The 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

Savannah Food and Wine FestivalGrab your napkin and let your belt out a notch or two: the week-long, 2013 Savannah Food and Wine Festival is nearly upon us!

Savannah is not so much the example as the rule when it comes to Southern hospitality and, as we all know, a decent percentage of hospitality relies upon good food and drink.

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Taste of Savannah 2012

Come and experience Savannah’s premier culinary event! The 12th Annual Taste of Savannah will be held on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from 7 – 10pm. Presented by US Foods, this event exhibits Savannah’s most distinct restaurants and caterers. Every entry will serve samples of their favorite menu items.

This year, over 1,000 guests are expected to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite food items and their favorite booth decoration. At least 20 entries from Savannah restaurants and caterers have been submitted. The chefs will participate and compete for prestigious awards. Judges will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the categories of appetizer, entrée and dessert.

Funds raised from Taste of Savannah will benefit the programs and services of the Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council.   Tickets for the event  are just $50. Get your tickets today! Purchase tickets from the Tourism Leadership Council website.

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A delicious sample from last year’s Taste of Savannah

Some of the winning dishes from the 2011 Taste of Savannah:

  • Appetizer First Place: Caribbean Pork Tenderloin in Romaine Leaves from Paul Kennedy Catering
  • Appetizer Second Place: Wild Georgia Shrimp and Okra Curry over Coconut Rice from StayInSavannah.com
  • Appetizer Third Place: Regency Room Salad from River House Seafood
  • Entree First Place: Local Grass Fed Beef Shortrib Slider with Stuffed Vidalia Onion Soup from SAVOR…SAVANNAH
  • Entree Second Place: Braised Pork Shank from The Olde Pink House
  • Entree Third Place: Southern Style Shrimp & Grits from The Mulberry Inn

Looking for Savannah Lodging?

If you need a place to stay in this lovely city, look no further than Savannah Villas. If privacy and luxury are top priorities for you, than our rental houses in Savannah, GA are precisely what you need. All three properties are located in the historic district of the city, about 10 minutes away from the Savannah Intl. convention center.

 

Savannah’s City Market

Three hundred years ago, fisherman, farmers, and merchants brought their produce and wares to Savannah’s City Market. It was the center of commerce; people came daily to trade goods and information. In many ways, it was the heart of Savannah.

Savannah City Market

Walk to the City Market from any of our Savannah Vacation Homes.

Two of the original market buildings were lost to fire prior to the 1850s, and a third was torn down after the Civil War. After two hundred years of service, yet another grand old market building was destroyed in 1954–this one lost to a wrecking ball. Yet the legacy of the Savannah City Market lived on.

The historic buildings that comprise today’s City Market are spread across four blocks in Savannah Historic Downtown District. Once again, the Savannah City Market provides a place to congregate, exchange news, and do business. Locals and visitors are drawn to this open pedestrian area filled with shops, art galleries, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Dine at Tapas By Anna, Vinnie Van Go-Go’s, or the Cafe at City Market. Enjoy the art at Jim Pennington Fine Art, the A.T. Hun Gallery, and the Stephen Kasun Gallery. Shop for clothes, sweets, cigars and books. The City Market has it all.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the City Market from our Savannah Vacation Rentals on Broughton Street, and about 10 minutes to walk there from our Savannah Vacation Home on West Liberty Street. Guests take advantage of the close proximity to visit it frequently for food, art, shopping, and to feel the pulse of Savannah.

Bring Your Business to Savannah

Our Savannah Vacation Rentalsare ideal for business travelers and corporate retreats. They are elegant and spacious, with wireless internet and fully equipped kitchens. If business brings you to Savannah, we hope you’ll consider staying with us.

Rainy Morning in Johnson Square

Johnson Square is just around the corner from our Savannah Vacation Rentals on East Broughton Street.

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NYE in Savannah

Fireworks at River St. In Savannah

Watch the fireworks from River Street in Savannah.

We still have room at two of our Savannah Vacation Homes over New Year’s Eve. Be spontaneous. Call a few friends, your sister, or your brother, and plan a Savannah getaway for New Year’s Eve. Broughton Street House is located in the heart of the Savannah’s Historic District.

