Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam coming to Savannah

April 22nd, 2013 by Katie Pate

Has your curiosity been peaked about what exactly happens during a Cirque Du Soleil show? Perhaps you’ve already seen one and loved every minute and breathtaking feat. Either way, you don’t need to go all the way to Las Vegas to see a show. The Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam performance will be in Savannah from May 7 – 9 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). The show is 2.5 hours long and ticket prices start at $18 and continue up to $100.

Quidam Reviews

Check out some of this feedback on Quidam from reviewers on Ticketmaster.com:

“We saw Alegria in San Francisco and again in Honolulu and was enthralled by the show. I was prepared to see some of the same things with Quidam, but the show did not disappoint. The story line was carried through in the scenes. It was totally amazing and we were gripping the edge of our seats several times throughout the show. quidam-cirque-du-soleil-in-savannahThe music made the show a larger success and helped to build up the anxiety with some of the scenes. The musicians and the cast are truly professionals and the show reflected their passion. We enjoyed the show tremendously and would recommend it to our friends and family. The only thing that I might suggest is that I would not bring a child under the age of 4. Some of the scenes might be hard for them to understand and might make them fidgety and you won’t enjoy the show yourself.” – Pohai56

“We’ve seen several Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas. This show is fabulous. It was absolutely fantastic! Top quality performers putt on an incredible show. The show was top notch. I would go again in a heartbeat. The story was played out in such an imaginative way. Costumes are so terrific. The time the performers put into the acrobatics must be so intense. Kudos to the whole cast of performers.” – 123goto

Coming to Savannah for Cirque de Soleil?

If seeing Quidam is one of your priorities this spring, we invite you to stay at our bed and breakfast in the beautiful historic district of Savannah while you are in town.

 

Tybee Wine Festival

March 27th, 2013 by Katie Pate

A five day wine festival on the beautiful Tybee Island – what better way to welcome Spring to Savannah?

Come to Savannah from April 10 – 14 and celebrate wine, food and the beauty of the Spring bounty at the Tybee Wine Festival. Each day of the event has a theme and its own admission fee, between $35 and $60.

Wednesday April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Wining and Dining – “The Art of Pairing”

A wine connoisseur will lead you through a specially prepared five-course meal, each course perfectly matched with an assortment of fine wines. Learn the dynamic of each dish and associated wine flavor. Descriptors of aroma and taste will suddenly make sense, and you too, will understand the art of pairing food and wine! At the Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave. $60 plus $5.00 tax and handling ($25 of which is a tax deductible contribution). Tax and gratuity are included.

Thursday April 11 at 11:30 a.m. Seafood School – “Seafood Treasures from the Golden Isles”

Perfect your seafood skills with expert chefs from the Savannah area. Watch, learn, ask questions and sample! Five scrumptious seafood dishes via fabulous culinary demonstrations! See the chefs and their dishes on the Tybee Wine Festival website. Tybee Lite Shrine Club, 1 Meddin Avenue. $55 plus $3.00 tax and handling ($20 of which is a tax deductible contribution).

Friday April 12 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. An Evening of Oysters & Wineoysters-and-wine-pairing

Legend has it that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros. Thus began the belief that oysters, harvested and consumed since Roman times, hold special aphrodisiac powers. Along with oysters will be an array of perfectly matched wines – all designed to complement your oyster feast – and live music! Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill 404 Butler Avenue. $40 plus $2.00 tax and handling ($25 of which is a tax deductible contribution).

Saturday, April 13 from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Grand Wine Tasting

This is the Tybee Wine Festival signature event, featuring tastings and samplings of international wine and morsels from favorite eateries on Tybee Island and nearby areas, all on the beautiful grounds of the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse. This event also features a live and silent auction, live music and a limited edition 2013 Tybee Wine Festival glass. Feel free to bring your own blanket or chair but no coolers please. Tybee Island Lighthouse Grounds 30 Meddin Drive. $50 plus $2.00 tax and handling ($30 of which is a tax deductible contribution).

Sunday, April 14 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Champagne Brunch

Close out the Tybee Wine Festival with a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Feast on a scrumptious buffet of homemade delights. The Crab Shack, 40 Estill Hammock Road. $35 plus $2.50 tax and handling ($10 of which is a tax deductible contribution). Includes two glasses of Champagne, tax and gratuity.

