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Take a Cruise On a Savannah Riverboat

Savannah Riverboats
Photo courtesy of Savannah Riverboat Cruises.

The Savannah River is one of Georgia’s longest and largest waterways. It defines most of the boundary of Georgia and South Carolina. The New Georgia Encyclopedia  states  the Savannah River starts at the merger of the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers in eastern Georgia and ends in the Atlantic Ocean, 15 mile downstream from Savannah. The river travels over 300 miles from beginning to end. There are at least 11 tributaries that form off of the Savannah River.

There are two major cities that were formed on the Savannah River: Savannah and Augusta. Both of these cities were very important early English settlements during the Colonial era. In the early 1800’s the Savannah River was used as a way to transport cotton between Augusta and Savannah. The first steamboat appeared on the Savannah River in 1808. The Savannah River was a key distribution point during the Civil War and was blockaded by the Union Navy for most of the war. After the war, distribution of cotton and other materials continued along the river until the late 1880’s when production and distribution changed. Starting in the 1950’s, the Army Corp. of Engineers started building dams along the river for hydroelectricity, flood control and navigation forming over 120 miles of lakes. Today, the Savannah River is the shipping channel for the Port of Savannah, the 10th busiest port in the Unites States for ocean-going container ships.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

For the city of Savannah, the Savannah River is a destination point and place for boating, sightseeing or just sitting along River Street enjoying summer fireworks and the great scenery. One of the iconic ways of enjoying a trip on the Savannah River is by taking a riverboat cruise. Passengers, both tourist and locals, can take a step back in time to enjoy a slower time in history when steamboats were the kings of the river.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises  is the primary provider of riverboat cruises in Savannah. The company was founded by Captain Jonathan H. Claughton in 1991 to fill a need for riverboat dinner cruises on the Savannah River. They currently have 3 riverboats running: The Savannah River Queen, which holds 400 passengers, the Georgia Queen, which holds 600 passengers and the New River Queen, which holds over 800 passengers. All three boats are climate controlled with an open air third deck. The tours travel up river towards the ports and then back down to pass the statue of the waving girl. The length of the tours will depend on the river conditions and the type of cruise that it being taken.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises offer a variety of cruises from the popular Harbor Sightseeing Cruise to Sunday Brunch Cruises. There is usually a cruise or theme for every night of the week. The company also has seasonal cruises for holidays and special events such as Fourth of July, Mother’s or Father’s Day and Christmas.  The cruises include historic tales and stories about the city of Savannah and the river as well as the importance of the Savannah River for modern Savannah. The times of the tour vary, depending on the type of cruise that you are taking. The ticket office is located at the riverboat dock at 9 East River Street directly behind City Hall and next to the Hyatt Regency.

Stop N Stor is proud to be a member of a Savannah community and is happy to be able to share in the heritage and history of the great city along the Savannah River.

Halloween in the Spookiest City in America

Happy Hauntings from Moon River Brewing Company
The ghosts come out to say hello at the Moon River Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of weddingwrapper.com.

Halloween is just not just your normal holiday in one of the spookiest cities in the United States! In the past few years, many newspapers and travel sites, such as Fodors, USA Today  and HGTV Front Door have named Savannah, Georgia one of the haunted cities in the world. Tourists from around the world come to visit the city and look for paranormal activities. During the Halloween season, there are many activities for young and old to celebrate the holiday as well as learn a bit about the history of the area.

To find out how Savannah got named most haunted city, you just need to look back into its history. Many of the city’s famous squares were built on top of ancient Indian burial grounds as well as Revolutionary War battlefields. Over the centuries, there have been hurricanes, yellow fever breakouts, fires and other tragedies, not to mention the battles around the area during the Civil War. No wonder there is quite a lot of paranormal activity in the city!

