We will be delighted to make your reservation for any trip, tour, or dining accommodation you may desire. Just give us a call. During any special event it is highly recommended that you make dining reservations as early as possible to ensure a seat in the restaurant you want when you want it!
Jonathan Stalcup – a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Architecture degree, offers the best Architectural Tour of Savannah, you will not be disappointed. Please see his website at www.architecturalsavannah.com.
Old City Walks – Delight in Savannah’s indelicate truths, the lechery, treachery and debauchery …. Savannah Style! Some stories will make you blush others will make you grin, but all will entertain. From Savannah’s Women to Civil Rights, this is a must-do walk! We love it. www.oldcitywalks.com
Historic Savannah by Foot with Jack Wray – Jack offers customized tours of Savannah that are sure to make you fall in love with our city. www.historicsavannahbyfoot.com 912-596-2950
Savannah Dan Walking Tours – Take a leisurely stroll through picturesque squares with a Southern Gentleman. Hear the history of Savannah in the language of the South. www.savannahdan.com
Black Heritage History:
A mesmerizing journey beginning with Day Clean Soul Tours. Dey-Kleen is the Gullah-Geechee philosophy of life that “each day is a new day, each day starts anew; no matter what occurred yesterday – today is a new day!” Jamal Toure’, a renowned lecturer, author and living history performer, will guide you through Savannah’s black history with stops at the Beach Institute, Laurel Grove Cemetery South, the Ralph Gilbert Marks Civil Rights Museum which will open eyes to the courageous acts undertaken to ensure equality of all. Take a few steps along the Underground Railroad with a stop at the First African Baptist Church, the oldest black Christian congregation in America followed by a visit to the Haitian Monument also located on Franklin Square. Jamal will fill your 2-1/2 hour journey with enough tidbits to compel one to learn more about our black history.
GHOSTS! In American’s Most Haunted City
Here is a list of our most highly recommended downtown Savannah ghost tours:
Cobblestone Tours – a candlelight walking tour – ghostsavannah.com
Blue Orb Tours – http://blueorbtours.com/
Savannah Walks – www.savannahwalks.com – also great Civil war tours!
Horse Drawn Carriage:
Historic Savannah Carriage Tours…our preferred provider. Public rides daily from City Market. OR…. Let us book you a Private ride from the inn to dinner (or perhaps from dinner back to the inn). Romance and History – what’s not to love?
Recommended House Tours:
Telfair Museum Foundation: Visit three museums for the price of two:
Owens-Thomas House with intact slave quarters
Jepson Art Center
Gordon Home – birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low – founder of the Girl Scouts. Located at the corner of Bull and Liberty this house is amazing with docents in nearly every room and no red rope to hold you back.
MOTORIZED and LEG-POWERED OPTIONS:
Segway – The hottest craze to hit town: So Much Fun…Coordination is not a requirement! Tour the city on a Personal Transporter. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. www.segwayofsavannah.com
Perry Rubber – our only recommendation for bike rentals and easily found on Chippewa Square.
Savannah Theatre – Live professional performances at The Savannah Theatre, matinee and evening performances available. “Jukebox Journey”, “Back to the 50’s” and “Christmas on Bull”. To learn more, please visit their website at www.savannahtheatre.com.
ON THE WATER:
Dolphins abound the waters in the right season. For more information on what to do on the water visit www.tybeeisland.com/dolphin-tours.shtml.
Or perhaps the sea and you, one on one – in a kayak! Visit www.tybeeisland.com/kayaking.shtml.
Coastal Journeys – www.coastaljourneys.com (912-308-6050) Glen Gartner will take you into the marshlands surrounding our coastal area on an ecology/nature-based cruise. Explore an uninhabited barrier island, hunt for old bottles or shark’s teeth along Savannah’s river channel, or perhaps bird watching inspires you. Glen will customize a trip for you, your friends and family.
Wilderness Southeast Nature Tours – www.wilderness-southeast.org Explore pristine beaches or river swamps; discover habitats and exciting wildlife on your own private nature tour.
DEEP SEA FISHING:
A classic about town – www.missjudycharters.com
COOKING: If you want a private cooking lesson, or private dinner for that special occasion, call the inn directly for all the details and confirm an available date!
Here are our class recommendations:
www.chefjoerandall.com/calendar.htm – Watch Chef Randall as he prepares a full course of delightful dishes – no tiny samples here – a full on tasting experience!
www.kitchensonthesquare.com – Classes include a generous tasting of all the dishes prepared with a beverage, copies of all the recipes and 10% discount on all items bought in the store on the day of the class.
http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com/leisure/cooking-school/ – Join Executive Chef Peter Russo as he oversees a variety of interactive programs in a state-of-the-art, full size kitchen with in-depth discussion and explanation of culinary technique and simple tricks that make cooking a very approachable form of art.