Savannah Lodging

If you are coming to Savannah for the Wine Festival, please consider our historic district bed and breakfast for your accommodations, less than 30 minutes away from Tybee Island. We would love to host your stay during your Spring escape!

 

 

 

Paula Deen of the Food Network and Family Holding a Book Signing

March 13th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Join famed celebrity chef Paula Deen with her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, for a book signing at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House (104 Bryan Wood Rd.) on Monday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting one hour before the book signing. You will be able to take a picture with this famous Southern family, but no cameras are permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.

If you are a Paula Deen fan, keep in mind she will be on the Jay Leno Show on Friday March 26.

Paula’s Story and Savannah Connection

Paula Deen and her son Jamie and Bobby will back in Savannah for a Book Signing

Paula Deen and her son Jamie and Bobby will back in Savannah for a Book Signing

As a young girl Paula grew up in Albany, Georgia. Paula married her high school sweetheart and became a mother, raising two adorable boys. Then, her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia (a fear of leaving your home and going outside). With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen’s professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

Deen’s first business, The Bag Lady, brought out Paula’s strengths and stabilized her family. She moved her catering company to a small restaurant at a Best Western motel in Savannah and finally opened her first restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with Bobby and Jamie five years later. The restaurant was a hit! That popularity encouraged Paula to write her first cookbook, 1998’s The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. This gave her fans the opportunity to try Paula’s recipes at home, and led to her first television appearance on QVC. Paula’s genuine warmth and folksy personality made her a natural for television. In 1999, USA Today food critic Jerry Shriver named The Lady and Sons “International Meal of the Year.”

The rest is history! If you are coming into Savannah for the book signing, or for any occasion, the McMillan Inn bed and breakfast in the Historic District of Savannah would love to be the place you call home during your visit!

 

Savannah Music Festival Lineup 2013

March 6th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Starting March 20 and lasting until April 6, the 10th the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) will present a world-class celebration of the musical arts! The annual festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

The festival takes place in venues all over Savannah during the two-week plus celebration, including:

  • Charles H Morris Center
  • Johnny Mercer Theater
  • River Street – Rousakis Plaza
  • Temple Mickve Israel
  • Trustees Theater
  • Christ Church Episcopal
  • Lucas Theater for the Arts
  • Ships of the Sea North Garden
  • Trinity United Methodist Church

SMF Lineup Highlights

Here are some of the artists and performances that we think look especially intriguing.

African blues & Creole-Cajun crossroads: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal; Cedric Watson & Dirk Powell: Friday and Saturday March 22 & 23, 6 & 8 p.m. shows on both days at the Charles H. Morris Theater. Tickets are $35

Zydeco Dance Party with Lil’ Wayne & his band Same Ol’ Two Step: Friday March 22 at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. shows at the Ships of the Sea North Garden. Tickets are $30.
Old Crow Medicine Show: (Rock ‘n’ Roll-folk-country) Friday March 22 at 8 p.m. inside the Johnny Mercer Theater. Tickets are $22-$65
Ahmad Jamal: (Jazz) Saturday March 23 at 3 p.m. inside the Trustees Theater. Tickets are $28-$60

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: An Evening of Music and Movement:  Saturday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Lucas Theater for the Arts. Tickets are $30-$65
Aaron Diehl: (Jazz Piano Soloist) Monday March 25 at 12:30 p.m. inside the Charles H Morris Center. Tickets are $20
Dr. John: (Funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots) Wednesday March 27 at 8 p.m. inside the Lucas Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25-$65
And many more! We barely made it through one week of performances!

Savannah Lodging for the Music Festival

McMillan Inn is a bed and breakfast in the historic district of Savannah, conveniently located within walking distance of some of  the venues. We still have availabilities for the music festival weekends, but make sure to book your room soon!

 

 

Take a Romantic Getaway in Savannah GA

February 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate

While Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it does not mean the need for romance is gone. Spring is right around the corner and some of the most beautiful days in Savannah are nearing. Azaleas will be in bloom, warm breezes crisscross the city and the humidity hasn’t picked up. If you have the time, getaway for a night or two in one of the most romantic cities in America: Savannah.

Romantic Weekend Getaway Package

Let us take a little of the responsibility and help you plan a great getaway that the two of you will remember for years (and hopefully repeat regularly!)

