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Cooking Class in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

December 18th, 2010 by kolin

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful – if you are in a cooking class in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia.  The fire I’m speaking of was under the pot of gumbo I was making at a cooking class I recently attended.  We have been experiencing an unseemly cold snap here in Savannah, and have been searching for warmer inside activities. We discovered an answer only a short jaunt from the inn at a 3-hour cooking class with a re-known chef and 10 other foodies.  It was, to say the least, a blast!

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Romantic Escape, Savannah GA, a Travel and Leisure Top Spot

November 17th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Travel and Leisure Magazine has just published a list of America’s Favorite Cities with Savannah taking top spot as the Best Place for a Fall Destination!  But did you know we came second to only Honolulu as best place for a Romantic Escape?  It was no surprise we beat out Charleston in this category.  Don’t get me wrong, Charleston has a been a favorite destination for a long time, but finally, what we all know and love about Savannah is on a list to include (but not limited to):

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Beach Yoga – Breath to Balance

June 8th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

I met Sue Finkle by chance at a Friday afternoon “5 for $15″ wine hour at Cha Bella restaurant a few months ago.  Sue teaches yoga at the Savannah Yoga Center located just a few blocks from our inn, as well as at a variety of business locations around Savannah.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology and worked as the Assistant Curator and then Curator of the Skidaway Island UGA Aquarium for 10 years.  Sue has lived in Savannah since 1997, and is passionate about bringing yoga to students of all ages and all levels.

Beginners and experienced yoga aficionados will love her Sunday Tybee Island beach class:  A one hour gentle yoga class moving slowly between poses for just the right balance between strengthening and stretching muscles. During the last 15 minutes of class enjoy deep relaxation positions.  This hour long experience helps to leave you feeling refreshed, reconnected, and relaxed.  Sue does not charge for the class, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Feel free to contact Sue at breathe2balance@yahoo.com or visit her webpage at Breath into Balance.

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Gulick Street walkover, North Beach Parking Lot, Tybee Island and of course, Weather Permitting!

Summer Concerts in Johnson Square have begun!

June 4th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs announced that it will be presenting a series of free live concerts in Johnson Square throughout the summer. Sixteen concerts are planned from June 2 through July 23. Concerts will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Whether you are visiting Savannah or taking a break from the office, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab lunch from one of our many outstanding local restaurants and enjoy your meal with great music.”  says NAE founder and co-owner Ricardo Ochoa.  NAE is managing the concert series.

 Concerts are free and open to the public.  Wednesdays and Fridays, from June 2-July 23, 11am-2pm.  For information on NAE, call 912-596-1360 or visit www.newartsensembles.com.

Roger Moss and Eric Jones in Johnson Square

2010 Summer Concerts in the Squares Schedule
June 2 Roger Moss/Eric Jones
June 4 Regina Rene Quartet
June 09 Jan Spillane
June 11 Jimmy Wallin Band
June 16 Trae Gurley
June 18 Claire Frazier & Frank Bright
June 23 Eddie Wilson
June 25 Bottles ‘n Cans
June 30 Silver Lining
July 2 Roger Moss & Eric Jones
July 7 Trae Gurley
July 9 Annie Allman Trio
July 14 Clair Frazier & Frank Bright
July 16 Silver Lining
July 21 Eddie Wilson
July 23 Bottles ‘n Cans

Geekend 2010, Historic Savannah, Georgia, November 4-6, 2010

May 14th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Is it okay to be a geek? Ever? Well, if you ask the organizers/co-founders of Geekend 2009, Jake and Miriam Hodesh, the answer is foretold in the overwhelming response to Geekend 2009 by both presenters and attendees. The first ever interactive conference for digital media, Web and information technology professionals was held November 6 thru 9, 2009 at the Hyatt in Historic Savannah Georgia. A planned turnout of 100 morphed into 600 something. Thinking Cap, Inc and the Savannah Geekend Conference were born. But let me let them tell you What, Who and Why in their own words:

From the website: www.Geekend2010.com:

What is this Glorious Event?  Unleash the Geek!

Geekend is the annual gathering of the geek tribe in Savannah, Georgia. Geekend is what you might call an interactive conference with some truly awesome parties. It’s kind of the event that you’ll be texting, tweeting, and Facebooking from and all your friends back home will be super jealous.

