History and Recreation at Fort McAllister Historic State Park

August 13th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Fort McAllister Historic State ParkHistory buffs, nature fans, and those seeking outdoor recreation will enjoy a visit to Fort McAllister Historic State Park. The historic site is home to the country’s best-preserved, Civil War earthwork fortification as well as hiking, biking, kayaking, and more!

The Savannah area is rich in both history and recreation and Fort McAllister State Park is one of the best examples of this. The park is located just south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill, GA. It preserves the original earthen fortifications of historic Fort McAllister. (more…)

Explore Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

July 25th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Purple GallinuleGet out into the great outdoors and discover the natural beauty of the South at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Best of all, what seems like a whole different world is just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah and the door our Savannah bed and breakfast.

There’s so much to see and do in Savannah that you never have to leave the city. Nature lovers may feel compelled to do so, however, when they learn that Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is just next door.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is located on U.S. 17, about ten miles northwest of downtown Savannah and split almost evenly by the the Georgia-South Carolina border.

At over 30,000 acres, is is the largest wildlife refuge on the Georgia coast. It consists primarily of typical low country freshwater marsh and tidal creek environments, with areas of lowland cypress swamp and upland hardwood forest.

Hiking trails, a scenic drive, and the visitor center are located in the southern part of the refuge. The larger, northern section is mostly of swamp and marsh, with access limited to boats.

Visiting the Refuge

First time visitors should consider making the Savannah NWR Visitor Center their first stop at the refuge. You’ll get a better idea of all there is to see and do at the refuge and can get any questions you might have answered by the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Hiking and geocaching are popular activities at the refuge but wildlife viewing is the number one draw. Wildlife viewing at the refuge is excellent all year long but best during fall, winter, and spring.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge American AlligatorOne of the best places to see wildlife in the refuge is along the 4-mile Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. The adjacent hiking and bicycling trails are also excellent. So what will you see?

The American alligator is definitely on display at the refuge. Visitors have seen upwards of 25 different alligators during one visit! Feel free to watch them but please don’t ever approach or feed them.

You’ll also see many species of wading and marsh and woodland songbirds. Prothonotary warblers, American redstarts, purple gallinules, swallow-tailed kites, bald eagles, anhingas, and more can be found here, in season. In fact, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a birders paradise.

Other creatures who make their home the refuge include bobcats, turtles, white-tailed deer, flatwoods salamanders, manatees, and shortnose sturgeon.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge AnhingaWaterfowl are most abundant from November through February, while alligators and other reptiles are frequently seen from March through October.

Birdwatching and nature photography opportunities are good all year, but are best from October through April when temperatures are mild and many species of waterfowl and other wintering birds are present.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927

Open sunrise to sunset every day.
Birdwatching opportunities are good all year but are best October through April. The best months to observe waterfowl are November through February. Alligators care always present but are most visible in the spring and fall.

Visit the refuge website for more information.

Spend the day exploring the beauty of nature at the refuge, then head back to your own perfect habitat at McMillan Inn!

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters Museum

July 12th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

The Owens-Thomas HouseThe Owens-Thomas House, located on the northeast corner of Savannah’s Oglethorpe Square, is not only one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest and best preserved urban slave quarters.

Telfair Museums has been operating the Owens-Thomas House as a historic house museum since the 1950’s. It wasn’t until a renovation in the 1990’s that they discovered the Carriage House had originally been an urban slave quarters. (more…)

Shop The Paris Market & Brocante

June 27th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Paris Market and BrocanteLooking for a unique experience plus a little something to take home with you? Look no further than Savannah’s Paris Market and Brocante. This fascinating boutique is equal parts European bazaar, curiosity museum, and lifestyle shop.

If you enjoy shopping, either the serious kind or just perusing window displays, Savannah has plenty and then some. The Hostess City is home to a great many independent boutiques, small galleries, and family-run stores – not just the big name stores you find everywhere (though we have those, too).