There are many walking and driving tours in Savannah that make stops at haunted businesses and homes in the downtown Savannah area. One of the most famous “haunted” house is the Mercer  Williams House which was made even more famous (or infamous) by the book and then the movie of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. The Marshall House , which currently is a great bed & breakfast, was used as a Civil War Hospital and some of its patients still walk the halls. The Moon River Brewing Company  openly talks about its ghostly inhabitants and staff and customers paranormal experiences. The Bonaventure Cemetery is hauntingly beautiful and a must visit during a haunted tour of Savannah.

If going on ghost tours is not your way of celebrating Halloween, there are many other traditional family activities taking place on Halloween that run through the weekend. Whatever you do to celebrate the Halloween season, make it a safe one! Enjoy what the spookiest city in the American has to offer!

A Visit to Savannah’s Museums

Savannah is a city full of museums
Savannah-Photo courtesy of www.darrellhuckaby.net

Savannah is a great city for architecture, food  and art. It is also a very historical city with many museums dedicated to historical homes and the history of the city. There are also more modern art museums, children’s museums and more to be found if you are touring the city. From the founding of Savannah in 1733, to today, there is a rich history of people and stories about life in Savannah. The many area museums share in this history.

The Savannah Visitor Center is a great starting point on your tour of Savannah. The Visitor Center at 301 Martin Luther King Blvd is built in the old passenger terminal of the Central Georgia Railroad Complex. The building, dating back to the 1850’s, is the home to the Savannah Visitor Center, Savannah History Museum , and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The Savannah History Museum has over 10,000 artifacts and displays about Savannah’s rich history. There are also multiple visitor booths throughout Savannah and Tybee Island. These visitor centers are the best place to go if you are interested in walking, driving, or biking tours of the city.

Many of the homes in the squares of Historic Downtown Savannah have been turned into museums. When you stroll around the many squares in the historic district, it is like a walk back in time. Many of the homes were built in the early 1800’s. Some of the houses were once homes to famous Savannah residents such as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, author Flannery O’Connor , and musician, Johnny Mercer . The Davenport House Museum is the best example of federal style architecture and life in 1820’s Savannah. The Green Meldrum House Museum represents the Gothic Revival Style of the 1800’s. As a historical note, the Green Meldrum House was given to General Sherman to use as his headquarters during the Civil War. The Owens Thomas House Museum, built in 1819, occupies a full city block and was dedicated by the owners to be a part of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences where it houses family furniture and other historical items.

There are museums celebrating Savannah’s link to the sea, transportation and military. The Ships of the Sea Museum shows the connection between the city of Savannah and the river and ocean. The Round House Railroad Museum, is located in buildings that are 170 years old with historical displays as well as newer model train exhibits. The Mighty Eighth Museum tells the story of the World War II Air Force unit, the 8th Air Force. Fort Stewart also has a museum on the grounds of the base that is open to visitors.

Savannah isn’t all history, as it celebrates and encourages new artists. The Savannah College of Arts and Design has a modern art museum on their campus which showcases national, regional and student art shows and exhibits. The Telfair Museum, the oldest art museum in the South, is housed in the former home of the Telfair family. The building, constructed in 1819, is currently home to a variety of historical and modern collections of artwork including American and French paintings, German Impressionist paintings, beautifully designed furniture and paintings by Kahlil Gibran. There is also a Children’s Museum  that was recently built for outdoor learning experiences for the children of Savannah.

There are so many things to do and see in Savannah from taking in a baseball game to touring historic homes to relaxing on a beach! Get out there and see all that the city has to offer!

Play Ball-The Savannah Sand Gnats

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Savannah Sand Gnats. Logo courtesy of sandgnats.@tripod.com

The 2013 baseball season kicked off on April 4th for the Savannah Sand Gnats . The Sand Gnats are the Class A minor league team of the New York Mets organization. The team is led by manager, Luis Rojas, the same manager from the 2012 season. The Sand Gnats were 5th in the South Atlantic League for the 2012 season with a 69-67 record. So far, in this early season, the Sand Gnats are looking good with a 21-15 record and the close second in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. The team’s record at home is even better at 14-6!

