Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah, Part III

This is our last installment of our Top Ten Savannah Attractions List.

8. First African Baptist Church

These stained glass images represent the initial pastors of the church.

These stained glass images represent the initial pastors of the church.

Built in 1861, this church was the first African-American Baptist Church on North America and was also a stop in the Underground Railroad. The church itself is beautiful and steeped in American history. You can take a tour of the interior, they usually take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with well-informed and passionate guides. See the tiny secret room in the church where runaway slaves were hidden on their way north traveling on the underground railroad. The First African Baptist Church is an easy half mile walk from our vacation rentals.

9. Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace

This house was Savannah’s first Registered National Historic Landmark. You can take a guided tour of the home, which is decorated with authentic period furniture. A tour (adults are $8, children 5 and under are free) will share with you the lively stories of four generations of one American family, including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. The Gordon Low home is about a third of a mile walk from our Savannah rental homes.

10. Skidaway Island State Park

This state park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Hiking trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marshes, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Inside the park’s interpretive center, find information and tools for biriding, along with kid-oriented exhibits, like the 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. Open-air picnic shelters make great spots for lunch. The park is about 14 miles from our vacation rental houses in the Historic District.

This is just the beginning of what Savannah has to offer! We hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts in Savannah, GA

Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scouts Founder

Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scouts Founder

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. If the Girl Scouts has played a significant role in your life–as it has for millions of women and girls–this is a very special time to visit Savannah GA, the birthplace of the Girl Scouts and the founder, Juliette Gordon Low. There are three main sites of historical importance to the Girl Scouts in Savannah: (more…)

Historic Homes of Savannah

Savannah has the largest urban landmark historic district in the country, so it’s no surprise it is known for its many lovely, historic homes.

It’s impossible to remain impervious to the architectural charm of this city. A morning stroll down Broughton Street or to one of Savannah’s historic squares brings you past dozens of beautifully maintained, historic homes, like our very own Savannah Vacation Homes. The more you see, the more you want to see.

Architectural tours of Savannah

Each spring, many private homes open their doors to the public during the Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. Some of these homes have been in the same families for generations, and are full of wonderful antiques. It’s never too early to make plans to attend the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, which will next occur March 21-24, 2013.

In the meantime, several historic homes are open to the public: (more…)