Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Need a Last Minute Gift? Try a Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificate!

Looking for that perfect last-minute Holiday gift?

Why not give a great stay at your favorite Romantic Inns of Savannah member inn?

Our members pride themselves on offering the great Southern Hospitality that Georgia is known for, delicious breakfasts, and personalized service.  Area hotels can't hold a candle to a bed and breakfast experience!  Our beautiful inns reflect the history of our gorgeous city, and we invite you and your loved ones to experience it for yourselves.

Perfect for Christmas, New Year's, Kwanzaa, or a December birthday, Boxing Day, or even Humbug Day, gift certificates are available for most any dollar amount, whether you contribute to a total stay or give an entire night's getaway!  Contact your favorite RIOS innkeeper to discuss giving options, and treat someone with the gift of relaxation and a reason to get away to Savannah!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Go Back In Time at the Georgia History Festival in Savannah

Georgia is a peach.  But how did she get that way?  If you're a history-buff and want to know, then the Romantic Inns of Savannah cordially invite you to be our bed and breakfast guests during the activities surrounding the 2013 Georgia History Festival!

Photo courtesy of savannahnow.com

On February 12, 1733, the US colony of Georgia was founded.  To commemorate this very special day, the official Georgia Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:30 am.  This is an especially big to-do for our school children who dress up and create banners in honor of the date.  Marching begins within walking distance of most of our member inns at Forsyth Park.  The parade then continues north on Bull street until it reaches City Hall, where the Mayor and other city officials will address attendees and choose their favorite banners.

But don't think that the parade is your only option to attend during the festival!

Colonial period lovers should not miss the Colonial Faire and Muster on the weekend of February 9-10, 2013.  Held on the grounds of Wormsloe Plantation, you'll see actors and vendors dressed for the period and offering experiences, wares, and food.  Muskets will blast, blacksmiths hammers will clang, and great food will be cooking on the fires.  This is a FREE event.

Photo courtesy of The GA Historical Society
Sunday February 13, 2012 marks the official Super Museum Sunday!  From noon until 4pm, a large percentage of our city's history, art, and cultural museums welcome the public in honor of the History Festival.  In fact, you can even venture out of town a bit since over 40 organizations up and down the coast will be taking part.  Admission to each and every participating location is FREE on this day.

The event is a great experience for history-lovers of all types.  However the celebration also benefits children who live in the state by providing interactive education.  It is common knowledge that young people learn so much more when they live the information.  GA History day supports this hands-on learning through participation in the many activities held during this multi-day celebration.  You will see children marching in Tuesday's parade, and families love to introduce their kids to colonial living at the Faire.

Of course there is no better option for area lodging than a relaxing bed and breakfast inn during this historic event.  Start each day off right with included breakfasts, take some snacks to much on during the day (may not be offered by all of our B and B members), and return to the comfort and friendliness of your beautiful Savannah home-away-from-home.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shop Savannah for Your Holiday and Any-Day Gifts

Savannah as a Holiday shopping destination?  Why yes, thank you.  Your end-of-year bed and breakfast getaway can double as the perfect opportunity to check off each and every name on your gift list, no matter what the occasion.  If you are tired of the same old shopping "malls" and the stores contained within, then you will enjoy shopping here, as Savannah has some truly fun and unique options, and your innkeeper host can point you to the right area if there is anything specific on your list!

The following shopping areas are generally listed location-wise from northernmost to southernmost.

Factor's Walk and River Street
East River Street is home to these historic red brick buildings, which once housed the Cotton Exchange in the 1800's (cotton was the main income industry before Savannah established itself as a seaport).  Today, these buildings are home to a number of antique stores and a few specialty shops that are worth a look if you happen to be in the area.

The remainder of River Street is home to more of the same, including bookstores, candy stores, and more.  Look for the outdoor events happening here during the year which feature local fine artists and crafters.

City Market
Between Franklin Square and Ellis Square parks lies City Market:  an outdoor market featuring a wide variety of shops, eateries, and entertainment.  This four-block destination features some truly one-of-a-kind shopping choices including All Things Georgia (items made in the state), a cigar shop, candy kitchen, and a variety of gift shops, art galleries, and even Diane's Knitting Studio which specializes in cold-weather accessories (for you visitors from the north)!

Broughton Street
Located a few streets south of the River, Broughton Street is home to some truly cool boutiques, gourmet food stores, and, okay, even a few of the 'usual' chain stores.  Some of the more notable shops that offer quality, local, merchandise include Satchel (for custom-designed and constructed leather goods), Zia (jewelry), and the Savannah Bee Company (locally-made honey varieties).  A number of Antique Stores also reside along this road for gifts from yesteryear.

The Savannah College of Art and Design produces some of the most original new creations, perfect for gift-giving.  Whether you are looking for art, pottery, photography, clothing, jewelry, or general decor, you can find it all here.  Located just a couple blocks (about 1/3 mile) north of Forsyth Park on Bull Street, ShopSCAD is a perfect destination for our bed and breakfast guests!  Product turnover is high here, and there is always something new coming from the students and alumni, meaning you never know exactly what you will find!

Abercorn Walk
The ladies love Abercorn, located on Abercorn Street near Derenne Avenue. This new shopping area has classic upscale clothing and home stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Chico's, White House Black Market, Talbots, and more.

This historic area lies just to the southeast along Truman Parkway, and is now a popular shopping destination.  Clothing, gift shops, art, toys, jewelry, and more can be found here.

A Savannah vacation is not complete without a bit of shopping, and you are now privy to some of the most popular retail destinations in the city.  With the help of this list, and with the help of your bed and breakfast innkeeper, you can acquire gifts that can only be found here in Georgia.  Enjoy your stay!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Savannah Holiday Events: Harbor Foundation Series and Holly Days

Thanksgiving is on the horizon.  That means it's almost time to enjoy two Savannah Traditions:  the Savannah Harbor Foundation Holiday Series, and Holly Days. Savannah's bed and breakfast inns invite you to be our guests for these long-standing city traditions for the entire family!

The Savannah Harbor Foundation is a volunteer-based, charitable organization, originally started in response to the events on September 11, 2001 to provide some enjoyable family events after the tragic attack on the United States.    Since then, the organization has expanded its support to local childrens' charities.  Each year during the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Foundation kicks off the annual Holiday Series of Events including:
  • Boat Parade of Lights:  Come enjoy Savannah's unique Christmas Parade on the River!  On November 24 at 5:00pm, General James Edward Oglethorpe returns to officiate the lighting of Savannah's Christmas tree, followed by a showcase of 60 vessels decorated to the hilt with lights and holiday decorations.  A fireworks display follows.  Come to the Savannah River in front of River Street for great viewing, or you can cross the river before the festivities and watch from Hutchinson Island.
  • Gingerbread Village features edible artwork by both "professional" and "amateur" gingerbread structure architects, displayed at the Westin on the north side of the river.
  • Festival of Lights:  Hutchinson Island lights up each year with 60 lighted displays along the Road Course.  After driving through the displays, join in the fun in the center of the Road Course, and enjoy the bonfire, treats, music, and more.  The activities change throughout the display, so you may want to visit more than once!  A $20 per car, or $5 walk-through cost proceeds a number of childrens' charities.
  • Holiday Concerts:  On Monday, December 3, Musical Mondays free family concerts begin at the Savannah Arts Academy.  Enjoy music to put you in the Holiday spirit!

