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Savannah Events and Happenings – August 2014

August is here, and as the weather stays warm, there are plenty of cool events in Savannah.  The Sand Gnats are in full swing, with $1 Monday Nights and Friday Night Fireworks.  Check their schedule here, and bring the kids out for one more game.  August also means Back-to-School for our area; check here to see when students will be returing, and take advantage of the Tax Free Weekend.  From First Friday Fireworks, to a pre-Labor Day bash at Tybee, here’s what’s happening this month:



1   First Friday on the River
The Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Bring your furry friend down to River Street and enjoy a variety of fun activities. Shopping at select vendor booths and a photo session with P&B Photography Pet Photo Booth. The evening ends with Fireworks over the Savannah River.

1 – 2   Tax Free Shopping Weekend
Save on going to Back-to-School with this Tax Free weekend.  Clothing, Tablets, Personal Computers and Accessories, and Back to School Supplies.  Some restrictions apply.


1 – 3   Free Admission at
The Telfair Academy
1pm – 4pm.  Bring the family for three free days of admission to the Telfair Academy.  Works included are art spanning through the years 1810 – 1896.

2   First Saturday on the River – Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Pup parade and costume contest at 11am, free painting sessions, misting stations, and pup pools to help you stay cool.

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16   Movies in the Park at Tybee Island Main Street – Despicable Me 2
Pack up the picnic basket and bring the family out for a movie in the park.  Despicable Me 2 will be shown on the side of the gym beginning at dark.


24   Tybee Floatilla
“Will Float for Friends”
2pm.  With the dog days of Summer upon us, what better way to cool off than a leisurely float down the rivers of Tybee Island by inner tube?  Begin at Alley III and end at The Crab Shack.  $30 and proceeds benefit the Fresh Air Home.

Pulaski25   Free Admission at
Fort Pulaski
Bring the family for a day at Fort Pulaski.  For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against oversees enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. Tour the Fort and learn how the siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.

30   7th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest
1pm – 5pm.  The cool rich flavor of amazing Craft Brews lifts your spirits as you take in
Savannah’s skyline across the River.  Showcasing unlimited two-ounce samplings of craft beers from around the world combined with great food, beer seminars, mixology garden, cider garden, and music.

Tybee Labor Day31   Labor Day Beach Bash on
Tybee Island
Enjoy the ocean breezes as live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Featuring Live entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Folks can enjoy the fireworks display from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the island. The fireworks will blast off around 9:15 p.m.  http://visittybee.com/events/?event_id=63

Free For All

Look out boys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to town.  Tomorrow night, the much anticipated free SCAD Alumni concert (yes, FREE) proudly presents this Vermont based band with sexy front-woman Grace Potter.  If you’ve never heard of them, get ready to be blown away; her soulful and gritty vocals are reminisce of some of the leading ladies of rock – think Grace Slick, Ann Hart, Stevie Nicks – she’ll rock the stage and leave you wanting more.
Opening for the Nocturnals will be JJ Grey & MOFRO, a bluesy, southern rock band hailing from Jacksonville, Florida.  This double dose of rock-n-roll rhythm and blues will be sure to knock your socks off!  So pack up your picnic baskets, grab a blanket and head on over to Forsyth Park’s band shell – the show starts at 7pm.
Tier Cupcakes

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll want to stop by TIER Luxury Cakes downtown on Abercorn Street (between Broughton and Congress) before the show for their Taste of Tier Event from 4pm – 8pm.  If you’re an avid foodie, you’ve probably seen TIER compete in the Ultimate Cake Challenge on the Food Network.  They’ll have free mini cupcakes as they unveil their gluten-free and vegan cupcakes – you even get to vote for your favorite recipe! 
Beautiful Day

Saturday, take the kids to Oatland Island between 10am – 2pm for Wetlands Day.  Admission is free and you’ll explore the salt marshes while learning about Georgia’s coastline.  Afterwards, stay and check out the animal trails and all that Oatland Island has to offer.
With the temperatures on the rise, you can cool off at Ellis Square in the interactive water jets, or play a big game of chess on the West side of the square while the sounds of live music float in from City Market.
Whatever you decide to do, Savannah is an active town, full of fun and free activities for all ages …. You just have to know where to look. 

