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.

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!

$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


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.


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.

savannah halloween events 2012

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

pirate flag jolly roger

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 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!