Monthly Archives: April 2007

Period Pied-a-Terre recalls antebellum Cotton Brokers on River Street

All of Savannah’s historic cobblestone River Street served as ground zero for cotton warehouses facing the Savannah River in antebellum Savannah when our coastal Georgia destination was the epicenter of the cotton plantation revolution that swept through the southeastern agricultural states of that pre-civil war era.  And sitting above these warehouses were the cotton broker’s offices who administered the grading and trading of this sought after money crop from wagon to warehouse to seagoing vessel enroute to domestic northern and overseas European markets. Gaining access to these broker’s offices or “factors” offices as they were known, took place from Factors Walk.  Strategically situated overlooking River Street with sweeping vistas from the riverfront balcony, this opulently furnished modern urban loft caters to the most discriminating traveler.

Featuring a whole lot of elbow room at 1,300 sq. ft., this private facility is filled with antiques, 190_02
has a double parlor with a gas fireplace, dining room, bedroom with a canopy queen-size bed, bathroom with separate vanity area, and a fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen.
In addition to the Savannah River views of the Westin Hotel, the Maritime Trade Center, the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and water-taxis that traverse the river and dock below, travelers will be well positioned to tour Historic River Street with the many delightful restaurants, clubs and shops that are conveniently located two floors below.Innexteriorsmall
  Or walk to the main points of interest and tourism attractions on Bay Street, Broughton Street, and City Market all within a couple of blocks of your upscale home away from home.

Two Lowcountry Sister Cities, Day Tripping south to Savannah

We have blogged a few times about running north to Charleston from Savannah. Today, we will run this route in reverse, heading south out of Charleston to Savannah, Georgia. Just a short drive south of no Us_sc_ea_dgmpscos_map_ma more than a few hour’s duration through South Carolina’s lovely Low Country along the Heritage Corridor, the observant motorist will be struck with grass laden marshes amidst lush barrier islands that temper this coastal drive. Historic Districts in coastal cities and towns add a rich counter balance to the natural landscape. As we leave the Ashley River area with three of the country’s finest plantations, all survivors of the Civil War, just north of Charleston, (called by some our grande dame of southern cities), the day tripper having visited places of great beauty and historic import we turn south on Highway U.S. 17.

Lighthouse Undertaking this coastal excursion affords a quick glimpse at developed Kiawah Island and more natural Edisto Island. Next, stroll or drive the quiet, shady streets of Historic Beaufort, a smaller microcosmic version of the two cities north and south of this bustling little South Carolina Sea Island Mecca. The town’s graceful antebellum and postbellum houses tell stories of war time, plantation life, and resort living from the American Revolution to yesterday’s hurricane. Bridges and roads traverse islands that lead through Gullah Country to an uncrowded state park that’s half woods, half beach. South of town, stop by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in route to one of the most popular resorts on the eastern Seaboard, Hilton Head Island. From here it’s an easy, pretty drive through Beautiful Bluffton through the back roads over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge Savannah1_l into our sultry southern flower, Savannah. Undertake your very own self directed southern passage.

Country Music Star Trace Adkins coming to Savannah in May

Country Music Macho Man Trace Adkins has one of the best shows in country music according to many CMT fans. His latest, "Ladies Love Country Boys" has ridden high in the charts. And with opening acts like Luke Bryan and Rincon Georgia native Billy Currington, this dangerous man has found the perfect musical partners in crime. According to this Live Daily interview below, his show is well worth the price of admission:

Adkins’ latest album, "Dangerous Man," surfaced last August and hit the top of the charts. The CD produced two singles, including "Ladies Love Country Boys" which topped the country-singles chart for two consecutive weeks. The video also occupied the No. 1 position on country-music network GAC position for nine weeks. On a day off, Adkins talked to Live Daily about golfing, how he chooses songs for his albums and producing a track on "Dangerous Man."

Catch this hot Country Western Act at the Savannah Civic Center
on May 17th at the Martin Luther King Center while visiting Savannah’s landmark historic district.

Local Savannah Writer documents Savannah’s Antebellum History

Much has been written about Savannah’s rich history and elegant old homes, but until now it is doubtful that anyone has researched more rigorously each unique aspect of that history than historic district Savannahian, Susan Johnson.  Having lived on Washington Square Poi38
since 1984, she has researched the stories of the dozen or so antebellum cottages that dot the city’s National Historic Landmark District  much of which has been ignored or missed all together. In her new book, Savannah’s Little Crooked Houses: If these Walls Could Talk, this Savannah writer explores the past of these architectural treasures and examines the lives of the families who called them home. Who built these tiny dwellings? Who lived in their 1,200 (or fewer) square feet of space? And what sort of world did they see when they gazed out their windows? This meticulously researched book answers all these questions plus a few more you are sure to have.