We offer a romance package that can be used with any stay, weekend or midweek. Our package includes:

Wine and Cheese Package at McMillan Inn

Enjoy a basket of Champagne, chocolate and cheeses as part of our Romance Package.

  • Couples Massage at nearby Sweet Water Day Spa. Relax your mind, body, and soul during a one hour full body Swedish Massage.
  • A trolley tour of Savannah for two. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of our lovely city while riding in an open air, old fashioned trolley. We can even arrange complimentary transportation to take you to and from the tour.
  • Tasty Treats. Choose from a romance basket filled with Champagne, Chocolates and Cheese, delivered to your room ready and waiting for your arrival. Or dine out at Jazz’d, one of our local, chic restaurants with Tapas for two.

All of this for $295 per couple!

Our Inn is one of the Most Romantic Places in Savannah!

We have luxurious period furnishings in all of our guestrooms. The inn is located in the heart of the historic district of Savannah, which means any way you turn, you find scenic streets lined with historic buildings, making it a wonderful place to take a stroll together. Forsyth Park is two blocks away, which is a great spot for a picnic.

We have lots of lovely outdoor spaces for the two of you to sip some champagne or a cool iced tea, like our veranda and courtyard with dipping pool. And of course, we have guestrooms with large Jacuzzi tubs, like the Carriage House.

 

 

Savannah Book Festival 2013

February 3rd, 2013 by Katie Pate

Are you a bookworm? During the winter months I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of something hot, allowing myself to become immersed in the story the author unfolds.

Next month is the return of the Savannah Book Festival, where authors from all over the nation will be in our city for book signings, readings and Q&A sessions. So circle the dates February 15 -17 for your opportunity to treat yourself or the bookworm in your family to a special weekend in Savannah.

Locations of Book Festival Events

Trustee’s Theater (Also called Lucas Theater for the Arts) – 32 Abercorn St.

The Trustee's Theater is hosting some of the events during the Savannah Book Festival, taking place Feb. 15-17, 2013

The Trustee’s Theater is hosting some of the events during the Savannah Book Festival, taking place Feb. 15-17, 2013

Less than a mile from our Historic District Inn, a 15 minute walk.

Telfair Square – 198 W York St. Less than eight blocks from the Trustee’s Theater, a 15 minute walk from our B&B.

Savannah Book Festival 2013 Schedule Highlights

Friday, February 15th

6 p.m. @ Trustee’s Theater ~ Keynote address by James Patterson followed by book signing. $10

Saturday, February 16th

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Telfair Square ~ Over 40 author presentations and book signings. Free and open to the public!

10 a.m. @ Trustee’s Theater ~ Presentation with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney followed by book signing. $5

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. @ Telfair Square in Author Signing Tent ~ Gregg Allman signing his book My Cross to Bear.

Sunday, February 17th

3 p.m. @ Trustee’s Theater ~ Closing Address with Honoree David Baldacci followed by book signing. $10

Featured Authors

Bobby Dean ~ Bobby Deen hosts “Not My Mother’s Meals” on the Cooking Channel. His new cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine, will be published in February.

Al Gore ~ Al Gore, vice president from 1993-2000 and Nobel Peace Prize winner is also the author of The Future, which is about political, economic and environmental change, released this January.

Jake Tapper ~ Jake Tapper recently joined CNN as anchor and chief Washington correspondent. He is a former senior White House correspondent for ABC News. The Outpost is about his experiences covering the Afghanistan War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Savannah Black Heritage Festival 2013

January 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Next month is the very popular and well – attended Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Each year, the festival presents programs and activities in the performing and visual arts for every age and interest at schools as well as public venues.

The festivities begin on February 1 with a performance by the Celo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in the Johnny Mercer Theater at the Savannah Civic Center. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m.

The Grand Festival Day will be Saturday, February 9 at the Savannah Civic Center. This full day of activities (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) is one of the highlights of the festival, and includes top entertainment, retail vending, ethnic cuisine, crafts workshops, and a health fair.savannah-black-heritage-festival-logo

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Savannah Boat Tours

January 5th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Winter in Savannah is not very cold; even in January the temperature usually floats around 60 degrees.

So why not do some outdoor exploring during your trip to Savannah? Bull River Cruises offers a winter eco tour that is sure to delight!

Travel the tidal creeks and rivers through the salt marshes down to the Georgia’s wild islands. An expert in Georgia ecology and history will guide your trip. Learn about marshland and tidal river ecology, view the undisturbed islands and learn the history of these pristine landscapes.