Of course, other Savannah Holly Days events (both ticketed and free to the public) offer more great options to celebrate the Season:
  • Downtown Holiday Tour of Homes:  Historic homeowners open their doors to the public during the afternoon and evening of December 8, 2012.  See the beauty of these southern belles, decorated for the Holiday Season.
  • Victorian Tea:  Between the afternoon and evening hours of the Homes Tour, Savannah's Garden Club invites you to a formal Tea Event.  Put on your finery, select your favorite hat (long-known to be the appropriate finishing touch to any tea garb), and enjoy Victorian Tea, sandwiches, treats, and music. This year's tea location is a fully-restored Greek Revival Mansion, built in 1870.
  • Inn Tour:  Area Inns invite you to tour their property on Sunday, December 9, 2012.  Among the chosen properties for this year's tour are our own Ziegler House, Presidents' Quarters Inn, Forsyth Park Inn, and Amethyst Inn!
  • The Whiskey Barrel:  As an alternative option for the Adults, the city's first annual Whiskey Barrel taste experience takes place on Hutchinson Island.  Featuring a selection of both whiskies and craft beers, attendees will receive a sample glass, unlimited beer samples, and a whiskey tasting card for 6 free tastings.  Designated drivers are not only encouraged, they are afforded a substantial discount to the event so that they can come learn about the products.  A Military Discount on advance-purchase tickets also applies.
  • City Market offers both the annual Open House, and Christmas for Kids Celebration.  Friday, December 8 finds the market awash with lights and candles while carolers sing, Santa listens to secrets, and treats are offered in the shops.  Then, on Saturday, December 8, 2012.  Make your own ornaments, explore the petting zoo, enjoy a Cinderella Carriage tour, hear beautiful chorale music, and so much more!  Consider bringing an unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Hope collection box.
There is so much to do this Holiday Season that it might require an extended stay to experience it all!  Why not choose one of Savannah's historic inns as your lodging option?  We will be happy to host your vacation to one of the most beautiful cities in the United States!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Immerse Yourself In Technology at Savannah's Geekend 2012 Event

Savannah is historic.  She is beautiful.  She is haunted.  But did you know that she's also a geek?  Member bed and breakfasts of the Romantic Inns of Savannah invite you to be our guests during this year's Geekend at the Hyatt Regency from November 8-10, 2012!

To put it in layman's terms, Geekend is both a social and information-sharing conference of all things currently technical, including Internet, mobile applications, gaming, programming, social media, and more.  In essence, it is a meeting of innovators and participants in the world of computing.

Each year, BFG Communications hosts this conference filled with informational presenters, social functions,  networking, and development opportunities.  Bringing in more than 700 attendees each year, this gathering helps generate ideas, creativity, network links, and fun with like-minded people.

Should you attend Geekend?  Sure you should!  This event has something for everyone: Internet users, developers, think-tankers, artists, multimedia people... and pretty much anyone else who has ever even touched a computer!  Besides, Savannah is a beautiful place to visit in November: the weather is pleasant, the city is beautiful, the history is compelling, and there is so much to do!

This year's speakers and presenters include Sudjam developers (think Nine Inch Nails' iPhone app and website), David Carson (graphic designer for Nike, Pepsi, NIN, etc.), Kevin Curry (director for the Code for America Brigade, promoting technological development for the greater good), Charles Adler (Kickstarter co-founder), and Neal Holman (art director and producer for the "Archer" series on FX).

Passes are currently $225 for all keynote talks, workshops/lunch/coffee/conversation on Friday and Saturday, and admission to all after parties (for attendees ages 21 and over).  If you can show student or military ID, admission is greatly reduced to $85!  Want to help Thinking Cap Inc. provide grants to Savannah Public Schools and receive two Geekend t-shirts?  Then become a Big Bird attendee for $750.  Print your confirmation page (just in case), and you can pick up your badge as of Thursday, November 8th at noon (you MUST wear your badge to all events).  Group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more attendees (contact info@geek-end.com for more information).  Sorry, no cancellations, but tickets are transferable prior to November 1.

Need additional incentive?  MOO is offering free custom business cards to anyone attending Geekend in 2012!

So come take part in the future of everyone's electronic life at this year's event.  Choose lodging at your favorite Savannah B and B for restful nights in between the excitement, and a good breakfast to prepare you for each day.  We look forward to your visit!

Please note that by attending Geekend, you waive your right to any photos or videos taken of you.  From the Geekend website:

"YOU MIGHT BE PHOTOGRAPHED, VIDEOTAPED AND/OR BROADCAST ON OUR WEB SITES WITH NO COMPENSATION. By attending GEEKEND, you waive any injury or talent claims whatsoever and accept these terms and conditions. Specifically, you claim no copyright interest in your image if used as part of any websites, any video images, or any promotional materials for GEEKEND or others. By purchasing a badge, you hereby RELEASE ALL BROADCAST and TALENT RIGHTS."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Savannah Halloween Activities For 2012

Savannah Georgia is said by some to be America's most haunted city.  It is, perhaps, for this reason that the city doesn't bother with the usual Halloween haunted house attractions.  Why bother setting up something fake when you have the real thing?  However, there are still plenty of fun activities offered in our beautiful city in the Halloween Spirit!  Member B and Bs of the Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you to enjoy these less-traditional spook-tacular activities during your getaway.

What's Halloween without The Rocky Horror Picture Show?  From October 19, 2012 through November 2, 2012, the Bay Street Theatre invites you to again witness the spectacle that is Rocky Horror.  Brad Majors, Janet Weiss, Dr. Frankenfurter, and Rocky himself will all be there.  Will you?

Some of Savannah's favorite Ghost Tours are even more popular during October and Halloween.  While this is far from all of them, here are some of the more popular tours:

The Ghosts & Gravestones of Savannah Tour:  This 75-minute nighttime tour features a spooky trolley ride to explore both the Gribble House (the scene of a 1909 triple-murder), and the very haunted River Street Perkins and Sons Ship Chandelry - a location visited only by this particular PG-13-rated tour.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and no children under the age of 4 are allowed.

The Savannah Scary Ghost Tour takes you on a 90-minute trip to our city's most popular haunted locations, including the Colonial Park Cemetery, the Pirates' House, and the Hampton-Lilibridge House (one of the most haunted houses in Savannah).  You must make reservations at least 48 hours in advance for this tour.

The Sixth Sense Savannah Tour covers real-life locations of poltergeist, hag, exorcism, disembodied spirits, and more.  This 2-hour tour is offered at 7:00pm for families, and at 9:30pm for guests aged 18 and older only.

The Beyond Good and Evil Tour is a 90-minute walking tour to cemeteries, Calhoun Square, and the stories behind the popular book "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil."  The stories are original, and the guide is very knowledgeable.

The Most Haunted House in Savannah tour takes you inside the Sorrel Weed House to explore the city's most haunted house first-hand.  Many reports of strange activities come from this particular tour.  Even TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society, as seen on SyFy) explored this location, making it their first Halloween special ever!

Special haunted tours do come out just at Halloween time:
  • The Savannah Midnight Ghost Tour explores the back streets of Savannah after midnight.  The tales told are definitely for mature audiences only.  Available from October 26, 2012 through November 3, 2012.
  • The Savannah Ghosts and Ghouls Tour is a family-oriented Halloween specialty.  Children 12 and under will be given a treat basket (please mention how many you are bringing), and with kid-friendly stories of some of the city's haunted locations.  Available from October 26, 2012 through November 3, 2012.
  • The Halloween Ghost-Hunting Experience at the Sorrel Weed House is an interactive, guided hunt with some of the same equipment used by TAPS to investigate this very site.  Available from October 19, 2012 through October 31, 2012.  Group size is limited to 15 people, and the tour lasts 3-4 hours, starting at 11:30pm.  Guests are welcome to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment to the tour as well.

With the old, Gothic feeling of Savannah adding to the atmosphere, what better place is there to visit around Halloween than our beautiful city?  Your Savannah Innkeeper can help you find the perfect activity for your tastes and scare-level.  Welcome to a fun Halloween in Savannah!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

October Events in Savannah During Your Bed and Breakfast Vacation

Fall is the perfect time to visit the south!  While the nights AND days are getting cooler in the north, the southern weather becomes very pleasant and inviting.  Here in Savannah, the start of fall coincides with plenty of events for our bed and breakfast guests to enjoy!

Coming up very soon is Oktoberfest on October 5-7, 2012 on the River with brats, beverages, music, dancing, and vendors selling their amazing artistic wares.  Not to mention the ever-popular wiener dog races!  Duck inside one or more of the 100+ shops, restaurants, and pubs along River Street as well!  Enjoy First Friday Fireworks after dark on the 5th!

That very same weekend, Savannah's Annual Picnic in the Park occurs on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 2pm-9:30pm.  Since the early 1980s, this annual family event has been held in Forsyth Park in the heart of the Historic District.  Featuring live music and entertainment, and family activities, the event is free to the public.  This year's sponsor is Parker's:  a Savannah-based company that runs 27 convenience stores in the area.  The theme is "Some Enchanted Evening," and guests are encouraged to bring the theme to life if they wish!

