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Black Friday

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already upon us?  While some have been carefully planning the
dinner menu and preparing a grocery shopping list, others have planned their
itinerary with a different type of shopping list … A “Black Friday” shopping
list; the un-official beginning of the holiday shopping season – and the
busiest shopping day of the year (at least since 2005).  
For those of you brave enough to go out amongst the crowd in hopes of a good
deal – don’t forget about our local businesses. 

Holiday Decorations
If you’re looking for that unique, unusual, “perfect” gift, they’ll always
remember, check out the local stores and boutiques first.  Savannah is full of so many wonderful local
retailers, offering a variety of things to choose from for everyone on your list;
clothing, jewelry, handmade trinkets and baubles, music, collectibles … all
sorts of one-of-a-kind finds that you won’t find at the big retailers.
Tucked away on Bull Street, just north of Forsyth Park is Folklorico; full of
fair trade finds from around the world.  Have
an avid music collector on your list? 
You won’t want to miss the extensive collection of albums (and other
curiosities) at Graveface Records in
the Starland District.  Wander around the Design District on Whitaker
Street where you’ll find Custard, One
Fish Two Fish
, and La Paperie (perfect
for the stationery lover on your list).
If you’re shopping Historic Downtown Savannah and haven’t stopped by 24e recently, check out the newly remodeled
store – more than the coolest furniture in town, they also have groovy household
accessories, custom kinetic leather cuffs made from reclaimed upholstery
leathery and the newly introduced Salacia Salt scrubs – made right here in
Savannah!   You never know what one-of-a-kind
favorites from around the world that you might find at Paris Market, another local favorite; jewelry, candles, décor, bath
products, baby items, books – a special something for that special someone on
your list that will become a treasured favorite.
Looking to stuff some stockings?  Do it
with gifts that have soul; handmade soaps from Nourish,
Buy Local Postereverything honey from Savannah
Bee Company
,
seasonings and salts from The
Salt Table
… just to
 name a few!
Just don’t know what to get, or don’t like to shop?  Give the gift that everyone loves – a Gift
Card to a favorite restaurant or local store.
To really sweeten the downtown shopping deal, the city is offering FREE PARKING downtown every Thursday –
Sunday from this weekend through the end of the year!
By shopping local, you’re investing in your community; creating more jobs, promoting
entrepreneurship, and investing in neighborhood improvement by keeping the
character and charm of Savannah.

Whether you’ve made making a “Black Friday” shopping
list, a grocery list, or both – Savannah Getaway wishes you and yours a Happy
Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ghost Hunting in Savannah

Savannah has been rumored to be the most “Haunted City in
America” and 3-D Ghost Hunters is
here to prove it.  Originating in
Savannah in April of 2010, this young group is quickly gaining local popularity
and national recognition.  They recently
negotiated being a regular feature every few months on WJCL/Fox 28 News, in a "Spooky Town" segment and one if its’ founders, Ryan Dunn, was also
included on My Ghost Story on the
A&E Biography network where he discussed their findings at The Savannah Theatre.  (October or November air date to be
announced.)  
Savannah Theatre

They have also caught the
attention of some national production companies and recently met with one to
show them around some well known haunted places in Savannah for consideration
in two episodes of their 2013 line up. 
The details can not currently be discussed at this time, but the team is
extremely excited for the opportunity.
Everyone in the group
has always had an interest in the paranormal, having encountered unexplained
experiences themselves prior to its’ forming, and each of them are always eager
to share their stories.  The group is
dedicated to learning more about these phenomenon and sharing their findings
with those who have also had other worldly experiences of their own.
Having investigated several places in Savannah, their main priority is to ensure all information when
conducting an investigation is as accurate as possible, including a full
historical time line of every location. 
Using scientific methods and equipment, they will always try to find a
reasonable and rational explanation as to why something is happening or
occurring.  The evidence that they share
in video, EVP’s and photos are, of course, open to interpretation and a
paranormal explanation is their last conclusion.
Colonial Markers
They are hosting a Haunted Scavenger
Hunt
this Thursday (September 27th), where teams of five will
work together to answer clues along a pre-determined route that will include stops at some of Savannah’s most
famous Haunted Places like Savannah Theatre and Colonial Cemetery; along the way will be included some haunted
Savannah history and a lot of fun.  The first Team to submit their entry – with the most
correct answers – will be locked down with 3-D Ghost Hunters in Moon River Brewing Company for a
Paranormal Investigation.

