As Savannah gets ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, summer has landed with heat that reminds you that you are in the South. Enjoy Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration and heat escapes.
The 4th of July Celebration on River Street is a display of patriotism to rival any city in the US. The party starts at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at 9pm. Chairs and blankets are welcome so go down early to grab a good spot along with waterfront for the show.
The shade of the oaks that blanket the Historic District of Savannah give provide welcomed shade in the summer months. When you’re ready to for some air conditioning, Savannah’s museums are a great way to beat the heat exploring art, history, and Southern culture.
The Savannah History Museum is a great place to start. Located in Tricentennial Park in the Savannah Visitors Center, the SHM allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733 spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to today.
To submerge yourself in Savannah’s historic culture, visit one of the many house museums.
Owens Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest example of English Regency architecture in America. Built 1816-1819.
The Davenport House strives to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a unique Savanah story. Built 1820.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is filled with rich stories and experiences reflecting the arc of the life of Julliette Gordon Low and the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement she founded that changed the world. Built 1821.
Green-Meldrim House was home to General Sherman and used as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War upon the invitation of Mr. Green. Built early 1850’s.
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and shot story writer now widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Mercer Williams House was made famous as the home of Jim Williams in the best-selling book and highly acclaimed movie, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil”. The house is full of Mr. Williams private collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and furnishings. Built 1860
For art lovers…..
Telfair Academy Museum is a former mansion on Telfair Square with period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art. The collection is considered one of the most highly regarded in the Southeast US.
Jepson Center is across Telfair Square and is operated by the Telfair Museum. Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past.
Savannah College Museum of Modern Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter.
Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion. The mansion boasts a rich history as and architectural gem, the center of social life in old Savannah, Savannah’s first public school, and a boy’s orphanage. Restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the museum features a wonderful collection of shop models, paintings, maritime antiques, and expansive gardens.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force chronicles the history of the 8th Air Force during World War II and after.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from Slavery to the present.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
Bring Out Your Inner Film Buff For the Savannah Film Festival:
Are you a fan of the silver screen? Do you love all that goes into film-making? Or, do you just enjoy a great movie? Well, Savannah is the place for you! As a destination for filming, as well as home to Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah is no stranger to movie crews and film. So, pack your bags, make your plans, and buy your tickets for the Savannah Film Festival!
Lights, Camera, Action:
Founded in 1998, the Savannah Film Festival, hosted by Savannah College of Art & Design, has brought filmmakers, actors, and educators to the city for eight days of film viewings, lectures, and conferences. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the eight day Savannah Film Festival. Channel your inner film buff and enjoy the cinematic creativity from SCAD film students and award-winning professionals! There will be over 90 premiere film screenings this year, providing ample opportunities to see amazing independent films.
You can find big names within many of the films that will be shown this year, and often, some of these actors, directors, and writers will be hosting Q&A sessions after screenings. Names have not been announced yet, but keep on the look out! Catch the screening of “The Homesman”, a film that tells the story of the harsh pioneer life, featuring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones. Or, watch the popular Benedict Cumberbatch in his intense performance as Alan Turning in “The Imitation Game.” Interested in something spooky? Well, the Savannah Film Festival will host a series call “After Dark.” This series includes thriller, supernatural, and horror genres, with screenings of “Creep”, Horns”, and “The Badabook.” Whatever genre you prefer, there are plenty of unique films this year at the festival, so don’t miss out!
Keep your eyes out for famous faces! The Savannah Film Festival brings famous writers, directors, and actors to the Hostess City. Jeremy Irons, Norman Reedus, Alec Baldwin, and Abigail Breslin are just a few actors that have received awards and discussed films with audiences at the Savannah Film Festival. Many actors have come to Savannah for this festival and to film movies, such as Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. You can find celebrities hanging out at 45 Bistro, or attending the after parties happening each night. Purchase tickets to these after parties and feel like a star on the red carpet! You’ll surely be surrounded by them!
Make Your Plans Today to Attend the Savannah Film Festival
Savannah College of Art & Design will be hosting their 16th annual Savannah Film Festival from October 25through November 1. Enjoy unique and intriguing films, star searching, and more at this year’s event. Tickets are on sale now, and are going fast, as are rooms! So, grab your tickets, and book your room at Azalea Inn & Villas for the Savannah Film Festival.
Azalea Inn and Villas, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
If you’re looking to impress, saunter over to Gryphon for a true Savannah, GA luncheon. Nestled in moss-draped Madison Square in the center of historic Savannah, Gryphon (once known as the Grypnon Tea Room) is a true southern treat. This beautifully renovated former apothocary run by SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has a dark comfortable old library feel as you enter and though the white tableclothes might have you thinking high tea, the friendly staff immediately puts you at ease.
The menu evokes that old southern charm with new ideas and fresh and impeccable ingredients. The concise menu includes inventive salads such as the Fresh crab , avocado mousse, and tomato salad… or the Poached Salmon topped with avocado cream, mango, strawberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese on Bibb lettuce with citrus vinaigrette. Sandwiches include a Croque-monsieur with warm applewood smoked ham and swiss on challah bread, or the southern classic Pimento Cheese grilled with onion confit and smoked bacon on cornbread. My personal favorite is the Wild Georgia Shrimp Orzo with feta and fresh tomatoes.
The Gryphon is a tea room as well, and the book-lined walls almost demand you try an exotic blend from their extensive tea wall. The service is exquisite and completely furnished by highly trained SCAD students. They are very knowledgeable about the menu and all of the teas. They are also eager to tell you about thier individual majors and where they are in their college careers!
Sophistication, class, gourmet lunch, and excellent tea are all perfect reasons to visit the Gryphon in Savannah, GA. and the Azalea Inn and Gardens is THE place to enjoy more of that same high-class style and service expected in the South’s premiere historic destination.
I don’t run. I don’t like to sweat. I don’t like exercise basically, so I nearly missed this reference in the newspaper recently. Following the wildly successful NYC Beerathon, Boston Beerathon and Houston Beerathon, someone suggested Savannah, GA to host a “Beerathon” on November 10, 2012 – and of course, Savannah accepted. It is logical that Savannah would be chosen, we are after all home to three local breweries, several pub crawl tours, and the ever growing and wildly popular Savannah Craft Brew Festival. We have a very vibrant college student body (SCAD and Armstrong-Atlantic, to name a few), a quirky fun and eclectic group of residents and, well, we are known to party – have you ever heard of our St. Paddy’s Day Parade?
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