The weather in Savannah is expected to be sunny and pleasantly warm at the end of the year. With the mild temperatures, why not spend New Year’s Eve on the Savannah River? Savannah Riverboat Cruises is offering several options: the New Year’s Eve Party Cruise includes hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, dancing, a cash bar, and champagne at midnight; the New Year’s Eve Gala has the above, along with a buffet dinner and a front row view of the fireworks; the New Year’s Eve Dinner has you back on land by 9 p.m., and is ideal for families looking for a special way to celebrate with children. More information is available at Savannah Riverboat Cruises.

For an exceptionally romantic New Year’s Eve, try Alligator Soul. The menu is built around organic local and regional ingredients. The setting is unpretentious yet elegant; you’ll feel at home and you’ll feel pampered.

Ele is another great choice for New Year’s Eve, especially if you enjoy Asian fusion.   Dress your best for an elegant evening of delicious food, live music, and fun.

Of course, spending a quiet evening at your Savannah Vacation Home with good friends or family may be just what you need this New Year’s Eve. Cook together in the kitchen, play games, and sit around the fire swapping best stories from 2011. Sometimes the “less is more” approach is the best way to spend New Year’s Eve.

 

 

Festive Progressive Dinners in Savannah

Many folks who stay in our Savannah Vacation Houses are thrilled to have fully equipped kitchens at their disposal. They cook together during family reunions, and they cook together during corporate retreats. They cook together so they don’t always have to dine out.

The dining room at 109 West.

Other guests of our Savannah Vacation Homes are happy to have coffee makers and toasters, but prefer exploring Savannah’s many restaurants to cooking.

A fun way to dine out in Savannah is to embark on a Progressive Dinner through the Historic District. Sample a variety of restaurants in one night. It’s a great way to add a festive flair to dining out during the holiday season.

Start with drinks at the Bacchus Wine Lounge. Bacchus serves 45 different wines by the glass, and a variety of specialty cocktails as well. Or try a Savannah beer at Savannah’s only brew pub, the Moon River Brewing Company.

Move on to appetizers. Jazz’d Tapas Bar serves great music as well as a tasty assortment of small plates. The Old Pink House serves large platters heaped with such Southern treats as Fried Green Tomatoes, Blackened Oysters, and Mac and Cheese Poppers.

There are many restaurants in which to enjoy a main course in Historic Savannah. Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steak serves perfectly prepared steaks and assorted seafoods in a sophisticated atmosphere. Vic’s on the River dishes up local seafood.

Walking from one restaurant to the next will stimulate the appetite and ensure there is room for dessert at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Once there, dive into Crème Brûlée, topple Mousse Towers, or indulge in Chocolate Fondue for 2.

Try a Progressive Dinner this holiday season when staying at one of our Savannah Vacation Houses. Bon Appétit!

 

Great Outdoor Dining in Savannah

Dining outside is, for many people, one of the great joys in life.The blend of good food and fresh air makes for a pleasant evening, time after time. Guests of our Savannah Vacation Homes are close to many excellent restaurants in Savannah: read on to discover some of our favorite outdoor dining spots:

Crab Shack

The Crab Shack is a fun place to eat.

  • Tubby’s Tank House. The deck is perched over River Street and offers unbeatable views of the Savannah River. Misters keep diners cool even on the hottest days. Try the catch of the day, the delectable crab cakes, or the filet mignon, but save room for a piece of pecan pie, baked by Tubby himself every day. 115 E. River Street.
  • Huey’s Southern Cafe. Watch bustling River Street or shipping traffic on the Savannah River as you savor food with a distinctly New Orleans flavor. Po-boys, Gumbo, Muffuletta… if you find yourself pining for New Orleans while in Savannah, head to Huey’s. 115 E. River Street.
  • The Crab Shack. The food is simple and fresh, and it can’t be beat. Dine along Chimney Creek, shaded by live oaks draped with Spanish Moss. You’ll be warm on chilly days and cool on hot days. There’s a waterfall, there’s a lighthouse, and there are alligators. The experience is sure to be unforgettable. 40 Estill Hammock Road, Tybee Island.

