Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angels Among Us: Check Out the On-going Celebrity News in Savannah, Georgia USA

SAVANNAH Georgia --  Romantic Inns in downtown Savannah love to share the character-rich local stories and Savannah events that will appeal to regional and international tourists!

An eccentric's block party and parade are planned for Sunday, March 29, 2015 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m), in Lafayette Square to celebrate the birthday of Savannah native, Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), a Pulitzer Prize winning author. You'll find out, if you go, that Savannah's local color and atmosphere are engaging!

It's sure to be a street scene that photographers will adore -- people dressed in everything character-rich from their mother's and grandmother's trunks or tag sales, Sweet Thunder Strolling Band parading with party-goers as though cast members entertaining through the square.  See YoureWelcomeSavannah.com Flannery O'Connor Parade photos. Also, A Good Woman Is Hard to Find: Baltimore Artist Starts Flannery O’Connor Parade and Block Party in Savannah, GA by BaltimoreFishbowl.com 
Yes, Miss O'Connor is still news! "Happy birthday Flannery O'Connor, avatar of the Southern grotesque" reads the headline by David L. Ulin in the Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015.
Johnny Mercer offers contemporary news also! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrating with the Irish: St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia USA

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- A dozen Romantic Inns in Savannah encourage St. Patrick's Day revelers to explore beyond the sea of emerald green commercialism, Kiss Me I'm Irish, green grits, green donuts, and beer-on-the-run for more Irish heritage. 

Sergeant William Jasper monument, Madison Square
Savannah, Georgia USA. Unveiled February 22, 1888.
Photo Courtesy Sandy Traub
The Irish who immigrated to Savannah are among the builders of our nation. The successes of nineteenth century Georgia and Savannah – including construction of canals, highways, railroads, and military -- require robust recognition to Irish laborers, merchants, and volunteer militia men.  Even shoes "for the entire family, and for the slaves as well, were made by the typical cobbler of those early days, an Irishman who made the rounds of the new settlement each year." (Source: History of Savannah)

When visiting modern-day Savannah, "Hostess City of the South", we invite you to do more than peer into the windows of Savannah's restored 19th century homes. Book your lodging with us to enjoy an immersive experience in Savannah culture, including entertainment, food and southern storytelling.
Check for a Ceili (pronounced kee-lee), an Irish word meaning party, specifically one with live musicians, dancing, or general merriment. Some of our Romantic Inns will be hosting one for their lodging guests, or the innkeeper will point you to the Irish pubs where one is surely going on ... not only during St. Patrick's Day festivities!

IRELAND AND SAVANNAH, GEORGIA USA: ENCHANTING BEAUTY ON TWO SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Make A Date for Coffee or Breakfast in Savannah GA: A Day Dream Romantic Vacation in Plain View

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Day dreaming, daisies, divinity, and door-holding etiquette. Gas street lamps, wicker baskets on bicycles, and evening strolls.

In her book "Let's Bring Back", Lesley M.M. Blume lists these and more in her "Encyclopedia of Forgotten-yet-delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By". Ms. Blume writes, "We're absolutely drowning in Newest, Fastest, Latest, Disposable...."

Cafe society, opera, avenue promenades, and picnics in graveyards (like world-famous Bonaventure Cemetery, Colonial Cemetery or Laurel Grove).  Yes ma'am and yes sir, Savannah has them all!


Add also cobblestone streets, candy stripped barber shop polls, gas light street lights, cable car (on River Street), plus figureheads found on the bow of tall ships docked along the Savannah River harbor.


We continue to search for what Savannah has to fulfill Ms. Blume's longings. Yes, we'll add bonbons, rocking chairs, dining room and bedroom fireplaces, nostalgic music, finger-bowl Champagne glasses, and sleeper trains (Amtrak).

When visiting in Savannah, Georgia, one slows the pace. 

Yes, these kind of days-gone-by-indulgences are here and now in charming Savannah, Georgia USA.  Consider this idea! "Elevenses"-- a simple late morning sort of snack like tea, just because, or two cups of freshly blended coffee with fresh-from-the-farm cream and sugar made in Savannah from sugar cane!

Each of the Romantic Inns of Savannah innkeepers will have favorite places and even more local tips to soak up more of Savannah's charm. We hope to see you soon! Meanwhile, contact us here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Romantic Inns of Savannah, Georgia USA: Romantic Lodging Association Fact Sheet

INTRODUCTION.  Let Savannah Romance You! ™ is the invitation from a dozen historic district lodging stars in Savannah tourism -- Romantic Inns of Savannah LLC.

Top pick lodging in Savannah historic district at bed & breakfast inns downtown
The beautifully restored inns are the Victorian mansions near Forsyth Park, stately historic inns on legendary streets and garden squares (parks), privately owned bed and breakfast cottages near the Savannah River harbor, and Golden Era executive mansions. Each offers unique Savannah lodging -- from grandeur to intimate romantic places -- to celebrate small weddings, couples vacations and girlfriend getaways.

