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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.

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 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 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 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.

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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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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

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.