Guests are always welcome to cook in our Savannah Vacation Rentals. Each home has a fully equipped kitchen, and each has a place to enjoy a meal outside. Take-out is another option for travelers who’d like to avoid cooking. Try the following restaurants when you want to enjoy a meal at your home away from home:

  • Zunzi’s. Just minutes from any of our Savannah Vacation Homes, this small restaurant offers tasty food and generous portions for a very reasonable price. 108 E. York Street.
  • Hirano’s South Side. Swing by Hirano’s after a day at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Pick up a bowl of yakisoba, a plate of spicy chicken, and as much sushi as you can eat. 13015 Abercorn St.

Bon appétit!

Girlfriends Gather at Savannah Vacation Villas

Savannah is a great city for a Girlfriends Getaway. It has a charming historic district, eclectic shops and boutiques, outdoor activities, and a hopping nightlife. If you’ve been longing to meet old friends in a new place, consider planning a Girlfriends Getaway at one of our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals.

All of our Savannah Vacation Rentals are located within walking distance to Savannah’s historic district and Riverwalk. They are close to numerous restaurants and bars, as well. Explore the district together or call for take out and spend an evening catching up in your luxury vacation rental.

Gryphon Tea Room

Bring the girls to tea at the Gryphoon.

Our vacation rentals Savannah are fully furnished and have kitchens. The Mary O’Connor House sleeps 6 to 8 people, while the Broughton Street House sleeps up to 12 people. If you are planning a large getaway – such as a reunion of sorority sisters – consider renting the 109 West House, which can comfortably accommodate up to 26 people.

Good spots to visit during a Savannah Girlfriends Getaway:

  • Savannah Smiles Piano Bar: An all request rock n’ roll dueling piano saloon.
  • Gryphon Tea Room: go for breakfast or enjoy a classy afternoon tea.
  • The Pirates’ House: it’s been plying visitors with food and drink since 1753.
  • Wall’s BBQ: you’ll be drawn in by the enticing aroma of slow cooked meat. Take the food back to your nearby Savannah Vacation Rental.

Fine Arts on the Savannah Riverfront

Fine Arts on the River takes place the weekend of April 22 – 24, 2011. In other words, the historic Savannah Riverfront will be filled with Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, Fine Music, and as always, fine food and drink. It will be a fine weekend indeed to stay at one of our Savannah Vacation Villas.

Fine Arts on the Savannah Riverfront, April 22 - 24, 2011.

Fine Arts on the River is a high-end show. Only the finest (there’s that word again) local, regional, and national artists are invited to display their work along the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and many will demonstrate their work as well. Music will keep the mood festive.

In addition to the Fine Arts Festival on April 22-24, 2011, the Savannah Riverfront is home to hundreds of  shops and many fine restaurants. It is quite close to our Savannah Vacation Villas on Broughton Street, making it a handy place to walk for dinner if you don’t feel like eating in. Meet for a drink at Boar’s Head and enjoy expansive views of the Savannah River during dinner at Chart House.

Numerous historic markers and monuments are also located along the Savannah Riverfront. See where General Oglethorpe first landed in 1773, and where he spent his first night in Georgia; visit the 1802 City Exchange Bell; note the gold dome of the 1905 Savannah City Hall.

Savannah’s City Market

The Savannah City Market has been selling fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, and an assortment of merchandise since 1755. It is a delightful place to explore, whether you are looking for last minute Christmas gifts, shopping for ingredients to make dinner at your luxury Savannah Vacation Rental, or simply grabbing a bite for lunch.

the City Market

Savannah City Market

Finish your holiday shopping at Savannah City Market, where shops feature everything from barrels of candy to original works of art. Find items “Georgia Made and Georgia Grown” at All Things Georgia, and exotic fossils and minerals from all over the world at Nature’s Treasures. Unique handmade jewelry and stylish designer silk jackets are available at Silver Silk and Beads, and fun fashion accessories line the shelves at Twinkle. (more…)