The Savannah Sand Gnats play at Historic Grayson Stadium , which originally opened in 1926. The stadium has hosted baseball games, football games, concerts and more over its long history. Savannah was hit by a very destructive hurricane in 1940, which caused a lot of damage to the stadium. General William Grayson led a fund-raising campaign and the rebuilding of the stadium occurred in 1941. There have been many renovations throughout the years, with the most current taking place in 2010 with the addition of Land Shark Landing, a 3 level deck and picnic area next to the first base general admission bleachers. The area is great for private parties or just a place to enjoy a baseball game.

The Sand Gnats organization is very involved in the Savannah community by offering many different fund-raising events throughout the season. Every Wednesday at home games, is “Pack the Park for Charity”, where a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales go to a specific non-profit organization. There are Girl and Boy Scout nights at the ballpark, food drives, a Pink in the Park event and a Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Home Run 5K Trot  on June 29th. The team will also give away tickets to non-profit organizations.  There are also special discount promotions sponsored by local businesses and organizations throughout the season as well such as Kroger’s $1.00 Mondays, Natty Light 2 for Tuesdays, Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays, Facebook Fridays, weekend fireworks, and military appreciation events. The team mascot, Gnate the Gnat is a fan favorite at events in the Savannah area throughout the year. You can follow the Sand Gnats on Facebook  and Twitter  for more promotional events and ticket information.

Stop N Stor  wishes the Savannah Sand Gnats a successful 2013 season.

Connect Savannah-Best of Savannah 2013

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Vote today in the Best of Savannah Poll!

April is when spring is in full bloom in Savannah. It is also time for the Annual Connect Savannah Best of Savannah poll.  Connect Savannah  is a free weekly alternative magazine that focuses on news and issues, arts, entertainment, music, food and drink and film in the Savannah area. There are over 100,000 readers both in print and online to the magazine on a weekly basis. The annual Best of Savannah Poll is a popular event every year in Savannah. There are 331 categories in the entire poll, but the poll taker only needs to vote on 25 categories to make their votes valid. You must register to the site in order to take the poll.

The Annual Best of Savannah Poll has a wide range of categories that you can vote on including the following:

Arts and Culture-Best Museum, Cultural Event, Film Festival, Best local theater, Best Local Actress and Actor, etc.

City Life-Best historic home, best local celebrity, best neighborhoods-both upcoming and current, etc.

Politics & Public Affairs-Best local political figures, best local policeman and firemen, etc.

Media-Best local radio, TV and print, Best Local TV and radio personalities, etc.

Food-Best types of food from Italian to Seafood to veggie burger, best restaurants, best chefs, etc.

Nightlife-Best bars, clubs, happy hours, drink selections, etc.

Recreation, Health and Beauty-Best local sports teams, best hospital, best pharmacy, best doctor, best dentist, best hair salon, best fitness club, etc.

Shopping & Services-Best local clothes designer and shop, best 24 hour storage, best pet store, best place to use a military discount, best place to buy a car, best place to get a car repaired, etc.

The voting lasts until May 1, 2013. The winners are announced in an upcoming issue of Connect Savannah. There is also a very popular local awards ceremony and party for the release of the issue and to celebrate the winners. Last year’s voting for the “Best of” Poll nearly doubled the amount of votes from 2011! Let’s make this year’s vote even more! Every vote counts, so get out there and vote!

Stop N Stor  is listed for the first year in the “Best of” poll under the category of Best 24 Hour Storage facility in Savannah. Help show your support for Stop N Stor by taking the time to vote in this year’s poll! Thanks for your support!!

