Enjoy Savannah Tours of Private Homes
Savannah is known as the Hostess City of the South and that title is expressed literally here. There are many historic houses open to the public on a daily basis. These places are admirable representations of Savannah’s past; however, the true homes of Savannah natives are not something visitors often get a chance to experience. The only way for most visitors to see private homes in downtown Savannah is to take an organized tour. There are three such tours and they are only offered annually – one in the fall, one in winter and another in spring. Each tour is distinctive and presented by different entities to benefit various local organizations or projects.
No matter which tour you choose, here are some suggestions to ensure your tour is as pleasant as possible: Wear comfortable shoes to protect keep your feet comfortable and to protect the floors of the houses. The homes included in the tours vary in age, size and style and may have stairs and entryways that are not handicapped accessible. There will be a lot if walking, so bring along a bottle of water and feel free to rest periodically.
Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
Since 1935, Savannah has hosted the Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, which offers residents and visitors an opportunity to enter some of the city’s finest private homes. The Historic Savannah Foundation partners annually with the Women of Christ Church to open these sites for the 4-day event.
A new neighborhood is featured each day of the tour. During set hours, you have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided tours of specified homes in any order and at your own pace. There are also seminars and dining opportunities offered throughout the event. Themes and topics for discussions are diverse, including historic preservation, gardening, architecture, antique collections, interior design, and cuisine, among others.
This event is every March, when the weather is perfect for outdoor touring and garden viewing, which is partially why this is one of Savannah's most popular annual events for both visitors and locals. Be sure to get your tickets early. Proceeds go to local charities and historic preservation.
Tickets for the 79th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens go on sale December 2013.
2014 Tour Dates: March 27-30
Contact: (912) 234-8054
Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Holiday Tour of Homes
The Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) presents their annual holiday-themed tour of homes
in the downtown area. You’ll get to experience the holidays Savannah-style! The hosts of this tour are often the homeowners themselves, so you are sure hear some unique, first-hand details about the sites.
Your weekend begins with a free City Market Open House. You’ll be immersed in the magical holiday feel of the city complete with twinkling lights, carolers, and Santa. You’ll also get to sample holiday treats in the quaint shops and galleries in the lively market area.
The next day holds two separate self-guided tours, each offering a selection of Savannah’s most superb personal homes – one in the afternoon and another in the evening. To break up this full day, you can participate in a Victorian-style tea served in yet another mansion by gracious southern ladies in period dress.
The final day of tours focuses on Victorian-era inns. You’ll explore some of Savannah’s best establishments all decked out for the festive season. In Savannah hosting fashion, refreshments are provided.
Proceeds from this event go to preserve and improve the Historic Landmark District. Tickets go on sale for the 2013 Holiday Tour of Homes on September 1st.
2013 Tour Dates: Saturday, December 14th
St. Vincent’s Annual Historic Tour of Homes and Tea
Fall provides excellent weather to attend a self-guided tour of homes in downtown Savannah, and the St. Vincent’s Annual Historic Tour of Homes and Tea is perfect for just that. This single-day event is hosted by St. Vincent’s Academy, a local private Catholic high school for girls led by the Sisters of Mercy.
You’ll get to visit various Savannah homes and mansions, both historic and contemporary. This tour is unique in that you also get access to venture beyond the closed doors of the original convent and see how the Sisters have lived since 1845. Academy students guide tourists along the tour route dressed in traditional nun uniforms from the 1840s through the 1970s. What’s more, the students will serve you a traditional tea, complete with tea sandwiches and homemade treats.
Ticket sales benefit the preservation of the convent. You can find tickets at various local businesses or at St. Vincent’s ticket office on the days leading up to the event.
2013 Tour Date: Saturday, October 19th
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