Our Guests Say It Best!

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savannah georgiaHere at Busy Bee Vacations, we want to make sure that your stay in Coastal Georgia is as comfortable as possible.  We love to brag on our hometown and share why we feel it so unique!  Our guests can best tell you why there’s so much BUZZ about our historic cottages and townhouses and here’s what they’re saying!

“We recently rented Claire’s Retreat for a weekend away in Savannah, and were thrilled with this rental. The property is practically brand new, very nicely furnished, and very well-kept. The location is also wonderful – it is conveniently located between the historic parks (such as Forsyth and all of the squares with the historic homes) and the River Street area with all of its charming little shops, so we were able to walk to everywhere we went. The rental process was also very easy and Laurie is wonderful to work with – she offered us quite a number of recommendations for dining and things to do around town during our stay and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. We definitely plan to return and hope we have the opportunity to visit Claire’s Retreat, again.”

“Thank you, Busy Bee! Claire’s Retreat was EXACTLY what we needed to escape our hectic life in the ATL. Not only was the location smack dab in the middle of everything we could have hoped for in Downtown but when we came home, it was like we WERE HOME, only cleaner (: We will be back!”savannah townhomesavannah georgiahaunted places to stay in savannah ga

“We had the best time at Claire’s retreat!!! We came to get away with a few friends and this place exceeded our expectations. Check In/Out was simple and easy. Just a 10 minute walk to River street. We enjoyed the fabulous courtyard all weekend and there was a delicious pizza place right across the street. We ate there twice!! We would love to stay here again!”

“This by far was my favorite visit to Savannah. We loved staying at this property and felt instantly right at home. I have stayed in many older homes in the city and this one has tons of charm but all the modern items you need on vacation. The courtyard was a huge plus and great to sit outside and enjoy the fountain. Every room has a comfortable and cottage feel and you will really be able to walk to just about anything. We are booked for a return visit in the spring!”

We’re busy as bees adding new historic homes to our collection, so let us find just the right retreat for you!  Oh?  You want to come for an extended stay?  We’ll help you find just the right home for your extended stay and we specialize in Executive Worker Bee long-term rentals, too!

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Y’all Come Stay A While

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savannah historic district, things to do in savannah gaBusy Bee Vacations features historic cottages and townhouses for your Savannah visits, but did you know we also offer long-term, extended rentals?
We would love to have you come stay with us for week, month or longer stays and we’ll show you how to live like a local.  Savannah weather is glorious, with lots of warm, sunny days and cool, refreshing evenings perfect for absorbing all the history and wonders of Georgia’s Hostess City. We have wonderful cultural events all year round with lots of delicious restaurants and plenty of shops to enjoy.
We just love when our wonderful guests like Elizabeth and Mosby just make themselves at home!

We just love when our wonderful guests like Elizabeth and Mosby just make themselves at home!

Stay as connected as you like to with our complementary high-speed internet and WiFi, or just sit back and let the world pass you by. If eating out isn’t really your style, stay in and enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, complete with everything you need to make amazing meals without ever leaving home.savannah historic, things to do in savannah ga
Our long-term rentals start around $75/night and we even have some that are pet friendly. Just go to http://busybeevacations.com, select the cottage or townhouse that best suits your needs and then give Queen Bee, Laurie, a call at 912 220 0957.  She’ll help you choose just the right home away from home just for you.
Here at Busy Bee Vacations our aim is to help you enjoy the best experiences that coastal Savannah has to offer! Whether you are in town for a long weekend or are looking to stay for a month, we understand what getaways in Savannah are all about…laid back and relaxed!
Busy Bee Vacations wants to share Savannah’s history and culture with you, so contact us for a honey of a deal!

It’s Black History Month And Savannah Has SCADs Of Exhibits

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things to do in savannah ga, savannah historic districtBusy Bee Vacations wants you to know Savannah will be abuzz with great events to celebrate the 2012 Black History Month and you’re invited!

Walter O. Evans Collection Of African-American Art

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art is one of the most important collections of African-American visual art dating from the 18th century up to the present.

The collection has been exhibited at many art museums around the country, including the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in New York, the Columbia Museum of Art  in South Carolina, the Detroit Institute of Arts] in Michigan and the Tacoma Art Museum  in Washington.

In 2006, part of the collection was donated to the museum.things to do in savannah ga, savannah historic district

The SCAD Museum of Art was founded in 2002 as part of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.  The museum’s collection of more than 4,500 pieces includes works of haute couture, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints and more.

The SCAD Museum of Art is a teaching museum, serving Savannah College of Art and Design students, as well as members of the community and other visitors.  It is also complemented by the new André Leon Talley Gallery, named for the Vogue contributing editor and SCAD Board of Trustees member.

things to do in savannah gaOn Oct. 29, 2011 the SCAD Museum opened its doors to a new era, unveiling the most extensive rehabilitation project the university had undertaken since its inception. The revitalized museum features new galleries and classrooms, a 250-seat theater, a terrace and outdoor projection screen, a conservation studio, a museum café, as well as a 12-foot-long orientation touch table. An 86-foot tall steel and glass lantern welcomes visitors and elegantly redefines the Savannah city skyline.

For your visit, Busy Bee Vacations offers extraordinary historic homes and condos such as our Savannah Sea Maiden Cottage,  featuring the workmanship of post ante bellum African-American artisans and craftsmen.

Need A Smile?

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girl scouts savannah, girl scouts savannah gaBusy Bee Vacations knows we could all use a smile, now and then.  Now, you’re in luck because all you have to do is pick up a box of Savannah Smiles!

