It’s Hip To Be Square And In The Wright

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Enjoy the beauty of Wright Square

It’s Leap Day, Busy Bees, so get out there and make the day count!  Visit this second square established in Savannah and take a trip through our history.

Wright Square

Originally known as Percival Square, its namesake, Lord Percival is generally regarded as the man who gave the colony of Georgia its name.  It was renamed in 1763 to honor James Wright, the third, last and perhaps most notable of Georgia’s royal governors. Throughout its history it has also been known as Court House Square and Post Office Square.

The square is the burial site of Tomochichi, a leader of the Creek nation of Native Americans. Tomochichi was a trusted friend of James Oglethorpe and assisted him in the founding of his colony. When Tomochichi died in 1739, Oglethorpe ordered him buried with military honors in the center of Percival Square. In accordance with his people’s customs the grave was marked by a pyramid of stones gathered from the surrounding area. In 1883, citizens wishing to honor William Washington Gordon replaced Tomochichi’s monument with an elaborate monument to Gordon, making him the only native Savannahian Continue Reading »

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Live Like A Local: Take A Colonial Stroll

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Colonial Park Cemetery

Busy Bees know one of the best things about Savannah is that no matter where you go in the hostess city you’ll enjoy the view!  One of my favorite routes is to stroll through the Colonial Park Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Savannah.  With family plots dating back to the 1700’s, it’s a sightseeing treasure.

Being able to traverse from East Liberty to East Oglethorpe via Colonial Park Cemetery is something I try to do every time I walk in Savannah. I love visiting the tombs and reading the inscriptions.  It’s just so peaceful and a quiet reminder of the history that has transpired here in Savannah.

When it was first established, Colonial Park Cemetery was where most burials took place.  In time, it became overcrowded and after a period of neglect it was almost replaced.  Luckily, as a result of a lawsuit to condemn the cemetery, the judge ordered that it be converted into a park and the grave markers protected.  Markers placed by the Georgia Historical Commission stand beside a number of graves. These describe important events Continue Reading »

Pass The Peas, Please

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Busy Bees know this gal is particular about my food.  After all, my days are usually filled with meetings and appointments all over Savannah, so when I stop to eat I need it to sustain my pace throughout the day.  So, before I start gushing let me just preface this.  In general, I Do Not Eat Any Kind Of Fried Food.  I’ve just have been so turned off by it over the past few year.  That is, unless it’s done right!Photos of Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House, Savannah
This photo of Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Every girl has a weakness and mine is at Mrs. Wilkes’ fried chicken.  You’ll know this fried chicken is something special when you check the menu and find out it’s featured every day of the week.  Mrs. Wilkes’ is noted for its homestyle traditions.  Guests are escorted in shifts into the dining room where a variety of dishes are already on the table. The guests sit at the table and pass the dishes around to one another.  The restaurant was run for several decades by Sema Wilkes, from 1943 until her death in 2002. Her family continues to run the restaurant today.

My Dad always has loved going to get a “to go” order here and then bringing it home for us to share. The amount of food you get is insane and the consistency in the way they fry is pure perfection. The sides are always so buttery and perfect. What’s not to love?

Friends,  family and fellow diners pass bowls brimming with her butter beans, collard greens, mashed sweet potatoes and banana pudding.  And, don’t get me started when there are rutabagas, pickled beets and red rice on the table!  This is a low country spread that can’t be beat and all you have to do is sit down and enjoy participating in a wonderful dining experience that encourages you to enjoy your fellow diners as much as the meal.

Located on Jones Street in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, Mrs. Wilkes is a lovely place to take in the beauty of the moss-covered trees and to listen to the cadence of the sounds emanating from the cobblestone streets.  The line starts forming at 11 a.m. each day, so plan accordingly.  Pace yourself.  It’s gonna be good!Photos of Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House, Savannah
This photo of Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Aren’t you gad you now have a Savannah friend that’s also a foodie?  Queen Bee Laurie is your concierge for all things Savannah.  Call me up and find out what all the buzz is about!

Bonaventure: Tranquil Setting By The Water

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I love my Savannah!  I love being able to walk, undisturbed, through the Bonaventure Cemetery. It’s beautiful and peaceful. After working with Save our Cemeteries in New Orleans while a student at Tulane, I came to appreciate cemeteries as gardens and as places that should be visited more often. It’s definitely a must see experience when visiting our hostess city.