The Savannah Greek Festival happens almost one week later on October 11-13, 2012.  Now in its 61st year, this even presents Greek tradition, foods, music, dancing, and items for sale in the St. Paul's Hellenic Center at 14 West Anderson Street.  Some of the delicious food choices available include Gyros, Greek Salad, Greek Lamb, Dolmades (rice and beef flavored with herbs and wrapped in grape leaves), Pastitsio (a baked macaroni dish), and Spanakopita (filo dough with spinach and feta cheese).  Greek desserts are also available including Baklava, Loukoumades (honey puffs), Chocolate Walnut Triangles, and more!  Thousands of guests visit to experience the festivities, and you are cordially invited!  There is no admission during daytime hours, however a $2 donation is requested after 4pm.

On Saturday, October 20, St. Vincent's Academy hosts the Tour of Homes & Tea:  a self-guided tour through their own 1845 Convent building, continuing through nine beautiful private homes in the Historic district.  Tea will be served on the Convent grounds, including confections and tea sandwiches.  This is a great way to learn about the architectural changes in our beautiful city through time!  Tickets are available at the Tour of Homes website.  Event prices range from $45 for the entire event, and on down to $10 for a single house tour.

Of course, don't forget about the Tybee Island Pirate Festival happening from October 4-7, 2012, and the Jewish Food Festival on October 28, 2012 in Forsyth Park!

And since this is October, area haunted houses and attractions will be in full swing on weekend nights through Halloween!  Just ask the innkeeper at your favorite bed and breakfast inn for information and directions to the attraction that best suits your taste!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Join Us for the SCAD 2012 Savannah Film Festival

What would life be without the movies?  What was once a celluloid experience has evolved into a high-tech, surround-sound escape.  Whether watching from the comfort of your home, heading to the theater, enjoying a larger-than-life IMAX journey, movies have become and integral source of entertainment for everyone.  The world over has celebrated the movies by organizing film festivals.  Cannes, Sundance, Venice, and Tribeca are some of the most-recognized film festivals out there.  But did you know that Savannah is home to one of the most welcoming film festivals?  Our relaxed atmosphere provides a friendly destination for actors, directors, producers, and viewers.  The Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you as our guests during the 2012 Savannah Film Festival from October 27 through November 3.

The event has grown regularly in the past 15 years since its inception, drawing bigger names and crowds.  Celebreties found that they enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and relatively small amount of paparazzi.  Because of this, the Festival has played host to stars such as Liam Neeson, Danny Glover, Ian McKellen, Michael Douglas, and Jane Fonda, who could be found mingling amongst the attendees at different Festival functions.

Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the Festival presents new films from both new and established filmmakers, both independent and commercial.  There are also workshops, panels, lectures, and special screenings offered.  Some of the films you see here will go on to national viewings and may even become blockbusters.  Most movie screenings require paid admission, but other event activities are free and open to the public.

A popular attraction is the Mystery Film at the end of the Festival.  Sometimes this film has some tie to Savannah, whether it was filmed here, the story is based here, or an actor in the film is from the area... but not always.  Attendees and participants alike look forward to this fun surprise at the end of the week.

Activities take place at one of two venues:
Savannah's Trustees Theater cinema house which was once known as the Weis Theater and had one of the largest movie screens in the south at the time, and was the first to be built with adjustable air conditioning.  A stage in front could also host theatrical performances, making this a perfect location for sessions, panels and lectures during the Film Festival.  This gorgeous and historical theater is still one of our city's gems.

The Lucas Theater also features both a movie screen and stage, making it another ideal location for most Festival events.  After closing in 1976, the theater played host to failed businesses.  Slated for demolition more than once, this former Vaudeville theater was saved by a massive fundraising campaign for purchase and restoration purposes.  The general public weren't the only ones who cared, as celebrities also chipped in to help.  Even the cast and crew of the movie "Forrest Gump" - filmed right here in Savannah - contributed to the cause.  The Lucas Theater re-opened in the year 2000.

While the full Festival schedule has not yet been posted, it will be available mid-morning on October 1, 2012.  Tickets to individual events will also be available through the Festival website.  However, if you want the full Event experience, passes are currently available for purchase.

Thanks to the popularity of the Film Festival, and the great weather which invites more and more people to attend each year, over 50,000 people are expected to descend on our town for the event.  This means that area accommodations will fill up quickly!  Why not try Savannah's charming inns instead of area hotels for true southern hospitality during this very busy week?  All of our inns are within a mile of the main Festival venues, and we will be happy to host your stay!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Great-tasting October Event: Savannah Jewish Food Festival in Forsyth Park

Bring your empty stomach to one of the most popular and unique food festivals is coming to Forsyth Park on Sunday, October 28, 2012:  the Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival!  Our Savannah inns offer first-class accommodations and amenities during this annual event.

Now in its 24th year, this tasty event offers food, music, dance, and kids shows from 11am to 4pm.  Getting into the park is free - but you'll want to buy plenty of $1 food tickets to taste your way through the many booths serving such treats as: sandwiches, noodles, potato latkes, blintzes, strudel, challah, sodas, a variety of other kosher foods... and of course homemade sweets!

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy all the great food and fun!  Over 10,000 attendees are expected, meaning that lines for tickets can be long.  But fear not - closer to the time of the festival, advance tickets will be available at discounted prices.  You can pick up your pre-purchased tickets before the event, and avoid waiting in those pesky lines!

The Festival is hosted by Congregation Mickve Israel, a Reform synagogue that is the third oldest in America at 279 years.  The church itslef is the only neo-Gothic style synagogue in America, and tours are available to see this amazing building and in-house museum.

Another reason to stay at a Romantic Inns of Savannah bed and breakfast:  three of our inns are adjacent to the park, meaning you can pretty much walk out the front door and be there within seconds.  Even if you are here for another reason, the scents of the festival will draw you right over!  The remainder of our current member establishments are well within a mile of Forsyth Park, allowing you to work off some of the great food during the short walk to the event!  So skip the hotels and choose your favorite historic inn during your Savannah food festival vacation!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

High-Seas Hijinks Near Savannah at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Get ready for mischief and mayhem at the annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest on Columbus Day weekend, October 4-7, 2012!  Most people in the US are familiar with Renaissance Festivals - well think of the Pirate Fest as a Renaissance Festival set on the high seas!  This is the perfect opportunity to let out your inner rogue, explore the pirate's life, and have a lot of fun during your Georgia getaway.  Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah would love to host your stay during this exciting weekend.  Just a short 30-minute drive will take you from your favorite B and B to the excitement of the high seas!

2012 T-Shirt Design by Nathan Cruz
In 2005, what was then TybeeFest was offered to the public, and was the hit of the Island, much to the surprise of the few locals who organized the event!  Since then, the Festival has grown to the pirate-themed extravaganza that it is today.  Pirate-lovers from all over the country flock to the Columbus Day pirate village each year.  Even the businesses join in!

The 2012 event features an appearance by Vince Neal of Motley Crue, A1A (Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band), and entertainers throughout the Festival including Sophia Fairesword's Sword Dancing, the Brigands musicians, and Fair Wynds 18th Century Entertainment.  A children's area with bounce houses, face painting, entertainers, and more is also available.

Events include:

Thursday, October 4 - Buccaneer's Ball, 7-11 at the Crab Shack.  Wear your best buccaneer garb for the Costume Contests, enjoy food and drink, and witness the coronation of the Pirate King and Queen.  For attendees 18 years and older.
Friday, October 5 - Thieves market 5-11 with A1A playing during the evening.  Shop for all your favorite pirate-related gear, garb, arts, and crafts.
Saturday, October 6 - Festival open from 10am-11pm with Vince Neal playing at 7pm.  Be sure to catch the Pirate Parade at 3pm, when Tybee's streets are "converted" into the high seas with pirate-themed floats and participants.
Sunday, October 7 - Festival open from 11am-4pm.

Pirate Festival Weekend Passes are $22. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Single Day Passes are $10 for Friday, and $12 for Saturday or Sunday.  Tickets for the Buccaneer's Ball are $25 (no youth under 18 admitted).  Advance tickets are now on sale online!

