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 (JByousCompany.com). 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)


Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Entertainment Trends for #Summer in #Savannah A La Carte! Savannah Insiders from Romantic Inns of Savannah Share Early Summer Trip Tips.

SAVANNAH GA -- Instead of hot, Romantic Inns believe that summer vacations in Savannah, Georgia, will take on a new trend-setting mantra for summer vacations 2015 -- #HotSpot. Whether relaxing or exploring, whether the first trip of the fifth trip, Savannah vacation travel this summer embraces leisure that is NOT at all boring for those who visit America's most beautiful city! 
Savannah is a southern getaway spot named on USA Today's "Top Tourist Destinations in the South"
If we use only this one article's highlights -- "distinct culture of music, cuisine, and easy-going people", plus the art -- you'll discover it's a spot where you'll satisfy craving for a semi-tropical summer getaway!

Southern accents and patriotic flags add to Savannah's scenic natural landscapes, dressed in ancient trees and year around colorful flower gardens. Light-weight cotton apparel, comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, a bathing suit, sunscreen, a camera, and a smartphone. Those are the highlights for your what-to-pack list.

Let's mix up the pairings! See if these happenings (and more on our Savannah EVENT Calendar) might whet your appetite for a southern summer vacation trip to Savannah.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite Savannah, Georgia Summer Vacation Spots: "Don't Miss" Places and Things To Do from Savannah Tourism Stars, Our Romantic Inns and B&Bs

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Eager to showcase the uber local coastal Georgia experiences, our Savannah tourism stars began a 'might miss' alphabetical list of favorite things to do in early May 2015. Our historic inn owners and members of the Romantic Inns in Savannah marketing collective continue this 'things too often missed' list in the mini-hotels' travel blog post.

These insider tips are intended for tourists wanting romanticized to adventurous dining experiences -- gaining insights into what the locals love. These Savannah tips will be new ideas, too, for the Georgia coast travelers who are visiting on a second or trip #10, eager to do something new in Savannah.

So, here we go, continuing the "don't miss" Savannah vacation spots through our alphabet of highly valued suggestions and dearest insider tips -- F, G, and H today. Thank you, passionate and friendly hospitality stars who want city visitors to love Savannah, too!  



4th of July Fireworks, Urban Forest, Funky Musical Night Out, Fried Green Tomatoes, Farm to Table Dining, Silent Films, French Toast, Fishing, Fairy Lights, Fish Camp, and Forsyth Park.

Get away for a patriotic July 4th in Savannah, taking full advantage of the walkable urban forest, including Forsyth Park in the historic district, favorite cafe spots to eat, and fireworks on the Savannah River.  "I would get up early in the morning and walk/run down to Forsyth Park through the squares on Bull Street -- Wright, Chippewa, Madison, and Monterey. Taking in all of the greenery and fabulous history of each unique square," suggests Green Palm Inn's Diane Crews. This outdoor lover adds, "After breakfast I would head to the creeks or rivers to fish late morning and early afternoon. Just enjoying being out on the water, probably starting at Bull River or Lazaretto Creek. Diane also recommends farm to table dining at "Cha Bella for a nice quiet dinner, relaxing after a long travel on their patio with silent films shown on the restaurant patio wall", and Flying Fish on Wilmington Island for the crab cakes.
Little known secret: Flying Fish restaurant, located near the Bull River Marina on Wilmington Island, will clean your fresh-caught fish and serve them right up to you!

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Executive Innkeeper Jane Sales at Presidents' Quarters Inn commends unique vacation spot on  Tybee Island, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah's historic district. "For a great drink, send folks to Tybee to the Tybee Fish Camp (106 S. Campbell Avenue, Tybee Island) for a Cosmopolitan-the best I’ve ever had! Sit on the porch under the fairly lights to enjoy."

Many of the Romantic Inn's regularly serve French Toast on their historic inns' breakfast menus. Forsyth Park Inn touts their specialty, Croissant French Toast. Presidents' Quarters Inn shares a tempting introduction of a summer delight at this historic inn located on Oglethorpe Square. "A wonderfully light but sinfully sweet treat is Anna’s Peaches and Cream French Toast served in our courtyard for a leisurely start to a guest’s day. Recipe available upon request." 

