Monthly Archives: March 2008

Paula Deen Helps Fight Hunger

Second_harvest_05Now through April 15th 20% of every dollar purchased at the Paula Deen Store will be donated to Savannah’s Second Harvest. The money will be used to purchase food and household essentials for families in need.

There are many great items to choose from on Paula’s website including reading glasses, books, tote bags, magazines, apparel, coffee and kitchen items.

Join Paula in the fight against hunger and purchase some of your favorite Paula Deen items at the same time – now through April 15th.

Slow Travel Group to stroll into Savannah first weekend in April

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We have been tracking a consummate group of travelers over the past year or so as they plan their largest gathering to date in the Hostess City.  No mystery at all as to why we absolutely love these savvy vacationers and their penchant for seeking out vacation rental properties for their group excursions.  Check out some of the excerpted material from the official Slow Travel website below, makes for an enlightened point of view in understanding their criteria when going after their travel lodging:

Slow Travelers stay in vacation rentals around the world – apartments, villas, houses, cottages, cabins, condos that you rent by the week. Other terms used for these types of rentals are self-catering, tourist rentals, holiday rentals, holiday cottages, agritourism (Italy), Gites (France). 190_05
Basing yourself in a vacation rental makes for a different, slower vacation. You stay longer in one place and get to know one area in depth. The extra time in a place lets you find a favorite coffee shop, get your groceries at the local stores, go to the weekly market – the things you would do if you lived there.

Now that you have some insight into their philosophy about traveling, find out about their Savannah weekend getaway as well by following the link.  This laid back group of concept travelers are on the grow as evidenced by their presence at some on a circuit of important travel related trade shows in various regions throughout America.Savannahhorsecarriage
  I know we here at Savannah Getaways are delighted to be part of their travel experience to our Historic District and our upscale accommodations and join with all of our participating group of absentee property owners in complimenting them in a self serving manner for choosing coastal Georgia for their spring destination weekend.  Much obliged folks, and ya’ll come back now next year!

Like the Lady Sings, There is no City as Pretty as Savannah

Our Good Friend, Tom Mott, owner of an elegant Washington Square townhouse made Savannah Getaways aware of a budding new talent and her heart felt rendition of a song close to our heart as well about our adopted hometown, the City of Savannah. Check out Tom’s blog post today:

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If you’ve not heard of Tiffany Milagro, a singer from Atlanta, that just might change in the future — considering she’s just 17. Tiffany’s been teaming up with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Jayne Olderman of late. In October of 2006, Jayne and Tiffany debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Why Can’t It Just Be Christmas?” They have again struck gold with their single “There is No City as Pretty as Savannah.” Its debut was at #19 on that list. We really like it.

On Tiffany’s website, Jayne recalls; “the song poured out of me the day I moved from Savannah. My heart was so heavy to be leaving. Tiffany has heard me sing the song so many times that, she too, fell in love with Savannah hearing the lyrics about River Street, Tybee Island, the proud oak trees, Spanish moss, the ships on the river, the Squares and the people.”

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Tiffany recently discovered Savannah for herself and sings with the passion and pride of a native Savannahian, and with the fondness felt by the many are introduced to Savannah on vacation, for a conference or wedding, to celebrate an occasion, or to just get away and kick back for a few days of relaxation.

Jayne chuckles: “While I was recording Tiffany’s vocal; I thought her little body was going to explode at the end of the song as she was singing her heart out! The whole room was reverberating!” Take a listen to purchase this song and other tune’s on Tiffany’s website.

History along the Coastal Georgia Heritage Corridor

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When most people think of Savannah, Ga. and surrounding coastal Georgia these days, they are typically more prone to identify good ole southern cooking as practiced by our resident television personality, Paula Deen, of Lady and Sons fame or the white sandy shores of Jekyll Island. But long before an ever growing number of Paula lovers found their way to our Savannah Food Network Star’s restaurant, we were and still are more typically identified for our rich low country history which dates back to Colonial times. Our  old-world themed English inspired city built on the banks of the Savannah River provide a step back in time on our streets of cobblestone amidst townhouse facades that stretch back more than 300 years ago in some instances.  If you have an appetite for pre-colonial era American History, the Georgia Historical Society located in Savannah’s Historic District is strategically located along the “Southern Passages” leg of the Heritage Corridor between St. Augustine, Florida to the south and Georgetown, South Carolina to the north to serve up plenty of tasty morsels for your review.  Housed in impressive Hodgson Hall, circa 1875, this grand old Italianate-Greek Revival structure hosts a treasure trove of manuscripts, records, and artifacts with a wealth of Low Country Georgia History at your disposal.

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These rapidly disappearing communities along this Gullah – Geechee Corridor are being preserved for your discovery. Whether your passion for history includes poring over historic manuscripts in a museum setting, discovering Native American shell rings in remote barrier island areas, touring Spanish and English Fortifications, going native in a Gullah/Geechee Island Community, or taking a history themed day trip through coastal Georgia, there is no better place to step back in time than Lowcountry Georgia with Savannah’s Historic District serving as your base camp.

Bring your mouth to the south and savor the flavor!

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In Historic Savannah or any where along the Low Country Heritage Corridor for that matter, dining out can range from stand-up eating at any of the push cart kiosks found in many of our historic district squares to a mouth watering 5 – course meal. In between, you can find small, inexpensive establishments that serve the best in southern cooking for nominal dollars.  For the best results ask any of our Culinary Arts Interest Group members listed on the Savannah Getaways Culinary Arts Interest Group page for specific recommendations.  This will always work in a pinch in the event you don’t have the time to sample the local fare from our lowcountry roster of savory restaurants or food sampling tours in our  gourmet destination paradise here in Coastal Georgia.  Whether visiting for a week or a weekend, savor the flavor here in the low country with Savannah’s local chapter of fans of Conde Nast’s Epicurious.com.  Bon Appetit!