The collective marketing association of romantic Savannah inns includes only family-owned historic inns (circa 1855-1898), each rich with a storied legacy, interpreting and romanticizing southern hospitality a dozen different ways in Savannah, Georgia USA -- renown as North America's most beautiful city. 

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES. “Complimentary” is a big word among these southern USA inns – each inn offering its own unique B&B experience in the elegant lodging places that enhance culture-rich, quintessential Savannah travel experiences.  As guests of any of the Romantic Inns, international and USA travelers to Georgia's First City find unique historic Savannah expertise and extraordinary Savannah-style welcome in beautifully restored 19th century homes -- key to the architectural panorama in the National Landmark Historic District.

The non-profit association’s video, Better Way to Stay in Savannah, delights with ways to immerse into Savannah's unique local experiences. The video highlights the character-rich beauty of this USA historic city on the Atlantic Coast, the extraordinary charm and romantic places found at the various inns – patio gardens, southern porches, swimming pool, home baked pastries, and special-diet breakfasts. 

Affordability prevails because there are no hidden fees (otherwise charged at hotels, i.e., resort fees, Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast, etc.).  Generous amenities (inclusive) will be slightly different for each inn. All feature Wi-Fi, parking, and concierge trip planning, which point to local as well as tourist favorites and personal reservation assistance. Many feature homey-to-gourmet southern breakfast, complimentary beverages, and fresh baked pastries.

REVIEWS.  Models of southern hospitality and social ways, as well as Savannah's world famous architecture, cuisine, and garden landscapes, these Romantic Inns in Savannah, Georgia also lead TripAdvisor.com Savannah reviews among historic bed and breakfasts.  Member inn -- 1895 Inn -- tops TripAdvisor.com Savannah, Georgia B&Bs. 

FEATURED INNSMember inns are featured on Wheel of Fortune, and Eat It and Like It (top-rated Georgia and South Low Country foodie’s television), publications including New York Times, Southern Living, Delta Sky, and Savannah Magazine, and on popular annual tours -- Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, and Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns.

LOCATION.  Situated along the southeast USA’s Atlantic Ocean / Georgia coast, the Savannah National Landmark Historic District (2.5 miles) is home to the city's smallest restored cottage inns, stately town homes and mansion inns -- private carriage houses to 16-room European-style town homes — that dot prestigious, quiet residential neighborhoods downtown.

SAVANNAH ACCOLADES. Gaining in popularity for romance, food and wine, cycling and running, Savannah’s flat terrain enhances its reputation as a walking vacation city -- founded by the British in 1733 -- renowned for friendly people, mannerly charm, architecture, gardens, “no snow” winters, and international heritage celebrations.  Elite among America's original 13 colonies, Savannah is prized for its southern traditions and architecture that survived the American Civil War (1861-1865), verdant city green spaces, blooming gardens, and coastal landscapes, the arts, and international commerce. Complementing this rich tapestry are the Romantic Inns of Savannah!

Press and Media Contacts:
Marketing Committee Contacts:
Jackie Heinz innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com, 912-233-5307
Diane Crews greenpalminn@aol.com, 912-272-7465
Web: RomanticInnsofSavannah.com
Twitter: @RomanticInns | Facebook and Pinterest

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Monday, January 26, 2015

One Week or One Day Trip: Romantic Savannah Inns Offer Top 5 Reasons to Visit Savannah in February 2015

SAVANNAH Georgia --  Have you seen the beautiful Savannah historic district in February? The bed and breakfast innkeepers of Romantic Inns in Savannah are eager to introduce you to ways to get closer, immerse more into the local Savannah experience on topics and happenings that matter to you.

Camellias are in bloom in our
Savannah winter, adding
color and greenery even in February.
When making your reservation, each innkeeper will have more of their choice picks for things to do in Savannah and more Savannah GA points of interest based on your personal interests. If you're looking ahead, even to December 2015, the Romantic Inns' Savannah events calendar is a great source to check for entertainment.

Meanwhile celebrate heritage, life with avid book readers and authors, extraordinary love of food and wine, Grammy® and Academy Awards® in the hometown of winners, and music (weekdays and weekends) in Savannah -- Hostess City of the South!

1. Celebrate Heritage.  February is Greek-American Heritage Month, Black History Month, founding of the Georgia colony, and Mardi Gras.

  • February 1 - 21: Celebrate Black Heritage Festival in Savannah. The African-American heritage events will take place at various venues. Most offer free admission. 