Spyro Gyra to Headline Savannah Jazzfest in September

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The 29th annual Savannah Jazz Festival will run for a week in Savannah's Landmark Historic District from September 19th through September 26th in many different venues throughout the downtown Savannah area. As usual, this popular event is free to the public and will feature many popular jazz groups performing in Forsyth Park the adjoining downtown area.

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The Savannah Jazz Festival, is all about celebrating jazz as the ever changing living art form it has long been noted for. With all manner of musical history backing us up, Savannah's fall music festival will offer genres of jazz ranging from be bop, Dixieland, melodic standards, straight ahead, or your basic traditional swing with a smattering of down home blues. As usual, the City of Savannah puts on the one of America's best free jazz festivals boasting the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. 


Planning on attending this always sold out (Historic Savannah hotel rooms and Hostess City Bed and Breakfast suites, that is) musical event this year? You will not find a better deal on a historic district vacation rental Home Away from Home at any better rates around Forsyth Park for The Savannah Jazz Festival than those Savannah Getaways is offering. 

Many of these upscale homes are just steps from a easy walk to your one front row seat at your very own Forsyth Park side seat for the Free Fall Savannah Music Festival in section 7, section 8, and section 9 in the Forsyth Park Landmark Historic District in Destination Savannah!

City Market Planning another New Year’s Eve Throw Down


Savannah's City Market will be doing her normal New Year's Eve Celebration in downtown Savannah. With live music throughout the night starting at 9:00 PM plus an always well attended fireworks display.  Suffice it to say, this makes this always popular tourist destination in the Landmark Historic District the place to be on January 31st. So ring in the New Year at City Market's outdoor street party. No reservation required, just show up to join in the fun for this free event open to the public. Don't be late for the final countdown that begins at 11:30 p.m. Be there are be square! 


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Savvy Savannah Vacation Travelers Save Money in all Seasons!

First of all, think of staying in an upscale private home rather than a small Bed and Breakfast Suite or a teeny tiny Hotel Room close to River Street. Secondly you don't have to be right near a seriously world class Destination City (Our Landmark Historic District is a Top Ten Destination once again in 2009) like Downtown Savannah to enjoy it. You only have to live reasonably close by automobile. Millions of History Lovers, Coastal Eco-Tourist Adventure Seekers, Beach Lovers, and Romantic Getaway Seekers among others live within an easy three hour drive from the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia already – they comprise a large part of that 6 Million+ Travelers to Savannah every year already. Many of these repeat guests are returning for more value in a newly emerging Stay Vacation economy where more attention is paid to saving a drachma or two than previous years. So the extra emphasis on value is key when visiting our coastal Georgia paradise.


Speaking of Beach Lovers, wave riding enthusiasts can rent weekend vacation rental homes in Savannah's historic district during the summer high season for just two nights. That's right you heard right! Let me say it again, you can stay within 20 minutes of Tybee Island for as little as $95 per night (some restrictions apply, call or e-mail our reservation desk for details) based on participating one bedroom condos and townhouse suites within 14 days of check in during the height of the remaining high season. Make these reservations early, because deals this good are subject to slide right on out the door fairly quickly to other savvy travelers who double down on their beach getaway on a first come, first served schedule.

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And think midweek and off-peak for additional travel savings for our networked friends. You'll avoid crowds and save up to 50%. There are fewer tourists in town Sunday night through Wednesday, leaving more room in the district to move around at your leisure. Dates for the high season vary by the week due to one festival or another, so check with your travel agent.

The Savannah Buzz Travel Team

Chocoholics swarm to new eatery just off of City Market on MLK Blvd.

The Savannah Development and Renewal Authority
is hosting a ribbon cutting for Lulu’s Chocolate Bar tomorrow at 42 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.26660115
Even though owners Rebecca Freeman and Janine Finn opened the business on May 22nd, this long overdue ceremony is timely this week. Lulu’s basic premise is to tempt Savannahians and tourists a like with fresh desserts in a retro glam atmosphere. This Historic District concept eatery serves a variety of desserts including Strawberry Suspension Cake and a Triple Chocolate Mousse Tower. The business is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday and until 1 AM Thursday through Saturday. At least one reviewer, the Lowcountry’s Gourmet Girly, appreciates Lulu’s Chocolate Bar based on excerpts from a recent blog post.