Savannah Tour of Home and Gardens

There are both national and local events being held in Savannah nearly every weekend of the year.  Last weekend was the excitement and fun of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that wound through the squares and streets of historic downtown Savannah. This coming weekend you can get a chance to tour some of the historic homes and buildings that were along the parade route. Savannah has the largest urban landmark historic district in the United States. There are 2.5 square miles of parks, squares and homes. Savannah was found in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe. He designed the city to be a grid of residences and broad boulevards with spacious squares. Because of his plans, Savannah now has 21 oak canopied squares surrounded by historic homes, with some homes dating back over 200 years.

The 78th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes is March 21st to March 24th. The event allows the public to visit some of Savannah’s finest private residences and admire rare furniture and decorations that have been in families for generations as well as tour beautiful home gardens. The tour is a self-guided tour of 6-9 different sites over a 3 hour period. There are also historical time period (Revolutionary War to Civil War) specific tours and tours of Bonaventure Cemetery.  There are special seminars that are held over the 3 days of the event. The tickets go very fast, so order them today to be able to see living history in Savannah.

Savannah is known around the world for its history and architecture. It is considered a great vacation spot for romance or for the entire family. There are so many things to do and see in Savannah from going to the beach to visiting historical forts to dining at well-known restaurants. The well-preserved historic downtown district is a destination for every visitor to the city. Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a member of the Savannah community! Stop in to our Savannah location  to see how we can help you in your storage needs.

Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival

Savannah is a city of many different festivals from food to music to film, Savannah has it all to fit any cultural taste. There are many great musical performers that come from the city as well as great regional and national acts that stop by to perform at many venues throughout Savannah. Last week, Savannah hosted the Stopover Music Fest  to showcase bands that were on the way to performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The festival had over 100 bands play in venues over a 3 day period. Savannah hosts a Jazz festival in the fall and the Savannah Music Festival each spring. The Savannah Music Festival  starts March 21st and runs through April 6th. The mission of the music festival is to “create timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite audiences in Savannah”. The festival, which is celebrating its 24th year, is the largest musical arts event in Georgia.

The Music Festival will showcase all types of musical genres from Bluegrass to Jazz to Classical to R & B to Zydeco to Rock N Roll during the 2 weeks of performances. Performers include: Dr. John, Sea Wolf, The Wailers, Portuguese Folk Singer, Fado & Soul of Southern Europe, Emily Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Marcus Roberts, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Old Crow Medicine Show and much more.

The performance venues are a perfect setting to hear great music. There are events being held at the following venues: Christ Church Episcopal, Lucas Theatre for the Arts ,   Ships of the Sea North Garden, Trinity United Methodist Church, Charles H Morris Center, Trustees Theater,  Johnny Mercer Theater  and Temple Mickve Isreal.

The Savannah Music Festival is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to growing audiences of all ages through engagement with the musical arts. The festival produces youth concerts lectures a weekly radio series and high school jazz band competition. You can help support the Savannah Music Festival in many ways-including attending different events during the two weeks of the actual festival. They also hold other fundraisers such as the 10th Annual Golf Benefit on May 6, 2013 at Belfair.

If you want to hear something a bit different, then check out all of the performers at this year’s Savannah Music Festival, you just might discover a type of music that you had never heard before.  Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a part of the Savannah community and supports the many festivals and events in the city.

Savannah’s Connection to the Girl Scouts

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The Girl Scouts  was founded by Savannah resident, Juliette Gordon Low in March, 1912. This organization has influenced more than 50 Million people since its inception 101 years ago. The Girl Scouts are celebrated during Girl Scout Week, which is every year during the 2nd week of March. During Girl Scout week, Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend a place of worship and be recognized as a member of the organization. If the church actually sponsors a Girl Scout Troop, the girls are encouraged to be a part of the service by carrying the flag or giving the greeting.

During Girl Scout Week, many Girl Scouts will be traveling to Savannah to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low at 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave. The home is owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA to continue on in the spirit and vision of the founder. The Girl Scouts purchased and restored the home in 1953 and the building became a National Historic Landmark in 1965. There are daily tours of the home throughout the year with special programs being held during Girl Scout Week. However, the building will be closed during the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16th.

