Monthly Archives: October 2010

November means Fine Wine and Good Eats for Foodies

Savannah’s Finest Restaurants are strutting their stuff for gourmet loving foodies once again across the Savannah River for their 10th Annual Taste of Savannah Shrimp & grits
offering at the International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Appropriately timed one week before Thanksgiving on November 18th, advance admission to the Savannah Tourism Council’s “Savory Sail through Savannah” event can be purchased for only $50 online.

The highly anticipated night time event will take place Thursday Night from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and feature music by boomer shag band favorite, The Swinging Medallions. Swinging medallions
And to tickle your palate in anticipation of this event, make it a point to be at the Aqua Star’s Sip & Savor wine series next door at The Westin on Saturday, November 13th put on by Savannah Foody Tim Rutherford. Tim will be presenting “Around the World with Pinot Noirs”. Sip_Savor_header2
Get your early gastronomic jump on the Holiday Season in Historic Savannah. As the Savannah Visitor's Bureau and Convention Center likes to say as paraphrased by Savannah Getaways, Savannah is mmm hmmm good you’all!

The Annual Turning along the Heritage Corridor

Sunrise from Caesars Head
Looking for a weekend travel tip? Move along the Heritage Corridor and enjoy the arrival at any route you so choose clear from the Savannah Coast to the Carolina Upcountry. Maybe you can hang out with other birdwatchers looking in on egrets and cormorants waiting around for the arrival of fall in the Carolina Lowcountry. Or run the seldom traveled Edisto Island water shed byway sandwiched between the better know river basins of Charleston and Savannah Savannah River Basin
in any of the state parks dotted all along the highways of South Carolina as you drive north to the Carolina Blue Ridge.

And there is no better place to spend your fall weekend than the Carolina Mountains at this magical time of year. As you read this, the fall season is rolling into full peak in the upcountry for another spectacular viewing season in the Blue Ridge Mountain High Country. Table Rock Lodge
On your to do list this weekend, a short hike should turn up countless varieties of hardwood laden ridges just turning gloriously golden, red, and orange. Get out on breath taking mountain lake like Lake Jocassee for a canoe trip, some flat water kayaking or trout fishing. IMG_7191 - Version 2 - CANOE
While the foothill ridges are running somewhat behind the northern mountains the hardwood foliage in the piedmont and the lowcountry is just starting to turn. Take in both geographic regions over the next few weeks.


Liam Neeson and Isabella Rossellini in Savannah next month

The Lucas Theatre
The Savannah Film Festival due to kick off later this month on October 30th promises to be another memorable week long extravaganza celebrating the Art of Movie Marking. With headliners like Sir Ian McKellen of X-Men and of Gods & Monsters fame rounding out a star studded event featuring personal appearances of Movie Mavens, the movie making workshops, discussion panels, and public screenings provide the real attraction to the scattered locations throughout Savannah’s Historic District.

In addition to McKellen, acclaimed actors Liam Nelson and Isabella Rossellini are to be honored at Savannah's 13th Annual Movie Festival Event put on by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). This year’s event will run from Saturday October 30th through Saturday November 6th. Trustees theatre

“The Savannah Film Festival is currently scheduled to host Academy Award-nominated actress Virginia Madsen, who will present the documentary “I Know a Woman Like That,” directed by her mother Elaine Madsen, who will also be in attendance; Ed Burns, showing his new film “Nice Guy Johnny;” writer/director Neil LaBute, who will participate in a workshop; Zach Gilford, who will attend a screening of his film “The River Why;” and Tony Goldwyn who will be attending a gala screening of his latest directorial effort “Conviction.”

SCAD Trustees Trailer

Other gala special screenings this year will include Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham” and Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine.” This will be the first year the Savannah Film Festival will present films in Digital Cinema Projection.”

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So if you got a little free time in late October or early November, you still have some time left to make your purchase of tickets for this this year's edition of the Savannah Music Festival.