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Grits, The Gray, Grouper, Grills, and Greens.

Jane also recommends " Lobster Bisque at Liberty Street Grill (529 East Liberty Street) along with a Caesar Salad for a light summer supper. For heavier fare, the Pork Shanks with a 'mess of greens' at The Gray Restaurant (109 Martin Luther King Blvd.) Delicious!" The Savannah tourism pros at Forsyth Park Inn recommend Sapphire Grille, Alligator Soul, aLure, Belfords, Tubby's, Fiddlers, and Crystal Beer Parlor, especially encouraging travelers to "Try some seafood -- shrimp and grits, crab cakes, the flounder, and grouper."

Historic Inns, House Museums, and Harriet Meyerhoff. 

A long-term taxi driver told us that Savannah tourists love to see the historic homes. They love even more to get inside the beautifully restores homes. That's where the Romantic Inns' collection of historic inns really shines. Not only do those who visit Savannah browse through these historic houses, they LIVE the Savannah experience. House museums and Harriet Meyerhoff's Personalized Tours of Savannah are among the top recommendations from Forsyth Park Inn to the questions, "If you were going to spend a weekend in Savannah as a tourist, knowing what you know, what would you do?" and "What is an activity you suggest your guests do during these sultry summer days?"

A photo posted by Telfair Museums (@telfairmuseums) on


Stay tuned. These Romantic Inns tourism stars have more insider tips to enjoy Savannah up close and personal. We hope to see you soon and often!

Meanwhile, here's a link to Romantic Inns of Savannah Press Fact Sheet and here's a quick link to contact all our historic inns with one click! We invite you also to follow us on Twitter @RomanticInns and Facebook.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Keen to Visit Savannah And Want to Kick Your Travels Up A Notch?

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Part of the romantic heritage of Savannah is the city's becomingness, appropriateness. Restored historic homes, converted to private bed and breakfast inns, add that certain appeal to kick up the authentic Savannah travel experience. Our Romantic Inns' innkeepers invest millions -- not only in restoring historic architecture but in comforts and hospitality -- to assure that our dedicated historic inns compliment the attractive, becomingness of America's most beautiful city.    
"I say sacrifice style any day for becomingness." -- Edith Head
What's Just Around the Corner From Each Of Our Savannah Romantic Inns? 

We love turning a corner close to one of our Romantic Inns in the Savannah historic district and finding a fascinating scene. So, we're sharing what becoming scenes impress your fellow travelers!

McMillian Inn, Olde Savannah Inn, and Catherine Ward House are located in prime locations near Forsyth Park, Savannah's central park where outdoor romantic weddings, heritage and music festivals are popular. "Big Band Small Town Tours" is one of those "times gone by commendable things" from a book we love, "Let's Bring Back" by Leslie M. M. Blume.  If one attends the Savannah Jazz Festival (September 20-26, 2015) held each September in Forsyth Park, you'll become a believer that this "forgotten-yet-delightful" curiosity is rebounding in Savannah, Georgia USA!


Armstrong Inns B&B on East Broad Street is near the renovated home of a Catholic nun, Mother Mathilda Beasley (1832 - 1903; 500 East Broad Street). She born into slavery in New Orleans, yet later founded St. Francis Home for Colored Orphans in Savannah. Mother Beasley was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement in 2004. Nearby are more of Savannah's park squares, often considered the city's crown jewels.



1895 Inn enjoys the setting of Oglethorpe Avenue, originally the southernmost street in the first phase of Savannah's colonial settlement. One may take in a healthy square meal, picnic style, in the Colonial Cemetery rich with history and romantic tales. Nearby is Broughton Street, a boutique shopping corridor with chic loft apartments on upper floors.
 



109 West Savannah Villas, described as an "Old aristocrat with Savannah charm" is an exquisite 1871 home located at 109 West Liberty Street, near the Savannah Civic Center. Right around the corner is Orleans Square.

