This is our official run-down of the top ten attractions in Savannah. Lucky for you, many of theses places are located in one neighborhood: The Historic District. Any destinations that are in our neighborhood (less than 2 miles from the Inn) and I will include the mileage from McMillan Inn. So, get your itinerary out – here come the signature landmarks, restaurants and properties of Savannah!
August 23rd, 2013 by Katie Pate
August 17th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
Battlefield Memorial Park, located in Savannah’s historic district, is one of the few places in the continental U.S. that you can visit where literally hundreds of heroic men died in a single battle to protect your freedom from a foreign invader.
July 29th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Enjoy Savannah’s First Friday & Saturday festivities from March through December. Located on historic River Street, you can see fireworks at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza Friday nights.
Explore artist booths, entertainment and fun for the entire family on historic River Street. This beautiful outdoor venue attracts locals and tourists from all over the nation. The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to shop, dine, and delight in this historic landmark.
Shawndra Russell, a guest blogger on Visit Savannah, wrote a great blog about how to get the best out of your First Friday experience. Here are some highlights from her must-see list:
Start in the South of Forsyth (SoFo) District
Russell recommends starting your night in the SoFo district, which begins ten blocks south of our bed and breakfast and extends down to Victory Drive. See Arts-inspired events and eat up the quirky restaurants, shops and galleries.
Head to River Street for Fireworks and First Friday Oyster Roast
Take the ferry across the Savannah River, which departs every 20 minutes or so from River St. behind City Hall, a little more than a mile north of the inn. On the other side, The Westin Savannah has an oyster roast every Friday and a great view of the fireworks and riverfront. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Romantic Lodging in the Heart of the Historic District
As you can read from the testimonial above, the McMillan Inn is conveniently located within walking and biking distances to many of the most popular and beautiful places in the city. Enjoy a lovingly restored home, full of opulent attention to detail and elegance. We love providing a great atmosphere for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. We also have all kinds of wonderful space for a girlfriends getaway or family gathering. With delicious breakfasts included in your stay each morning, we strive to offer you an unforgettable experience from start to finish.
July 6th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Did you know the number one Savannah Attraction on TripAdvisor.com is the Historic District? That’s right, the neighborhood where our Bed and Breakfast resides is also the number one place to check out on a visit to Savannah.
Beat the heat this summer during your tour of the neighborhood by taking an old-fashioned carriage ride. We offer a special for this unique and fun experience: Tour the Historic District of Savannah with a well-informed driver that will narrate the ride for you, pointing out historical points of interest and giving you the back story on well known Savannah landmarks.
The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and will pick you up right here at the inn. The cost is $115 per couple.
If you are looking a perfect proposal idea, add champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries to your ride in an extra-long white carriage. This romantic ride could be the beginning of a new life together! Upgraded carriage ride is $175 per couple.
Savannah Historic District Points of Interest
These are some of the places you will visit and learn about on your carriage ride:
- Forsyth Park. The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde.
- Mickve Israel Temple. Learn about the Jewish community and history in Savannah. The temple is a beautiful example of 19th century architecture.
- Andrew Low House. The beautifully restored home of one of Savannah’s most infamous residents.
- And many more!
Romantic Savannah Lodging
We like to think that McMillan Inn accomplishes a perfect balance of Victorian Romance with modern conveniences. Enjoy wide verandas and porches, the dipping pool for cooling off in the back courtyard, and in-room luxuries like Jacuzzi tubs and flat screen TVs.
June 21st, 2013 by Katie Pate
We are lucky to have a thriving arts community here in Savannah. Along with the Savannah College of Art and the Savannah Museum of Art, we have and countless other galleries and performance spaces. The upcoming Tybee Arts Association show and sale is a great way to see (and purchase) local art in a lovely seaside setting.
Tybee Arts Association Show and Sale
Taking place the weekend after Independence Day, July 5 -7, the Tybee Arts Building will showcase paintings, driftwood sculpture, fiber arts, stained glass, prints, jewelry, photographs, quilts, pottery, handmade furniture and more. The Tybee Arts Association supports the artistic community of the Greater Tybee Metro area through the Tybee Arts Performing Society, the Tybee Turtle Tour and Festival of the Arts, as well as participating in a variety of local events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Admission is free and the sales takes place at Tybee Arts Association, #7 Cedarwood, Tybee Island, about a 30 minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast.
