Top Ten Things to Do in Savannah, Part II

Last post, we started our Top Ten Savannah Attractions list. Here we continue with number five.

5. Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The cemetery looks out on the Wilmington River from a bluff east of Savannah, about four miles from our vacation houses in the Historic District. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. The cemetery is a world famous tourist destination, due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

6. Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is a perfect place to stroll, jog, or take photographs, within the heart of the Savannah Historic District. This 30-acre park is bordered on the north by Gaston Street, on the south by Park Avenue and has a one-mile perimeter popular with runners. The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. The park is also adorned by monuments to the Confederate Soldier, the Marine Corps Monument, the Spanish-American Monument and the Fragrant Garden for the Blind.

7. Olde Pink House

The food is incredibly good – try the crab cakes and scallops. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a rich history. Stop at the bar before your meal for a martini and make sure to ask your server or bartender for some history on this special Savannah residence. The property dates back to the 18th century and the dining room is split into smaller alcoves, making it feel more private and also cutting down on the noise level. The staff is very attentive and well-informed. Plus, the Olde Pink House is less than a mile from our rental houses.

We have three more attractions on our top ten list! Check the blog later this month to see what rounds out our top ten!


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

Irish Forsyth Fountain - Happy St. Patrick´s Day!

St. Patrick's Day in Savannah -- there's nothing like it.

Lot’s of places in the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. In Savannah, Georgia, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture for more than two weeks.

The Savannah Irish Festival, a wondrous event filled with music and dance, took place February 17-19. If you missed that, consider coming to town on Friday, March 9, to witness the greening of the fountain in Forsyth Park and an Irish Heritage Dance at Alee Temple.

Tara Feis takes place on Saturday, March 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Emmet Park. There will be lots of Irish dancing, Gaelic music, and activities for children. There’s also a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Tybee Island the 10th, a Celtic Cross Ceremony the 11th, and what should be an amazing performance by the Carrigbyrne Pike and Choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on the 15th.

All of our Savannah Vacation Homes are full on March 17, 2012, the day of the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade; however, we do have space available during some of the events mentioned above. Come get a taste of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah this year. Then make your plans for 2013, the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.

Please visit St. Patrick’s Day Savannah for a complete list of events and activities.

The SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival

Remember that wonderful scene in Mary Poppins when Burt (Dick Van Dyke) creates sidewalk chalk paintings? With a little help from the wonder nanny, the children are able to enter the magical world of a painting with Burt and Mary Poppins. The children’s father may scoff at the idea of popping in and out of paintings, but we, the viewer, know the art really did transport them to a magical place.

Chalk Painter

Check out the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, April 30, 2011, in Savannah.

Your chance to pop into a sidewalk chalk masterpiece arrives on Saturday April 30, 2011 – a good weekend to stay at one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals. The annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival takes place that day in historic Forsyth Park. Current students, prospective students, and alumni from the Savannah College of Art and Design will spend the day creating wonderfully varied chalk paintings on the paths of the park. Saturday April 30, 2011, is the day to see the artwork – it will not last long.

We invite prospective SCAD students and alumni of SCAD to stay at one of our Savannah Vacation Villas. The vacation villa at 109 W. Liberty Street is less than a half mile from Forsyth Park, and even closer to the Savannah College of Art and Design. Our other two Savannah Vacation Villas are approximately a mile from Forsyth Park – easily walkable if you’re a walker.

Enjoy all the city of Savannah has to offer during your stay, from the lovely historic architecture to the Riverfront and the fine shops and restaurants. We do hope you won’t forget to check out the ephemeral chalk masterpieces at Forsyth Park.

Christmas in Savannah

Few places are as lovely when dressed for the holidays as the historic district of Savannah.  Decorations include thousands of lights along River Street, an enormous Christmas tree in Forsyth Park, and evergreen boughs and red bows along city squares. Grand old homes are elegantly clothed in evergreen wreaths and lit by candles.

During December in Savannah, one of the most pleasant and relaxing pastimes is simply admiring the beauty of the city. Enjoy it as you stroll through the historic district on your way to and from our luxury Savannah vacation rentals. Romantic horse-drawn carriage rides are also available, and may add a spark of magic to the evening. (more…)