Thursday, October 1, 2015

Get Away To Idyllic Romantic Inns, Exemplifying A True Sense of Savannah, Georgia USA

Historic accommodations at Presidents' Quarters Inn | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub / Daisies for Daisy campaign
Romantic Inns bed and breakfast home and elegant lodging
exude the continual welcome that rightfully mimics
the pulse of vibrant Savannah,Georgia USA through
southern hospitality in our million-dollar home inns.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Romantic, cultural, educational, heritage and adventuresome experiences are hallmarks of tourism in Savannah, GA USA.

Q. The "must haves" for the escape seekers and experience collectors?

A. Each lodging guest is looking for something special when you travel.

Experience seekers adore that our Romantic Inns' bed and breakfast accommodations portray Savannah's historic qualities and cultural manners in so many ways. Savannah travelers are eager to know what each can do instead of what each can buy here.

Why do we say these private hotels epitomize Savannah, Georgia? What was Savannah like in the 19th Century? 

Most of the privately owned Romantic Inns of Savannah bed and breakfast mansions, town home inns, and private guest accommodations were built in the mid 1800s. 

"No city of the Union blends more palpably the old and the new than Savannah", writes J. W. Avery in his Harper's Weekly article dated 1888.... The past is a living presence in this beautiful old city.... Into this forest [of February 1733, when British settlers arrived] the colonists cut an opening and arranged a quaint little plan of a place, reminding one of a child's toy town with everything precise and rectangular -- streets, houses and squares laid off mathematically and alike."
The Romantic Inns' architectural styles are "precise and rectangular", modernized for 21st century comforts, which blend "the old and the new".  Over one hundred and thirty years after Mr. Avery's review, our bed and breakfast inns are hearty "old fashioned residences, with a stately flavor of the aristocratic about them", situated along the "broad shaded streets" that he described.

Whether for your pleasure travel, entertainment, outdoor recreation, visiting friends or relatives, and in town for business, overnight lodging in a Romantic Inn doubles the enjoyment in Savannah!

Empty nesters' vacations and weekend or holiday getaways include a visit to historic parks, homes and gardens, and enjoying a sports vacation. Escapes for solo or romantic couples' getaways include an urban holiday with an added bonus for a soft adventure trip with sightseeing, sun and sand.   

Romantic Inns Owners Take A Personal Interest That Your Savannah Trip Is A Success! 

Innkeepers will help to tailor and organize a worthwhile itinerary, and assist with reservations, like dining in these authentic Savannah places and restaurants in the National Landmark Historic District.

Dine in places of status, like the home of the elite Habersham family, co-founders of the firm Harris and Habersham, who launched "the first effort to ship a Georgia cargo" (1749). The pink home on Reynolds Square is now the legendary Olde Pink House Restaurant. A grain warehouse on Telfair Square is now re-purposed as the popular and elegant Alligator Soul restaurant, serving up superlatives nightly. Renovated along the prestigious Factors Row wharf offices, Vic's On the River entices with fine dining and a window seat overlooking the Savannah River port for lunch and dinner.

Complementing the historical places/museums, cultural events/festivals and outdoors, Romantic Inns private mini hotels rightfully mimics the pulse of vibrant Savannah. Through southern hospitality in our million-dollar home inns, our tourism stars exude the continual welcome that respects Savannah's friendly city reputation. 

Insider experiences await when you book your lodging to stay in a privately owned Romantic Inn in Savannah, Georgia. We are eager to help our guests with what's new, deals, and regional interests for day trips near Savannah.

Just know, we will always do our best. Getting in touch is so easy! Contact all the inns with one click here!

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Savannah Romantic Inn Owners Are "Pretty in Pink" During Savannah's Picnic in the Park -- Sunday, October 5, 2015

At Savannah Picnic In the Park 2015
in Forsyth Park with the Savannah Philharmonic,
Sunday, October 4, 2015, look for the
flock of pink flamingos and Romantic
Inns' breast cancer cure supporters.
SAVANNAH GA -- In the spirit of the novel* and movie (1960) Pollyanna, a trio of glad hearted Savannah tourism stars will flock together to Savannah's musical "Picnic in the Park" on October 4, 2015.

Three historic Savannah bed and breakfast inns will style their 'Pretty in Pink' color-scheme picnic to showcase their 'in the pink' optimism and borrow the Disney movie's "Glad Town" aspirations.

