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.

Savannah Shows: Live Music, Variety and More

November 17th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Sometimes, cold winter nights make for the best dates. Women hide elegant evening gowns under voluminous winter coats. Couples cuddle closely and hold hands to shirk off the chill. After walking through crisp fall air, the warmth and smells of a fine restaurant can somehow seem more enticing. Finally, after a delicious meal and perhaps some warming wine or coffee, you are off to sit in a cozy theater, in the dark, and enjoy some live entertainment. It sounds like a perfect way to spend a November night. Here are some upcoming shows in Savannah that we think look interesting.

Savannah Live!

Running until Nov. 30 – THESE ARE THE FINAL PERFORMANCES!
$35 adults, $16 child
912.233.7764 to purchase tickets
The Savannah Theatre is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary with a spectacular new show – two hours of high-energy song, dance and comedy called Savannah Live! The Historic Savannah Theatre is inside the refurbished c.1818 Savannah Theatre Building, making it a downtown destination.
The high-energy production includes several dance features, 17 costume changes and elaborate lighting effects. Come and join as this troupe celebrates 10 years; be bring out the whole family!

Live Music at Jazz’d

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Jazz’d Tapas Bar in Savannah makes for sultry dates night. Live music six nights a week.

Six nights week in 2012
No Cover
912.236.7777 for performer information
If you’re looking for something more grown-up, why not try a night of blues or jazz in a sultry underground club? Located in Savannah’s Historic District, Jazz’d has received good reviews as a unique hot spot in Savannah. Described as swank, sexy and sophisticated, this industrial chic restaurant offers more than food and drinks. Expect eclectic Americanized Tapas and specialty martinis. Featuring live entertainment six nights a week; blues, swing, jazz, or classic vocals in the style of Sinatra or Savannah’s Johnny Mercer.

Nothing makes date night more special than ending the evening in a romantic bed and breakfast. We hope that when planning your vacation in Savannah, you will consider our historic district bed and breakfast for your lodging.

Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2012

November 12th, 2012 by Joe Celento

McMillan Inn was proud to host six runners in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.  Our guests participated in the half-marathon, and the full marathon!

Each race participant received a special goodie bag upon arrival, and a light breakfast of bagels, fruit, and quiche the morning of the race. Some of the runners enjoyed pasta the night before the race at Leocis italian restaurant one block from McMillan Inn.   The race began at Bay Street only 8/10ths of a mile away from the Inn, a great warm up route however  the Owner, Joe shuttled the guests up to the starting point saving them that one extra mile!  The race ended at Forsyth Park, just two blocks away from the McMillan Inn, which also hosted live bands all day.  Our runners arrived back at the Inn exhausted but happy with their performance, and we had celebratory peach tea, butter cakes, and cookies waiting  upon their return.

A jovial atmosphere surrounded our breakfast table the following morning as guests enjoyed our legendary full hot gourmet breakfast and recounted the details of the race.  We are very inspired by their dedication and hope to see them again next year!

If you or someone you know is participating in the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and would like to stay with us, please remember to book early at McMillan Inn as rooms fill up quickly!

Photos from race day:

 

Old Savannah Tours: Civil War History and Beyond

October 22nd, 2012 by Katie Pate

If your family was anything like mine, road trips meant stopping at nearly every one of those ‘historical markers’ along the way to read about a battle or a land migration. While it seemed tedious at times as an eight-year-old, it nurtured in me a love and appreciation of history.

So, if you are a history buff like me or simply a patriot, you may be interested in learning about the city of Savannah’s role in our nation’s Civil War. Savannah, the city that Union General William Sherman said was “too beautiful to burn” on his March to Sea. Here is some information on upcoming Civil War tours:

Civil War Savannah/Low Country Tour

This Civil War 150th commemorative tour explores the Low Country panorama of Civil War sites. Accompanied by guide Chase Anderson, whom is also quite a talented harmonica player, the tour retraces Robert E. Lee’s days in Savannah as civilian and military man. A wide array of other Civil War sites in and around Savannah are also included on this coach tour, with indoor/outdoor routes and walking tours at: Forts Pulaski, Jackson, and McAllister, the rooms of the 1849 Andrew Low House where General Lee stayed, the inner and outer Civil War defense works of Savannah and the Civil War battlefield preservation movement in Savannah and the Ogeechee Canal. Learn about the importance of the railroads leading in and out of Savannah in 1861. The tour also includes the courtyard of Sherman’s headquarters and the circa 1820 City Hotel, which served as a Confederate hospital in 1863. Live period Civil War music provided for special events. Lunch and dinner Civil War tour packages available, call for pricing: 912.508.1234.

