Meet Poppy.

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kate .png“Its going to be like Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade had a love child,” is how I tried to explain my vision for the vacation rental I had been hired to furnish. More like PLEAD.  After spending so much time in my “coastal chic” cottage,  I desperately wanted to prove that I could help create a girly-gurrrl space that was both comfortable and chic.  And to be quite honest, I wanted to be able to refer friends and family to a chic place for their visits to Savannah…and then hope for an invitation to follow!

I think every girl has a little bit of Poppy in her. She is the sparky, spirited bon voivant who can close a deal while walking her dog, a bag of groceries in her arm and a trail of suitors in her wake. In high heels. And bold lipstick.  Think Audrey meets Brigitte Bardot. With Grace Kelly thrown in for her pearls and Marilyn Monroe thrown in for her va-va-voom!ddf7db3949ca075b678429abcac5e074

Knowing my client is both practical and not even one itty bitty bit glam (although he has a weakness for great lighting and loves Moroccan-inspired tile), my strategy in convincing him to go this route was to focus the shopping at Ikea, Overstock, & Target with a few more luxe pieces thrown in like these killer lamps from Kate Spade for West Elm I selected for the Master.

Poppy is my first vacation rental furnishing job and I am excited to see how she comes together. Here is a sneak peak at the vision board – I look forward to sharing her full unveiling with you in the next few weeks!

I found inspiration walking into Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade’s boutiques as well as in Savannah’s own Circa Lighting’s new collaboration with Kate Spade.


Its so hard to say goodbye….

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We never even got to start a life together. It just ended before it began (sigh…..)….

Here’s a look at how beautiful you are both on the inside and out…..

Again, many props to Lynn Rahn at Clutter Savannah, my zero-scaping landscape heroes, Bob and Joe Moore, and the awesome support my friends and family have given me. I’ve really enjoyed this process and will start another new home build behind my house in Thunderbolt starting in March.

After that, I will be building to the left of this cottage (perhaps this plan or maybe this little jewel) once title work is all cleared. The right side of this little jewel is the site of my new home which will be small with raised terrace, wood burning fireplace and screen porch that connects to the master and living room. I can not wait!

A Busy Bee’s Summer Bucket List

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25 Ideas for Your Savannah Stay

I’ve been wanting to explore the many places that surround Savannah as well as take advantage of the experiences that can be only found in our lowcountry environment.  My friend, Molly’s son, Cal (5), gave me the brilliant idea to do a Summer Bucket List so that I will never have to say “I wish I’d done that – I’ve always wanted to.”  Cal, by the way, knocked off a couple of items on his bucket list while he was down visiting at Tybee Island. He rode in a golf cart and went on the Tybee Pier which were both on his bucket list for summer.

What a little inspiration he was to me!

I got out my pen and paper and started jotting down what I want to do this summer.

Without further ado, I give you the 2013 Busy Bee Summer Bucket List:

1. Mud Run with friends

2. Read “Savannah in the Time of Peter Tondee”

3. See a movie at the Lucas and then get Leopold’s Ice Cream after

4. Learn a History Lesson at a Georgia State Park

5. Bingo at the Tybee Island Legion

6. SCAD Museum

7. Take a Trolley Tour

8. Explore Darien, Georgia

9. Take  Ocean Highway (GA 17) fom Darien to Brunswick, Georgia

10. Watch a sunrise at Tybee

11. Camp at Little Tybee

12. Kayak under a full moon

13. Watch a turtle hatch

14. Go to Marshside Mamas on Daufuskie

15. Catch a big fish!

16. Go to a music festival like the Summer Solstice Festival

17. At LEAST one Floatilla

18. Watch the fireworks on the 4th of July

19. Stand Up Paddle Board in the waves at Tybee

20. Concoct a signature libation

21. Go to a Sand Gnats game

22. Do the Midnight Garden Ride (again) with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign

23. Cabaret at the Lucas

24. Big day on Wassau Island

25. Explore Cumberland Island

This is what I have so far!

Please feel free to comment and let me know what I may be missing out on. I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions to further enhance my summer.

Best, Laurie d.

Savanah Is Full Of Puppy Love!

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Just as you’d expect, Savannah is all welcoming and overflowing with Southern charm and graciousness.  This city is so warm with affection, it’s no wonder Savannah is full of puppy love, too!

Tondee at the greening of the Savannah fountain

Here at Busy Bee Vacations, we know your dog is just like a member of the family and we want to be tops on your list for pet friendly travel.  Whether it’s just you and your dog or a big group with a wag pack, we’ve got just the right cottage or townhome for your visit.  Just take a look at how we can make your visit something to bark about! Continue Reading »


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Busy Bee Vacations 

Every Busy Bee deserves a vacation in Historic Downtown Savannah!