In 1867 John Muir began his Thousand Mile Walk to Florida and the Gulf. Enroute, he became enamored with Bonaventure cemetery.  He even spent six days and night there and he slept on the graves overnight while he waited for money from home! He found the cemetery even then breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring and wrote a lengthy chapter upon it, “Camping in the Tombs.”

“Part of the grounds was cultivated and planted with live-oak (Quercus virginiana), about a hundred years ago, by a wealthy gentleman who had his country residence here But much the greater part is undisturbed. Even those spots which are disordered by art, Nature is ever at work to reclaim, and to make them look as if the foot of man had never known them. Only a small plot of ground is occupied with graves and the old mansion is in ruins. The most conspicuous glory of Bonaventure is its noble avenue of live-oaks. They are the most magnificent planted trees I have ever seen, about fifty feet high and perhaps three or four feet in diameter, with broad spreading leafy heads. The main branches reach out horizontally until they come together over the driveway, embowering it throughout its entire length, while each branch is adorned like a garden with ferns, flowers, grasses, and dwarf palmettos. But of all the plants of these curious tree-gardens the most striking and characteristic is the so-called Long Moss (Tillandsia usneoides). Continue Reading »

It’s Hip To Be Square

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Busy Bees know you’ve got to have a plan.  Lots of really great things have come from well laid plans and it’s also one of the main reasons Savannah gets so much Buzz!

Savannah was laid out in 1733 around four open squares. The plan anticipated growth of the city and additional squares were added during the 18th and 19th centuries.  By 1851 there were twenty-four squares in the city and fortunately, twenty-two still exist.  Most of Savannah’s squares are named in honor or in memory of a person, persons or historical event, and many contain monuments, markers, memorials, statues, plaques, and other tributes.

Johnson Square

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Greene Monument in Johnson Square

Johnson Square was the first of Savannah’s squares and remains the largest of the twenty-four. It was named for Robert Johnson, colonial governor of South Carolina and a friend of General Oglethorpe.  Interred in the square is Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, the namesake of nearby Greene Square. Greene died in 1786 and was buried in Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery. His son, George Washington Greene, was buried beside him after drowning in the Savannah River in 1793. Following vandalism of the cemetery by occupying Union forces during the Civil War the location of Greene’s burial was lost. Continue Reading »

Our Guests Say It Best:Savannah Sea Maiden

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Savannah Sea Maiden

Busy Bee Vacations specializes in historic Savannah cottages and townhouses and each home has a soul of its own.  We always love sharing our low country culture with our Savannah visitors, but sometimes our guests say it best!

Savannah Sea Maiden is a great little place in a very convenient part of the Historic District of Savannah. Having never been to the city and starting my search for a place to stay for the weekend much too late, I was lucky to find such a great place. It’s situated on a quiet, one-way street, with parking in an alley in the back and is minutes away from whatever you’d want to walk to as a tourist. There are two small living/sitting rooms, a kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, and two baths (one good size and one small)… There’s a great shaded sitting area in the back and a larger fenced in yard beyond that. This is a great place if you don’t need much space and if you don’t want to stay in a hotel. The agency was a pleasure to deal with and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome, offering recommendations and to make reservations if we would like. Definitely recommended.”

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Grateful Hounds Have Another Round!

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It’s only Tuesday, Busy Bees, but don’t get your fur ruffled because there’s a treat coming to you on Friday!  The next Yappy Hour is this Friday at The Grateful Hound!

Enjoy buzzing around all of your pet pals and the complimentary adult beverages as organic doggie treats are served to the howling crowd.  They’ll also be giving away a free bottle of Bowser Beer with any purchase of $20 or more, plus all Chilly Dog Sweaters will be 50% off!

It’s also National Justice For Animals Week, so make time to enjoy your pets and share your passion for your fur family!  Animal victims of abuse cannot speak for themselves—so concerned citizens and our legal system must speak up for them. That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund has created National Justice for Animals Week—an annual event that is dedicated to raising public awareness nationwide about how to report animal abuse—and how to work within your community to create stronger laws and assure tough enforcement.

We love when our pet guests bring their well behaved humans for visits, so just give us a call and we’ll help you book a pet-tastic stay in Savannah!