Oh, Happy Day!

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My little “happy” for my Busy Bee friends is a glimpse of spring courtesy of the 2012 Tour of Homes that just happend last Thursday through Sunday in various private homes & gardens in the Landmark, Victorian, & Ardsley Park Historic Districts.

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For those of you who did not make it, the 2013 Tour will be March 21-24th 2013! Make sure to check back with Busy Bee for ticket giveaways!

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Tondee’s Picks: It’s Yappy Hour!

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Your hound will be the toast of the town at Yappy Hour!

Tondee, our Busy Bee Rover Reporter, is always on the hunt for the best pet friendly things to do in Savannah!  He had such a howling good time at the The Grateful Hound on his last visit, he wants to make sure all of our pet guests and friends make it for the next Yappy Hour!

Please join us this Friday night, March 30th,  from 7-9 pm for complimentary adult beverages, snacks for both you and your pup, and specials on some of The Grateful Hound’s products. This week, all of their stylish human apparel will be 25% off.  Maggie & John, the owners, say “It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up that ‘Shed Happens’ Tee-shirt you’ve been thinking about or to grab that ‘Wag More Bark Less’ hat that caught your eye the last time you stopped by. We also have a new t-shirt that has been flying out of the store:’Dogs. Cheaper than Therapy’.  You’ll love it!”

Just like play dates in the park or neighborhood walk-a-longs, you’ll find that one of the best ways to help socialize your dog is to expose him to other dogs in a controlled setting.  What better way for you to enjoy time with your pet than with other pet lovers and a cool beer!

The Grateful Hound is located at 32 Barnard Street in Downtown Savannah, just steps from City Market and Ellis Square. For more information, visit them online at www.thegratefulhound.com or call (912) 236-PAWS (7297).

We’re proud to be your pet friendly vacation rental professionals and even your tail will be wagging when you see the newest historic cottages and townhouses we’ve added to our collection.  Busy Bee Vacations helps make Savannah a paw-tastic vacation destination!

Hey! Take A Bike!

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Hey! Take a bike!

There are so many beautiful sights to see and enjoy in Savannah, so I say, “Hey!  Take A Bike!”

Lucky for all of us, our friends over at Savannah Bike Tours can get you pedaling on the right paths!  Our historic cottages and townhouses are right in the middle of all things Savannah and a two-hour bike tour is a fantastic way to really see our hostess city up close.

Each tour comes complete with a “rolling concierge” to get you to all the main squares and parks, but they’re also keen on showing the little hidden gems down our side streets that really help you absorb our flavor and lifestyle.  Savanna Bike Tours is very accommodating, as they allow you to use your own bike, if you have one, or you can select one of their new retro bikes or a cool vintage bike (my choice, of course!).

Savannah is always very scenic, but it’s even more so in the Spring.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture lots of great photos and your tour guide is always willing to snap photos of you on your bike, too.  Prepare to get rid of the noise and lose yourself among the trees and flowers and the history of our city.  You’ll love getting to see our squares and monuments up close, and you’ll never tire of seeing Forsyth Park in the spring.

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Queen Bee Laurie and Tondee can't wait to show you our Savannah!

Busy Bees know that pre-planning is always the key to getting a lot done, but walk-ins are welcome, too.  Just remember to get there early, as space is limited.  Another great option is to reserve a private bike tour for your corporate team-building activity, conference program option, Alumni Weekend outing, or as a unique celebration for wedding parties, anniversaries, and the like. Tours can be customized to fit your schedule, interests, and theme.

I love to share my Savannah with you, so take a bike!

That’s So Savannah: Get Revved Up For Voluntourism

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Get Revved Up For Autism this weekend!

Everyone loves how beautiful Savannah is, especially in the Spring.  You’ll also be happy to know another reason Savannah is such a wonderful place is because of our people and our willingness to support our communities.

A really fun way to get out and enjoy the weekend and support a great cause is to Get Revved Up For Autism, sponsored by the Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc.   Kicklighter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.  Their programs and services are focused on the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome and other development disabilities.

This Saturday, March 31, come out from 7 a.m.-11 a.m.  and shop Kicklighter’s monthly Thrift Sale.  It’s an indoor shop that features clothing for men, women and children.  They’ll also have lots of kitchen items, shoes, toys, electronics and much more!  It’ll be a junking bonanza and it’s for a great cause!

