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The Arts District in Downtown Savannah

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Yes Virginia there is an Arts District in Savannah, well sort of.  International artists working in conjunction with Savannah Museums and Savannah Galleries is a given as in any arts community.  What sets our regional arts center apart from other arts destination cities are our accomplished cadre of Savannah artists that are forever busy delivering their latest up to the minute creation, be it something as eclectic as sidewalk art in Forsyth Park, art created exclusively for artist owned galleries on River Street, performance art outdoors in City Market or the very latest presentation in Savannah’s prestigious newest museum. The Jepson Center for the Arts, a 64,000 square foot state of the art Museum located on Telfair Square adjacent to her 119+ year old sister, the Telfair Museum on the same Historic District Square has wowed both international and regional visitors in her short history.

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While enjoying your stay in one of our upscale accommodations in our inventory of exquisitely furnished historic townhouse renovations offered at Abercorn Townhomes, Suites, and Condominiums, make it a point to also take an architectural tour of Savannah’s Historic District as you view other architectural gems from yesterday.  Check out the different art galleries hidden away in downtown City Market and the Shops at Ellis Square.  Look for hidden art treasures in their outside kiosks as you stroll down cobblestone paved River Street.  Whatever trips your artistic trigger, your long weekend getaway to Savannah’s Arts District is sure to scratch that itch.

36 Hours in the Historic Disrict, New York Times Style

There is a great read in the New York Times this morning in their “36 hours” travel series about a day and a half in our lovely lady, The Hostess City, on the Savannah River in coastal Georgia.Savannah2
Check out the excerpt below or the whole article here:

CERTAIN things about Savannah never change — it remains one of America’s loveliest cities, organized around a grid of 21 squares, where children play, couples wed and, in the evenings, lone saxophonists deliver a jazz soundtrack. But that doesn’t mean Savannah has nothing new to offer. Perhaps most notable is a budding art scene that includes the high — a major expansion of the Telfair Museum — and the low — a scene energized by students and instructors at the booming Savannah College of Art and Design. Civic boosters are even trying to reposition the region as the “Creative Coast.” And then there is change of another kind: restoration. Before iron-clad protection of the historic district was established, Savannah lost 3 of its 24 squares to developers. Now one of the oldest, Ellis Square, long dominated by a parking lot, is being restored to its antebellum glory.

You’re in the heart of the gracious South, so embrace every cliché from the frilly to the Gothic, with some eccentric characters for good measure. Begin with a tour of the splendid Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square ($12.50 tickets at the Carriage House Shop, 430 Whitaker Street, 912-236-6352).Savannahgetaway
It was built in the 1860s for the great-grandfather of the songwriter Johnny Mercer and restored by Jim Williams, the antiques dealer memorialized in a now-classic book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The stern guide won’t dwell on the three murder trials of Mr. Williams, who was acquitted, and guests aren’t allowed on the second floor, where Mr. Williams’s sister, Dorothy Kingery, still lives. But the guide will offer plenty of detail about the formal courtyard, the nap-ready veranda, the Continental rococo and the Edwardian Murano glass.

Then again, why read about it when you can spend your own 36 hour adventure in Georgia’s First City?