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…)

Jepson Center for the Arts

Savannah’s Jepson Center is a work of art that houses an extraordinary collection of contemporary art. Stop by the next time you stay at one of our Savannah Vacation Homes.

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See the Leo Villareal exhibit at Savannah's Jepson Center.

Leo Villareal’s work is on view through June 3, 2012. A pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer imagery, Villareal has garnered acclaim for his architectural, site-specific works and his light sculptures. The exhibit at the Jepson Center is his first major traveling exhibit.

Also on view at the Jepson Center is Fresh Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection (through July 8, 2012). Fresh Focus showcases some of the museum’s most impressive photographic holdings.

Whether your stay at our Savannah Vacation Rentals is due to business or pleasure, it’s worth making time to visit the Jepson Center.  Please see Jepson Center for additional information.

Savannah’s Telfair Museums

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The Jepson Center is in itself a work of art.

Savannah’s Telfair Museum is the oldest public art museum in the American South. Originally the home of Alexander Telfair, the Telfair mansion remained in the Telfair family until Mary Telfair bequeathed it to the Georgia Historical Society so that it could be turned into a museum. After extensive renovations, the Telfair Museums opened in 1883.

The Telfair Museums includes three distinct buildings:

  • The original mansion was designed in 1818 by William Jay. Today it is home to the Telfair Academy and houses 19th and 20th century American and European art.
  • The Owen-Thomas House, also designed by William Jay, is considered one of “the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country”. Here visitors may view authentic urban slave quarters, a lovely parterre garden, and decorative arts from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries.
  • The latest addition to the Telfair Museums is the Jepson Center, designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in 2006; the Jepson Center houses the museum’s contemporary art collection.

Many guests of our Savannah Vacation Homes have visited the Telfair Museums and raved about them. Consider visiting the Telfair Museums the next time you stay in one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals.

Exhibits, special events, and hours are available at the Telfair Museums.

Savannah’s Own, Juliette Gordon Low

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The Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, in historic Savannah.

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low believed that all girls should be able to be physically active, mentally challenged, socially engaged, and spiritually fulfilled. In her day, many young women and girls lead isolated lives, spending most of their time at home. Juliette Gordon Low wanted girls to learn how to be self reliant and capable of working outside the home as well as inside it. Thus the Girl Scouts of America was born.

On March 12, 1912, Daisy Gordon Low gathered together 18 girls in her home town of Savannah, Georgia, and began to realize her dream. By 1920, there were nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts in the United States; members had sold war bonds, worked in hospitals, and performed countless acts of community service. Today, Girls Scouts of America number well over 3.5 million.

All three of our Savannah Vacation Rentals are located less than half a mile from the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, today a well-preserved historic building dedicated to telling the story of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. Whether you are in Savannah for a wedding at one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals, for business, or for pleasure, consider devoting a little time to learning about this fascinating women.

Additional information is available at Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Please see Savannah Vacation Homes make a lodging reservation.

SCAD

The Savannah College of Art and Design is located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. Its presence adds a creative and innovative spirit to the community in a variety of ways. There are interesting film series, diverse exhibitions at a number of galleries, seminars, and festivals. Our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals are close to the SCAD campus and galleries.

If you are hosting your wedding at one of our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals, you probably won’t have time to take advantage of SCAD’s many offerings. Yet if you are here for business or pleasure, it’s worth looking at the SCAD calendar of events; you may find the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening.

Read on for a list of some of what SCAD is offering during the summer of 2011:

    See some of Manolo Blahnik's coolest shoes in Savannah.

  • MANOLO BLAHNIK…THE SHOE. You may not recognize the name, but Manolo Blahnik is one ofthe world’s most influential designers of footwear.  See rare prototype sketches and more than 70 pairs of shoes. Runs through July 29 at the Gutstein Gallery.
  • SCAD Cinema Circle. See an eclectic mix of great old films on the big screen. Remaining films for the 2010-2011 series at the Trustees Theater include: The Misfits (6.17), Guys & Dolls (7.2), The Manchurian Candidate (7.16), and Shane (7.30). Visit the SCAD box office for tickets.
  • Annual Juried Printmaking Exhibition: Alexander Ink. Outstanding prints from SCAD students in Atlanta and Savannah. Runs through July 15 at the Alexander Hall Gallery.

The SCAD Museum of Art is closed for renovations through October 15. Plan to return to one of our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals in the fall for the grand re-opening.

There is much to do and see in and around Savannah. One of the benefits of staying in our Savannah Vacation Rentals is that guests can make themselves at home for a while. Become a temporary member of the Savannah community. Check out SCAD.

Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Since Savannah Georgia is steeped in history, it’s a wonderful place to learn about history. The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum features outstanding ship models, maritime antiques, and maritime-inspired paintings. The museum focuses on 18th and 19th century Atlantic Ocean travel between England and America. Many guests of our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals have thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

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The Garden at Savannah's Maritime Museum.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is aptly housed in Scarbrough House, built in 1819 for William Scarbrough and designed by Englishman William Jay. The house is notable for two reasons – it is one of the earliest homes built in the Greek Revival Style in the South, and its first owner was one of the principal owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It is a fitting home for Savannah’s historic Maritime Museum.

Although the Savannah earns kudos for being the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, it was not a commercial success. Only a few years after his home was completed, Scarbrough was forced to sell the house and furnishings to cover his debts. The house was abandoned for a time, was home to the West Broad Street School for nearly one hundred years, and, after falling into ruin, was restored by the Historic Savannah Foundations. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum acquired the building in 1995, and finished its restoration.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is only one of Savannah’s many historic attractions. In order to fully discover the city, consider lodging in one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals. All have fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms, and spacious parlors or sitting areas. Guests feel at home while lodging here. They can make some of their own meals and dine out in one of Savannah’s many excellent restaurants. They have the space to unwind and relax between activities.

All of our Savannah Vacation Rentals are within walking distance from some of Savannah’s most stellar attractions, the Historic District, River Street, and Riverwalk. Luxury couldn’t get any more convenient.