To learn more about the Scavenger Hunt – or if you are
interested in having 3-D Ghost Hunters investigate your location – please
contact them at threedghosthunters@hotmail.com.  

 

Organic Dining in the Starland District

There’s no denying that Savannah loves to eat and drink. We’re home to so many wonderful local restaurants and eateries, it’s hard to have an overall favorite! While the tourists look for seafood on River Street, the locals head over to the Starland District for locally grown, organic, goodness.

Foxy Loxy

 

 

On Bull Street, just south of 35th, Foxy Loxy has become a favorite coffee house and gallery with locally
brewed Perc coffee, made-from-scratch desserts (scones, kolaches, brownies and vegan cookies), and a fresh gourmet menu of daily soups, salsas and Tex-Mex inspired tacos. Browse the (mostly local) art work as you make your way out back to the courtyard, which is host to marshmallow roasts, half price bottles of wine and live music on cooler Saturday nights. On Friday nights, enjoy a Taco and a Tecate for $5, or give one of their craft brews a try. If you need to connect to wifi it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere than some of the (ahem) national chains.

 

Starland Panini

For out of the ordinary Panini’s, give the Starland Café a try. Not only are the ingredients fresh, local and organic; some of them are grown right in their own garden.  Their unique combinations like Greek Asparagus, Green Goat and Turkey Hummus will have you coming back to try them all. It’s a little tricky to find; from downtown take Bull Street south to 41st Street and turn left (it’s a one-way street) – and Starland Café will be on your right. 

Sol Drink
Over on Habersham between 32nd and 33rd, Sol  always has a packed house. A renovated gas station, it does have limited seating, but is well worth the wait; try one of their specialty cocktails – the Caipirinha is a favorite and the fresh shot of pepper juice in the Hot Shot Margarita gives it quite a unique taste. International-spicy-fusion is the best way I can describe their menu. Fresh, natural ingredients combine to deliver beautiful presentations and fantastic flavors. Vegetarian and pet friendly (your pets are always welcome in theoutdoor seating area) it’s no wonder Sol is a local favorite. 

 
Green Truck Burgher

If you’re looking for one of the best burgers in town, look no further than Green Truck Pub. (Also on  Habersham, just south of 40th at Maupas). All of the burgers are 1/3 lb. of grass-fed, all-natural beef with local and organic toppings, homemade ketchup and house-canned pickles; no wonder they were recently voted one of the “Best Burgers in Georgia” by Southern Living Magazine. (Get any of their tasty combinations made with free-range chicken or a homemade veggie patty).

There are also several local shops, boutiques and art galleries to browse in the Starland District – check them out on the First Friday of every month during the “Forsyth to Victory Art March” when a lot of the businesses stay open later.

Labor Day Weekend in Savannah

It’s hard to believe it’s already September and that the
lazy days of Summer will soon be turning into crisp Autumn nights.  The kids have gone back to school, and the
days are already starting to get a little shorter … but we still have one more
weekend to celebrate Summer and there will be plenty to keep you outside and
busy this holiday weekend!

Beer Fest

The Savannah Craft Brew Fest is in
full swing all weekend with tastings and seminars throughout the day, where beer
connoisseurs (and novices) will have more than 45 breweries to toast, taste and
try. 
The fest wraps up on Sunday with the Rhythm & Brews Concert at the
International Trade & Convention Center (just across the Savannah River)
where you can bring your blankets and enjoy one last sultry, Savannah, Summer
night.  Check out their website for all
of the details and times.
If you’re not a beer drinker, that’s ok – grab a glass of your favorite
concoction (a Wet Willie’s perhaps) –
and spend the afternoon dancing on River
Street
.  Free and open to the public,
there will be arts, crafts, music and entertainment for all ages.

Midnight Garden Ride

Don’t be surprised when you see 100’s of bicyclists riding through town on
Saturday night; it’s the 4th Annual Midnight Garden RideAnother
family fun event, this 10 mile ride through Savannah’s downtown streets
benefits the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and their on-going effort to make
Savannah a safe, bicycle friendly community. 
Riders will be in costume and the event concludes with a concert in
Telfair Square with Atlanta based, Ponderosa.

