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Savannah Events – December 2014

Ongoing

Saturdays   Forsyth Farmers Market
Focused on food and food issues, this producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) allows only food and plant vendors. Located on the Southside of Forsyth Park, come out and support your local farmers.

 Saturdays through Dec. 20th   Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market
This outdoor market sets up in the parking lot of the Islands Community Church located at 111 Walthour Road in Wilmington Island. WIFM features local farm-fresh produce, handcrafted baked goods and other edibles, jewelers, photographers and body products.

Through Dec. 26th   A Christmas Tradition
“A Christmas Tradition” brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love.

Festival of LightsThrough Dec. 28th
Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
A drive through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris Wheel and carnival rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, Pictures with Santa, Winter “Fun Zone”, holiday concessions and fabulous holiday decor around the Resort.  $20 up to 8 passengers.  $40 9-16 passengers.

5          Christmas on the River & First Friday Fireworks
It’s a holiday celebration on Historic River Street! Featuring regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, music, and local entertainment, with fireworks as the grand finale. Free and open to the public.

5          City Market Holiday Open House
Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights and over 500 luminaria in the courtyard. Enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. 6pm – 9m. Free and open to the public.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box.

6          Christmas for Kids Celebration
Bring the family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella Carriage, and a choir performance. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. 11am – 2pm  Free and open to the public.

6          Christmas Lighted Parade
Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, starting on West River Street at 5:30pm, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss!  Free and open to the public.

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6          Savannah River Bridge Run
The 5k, 10k, Double Pump, and Kid’s ¼ Mile, this much anticipated race is always a fun run!


6   Tybee Island Christmas Parade
Everyone loves a parade! The parade begins at 1pm from the 14th Street parking lot and travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue, then to the Tybee Gym where children will have photo time with Santa.

11 – 24    Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens December Nights & Holiday Nights
Visitors can embark on a self-guided walking tour though over six acres of themed garden areas while enjoying holiday music and a beautiful display of seasonal lights. Stroller and wheelchair-friendly. $5.

12 – Jan. 3        Skatefest 2014
Ice skating, Savannah style, at the Savannah Civic Center.

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12 – 13  40th  Holiday Tour of Homes
Many special events are planned in conjunction with the homes tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary. 12 Homes to tour, Victorian Tea at the Massie Heritage Center, Christmas celebration of music, Hot toddy tasting, and special surprises.

16        Happy Hanukkah

 

19 – 20   Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours
Ft. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861. The long-lived tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candle light and oil lamps.

20         5th Annual Savannah Reindeer Run (8k)
Savannah’s best family-oriented run event! Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K, and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, food, and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. Event includes a Kid Zone, costume contest and a “Seasons Best Cookie” contest, judged by Stratton Leopold, and Jesse Blanco of “Eat it & Like it”. Among the many prizes, winners will enjoy circus tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey.

20         Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade
Light up your bikes, tinsel up the handrails, and cruise the island for a night of holiday fun! The Tour Lights parade will begin and end at AJ’s Dockside.

21         Tybee Floating Christmas Parade
Get swept away by all of the festive Christmas lights on the water during the Floating Christmas Parade.

25         Merry Christmas!

NYE

31         New Year’s Eve in City Market
Ring in the New Year at City Market! It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Live music starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am. Free and open to the public.

31         New Year’s Eve on River Street
Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street! Don’t miss out on live music and our non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist! Countdown the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The “Up the Cup” countdown will start right before midnight followed by a firework display to officially ring in 2015!

31    New Year’s Eve on Tybee
Curl up on your beach chair, or on a blanket, to watch the fireworks display from the Pier and Pavilion at midnight.

Savannah September Events

While the days of Summer slowly start to fade away, they bring cooler weather, and Savannah events are back in full swing!  With many family-friendly, and FREE events, it’s hard to fit them all into your schedule!
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Saturdays  Forsyth Farmers MarketBring your re-usable bag, and fill up with local, organic goodies every Saturday morning on the South end of Forsyth Park.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, farm-raised meats, and educational presentations.  This is where Savannah locals go to stock up for the week.  Saturdays, 9am – 1pm, Rain or shine.

9/4 – 11/21  Savannah Live. Savannah Live is a high-energy, 2-hour variety show that features everything from “Pop” to “Broadway” and Motown” to “Rock & Roll!”  Check out the website for ticket prices and show times.

9/5   First Friday Fireworks.
  Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! 9:30pm on the River.  Free and open to the public.
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9/5 – 9/6  Inaugural Bacon Fest.  Love Bacon?  Then you’ll love Bacon Fest where your favorite local restaurants will be serving up their most mouth-watering bacon creations all weekend long!  Free and open to the public.