Who, for example, can resist the story of Dr. Samuel Furman, who married sisters, first Lucy and then Henrietta Williams? Or the sad tale of Edward and Jane Harden, who both died of "bilious fever" in 1804—he on her birthday, she on his—leaving their minor children in the care of slaves? Or the mystery of lively and conniving Eliza Howell, whose three husbands all died under the same dubious circumstances? This charming book reveals secrets that have been held for over two-hundred years. If you are planning a getaway excursion to Savannah in the months of May or June, here is the author’s schedule so that you can obtain an autographed copy of this distinctively Savannah book.  Do you very own self guided Savannah Walking Tour of Homes (on the outside at least) with this wonderful literary resource. Better yet, you can stay in at least one of these charming cottage’s by booking your reservation directly with Abercorn Townhomes, Suites, and Condominiums!

Bald Eagles Making magnificent comeback all across Georgia

A recent Associated Press article documents the Bald Eagle comeback from their once threatened status in the 1970’s all across America and in Georgia in particular as a Georgia Wildlife Biologist was undertaking a new nesting census over Lake Oconee, Georgia a few weeks ago.  Click on the link to read the entire story.

Georgia state wildlife biologist Jim Ozier sits in the cockpit, scanning the ground for water sources and towering trees where the majestic birds typically nest. Suddenly, he spots a nest at the highest reaches of a loblolly pine, just a few feet from lake that sits near the midway point between Atlanta and Augusta. Inside are two fuzzy birdlings, which Ozier estimates are probably 6 or 7 weeks old judging by their feathers. In Georgia, where the number of nests ballooned from zero in the 1970s to 108 this year, scientists have seen a similar shift. Although most of the state’s bald eagles still typically build their nests near expansive lakes, Ozier has noticed a few have started to set up shop near smaller, man-made ponds near farms. Tracking the birds is still an inexact science. Radio transmitters and satellite systems are sometimes used to monitor their whereabouts, but that equipment is expensive. Instead, many states dispatch biologists in helicopters to scan for the birds.

Birding is alive and well in coastal Georgia
as more destination bird watchers report even more sightings of our native bald eagle and other raptors.  The newly hatched chick in the video below is further indication of this magnificent bird’s comeback all across America. 
Plan your next  eco-tourism weekend getaway to coastal Georgia and you can see this much revered raptor on Oatland Island just a few minutes drive from Savannah’s historic district.

Modern Day French “Ironclad” will sail up the Savannah River in June

I0001414 Headed by her French Captain, the Frigate La Fayette (based in Toulon), will make a courtesy port of call visit up the Savannah River on June 24th of this year. Named for American Revolutionary War Hero and famous Frenchman, the Marquis De Lafayette, the frigate will take part in the recognition of thousands of French soldiers and sailors who fought on our side during the Battle of Savannah on October 9, 1779. Invited to the ceremony by Savannah Mayor, Otis Johnson, the Coastal Heritage Society is planning a celebration for the French Crew at Battlefield Park in the Historic District.

In a bit of historic irony for history buffs documenting Savannah’s importance to America in naval warfare along coastal Georgia, the La Fayette will receive a cannon salute as she sails up river by Old Fort Jackson. Resting just 40 feet below the surface is the Confederate ironclad “The Georgia” that Ironclad was scuttled there on the evening of December 20, 1864 to keep her from falling into Union hands during the Civil War. Divers have bought up some unique pieces of Civil War naval history in the form of cannon and ammunition that are on display for all to see at Old Fort Jackson and the Savannah History Museum. Plan to be in coastal Georgia in late June to take in this history filled weekend stretching back through 228 years of history.

Running and Biking through coastal Georgia for April/May

Turtles_page_1 Coming to coastal Georgia over the next few weekend’s? If so don’t forget to pack your bicycle and running shoes as there is plenty to keep you busy in Georgia’s First City including the Coastal Bicycling Touring Club’s Coffee Bean Ride and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s annual Turtle Trot 5K run on the beaches of Tybee. If running appeals to you, then the TIMSC Turtle Trot and Celebration just 20 minutes outside of Savannah’s Historic District might be on your dance card next weekend. Join the outdoor enthusiasts at Tybee Island’s Marine Science Center as they do their annual celebration of the start of the sea turtle nesting season on Tybee Island. The days events includes a 5K beach race which will take place at 11am, followed by additional educational activities, games, and crafts throughout the afternoon. Race registration is 9:00-10:45am on the morning of the race. For details on advance registration or any other questions contact (912) 786-5917 or print their online entry form.

Stu1If biking is your passion, check out this group of local cyclists that invite you to participate in their coffee bean run. The Coastal Bicycle Touring Club consists of approximately 150 cyclists based out of Savannah, Georgia. This biking club can trace it’s origin’s back to 1981 with the inaugural GASBE/BRAG ride at that time. Covering a variety of popular destination biking activities, their website features cycling activities for touring, hybrid, recumbent and tandem cyclists. As their stated goal describes this Savannah based club seeks “to provide an opportunity for all cyclists to join us and share in our enthusiasm for health, camaraderie, the love of the outdoors, a desire to learn more about ourselves, and our sport. We also believe that our bicycle club should be an advocate for the sport in our communities while exhibiting and promoting safe cycling all the time.”