 
Looking for something a bit more low-key to celebrate the last days of
Summer?  Then head out to Tybee Island for a weekend of sun and
fun.  Kick back and stay cool with the ocean
breeze while you listen to music at the Pier and Pavilion.  Savannah favorites, The Swingin’ Medallions will take the stage at 7pm on Sunday and fireworks
will follow at dark.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday weekend, Savannah Getaways wishes
you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Square Fest Music Fest

Forsyth BandshellI’ve
lived in Savannah for 11 years, and one thing I’ve heard time and again (I’ve
even often said it myself), is that there is no music scene in this town.
Apparently Amanda Hollowell felt the
same way. 
So she gathered some other
like-minded folks and
decided to do something about it.  Thanks
to their dedication and perseverance, we have the First Square Fest event
hitting Forsyth Park this Saturday for an afternoon – and evening – full of
FREE music!  That’s right; I said FREE.
There’s something for everyone; acoustic, folk, jazz, funk, MC’s, DJ’s, hip-hop
and grunge.  This all day music festival is
meant to unite the music lovers of the community and showcase the music that is
alive in Savannah.  With music, food,
vendors, and local artisans, there will be plenty of fun for the whole
family. 

 

This might be the inaugural event for Square Fest, but they have done a
phenomenal job in getting the community excited and raising awareness about the
need for a music scene in Savannah; and they intend to make it an annual event.  In the theme of giving back to the community,
Square Fest will be donating a percentage of the donations received at this
event to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, pack a basket of goodies and make it a
day.  The event kicks off at 2pm, but you’ll
want to get there early to make sure you secure a good spot; it’s sure to be a
packed event, especially as night time falls across Forsyth Park and the music
plays on into the dark.

Here’s the Line Up:

2:00pm – 2:05pm Opening
Sincerely Iris
2:05pm – 2:25pm Sunglow
2:30pm – 3:00pm Lyn Avenue
3:15pm – 3:35pm Sincerely, Iris

3:45pm – 4:15pm Listen 2 Three
4:30pm – 4:50pm Steve Cantrell
4:50pm – 5:20pm Dope Sandwich
5:30pm – 5:50pm Elephant Talk
5:50pm – 6:10pm Emoticon
6:25pm – 6:55pm Kota Mundi
7:05pm – 7:35pm The Royal Noise
7:45pm – 8:15pm KidSyc@BrandyWine
8:25m – 8:55pm Sav”h Party Starters
9:15pm – 9:45pm Word of Mouth
9:45pm – 10:00pm Closing Remarks and Thank You

Whitefield Square

You can’t take a stroll through downtown Savannah without passing through some of the 22 squares, which were quite lively back in the days of old. Each of these squares was built at the center of a “Ward” to be gathering places where the community could come together for activities, celebrations, and protection.
Gazebo 6
One of the last squares to be established in 1851 – Whitefield Square – was in the center of “Wesley Ward,” named for John Wesley, who is often referred to as the father of Methodism. As is quite customary for Savannah, several of the named monuments are located in different squares. (In this case, the monument for John Wesley can be found in Reynolds Square.) The square itself was named after an early minister, the Reverend George Whitefield, who founded the Bethesda Orphanage in 1740, which is still in operation today as the Bethesda Home for Boys.
While Whitefield Square might be one of the lesser known squares, it might also be one of the most Church 2beautiful.
Located on Habersham between Taylor and Gordon Streets, just one block south of Gaston, its standout feature is the beautiful gingerbread style gazebo in the middle of the square. Shaded by the age old trees, with an occasional gentle

breeze, it’s a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in a book, flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, or getting away for a lunch break. Most of the houses surrounding the square were built after the Civil War in the Victorian style and it shows in the architectural details of big porches, wrap around balconies, gothic windows, and turrets. You’ll also find the First Congregational Church on this square that was built in the late 1800’s.
It will take the afternoon to meander through all of Savannah’s squares, but it’s definitely worth it.  So grab a drink to go and enjoy a leisurly stroll through the squares.

Dining on Broughton Street

If you like to eat and drink, then Savannah is the place for you.  One of the few cities that will let you take your drink “To Go” while you sight-see and make your way around town, there are several national and local places on Broughton Street to grab a bite for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Here are some of the local favorites on Historic Broughton Street:

Corleone's

   
    Corleone’s Trattoria
offers traditional
    Italian cuisine in a cozy setting, along
    with a few tables for outside dining.

