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Brunswick Travel Guide, Georgia

Settled in Georgia, 5 miles S of Savannah, Brunswick is a hop-off point for the offshore sea island but it is not a very touristy place despite its beautiful surroundings with antique houses, palms, flowering shrubs, and live oaks. Being an important port even since its early times, it has a natural harbor where many oceangoing ships dock and boasts a productive shipyard that beginning from 1943 has built a great number of large cargo vessels.

The town prides itself as being the "shrimp capital of the world” and it is so as the port is full of shrimp boats and the site of shrimps being brought in is worth watching. The waterfront off Bay Street is one of the main points of interest and oceangoing freighters are often seen here.

From the docks you can easily explore the town on foot and meet the southern hospitality of the locals while visiting antique shops, art galleries, a wide array of specialty stores, restaurants. Eventually you will get to Union Street beautifully lined with trees and south along it you can visit Old Town with old houses that reflect a variety of styles dating from 1819 with a mix of architecture and a layout that resembles that of Savannah. The tendency is to protect and enhance the special historic character and charm of Old Town and the how well they protect their historical heritage can be seen from the fact that Brunswick is one of the few American towns that kept the pre-Revolutionary English street names.

Another love of the locals is for the trees and they have two special ones: The Lanier Oak that it is said to have inspired Georgia poet, Sidney Lanier for his “The Marshes of Glynn” and the other one is the 9-centuries-old Lover's Oak.

But Brunswick is known for its local specialties including luscious smoky barbecue, the local Brunswick stew, coleslaw, honey-flavored baked beans and fragrant sauce. The local Brunswick stew is a must for those who appreciate good food. What makes it so special is the way they combine the meats and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, okra, lima beans, and corn and if you want to try it the old way you can choose to use squirrel, rabbit, or what you can hunt and you will have an exquisite dish. Those who would like to taste different recipes should get ready for one-of-a-kind of culinary adventure during the Brunswick Stewbilee.

When the sun sets, the favorite attractions includes the dinner and casino cruises aboard the 200-foot luxury cruiser called Emerald Princess. The options are diverse and you can choose dining, dancing, and live entertainment on one level, and then you can continue your night at the other level hosting a full casino with slot machines, poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette.

If the boat worked its charm on you, you can sign up for one of the cruises that depart from Golden Isles. All cruises offer a full meal at sea, with music, dancing, and games such as scavenger hunts.

With so much on hand you should consider Brunswick as your next destination and you can come any time as its mild year-round weather will guarantee a pleasant experience for everybody.

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