NAMGAR Tours Savannah - Regional Event Comes to Town April 15-19, 2013

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Savannah was Georgia’s first city, founded when General James Oglethorpe landed on its shores in 1733.

The city was laid out as a grid of public squares, most of which remain today just as they were when the city was originally planned. Over the years, Savannah has survived two destructive fires, was spared much of the devastation of the Civil War, and remains today a city of many beautiful, historic homes.

The most well-known Savannah native (besides James Oglethorpe) may well be Johnny Mercer, the popular lyricist and composer, perhaps best known for "Moon River", the title song from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The spotlight also shown on Savannah in the mid-1990’s with Clint Eastwood’s movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, based on John Behrendt’s novel of the same name. Filmed on location in Savannah’s downtown historic district, it provides an interesting insight into the city’s landscape and some of its more colorful characters.

The Savannah College of Art and Design has contributed greatly to the beautification of downtown Savannah. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s they formed a partnership with the city to revitalize many derelict buildings, turning them into a campus for creative studies including historic preservation, architecture, digital media, fashion, communication, and fine arts.

Forsyth Park FountainOn the southwest side of downtown Savannah, Forsyth Park, a thirty acre oasis surrounded by stately homes, is the site of many outdoor activities, from concerts and exhibits to soccer tournaments, tennis matches, joggers, and cyclists. The Forsythe Park fountain and moss covered trees are iconic images of the casual, yet elegant, Savannah lifestyle.

There’s something for everyone in Savannah, from the historic architecture, shops, galleries, and River Street nightlife, to Tybee Island - Savannah’s beach, historic Fort Pulaski, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, and numerous attractions surrounding the city itself.

Don't miss the fun! Registration is limited to thirty vehicles. Click here to download the registration form.

NAMGAR Tours Savannah Schedule

Monday, April 15th

Registration will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Historic Savannah District, 412 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA. Room rates are $129 plus $10 parking per night plus local and state taxes; rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel directly at 912-233-1011 and mentioning NAMGAR. The Event Registration fee is $25 per person.

Monday evening's dinner will be at the Moon River Brewing Company, cost $25 per person, which includes all taxes and tips for both bartenders and servers. Menu choices are: Baconwrapped 6 oz. Filet Mignon; Chicken Breast Sautéed and Topped with Fresh Crabmeat, Béarnaise Sauce, and Asparagus; Blackened Tilapia Filets, Cajun-style; Pasta Primavera. All selections come with a vegetable of the day and escalloped potatoes.

Tuesday, April 16th

Trolley Tours: (8:45 a.m. pickup at the hotel) A narrated 90-minute tour of downtown Savannah with an option to then continue to hop-on, hop-off the trolley for the remainder of the day. Trolleys stop running at 4 p.m. Cost: $22 per person, which will include tip for the driver of the narrated tour.

Savannah Theater: (6 p.m. pick up at the hotel to take us to theatre district) Dinner on your own in the area, Savannah theatre at 8 p.m., return transportation to the hotel after the show. Cost: $42 per person, includes transportation.

Wednesday, April 17th

Depart hotel at 9:30 a.m. for Wilmington Island Drive-Around and a stop at Savannah Bee Company. Continue on to Tybee Island, with lunch on your own. Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum Tour (1 p.m.). Individuals may continue with a visit to Fort Pulaski or continue exploring the island (all pay on your own). Dinner on your own in Savannah.

Thursday, April 18th

9:30 a.m. depart for drive to Mighty Eighth Museum (pay on your own) followed by lunch at Sophie’s, or place of your choice. Open afternoon to pursue other options: downtown Savannah, Wormsloe Plantation, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Museum, or many other choices. Gather at hotel at 6 p.m. to walk to Lady and Sons Restaurant for final dinner. Everyone must be present before restaurant will seat the group. If we are more than fifteen minutes late, we’ll lose our reservation! If you choose to attend the final dinner you MUST be on time. Cost of dinner: $26 per person.

Friday, April 19

Morning good-byes and departure.

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