Taco Abajo
   

   

For you late nighters, Taco Abajo is open
until midnight Sunday through Wednesday
and until 3am Thursday through Saturday.  
Order up some tacos, burritos, salads or 
specialties while you hang out and play pool or foosball, or stay for the live music.

 

  Papillote

 

 

 

    Papillote brings a little bit of Paris to
    downtown Savannah with only the
    freshest ingredients; the menu varies     depending on what is fresh and in
    season (and what the Chef is in the
    mood to prepare).  Perfect to grab and
    go for a lunch in one of Savannah’s 
    beautiful squares.

Kayak Kafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

A local favorite for salads, sandwiches,
and voted “Best Tacos,” Kayak Kafe is a  
casual café that offers healthy choices using   only the freshest ingredients. 

A few outdoor tables provide seating for some of the best people watching in town.  Also open for dinner, if you’re a healthy eater, you won’t  want to pass them by.

The Tea Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

    If you’re a tea lover, 
    The Tea Room serves afternoon
    tea complete with finger
    sandwiches, scones, and a
    sample of dessert items. 
    They also offer a selection of
    loose teas imported from around
    the world along with other fun
    gifts.
Leopold's

 

For dessert head on over to Leopold’s Ice Cream, but make sure you’re there early – there’s usually a line during the weekend evenings.  Founded in 1919, the original Leopold’s located on the corner of Gwinnett and Habersham, was quite the happening hot spot, but closed in 1969.  After pursuing a career in Hollywood, Stratton Leopold returned to Savannah and opened the current location on Broughton Street and even has the original black marble soda fountain.

Juarez

 

    If you’re looking for something quick
    easy (and affordable), wander just a
    little further down Broughton to Juarez
    Mexican Restaurant
.  With daily lunch
    and dinner specials, Juarez offers fast
    and friendly service; no wonder it’s
    another local favorite.

There are several national chains to choose from as well, and if you're looking for a place to cool down, stop by any of the yogurt or smoothie places for a cold treat.
No matter where you decide to go, remember, if you get your drink “To Go,” be sure it’s in a plastic or Styrofoam cup as you can be ticketed for having an open can or bottle.

Shop Downtown Savannah

Savannah’s version of “Main Street, USA,” Broughton Street is the main shopping district for Historic Downtown Savannah. Spanning from MLK Boulevard to Broad Street, the 12 blocks are filled with local restaurants, shops and boutiques. Here are some of the local favorites for shopping:

Cherry Picked 

 

    
    You never know what fashion savings you’ll find at Cherry Picked; a high
    end consignment shop featuring designer fashions and accessories for
    women.

  ZIA

 

Voted “Best of Savannah” by Savannah
Magazinefor jewelry and accessories, ZIA Boutique features one-of-a-kind pieces from designers around the globe. The “Feel Exotic Collection” with delicate wire wrapped pieces is designed by Zia himself. 

Nourish

    
    The wonderful aroma inside Nourish makes you want to linger over all
    of their soaps, soy candles, body products and stuff gentle enough for
    a baby.  Made with all natural ingredients, Nourish products never
    contain animal products, parabens, petroleum, harsh detergents or
    mineral oil, making them not only good for your skin, but good for the
    environment. 

James Gunn

 

 

Fashionistas looking for dresses, cute tops, designer denim, shoes, jewelry and handbags won’t want to pass by James Gunn, where they’re a little funky and a lot fun! 

 

DC2

 

 

 

 

    
    If you’re looking for something for your home, DC2
    
is the place to look for fun accessories, furniture and 
    lighting.  You’ll also find jewelry and handbags from LA,
    New York, Paris and  London.

 

 

Savannah Bee

 

Buzz by Savannah Bee Company for everything honey! From its’ raw form to soaps, lotions, sauces and even coffee, they offer a sampling of some of their most popular honey flavors for you to try.

Paris Market

 

 

 

 

    You never know what you’ll find at 
    Paris Market, where they bring you 
    the latest  treasures from across the 
    planet with collections from Italy,
    London, Holland, Belgium, and of
    course, France.