9/6  Savannah International Food & Wine Festival. 
With over 50 wines to sample, and signature dishes from your favorite Savannah restaurants, this is always a much anticipated event.  There will also be a Silent Auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit COPE; a program that combats childhood obesity. 3p – 6pm at the Hellenic Center on Abercorn Street.
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9/18  Third Thursday Concert Series. 
Enjoy the last days of Summer on the Tybee Island Pier with a concert at the Pier and Pavilion. 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

9/19  “Jaws” at Tybee Light StationBring your beach chairs and blankets and settle in for this classic blockbuster. Vendors will be on-site, and there will be cool “Jaws” memorabilia up for auction, where proceeds will benefit the Tybee Post Theater. Gates open at 7pm, movie starts at 8pm.  Adults $10, Kids under 12, $5.

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9/21 – 9/27 – Savannah Jazz FestivalJazz is one of our country’s most sought-after international exports, with its language being “spoken” by people around the world. Jazz, emanating from America, has become world music. It is America’s Classical Music. The Coastal Jazz Association is committed to perpetuating Jazz and will feature numerous concerts throughout the event.  Free and open to the public.
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9/27  Fee Free Day at Fort Pulaski. A family friendly event where you can learn about the it’s part in the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.

 

9/27 Savannah Derby Devils vs. South Florida Roller GirlsCome out for this rock-em-sock-em, action packed event where local business women by day, become Derby Devils by night. Adults $12, Children 3-12, $2, Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Children, $26), Group of 10, $10.


9/28 Coastal Pet Rescue’s 8th Annual Cruise for Critters. This two-hour sight seeing tour is hosted by Savannah’s own Captain Mike of Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. 2pm – 5pm. $30 per person includes light refreshments and event t-shirt, and proceeds benefit Coastal Pet Rescue.

If you stop by any of these fun-filled events, be sure to tell them “Hello!” from Savannah Getaways!

Calling all Savannah Mudders

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Here at Savannah Getaways, we have always tried to live up to our Live Like A Local philosophy that has served us well over the past fifteen years.  We like to think that along the way of offering exceptionally upscale vacation rental facilities at the most affordable rates to be found in downtown Savannah that rate out at a 4.70 rating on Flip Key, we must be doing something right. Here is a slight change up on that theme. How about “run through the mud with the locals” on the annual JCB sponsored mud run coming up later this week?

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Now that the cooler spring weather has subsided, it’s time for some of our more sports minded travelers to get out and get dirty in some low country mud. Bring your family and friends and spring into the summer vacation season along with some of our local Savannahian most enduring runners.

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For all those runners that come to Savannah for our Rock and Roll Marathon and 5K Savannah River Bridge Run as a for instance, what could be more unique than becoming a Savannah Mudder during this coming weekend’s mudfest? There is still a little time left to sign up for this unique event.

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June 7th was the kick-off date for the month long Telfair Museum’s exploration of the influence of New York on their permanent collection. The museum’s Savannah’s summer calendar of events  reveals New York Accents features a number of fine art objects, many of them decorative in nature dating back to the early 19th century through the current era. The cost of admission for this important show is $12 to review any single site or enjoy your own trifecta by visiting all three locations in close proximity to each other in Savannah’s landmark historic district off Telfair Square (section four of our points of interest map), Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Jepson Center for the Arts, and the Owens-Thomas House (section two points of interest map, east of Oglethorpe Square) for only $20.

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While downtown Savannah is a popular destination for a multitude of reasons, don’t miss out on the artistic and cultural aspects of the Hostess City if gaining perspective on the shaping of a coastal city is important nourishment for your low-country visit, the Telfair serves up some of the tastiest fare in the district in that regard.

 

The Telfair Home back in the day

The Telfair Home back in the day

In fact the Telfair Museums are always a good place to visit every trip to Savannah as they continue changing up their artistic offerings throughout the seasons. Calendar year 2014, although halfway over, promises to be an even better year than a stellar 2013. Over the past fifteen years, Savannah Getaways has specialized in providing accommodations that allow you the traveler, to live like a local. We have some pretty good tips on where the more discriminating locals are likely to hang out as well.

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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.

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
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(Wendell that is, not Dave) on the Savannah side of the River on Tybee Island this Saturday during the Tybee Island PiratesFest.
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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?

Upcountry- Palmetto Trail plans to stretch from the Blue Ridge to the Lowcountry

Normal_switzer_streamThe state of South Carolina is well on their way to implementing many segments of our Palmetto Trail initiative that will ultimately stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina all the way down to coastal South Carolina in the low country. Once completed, this proposed 425 mile trail will provide a wide variety of recreational hikes through the Palmetto State for residents and nature lovers alike from all over the southeast United States. While not as strenuous as the Appalachian Trail, these nature trails will be rich in flora and fauna through each geographic area plus offer various type outdoor pursuits other than just hiking.