Other Savannah Arts Resources
Savannah College of Art: Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD prepares students for professional, creative careers. They have tons of interesting professional and student exhibits as well as public events with fascinating and renowned speakers. Check their calendar of events for your visit.
Art Galleries: While, as we said above, there are many galleries in Savannah, here a few within walking distance of our Inn in the historic district:
- Whitney Gallery, 415 Whitaker Street
- Shop SCAD Savannah, 340 Bull Street
- Daedalus Gallery, 129 East Liberty Street
Tasteful Savannah Lodging
If you are interesting in exploring art during your trip to Savannah, than you will no doubt appreciate our lovingly restored, 1888 Italianate Revival building. Our rooms are perfect for honeymooners, anniversary and birthday celebrations, girlfriend getaways, mother-daughter vacations, or even a last minute trip. We look forward to sharing the beauty of Savannah with you!
May 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate
I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer in the South than blues, jazz and Bar-B-Que!
Enjoy non-stop live entertainment the last weekend of May (May 31 – June 2) as savory food items and cold drinks are consumed en mass along River Street.
Festival hours are:
Friday noon – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
Get ready for the best in local barbeque and live jazz and blues music on Historic River Street.
An annual Savannah favorite, Savannah and surrounding area’s best barbeque joints will come together on beautiful River Street and sell their delicious wares – so you can try them all! Whether you like pulled pork, Brunswick stew, barbeque chicken or smoked ribs, you’re sure to find it at this event. While you’re there, enjoy the sights and sounds of River Street, which for this particular weekend will include live jazz and blues music from talented local musicians. In addition, you should visit River Street’s waterfront plaza full of artisans selling their wares, ranging from simple craft to fine art. Chat with the artists themselves and learn about their inspirations and process.
Added bonus: because it’s the first weekend in June, you can take advantage of First Friday and Saturday activities highlighted by fireworks over the river on Friday night!
If this sounds like your type of good time, come to Savannah for the weekend and stay with us! Our bed and breakfast is in the Historic District of Savannah, about a mile and a half from the River Street Plaza. We have a spacious courtyard with a ‘dipping pool,’ the perfect place to cool your feet after a day of walking and exploring Savannah. Sit and sip your favorite beverage as you cool off from the heat of the day! We’ll see you soon!
April 29th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Prepare to get wet at this annual event designed to be a hilarious and fun filled evening!
This popular parade is an annual tradition since 1987 and features a massive water fight after the procession.
Taking place Friday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. this is a perfect way to launch yourself out of the work week and into a weekend of fun in beautiful Savannah! The parade takes place along Butler Avenue on Tybee Island, GA.
Cost is free, but you will get soaked!
With a public water fight this big, there needs to be some guidelines. Here they are:
“Water balloons, buckets and pressure washers are prohibited and considered dangerous. No ice water. Restrict your targets to parade participants and on-lookers only. Do not attempt to aim your hose or water gun at a police officer. Residents and visitors are asked to use common sense in choosing and soaking your targets. It is illegal to open car doors or homes to spray inside. By following these guidelines, everyone can have a great time!”
Background on the Beach Bum Parade
It all began in the mid-eighties, when the softball team the “Beach Bums” was challenged to a game by “Pier 1,” another Tybee team. The Beach Bums won the game and afterward both teams drove up and down Butler Avenue while players bombarded one other with water balloons. Others wanted to join in the fun and after few years, it became an official event. Since then, the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade is known throughout Savannah as a favorite annual island tradition.
Lodging for Your Summer Savannah Weekend
Treat yourself to some of the most unique, beautiful and historic lodging in the city at the McMillan bed and breakfast, in the historic district of Savannah. Along with comfortable and clean guestrooms, we have a pool and delicious homemade breakfasts every morning.
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.
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. The 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.
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).
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.
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!
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
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!