Remember, Pollyanna's efforts brought together citizens, cheering and working for each other. That's the idea -- happier lives by working together and finding ways to be glad. 

The October 2015 "Hollywood in the Park" musical picnic in historic Savannah's Forsyth Park will be a luxuriant pink affair for three Savannah GA romantic inns. 

Year around many of historic Savannah's Romantic Inn owners offer the beautiful embodiment of the luxuriant Savannah lifestyle -- opening up their million-dollar mansions, daily extending hospitality to world travelers, embracing the southern city's quaint-meets-cosmopolitan unique cultures, and supporting the community's philanthropic endeavors.

Showcasing Savannah's artistic flair at another
fun-loving picnic, two Romantic Inns innkeepers,
Diane Crews of Green Palm Inn and Jackie Heinz
of Zeigler House Inn.
"We are glad to be participants in Savannah's rich cultural community. For Picnic in the Park 2015, we are eager to reshape our 'in the pink' optimism by stepping out, showcasing our romantic-to-glitzy, celebratory style onto the green landscape of the city's biggest annual picnic in Forsyth Park," states 25-year breast cancer survivor Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn.  "We have much to be glad about. We are glad for breast cancer survivors, thankful for dedicated care-givers, and far more glad for those who can forego the disease, yet assist to fund research and a cure. We are glad for the Savannah community's support and for the medical progress that is restoring hope and lengthening lives."

"Also, we are supporting one of their own," adds Green Palm Inn's Diane Crews. "We are eager to be counted among the legends in the community, cheering on the national cancer medical community's cure efforts and local Savannah Breast Cancer Awareness drives year around that support breast cancer patients."

"The 2015 Picnic In the Park movie theme, Hollywood in the Park, opens up innovative ideas and creative ways for our Romantic Inns to showcase a 'Pretty in Pink' and a 'Glad Town' attitude", adds Anna Kelley of Presidents' Quarters Inn.

These three tourism stars want you to know that historic inn lodging in the historic district goes far beyond plush bed chambers. Year around the caring Romantic Inns' owners support a pool of selective quality of life events and worthwhile causes that renew the world-famous city's tagline -- "Hostess City of the South".

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fall Things to Do in Savannah 2015: New Ideas for Romantic Inns' Lodging Guests in the Historic District

Savannah tour actors bring heritage and history alive
during downtown sightseeing tours through the Savannah
historic district.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- September 23, 2015, is the first day of autumn. In beautiful Savannah, it's the season of heritage festivals, running marathons, picnics and music, tea and beer, bird migrations, and patriotic celebrations as this southern USA city rolls into Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Did you know? Savannah's favorite son, Johnny Mercer, wrote the lyrics to Autumn Leaves.  Visit the bronze statue honoring Mr. Mercer, located in Ellis Square downtown.

Travel + Leisure magazine places Savannah on it's prestigious list of "Best Cities for Fall Travel". Adding in another feature, "For those planning on visiting Georgia, the best time of year to schedule your trip is between early fall and mid-spring when Georgian weather is most pleasant."
Each privately owned bed and breakfast inn within the Romantics Inns collective has unique ideas, listening to the unique interests of their lodging guests. Learn where the locals' love to eat, the best times to tour, and unique boutiques to shop for Christmas gifts.

Beyond this list of Fall 2015 things to do in Savannah, enlist the Savannah innkeeper's assistance for new ideas of things to do in Savannah and beyond, places to see even for a short Georgia coast day trip, best bakeries and eateries (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free cafes and restaurants), plus picnic and event assistance.