Whether you plan on taking in all that Downtown Savannah has to offer or laying low in one of our comfortable cottages or townhomes, the Savannah Vacation Rentals at Busy Bee Vacations will offer you all the creature comforts of being home plus excellent service.

Busy Bee Vacations team is here to serve you so that you have a stres free vacation experience. Our goal is for you to have an excellent experience at our properties so that you will go home & spread the word about Savannah and Busy Bee Vacations.

We look forward to seeing you in Historic Savannah soon!

Common Questions About Busy Bee Vacation Rentals
What are the benefits of a vacation home rental?
Our Busy Bees take great care to make you feel like you are at home on your vacation. All our properties have fully stocked kitchens so that you can cook like you are at home or even enjoy a private cooking lesson at your vacation rental! You will be able amenities like outdoor patios, rocking chair porches, running fountains,  all within walking distance to the exciting neighborhoods of Savannah & Tybee Island & get a real flavor of what its like to live here in Coastal Georgia.

How do I book a home?

You can either make a booking directly on this website by using the “check availability box” to the left.  Or you can call our office at 912.220.0957 and our Queen Bee will be glad to help you.
Is booking online secure?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
Should I purchase travel insurance?

There are many reasons why purchasing travel insurance is a good idea. Mainly we recommend travel insurance for anyone that has reason to believe that something might “pop up” and cause them to cancel. With proper notice, we are able to refund deposits if we are able to rebook. For last minute cancellations, travel insurance is so helpful. We proudly work with CSA Travel Insurance and can assist you with purchasing online for your convenience.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Each property that we offer has different policies on pets. You can either look at our properties online by clicking on the “vacation rentals” tab above and see if the home you are looking at allows pets.  Or you can call our Queen Been at her office at 912.220.0957 and she will be happy to help find a home that is just right for you and your pet.

I Love You, Man: Guys Just Want To Have Fun, Too

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Savannah has always been known as a romantic getaway destination, but sometimes guys just want to have fun, too!

What better way to enjoy bonding with your best buds and your sons than on a Dads and Lads Getaway to historic Savannah where you can indulge the best of your fantasies about trains, planes and automobiles.

The Roundhouse Rail Museum is the oldest and largest existing nineteenth-century railroad operations complex in the nation. Now the State Museum of Railroad History, the complex is owned by the City of Savannah and has been operated since 1989 by the Coastal Heritage Society. Five of the buildings house permanent exhibits, including the roundhouse with its operating turntable. Visitors can see steam and diesel locomotives, rail cars, steam-powered machinery, model railroads, and a 126-foot brick smokestack with privies around its base.

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will take you back to days of active duty flyers during World War II.  On January 28, 1942, fifty-three days after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, the 8th Air Force was officially activated in the National Guard Armory on Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia.  In 1983, Major General Lewis E. Lyle, USAF Retired, a B-17 veteran of 70 combat missions during World War II, and with the help of other veterans, began planning a museum. The Museum would honor the men and women who helped defeat Nazi aggression by serving in or supporting the greatest air armada the world had ever seen—the 8th Air Force. These individuals pledged themselves to honor the courage and commitment of more than 350,000 members of the 8th Air Force. Of this number, 26,000 were killed in action and 28,000 became prisoners of war during World War II.

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If you feel the need for speed, the Roebling Road Raceway can help you put together a rental event of anything from club events and corporate events to driving schools.  The 2.02 mile track is just the thing to get your motor running and one of the quickest ways to get your ears pinned back.

But, the fun doesn’t stop there.  Savannah has fishing charters, guided tours throughout the city, and golf nearby.  For age appropriate groups, you’ll also find the best home brews and cigars to complete your male-bonding agenda.  And, there’ll be no shortage of space or time to just hang out when you stay in this luxury Townhome On Jones that sleeps 10.   Who said guys have to rough it?

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You may not fall head over heels for your buddies, but you’ll definitely fall in love with Savannah.  That’s the best kind of bromance!

Speaking Southern-ese, Ya’ll!

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After I saw this picture on Historic Savannah Foundation’s facebook page, I knew I wanted to know more about the history of the “y-word.” Here is a quick primer for anyone interested in learning a little Southernese before heading to Savannah.

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Wikipedia has a write up about the origins of “y’all” which, not surprisingly, originate in the Southeast and may have been influenced by Scot-Irish immigrants.  Wikipedia points out that Scot-Irish used a similar word, “ye-aw,” and “…evidence suggests that y’all could have evolved from ye aw due to the influence of African slaves who may have adapted the Scots-Irish term.”

There is still talk about which spelling of the now common y-word to use. Authors such as Ernest Hemingway & Carson McCullers used “ya’ll” instead of “y’all.” But mainstream Americans and fans of the y-word abroad seem to favor the way Paula Deen chooses to use it: “Y’all.”

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Y'all keychain from Paula Deen's online store - image from:

However you choose to use it, all ya’ll come back to Savannah real soon!