Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Let's Travel to Quiet Savannah GA USA on Tuesday in 2014!

SAVANNAH Georgia (January 1, 2014) -- No one says to give up the non-stop romantic weekend getaways.  A new idea comes from Romantic Inns in Savannah for the folks who enjoy quiet getaway travel, just for personal time and quiet new experiences.

"Maybe it's time for simply a couple's getaway without the kids or a nice pause from work," says Green Palm Inn innkeeper, Diane McCray. "We think you will love a few Tuesday trip ideas in Savannah, GA USA!" 

Looking at the 2014 calendar, we find even the popular holidays falling on Tuesday are just about the quietest days for a Savannah, Georgia trip -- Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, March 4), April Fool's Day (April 1), Earth Day (April 22), and Veterans' Day (November 11). 
I aimlessly travel, meaning I have no agenda other than to get small in the world, be quiet and observe people. -- Walton Goggins 
Here are a few quiet Savannah, Georgia trip ideas with emphasis on quiet Tuesdays! 

In January 2014 get away for a quiet culinary tasting trip during Savannah Restaurant Week (January 24 - February 2, 2014) on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  Prix fixe menus abound at top local restaurants and artisan cafes in downtown Savannah and Tybee Island (only 20 minutes drive from the historic district). They're romantic spots, too, that offer quiet time and quiet places to try new foods and Savannah dining spots affordably and unhurried.
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. -- Bertrand Russell

In February 2014, SCAD's deFine Art showcases its contemporary and fine art, opening on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The event is February 18 - 24, 2014.
Just as long as something is gained, a lesson is learned. I do like those. The more quiet victories are always great. -- Jon Heder
In March 2014, make Tuesday a music-packed day during the Savannah Music Festival -- March 20 - April 5, 2014. Starting with concerts at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, surprisingly these are music-filled weekdays with blues, mandolin and qawwali music, jazz piano, lunchtime and evening guitar concerts.
The best physicians are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman. -- Daniel D. Palmer
Tuesday is a great day to try recommendations from Annette White's "Bucket List of 25 Things to Do in Savannah".  "City art museums and mansion museums that are closed on Monday are open on Tuesday. The long lines at popular restaurants on weekends in Savannah are shorter or non existent on Tuesday," adds Zeigler House Inn's Jackie Heinz.  
When I write I find a quiet place. -- Lianne La Havas
April 22, 2014, is Earth Day -- an ideal day for a trip in Savannah to experience nature's beauty in springtime. Once called "Forest City", you'll want to visit the urban forest of Forsyth Park's Arbitorium, Tybee Island beach, and walk the famous Savannah squares (mini garden parks) that dot the National Landmark Historic District.
But being quiet and meditating on sound is something completely different and will be discovered very soon by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn't reach their soul anymore. -- Karlheinz Stockhausen
When one gets out on the Georgia coast waterways around Savannah, you'll hear the sounds of nature -- the Atlantic Ocean waves and shore birds at Tybee Island beach. Take a Georgia Barrier Island day trip with Wilderness Southeast, Bull River Marina's boat tours, or a Capt. Mike's Dolphin Tour near Tybee. Kayaking tours are available to get out on Johnny Mercer's famous "Moon River", near Skidaway Island State Park, and Little Tybee Island.

By now, we hope we have painted a mental picture of how delightful and quiet Tuesdays are in Savannah. Get here if you can! The privately owned bed and breakfasts of Romantic Inns in Savannah will have more quiet ideas for your Savannah, Georgia trip on Tuesday or any day.

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Copyright © 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

Monday, December 16, 2013

Savannah Benefactors: Savannah's Drayton Street is a 'Thank You' to Ann Drayton of Charleston's Magnolia Plantation.

SAVANNAH Georgia (December 15, 2013) -- Our bed and breakfast collection of family-owned Romantic Inns in Savannah offers a nod to Savannah benefactors. Today we point to a few who supported our once-fledgling British colony of Georgia on the banks of the Savannah River.