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar is what Downtown Savannah has been missing. I mean, there are great restaurants, fun bars, local hangouts – but there really has not been a place like Lulu’s ever (at least not that I can remember). It is the perfect combination of a well thought out ‘theme’, decadent sweets, fantastic wine choices and delicious martins that blend together like…well, sweet luxurious chocolate – and who, in their right mind doesn’t like chocolate.  And might I add, I must give kudos to the owners because this is the best concept for a restaurant/bar that I have seen in a very long time. Keep it simple & sweet and success will follow! Great job Lulu’s, I wish you the best. I will be back many times!

While visiting City Market, Normal_city_market_in_savannah
all you chocolate lovers just keep walking west until you hit MLK Blvd. and hang a left and there Lulu’s can be found between West Congress St. and West Congress Lane.

Georgia’s Oldest School to celebrate a 150th Birthday this weekend

M1193 When it opened in 1856, Massie was Savannah’s first free public school with plans made going back 15 years earlier to 1841. Peter Massie, a Scotsman from Glynn County (south of Savannah), bequeathed the city of Savannah $5,000 to build a school for "children of the poor." Savannah invested the money in railroad and gas company stock which grew in value over the years. In 1856, when the investment had reached $14,008, noted architect John Norris was hired to build the school – too bad our modern day politicians are incapable of demonstrating such fiscal responsibility in the current corrupt political climate! Massie’s central building was erected on East Gordon Street at Calhoun Square. Poi88 The east wing was added in 1872 and the west wing in 1886. Both wings were designed by architect John Hogg. The design is an excellent example of the Greek Revival Style. Massie School is also considered an example of compatible neighborhood design as the structure is separated into three sections and blends well with its rowhouse neighbors.

This weekend, The Massie Heritage Center, not only Georgia’s oldest school but one of the nation’s oldest schools as well will celebrate their 150th Anniversary in Calhoun Square on Sunday, November 5. Former teachers, students and the public are all encouraged to just show up! Plan to be in attendance at the nation’s longest continuously operating school that is now owned and operated by the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education as a teaching museum for History and ArchitectureSavannah1_1 for students and teachers. Visitors and guest can enjoy dinner, music, and take a tour of the school as they help Massie celebrate 150 years of education in Savannah. For more information, please call (912) 201-5070. Massie Heritage Center is located at 207 E. Gordon Street, on Calhoun Square in downtown Savannah.

Top Beer Places in Top 10 Walking City Savannah

Sav_churchillsowner Owen Ogletree does a nice job of identifying Savannah’s finest Pubs and Bars to enjoy your favorite beverage at in his Classic City Brew web site.  He recently compiled a Self Guided Pub Crawl of some of his favorite locations in coastal Georgia’s favorite First City that starts on busy Bay Street in downtown Savannah. Talk about your top 10 walking City, the heart of the historic district, etc., how about throwing in that you are just steps away from one famed watering hole to the next. Now it just doesn’t get any better than this for a memorable weekend getaway with like minded brew lovers as this Owen’s recent article relates.

Savannah is a beautiful southern belle of a city that was thrown into the spotlight a few years ago by being featured in the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Tourism has skyrocketed, new businesses are springing up all over town, and the downtown historic district is more beautiful than ever thanks to the restoration of hundreds of venerable homes and businesses. Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, has a quirky, eccentric charm and will quickly endear itself to almost anyone. Visitors who are new to Savannah will be in awe of the city’s beautiful cobblestone streets and squares, buildings that are centuries old, Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees and personable pubs in which to sample fine beers. Sav_mollysign

Historic downtown Savannah is quite small, and this allows the beer lover easy access by foot to each of the stops on this crawl. The Savannah River runs along the northern border of downtown with River Street (the town’s most touristy pedestrian promenade) following along its banks. Bay Street is a bit of climb one street south from River Street and serves as the main thoroughfare through the historic portion of downtown. Obtain a street map from any tourist brochure and make your way to East Bay Street and Drayton. You’ll be near the conspicuous Hyatt hotel and the golden domed city hall building on Bay, and very close to your first beer in Savannah! Savannah6

And the rest of the night is all downhill from here depending of course on your perspective of up and down.  Follow the above link and identify Savannah’s best drinking establishments.

