charleston is so rich with sights and sounds that it's difficult to distill that material into something small enough for a guide like this. As it is, I like the author's choices of sites.

For a travel guide to really earn its place, it needs to bring the best, most authentic and most valuable lodging, dining, shopping, culturing and outdooring options to its readers. This one does that well, but I did get the feeling that the listings for Charleston were a bit incomplete, particularly for lodgings. The "Fodor In Focus" guide is slightly better in this area.

The listings that ARE included are right up to date. You won't be led astray by erroneous references, "out of business" signs, or disconnected phone numbers. He's included the most well-known and reputable establishments, so they'll be alive and well when you arrive.

Beaufort, South Carolina, a kinder, gentler (and smaller!) version of Charleston gets a nice spread in these pages too. So Southern it hurts, and a many-time movie set, Beaufort is worth your attention as a stop on your way from Charleston to Savannah.

Overall, I'd say this is about as good a guide as you can expect for this region, squeezed into about 400 pages. And as long as you use the guide as intended - as a travel guide, rather than as a history book - you will be satisfied with its content.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide 4 Nov 2012
By Howard Schulman - Published on Amazon.com
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I just came back from vacation, 4 days in Savannah and about 8 days in Charleston (thank you Hurricane Sandy for a 3 day extension !!). In addition to the Moon Guide, I had the city guides from Frommers for both cities with me, and a slightly outdated (the most recent edition) of Lonely Planet, and the Explorer's Guide. The Moon edition in this case was the best as far as quality information and usability. The others were also helpful, but the author of the Moon edition just knew his cities the best. Believe me. I scoured all books for both cities while I was there.

Enjoy both cities. Some out-of-the way, off-the-beaten-path excellent suggestions: Bonaventure Cemetery, Gullah (African American) history tour on Hilton Head Island, BrookGreen Gardens, tour of Dufuskie Island, the SS Hunley, Fort Sumter---well Fort Sumter isn't off the beaten path, but after seeing it and listening to the park ranger tell the story of how the Civil War started you'll be very gald you saw it. It's easy to miss Fort Sumter because it sits on a small island only reachable by a 30 minute ferry ride.
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