Shops, galleries, and dining options are all within easy walking and driving distance of our downtown Savannah Inn. Antiques, upcycled furniture, imports, Fair Trade jewelry, paintings, pottery, one-of-a-kind curiosities, and so much more! (more…)

First African Baptist Church – Oldest Black Church in North America

June 12th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

First African Baptist Church of SavannahDid you know Savannah that is home to the oldest black church in North America? It’s true – the First African Baptist Church predates the formation of the United States by three years!

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Savannah is home to many historical firsts. The first American golf course, first cotton gin, first Southern art museum, and more. One of the most fascinating and important firsts, however, has to be the First African Baptist Church. (more…)

Discover Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery

May 11th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Colonial Park CemeterySavannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery was established in 1750, when Savannah was still the capital of the British Province of Georgia. The historic grounds served as the city cemetery for more than 100 years, and contain over nine thousand, pre-Civil War graves.

Everyone knows about famous Bonaventure Cemetery, with its draping Spanish moss and historic and beautiful stone memorials. But Bonaventure is not Savannah’s only historic and fascinating cemetery.

While Boneventure was developing as a small family plot, the Colonial Park Cemetery was already in public use. In fact, it’s the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah. (more…)

Drink In the American Prohibition Museum

April 24th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

American Prohibition MuseumVisit the world’s only American Prohibition Museum and travel back in time to the days of anti-alcohol rallies, the 18th Amendment, bootleggers, gangsters, and speakeasies. You can even enjoy a drink in the museum speakeasy!

National alcohol prohibition went into effect in the United States via the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1920. The law stayed in effect until the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933. At the time of the law’s passing, thirty-three of the then forty-eight states were already dry. In fact, Georgia had been dry since 1908, and stayed that way until prohibition was repealed.

As the first American city to sign an order criminalizing alcohol, Savannah is the perfect home for the world’s first museum on the subject. (more…)

Savannah Botanical Gardens – Soak Up The Beauty

April 13th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Camellia blossom at Savannah Botanical GardensNature lovers, gardeners, and those seeking peace and beauty will enjoy visiting the Savannah Botanical Gardens, located just minutes from McMillan Inn in Savannah’s downtown Historic District. Visitors will find both formal and naturalistic plantings of flowers, herbs, vegetables, ferns, and more.

The Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs owns and operates the gardens. Their all-volunteer effort came together in the late 1980’s and has been delighting nature-loving visitors ever since. (more…)

Explore Wormsloe Plantation State Historic Site

March 28th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Wormsloe Plantation State Historic SiteDiscover a Savannah of the 1730’s with a visit to Wormsloe Plantation. The State Historic Site, Georgia’s oldest tidewater estate, includes historic tabby ruins, walking trails, costumed interpreters, and more!

Wormsloe State Historic Site welcomes you with one of Savannah’s most iconic views: a shadowy, mile-long tunnel of Spanish moss draped, live oaks. This evocative and much photographed avenue leads to the ruins of Wormsloe Plantation, Savannah’s oldest standing structure. (more…)

Savannah City Market – Shopping, Dining, Art, & Entertainment

August 26th, 2019 by Corey Edwards

Savannah City MarketSavannah City Market is four blocks of open-air shopping, dining, art, entertainment, and history. In fact, with little exception, the property has been Savannah’s central marketplace since the 1700’s!

When it comes to shopping, dining, art, entertainment, and history, the city of Savannah has it all. Not every part of the city has as strong a concentration of all these things as the City Market, however. Just 2 blocks from River Street, by 1755 the spot was already a bustling hive of farmers, fishers, and tradespeople hawking their wares.

Yet Savannah City Market has long been more than just a simple center of commerce.

While 18th century Savannahians would not recognize today’s City Market, they would definitely be familiar with its position as an important city social hub. So important, in fact, that even a series of devastating changes and disasters could not keep the City Market down. (more…)