Plan your stay for the entire weekend, and spend a day, or multiple days, at the Pirate Fest.  Then after the craziness, come back to the serenity of Savannah to your favorite Romantic Inn to relax and unwind.  Your inviting guest room will be waiting for you!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The 2012 Jazz Festival Brings Music, Food, and Fun to Savannah

In late 1982, three students from Ben Tucker's Jazz Appreciation course at what is now Savannah State University decided to take their love of Jazz to the next level.  After some discussion, The Coastal Jazz Association was created with the purpose of sharing the music they so loved with others, and to support jazz education by sponsoring scholarships for students.  To further these efforts, the group decided to showcase local artists with the Savannah Jazz Festival on October 1, 1983.  The rest, as they say, is history.  This coastal celebration has continued through today, and the member B and Bs of the Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you as our guests during this year's Festival, being held from September 23-30, 2012!

Savannah's Jazz scene has long followed that of New Orleans.  With deep southern roots, a creative environment, and an influx of different musical talents through the nearby military bases, the jazz movement flourished in our beautiful city from the start.  In fact, we have produced some worldwide jazz talents in the form of Jabbo Smith, Trummy Young, Ben Riley, and James Moody.  Even the Jazz Association's own Teddy Adams has performed both here and around the globe, and still performs at the Jazz Festival each year.  These greats have inspired others from the area to contribute to this musical genre, giving the annual event reason to stay alive.

Now in its 29th year, the Jazz Festival draws attendees from the local area, around the United States, and even from other countries.  Featuring 18 different performances, workshops, seminars, and a film viewing, there is truly something for all jazz appreciators and musicians.  The free-to-the-public event even offers an opening-night Jam Session with Teddy Adams, and three additional late-night jam sessions, where anyone and everyone can join in the music (bring your own instrument)!  All activities take place at Forsyth Park in the Heart of the Historic District and Blowin' Smoke BBQ, just east of the Park at 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (very easy walking distance from the Festival).

Speaking of food, there will be no shortage of nourishment, as Blowin' Smoke and a number of other local eateries will offer food and drink throughout the week.  Great food and great music at a landmark event... what more could you ask for?

For the first time this year, the event will host the Coastal Jazz Association Golf Tournament on September 24th, 2012 at the Club of Savannah Harbor!  Groups of four will be assembled to play through the tournament, which features live Jazz during lunch, a Hole 17 Hole-in-One prize of a Buick Verano, and a raffle and auction.  Mulligans are available!!!  Early-bird registration prices are active through August 23, 2012.  Registration deadline is September 6, 2012.

Let's recap.

What:  Savannah Jazz Festival
When:  September 23-30, 2012
Venues:  Forsyth Park and Blowin' Smoke
Admission:  FREE!!!

35,000 attendees are expected during the Festival, meaning that rooms will fill up quickly for these dates!  Staying at a RIOS establishment makes attending a breeze, as many of our members are within a block of Forsyth Park itself, and all of our current members are within one mile of both event sites!  So make your Jazz Festival vacation plans at your favorite Savannah Inn for first-class accommodations with all the comforts of home!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Savannah's Gay Pride Festival Offers GLBT-Friendly Fun

Sometimes you find what you least expect, even in Savannah.  While the city is known for its history, natural beauty, and southern traditions, we have some more colorful events that happen each year.  On September 8, 2012, The Hostess City of the South, and our Romantic Inns, will welcome members, family, and friends of the LGBT community to historic Forsyth Park during the annual Gay Pride Festival.

Now in its 13th year, the event has evolved from its initial 2000-person attendance into one of the largest in the state.  Second only to Atlanta, the Savannah festival now sees over 10,000 people attend each year!

The Festival offers vendors, food, a family area plenty of fun kids' activities, some amazing live performances, and more.  Performers during the show include Liquid Ginger, Foxx Cabaret, Spykey van Dykey, Vida DeVoid's Burlesque Show, and many more!  Club One hosts the pre- and post-parties on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Lady Chablis will be at Club One on Friday.  Area businesses also join in, hosting events and gatherings throughout the entire weekend.

To keep areas around the park as traffic-free as possible, free parking and shuttle service are offered at the old Sears building at Henry and Bull streets.  There is a $5 admission fee to the Festival, which runs from 11:30 am to 10pm.

Visitors to Savannah from all walks of life are also fascinated with the Festival, and we receive guests from diverse backgrounds during this weekend.  When you stay, you can choose to attend the Forsyth Park celebrations, or you can stick to other areas of town with less activity.  Forsyth Park is central to many of our member inns, and just a short walk from others.  Interested in the Festival?  Choose a B and B in the southern part of the Historic District that is closer to the Park for easy walking access.  Interested in seeing the rest of the city?  Choose one of our member inns to the north, closer to River Street and the Riverfront.

No matter what you choose to do in Savannah, we welcome you to our homes as our guests.  So choose a room at one of our beautiful inns as a perfect lodging option for a relaxing Georgia vacation!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Saddlebags Bar: Savannah's New Spot for Country Atmosphere

There's a new bar and music venue on River Street bringing country music to Savannah.  The Saddlebags Bar fills what was once a variety gap in downtown Savannah's nightlife, giving our guests another great entertainment option during their vacation with us!

Co-owner Johnny Gosyne noticed that while there are country music concerts in Savannah that have fans packing the house.  But when it came to a place for them to go before and after a concert - not to mention any other time they wanted a country-western atmosphere - Savannah was severely lacking.  Enter Saddlebags Bar: a relaxed atmosphere that mixes a great bar, country line dancing, and (of all things) one of the largest selections of Bourbons in the area.

There is truly something for everyone at Saddlebags: Wednesday bike nights, free line-dancing lessons and line dancing events on Fridays, live music on Saturdays, a mechanical bull, and a calendar of special events that is always being updated!

While Saddlebags is more of a bar/entertainment venue than restaurant, they do have a limited menu of "Cowboy Food" including burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, fried and blackened chicken, a decent variety of appetizers, and more!  Oh, and save room for an authentic Texas-born Fried Twinkie for dessert!

The signature drink list is impressive, and it doesn't look like it'll break the bank either.  And if you're visiting Savannah during the week of your birthday, we hear that if you go to Saddlebags on Friday night and show them your ID,  there's a "Birthday Bash" option featuring a free Bourbon Slush and a free Fried Twinkie!

Saddlebag's hours are perfect for our long-weekend visitors:
Wed - Fri:  4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat:  12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:  12:00 pm - 2:00 am

So if you get a hankerin' for some country fun during your visit to our beautiful city, why not head to 317 West River Street, saddle up to the bar, order up some filling food and a signature drink, and maybe even try your hand at that bull or the line dancing?  Your Savannah innkeeper can give you directions and advice about your visit to Saddlebags... and will have your room ready for your return!

As always, we ask that you DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  Your Savannah inn hosts do not want to see your visit ruined by the effects of irresponsible behavior.  PLEASE either designate your own responsible driver, or get a taxi for your ride back to your B and B.  Even better, walk back to your bed and breakfast!  The Romantic Inns of Savannah are within two miles of River Street!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Celebrate the End of Summer in Savannah at the Craft Brew Fest

Historic Savannah offers the perfect way for beer-lovers to celebrate the end of summer at the 5th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest Week during the entire week leading up to Labor Day from August 26-September 2, 2012!  Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you during this iconic celebration.

The days leading up to the festival itself will feature special offers and activities at area shops, restaurants, and pubs.  The main Festival begins on Friday with over 50 breweries and 130 beers from the area, the country, and around the world will be in attendance, offering samples and information on their best craft brews and beer-based recipes.  And for the first time, the event will culminate in a live outdoor concert!  The beauty of Savannah's skyline and the river are a perfect backdrop for this week of enjoyment.

Tickets are available online at a discount for a variety of event packages.  Tickets are also available "at the door" at a slightly higher cost for the following event days:

Friday, August 31, 2012:  International Craft Brew Tasting from 6-9pm at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.  $55 in advance, $75 at the door.

Saturday, September 1, 2012:  The Grand Tasting from 12-5pm on the Esplanade at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center featuring samples from more than 45 breweries, live music, food, and more.  VIPs (includes access to a special tasting room with rare beers) are $75 in advance, $100 at the door with a limited amount of tickets available.  General admission is $40 in advance, $45 at the door.  Designated driver attendance fee is just $10.

Sunday, September 2, 2012: Savannah Rhythm & Brews featuring the Heavy Pets, Stokeswood and Jason D. Williams, as well as Sister Hazel and the North Mississippi Allstars.  Gates open at 2pm with music from 3-10pm during the general festival.  Bring your chairs or blankets!  $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

    While this is a festival, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer, this is also a beer festival.  Because of this, we would like to offer up some suggestions to those who plan to attend.

    DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  Your Savannah inn hosts do not want to see your visit ruined by the effects of irresponsible behavior.  PLEASE either designate your own responsible driver (Designated Driver admission is only $10), or get a taxi for your ride back to your bed and breakfast.  Even better, walk back to your bed and breakfast!  Romantic Inns of Savannah member inns are within two miles of the Convention Center!

    EAT!  Food will be readily available at the event, so don't forget to nourish your body!  You'll thank us later...

    DRINK WATER!  Even though this is a beer festival, we all know the dehydrating effects of alcohol.  Again, you'll thank us later...

    TAKE YOUR TIME!  Just because you're at a beer tasting, it doesn't mean that you need to hurry through each booth.  Take it slow, savor the flavors, ask questions, then move on.  Why not enjoy the event for what it is?

    TAKE NOTES!  With as many craft brew varieties out there, it's impossible to remember them all.  When you find one you like, note the name, the makeup (hoppy, wheaty, etc.), and the general flavor.  Not only will this help you find your favorites in the future, but it will give newer beer fans a general idea of what to look for in a beer outside of the festival.

    BRING CASH!  While most event vendors are set up to take credit, some are not.  Besides, you might just want to tip those event-workers who give you great information or suggest something to see in the area.
      Savannah's many B and Bs welcome you during this week of summer's end celebration and beer appreciation event.  We hope you enjoy your stay at your favorite inn lodging choice!

      Tuesday, July 10, 2012

      Enjoy a Unique Savannah Tour on a Segway Motorized Vehicle

      Here's a different concept: walking tours with no walking involved! So it isn't really a new idea, but it's still a novel approach to offer city tours on Segway Personal Transporter electric vehicles, (or just Segway(s)). This is one more fun activity you can enjoy while on a Savannah bed and breakfast vacation!

      Segways are two-wheeled, battery-powered devices with on-board computers and motors to help keep the vehicle upright when a passenger is present. Controlling one is as easy as leaning forward or backward while steering via a handlebar, making it a fun mode of transport for a tour!

      Authorized tours are offered through Segway of Savannah for participants of ages15 years and older (participants aged 15-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) weighing between 100 and 260 pounds, who can safely step onto and off of the machines. No offense for anyone who weighs less or more: the sensors on the machines require the 100-pound minimum weight, and the transporters can not safely accommodate passengers weighing over 260 pounds.

      The cost is $45 for a one-hour tour, and $65 for a two-hour tour of Savannah. 1.5 Hour Boneventure Cemetery Tours are also available for $75. Prices are the same for both minors and adults. Reservations are required.

      When you take a tour, you are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time for helmet fitting, an orientation/safety video, and a short practice session where you can familiarize yourself with (or further master) the methods for controlling and manipulating a vehicle. Then you are ready for your tour!

      It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing for the weather, taking into account air movement during riding. The tour scooters do have a small storage pouch for personal items such as cameras, water, a snack, keys, etc. Individual rentals not associate with tours are also available for anywhere from one hour to an entire week. If you wish to rent for multiple days, your Savannah innkeeper may be able to assist you with storage, but please inquire ahead of time so that we can better assist you!

      What a fun way to both tour our beautiful city, and to navigate around during your visit! Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you to our beautiful city, and hope you have fun during your motorized tours!

      Tuesday, July 3, 2012

      Crystal Beer Parlor: A Savannah Staple Since 1933

      So often, our guests ask us to recommend a place to go have a beer, grab a bite to eat, and relax during their stay.  And more often than not, we direct them to the Crystal Beer Parlor. This unassuming building has been a favorite of locals and favorites since 1933, and is one of our favorite places to spend an evening... And we hope it becomes the same for you.

      The location itself started as a grocery store in the early 1900s owned by a family who lived upstairs.  In 1933, they sold the building to William "Blocko" and Connie Manning, who turned the building into a restaurant - just in time to be one of the first establishments to serve alcohol after prohibition ended. The restaurant and bar has been a staple in Savannah ever since.

      People rave about the food and service, not to mention the fun and relaxed atmosphere.
      The menu features sandwiches, burgers, and dogs with a selection of vegetarian options ans full dinners.  Definitely try the crab stew, amazing onion rings, burgers (including the buffalo burger), shrimp po-boy, she-bo stew, oyster sandwich, fried Georgia Shrimp, and make sure to save room for the peach cobbler!

      The beer selection is large.  There are consistently seasonal options on tap and some fun micro brews.  And of course,  the "Beers Of Our Fathers" are always available, in keeping with the historic tradition of the bar.

      Owners John and Phillip Nichols welcome you a place in Savannah where you will see more locals than tourists. Their commitment to great food and service is apparent when most (if not all) of our guests return from then Crystal very happy with both their meals and the lingering ambiance. It is for this reason, and because of our own experiences at this restaurant attraction, that we will continue to recommend the Crystal Beer Parlor and send our guests on over!

      Friday, June 29, 2012

      Forsyth Park is a Beautiful Savannah Natural Attraction

      Savannah is a town of amazing natural beauty. Strolling through our streets is a refreshing experience. While many U.S. cities are more concrete than green, our town was designed around green space. As you make your way throughout Savannah's Historic District, you will notice the 'squares': signature landmark green spaces built into the very plan of our city. Almost every nine-block area contains one 'square' of green space in the middle - think of them as mini-parks. However, as you explore the Historic District further, you are bound to run into a massive green area in the center of town. This 20-acre area is known as Forsyth Park, is the center of many of our city's outdoor events, and is used by residents and visitors alike for outdoor activities.

      With a history dating back to the early 1700s the original park lands were home to much of our earliest British and European settlers, and later hosted Civil war encampments before settling into the role of parade grounds, and then to the Forsyth Park we know today. The park itself was created in the 1840s when William Hodgson, who thought that the city needed a park, donated 10 acres of land. In 1851 the park was expanded to 30 acres after a donation of land by Georgia Governor John Forsyth, and the park was subsequently named in his honor.

      In 1858, the park became home to a Parisian-inspired cast iron fountain designed to resemble the structure at Place de la Concorde. This same fountain still stands on the north end of the park today. Each year, the waters at Forsyth Fountain are colored green for Saint Patrick's Day to commemorate Savannah's strong Irish heritage, and is one if the park's most-visited attractions.

      The center of the park is home to the Confederate Memorial Statue to commemorate those who gave their life fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The park is also home to a one-mile walking/skating/biking path that passes beneath moss-draped oaks, an amphitheater, an amazing-smelling garden for the blind, tennis and basketball courts, large grassy areas for picnics and social sports, the Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club's home field, and Savannah's official Christmas tree in December.

      The park is located in Savannah's Historic District, surrounded by bordered by stately mansions lining Gaston Street on the north, Drayton Street on the east, Park Avenue on the south and Whitaker Street on the west. On any given day at the park you may see wedding tents, outdoor concerts, soccer tournaments, exhibits, and tennis matches. You will definitely see plenty of people and lots of natural beauty!

      If you are planning a Savannah getaway, Forsyth Park is definitely a sight to see during your time here! Our member innkeepers can give you additional ideas of places to explore within the park, and will have your cozy room ready for your return.

      Sunday, June 17, 2012

      Art Events in the Savannah Area: Tybe Island Shows and Sales

      Created to promote arts in the Tybee Island and Savannah areas, the Tybee Arts Association (TAA) is a non-profit organization that supports visual and performing arts by offering art classes, plays, workshops, and art shows to the local community, in the hopes of making Tybee Island an arts destination for all.  Just east of Savannah, the Island is a great destination during your bed and breakfast stay!

      The TAA weekend Show and Sale is an event offered several times throughout the year to showcase member visual artists, both established and new.  Area residents and visitors alike attend the FREE show to find the perfect piece(s) of art for their home.  Each show features paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, note cards, and more - often depicting a particular show theme.  Art demonstrations and music are also often offered.

      Upcoming shows include:

      July 7-8, 2012:  "Laissez faire" - a small, more laid-back version of the show located at the Tybee Arts Firehouse Arts Center at #7 Cedarwood on Tybee Island.  Hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

      August 31 - September 2, 2012:  No theme selected yet.  This show follows the 'standard,' larger format at the Tybee Arts Firehouse Arts Center at #7 Cedarwood.  Open 6pm to 9pm Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

      November 2-4, 2012:  No theme selected yet.  Also a 'standard format' show at the Tybee Arts Firehouse Arts Center at #7 Cedarwood.  Open 6pm to 9pm Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday.  This is a great chance to get a jump on your Christmas shopping!

