Tall Ships Sail to Savannah

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, historic Tall Ships will sail into Savannah’s Riverfront. It will be a memorable experience for everyone fortunate enough to be there.

The Tall Ships will be open for viewing and touring Friday May 4 through Sunday, May 6. Many fun activities are planned, including the singing of Sea Shanties, Stilt Walkers, Story Telling, and Pirate Raids. A high point of the whole weekend (for those of us stuck on land) will come Monday, May 7, when the ships leave port in a fabulous Parade of Sail.

Several of the Tall Ships will motor up the Savannah River during their stay, taking some lucky passengers with them. These sailings are scheduled to take place several times a day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It is sure to be a thrilling experience.

As of now, 14 Tall Ships are scheduled to be in Savannah in early May. They were built in France, Nova Scotia, England, and the United States. Some were built to fight, some were built to be in the movies. All are beautiful to behold, especially when under sail.

Guests of our Savannah Vacation Homes will see the Tall Ships sail into Savannah. As of this writing, there is still availability for May 6 and 7, 2012. Take the opportunity, and come watch the Tall Ship Parade of Sail.

More information about the Tall Ships is available at Savannah Tall Ships. More information about our Savannah Vacation Rentals is available at Savannah Villas.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

All other things being equal, St. Patrick’s Day may be the most exciting time to visit Savannah, GA. The city goes all out, like New Orleans during Mardi Gras. If you have the means to be anywhere in the world on March 17, 2011, consider traveling to Savannah.

St. Patrick’s Day stretches out for several days in Savannah; the best thing for visitors is to get comfortable in a Savannah Vacation Rental and take in as much or as little as you like.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings many men in kilts with bagpipes to the streets. Who knew there were so many bagpipe players in the United States? Watch the dazzling footwork of the Irish Dancers of Savannah and gaze upon green antique cars. In fact, just about everything that can be turned green is green on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, including the waters in the Forsyth Park fountain.

Even the goats are green on St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.

Savannah has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style since 1813. If you can’t make it this year, book one of our Savannah Vacation Homes for 2013 – the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah should be unforgettable.

Please see Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade for details about the event.

Plan Your Savannah Wedding

If your Valentine’s Day included a marriage proposal and acceptance, congratulations. We hope you’ll bask in the glow of love for a while, with no thought other than how happy you are to spend the rest of your lives together.

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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.

Savannah Corporate Retreats

Savannah may exude old-world and Southern charm, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent city in which to do business. The proof is in the roster of businesses that are already in Savannah: Gulfstream Aerospace and International Paper are here, as well as the North American headquarters of JCB, one of the largest manufacturers of construction equipment, backhoes, and telescopic handlers in the world. The Port of Savannah has the largest single-terminal container facility on the continent.

Whether you travel to Savannah to work with one of the local businesses or to to treat some of your colleagues for a working retreat, our Savannah Vacation Rentals make an ideal lodging choice.

Savannah Weddings in a Square

There are countless venues ideal for Savannah weddings, including our own Savannah Vacation Rental at 109 West Liberty Street. Yet if you recently said “yes” and want to share your happiness with most everyone you know, you may need a large venue. January is a good time to plan Savannah outdoor weddings set for spring, summer, or fall. May we suggest a historic Savannah square?

Pulaski Square

Pulaski Square

Several historic squares are located within walking distance of our three Savannah Vacation Rentals. The grand home at 109 West Liberty Street, which comfortably houses up to 26 guests, is just a few blocks from Pulaski Square, Madison Square, Chippewa Square and Orleans Square (which is still lovely in spite of its proximity to the Savannah Civic Center). (more…)

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…)