The 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival

October 23rd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah Food & Wine FestivalThe second annual Savannah Food & Wine Festival, a natural outgrowth of Taste of Savannah, which took the city by storm last year, is back and scheduled for November 10th through the 16th, 2014.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival continues to build on last year’s overwhelming success with this year’s event. A food-lover’s dream, The 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival promises more special dinners and wine tastings, more cooking demonstrations and competitions, more celebrities, and more entertainment than ever before!

Take a look at just a few of the highlights and you’ll see what I mean:

Celebrity Chef Tour – Wednesday November 12th, 2014
The Savannah Food & Wine Festival’s Celebrity Chef Tour is an epic culinary event with award-winning, James Beard Foundation chefs teaming up for an amazing and interactive dining experience. This year’s Celebrity Chef Tour includes some of the Southeast’s leading chefs, including: Katie Button, Steven Satterfield, Kevin Gillespie, Jay Swift, and Rich Beichner.

Grand Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction – Thursday, November 13
This Grand Reserve Tasting, presented by the Big Green Egg, is THE wine-lover’s event of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. With every wine involved rated at 90+ points and averaging $50 per bottle, this is sure to be a stellar event – and a sell-out! Silent auction items are set to include one-of-a-kind wine lots, luxury travel opportunities, valuable merchandise, and services.

Epicurean Learning Experience – Friday, November 14, 2014
The Epicurean Learning Experience event is cooking classes, demonstrations, and seminars designed for anyone interested in wine, beer, spirits, and the culinary arts. A pass to this all-day event includes access to all six sessions:
“Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” with Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart Cooking Demo
“Cabernet & Beef” with Master Sommelier, Larry O’Brien, Jackson Family Estates & Hunter Cattle Co.
“South in Your Mouth”, chefs Sallie Ann Robinson, Joe Randall and Virginia Willis, Moderator: Damon Lee Fowler
“Bourbonistas” Four Roses Bourbon, Virgil Kaine Bourbon and more.
Linkie Marais, Food Network, Big Green Egg Grilling Demo with Master Beer Sommelier, Marc Stroobandt, Stella Artois brand ambassador
Chef Lenny McNab, the Gourmet Cowboy, “Pig & Pinot” Big Green Egg Grilling Demo, with Marita Esteva, La Crema National Ambassador

Taste of Savannah – Saturday, November 15, 2014
The 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival’s main event, Taste of Savannah is an exciting way to enjoy some incredible Savannah food. With food from some of Savannah’s best restaurants, hundreds of free wines, Belgian beers, and other spirits all available for free, unlimited tastings along with five free food tokens, you’d be a fool to miss this event. You can also attend a variety of cooking demonstrations, peruse the Artisan Market, rub elbows at the Celebrity Author’s Tent, and enjoy the Bartender’s Challenge and Waiter’s Race contests.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Nov 10th – 16th, 2014
For tickets and a full schedule, be sure to visit: www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com

Savannah Lodging
McMillan Inn is the perfect place to stay during your culinary Savannah getaway. Our 1888, Italianate Revival Inn has four rooms and a Carriage House to choose from and all conveniently located in the Landmark Historic District, within minutes of Savannah’s most popular destinations. Stay at McMillan Inn for lush appointments that will transport you to comfort and relaxation.

Have a Savannah Halloween

October 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah HalloweenSavannah’s reputation as “America’s Most Haunted City” makes it a great place to celebrate America’s spookiest holiday! How will you celebrate your Savannah Halloween?

In a city enshrouded in history, celebrating Halloween is a snap, the difficulty is choosing from among the options! Here’s a guide to some of the more popular Savannah Halloween events and attractions

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McMillan Inn’s Romantic Savannah Lodging Specials

September 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Take advantage of our Romantic Savannah Lodging SpecialsThere’s no reason your romantic Savannah Getaway should be an unaffordable, cookie-cutter experience. McMillan Inn’s Savannah Lodging Specials were created with the aim of making your stay both affordable and unforgettable!

Lots of folks pick Savannah, GA as their romantic destination of choice – and who can blame them? Savannah’s historic beauty makes it the perfect place to profess or renew your love to the special someone in your life – whether you’ve just come together or are celebrating a decades-long relationship.

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Get Your Vroom On at The 2014 Savannah Speed Classic!

September 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah Speed ClassicStrap yourself in and get ready to get your hair blown back: the 2014 Savannah Speed Classic is scheduled for October 23rd through the 26th!

