Hey y'all!  We are kicking off this new blog with some ideas of what to do this summer in Savannah!  

Since, it is usually pretty hot and steamy in Savannah in the summer months anywhere you can beat the heat is always a welcome respite.  

First, everyone at the Printmaker's Inn LOVES the beach!  What is nice about Tybee Island, Savannah's Beach, is that you have two great options to choose from.  The South Beach or Tybee Pier is the "main" spot on Tybee Island and has all the typical beach bars, restaurants and semi tacky shops you could ever want.  The South Beach is great because it is very long (several miles) so you can usually find a spot to enjoy the surf and sun in a uncrowded section.  It is a great surfing spot and is usually our go to spot to catch some waves due to the sand bars built by the pier.  There is also a great pavilion on the pier that has some small food and drink vendors.  The second beach option is the North Beach and is much more rugged.  In our opinions it is a prettier beach than the South Beach and is usually much less crowded.  It also boasts a great little bar in the parking lot, North Beach Bar and Grill.  The food and drinks are awesome at this little Caribbean-esque bar.  On the way back to town from Tybee if you dig history then you we always recommend checking out Fort Pulaski, a Civil-War Era fort.  It has great trails for walking and is a very cool fort that is still intact after all these years.  Since we are now talking about history our next thing to do this summer is definitely on that theme...

Secondly, since Savannah is such a historical city we definitely recommend seeing some of these sites below.  They all take you inside so you can avoid the heat!  One of our favorite tours is a tour of the Owens-Thomas House.  This English Regency Style Mansion was built between 1816-1819 by famed English Architect, William Jay.  It had modern plumbing before the White House, how cool is that?!  It is definitely worth the price of admission, which is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors/Military, $15 for Students and Children under 12 are FREE.  Another place we would recommend that will keep you inside and out of the heat is the Telfair Academy, which in fact is run by the Telfair Museum that also runs the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center.  The Telfair Academy was once the home of the famous Telfair family of Savannah.  It was also built by famed Architect, William Jay.  In 1875 Mary Telfair bequeathed the mansion to the Georgia Historical Society and in 1886 it opened up to the public as the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.  It contains art from the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries.  If you purchase a ticket at any of the three locations owned by the Telfair Museum you get admission to each of the museums.  

Lastly, we have a couple of great local events happening this summer including the Savannah Blues, Jazz and BBQ Festival from June 3-4th.  It will be a fun time to hang out on River St and enjoy some live music and BBQ!  There will be live music all weekend and fireworks on Friday night at 9:30 PM.  The festival starts at 4PM on Friday and runs until 10PM.  Saturday it is all day from 10AM-10PM.  We will post and share about more events and things to do this summer, but this is just to get everyone started!

Until next time y'all!...