Geekend is a mashup, a meetup, and a tweet-up all mixed together in a delicious low country boil of innovative ideas. It’s networking, Savannah style. It’s a veritable supermarket of fresh ideas. To sum Geekend up in one word is really quite impossible, but we tend to use this one: Fun.

Who Should Come to Geekend:  You Should!

Whether you are casually twittering, facebooking, texting or obsessively gaming, then you should definitely plan on coming. If you’re writing a super cool iPhone app, then you should come. If you are obsessed with all the digital aspects of music, film and art, then you should plan on breaking it down at Geekend.

Does the future of social media appeal to you? Does the direction of design, online and offline, grab your attention? Are you a creative who is just as adept at building your castles in the digital sandbox as you are at the beach? Then perfect, sign up now, because Geekend is for you.

Why is Geekend in Savannah, GA?  Because Savannah is Awesome!

The city is one of the most incredibly beautiful, cool, historic and fun places to live or visit. That’s because Savannah is a magnet for cool creative types who’ve come here for business, school, the weather, the vibe, the beach, the architecture, the Spanish moss, the friendly locals, great food and energetic nightlife (and the fact that you can legally walk down the street with a cold adult beverage in a to-go cup that we like to call a “traveler”). Oh yeah, we’re also the most haunted city in America, but we get along well with our ghosts. Be aware though, that once you come to Savannah and it casts its spell on you, you’ll probably want to stay.”

What else is there to say?  They’ve said it all – make your reservations early and with us!

Savannah History: A Tour of the City Isaiah Knew

May 1st, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Originally uploaded by Dizzy Girl

Early Bird Walking Tour: The City Isaiah Knew: Discovering 1820’s Savannah

Jamie Credle, Director of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum, has created an intriguing walk through eight Savannah squares weaving a tale of a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating 1820 fire. She spent over three months researching the fire that destroyed over 460 buildings hoping to identify buildings that survived the disaster and may still be standing today. What she found is the basis for a 100-minute tour departing the Davenport House every Saturday morning in May commencing at 7:30 a.m. and ending with coffee in the house’s garden. The walk will meander past some 44 structures that date back to Isaiah Davenport’s time and will include several Davenport-built structures.

Savannah history states that Isaiah Davenport was a builder by trade and used the Federal-style home he built on Columbia Square to advertise his trade. Isaiah died in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1827, shortly before the birth of his tenth child, Dudley. In 1849, Davenport’s widow, Sarah, sold the house to the Baynard family of Hilton Head Island, who retained possession until 1950. The house itself was cut up into 8 to 10 single rooms to house low-income families, one family per room, in the 1920’s and was eventually purchased in 1955 by the owners of the Goette Funeral Home to be turned into a parking lot.

Outraged at the demolition of the 1870 Italianate City Market and now the slated demolition of the 1821 Federal-style Davenport House, seven Savannah women organized the Historic Savannah Foundation and hours before its scheduled demise purchased the Davenport House for $22,500. At the time, no local zoning laws existed to protect historic structures, thus the foundation developed a comprehensive strategy to promote preservation through private-sector involvement. The Davenport House, the organization’s first headquarters, now holds a house museum and gift shop.

The Davenport House gained inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and in 2005 then-President George W. Bush presented the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House with the prestigious “Preserve American Presidental Award for Private Restoration.”

To make a reservation call 912-236-8097 or go to www.davenporthousemuseum.org

Remembrance of Rainy Days Past

October 15th, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

It rained relentlessly yesterday, sometimes sputtering droplets on annoyed heads, and at times so heavy it washed the color completely out of the landscape.  This kind of weather usually means a power outage, and it put me in mind of a day last summer and a funny innkeeping story.

pat-and-robin-newlyweds-500-300x2251It was a wild week at the inn in mid-July, 2008. It began on Monday at about 7 a.m. with a bang – literally – as the transformer behind our carriage house (where Jake and I lived) blew out. Jake quickly donned his pants and keys and unlocked the gate to the back lane to investigate. The culprit didn’t even try to escape. At the bottom of the pole lay a Kamikaze squirrel who single-handily took out several blocks of electricity.

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