Savannah Getaways to offer accommodation/eco-tourism packages on Savannah River

Psst, interested in finding prehistoric relics 159880008 on your very own private dig at the mouth of the Savannah River? Then read on! As our reservation desk receives more and more calls for nature based eco-tourism packages to go along with the vacation rental properties we provide, we continue to look for creative new ways to provide eco-tour opportunities around the Savannah River Basin and coastal Georgia area for our nature loving visitors that are looking for a bit more than the usual good time in Historic Savannah. We are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with a local Ferry Boat Captain, who when he is not making runs back and forth to Daufuskie Island from Savannah’s Historic District back for the Daufuskie Island Resort specializes in taking up to six eco-tourists in his skiff at a time to the mouth of the Savannah River to pore through the river bottom dredge deposited on the banks of the shipping channel there in search of prehistoric fossils.

159879726 Among the treasures found at these locations are a myriad of artifacts, fossilized shark’s teeth, dozens of dinosaur bones, as well as a saber-toothed tiger tusk and on one occasion even a fossilized human tooth. These half day river excursions originate at Fort Pulaski between Tybee Island and Wilmington Island and are reasonably priced at less than $35 per head (for a party of six) for the day tripper that enjoys getting out on the water for a day of boating, hanging out with dolphins, wading ashore to comb through massive mounds of bottom dredge and searching for archeological fossilized goodies from yesteryear. 159879637 To find out more about your own Lowcountry eco-tourism fossil hunt, just follow the link or give us a ring today to book your accommodation/eco-tourism reservation at (866) 690 – 2074

Judge Realty is Earth Day Festival Sponsor in Forsyth Park this weekend

Co-sponsors of the Earth Day Festival in Forsyth Park on April 21st include the City of Savannah and “Green Themed” environmentally responsible Judge Realty Company among others. Sponsorship funds will be used to cover the cost of recycling old paint, motor oil, batteries, cell phones, aluminum, metals, plastics, newsprint and more.  Recycle Rama takes place 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the south end of the park. The Earth Day Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 80 exhibitors and vendors expected to be on-hand. Come watch Frisbee dogs and nationally renowned performer Jack Golden in "Water, Water Everywhere."


Many events will be available to the public including a Family Fun Run, 10 a.m. on the east side of the park. Registration for this 5K run/walk event begins at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register by calling 652-7981. Georgia Organics hosted by the Coastal Growers Association Farmer’s Market will provide an opportunity to shop for fresh goods and learn about the importance of organic and local produce from local growers. Free vision screenings hosted by the Georgia Lighthouse Foundation. Bring your old glasses and hearing aids to be recycled and get your vision tested for free. Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop. Learn how to transform a 32-gallon trash can into a harvester of rain water.  Make it a point to stop by the Judge Realty Booth and learn more about the importance of utilizing energy efficient fluorescent lighting.  Courtesy of General  Electric. Lori and her crew will be giving away free energy efficient light bulbs to get you on the toad to keeping our planet clean and green.

Savannah Music Festival 2007 – Prologue

Smflogo_2 The results are in for the 2007 Savannah Music Festival (mid March for two weeks or so) and preliminary analysis confirms that “steady and innovative growth of programs is creating an audience of greater numbers with each passing year” according to the Savannah Business Report. In 2007, the audience consisted of 55,000+ attendees from all across the planet. Individual audience members attended more programs and extracted a wider range of musical experiences than in previous years. SMF Board Chairman Hart Williford states that starting five years ago, "Since that time this event has achieved international notoriety, marking Savannah as a hotspot for live music in early spring. Importantly, we have grown by over 300% while experiencing our fourth consecutive year with an operational surplus, putting the festival solidly into the black. We are thankful to both our ever-growing audiences and our many loyal supporters."

Savannah’s robust tourism infrastructure, coupled with increased local and regional support for the arts plus deep community partnerships continue to feed into promotional efforts to build a premier musical arts event according to spokespeople affiliated with the event. As a result of this continued growth, the 2007 festival earned approximately $725,000 in ticket revenue, up 17 percent from fiscal year 2006. SMF sold 80 percent of available ticket revenue this year. In short, the audience grew by 13 percent over last year. Savannah’s Music Festival is now recognized as one of the nation’s most distinctive music festivals and Georgia’s largest musical arts event. During 18 days and nights each spring, the Savannah Music Festival presents 100 world-class performances by renowned classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass and international artists in 20 venues throughout Savannah’s historic district. The 2008 festival will run from March 20 to April 5.