Discover The Savannah Historic District

Explore and discover the Savannah Historic DistrictThe Savannah Historic District is filled with beautiful natural scenery, architecture, and – of course – history. The district is also loaded with great galleries, shops, and places to eat and drink! Come explore Savannah’s Historic District!

Savannah’s Historic District is rich in beautifully manicured gardens, quaint cobblestone streets, and magnificent oaks trialing beards of Spanish moss. No visit to Savannah is complete without a visit to these stunning, history-rich streets. (more…)

Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah

Looking for a great way to spend your weekend in Savannah? Here is a personal top 10 list of wonderful places to visit, shows to see and food to eat while in our beautiful city.

1. Historic District of Savannah

Take in the beautiful neighborhood and historic architecture by foot or on a tour bus. Picnic or enjoy a cool drink in one of the 24 well manicured and landscaped parks. There are always plenty of other people walking around, so you can feel safe in this area. The best part: our vacation villas are in the heart of the historic district!

2. Historic Savannah Theater

Historic Savannah Theater. Photo by Brian Brown.

Historic Savannah Theater. Photo by Brian Brown.

This facility hosts the only Broadway-style professional live show in Savannah that runs all year long.  The show features a 5 piece live band, cast of singers, dancers, and actors that perform popular music in themed shows such as “Beat Goes On” (60’s, 70’s, and 80’s music, currently running), “Southern Nights” (a musical variety of pop and southern rock), “Broadway on Bull Street” (well-known Broadway songs) and “A Christmas Tradition” (holiday standards, comedy, and Santa). Head here for a matinee to avoid a hot afternoon, or attend an evening show the whole family can enjoy.

3. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

This is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia, with the first stones being laid in the late 18th century. This summer, work is being done to the exterior of the church, but it is still magnificent. The interior design is full of European style detailing and a mesmerizing pipe organ. The best part: the Cathedral is only a half mile from our rental home on West Liberty street.

4. Mickve Israel Temple

Take a $5 tour and learn more than you ever expected about the Jewish community and history in Savannah. See the oldest Torah in the U.S. and enjoy the beautiful temple. The current building is from the 19th century, but the small museum on the second floor gives you an overview of the original immigrants of the 18th century who arrived with General Oglethorpe. Only a third mile from the vacation villas.

Come back soon to see the rest of our Top Ten Savannah List!

 

Remarkable Savannah Architecture

Historic architecture defines Savannah. More than twenty extant historic park squares are sanctuaries in the city’s Historic Districts. The Cotton Exchange reminds us that Savannah once set world prices for cotton, lumber, and turpentine. Historic homes line the streets – some private homes, some businesses, and some luxurious Savannah Vacation Rentals.

In a sea of noteworthy buildings on the National Historic Register, a few stand out as quite remarkable. Architecture buffs should take note of the Temple Mickve Israel and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, two buildings that reflect the history of the Savannah in their walls.

Savannah is home to the third oldest Jewish community in the United Sates. 43 Jewish pioneers left London for the New World in 1733 – most of them Spanish/Portuguese Jews who had long practiced their faith in secret. They fled extreme poverty in London, their journey underwritten by some of the wealthiest members of that London community.

Temple Mickve Israel, overlooking Monterey Square, was not built when these first Jewish settlers arrived in Savannah. Early Jewish residents worshipped in private homes, and it was 1829 before the first synagogue was erected in Savannah. The first one burnt, and the congregation outgrew its replacement. The current Temple Mickve Israel was consecrated in 1878. Designed by New York architect Henry G. Harrison, it is “pure neo-Gothic” in style. It is also magnificent to behold.

A few blocks away, near Lafayette Square, stands the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Many of Savannah’s early settlers were French Catholics who fled the uprising in Haiti and the Revolution in France at the end of the 18th century. Their first houses of worship were much more humble than the present-day Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, built in 1874. Today’s impressive cathedral was built to reflect a diocese that included the entire state of Georgia, 20,000 Catholics, and 30 churches. It is reminiscent of the great cathedrals of Europe.

Simply standing under the vaulted ceilings of these two buildings may be a transformative experience, even for people not religiously inclined. Both exude a simple grace and elegance. Both infuse the soul with peace.

Tours of Temple Mickve Israel and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are available. Please see their websites for details. You may decide one of these buildings is perfect for your Savannah wedding ceremony.