Destination Lowcountry for your Ultimate Destination Wedding Experience

River Street Wedding
There are no more impressive Historic Lowcountry Coastal Cities available for your Destination Wedding than Charleston or Savannah. Discover where elegant tradition compliments contemporary beach front style in any of our gated island communities or majestic oak draped moss curtained garden squares. Georgia’s First City provides the ambiance for a well planned Destination Wedding Reception with some of the most impressive restaurants your friends and family will never forget. Piano ballroom

The Holy City of Charleston has no equal in delivering their own top drawer restaurants and music filled clubs for that memorable bachelor/bachelorette parties among close held friends. Both Sister Cities are renowned for their eighteenth-century architectural gems interspersed amidst world class art exhibits from the art world’s most vibrant artists. Horse and carriage

Let your highest expectations for your planned wedding come together with our famous Southern hospitality combined with an eclectic mixture of low country landscape amidst historic district splendor, making either Destination Savannah or Destination Charleston unrivaled wedding venues for modern couples. Here at Carolina Getaways we are always about helping you create memories that endure whatever your reason to visit the coast. River Wedding
We are not only the most affordable but the highest ranked lowcountry historic accommodation resource. And we have been providing Vacation Rental Townhouses for out of town guests to your Destination Wedding in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District for a dozen years now making us the oldest resource in the business.

Moon River Redux – seeking live music on Tybee or on Daufuskie!

All the stars and most assuredly the moon will be in alignment this weekend to Destination Lowcountry  for all of our music loving friends not to mention our island adventure seekers. You have two choices to listen to some original music by musical maestro Matthews
Dave Mattthews
(Wendell that is, not Dave) on the Savannah side of the River on Tybee Island this Saturday during the Tybee Island PiratesFest.
Pirate Fest Float
Seems Wendell Matthews is a plenty funny guy himself who writes and performs some really good original music.

And if you miss Wendell’s original Lowcountry Daufuskie tune “Beneath the Reefer Moon”, on Tybee Island an ode to Daufuskie Native Wordsmith Roger Pinckney’s enthralling work of fiction, “Reefer Moon” then jump over to the “Right side of the River” according to Roger at Daufuskie Island
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on the South Carolina side from Destination Savannah. On Sunday next, Wendell will be performing at The Old Daufuskie Crab Company well within easy earshot listening distance of Freeport Marina.

Gather round music lovers and adventure seekers.  Coastal Festivals on Destination Low Country Sea Islands, good seafood eating, live music, the next weekend coming up this fall high season, and most important of all a song about Moon River.
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Well okay not exactly that song about the moon, maybe it isn’t really about Bull River you have to cross to get out to Tybee Island but close enough, and maybe not that other singer/song writer Matthews dude either but you get the picture. What is it about Savannah, accomplished Song Writers, and the Moon anyhoo?

The Shrimp are Running, Roger That!

Daufuskie Island’s favorite storytelling son, Sportsman Roger Pinckney
speaks of the return of fall shrimp season on his Radio Free Daufuskie podcast with kudos to Burton Saul’s CityTrex Blog Site. Listen to just what it is that fall means to all the Lowcountry gourmands that like to roll their own after waiting on the fall cast net shrimp season to get underway.  Or if you are pressed for time pick 'em fresh at “four dollars a pound without the heads at the county dock, cheaper than you pay for bacon“ as Roger points out.

In this episode our quintessential low country river rat himself
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talks about the fresh bounty to be had in the early part of this fall shrimp season of autumn 2010 and some tasty Down South Breakfast Fixings that make for some memorable dining experiences. Band Leader Phil Harris wrote about it and Texas Swing Legend, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys sang about it but renowned Coastal Carolina Author Pinckney not only lives the good old boy southern lifestyle, he eats it all up in a manner of speaking. 


As we like to keep telling you here at Savannah Getaways, make it a point to hop the ferryboat out of Hilton Head Island over to Daufuskie Island on your next trip to lowcountry Savannah.

And don’t forget your cooler so you can stock up on the freshly caught shrimp at the Farmer’s Market beside Marshside Mama’s on the Hilton Head side of the island.