** September 23: First Day of Fall / AutumnSeptember 26: Free Entrance Day @ Fort Pulaski National Monument @FortPulaskiNPS near #Savannah & #TybeeIsland
September 27: World Tourism Day, United Nations
October 2015
October 2: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
October 2 - 4: Oktoberfest on Savannah River Street (German Heritage)
October 4: City of Savannah "Picnic in the Park", Forsyth Park
October 9-11: Savannah Folk Festival
October 10: Midnight Garden Ride (biking), Ellis Square -- 500 riders, 10 miles.
October 10: Fiesta Latina, Savannah River Street** October 12: Columbus Day
October 17: St. Vincent's Tour of Homes and Tea, downtown Savannah GA
October 17: American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events in Savannah, Ellis Square
** October 17: National Mammogram Day
October 24-31, 2015: Savannah Film Festival, Trustees Theatre, Savannah GA
October 25: Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival, Forsyth Park.
** October 31: Halloween
November 2015
** November 1: Daylight Saving (End) 2015
November 1: "Celtic Woman", 3 p.m., Savannah Civic Center
November 6: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
November 7: Hopped Up on Georgia Brews (beer tasting), River Street
November 7 - 8: Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon
November 9 - 15: Savannah Food and Wine Festival
** November 11: Veterans' Day 2015
November 14: Live Oak Library Children's Book Festival
** November 19: Great American Smokeout (The third Thursday in November)
November 20: Museum in the Moonlight, Ships of the Sea Museum in collaboration with Savannah Voice Festival; 7-9 p.m. Free admission.
** November 26: Thanksgiving Day
December 2015

December 4: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
December 5: Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run
** December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 11 -12: Holiday Pops with the Savannah Philharmonic at the historic Lucas Theatre
December 18-19: Fort Pulaski Candlelantern Tours
December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2015: Solstice Seafarers at Ships of the Sea Museum
December 20: Savannah Reindeer Run 8K

Get away in fall! You'll fall in love with Savannah, Georgia USA.

We hope you'll allow our Romantic Inns of Savannah's bed and breakfast lodging innkeepers to introduce you to more relaxing, story-rich romantic places, including the beautiful settings of our Savannah historic district's bed and breakfast inns, privately owned and personally hosted. Contact all the inns with one click here!

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah 

Top 12 Wonders for Winter in Savannah: Winter Holiday Ideas from Romantic Inns' Savannah GA Tourism Stars

SAVANNAH Georgia -- No-snow holidays, classic natural color-scapes, international heritage, architectural beauty, temperate weather, and phenomenally delicious food are only a few highlights of a classy and fun winter in Savannah Georgia USA. 

Flowering camellia shrub photo -c- Sandy Traub | Used with permission
Romantic Inns of Savannah, privately owned historic B&B lodging homes that are located in Georgia's oldest and most beautiful city, add ideas for joyful holidays between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. These tourism tips begin with twelve places you'll want to see during the city's cooler season, and we sprinkle in a few winter and holiday season events, too. 
Stay tuned! We'll update this page when new events are announced. Meanwhile, in addition to the winter camilla photo (left), view a few more visual teases -- Jan Buchholtz's beautiful photos (Flickr link), camellias are in bloom, adding rich winter colors to the year-around lush green landscapes.
Romantic Inns' "12 Wonders for Winter in Savannah" are twelve wondrous Savannah places that turn heads and stir conversations! Each is worth its own Savannah, Georgia destination trip during our southern city's 'no-snow' winter holiday vacations in the USA.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

May-September Romance Epitomized By A Southern USA City: Savannah, Georgia USA

SAVANNAH Georgia -- The mature landscaping, historic architecture, and the playful, competitive spirit of Savannah make this beautiful city an easy vision of the bubbly to nonchalant May-September romance!


Happy Hour in Savannah can be cocktails and spuds at The Crystal Beer Parlor or a root beer float or ice cream malt with the jukebox playing nostalgic tunes at Leopold's Ice Cream.

On any given day one might find art and the arts mixing happily in the rotunda Telfair Museum, the south's oldest museum. Swing dancing, musical concerts, and yoga are scheduled often. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turning the Corner in Savannah GA To Picture Perfect Scenes Near Romantic B&B Inns Downtown

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Don't you love turning a corner and finding photogenic scenes? Below are a few snippets showcasing a few of historic Savannah's romantic places near the privately owned Romantic Inns in Savannah, GA.

Capture the aura of historic Savannah right in the hub of the Landmark Historic District! Get away and enjoy fall, winter, spring or summer in the city, Savannah style. 

1895 Inn ... Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is out the front door, turn left and walk one block. You'll spot the spires through the trees!

Armstrong Inns B&B ...  Walk out the front door to Mother Mathilda Beasley park, honoring an African American Catholic pioneer. Bike or walk the trail.

A photo posted by Mona Mikell (@squarevegan) on

Catherine Ward House ... Forsyth Park is out the door, turn right! Drop in for a comfort break or cool beverage if you're walking the Bull Street corridor at the Forsyth Park Cafe.

