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Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade 2014

April 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Tybee Island Beach Bum ParadeHave you ever been in a crowd and wondered what it would be like to start a massive water fight? Well, you can find out at the 2014 Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade!

Yes, you read that correctly: the annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade devolves (quite intentionally) into a massive water fight every year – the South’s largest water fight!

Well, technically, the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade IS a parade and, like most parades, this one starts out with floats, decorated vehicles, and groups marching along. Where this parade differs is in that, unlike most parades, these floats and participants are armed with water-delivery devices – squirt guns, hoses, etc. – as are the spectators … if they want to defend themselves, that is!

The whole shebang (or would this qualify as “shenanigans?”) began 30 years ago, in 1987, when two local, rival softball teams, “Pier 1″ and – wait for it – “The Beach Bums” went head to head with “The Beach Bums” coming out on top (natch). After the game, the teams drove up and down Tybee’s Butler Avenue bombing each other with water balloons. Non-intuitively, the event was attractive to many and grew into a beloved island tradition: the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade.

The best part of the parade – or perhaps the worst, it all depends on our perspective – is that YOU can get involved. If you want to both soak and get soaked, the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade attitude appears to be: the more the merrier!

As with all events of this type, fun is fun but things can easily get out of hand if a few rules aren’t made clear. They are as follows: “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.”

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Friday, May 16, 2014 6:30pm
The parade is free – but plan on getting soaked!

Lodging for A Savannah Getaway Weekend
Getting soaked at the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade is one thing but, when it comes to lodging, that’s the last thing you need. Treat yourself to some of the most unique and beautiful lodging in the city at the historic McMillan bed and breakfast and get real value and comfort for your dollar.

The 2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival

January 24th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival

The 26th annual, Savannah Black Heritage Festival springs to life this February with three, full weeks of music, dance, theater, art, food, culture, and fun celebrating the contribution of African Americans to the history and development of the United States.

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Take the Tybee Polar Plunge 2014

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

It’s January first, 2014: you survived 2013 and the celebrations of last evening. Now you’re looking to start the new year off right – but how?

Look no further. I have got the perfect idea for you: throw yourself in the freezing Atlantic.

No, I’m not trying to be a wiseacre. I’m talking about taking the annual Tybee Polar Plunge on Tybee Island!

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New Year’s Eve in Savannah, Georgia

December 12th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

2013 is almost over – hard to believe, I know but forewarned is forearmed, as they say, and now is a great time to make your plans for a GREAT New Year’s Eve in Savannah.

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The 25th Annual Christmas Made in the South Art and Craft Show

November 13th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah Christmas Made In the South Art and Craft Show

Christmas Made in the South
for that one-of-a-kind gift

There’s always one – if not more than one! – person on your holiday shopping list who is just plain difficult to buy for. No matter what you see, they either already have it or it wouldn’t suit them because it’s just ordinary.

Fear not! A solution is at hand: the 25th Annual, Christmas Made in the South Art and Craft Show is just around the corner. If you can’t find a gift here, it simply doesn’t exist.

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The 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

October 10th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

It’s time to prime your taste buds for the 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival!

And what, exactly, is the 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival? Why, it’s only the single greatest foodie event on the planet is what!

2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

The 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival – November 11 – 17

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The Savannah Speed Classic: Oct 24 – Oct 27, 2013

September 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Savannah Speed Classic celebrates a southern tradition that many are unaware of: high performance road racing.

For most, mention of Savannah conjures up images of cobblestone streets and the slow, timeless gentility of Southern tradition – but did you know that part of that tradition is Grand Prix racing?

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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.

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.

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