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Savannah: Earth Day Edition

April 22, 2011

Savannah – a walker and biker’s paradise – and so much more.

Here in Savannah, we love being outside. We try to pack as much time outside as possible before the peak of summer’s heat comes. Outdoor activities are not limited to just strolling through the squares or zipping around the historic district on a bicycle (although both are great pasttimes).

For those who love walking, but would like a bit more direction then just wandering, we recommend a walking tour of the historic district. There are many different companies, but here at the Catherine Ward House Inn, our favorite is the Architectural Tours of Savannah. This tour is done by Jonathan Stalcup, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a masters in Architecture. Jonathan’s tour rivals that of tours in Europe and is often a highlight of our guests’ time in Savannah.

Left your bike at home? Have no fear, there are a number of bike stores in the historic district that will rent you a bike for the day or week. Our courtyard is private and gated – making a secure place to store your bikes while in Savannah. For bike rentals, visit the Bicycle Link at 408 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, the Perry Rubber Bike Shop at 240 Bull Street, or call the Savannah Pedicab Company.

 Want to see some of Low Country wildlife? The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is located just 6 miles north of Savannah on US-17. This refuge is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Ossabaw Island is the 3rd largest barrier island in Georgia. The island is a heritage preserve managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the Ossabaw Island Foundation. The island hosts various events throughout the year and is open to the public.

Want to be more active viewing the area wildlife? Renting a kayak is a great way to explore the waterways of the barrier islands. Kayaks can be rented from a number of facilities near Tybee Island. For those who want a guided tour of the area, consider taking one of many tours offered by Wilderness Southeast, the area’s leading private wilderness tour company.

Regardless of how you explore Savannah and the Low Country, just remember to take some time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Happy Earth Day!

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