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Zeigler House Inn is located on Jones Street, often praised as one of America's most beautiful streets.  This elegant bed and breakfast, built by a Georgia Salzburger descendant, resides in the same block as place on most foodie's bucket lists -- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (originally called Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House; 107 West Jones Street). If we took a straw poll of favorite places to eat, it is like the vote would go to this infamous southern food place, where travelers enjoy a friendly "pass the peas" family setting. If you cannot find Wilkes, just find the lunch line on Jones Street near Whitaker. 

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With it's southern veranda porch, facing east to overlook Forsyth Park, Forsyth Park Inn is one of those mansions described by a tourist in an overheard conversation: "Yes, at the end of every sidewalk is a mansion."


In May 2015 Presidents' Quarters Inn, located on Oglethorpe Square, received a nice shout out from Travel Noir, along with streets and architecture and Savannah's historic squares.  In Twitter the world travelers followed up with a glowing comment: "The Presidents' Quarters Inn, #Savannah stole my heart so will definitely be back :) @TravelNoire." It's nearest neighbor is the world famous Owens-Thomas House (124 Abercorn Street).

Located on Greene Square, named for American Revolutionary General Nathanael Greene, the cozy Green Palm Inn welcomes travelers to the Softer Side of Savannah™. The cottage inn champions the idea for travelers to see the historic churches, too often overlooked. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (below) is located on Lafayette Square, one of Savannah's world famous town squares.

There you have it ... a few ideas of how our Romantic Inns can help you to kick up your Savannah travels a notch or two!  We look forward to your visit. Meanwhile, contact us here.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Savannah, Georgia Romantic Inns' Extended Hospitality: "Don't Miss" Places and Things To Do in Savannah

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Romantic Inns' bed and breakfast innkeepers are among the famously friendly Savannah folks who invite travelers to the visual splendor, entertaining arts, and taste-temptation parties in Savannah's historic district.

In the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler survey, Savannah, GA is #2 among the friendliest USA cities.

Our best recommendations, of course, come directly from discerning Savannah locals who daily explore and experience Savannah entertainment, dining, and attractions. Romantic Inns's owners are among the tourism stars -- the Savannah GA locals, who invest in the ongoing world-famous preservation of the National Landmark Historic District in Savannah and who carry on the tradition of southern hospitality in lovingly restored historic inns.
To assist with Savannah trip ideas and destination plans, we continually update a smorgasbord of events and things to do in Savannah GA on the Romantic Inns' EVENT calendar.
What to See and Do in Savannah:  Places and Things You May Otherwise Miss!

The Savannah Morning News recently published 26 focal points in its "Savannah A to Z" (April 2015), which we recommend for a traveler's delightful introduction to notable Savannah places and iconic topics. The Tourism Leadership Council released a beautifully picturesque edition of "Savannah: A Southern Journey" (2015). Writing in Country Living magazine Sienna Fantozzi shares 25 Reasons Why Savannah, GA is the Most Utterly Enchanting Place in the South (May 2015).

Within this travel blog we add five tips -- "Savannah Things to Do and See, those things that you may otherwise miss, beginning with A through E" for now.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Romantic Savannah, Georgia Outdoors: Pre-Summer Relaxation, Journey Through Time

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Outdoors in Savannah, especially the walkable National Landmark Historic District, afford a relaxing journey through time and the senses.
An upcoming place to start is SCAD's annual Sidewalk Art Festival in Forsyth Park, April 25, 2015.
The Arts and Pop-Culture Savannah Scene



A year-around quiet spot in Savannah is Chippewa Square. 

Whether you journey south, north, east or west, it is likely you'll cross Chippewa Square during a day's travel of walking in downtown Savannah. Chippewa Square marks the heart of Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.
"...Sit down, enjoy those chocolates, and watch the world go by" suggests Frommer's Portable Savannah guide. The chocolate reference, of course, is to Forrest Gump's "Life is like a box of chocolates".

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!