      2013 shows have not yet been announced, however we anticipate another 5- to 6-show season throughout the year.

      These art shows are a perfect diversion during your day-trip out to Tybee Island.  Enjoy a great breakfast at your host inn, head out for a day on the Island with a stopover at the TAA Show and Sale event, then return to Savannah for a fantastic area dinner and restful night in your perfectly-appointed B and B guestroom.  As always, we look forward to your visit!

      Sunday, June 10, 2012

      Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Savannah River

      Savannah's history and charm make it the perfect vacation location.  However, if you mix that with a fantastic riverfront atmosphere in historic downtown, you have the makings for a perfect place for a National celebration.  Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah formally invite you to join us on the Savannah River for an unforgettable July 4, 2012 holiday!

      And we do celebrate in style, starting with the fireworks on July 4, 2012 at 9:15pm!  The fireworks are simulcast with music by area radio stations to create a colorful, musical celebration.  Fireworks can be seen from any vantage point along River Street.

      You can also choose to get a view of the fireworks from the river by taking a Savannah Riverboat Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise!  Choose the Savannah River Queen or the Georgia Queen for a 90-minute cruise with a cash bar, snack bar, and the riverboat DJ offering up your favorite music.  Each riverboat features two climate-controlled decks and an open-air top deck.  Cruises begin at 8pm.

      The weekend following Independence Day is known as The Great American Weekend in Savannah.  Held annually on or around July 4, this event brings fun and food to River Street.  Here you will find artists selling their wares from craft to fine art, great food, entertainment, games, and more.  If the street vendors aren't enough, you can get your fill of shopping among the many restaurants, shops, and pubs with more permanent River Street locations.  This year's event falls on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10am.

      While these are Savannah's main holiday events, there are alternative activities available in areas around the city.  Feel free to contact your Savannah B and B innkeeper for information regarding these activities, transportation, parking, and other concerns.

      Saturday, June 2, 2012

      A Must-Do June Event: The Savannah Asian Festival

      Plan your visit to Savannah during the weekend of June 23-24, and catch the 17th Annual Savannah Asian Festival, a celebration of Asian culture.  Savannah inns look forward to hosting your visit!

      While statistics say that only 2 percent of the Savannah population are of Asian descent, that's actually nearly 3000 people holding great respect for their ancestry and cultural history!  It is in this spirit that the Department of Cultural Affairs has teamed with Asian-American volunteers to present this annual event to everyone of Asian descent, and to the general public.

      Now in it's 17th year, the Asian Festival  will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Savannah Civic Center MLK Arena.  The free-to-the-public festival features live stage performances from a variety of Asian cultures, martial arts demonstrations, and cultural displays.  Area restaurants will provide authentic food for purchase.  Shop the cultural marketplace featuring arts, and crafts including paintings, paper, clothing, accessories, and henna body painting, to name a few.  An educational workshop on Asian and Middle Eastern Tea will also be offered.

      Children will enjoy their own activity area, where they can learn more about Asian cultures through martial arts demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Origami paper folding is one popular children's activity offered along with Diwali treasure boxes and  Asian flag making, among others.

      Whether you are of Asian descent, or you have an appreciation for all things Asian, this festival should definitely be on your list of things to do in Savannah.  Contact your Savannah B and B innkeeper for more information about the event, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

      Tuesday, May 29, 2012

      Attend SavCon, A New Event For Transformers Fans

      The Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome you as our guests during the first Savannah SavCon Transformers Convention!  This first installment of what we hope will become an annual area event for fans of the Transformers Franchise.

      Held from June 22, 2012 through June 24, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Savannah, the event features Hollywood stars and voice actors from the Transformers entertainment industry.  Event activities include autograph sessions, dealer booths, an art contest, costume contests, and a variety of panel sessions.  Of course, you will see the amazing costumes of the general attendees each day (costumes optional for attendees).

      This year's special guests include a team of voice actors including Neil Kaplan, Daniel Ross, Greg Berger, and Lee Tockar (meet them at autograph sessions).  Pre-registrants have the opportunity to attend a concert featuring Tailirine Irene, a Savannah Native who entertains with techno-geek rock/rap/musical performances.

      Panel speakers/topics include:

      - Cosplay for a Cure, showcasing costumes and taking donations for Cancer awareness.
      - East Coast Cosplayers, discussing costume creation and implementation.
      - Transcostumers, discussing the creation of costumes seen all over the country.
      - Ragin Nation "LIVE", discussing movie direction and video vlogging, among other topics.
      - "Randall Ng, My Animated Life: Blood, Sweat, and Gears," regarding Randall's career in gaming and animation.
      - Voice Acting Panel, all about careers in voice acting, by voice actors Neil Kaplan, Daniel Ross, Greg Berger, and Lee Tockar.
      - "Transforming Transformers: Making Transformers Funny," featuring Transformers humor by Jon Bailey Crumpton, a voice-over artist and impressionist.

      While rooms may be available at the Hilton, we find that many convention-goers prefer to get away to a more hospitable and relaxing atmosphere of a Savannah bed and breakfast inn.  So book your room now to enjoy both great Savannah lodging and an unforgettable SavCon Convention!

      Thursday, May 24, 2012

      Area Residences Shine During the Tybee Island Tour of Homes

      The Romantic Inns of Savannah look forward to hosting your stay during the 15th Annual Tybee Island Tour of Homes, happening on Saturday June 9, 2012 from 10am - 4pm.  Just east of Savannah, Tybee Island is easily accessible by car - just a 25 minute drive from most of our Savannah inn lodging members.

      During the tour, you will see homes of all sorts, each with its own uniqueness and character.  The tour allows Tybee residents to show off their beloved living spaces, and it lets visitors admire the sights, get ideas for their own homes, and enjoy some time on beautiful Tybee Island.

      The event takes place rain or shine, and lunch is included in the Tour ticket price.  Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 on the day of the Tour.  Purchase tickets at Gayle Bolton’s Gallery By The Sea on Tybee Island, the Atlantic Beacon Gallery on Tybee Island, or at Shaver’s Bookstore in Savannah.  Gale Bolton's Gallery also sells tickets over the phone at 912-786-7979 - a valid credit card is needed to complete your purchase.

      Proceeds from the Tour benefit the Tybee Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry, and the Tybee Island Maritime Academy Charter School.  The Tour Lunch will be served served at St. Michael's School gym at 714 Lovell Avenue, between 11am and 2pm.

      Plan your June Savannah getaway now, and take a peek at some great homes during the Tybee Island Tour of Homes.  We will have your room ready and waiting for your return to your beautiful Savannah inn of choice.

      Monday, May 14, 2012

      Especially for Train Lovers: The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

      Does the sight of twin-tracks make you smile?  Do you get giddy with the sound of that distant whistle?  Does your heart beat in time to the cadence of a locomotive?  Do you stare longingly at the end of a train, knowing that today's children will never feel the delight at the sight of that red caboose?  If so, Savannah's Roundhouse Railroad Museum is a must-see during your stay at a bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA!

      Both a State Museum and a National Historic Landmark, the Roundhouse is a railroad-lover's dream, and a popular area attraction.  In 1850, ground was broken on what would become the largest existing railroad terminal and repair shop complex in the US.  The Central Railroad had offices and buildings that handled passengers, goods, maintenance, and manufacturing.  Of the original Central of Georgia Railway complex buildings, thirteen still stand today - five with permanent exhibits.

      The Roundhouse proper is one of those thirteen buildings left, and the turntable is still operational on-site.  Visitors can also see steam and diesel locomotives, a variety of rail cars (including cabooses!), the 126-foot smokestack, model railroads, and more!

      The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily for self-guided tours.  Pricing is $10 for Adults, and $6 for Children 6 and under (children 1 year and under are free).  Admission includes a train ride and any extra onsite activities that may be happening that day.  The Museum is at the very northern corner of downtown at 601 West Harris Street.

      When you plan your Savannah bed and breakfast vacation, make sure to plan some time for the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.  Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah look forward to your visit!