OconeecoThe Trail will begin at Oconee State Park in the upstate and end north of Charleston on the coast. It will consist of several connecting passages that will showcase the unique history, culture, and geography of the Palmetto State. Each passage is designed for a weekend's enjoyment on the Trail. The Trail will connect the mountains to the sea forming a spine for a network of trails in South Carolina, the genesis of a statewide trail system. The planned trail corridor will run through the counties of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Laurens, Newberry, Fairfield, Richland, Sumter, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley, and Charleston. Follow the link to find out which sections are open on a county by county basis throughout South Carolina.

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Upcontry- Resort Town of Highlands North Carolina aptly named

For those of you that prefer exclusivity in your mountain vacation retreats, you will be hard pressed to improve on Highlands, NC. This remote mountain city was incorporated in 1879.51737020fall2005inhighlandsnc003_resize Legend has it that a pair of town developers, Samuel Kelsey and Clinton Hutchinson, drew a line on a map from New York to New Orleans and from Chicago to Savannah. They felt that the point of intersection would be the proverbial sweet spot for a vacation community. Aptly named Highlands is located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an average elevation of 4118 feet, the highest incorporated mountainL_whiteside_view town east of the Mississippi. Initially, Highlands was promoted as a health retreat in a resort atmosphere in the summer months due to the clean air and picturesque beauty of this breathtaking Blue Ridge area.

Strategically located on the Highlands Plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina, the township itself lies just north of a common boundary with South Carolina and Georgia and easy driving distance to the Tennessee North Carolina state line to due west. The town of Highlands proper has a tad over 2000 permanent residents and surges to upwards of 25,000 summer residents. Straddling the Blue Ridge Divide, the surrounding mountain valleys provide the main watershed of the eastern part of the continent as well as owning the distinction as being the source of the headwaters of the Chattooga and Cullasaja Rivers. The Chattooga, now a National Scenic and Wild River, plunges precipitously from the escarpment of the Blue Ridge, and flows southward to the Savannah River of the eastern Atlantic drainage while the Cullasaja, in contrast, flows in the opposite direction to the Tennessee River, a major tributary of the Mississippi that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. So much for the history/geography lesson, here is recreational information. There are no less than forty mountain golf courses along winding highway 6412842 county by county on the easterly run to Hendersonville, North Carolina and Interstate 26.

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Upcountry- Wood Turning Demonstrations at The Picken County Museum

Ready to learn the fine art of wood turning? Then plan on being in attendance on Saturday, February 3, from Noon until 3:00 p.m., when the Pickens County Museum of Art & HistoryPickens_county_museum_051 hosts its monthly Saturday Session. Upcountry mountain Artisan Warren Carpenter, whose work currently is on display in the museum’s “Drawing with Wood” exhibition, will demonstrate basic techniques, a few tricks of the trade, and discuss the various methods used to accomplish fine turned wood.

1206pickenstzumbachMr. Carpenter resides in Seneca, S.C, is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with works in many galleries and collections, and operates The Arts Company studio with his wife in the Ramcat Alley section of Seneca’s historic district. Plan to participate in this program as part of the Pickens County Museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of interesting and educational programming for the community. Funded in part by donations from area businesses and local art patrons, the museum is located at the intersection of Highway 178 at 307 Johnson Street in upstate Pickens, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-.4:30 p.m.

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Upcountry- Carolina Getaways Travel Directory is now up and running

Here’s a little quiz for those of you visiting our initial Carolina Vacation News blogsite for the first time. What two songs are connected in a rather picturesque way penned by two distinctly different singer/songwriters over two different eras, James Taylor of North Carolina and Johnny Mercer of Savannah, Georgia? James Taylor wrote “Carolina in my Mind” while Mercer wrote “Moon River” about the Bull River that flows into the SavannahPic4 River in coastal Georgia. Okay then you might well ask, what is the connection? Well the Headwaters of the Savannah River Basin actually originates a short distance away from our year round home up the road in upcountry Jackson County, North Carolina at the continental divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Cashiers. And of course, these waters work their way southeast until they eventually flow past our adoptive home of Savannah before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island, Georgia.

Both artists were inspired enough by their respective home states to write well known musical tributes to the geographic locales that grew up in. And in a very real sense, we are pointing out the same aspects of our mountain homes the Carolina Mountains upriver from our Lowcountry Savannah, Georgia historic district homes that we have opened up to travelers matriculating to these vacation destinations while booking our vacation rentals in upscale historic district townhouses, Victorian era Homes, affordable cottages, and comfortable condominiums at low rates. In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to add inventory to our properties as more and more absentee property owners join our consortium of absentee property owners just like we started eight years ago in Savannah. Just like Savannah Getaways has you covered on the coast, we will indeed have your long weekend getaway travel needs covered in the North and South Carolina Mountains. We Kudos_2thank you for stopping by for our initial blog and trust you will look in on us from time to time as we keep your apprised on what’s up in the Carolina Mountains.

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