Forsyth Park Inn ... Walk down the front steps and through Forsyth Park to Betty Bomber's, a canteen style, World War II themed, All-American cafe.  We can hear the music now, the Bugle Boys of Company B!

A photo posted by Peter Roaman (@soundsource) on

Green Palm Inn ... Walk out the front door to East Broad Street, turn left to dine at Cha Bella, organic farm to fork supper and fabulous Sunday buffet brunch. 

McMillian Inn ... Walk down the stairs from parlor level, day or night, and turn right to explore allure of Forsyth Park! Nightlife is magical in the 30-acre park and Arboretum.

Olde Savannah Inn ... Walk out the door and turn left to take in the beauty of Armstrong Mansion overlooking Gaston Street. Entitled "On a summer stroll", this photo portrays the founding home of Armstrong College, now the law office where Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed.

Presidents' Quarters Inn ... Walk out the parking lot and turn right to take the romance of the world famous Owens-Thomas House. Enjoying a hero's welcome to Savannah, American Revolutionary General Marquis de Lafayette spoke to the grateful citizens of Savannah from the balcony overlooking President Street following the war.

A photo posted by Mona Mikell (@squarevegan) on

Savannah Villas ... From the Broughton Street town home you'll be a stroll away from historic theatres and Leopold's Ice Cream.

Zeigler House Inn ... Walk down the steps to the Jones Street sidewalk, turn right and enjoy a southern lunch (only) at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and beautiful, romantic and natural backdrops for romantic photos in Orleans Square, and Mercer House (setting of John Berendt's New York Times best seller novel and Clint Eastwood's movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). 

Are you ready for a getaway to Savannah, Georgia? Our Romantic Inns tourism stars have more insider tips awaiting your call and visit to this top destination city. We hope to see you soon and often!

Meanwhile, here are two quick links to Romantic Inns of Savannah Press Fact Sheet and easy  contact to reach all our historic inns with one click! We invite you also to follow us on Twitter @RomanticInns and Facebook.

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Savannah, Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses by J. D. Byous

Historian and photographer James Byous untangles Savannah history from Savannah folklore in Savannah Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses ( In this enlightening feature, this history scholar debunks some erroneous Savannah tourism stories, and advances his storytelling with historical images and photography.

The innkeeper/owners of each of the Romantic Inns know leisure time is precious, so each is eager to share accurate and authentic #local stories and experiences to enrich your Savannah travel and recreation. We invite you to book your lodging stay with Romantic Inns in Savannah -- the history-rich, privately owned lodging inns located within the story-rich National Landmark Historic District.

Figure 1 The Armstrong House fence, above,
compared to the fence around
Buckingham Palace below.
SAVANNAH Georgia --  Okay… Okay… So I’m not perfect.  Not even my mother entertained that thought and my wife would back her up on the conclusion. But, there are a few… shall we say… factual contortions here in Savannah.  One could call some assertions a near miss… or maybe a near myth… but they are infractions of the truth.  You hear them on trolley tours, you hear them on walking tours, you read them in history books and magazines and brochures.

History is as history does but sometimes history does as others remember.  And, it may not be all that glaring.  This one is part of the official city test one must pass to gain a tour license.  The test book reads, “GENERAL JAMES EDWARD OGLETHORPE officially founded Savannah in 1733.”……. Technically it’s not true.  Perhaps it’s, shall we say, “nit-picky,” but in 1733 Oglethorpe was actually, Colonel James Edward Oglethorpe (Figure 2).  He wasn’t promoted to brigadier general in 1743, ten years after founding the colony.  So it’s a minor point.  I call it a near myth and a bit petty, but hey, truth is… well, the truth.

However, there are also several complete misses floating around the streets and squares of this unique, beautiful and extremely historic town.  I will admit to having stated them as fact in years past and should have checked them out.  As the newspaper editor says to Jimmy Stewart in the movie, Liberty Valence, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  But in history facts are… in fact… facts!  Rewriting the narrative for its correction is not revisionist history, it is the rectification of history.  Remember, this will be on a pop quiz later this week.

Myth number one --  The fence around the Armstrong House is a replica of the fence around London’s Buckingham Palace…  You will hear it daily as groups stroll and roll past the grand building on the Bull Street corner across from Forsyth Park.  In reality - and to give credit - both fences are made of metal with lance-shaped metal bars. (See Figure 1)