Also this Saturday, be sure to enjoy the Get Revved Up For Autism Car, Truck & Bike Show.  The show will feature Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Choppers, Trucks and Street Bikes.  It’ll be a fun day to get up close to the cars and support autism awareness! There will be DJ service from NoteBusters, a Bounce House and Velcro Wall from Family Affair Amusements, food and an all day raffle! Admission is free!

These are special events for this weekend, but you can help support the center any time by volunteering your time and/or donating goods.  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the center during normal business hours to complete a volunteer application.  Volunteers are needed for advocacy, community education, administrative and clerical work, public relations and special events.  The center is also happy to accept donations of gently used toys, school supplies, crafts and playground equipment.

Whether you choose to support these events or volunteer for future programs, you’ll love meeting the children and the adults at the center and you’ll be supporting a great cause.  For this and other great ways to enjoy my Savannah, be sure to follow my blog and share it with your friends.  You’ll be abuzz with all the fun ways you can make a difference, too!

You Gonna Eat All That?: Tofu Is Too Fun!

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Happy Monday, Busy Bees!  Who knew making foodie discoveries in Savannah was so much fun?  Well, uh, me for one.  Hello?  You’ve been reading my blog long enough to know great food makes for great memories!

For those of us on the go, you know it’s important that we take the time to fuel our bodies and enjoy the experience.  I’m always happy to find great places that showcase vegetarian dishes and healthy protein choices and that have the ambience and atmosphere to feed my mind, too.  When I’m in the mood to exercise my veggie options, I always know Sentient Bean is a great place to veg out!

Peace Love & Hummus from LA Reno Photography on Vimeo.

Located on East Park Avenue, Sentient Bean is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and they’ve been stirring things up since 2001.  The food is interesting and unique and the experience of dining there is loads of fun, too.  The inside seating puts you right near all the great aromas and the rotating art exhibits, but I love their funky courtyard for alfresco dining.  There are lots of good options for vegetarians,  like their hummus and BBQ Tofu (yum!). The Bean is a good community spot that also has a fun music and film scene (the Psychotronic Films are my fave!).

If you’re downtown and just can’t break away to eat there, the Sentient Bean now offers bike delivery during the day, but be sure to make your way down there for their famous coffee cuppings (hurry, they sell out fast) and to support artists on display or performing live.

Don’t you love it when Tofu is too fun and you can get your veggie beat on, too?  I do and so can you.  Call me, Queen Bee Laurie, and let me show you my Savannah.  You’ll love my adventures in low country living!

Ships Of The Sea: A Model Museum

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The majestic Scarborough House is home to the Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum.

I’m sure it’s not hard to discern that one of my greatest passions is the Historic Savannah Foundation.  Just take a tour of our Busy Bee Vacations’ collection of historic cottages and townhouses and you’ll see the beauty of the designs and materials and craftmanship that I so love about Savannah.

There will be several wonderful historic preservation events throughout this year and they will all take place in some of our city’s most spectacular historic venues.  One such place is the Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum.

Housed in the elegant home built for William Scarborough, one of the principal owners of the Steamship Savannah and president of the Savannah Steamship Company, the museum’s collection contains exhibits of ship models, paintings and antiques, including those from the Atlantic trade and travel between England and America.  The museum’s garden has also grown into a showplace, the result of careful planning, preparation and plant selection.  It’s a beautiful garden that displays the best of our beautiful local flora and it is a wonderful backdrop to the Hostess City.

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Highlights of the model ship collection include ships with very strong Savannah ties.  City of Savannah provided passenger and freight service between Savannah, New York and Boston.  In the fall of 1732, the Anne sailed to America carrying the first 144 colonists–some forty families–to the new colony of Georgia.  Also featured is The Savannah.  Though only 98 feet long, it became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Thanks to the continued hard work and patronage of the members of the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Scarborough House was saved from near ruin and neglect and the final extensive renovation was completed by the Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum.  It’s a marvelous tribute to the history of Savannah and a treasure for locals and visitors, too.

I want you to come visit and fall in love with my Savannah.   I’m Queen Bee Laurie and I’d love to introduce you to the Busy Bee Vacations’ collection of homes and share how we preserve our history.