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Girl Scout Exhibition + the Charlie Daniel’s Band

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In an effort to document the many achievements of the Girl Scouts of America during their fist 100 years, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will have a temporary exhibit for the remainder of 2012 to raise the awareness of the GSA's many contributions during Savannah’s most renowned first lady, founder Juliette Gordon Low’s 100 year anniversary of the creation of the Girl Scouts of America. A tip of our Savannah Getaways hat to Key to Savannah’s information laden report below:

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The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, “Doing Their Part! Girl Scouts in World War II”. This exhibit has been created in honor of their outstanding wartime contributions on the Home Front. This temporary exhibit will be in place throughout 2012 in celebration of the Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary.

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World War II era uniforms, a first aid kit, and sewing kit document their activities in war-related service projects, like Hospital, Child Care, Emergency Outdoor Aide, and Farm Aide. In addition, Girl Scouts planted Victory Gardens, collected fat and scrap metal, and operated bicycle courier services. They organized Defense Institutes, teaching 10,000 women survival skills and techniques for comforting children during blackouts and air raids. Girl Scouts also collected 1.5 million articles of clothing that were then shipped overseas to civilian victims of war.

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In the last minute Savannah Vacation News department, if you are coming to Savannah this weekend,  Check out the free Charlie Daniels Band concert in Forsyth Park and celebrate Earth Day, Savannah Style, all day long in Forsyth Park and celebrate Earth Day, Savannah Style, at the same time.

Savannah River Crossing

For those of you that frequently ask, accessing the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island is very doable from your Historic District Vacation Rental Home just across the Savannah River. Cross for free on our Southern Belle Ferries, the Juliette Gordon Low Ferry, the Susie King Taylor Ferry, and the Florence Martus Ferry with a river crossing schedule taking place like clockwork according to an article in the Savannah Morning News.

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“They operate 362 days a year — every day but Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s — but they can’t run in fog or lightning. They cross the river about every 20 minutes, but have to stop and wait for huge container ships to pass. When one ship is running, it operates a triangular route among the Westin, Marriott and Hyatt. When demand is higher, one boat operates between the Westin and Marriott and another goes between the Westin and Hyatt.”

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Riders on the Savannah Belles made 69,000 trips across the river in July, the most in a one-month period ever in the ferries’ 11-year history. Jimmy Gunby III, director of marine operations, said July Fourth falling on a Monday caused more people to be downtown for a long weekend. Families love the free boat ride. People describing the ferries that cross the Savannah River use words such as “key,” and “vital” and “essential.”

Many people say they’re just plain fun. “The ferry is definitely more fun than a bus,” said Mike Pino of Franklinville, N.J. He attended the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association meeting in Savannah last week with his wife Gerry. “I think it’s pretty neat.” The couple was among five people who rented a Savannah vacation getaway rental house in the Historic District and used the ferry to attend the convention.

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All the more reason to book all of your downtown Savannah Vacation Rentals through Savannah Getaways when attending conferences at the Westin or conventions at the Trade Center across from the historic district on Hutchinson Island.

Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals at Savannah Jazz Festival

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Here we go again music lovers. Since it’s inception back in 1983 some twenty eight years ago, the Savannah Jazz Festival is just around the corner in the month of September one mo’ time. This year’s free music event in keeping with scheduling for the last full week of September falls on September 18th through September 25th this year. Most of the jazz musical groups can be caught in Forsyth Park in the southern portion of Savannah’s Top Ten Destination nationally, the Landmark Historic District. But the number of other musical venues throughout the landmark district continues to grow.

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This year’s line up of accomplished jazz performers features Paul Martino, Wycliffe Gordon, and fellow Savannahian Howard Paul of Benedetto Guitar fame among many others. A friendly reminder to make your Savannah Vacation Rental reservation early through Savannah’s recognized Top Vacation Rental Management Company “that goes above and beyond” in delivering value vacation rentals to a discerning public and Trip Advisor/Flip Key Elite rated rental resource award for calendar year 2011, Savannah Getaways.

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Rarely do we have any availability left for this event if you wait to book at the last minute in the month of September (remember what happened for the Rock and Roll Marathon – we sold out within a week of issuing a similar warning for this November 3 – 6 weekend event), so make your plans early if you plan to stay in a Savannah vacation rentals lodging option. And don’t forget to bring your music loving pets as we are picking up some very nice pet friendly accommodations in close proximity to Forsyth Park.

Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah

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Based on early pre-bookings for our always busy reservation desk here at Savannah Getaways, the first ever Rock and Roll Marathon to be ran in Savannah the first weekend in November is going to be a monster of an athletic event. We have already sold out our entire inventory of 3+ bedroom Savannah Vacation Rental homes (many closely located to the actual marathon route) before the official start of summer for this outdoor running event. We have been supplying upscale rental accommodations in the landmark historic district for the Savannah Memorial Bridge Run that takes place every December, and understand what a popular event for area runners this run is but we have been knocked over by the response to the R&R Marathon event that marries distance runners, all manner of musical bands that play along the way along with cheerleaders and themed water stations interspersed throughout the route.

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Courtesy message, for those runners coming to savannah’s in two’s, three’s and four’s, the Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon Event  will be a vacation rental sale out within the historic district. Select your lodging options early while you still can, presuming vacation rental weekend lodging is what you have in mind within the honest to goodness landmark historic district for this event durng the fall high season. Hard to give a great last minute vacation rental deal when al we have left is sold out of inventory!

Seeking Happy Hour Deals in Downtown Savannah

Savvy Travelers always like to know where the locals eat and drink inexpensively. Here at Savannah Getaways, we fancy ourselves as a bit of an expert on knowing where all the most popular watering holes are located within the landmark downtown district, all within easy walking distance of your vacation home. These are a handful of our personal favorites listed below. Disclaimer, Okay, we had a little help from our well traveled friends & all are equally well ranked on other Savannah restaurant sites as the best of the best.

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Rocks on the River, Rocks on the RoofThe best view in all downtown of the Savannah River. Located in the Bohemian Hotel between River Street and Bay Street. The missus and I have had two astonishing chef grade meals here on our last two trips to River Street, nuff said.

17Hundred90 – Loved this haunted inn since my Birthday introduction 13 years ago and still stick my head in the door when possible. Want to hang out and drink with the locals? This is the place.

Molly McPherson's Scottish Pub and Grill – Gets our Triple Threat vote (and Trip Advisor's), Over 150 different Whiskies offered with a killer shepherd pie in a convenient just off City Market downtown Location.

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Leoci's Trattoria – In the back of the historic district on Abercorn Street. Knock down your favorite refreshment and tasty Italian fare under the Live Oaks on the outisde deck.

LuLu's Chocolate Bar – How sweet it is! Our favorite forbidden pleasure, chocolate, along with a selection of inexpensive happy hour drink prices, on MLK off of City Market.

606 East Cafe – The return of a Legendary Savannah Eatery. About as eclectic as it gets just a a few steps down from Lulu's and Molly MacPherson's from two different connecting Historic District Map Section One directions. You be hanging with the artists at this brick facade MLK Restaurant.

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The half a dozen strategically located watering holes are enough to get the basic Savannah Vacation Rental Deal Seeker going during your next weekday getaway – (travel smart, travel often during the first of the week Monday through Thursday Morning). The above will enable you to work the happy hours to perfection between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at most of the above. And the comfort food offerings are outstanding!

Searching for Savannah Vacation Rental Deals

Given our superior presence in Historic Savannah, we pride ourselves on connecting our customers to the best historic homes at the lowest rates. Savannah Getaways has been serving the traveling public to coastal Savannah for the past thirteen years by providing unmatched customer satisfaction to our tens of thousands of guests to lowcountry Georgia.

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There were no part timers involved in the vacation rental business to Destination Savannah Historic District back in the day when we first hung out the only RBO shingle in downtown Savannah. Even then we were providing excellent vacation rental value long before there was even a newly minted Goldman-Sachs/Wall Street backed Home Away website paying any real attention to vacation rentals. While there have been plenty of Johnny Come Lately vacation rental by owners (RBO's) offering lodging options in downtown Savannah on VRBO, Home Away, and VacationRentals.com travel directories each succeeding year since our inception, here are some of the pitfalls to avoid when it comes to making your own informed vacation rental reservation decision.

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Just like savvy shoppers shop Savannah hotels, Savannah Historic Inns, and Savannah Bed and Breakfast lodging options in the historic district, apply the same principal here. To find that cheap vacation rental deal while realizing more bang for your travel bucks – read objective reviews. But not just any review. You should always read honest to goodness independent reviews from reputable companies known for their independently verified reviews such as Trip Advisor and Flip Key rather than those reviews that may have been manufactured by the property owners themselves on non-verified by owner vacation rental directories.

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And make sure you always deal with a fully supported, legitimately sanctioned property management company of many years duration that has an actual verifiable track record. The nature of the online travel industry is one in which poor customer service on top of dingy vacation rental properties (they do work hand in hand) will always find the “vacation rental by amateur” home owners or under performing vacation rental management companies out by their 1 and 2 star reviews.

With that in mind check out our latest last minute vacation rental specials on Broughton Street, Jones Street, Tattnall Street, or our very trendy Washington Square facing Garden Level Townhouse.