Watch dolphins at play and egrets stalking along the oyster beds. This educational trip is fun for all ages! Running through March 23; $160 (two people) and $25 for each additional person.

Savannah dolphin tour

Catch a glimpse of dolphins!

Other River and Dolphin Tours:

Dolphin Discovery Cruise: This shorter cruise is mostly about the local dolphins but is also filled with the scenery and wildlife found in the low country marshes. The guide will talk about and see marshes, crabs, pelicans and of course dolphins.

Savannah River – Thunderbolt – Skidaway River Tour: This tour is steeped in history. From Ft. Jackson to Bonaventure Cemetery, enjoy taking in the history and nature of Savannah and coastal Georgia. Thunderbolt, a historical fishing village, that sees more yachts then fishing boats today now that it is the home of Palmer Johnson, builder of megayachts. Skidaway River brings you past beautiful homes in the Modena and Isle of Hope area. This tour ends at Skidaway State Park where a bus awaits to take you back downtown.

Visiting Savannah Soon?

If you are planning a trip to Savannah, we hope you will consider staying with us in our historic district bed and breakfast. As innkeepers, we love to help our guests plan their perfect Savannah vacation. Whether that means fine dining, historical tours, nightlife or simply relaxation with in-room massages and other luxury amenities, we are here to help!

Food and Wine Tastings around Town

December 22nd, 2012 by Katie Pate

When visiting Savannah during the winter months, we suggest to our guests fun indoor activities the city has to offer. Often, when couples come to stay at our historic district inn, the lady is excited to shop while the man may not look forward to “browsing all those cute little boutiques!”

Here is a compromise: how about some food and wine tastings? Classy and fun, we think this is a great way for couples to spend an afternoon around Savannah.

Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Tasting

A half mile from our inn on Liberty Street is Low Country Gourmet Foods. Every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they offer tastings of over 20 different aged balsamic vinegars and 16 different extra-virgin olive oils. The knowledgeable staff can suggest how to use aged balsamic vinegars and extra-virgin olive oils to create great, healthy meals.

Wine Tasting at the Savannah Wine Cellar

One of the most popular places to buy wine, the Savannah Wine Cellar, holds hand poured wine tastings every Saturday afternoon anytime between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. You’ll find the staff talking about and hand-pouring a sampling of delicious wines. Come enjoy and meet others who appreciate good wine.

Red, white, sweet or dry, sparkling or still, it’s always a tempting mix of liquid love! Tastings are $10 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres platters for your enjoyment. The Savannah Wine Cellar, located at the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, is less than a 15 minute drive from our luxury bed and breakfast. Couples: if one of you wants to shop, the other can stay for wine tasting and pick out some bottles to bring home while the other browses about in the mall.

This is just a small example of the fun you can have during a winter trip to Savannah. With all of the history, art and delicious foodthe city offers, we hope to see you at the B&B soon!

 

Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights

December 5th, 2012 by Katie Pate

The holiday fun at Hutchinson Island started last week and for the rest of 2012 the Road Course at Savannah Harbor (a professional race track) will become an illuminated wonderland. Home to over 60 larger-than-life holiday-themed displays, this is a one of a kind, interactive holiday event. Many here in Savannah consider their holiday drive around the course a family tradition. While most visitors drive through, you can also walk-through, ride the trolley or take a romantic horse-and-carriage ride.

The light displays will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 6 – 9 p.m. $20 per car (which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher); $5 per person in commercial vehicles.

Other Happenings at the Harbor Festival of LightsSavannah Christmas events

Visitors can park at the Pit and Paddock at the end of the drive-through and partake in a variety of family-friendly and festive activities. Snack on tasty treats, warm up by the bonfire with hot chocolate and a s’more. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holidays.

Special weekend entertainment is also scheduled and includes live scenes from A Christmas Carol, exotic animal shows, entertainment from Staples Safari and the second annual Alive in Savannah on New Year’s weekend. Proceeds of the Savanah Holiday Festival of Lights assist at-risk and disadvantaged youth, homeless and needy families.

Take a Savannah Christmas Holiday

Why not do something different for Christmas this year and take a couple nights to get away? Our Savannah GA bed and breakfast in the historic district is a place where you can release the stress associated with the holidays and enjoy them properly.

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