      Friday, May 4, 2012

      Enjoy the Armed Forces Festival this Memorial Day

      Memorial Day weekend brings Savannah's annual Armed Forces Day!  In honor of the holiday, innkeepers of historic Savannah, GA inns would like to extend our gratitude to members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families of those who are serving/have served, and anyone who just appreciates everything these brave men and women do for our country!  We invite you all to be our guests for the weekend of May 25-27, 2012 and for tribute and thanks during this annual Savannah event.

      This free, family event kicks off at 9am on May 25th with a welcome ceremony honoring men and women in uniform.  The River Street event continues with patriotic music performances, arts and craft booths, DJ music, food concessions, and more!  This event benefits the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation which provides emergency relief assistance to soldiers and airmen serving in the Georgia National Guard, and to other qualified military members living in Georgia.  The event is open from 9am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.

      Pair this with the charm of River Street, and you have a great excuse to spend this celebration weekend in Savannah.  So make plans to stay at your favorite Savannah inn, and have a safe, sound, and patriotic Memorial Day weekend!

      Tuesday, April 24, 2012

      Tybee Island GA, Savannah Attractions

      Visit Tybee Island, GA During Your Stay

      Just 20 minutes east of Savannah is Tybee Island:  Savannah's Beach.  This Savannah attraction is a laid-back beach destination for the entire family that lets you get away from the city for the day, with the knowledge that your comfortable Savannah bed and breakfast awaits your return.

      Tybee Offers Great Savannah Attractions

      Want to hit the beach?  While the Savannah River isn't a great place to hit the sand, Tybee Island features 3 miles of uninterrupted public beach for the entire family to enjoy!

      Fishing is an ideal activity around the island.  Fish off of piers, take an off-shore or deep-sea charter, or fish right on the beach!  Please note that Georgia does require a fishing license.  Luckily, Georgia hunting and fishing licenses are available from nearly 400 license agents in many sporting goods stores, marinas, bait and tackle stores, hardware stores, etc throughout the state.

      Wildlife abounds in the salt marshes on Tybee Island.  If you are a bird-watcher, this is the place to see during your stay in Savannah!  Pelicans, terns, plovers, gulls, terns, skimmers, and more call Tybee Island their home during at least some of the year.

      Need a bite to eat during your Tybee Island visit?  Over 25 eateries offer everything from sandwiches, to pizza, to (of course) fresh Gulf seafood!

      The art scene is alive and well on the Island, as locally-created paintings, jewelry, and more are offered at shops and galleries throughout the island.

      Destination attractions on the Island include the Tybee and Cockspur lighthouses, Tybee Marine Science Center, Fort Pulaski, and the Tybee Pier & Pavillion.

      Tybee Island is a great day-trip destination during your extended Savannah getaway!  Enjoy a full day of everything Tybee Island has to offer before returning to your Savannah, Georgia bed and breakfast for a good night's rest in preparation for the next day of your Savannah adventures!

      Thursday, April 12, 2012

      Savannah Tea Room, Savannah Lunch, Savannah Activities

      Looking for a little something different for lunch or afternoon Savannah activities?  Why not try the Savannah Tea Room, a delightful change-of-pace in the North Historic District.  This Savannah lunch and tea location features a full lunch/brunch menu as well as offering tea service from single pots to full Afternoon Tea.

      Voted one of the 10 Best Tea Rooms in the U.S. by USA Today, The Tea Room brings an elegant escape to everyday life.  Crystal and China are the norm, and the service is top-notch without pretentiousness!  Despite what you may think, there is no 'dress code' for the Tea Room.  And even when you get a to-go cup, complementary shortbread and fruit for the tea are offered.

      The lunch/brunch menu features quiche, sandwiches, and many quality salad offerings.  Be sure to check out their Chef's Special when you visit, as these are always tasty treats!  All entrees come with soup, fresh fruit, sweets, and tea.  This is certainly service that you will find in very few Savannah eateries!

      Looking for a great way to celebrate an engagement, a birthday, or just enjoy time with the girls?  Plan a girls' getaway weekend at your favorite Savannah, GA bed and breakfast and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at The Tea Room!  From a single pot, to Lunch Tea, to Children's Tea.  And of course, three levels of Afternoon Tea Service are offered which include the benefit of additional treats including their clotted cream and scones: to-die-for good!
      At this point, we could go into a complete discussion of 'proper' tea etiquette and history, but we'll leave that to you to discover, if you are inclined to have an over-the-top tea experience.  Many a bridal shower, bridesmaids' parties, mother/daughter outing, and other events actually play this point up at the Tea Room.  You can make your visit whatever you'd like it to be!

      The Savannah Tea Room provides a memorable and enjoyable experience that you should not miss.  The innkeepers at your favorite Savannah bed and breakfasts can give you directions and tips for the Tea Room.  We hope it makes your stay in Savannah even more complete!

      Wednesday, April 4, 2012

      Savannah Scottish Games, Savannah Event

      Savannah bed and breakfasts welcome you for the 36th Annual Savannah Scottish Games on Friday, May 4 2012 and Saturday, May 5, 2012!  Held on the campus of Bethesda Academy, this Savannah event celebrates the best of Scottish and Celtic heritage.

      Friday evening features a Whiskey Tasting at Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub and Grille (tickets may be obtained in advance at both Pub locations, or may be purchased at the door), and the Piping and Drumming Block Party to celebrate the 'Night Before the Games' at the Congress Street Social Club.

      Saturday brings a full day of competition and family fun.  Enjoy Heavy Athlete competitions, the USIR Highland Dancing southern Regional Championships, Pre-Premier Highland Dancing, gathering of Scottish Clans, Parade of Tartans, Tug-O-War, Border Collie skill demonstrations, Children's Activities, food, and music.

      Learn about the different Clans at the Clan booths on the event grounds.  Wander through the Historical Encampment demonstrating the life of Savannah's early Scotch settlers.  Find your roots at the Genealogy booth.  Shop for your favorite goods from our vendors, whether the goods be Scottish or not.  Enjoy the Celtic sounds of Cynergy and the Savannah Ceili Band throughout the day.  But most of all, have a great time with the whole family!

      Sunday, May 6, 2012 brings an optional worship opportunity for both Clansmen and attendees.  The Kirkin' o' the Tartans will be held at 11:00 am at the Independent Presbyterian Church at Bull Street and Oglethorpe Street in the Historic District.

      Tickets for the event are available in advance at both locations of Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub & Grille, and at all locations of The Savannah Bank.  Tickets will also be available at the gate on Saturday.

      Reserve your Savannah lodging for this unforgettable event, and enjoy a weekend of Savannah heritage and fun!  Cead mile fĂ ilte!

      Friday, March 23, 2012

      Savannah Haunted Tours, Savannah Sightseeing

      With Savannah's beauty, rich history, and southern charm, is it any wonder the residents resist leaving?  But add in a few, less-ideal times in history, and you might just get some residents who CAN NOT leave!  Ghost hunting is a popular pastime, and Savannah's past, mystique, beauty, and charm make it an ideal destination for those who seek evidence of another form of life and death entirely.  Enjoy Savannah haunted tours during your stay at a Savannah Georgia bed and breakfast!

      Named to be the most haunted city in the US by the American Institute of Parapsychology in 2002, Savannah is full of paranormal mystery and intrigue, both day and night.  The city is routinely visited by parapsychologists and both professional and amateur ghost hunters.

      Among our more well-known haunted locations are the Bonaventure Cemetery, The Pirate's House restaurant, the Hampton Lillibridge House, Moon River Brewing Company, Colonial Park Cemetery, and Sorrel Weed House, to name a few.

      Nearby Tybee Island boasts of its own spirits.  The north beach neighborhood is said to be home to a past resident.  Lazaretto, the quarantine area for colonial ships, passengers, and residents on the island's very western tip is said to be haunted.  And the Tybee Lighthouse Station has been named the most haunted place in America!

      There are many local groups that offer ghost tours lasting between 75 minutes and 2.5 hours during the year.  Around Halloween, many longer and more in-depth hunts can be found in the area.

      Even some of our member inns are rumored to have spirits of their own.  You never know who, or what, you might meet during your stay at our Savannah bed and breakfasts!

      Saturday, March 17, 2012

      River Street in Savannah, Savannah Attractions

      Not from the Savannah area?  No matter.  You have probably still seen references to River Street in Savannah.  Mentioned here, there, and everywhere, River Street seems to have everything a visitor could ever want to see.  But does it?  What is it?  And what's there?  Rest assured that this one road has enough attractions to keep you busy for several hours of your Savannah Getaway.

