Savannah has a lot of nicknames, in fact, i use several in my blogs such as “Slowvannah”! These nicknames are all fairly accurate depending on the day, the situation, the time of year, or the mood of the person using the nicknames. i like them all, but the one i am most proud of is “The Hostess City of The South”. To me this implies that Savannah is “female”, strong, confident and resilient, able to understand and accept change and do it with a drink in one hand and a smile on her face. Lets be honest, Savannah has been hosting since before Oglethorpe arrived in 1733! She welcomed Native Americans 10,000 years ago and her biggest enemy, Sherman, in 1864! Today Savannah greets millions of visitors each year from all parts of this planet who are looking to explore all of her charms both real and imaginary. Folks come to my fair city today to eat, drink, stroll, soak in history, explore where over 100 movies have been filmed! People can shop local, see huge container ships come up the river to our port, run into a movie star or two and go to the beach all in one day! Heaven!!!
i consider myself a “mini” hostess of the hostess city…i’m just in training, learning the ropes, practicing for the big event. i’ve always loved entertaining but when i moved here i made it my mission to be as good as it gets when it comes to welcoming strangers and friends into my home, my city, my crazy new world named Savannah. It started just a few weeks after we landed here when my darling husband, bless his heart, printed out and beautifully bound up for me the official city tour guide training manual. At first it looked like 100 plus pages of minutia until my OCD kicked in and i realized this was my calling (even though i love dressing in black and white i could not imagine a nunnery accepting ME!). i studied that damn book everywhere, we bonded, it became my new best friend…i fell in love with every single word on every single page. Savannah and her history was being born in front of my eyes, recreating herself in my soul…i needed to, and still need to, know every single little thing i could about her, all of her stories, all of her secrets and all of her sins. Long story short, i studied for a year, took the test, passed on my first try and got the best job ever with a company named Savannah Taste Experience.
i am old, i have worked every kind of job known to man kind, i have been salaried with benefits and poor, working for tips but getting this job with this wee company was like winning lotto 3 times in a row! What could go wrong? Me and my skinny little no ass wandering around my beautiful city with people from everywhere… they eat great food and i talk about Savannah!!!! Most unbelievable part, they PAID me to do it!!! i pinched myself so hard so many times i looked like the most bruised peach in the fruit aisle… i “hosted” with this job for 3.5 years, watched hundreds of people experience Savannah through its incredible food and even more tantalizing history, and continued to learn more and more about this fascinating city every single day! This great job that i loved so much gave me the confidence to jump off on my own and start hostessing in a different way… as an AirBnb right here in the “hostess city of the south”, Savannah.
As i write all this i know i have to blog about being an AirBnB host AND about being a food tour guide, there are so many stories to tell, so many secrets to share but it will have to wait for another day! i have beds to make, bathrooms to clean, and people to meet and greet… i am a hostess after all! Enjoy!