Folks don’t realize it but Grand Prix racing was born in Savannah and the 2014 Savannah Speed Classic is a direct reflection of that grand tradition, replete with snarling engines, the squeal of hot rubber, and the roar of the amped up crowd.

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Old Fort Jackson – The Oldest Standing Brick Fort in the US

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Fort Jackson - The Oldest Standing Brick Fort in the USGeorgia’s oldest standing brick fortification is beautifully preserved and located on the Savannah River: Old Fort Jackson, constructed before the War of 1812.

Old Fort Jackson is one of Savannah’s many, must-see National Historic Landmarks. Ordered built by then President, Thomas Jefferson, as part of a national defense system, Old Fort Jackson is named after the one-time governor of Georgia, James Jackson. It saw action in its efforts to to defend Savannah during both the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Always a strategic area, Old Fort Jackson was constructed atop the site of an older, earthenwork fort built in the mid 1700′s against British invaders. This earlier emplacement was abandoned in 1778, however, after a wave of illness convinced folks that its earth was “unhealthy.”

The Civil War saw Confederate troops using the fort’s defenses against Union forces until December of 1864, when Old Fort Jackson fell during General Sherman’s destructive “March to the Sea”. The Confederate men stationed at the fort did what they could to render the facility unusable to their enemies before retreating, including rigging the front gates to explode and setting the barracks on fire.

Despite this, Old Fort Jackson survived and now you can visit it! Managed by the Coastal Heritage Society, Old Fort Jackson is open seven days a week, offering daily cannon firings, interactive programs, and unique views of Savannah’s riverfront skyline and the Talmadge Bridge. Don’t miss it!

Old Fort Jackson

Open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm
1 Fort Jackson Rd.
Savannah, GA 31404
chsgeorgia.org/Old-Fort-Jackson.html

Old Fort Jackson Lodging
Like so much of what brings people out for a Savannah vacation, Old Fort Jackson is but a 10 minute drive from McMillan Inn. Our convenient location in the Landmark Historic District of Savannah means that most of what you’ll want to see is easily accessible and just minutes away – often on foot! After all, Savannah is: “America’s best pedestrian city,” and our restored, 1888 Italianate Revival Inn is perfectly situated to make that motto ring true!

Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah's Cathedral of Saint John the BaptistThe grand architectural beauty and rich history of Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is affecting beyond words and worth visiting – no matter your personal beliefs.

Construction began on Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in 1873 and was completed in 1896 – making it oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia. You might well wonder at why it took so long for such a structure to be built in Georgia, given that the state was established in 1732 and one of the original 13 colonies of the US.

What this set of facts overlooks, however, is the general mistrust for Catholicism that existed in the early days of the US.

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Visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Oatland Island Wildlife CenterLooking for something wild to do in Savannah? How about a visit to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center?

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah features 175 acres of maritime forest, freshwater wetlands, and salt marsh habitat, crisscrossed by a 2 mile-long “Native Animal Nature Trail” that affords you the opportunity to view over 60 species of indigenous, North American animals, many of which are considered endangered.

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The 2014 Savannah VOICE Festival

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah Voice FestivalThe Savannah VOICE Festival is a two-week celebration of excellence in vocals through opera, musical theater and popular songs, scheduled for August 1st through the 17th, 2014.

Offering a host of programs – both performance and educational – many of the Savannah VOICE Festival events are free, while others require tickets for admission, ranging from $18 to $65. Below is a quick overview of just a few of the events on tap at the Savannah VOICE Festival, designed to whet your appetite for what is sure to be an amazing exhibition of talent:

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Savannah’s Georgia State Railroad Museum

June 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Georgia State Railroad MuseumIf you’re a railroad enthusiast – and honestly, once you get up close to one of these magnificent machines, who isn’t? – you’ll definitely want to make the Georgia State Railroad Museum part of your Savannah vacation.

The Georgia State Railroad Museum is located at what was once the Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities and, as such, is a National Historic Landmark.

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Don’t Miss the 2014 Savannah Theatre Season

June 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Savannah Theatre Season is in full swing and, if you haven’t had a chance to look at the schedule, you should do so! This historic venue, the “oldest theater in America,” has a reputation for putting on iconic stage shows that stay with you long after the curtains go down – and the 2014 Season is no exception.

Explore the 2014 Savannah Theatre Season

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