      A registered Historic Site, River Street is the main thoroughfare of the historic district's north side.  And, true to its name, it is also the main road along the Savannah River in the city.  Full of historical buildings and landmark, River Street also sees festivals, parades, First Friday Fireworks, and other city events.

      When you arrive at River Street from your Savannah, GA bed and breakfast you will find yourself transported to historic Savannah, onto cobblestone streets with gas lanterns.  Enjoy the sight of the old cotton warehouses - centuries old - that have been converted to galleries, boutiques, antique shops, pubs, restaurants, an open-air market, and more!  Savannah's streetcar system travels through River Street, making access to any part of the riverfront easy once you are there.

      Want to see River Street from the river?  Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers everything from sightseeing cruises to historic and dinner cruises along the Savannah River from which you can see much of the architecture and personality of River Street.  For something a bit different, the Savannah River Street Pirates cruises (to open in Spring, 2012) offer fun for the entire family while cruising up and down the Savannah River along River Street.  Make sure to keep an eye out for the Waving Girl during your river voyage!

      Enjoy your day and evening on River Street, and then catch a streetcar back to one of our charming Savannah Inns where you can spend the evening unwinding and sharing stories with your innkeepers, other guests, or simply hide away in the comfort of your room.

      Saturday, March 10, 2012

      Tall Ships challenge Savannah, Savannah Events

      2012 is the year of noted events for our beautiful city!  First the Girl Scouts' 100 Year Anniversary, then our amazing Saint Patrick's Day celebration... and now a very exciting item is being added to the
      list of this year's spring Savannah Events.  Savannah GA bed and breakfasts are joining in with the rest of the city to welcome the 2012 Tall Ships Challenge to our shores!

      Tall Ships America is a nonprofit organization whose goal is "to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail."  Their Tall Ships Challenge Race is geared towards this goal, as their yearly event is a maritime series of
      events featuring traditionally-rigged sailing ships crewed by youth ages 13-25 who are affiliated with Tall Ships America.

      Held at a different location around the North American seaboard each year, this incredible event is a five-day festival at each Host Port featuring historic, classic ships and Navy vessels from here and abroad.  The US Coast Guard's Barque Eagle will be in attendance, as well as the HMS Bounty.  And we have it on good authority that our friends at Savannah River Street Pirates will be sailing their pirate ship Renegade during the Tall Ships festivities!

      From May 3, 2012 through May 7, 2012 these amazing ships and their events will be seen on the Savannah River.  River Street and the Promenade on Hutchinson Island will be the very best spots to view these magnificent ships.

      Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah welcome your visit during this unforgettable event.  We look forward to adding a touch of perfect southern hospitality to your stay!

      Friday, March 2, 2012

      Savannah City Market, Savannah GA Shopping

      The inns of Historic Savannah recommend a visit to the Savannah City Market during your stay in our beautiful city for some great Savannah, GA Shopping!

      Just two blocks from River Street on Jefferson at West Saint Julian St, the City Market came to life during the mid 1700's when it became the social and commerce center of the city.  Fishermen and farmers brought their goods for sale, residents came to meet up and purchase goods, and many businesses offering daily needs of the residents were established here.  Three main market buildings came and went during the following 200 years before the Market was threatened to be eliminated for good.

      But Savannah is nothing if not history-minded!  Thanks to the efforts of the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Savannah city Market is now back in business and seems to draw in both tourists and locals for good food, shopping, museums, galleries, and entertainment in this charming two-block area of shops, businesses, galleries, eateries, and attractions.

      There are still sights similar to those in the early day, as horse-drawn carriages and friendly faces can be found even today.  Shops now offer everything from antiques, to Savannah-made gifts.  Restaurants vary from casual to upscale, and all offer some great tastes of the City.  Live music can often be heard throughout the area, and the clubs offer some of the best jazz in the city.

      Fourteen galleries and twenty-one artistic studios will satisfy your taste of the visual arts.  Daily entertainment is also offered in the courtyards most days of the weeks, weather permitting.  Kids especially enjoy our dancing waters area, and many will brave the unknown patterns and the chance to get a little wet!  There is always something to do and see at the City Market!

      Just a short distance from the market itself, you can take some time to visit the First African Baptist Church, one of the oldest 'black' churches in America, and enjoy her history and atmosphere.  You can also stop by the Ships of the Sea Museum and enjoy models of famous ships, a beautiful garden, and gift shop.

      A number of special events take place in the City Market courtyards and establishments throughout the year.  Some of the more popular events are the Valentine's Day Renewal of Vows Ceremony, Holiday Open House, and annual New Year's Eve Celebration.

      But make plans now to enjoy the City Market's Saint Patrick's Day events, beginning Friday, March 16, 2012, and ending at the end of Saturday, March 17, 2012.  If you aren't a fan of the huge River Street Crowds, the City Market is the perfect place to celebrate all things Irish!  You'll see lots of green, lots of dancing, and lots of fun!  Live music can be enjoyed between noon and midnight both days of the celebration.

      If you aren't in town for a Savannah City Market event, please keep in mind that most area businesses close at 6pm during the week.  Restaurants and clubs are open later, of course!

      So add the Savannah City Market to your To Do list during your stay at a beautiful Savannah bed and breakfast!

      Monday, February 27, 2012

      Billy Joel Dinner Theatre in Savannah, Savannah Event

      Savannah bed and breakfasts invite you to enjoy an area event like no other during your stay this spring.  The Jewish Education Alliance is proud to present the Billy Joel Dinner Theatre in Savannah on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm as part of their 100 Year Celebration event. 

      Preforming will be the band The Stranger, a six-piece band that features vocalist Mike Santoro, and contains some of the great musicians in the business.  Presenting an uncanny take on Billy Joel's music, you might just think that The Piano Man is there in the flesh.  Santoro's vocals paired with the talent of the New Jersey band's musicians translate Billy Joel's music to an unforgettable experience.

      The event will be held at the JEA in the guise of an Italian restaurant.  Italian food, wine, and beer will be offered, creating the perfect setting for Joel's music.  Admission to the occasion is $72 per person.  You can purchase tickets by calling the JEA at 912-355-8111, or purchase online at savannahjea.org.  Tickets must be purchased by April 20, 2012.

      So come join us for this JEA signature event, and enjoy a great getaway at your favorite historic Savannah inn!

      Friday, February 17, 2012

      St Patricks Day in Savannah, Savannah Events

      Savannah bed and breakfasts invite you to experience St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, one of the largest and best of all area events and celebrations!

      Some have said the festivities surrounding the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Savannah are similar to Mardi Gras. However, Savannah hosts only one parade, and displays of public nudity will get you arrested in our beautiful city.  Festivities in our city are for the entire family.

      A week's worth of activities lead up to the spectacular St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012:

      Friday, March 9, 2012 at noon:  Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain.

      Saturday, March 10, 2012:  Tara Feis Irish Celebration, featuring Irish music, dancing, crafts, food and other family-friendly activities throughout the day.

      Sunday, March 11, 2012:  Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony - this Celtic Cross Procession to Bay Street is "the parade before The Parade," honoring family, heritage, and history surrounding Saint Patrick's Day.

      Friday, March 16, 2012:  Sergeant William Jasper Green Ceremony, honoring this Revolutionary War hero, and all servicemen and women, with special recognition for those of Irish descent.

      Saturday, March, 17, 2012 at 8am:  Mass at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist downtown before the parade.

      Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:15am:  The Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade begins!

      And what a parade it is!  The St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest annual city parade, and the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the United States, if not the world!

      Savannah's 3-hour parade features over 350 units, including floats, bands, military corps, and other organizations.  The parade route winds through the National Landmark Historic District and within two blocks of our beautiful downtown lodging options - some of them are actually on the parade route itself!  And it is just a short drive/ride from our Tybee Island inns to the parade route.

      Historic River Street is THE place to be during the "green season", as events will be held during the week leading up to the parade, and the days following.  But of course the entire city will be celebrating the holiday, so you can certainly opt to have a quieter visit in other parts of town, closer to your bed and breakfast Savannah accommodations.

      The innkeepers of the Romantic Inns of Savannah will be happy to offer suggestions for both popular and more-subdued Irish-related destinations during your stay.  We welcome you to the celebrations!