Southbridge Golf: Conveniently located within a few minutes of Savannah Georgia’s historic district, Southbridge is a Savannah jewel – a treat for both the eye and the golf game. Southbridge has long been the most highly acclaimed golf course in the Savannah area. Legendary architect Rees Jones’ chose to design this fine masterpiece through a tract of dense woodland in South Georgia. http://www.southbridgegolfclub.com/
Visit www.savannahvisit.com for more ideas on what to do and see in Savannah.
CAT Shuttle: No tour involved but free transport!
CAT Shuttle: follow this link for more information on the free historic district shuttle.
DEC 1-31 – Monet & American Impressionism at the Telfair, This breathtaking show highlights artists who launched an entirely new way of painting in response to French Impressionism. Claude Monet inspired countless others with his loose brush-work, bright color palettes, and focus on capturing transient moments from every-day life. In this exhibition, we recognize his tremendous influence on American Impressionist painters. Monet and American Impressionism will display several paintings by Monet alongside more than 60 works of art by American Impressionist artists. See how these artists responded to Monet’s works, what they embraced and what they ignored.
DEC 1-26 – “A Christmas Tradition” The Savannah Theatre is bringing holiday glitz and glitter to the Savannah Theatre, a two-hour variety show featuring Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, along with an award-winning cast of singers and a live band performing all the classic Christmas favorites, Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Sundays at 3 p.m. $37 adults, $18 children. For more information, call (912) 233-7764 or go to savannahtheatre.com.
DEC 1-25 – Winter Wonderland Holiday, The Westin Savannah invites families to celebrate the season with beautiful holiday lights, Santa’s Workshop, the Gingerbread Village, charitable guests, daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the Winter Escape Ice Bar and North “Pool.” There will be no car drive-thru Festival of Lights around the road course, but instead the Savannah Harbor Foundation is focusing all their attention at The Westin Savannah Harbor grounds. Each night, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., a non-profit organization, children’s group or musical performance will present their very own special holiday cheer. The Winter Wonderland will be open Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 28 – Dec. 12, and daily Dec. 16 – Dec. 25. A $5 donation per person is requested to support the local charities volunteering each night of the Holiday Series.
DEC 1-24 – Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley Tour, Our conductor “elves” are delighted to entertain and amuse guests with tales of favorite holiday traditions. Enjoy caroling from the trolley as you pass by decorated historic homes and city squares. The tour is offered 28 nights throughout November and December and includes 2 stops: The historic Isaiah Davenport House and Savannah’s Westin Resort with the area’s largest Gingerbread Village. Reservations are required as space is limited for this popular tour. Admission: Adults – $25.70 + tax Children (4 -12) – $14.95 + tax Phone: 912-233-0083 http://www.trolleytours.com/savannah/holiday-tour.asp
DEC 1-24 – December Nights & Holiday Lights, in its first year, only members were treated to the Cottage Garden decorated in lights. This year, December Nights & Holiday Lights encompasses 10 acres around the historic core of farm buildings and gardens with well over 500,000 lights. But the lights aren’t the only activity here; music, sweet treats and a model railroad display add to the festive 2015 holiday experience. $5 per person, children under the age of two are free.
DEC 5 – City Market Holiday Open House, Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights. more than 500 luminaria in the courtyard of City Market, Enjoy Christmas carols, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Holiday Hope Collection Box, 219 W, Bryan St. (912) 232-4903 or savannahcitymarket.com.
SATURDAYS – Forsyth’s Farmers Market. From 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah, a variety of vendors will offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. forsythfarmersmarket.org.
DEC 4-5: Christmas on the River. Join the Savannah Waterfront Association as they get into the holiday spirit on with, a holiday celebration on River Street. Rousakis Plaza will be full of regional arts & crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers to check off of your Christmas list. Music and local entertainment will take place on the Arbor Stage all weekend long. With Fireworks on Friday and don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade starting on West River Street at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss. Weekend festivities take place Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free and open to the public.
DEC 6 – First Friday for Folk Music, a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at Stewart Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., from 7:30-10 p.m. First Friday For Folk Music is a much sought after listening venue on the East Coast since the past 18 years for performers who yearn to be on stage and have the appreciative and undivided attention of a knowledgeable and mature audience who enjoy good live musical performances. $5 – minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. savannahfolk.org.
