Archive for the ‘Savannah Georgia Attractions’ Category

Visit the Historic Tybee Island Lighthouse

April 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Tybee Island LighthouseLighthouses fascinate us and with good reason – they are iconic, historic, and reach far out over the waves to help save lives – Tybee Island Lighthouse is no exception.

Tybee Island Lighthouse has been an iconic part of the Georgia shoreline in one form or another since 1736, having been built when Georgia was but the 13th colony of England’s holdings in the New World.

At first Tybee Island Lighthouse had no light at all and was just a 90 foot tower meant to serve as a guide on the horizon during the day. Built near the shore of the island, it wasn’t too long before this early tower was destroyed by a storm and had to be rebuilt.

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Slavery and Freedom in Savannah at the Jepson Center for the Arts

March 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Slavery and Freedom in SavannahWhen most of us think of slavery in the south, we picture rural plantations and fields of cotton but a new book and an exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, looks at the subject of urban slavery.

While rural slavery on the plantations was a more visible fact, urban slavery was instrumental to America’s slave-based economy. The story of the lives of the African Americans – both free and enslaved — who built and worked at various homes in and around Savannah are documented in the exhibit and book, shedding new light on this often forgotten yet integral part of American history.

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Bonaventure Cemetery – Sacred Icon of Savannah

February 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Bonaventure CemeteryLocated just east of Savannah on a quiet bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, sits the Bonaventure Cemetery, sacred icon of Savannah.

Boneventure is probably most famous now for the image of it on the cover of John Berendt’s book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The cover showed the now-famous “Bird Girl” statue, whose new-found fame forced it to be moved to the Telfair Museum of Art for safe keeping – but Bonaventure Cemetery has more to it than just an appearance on a popular book cover.

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Arrrrr – It’s the Pirates’ House!

February 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Pirates' House - Savannah, GAThere’s a restaurant in Savannah that’s been serving customers since 1753 – for a time you could even get shanghaied there, but they’ve discontinued that service – The Pirates’ House!

Originally constructed in 1734 as part of an experimental garden complex modeled after London’s Chelsea Botanical Garden, the site of The Pirates’ House is the source of the peach trees that Georgia and South Carolina are so famous for, as well as the upland cotton that played a major role in our nation’s early economy.

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The 13th Annual Gingerbread Village Competition

November 28th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The 13th Annual Gingerbread Village Competition DisplayOnce a year, there’s a section of Savannah where the houses, businesses, the streets and fences, even the people and animals are not all just edible but sweetly so – and some are even frosted!

No, I’ve not gone right out of my tiny, little mind: I’m talking about the annual Gingerbread Village Competition, a free event sponsored by the Savannah Harbor Foundation!

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Savannah Riverboat Tours – Your Passport to the Past

September 6th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah Riverboat Tours and Cruises

Nothing brings the rich history and lush beauty of our city to life like a Savannah riverboat tour. Set sail for a bygone era and discover the story of a river instrumental in the founding of our beautiful city.

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Top Ten Savannah Things To Do

August 23rd, 2013 by Katie Pate

This is our official run-down of the top ten attractions in Savannah. Lucky for you, many of theses places are located in one neighborhood: The Historic District. Any destinations that are in our neighborhood (less than 2 miles from the Inn) and I will include the mileage from McMillan Inn.  So, get your itinerary out – here come the signature landmarks, restaurants and properties of Savannah!

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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!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

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