The Wayne Gordon House was built in 1821 and is part of Savannah’s historical district. Juliette Gordon Low’s ancestors were very influential in industry and politics. The home is currently set up as the year 1886. It is furnished with traditional and family pieces from that time as well as 19th century decorative art. The house also has a Girl Scout museum and showcases family heirlooms as well as Juliette Gordon Low’s artwork.

Juliette Gordon Low was a woman “ahead of her time”. She lived in Savannah as a child and later returned there after her husband passed away. She helped her mother start a convalescent home for soldiers during the Spanish-American War and was a well-known painter.  Mrs. Low met Sir Robert Borden Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in 1911 and she became very interested in this youth movement. In March, 1912, Mrs. Low gathered 18 girls from Savannah to register for the American Girl Guides. The name was changed to the Girl Scouts in 1913. Because of disabilities, deafness, cancer and back issues that Ms. Low had throughout her life, she created the Girl Scouts to be an organization that welcomed girls with disabilities. The Girl Scouts would welcome girls of all backgrounds into the outdoor by giving them the skills to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness. These skills then are very helpful as girls become women and decide their career path.

Savannah is filled with many historical buildings and historical personalities. Juliette Gordon Low is celebrated every day for her wonderful contributions to the word by creating the Girl Scouts. Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a member of the Savannah community and share in its history.  We are happy to share stories and information about this grand city on our Facebook page, Twitter page and this blog.

Savannah Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Style

Savannah hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world every year. Last year, nearly one million people, both locals and visitors, joined in the celebrations in historic downtown Savannah. This year’s festivities could be just as big! The city has been celebrating its Irish Heritage since 1813!

There are many activities that are a part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah. The events started in February with the Irish Heritage Festival . This 3 day celebration showcased the best in Irish music, dancing and food. The “official” St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off on Friday, March 8th at noon with the “Greening of the Fountain” at Forsyth Park. This event officially starts the week of activities before St. Patrick’s Day. Saturday, March 9th is the Tara Feis  from 11am to 5pm at Emmet Park. This free family friendly festival includes live musical and dance performances, food, art and crafts. Another family friendly event that is taking place on March 9th is the Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade.  The 11th Annual parade starts at 3pm at City Hall and the route runs down Butler Street to Tybrisa Street.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities  will be held on Saturday, March 16th this year. The day starts off with an 8am Mass at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah. The 189th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 10:15am and winds through the historic downtown district. There will be over 350 units in the parade including dignitaries, marching bands, military bands, pipe and drum corps, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, floats and more.  Everyone comes to the watch the parade dressed in their Irish “finest”. It is just as fun to people watch as it is to watch the parade!  River Street is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River starting on Friday, March 15th. The celebrations have gotten so big that the streets will be closed downtown from River Street to Broughton Street. The streets will be filled each day with food, music and other entertainment.

Stop N Stor is happy to be a part of the Savannah community. Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day activities in the great city of Savannah! Slainte!

Stop N Stor is Connected

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Stop N Stor  launched our social media platforms in April, 2011. Since that time, we have grown in both fans and followers. We have built a small, but dedicated community on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We share local community information, storage and organizational tips, auction information and much more on these pages. The Stop N Stor blog  allows us to delve a bit more into topics that we are excited to share such as our support of “Wounded Warrior Outdoors”,  Savannah and Hinesville area events and self storage industry news.

The Stop N Stor social media pages shares up-to-date news about Stop N Stor as well as information about events in our communities. We share a variety of stories and post on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our blog about upcoming storage auctions at Stop N Stor, local events  and interesting activities  in the Savannah area. This blog shares moving and self storage tips.

Please join our community by liking our Facebook Page, following us on Twitter and following us on LinkedIn. Check out our commercials on YouTube!  All of the links to our social pages are also appearing on our blog.  We look forward to continuing the conversation with our fans and followers.