Savannah Civil War Tours

From an antique print Our Soldier in the Civil War, Sherman’s Army entering Savannah, GA

Civil War Savannah Walking Tour

Experience the drama and desperation felt during the last days of the Civil War on the Savannah home front. Visit houses and museums dedicated to Robert E. Lee, the Low family of the Andrew Low House, the historic Old City Hotel, and numerous outdoor sites including Sherman’s headquarters and Factor’s Walk on the River. Tours begin at 10 a.m. daily, last about two hours and cost $35 per person (includes admission into the circa 1849 Andrew Low House). Contact Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours for tickets and more information: 912.508.1234.

Savannah GA Halloween Events 2012

October 10th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Savannah is considered one of the most haunted places in the nation. For Halloween, the city lives up to the reputation with lots of Halloween events for families and adults alike.

Wag-O-Ween

From left, Joan and Lorin Salon with dog, Emma, from Bluffton, South Carolina, and Sharon Bordeaux with dog Milton of Savannah, Georgia, greet each other at the Canine Palace for the start of Wag-O-Ween in 2010.

Are you a dog lover? If so, come to see all the fun in downtown Savannah on Saturday, October 22 as 85-plus businesses participate in Wag-O-Ween. Costumed dogs (and owners!) trick or treat in downtown Savannah where businesses will give out free dog cookies and dog-friendly dining establishments will be designated.

Starting at noon at the Canine Palace (612 Abercorn) there will be a raffle and costume contest.  $5.00 donation per adult; children and dogs free. This year’s Wag-O-Ween benefits the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Sponsored by Connect, Zuke’s, and Alphagraphics.

Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Savannah

In Savannah, some believe the spirits of the dead coexist amongst the living. Let an expert in Savannah history take you on a spooky tour you’ll never forget. Your host will share with you the tales of Savannah’s past and its eerie side. Explore River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery; only Ghosts and Gravestones has nighttime entry to this haunted place. No children under 4 allowed. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Savannah’s frightening Ghost Tours are very popular during the Halloween season so make your reservations well in advance for Savannah Halloween 2012. Tour departs from Simply Savannah Trolley Depot at 301 East River Street. Tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Explore the haunts of Savannah during the Halloween season!

“The Weird,” Presented by The Masquers Theater

The Masquers theater troupe continues its Fall season with Robert Aguirre-Sacasa’s Halloween teaser “The Weird.” Do you enjoy tales of the Macabre? This is an anthology of terror and suspense in the Macabre fashion just in time to celebrate Halloween. The show runs October 18 – 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater (11935 Abercorn St.). Audience discretion is advised for language and content. Tickets are $10, discounts available to military, seniors, alumni association members, and students/children. Call (912) 344-2801 to purchase tickets from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays.

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October 4-6, 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Fest

September 16th, 2012 by jenn

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Tybee Island’s 8th Annual Pirate Fest welcomes pirates of all ages, October 4-6, 2012

The 8th Annual Pirate Fest on Tybee Island invites you to bring out your inner pirate, if only for a weekend. This family friendly event entertains pirates of all ages with live music, games, shopping, a parade and costume ball.

The Thieves Market downtown by the water will have vendors with every bit of pirate (and non-pirate) gear you’ve ever hoped for. Buy costumes, arts and crafts, souvenirs and more!

Live entertainment throughout the weekend includes everything from live bands to fire breathing and sword dancing street performers. For the kids, there are magicians, face painting, puppets, storytellers and games. Bands will play all weekend and headliners on Friday and Saturday night include Vince Neil from Motley Crüe and A1A’s Jimmy Buffet Tribute Show.

The Parade of Pirates on Tybee Island will take place on Butler street, Saturday October 6 at 3 pm. Elaborate pirate ships will “float” down the road, with crews of pirates, wenches and other colorful characters. Come early to claim a good spot along the street to watch and wave.

The Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack (40 Estill Hammock Road on Tybee Island) is open to adults age 18 and up, Thursday, October 4 from 7 to 11 pm. Eat, drink and dance like a pirate! Costume contest will determine the Best Pirate and Best Wench of them all. Tickets for the ball are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

For more information on the Tybee Island Pirate Fest 2012 or to purchase your tickets online, please visit TybeePirateFest.com. During your stay at our fine Savannah, GA B&B, take a short half hour drive to Tybee Island to enjoy the beach and Pirate Fest!

September 23-30, 2012 Savannah Jazz Festival

September 1st, 2012 by jenn

Playing the Saxophone

The annual Savannah Jazz Festival features renown jazz musicians playing at the gorgeous band shell in Forsyth Park and other venues in Savannah, GA.

The American blending of African and European music that is jazz has become a musical form beloved all over the world. In almost every country, jazz is played and celebrated. Savannah is no different, having its own long tradition of jazz musicians that have called Savannah home. One of the first innovators of jazz, Joe “King” Oliver spent his last years in Savannah. The city has also been the birthplace of jazz greats such as James Moody, Irene Reid, Trummy Young and many others.

The tradition of jazz in Savannah continues and grows new roots and directions through the efforts of the Coastal Jazz Association (CJA). CJA encourages the jazz music tradition in Savannah, GA with educational opportunities, fundraising efforts and concerts throughout the year. Their signature event is the upcoming 31st Annual Savannah Jazz Festival.

This week-long festival is the largest free fest in the Southeast. Performances by local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed jazz artists thrill audiences with concerts and jam sessions throughout Savannah. While most events will be at Forsyth Park, other shows and jam sessions will take place at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd. But the heart of the festival is at the Forsyth Park Band Shell. The beautiful historic park will be filled with music by acclaimed performers. Jazz lovers from all over will spread their blankets on the lawn, relax, and take it all in.

The 2012 lineup includes great acts such as The Jody Espina Quartet, Bob Mastellar & The Jazz Corner All Stars, Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials plus many others. To see the full schedule and learn more about Savannah’s annual jazz festival, visit SavannahJazzFestival.org.

There’s still time to book your Savannah, GA lodging during this favorite Savannah cultural event. We’re only a few minutes’ walk from Forsyth Park. Contact us today to experience our Southern hospitality and luxurious accommodations in the Savannah Historic District during Jazz Fest.

Savannah, GA is one of the 2012 Top 10 Cities in the U.S. and Canada

August 16th, 2012 by jenn

Savannah, Georgia was recently ranked #8 among the “2012 Top 10 Cities in the U.S. and Canada.” This rating is according to Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards. Thousands of readers ranked several cities on six points: culture & the arts, sights, food & restaurants, shopping, people and value.

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Savannah Georgia has many stunning views. Oak Avenue is a must see while visiting.

We love our beautiful city of Savannah and we’re not at all surprised by these results. Point by point, Savannah is indeed a favorite for travelers from all over the world…

Savannah Culture & the Arts: Savannah’s historic architecture, numerous museums and year-round events make the city a major cultural destination. The Savannah Historic District, the Telfair Museums, the Juliet Gordon Lowe historic sites, Savannah History Museum and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art are just a handful of the must-sees. Savannah’s art and music scene are rich and thriving. The many cultural festivals such as the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival and the Fine Arts on the River Festival delight thousands of visitors throughout the year.

Favorite Sights in Savannah, GA:There are so many beautiful sights, both man-made and natural, in and around Savannah. Look down the stretch of beautifully preserved buildings in Savannah’s Historic District. Enjoy

the 30 lush acres of Forsyth Park and be sure to see the iconic Forsyth Fountain. There’s great natural beauty everywhere, from the moss-covered live oak branches arching over our historic streets to the beautiful sand beaches of Tybee Island’s shores.

Savannah, Georgia Cuisine: Our Savannah restaurants, markets and cafes feature fine cuisine from all over the world. Indulge in the local specialties too. Enjoy the fresh local seafood–oysters, blue crab and sweet wild-caught shrimp. Or sink your teeth into some tender Southern-fried chicken.

Shopping in Savannah: A historic city like Savannah boasts numerous antique shops, but there’s also a wide range of modern eclectic gifts, quirky boutiques, as well as fine art and craft galleries. Find just the right fashion, locally made food products and home goods in this rich, diverse city.

