Celebrate Success: The Savannah Preservation Festival Garden Party

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Celebrate the success of the 2012 Savannah Preservation Festival: Preserving a Sense of Place on Thursday, May 31 from 6-9 p.m.  There’ll be live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, an exotic plant auction and container gardens by our area’s finest floral designers and it’s all taking place in the Isaiah Davenport Garden.  The results of our month-long art and destination auctions will be revealed.  Also, the winning entries for Pennies for Preservation Poster Contest will be on display.

The Davenport House garden is a place of beauty and peaceful solitude in the heart of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District. It is a wonderful place to celebrate the inaugural preservation festival and a perfect example of why it is important to preserve Savannah’s history and charm.  Since 2001, Davenport House volunteers have taken on the stewardship of the garden and developed an endowment for its care. The most recent redesign of the garden includes beds containing representational plantings that include flowers, vegetables and medicinal herbs that may have been grown by the original Davenport house gardeners.

This festival has been a signature event that emphasized the Historic Savannah Foundation‘s core mission of education and outreach.  The garden party will be an outstanding grand finale you’ll not want to miss.

There are lots more architecural treasures to see when you visit, so please be sure to give me a call and I’ll help you choose just the right historic cottage or townhouse for your stay in downtown Savannah.  Come discover your own sense of place and enjoy our Savannah style!

Our Guests Say It Best: Claire’s Retreat Feels Like Home

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places to stay in historic Savannah/busybeevacations.comlong-term rentals in Savannah/busybeevacations.comOne of the brand standards at Busy Bee Vacations is that you feel at home when you come visit my Savannah.  I could go on and on about the time and dedication to the details invested in each of our historic cottages and townhouses, but I’ve learned our guests say it best!  Here’s what one guest shared about Claire’s Retreat.

Amanda J., Atlanta, GA
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!
Claire’s Retreat is a beautiful new townhouse in heart of Historic Landmark District. Continue Reading »

Sensational Savannah Shutterbugs: I Like What You See, Tim Nealon

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The Olde Pink House, a Savannah landmark as photographed by Tim Nealon

Don’t you wish you could sometimes see the world through someone else’s eyes?  I know I do and I especially fall in love with how photographers present their subjects.

One of my favorite Savannah photographers is Tim Nealon.  Tim specializes in HDR or High Dynamic Range photography.  HDR is a range of methods to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

Well, needless to say I may not understand all of the technical aspects of HDR, but I sure like what Tim’s sees and his photographs inspire me to slow down and take new looks at the Savannah I see every day.  When life seems to pass you by too quickly, just stop by Tim’s blog and get a new perspective.  You’ll love how he presents Savannah through his eyes.

Of course, the only better way to enjoy Tim’s photographs is while you’re having a relaxing stay in a historic Busy Bee Vacations cottage or townhouse.  Can’t you just see it?

Let’s Give ‘Em Something To Talk About: Speak, Evan, Speak

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explore historic Savannah/busybeevacations.comHere’s another great opportunity to join in the conversation to support Savannah’s preservation.  The Savannah Preservation Festival continues to deliver important events and keynote speakers throughout the month of May.

Thursday, May 24th 7PM: Lecture by Evan Thompson Evan Thompson, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston will discuss current preservation issues in Charleston, including tourism management and cruise ships.  This is a highly anticipated and complimentary event, please arrive early to Ships of the Sea Museum’s garden. Reception to follow lecture. Tickets not required

All preservation is local.  So if you want to get involved, then volunteering for the Historic Savannah Foundation is a fun way to begin!  Join a committee, work on an event or become a docent. Exercise your right to live in one of America’s most beautiful and historic cities.

Need more inspiration?  Just give me a call to tour the historic homes and townhouses in my collection.  Be my guests.  Let’s talk.

Marvelous May Special: Savannah Sea Maiden

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Savannah Sea Maiden comes with a special discount in May!

It’s been a wonderful month of celebrating the history and preservation of Savannah!

The Savannah Preservation Festival is going on all of May, so there’s still time to come enjoy the Hostess City.  In fact, I’ve even got a last minute special, so there’s never been a better time to come to Savannah!

Thursday, May 24th 7PM: Lecture by Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston will discuss current preservation issues in Charleston, including tourism management and cruise ships.  This is a highly anticipated and complimentary event, please arrive early to Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum’s garden. Reception to follow lecture. Tickets not required.

Just give me a call and come on down.  LIKE Busy Bee Vacations on Facebook and ask for the Savannah Sea Maiden Special!

Isaiah Davenport: The Carpenter

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explore historic Savannah/busybeevacations.comI’m looking forward to seeing you tonight for the Preservation Wine Tour and make your plans now to join me tomorrow for another special event!

Saturday, May 19th from 5:30 – 8:30PM

Isaiah Davenport: The Carpenter

Join us for a very special evening highlighting the work of master builder Isaiah Davenport. Guests will have the opportunity to view Michael Jordan’s short film featuring the Davenport House. A walking tour of additional Davenport-built properties in Savannah will be narrated by some of Savannah’s notable historians and architects.

Greg Guenther, master craftsman and expert wood-worker will share his workshop offering insight to the trade.

$95 per ticket (click to purchase) will call and tickets available at check-in

Please check-in at the Habersham gate of the Davenport House garden

Be sure to look for me and let me know when you can come tour my collection of historic homes and townhouses and let’s plan for your Savannah visit or long-term stay!

Savannah: Aged Just Like A Fine Wine

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May is the time for the Savannah Preservation Festival and you’re invited to help celebrate the history and preservation of our Hostess City.

Friday, May 18th 6-9PM: Preservation Wine Tour

  This year’s Preservation Wine Tour will be held in private homes situated near Madison Square. These properties have previously received preservation awards from HSF. This event will launch from the Green-Meldrim House. Enjoy boutique wine and food pairings at each of the award-winning properties on tour.

I hope to see you there!

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