  • February 12, 1773: The colony of Georgia was founded as a British settlement.  On that date James Edward Oglethorpe and more than 100 colonists unloaded their ship, the Anne, and settled in present day Savannah.  During the Georgia History Festival's Super Museum Sunday, February 8, 2015, over 40 cultural institutions, historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia will open their doors to the public free for free admission -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Savannah GA Perceptions: Hip and Historic USA City Adds Romantic to Accolades

SAVANNAH Georgia -- It is no surprise, but exciting to learn that America's most beautiful city -- the "Hostess City of the South" -- has earned a cherished spot on one of Travel+Leisure magazine's exclusive international lists -- World's Best Cities for Romance!
Take advantage of winter getaway 2015 specials and discounts at many Romantic Inns. 

Romance in Savannah, Georgia USA with a
beautiful backdrop of  historic architecture
and cool buildings, peace and quiet, ice cream, and the
walkable city's pedestrian-friendliness among the top
reasons to travel to Savannah GA any time of year.
Many of our Romantic Inns of Savannah guests arrive for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, or unique anniversary present, celebrating in the charm of Savannah, Georgia.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SAVANNAH? 

Valentine's, Spring Break, and Christmas are the best times to visit according to Travel+Leisure magazine's "Favorite Cities" survey. In the T+L 2013 poll, the Savannah locals add "Fall" among the best times to visit Savannah. 

To be ranked among the top 20 is significant! 
 
A quick look at the Travel+Leisure 2013 Savannah "Favorite Cities" recap, we find our southern USA city is admired most for Architecture/Cool buildings (#1); Peace and quiet (#1); Ice cream (#1); Romantic escape (#2); and Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness (#2).

Savannah is popular and ranks in the top 20: easy going attitudes, charming accents, friendly and stylish people, cultural getaways, pet friendly vacation, girlfriend getaways, free attractions, historical buildings, antique stores, independent boutiques, barbecue, cafes, sweets and desserts, range of hotel options, weather, and people watching.

The list is longer but we'll stop for now.We hope you can see why we our Romantic Inns are so pleased to play an active and staring role in Savannah tourism!

"HIP AND HISTORIC" SAVANNAH LIVES UP TO "ROMANTIC" ALSO, AND MORE!

Modern-day Savannah gaining in popularity -- blossoming beyond simply "historic" to a year around, vibrant, lively, spontaneous place to enjoy life ... visiting, celebrating, living, and doing business!

The perception of Savannah goes well beyond 'historic". We thank marketing executive Sandy Traub for pairing Savannah attributes "hip and historic" many years ago. And, we're thrilled that the international and USA travelers see the broad possibilities for adventures that have expanded this beautiful city's accolades.

Today Savannah is a favorite USA destination city, popular with a broadening range of tourists, convention goers, and business travelers who admire and seek out ways to include Savannah GA in their vacations and lives.  
Our Romantic Inns of Savannah are privately and locally owned historic homes and historic Savannah inns. We will be pleased to host your next Savannah lodging and introduce you to one of the world's most romantic cities from the vantage point of discerning locals!

It's easy to simply contact all the inns at once, here! We welcome your visit, soon and often.

Copyright 2014 Romantic Inns of Savannah

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Historic Savannah, Georgia: Romantic Inns Laud Rich Travel Immersion, Enticingly Affordable in January

SAVANNAH Georgia -- January is a exciting month to visit and stay in Savannah, Georgia USA! Why? Lower lodging rates and deals, reduced crowds, new restaurants (The Gray and The Florence) and pub (The Collins) openings, flowering gardens, lower gas prices for one-tank trips, plus there is HISTORY!
Lowering gas prices make a quick “one tank” last minute getaway from Atlanta, north Georgia, South Carolina or Florida possible. Gas in some places around Savannah is down to $2.18 per gallon.
Savannah in winter ... colorful camellias, a
delightful surprise, added to 'no-snow" winters
full of greenery in nature! 
Skipping through Georgia and Savannah history it's easy to find historic places which pair well with contemporary local immersion travel. "History is not boring in Savannah; it melds into everyday life here," clarifies Jackie Heinz, owner of Zeigler House Inn and marketing chair for the Savannah Romantic Inns marketing collective.

"Staying in one of the our Romantic Inns, cultural travelers can immerse into the richest Savannah experience. When travelers become temporary locals, as lodging guests in our historic inns, we share new ways to visit southern style, dine, tour, and celebrate priceless American historic moments in Savannah, Georgia, the first capitol of America's thirteenth colony founded in 1733," Jackie adds.

All of the Romantic Inns of Savannah are near historic sites in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. We have grabbed historical dates in January for a tad of meaningful strolling, running, walking, or biking through the historic district. Innkeepers will generously share ways to immerse into a rich Savannah experience on topics of interest to the inns' guests.

RE-CONNECT TO CHRISTIAN HISTORY IN SACRED PLACES