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low lived in Savannah and decided to create an organization for young girls, the Girl Scouts!  For their 100th anniversary the Girl Scouts are celebrating with their new Savannah Smiles cookies!  They’re bite-sized, lemon flavored and dusted in powdered sugar, so the flavor is just what everyone needs to just smile!girl scouts savannah, girl scouts savannah ga

Of course, they’ll taste even sweeter when you come visit Savannah and you’ll be inspired just like their creator.  The Juliette Gordon Low House was originally built in 1821 and it has been lovingly restored to reflect the period of Low’s chldhood in the 1880s and has been furnished with many original Gordon family pieces, including artwork by Lowe, herself.

The Girl Scouts aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring other practical skills. Girl Scouts’ achievements are recognized through rank advancement and by various special awards. Girl Scouts welcomed girls with disabilities early in their history, at a time when they were not included in most other activities.

From Savannah, Juliette Gordon Low made her historic telephone call to a distant cousin, saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!  You can start your next Savannah adventure by contacting Busy Bee Vacations!  Get ready for Savannah Smiles!

You Gonna Eat All That?

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historic savannah, savannah gaIf you’ve ever been to Savannah, y’all know a body can work up an appetite just roaming around our beautiful hostess city.  The sights and sounds are made even more wonderful by the wafting aromas of delicious foods that permeate the air.  Now, y’all know you can always count on Queen Bee Laurie at Busy Bee Vacations to show you around and if you stay close I’ll also introduce you to some mighty fine eating, too!

I love Papa’s BBQ & Seafood for several reasons, but I keep coming back for the well-spiced black bean soup and the best ever shrimp salad.  I will sometimes get a pint of the salad and take it home with me to put on soft rolls that I toast for a minute or so – HEAVEN!!!  If you’re really hungry, treat yourself to a burnt ends plate with sides of their famous baked beans and potato salad.  Yep, you can get fabulous BBQ and fresh seafood right here!top savannah restaurants, best food in savannah

They’re conveniently located on Whitemarsh Island, which is just a short jaunt from either downtown, Tybee Island or Thunderbolt, and they’ve been dishing up their delicious fare since 1972.  Frank & Judy are family friends and KNOW a thing or two about the restaurant business. The service I ALWAYS receive is super friendly and fast–love that!  The food is among the most consistent I’ve found in Savannah.  Papa’s caters, too. I’ve been to their oyster roasts and they are fun, fun, fun!  I am always delighted when I get to go to an event where they will be providing food.

So, don’t ever wonder why I have so much fun showing folks around my Savannah.  It’s a sure way to work up my appetite so that I can treat myself to Papa’s BBQ & Seafood!

Now Isn’t That Interesting!

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savannah historic district, savannah historicAt Busy Bee Vacations, our beautiful and historic homes are filled with architectural details that catch your eye and maintain your interest.  Whether its exploring Civil War history at Ft Pulaski, strolling through the historic districts in Downtown, or climbing the Tybee Island Lighthouse, you can not turn a corner in our part of the world without there being a rich story to tell.

Architectural Walking Tour

You don’t have to be an architect to enjoy the Architectural Tours Of Savannah with Jonathan Stalcup. He is author and holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCAD.  Jonathan not only knows his stuff design-wise, he makes it really easy for the average tourist to understand how Savannah was born and grew into the beautiful and beautifully singular city it is.  He not only stops and points, he brings along visual aids to help you understand how a particular building or square evolved. You won’t be bored or even tired.  The tour progresses (and walks) through hundreds of years of history at leisurely pace.

The Savannah Shutterbug Cottage is located in the Historic Landmark District in Downtown Savannah.  Our one bedroom cottage is so-named because it was the studio of one of Savannah’s most well-loved wedding photographers. We have turned the studio into a one bedroom adorable cottage for your stay.
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The Shutterbug cottage is a quiet escape in the middle of the city.  It’s located two blocks from St. John’s Cathedral and Firefly Cafe, ten minute walk to Bay Street/Savannah River, and ten minute walk south to Forsyth Park.
The Shutterbug was just renovated and features an open living/dining room in the front of the cottage.  New West Elm sofa, rugs, photography flair & decor give the home a contemporary yet cozy feel.  The entire cottage features original photography from Donna Von Bruening’s travels both near and far.  Prints are available for you to purchase should you fall in love and want to take one home (and we are betting you will!!!). Continue Reading »

How Lucky Are You?

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things to do in savannah ga, savannah gaBusy Bee Vacations wishes you Happy Chinese New Year!  Gong Xi Fa Cai translates to “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.”

This year is also the Year of the Dragon, a good year.  The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and Mongolian zodiac related to the Chinese calendar and Mongolian calendar, and the only animal that is legendary. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol and is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac.

This lucky year is also known as a year for dominance and ambition, so it’s traditionally a good year for a wedding and to have a baby.  If you hear fireworks any time today or tonight don’t be alarmed.  It’s customary to light fireworks to ward off Nian. the mythical beast that eats livestock, crops and villagers.  If you’ve no fireworks just wear something red.  In Chinese culture, red stands for truth, joy and sincerity and Nian is afraid of the color red.  To wish others prosperity, pass out red envelopes filled with money in even numbers.

And, lucky for us, SCAD is helping us celebrate today with the release of Tilting The Lens: Telling The Story Of Sham Shui Po.  SCAD will be hosting a luncheon, book signing and a reception featuring Chinese New Year festivities.  There will also be an exibition of selected works from the book and the entire event is free to the public!

Just pop on something red, watch for the fireworks and let’s all celebrate and wish for a more prosperous New Year.