Twofer Foody Tour & Movie Tour for the price of One

Talk about an interesting story in a town known for her interesting stories, Leopold’s Ice Cream has to be right up there. This Lo-country Savannah family’s ability to provide old fashioned ice cream has been legendary among local Savannahians in the landmark Historic District for going nigh onto 100 years now. This home grown ice-cream restaurant located at 212 E. Broughton Street since 2004 is also a favorite of visitors to Coastal Savannah.

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Back to the story, one of the Leopold brothers, Stratton, went off to Hollywood to follow his dream of making movies. He became pretty successful at it too, considering he produced such well known movies as Mission Impossible III, Sum of All Fears, Paycheck, and the General’s Daughter to name but a few.

Now here is where the story gets interesting. Another local Savannahian went to Hollywood to get involved in the movie business as well, Ron Higgins.

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He too eventually returned to Savannah, and when he did, he launched a tour company built around, wait for it…… movies shot in Savannah! Launched in 2003, “Hollywood Ron’s” Savannah Movie Tour Company is not only highly successful about all things to do with movie making in Savannah, they do a nice job of providing a regional food themed “Taste of Savannah Tour” with their equally popular Savannah Foody Tour.

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And by the way, Leopold’s Ice Cream is one of the tour stops on the foody tour. How’s that for a twofer? For the same low price you get a snapshot of a bit of movie making history all combined at the same tour stop, Leopold’s Ice Cream Restaurant when you take the Savannah Foody Tour. And that’s why Savannah Getaways recommends you book the combination of this highly ranked ice cream restaurant and tour company tour.

Savannah, A Dog Gone Good Travel Destnation

When taking that weekend getaway, scouting out possible relocation cities, or even taking that week long beach vacation it’s important for all members of your family to hang out together. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Savannah is as popular of a Croc & Dog
dog friendly destination among coastal southern cities as you are likely to find in the U.S. The Hostess City will make sure your pet receive that warm southern hospitality Savannah is renowned for.

The Savannah area hosts many public parks and historic district squares where pets can exercise with the family after a day of waiting for them to return. The dog friendly promenades in and around the many parks and garden squares are a great way to give your dog some exercise while socializing with Dogs meeting Dogs
other local and visiting pet owners. If interested in touring and sightseeing, your pooch can even accompany you on many tours of the historic city be it "walking the dog" tours or pet friendly trolley tours (small pooches can sit in your lap for $1 more).

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And it doesn't stop there, many outdoor restaurants and cafes al fresca not only allow your dogs to dine with you, but they’ll even bring out a fresh dish of iced water for your pal. In fact, Fido might luck out and be able to join Noah the ice cream cone loving parrot below at Leopolds on Broughton Street. So bring your significant other friend – the four legged one that always remain true, come rain or come shine – on your next Coastal Georgia Visit. As the pet friendly clickable link list confirms there is much for your pet to see and do. And don't forget our pet friendly vacation rental lodging options either. Our reservation desk can point the way.

The Shrimp are Running, Roger That!

Daufuskie Island’s favorite storytelling son, Sportsman Roger Pinckney
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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. 

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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.
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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.

Savannah Tour Company to Launch Historic District Shopping Tour

Savannah Getaways has worked with Savannah Movie Tours founder Ron Higgins, for the past five years now. The collaboration has been an excellent one as those guests that take have been astute enough to book a tour have rave reviews about all of “Hollywood’s” tours. Ron came up with the movie tour idea after himself working on films shot in both Los Angeles and Savannah over the years according to a press release by Telfair Square based online Carriage Trade publication

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"We have a rich Hollywood history here in the city, which started back in 1915 with the silent film "Under Southern Skies," and since then 85 films have been shot here, with those films winning 10 Academy Awards. Those films also left us with more than 420 movie locations."
“Since the inception of the company in 2003, Mr. Higgins has also created the Scary Ghost Tour, Foody Tour, Savannah Shopping Tour, a "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" Tour, and VIP versions of all the tours. 

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Ron, Russ Moore, Lou Thomann of Suites on Lafayette and I all collaboratively co-founded our Hostess City Experience Alliance several years ago and have continued to keep our commitment of providing top notch goods and top drawer services to travelers to the Historic District. In the spirit of that tradition, Ron has expanded his tour company's offerings to include the Scary Ghost Tour and Foody Tour Savannah. In the next few weeks, his newly minted Savannah Shopping Tour will be rolled out featuring an eclectic shopping tour of the District for just $38 per person. Ron and Company will be feted at half a dozen different boutique shops with the appropriate swag for savvy shoppers. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 912-234-3440 or visit the Savannah Shopping Tour website

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