Monday, November 2, 2015

Glad Tidings and The Holidays in Savannah, Georgia: Christmas Stories and Present Day Holiday Tips from Romantic Inns

Savannah Christmas | Photo courtesy Catherine Ward House Inn B&B
Romantic holidays in Savannah, GA
at Catherine Ward House Inn
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The New York Times reports on Wednesday, December 28, 1870, that there was a "high and merry carnival among the Savannaese on Monday.... Even the telegraph office was closed, and people seemed to wish to shut themselves out from the rest of the world and enjoy their holiday all to themselves...."

"The great fĂȘte of the people was Christmas.... Time was measured by it: it was either so long 'since Christmas,' or so long 'before Christmas', wrote Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922) of Social Life in Old Virginia Before the War. "It was the time to 'Shout the glad tidings.' It was The Holidays."

Today the people of in the Hostess City of the South are are called Savannahians. The citizens now invite the world to visit for the holidays. There are no masquerading of costumes, no pigeon shoots, no baseballs matches, and no tournaments of "knights in flaming colors..., lance in hand".  Then as now, however, there was "a great deal of shipping in the river".

Oh, the food! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Southern Hospitality Extends to Southern Breakfast Cuisine: 1895 Inn's Best Pancake Recipe

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Southern hospitality is a stereotype of the lifestyle and culture found in the American South. Wikipedia describes it as "particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming to visitors to their homes, or to the South in general". 

Southern cuisine plays an important role in southern hospitality.
"I learned to love the tastes and smells of good food, and that true Southern hospitality begins in the kitchen, the soul of a home", writes Lisette Verlander and Susan Murphy in  The Cookin' Cajun Cooking School Cookbook.  
Members of Romantic Inns of Savannah, proprietors of 1895 Inn offer "personalized service that will not be surpassed". Based on 556 bed and breakfast reviews to date, Bob Ray and Ed Bryant make good on their invitation to "make our home yours" during your visit to Savannah.   

Elegant southern breakfast of Baked Banana Pecan Pancake
served at 1895 Inn B&B, a top-pick romantic
Savannah bed and breakfast inn located on Oglethorpe
Avenue in the National Landmark Historic District.
Photo courtesy of 1895 Inn. Used with permission.
Generously, Bob and Ed share their prized recipe for Baked Banana-Pecan Pancake. Enjoy!

Baked Banana-Pecan Pancake
The 1895 Inn, Savannah GA USA


2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup warm maple syrup, to taste

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
6 ounces vanilla or banana yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (mashed) very ripe banana (can also add/substitute other fresh fruit)
½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a nine-inch pie dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients. In another bowl beat together egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla.  Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until evenly combined.  Fold in mashed banana and chopped pecans.
2.  Pour batter into pie pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cut into 6 wedges. 
3.  Serve warm with toppings.

Note: While Banana pancakes are popular among backpackers and other travelers traveling along the "Banana Pancake Trail", often beginning in Bangkok and weaving through South Asia and Southeast Asia, this southern pancake version featuring Georgia pecans is served elegantly in the 1895 Inn's genteel setting. Fresh fruit, bacon, and coffee round out the inclusive breakfast at this top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast inn. 

Recipe Copyright © 1895 Inn.

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.