The People of the Hostess City: There’s a reason Savannah’s called “The Hostess City.” We are known for our wonderful hospitality and a culture that respects others. Friendly and open, Savannah residents lend a helpful hand and are ready to share what they love about their city.

Savannah Vacation Value: The cost of living here is fair, and not overblown like a major metropolis. This affects the cost of everything here, from food to taking a tour. You get to experience a beautiful historic city for a great value!

These are just a few of the reasons why Savannah is a Top 10 City in North America. Experience the best of Savannah during your stay at our romantic Savannah, GA B&B.

Savannah, GA B&B Sizzling Summer Special Still Going On

August 2nd, 2012 by jenn

McMillan Inn Pool

Take a dip in our pool and sip iced peach tea poolside during your Labor Day Weekend vacation in Savannah, Georgia’s Historic District.

It’s summer in Savannah and it is HOT. With its cool shade and historic charm, McMillan Inn is ready to be your perfect lodging in the Historic District of Savannah. Our “Innkeepers Sizzling Summer Special” is still going on, starting at $129 per room. Call (912) 201-2128 for details!  This special is good through August 30, 2012.

Labor Day weekend may kick off the end of summer festivities for some but not for us here at the McMillan Inn.  We are still in full swing.  Reserve a room now for labor day weekend and mention that you read this blog to receive complementary chocolate dipped strawberries.

Take a cool dip in our pool surrounded by flowers and soothed by the splashing of the fountain. Enjoy a nice long sip of your refreshing glass of iced peach tea. Bask in the romance of our Victorian decor. Labor Day weekend in Savannah gives you that much more time to explore our beautiful and historic town. McMillan Inn is in the Savannah Historic District, so you’ll be right in the center of all the great shops, museums, historical sites and fine restaurants.

After a day of exploring Savannah, “The Hostess City,” you will love coming back to your luxurious room. For your comfort, all four rooms and the Carriage House of our Savannah Historic District B&B have private baths, rich decor, wireless internet and full amenities. Some of our Savannah accommodations also offer spa tubs and the Carriage House has a full kitchen. All our guests experience the finest Savannah hospitality including Joe & Cindy’s helpful advice on enjoying the city, plus a full multi-course breakfast and afternoon refreshments.

If this sounds like the Savannah summer vacation or Labor Day Weekend for you, contact us today by emailing info@mcmillaninn.com or calling (912) 201-2128. Be sure to mention the “Innkeepers Sizzling Summer Special” when you book your reservations.

Please note: All specials require 48 hours notice and are subject to availability. Click here to check availability.

2012 Fresh Music Festival and Elton John at the Savannah Civic Center

July 13th, 2012 by jenn

There’s always great live music to be had in Savannah, GA. From live jazz and blues to indie rock and Broadway standards, the Savannah, GA music scene has it all. You can just go out and see a band or enjoy a show. But then there are those musical events that are worth planning a trip to Savannah for. Book your room at our premier Savannah inn ahead of time and you’ll be all set to enjoy these great upcoming concerts at the Savannah Civic Center:

Fresh Music Festival Friday, July 27, 2012

This one is coming up fast, but tickets are still available. If you love R&B, Hip/Hop and Soul, then this is the celebration for you. The 2012 Fresh Music Festival lineup includes top musical talents: R&B duo K-CI & JoJo, the trio Sisters With Voices (SWV) and those greats of New Jack Swing, Keith Sweat and the old Harlem band reformed anew, Guy. As host of this year’s festival, rapper Doug E. Fresh will hopefully throw in a little old style beat boxing. This is a perfect Savannah summer festival with soul, groove and a beat that will make you dance!

Elton John, Fire and Ice Album Cover Coasters

 

Elton John in Savannah, Saturday, September 15, 2012
After four years, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer returns to Savannah in September. Buy your tickets and book your room now to make sure you’re ready for one of the biggest Savannah concerts of the year! Sir Elton John will be performing the greatest hits of his 50-year career. This multi-talented artist and activist has won multiple Grammys in addition to an Academy Award, a Tony, and a Golden Globe. You won’t want to miss this chance to see one of the living legends of music perform a career-spanning concert in our beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

Arrive at our Savannah historic district B&B a few days early and stay the weekend. It’ll give you plenty of time to enjoy the cuisine, culture and outdoor activities of beautiful Savannah, GA.

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