Built in 1842, The Harper Fowlkes House incorporates many of the popular styles of the era, such as an exterior of Savannah gray brick stuccoed and scored to resemble stone blocks. Visitors can still see the craftsmen?s handiwork during educational tours of the three-story Greek Revival mansion, held four days a week. A curving stone staircase leads to the mansion?s front doorway, surrounded by a two-story porch whose roof rests on elegant columns. Inside, antique artwork abounds, such as a portrait of Colonel Habersham, who played a key role in the Revolutionary War by originating the backward tri-cornered hat. Other period antiques decorate the house, and an enclosed garden adds an outdoor element. Further antique details permeate the house, from ceilings bordered by original plaster crown moldings to six chandeliers that were originally gas-burning but have been retrofitted to host light bulbs.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
An indoor, air-conditioned range encompasses eight shooting lanes, each equipped with an electronic targeting system and lighted stalls to enhance vision.
The pro shop rents many of its in-stock firearms, including handguns and Class 3 weaponry.
The weapons experts of Aim Center Mass share their knowledge in serving the public, law enforcement, military, and first responders. As the partner business of Mission Essential Inc., Aim Center Mass houses three archery ranges in addition to the gun range. Each is outfitted with the TechnoHunt bow-hunting system, which lets guests test their aim on virtual trophies such as bear and elk.
When viewed from a distance, a person riding a standup paddleboard might bear a passing resemblance to the gondoliers who ferry travelers through the waterways of Venice. But these paddlers have the entire ocean to call their canal, and are spared the indignity of wearing striped shirts. East Coast Paddleboarding?s crew outfits adventurers with the equipment and experience necessary to tackle the waters surrounding Tybee Island, whether embarking on calm floats or catching shore-bound waves. The outfitters can also serve as guides, leading tour groups to a nature preserve accessible only by water and pointing out the cresting fins of curious dolphins.
Nestled in the salt marshes of northern Wilmington Island, Bull River Marina is an ideal launch pad for exploring the region’s natural splendor. Experienced captains offer tours that find them steering their prow through the bottlenose-dolphin-inhabited waters off the shores of Savannah. Additionally, Bull River's captains lead crabbing and fishing charters that search the waters for everything from kingfish to sharks. The seasoned fishermen provide passengers with all the bait, tackle, and licenses they need to wrest trout and flounder from the refrigerators of submarine captains.
Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.