HMS Bounty docks on Savannah River at Rousakis Plaza

The last fully operational tall ship sailing in North American waters, the HMS Bounty visited The Hostess City on her voyage north to New York City last July. To the delight of tall ship fans in coastal Georgia, the fully rigged sailing vessel, HMS Bounty made Savannah her port of call last summer during her east coast tour. This voyage originated in St. Petersburg, Florida with her eventual destination terminating at the harbor of New York City. The only North American tall ship still sailing, HMS Bounty opened up her three levels of living and work space to a steady stream of visitors on downtown Savannah’s River Street that were characterized in one report as “eager to see 200 years of history afloat.”

Bounty Boasting an overall length of 180 ft. including the bowsprit, this striking sailing ship has 18 sails that comprise 10,000 square ft of canvas requiring 10 miles worth of rigging to assist in keeping her moving smartly over the water. A supplemental diesel electric engine is only one of the modern day upgrades added some years back as an accommodation to meeting deadlines for this storied vessel.

Over the years, HMS Bounty has appeared in many Hollywood productions featuring sailing ships starting with the 1935 epic “Mutiny on the Bounty” right on through to her starring role in “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, a blockbuster movie released by Disney in 2003 starring Johnny Depp. This Hollywood connection shows no sign of slowing down with more swashbuckling era movies to be released over the next few years.

8 When the HMS Bounty finally hoisted anchor and sailed away from Rousakis Plaza on River Street after a few days visit, somehow she seemed not at all out of place moving down the Savannah River past oncoming modern day sea traveling merchant vessels heading up river to off load their cargo, an impressive testimony of the expertise of our seafaring ancestors that plied these historic waters when antebellum Savannah was busily carving out her own historic niche in a still young United States.

Ready to invest in coastal Georgia resort real estate?

As more baby boomers continue to direct their investment savings out of the stock market in record numbers into 2nd investment homes, here is at least one trial and error warning to heed. A Newsweek Magazine printed some months ago touted the real estate boom taking place in secondary markets throughout the country with homes and condo’s going for less than the median price range of $125,000 approximately. This article did not go far enough, in my opinion, in laying out a useful criteria in seeking these investment properties out to begin with. They do reference the rental cash flow as being the key in making these investment properties pay for themselves on the one hand but offer very little in the way of how to best determine which geographic location to purchase properties in other than those areas of the country that offer under-valued properties for sale to begin with.

10733 Our own personal Savannah Getaways portfolio of coastal Georgia historic district investment properties has made us big believers in purchasing properties that can be offered to a variety of renters, be they college students, tourists, or just your every day garden variety renter looking for housing at competitive rates. Our core investment portfolio of vacation destination rental condo’s and townhouses in Savannah’s historic district, thankfully, has enabled us to become reasonably proficient at projecting positive cash flow before making a vacation destination rental investment. If looking to purchase a resort property, it is far better to spend more money on purchasing vacation destination properties in a location, location, location criteria, assuming it will cash flow as opposed to purchasing an undervalued property that will be difficult to cash flow due to an inability to attract a sufficient number of tourists to begin with.

Dscf8558 We have been fortunate not to have to subsidize our investment proeprties to any great extent as a result of purchasing properties in a robust tourist destination and well established “college town” such as Savannah’s historic district has proven to be in addition to a strategically important center of commerce in downtown Savannah.  Therefore, we get the benefit of three seprate choices of rental income, vacation rentals, student rentals, and extended stay rentals to corporate clients. So for those of you that are looking to make your first rental property investment, heed the most important advice you are ever likely to hear in purchasing a second home real estate investment property, be it vacation rental property or otherwise. That old saw, “the three most important considerations in purchasing real estate are "location, location, location” is even truer today than it ever was before, assuming the “experts” are correct about the coming bursting of the real estate bubble. Our experience over the past seven years with our own vacation destination properties suggests that Americans will continue to enjoy long vacation getaway weekends to popular resort destinations, come what may, and failing that we have attempted to position ourselves so that our corporate and student renters can continue to pick up the slack.