DEC 6 – Lights on for Tybee, 6:30pm. Partake in the festive island spirit as the mayor lights the Christmas tree at the roundabout next to the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Following the Lights On For Tybee lighting ceremony, the choir will lead you from the tree to the steps of Historic Carbo House for holiday entertainment and ole’ fashioned sing-alongs. Tybee Beautification will present the Best Decorated Business awards and dance performances from the area showcase their fancy footwork to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Claus to town for the weekend! Children can also enjoy gently falling snowflakes from the Sea & Breeze throughout the evening. Complimentary refreshments will be available at participating locations throughout downtown during the evening celebration.
DEC 7 – Christmas for Kids Celebration, 11am, Bring your family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella carriage and a choir performance during the Christmas for Kids Celebration. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. For more information call (912) 232-4903 or go to savannahcitymarket.com.
DEC 7 – Savannah Art Walk. Join visitors and locals on the first Saturday of the month at Bohemian Hotel at 4 p.m. for the Welcome Reception of Savannah Art Walk! Enjoy complimentary wine and meet several artists! The Art Walk is a free event and offers a beautiful peek into 32 galleries in the Historic District. Visit http://www.savannahartwalk.com/ to RSVP, view event sponsors, and download a map! Conclude Art Walk at Andaz Hotel and if you visit at least 10 participating galleries, enter to win fabulous VIP prizes including gift certificates, L’OCCITAINE gift baskets and art! Hop on the Old Savannah Tours Trolley at 6 p.m. to visit galleries in elegant Savannah style!
DEC 11-12 – Holiday Pops, a perennial favorite, returns for the seventh season. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the magic, joy, and warmth of the season with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, soloists and special guests. This year the soloists include Irish Entertainer Harry O’ Donoghue and countertenor (American Traditions Competition Gold Medalist) Alexander Edgemon with special guest I Cantore. Tickets range from $16 to $75. Click here for more information about, or to buy, tickets.
DEC 10 – Holiday Tour of Homes, Now in our 41st year, the Holiday Tour of Homes features eight private residences for you to tour on the afternoon of December 12, 2015. The self-guided tour will take you on a stroll through some of the most picturesque parts of downtown Savannah to private homes graciously opened to the public by generous Savannah owners. This year The Massie Heritage Center is the tour’s headquarters, located at the corner of Abercorn and East Gordon streets off Calhoun Square. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase at Eventbrite. For more information, go to dnaholidaytour.com.
DEC 10 – Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe. Enjoy a Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe by participating in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. Admission is $4.50-$10. For more information, call (912) 353-3023.
DEC 18-19 – Candle Lantern Tours at Ft. Pulaski. Fort Pulaski National Monument will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Confederate Nog Party of 1861 with night-time candle lantern tours of the historic fort, which will also include hot cider, cookies, music, caroling, and historic weapons firings. Six programs will be offered each evening, at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and the last at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, while children 15 years and under are free. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and can be made starting mid-November, in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by cash, check (made payable to “National Park Service”), or credit card. Credit Card orders are also accepted by phone at (912) 786-5787 ext. 120. For more information, contact Ron Calhoun at (912) 786-5787 ext. 120.
DEC 17 – “The Twelve Bars of Christmas” Charity Bar Crawl! We hope you are ready to “Survive Savannah’s Winter Wonderland.” Crawlers will have to brave the ice-cold winter weather and journey through our winter wonderland, otherwise known as the beautiful, historic, downtown Savannah, Georgia. Here in Savannah, things are always bigger and better!! 12 bars later, you’ll be sufficiently full of holiday cheer. Along with presents from Santa, and a Santa Hat, each bar will provide festive drink specials for “The Twelve Bars of Christmas” participants ONLY. Tis’ the season for Tacky Sweaters, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Snowmen, Angles, Gingerbread Men/Women, Christmas Trees, Lights, Drummer Boys, Snowflakes… let’s get creative! For more information, go to staffordpromotions.com.
DEC 31 – City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration, It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Enjoy live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. For more information, call (912) 232-4903 or go to savannahcitymarket.com.
DEC 31 – Historic River Street New Year’s Celebration with the 3rd Annual Up the Cup Countdown sponsored by Wet Willie’s Savannah. The celebration offers live music and the non-traditional “ball drop.” Count down the final seconds of 2015 as they raise the six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The countdown begins just before midnight followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2015. Free and open to the public, (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.
DEC 31 – Tybee Island New Year’s Celebration, Ring in the New Year with a bang on Tybee Island Beach. At the stroke of midnight, a spectacular display of fireworks will launch from the Tybee Island Pier out over the water. Guests can view the fireworks from one of Tybee’s many restaurants or bars, or watch from the beach. For more information, call (912) 786-5444.