Civvies

 

 

For fashions from every era, check out Civvies consignments for used and recycled clothing; where there’s even a section for the guys.

 

24e

 

 

 

 

    The designer showroom at 24e will have you drooling
    over its’ designs of modern and eclectic furnishings and
    accessories and have you dreaming of what you wish
    your home could be.

 

Planet 3

 

 

 

Everything fun is welcome at Planet Fun; games, toys, action figures, dolls, collectibles – everything new and old. The kids will love this store! 

 

 

 

Most Broughton Street stores open at 10am and close around 5pm or 6pm, but some stores will be staying open later on the weekends this summer – and during special events – so shop ‘till you drop!

Hungry? Next week will be all about Broughton Street eateries.

Happy Birthday America!

It’s 4th of July week; time to celebrate our Nations 236th Birthday!  Here’s where you can catch all the action in Savannah:

Tuesday, July 3rd
6pm – 7pm
  Fort Stewart will “Salute to the Nation” at Cottrell Field where one artillery round will be fired for each of the 50 states in this tribute to America.

9:15pm  The Tybee Island Fireworks Celebration can be seen from the beach, the pier, or anywhere on the eastern side of Tybee Island.

  

Wednesday, July 4th
10am
  A Declaration of Independence ceremony will be held at Colonial Park Cemetery on Abercorn Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.  Enjoy patriotic music and talks with Christy Crisp from the Georgia Historical Society.

10am – 5pm Fort Pulaski will feature children’s activities, musket and cannon firings, and a presentation on baseball during the Civil War era.  After the presentation, visitors can play a pick-up game of baseball with the park staff.  ($5 per person/15 and under; free.)

10am – 5pm Fort Stewart has a day of celebration for Soldiers and their families at Newman Field.  Fun for the kids includes a Bounce House, climbing wall, trampoline, video arcade, laser tag and more!  Cool off in the “Springs Splashpark” pool while the kids play water tag and slip down the water slide.  Food will be served from 11 – 2 and you can bowl a free game or two before the concert kicks off at 6pm at Donovan Field where Mario, Mockingbird Sun and Martina McBride will take the stage.  (Sorry, no pets or coolers, or video at the concert.)

5pm – 9pm  River Street celebrates with music, games and fun for the whole family with the Fireworks show to follow at 9:30pm which be choreographed to music, so tune your radio to KIX965., MIX102.1 or I-95.
  River Street Fireworks

7:05pm  Savannah Sand Gnats take on the Charleston River Dogs with fireworks immediately following the game.

Please note that the 4th of July is a National Holiday and all city and county offices will be closed in observance.
Savannah Getaways wishes your family and fun – and safe – Holiday!

Summer Time and the Living’s Easy

Summer has officially arrived so grab the kids and head outside this weekend to enjoy the long, lazy days before it gets too hot!
Pick up locally grown, organic goodness at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning on the South end of the park.  Fresh fruits and veggies, breads, meats and icy treats; all fresh from local gardens and farmers, are perfect for those summer picnics and grill outs with friends.  After you’ve stocked up, let the kids run off some energy at the playground, then cool off in the water jets at the band shell.
Forsyth Farmer's Market

If you haven’t started your own garden already, you’ll want to soon, and tomorrow you can learn all about gardening at Groovy Garden Day.  From how to plant a container garden or raised beds, to the benefits of composting and rain barrels, there will be plenty of demos for you to learn from.  Browse the different booths of crafts while the kids have fun with the bean bag toss, bubble games, story teller and face paintings.  Leopold’s Ice Cream will be there – and Quantum Catering will also have some tasty treats.  The best thing – it’s FREE!
Container Garden

You can beat the heat at the beach on Sunday at the Market at Tybee Island Lighthouse.  Take a dip in the ocean then stroll over to the Lighthouse where you can listen to live music while you browse and buy unique art, collectibles, fresh produce, gourmet foods and more.  Take a tour of the Tybee Light House and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of Tybee Island. 
Now through August, you can take advantage of the Summer Movie Series where several of Savannah’s movie theatres will be featuring morning movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $1 or $2 – a great way to start the day with the little ones!
Savannah offers so many fun (and free) things to do; no wonder we were ranked #3 in “Best Affordable US Destinations” by U.S. News Travel.  If you haven’t visited Savannah yet – what are you waiting for?