First Friday in Savannah

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.

Get a delicious Oyster and check out the Fireworks at First Friday.

Get a delicious Oyster and check out the Fireworks at First Friday.

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.

Tour the Historic District of Savannah via Carriage Ride

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.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A sweet treat to enjoy during your carriage ride in Savannah’s Historic District.

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.

 

Savannah Art Shows & Galleries

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

By Brad Hook, a watercolor artist and instructor at the Tybee Arts Association.

By Brad Hook, a watercolor artist and instructor at the Tybee Arts Association.

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!

 

 

Blues, Jazz & BBQ on the River

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.

Historic River Street

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!

 

Kick off Summer with the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

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.

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.

 

 

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