Top 5 Things to do in Savannah in October

Posted: September 27, 2016

October is here and it’s a beautiful time of year in Savannah, Georgia. It’s time for unique events and plenty of things to do for adults, kids and the entire family. Here are five of the top things to do in Savannah throughout October

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest SavannahJust around the corner, Oktoberfest will provide plenty of fun for those 21 and older. This will mark the 33rd year for the Oktoberfest on River Street and plenty of other Oktoberfest events will also be held throughout the city.

The main event on River Street will include a beer garden, Weiner dog race, plenty of German food and so much more. Enjoy live entertainment, arts & crafts and fireworks throughout the event, as well.

Oktoberfest will be held at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza from October 7th to October 9th. It will run from 4pm to 11pm on Friday, from 10am to 11pm on Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. Fireworks will be held on Friday at 9:30pm and the Weiner Dog Races will be held on October 8th.

Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

A new historical recreation of the outbreak of yellow fever will be held from 7:30pm to 8:45pm every Friday and Saturday throughout October, except the 15th. This event will be held at the Davenport House Museum.

Many of the coastal cities throughout the United States suffered from outbreaks of yellow fever in 1820. It was widespread throughout Savannah and this recreation will show the history of this time. It will also provide an emphasis on the first female physician in Georgia, Mary Lavinder.

This event is not suitable for children under 12 years of age and you do need to be able to walk up and down stairs and throughout candlelit rooms.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

A festival with annual attendance of about 35,000, the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is one of the most popular things to do in October. Come out and enjoy some of the finest coastal seafood, incredible desserts and even kettle corn prepared by the Boy Scouts.

More than 50 arts & crafts booths will be on hand, along with other businesses from around town. Of course, live entertainment will also be provided.

The festival will be held from October 14th to 16th at the JF Gregory Park Pavilion.

Halloween Hike at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Halloween SavannahA safe, fun, not-so-scary Halloween hike will be held at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center on October 21st and 22nd. This hike will run from 5pm to 8pm and will include trick-or-treating throughout the forest. Many friendly animal characters will be on hand and Mother Goose will even provide some of her favorite rhymes.

The hike will also include spooky crafts, face painting and many other activities. The last hike will leave at 8pm each night.

The Nightmare on Congress Street Charity Bar Crawl

Congress StreetAn event perfect for adults, The Nightmare on Congress Street Charity Bar Crawl will start at 2pm on October 29th. The crawl will cover some of the creepiest and scariest bars along the eeriest strip in Savannah. Enjoy drink specials and crawling at your own pace.

The first 250 participants to complete the scorecard will receive a free T-shirt. There will also be $2,500 in prizes given away for the costume contest.

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Savannah this October, you have plenty of choices. All five of these events provide something unique to enjoy. There are plenty of other great events going on throughout the city in October, as well.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ardsley Park

Posted: September 23, 2016

Ardsley Park SavannahA large residential area dating back to about 1910, Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent features a regular grid design with landscaped squares. This is a common design found throughout historic Savannah. While the name Ardsley doesn’t have proven roots or ties, many do believe it was borrowed from a British neighborhood.

Chatham Crescent provides one of the few examples of the Beaux Arts influence on the city plan featuring a grand mall, small circular parks and crescent-shaped avenues. The design idea came from Harry Hays Lattimore, William Lattimore and others involved in the Ardsley Park Land Corporation.

Experiencing the History of Ardsley Park

Residents living in Ardsley Park enjoy plenty of history throughout. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 due to the incredible beauty found throughout dating back to the early 20th century.

It’s home to the oldest working minor league baseball stadium in America called Grayson Stadium. The stadium seats 8,000 and it’s the home field for the Savannah Sand Gnats and part-time home for the Savannah State University team.

Along with the ballpark, may other historic buildings and landmarks are found throughout Ardsley Park. Hotel Georgia was supposed to be one of finest hotels and was to be found between 47th Street and Maupas Avenue. The plans showed off the Spanish Revival-style of design, but the hotel encountered all kinds of problems and barely made it off the ground

The Savannah High School, which is now the Savanna Arts Academy, was built on the land set aside for the hotel. Early pictures of the area showed very little greenery. The developers had plans to put in more than 5,000 trees, which now form tree canopies and provide plenty of shade for the neighborhood.

Throughout the neighborhood, many revival and eclectic styles of architecture are found. The historic district is one of the best places for local interpretations of the most popular architectural styles of the early twentieth century.

Living in Ardsley Park

Ardsley ParkHomes within the Ardsley Park provide strong values and the community is known as one of the most desirable in Savannah, GA. It has been listed on many “Best of” lists from local and publications throughout the years. The beautiful parks, incredible streetscapes and canopied streets make it an ideal place for those enjoying biking, walking and running.

Residents also enjoy an easy commute to the Downtown area using Waters Avenue and Abercom. The Islands are also easy to get do by way of Victory and Southside Drive. Shopping and dining may not be found much in Ardsley Park, but the neighboring Ardmore community is home to the Habersham Village, which provides plenty of both. It’s also home to the diamond-shaped Hull Park, which is one of the most popular kid-friendly parks in the area.

Other places residents of Ardsley Park enjoy include:

  • Bella’s Italian Cafe
  • Russo Seafood Market
  • Barberitos
  • TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories
  • Habersham Antiques Market
  • Green Truck Neighborhood Pub
  • Yia Yia’s Kitchen

The Location

Ardsley Park is found between Estill Avenue and Bull Avenue, which are marked by an incredible retaining wall made from Belgian block. The wall material is similar to that used for ballast on ships coming from England at the time. There are also stone pillars featured throughout the area to mark entrances to the parks. Other boundaries of the neighborhood include Waters Avenue on the east and 58th Street on the south.

Overall, Ardsley Park is a centrally located place with plenty of historic significance. It’s one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Savannah and it’s often found on the “best of” lists published by many local publications.

Amazing Home in Turners Cove

Posted: September 19, 2016
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  Salt Pool with waterfall

Launched just over a dozen years ago, Turners Cove was the talk of the town when it released its marketing plan in the early 2000s.

An inspired design built to emulate the best of Historic Downtown Savannah with cobblestone streets, gorgeous fountains, beautiful landscaping and townhomes resembling their Victorian predecessors of 150 years ago, the modern interior is everything you wish you could find in an old house with open floor plans, walk-in closets and ensuite bath. Yet they retain the old town privacy of high walled courtyards, and an added bonus is the outer perimeter walking path surrounding the community, a great place for walking exercise to rival Forsyth Park.

And there is more — with a community pool (this home also has its own), play area, private and shared docks, plus a friendly adjoining marina for your boating pleasure on Turner’s Creek. AMAZING.

Owner has done many updates since last sold. Flood insurance is not required, and only costs about $400 a year if desired.

All the amenities and services of the Wilmington Island community like restaurants, shopping, and schools, are just outside the gate!

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