Prominent among the stalwart benefactors is Ann Drayton. Her name stands out among the roles of notable male benefactors.
Still an iconic spot for photographs,
here is the Savannah Cotton Exchange (circa 1904, facing
south) on Factors Walk -- Bay Street at Drayton Street
in the National Landmark Historic District.
Without thinking of gender, we read street names and square names. However, most honor men benefactors or heroes. Earl of Abercorn, for whom Abercorn Street is named, contributed £100 [English pounds] to help underwrite the cost of transport of the colony's first immigrants. Colonel William Bull, Lieutenant Governor of the South Carolina, came to Savannah with twenty laborers. He and Georgia founder, James Edward Oglethorpe, laid out the now famous Savannah City Plan. Bull Street is the main north / south street in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.

The Governor of South Carolina, Robert Johnson, gave seven horses. South Carolinian Joseph Bryan came to help settle the colony with four sawyers [those who saw timber for a living], giving the colony two months work in the colony. Bryan Street runs east and west, passing Johnson Square.

Right in the hub of Savannah's first-named streets is Drayton Street, named for Ann Drayton. Mrs. Drayton is the widow of Thomas Drayton, Jr. -- of the famous Drayton family who still own Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (70 acres) dates to 1676, when Thomas and Ann [Fox] Drayton built a house and small formal garden along the Ashley River (once the Kiawah River).

It is clear that Ann Drayton held her own wealth to assist the Georgia colony after the arrival of settlers in February 1733.
In April 1729, Thomas Drayton (the son) and his mother Ann petitioned the Charleston Probate Court for a division of his father Thomas Drayton, Jr.'s estate. The petition states that Thomas the younger was "desirous to take into possession" of his share of his father's estate in order to establish himself as a planter. The petition was granted. 
Looking south on Savannah's Drayton
Street from Bay Street. The iconic terracotta
lion at the Cotton Exchange is in foreground.

Historians write that there was a competitiveness among South Carolina's notable families to outshine and outdo one another, assisting the new Georgia colony. After all, the new English settlers and settlement would be the important military and civilized buffer between the British in South Carolina and the Spaniards in Florida.

What is along Drayton Street Today?  

Today a one-way street, Savannah's automobile traffic on Drayton Street runs north from Victory Drive to the strand on Bay Street near City Hall.

Drayton Street is the east boundary of Savannah's central park, Forsyth Park.   

Overlooking the south end of Forsyth Park is the former Telfair Women's Hospital, said to be visited periodically by a lady spirit in brown dress -- believed to be Miss Telfair. Mary Telfair endowed the Telfair Women's Hospital with the property located on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Drayton Street and gave the building to the Independent Presbyterian Church. The grand building is now a private senior citizens home.

Impossible to miss on Bay Street at Drayton Street the Old Cotton Exchange is center stage along Factors Walk. The international rate for raw cotton was set in only two places around the world in the 19th century -- at Savannah's Cotton Exchange or in London England.  

On the southeast corner of east Bay and Drayton streets stands the former Hibernia Bank, designed by architects Mowbray and Uffinger in 1914. It presently houses the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah offices.
Forsyth Park Fountain, viewed from east side of the park
near Drayton Street. The puddling gold leaves
are from ginkgo trees in the Forsyth Park Arbitorium.
(December 2013) Photo ©Sandy Traub
Between Huntingdon (named for Lady Huntingdon) and Gaston streets along Drayton Street is the former Candler Hospital, now being extensively renovated by the Savannah Law School. Savannah Magazine touches on the Drayton Street tunnel, a topic of haunted storytellers in its "Beneath the Surface" feature (March 2013 by Beth E. Concepción).

The phenomenally popular 700 Kitchens Cooking School, directed by Chef Darin Sehnert, is located at 700 Drayton Street.

Grand architecture are features of Savannah College of Art and Design's Administrative buildings along Drayton Street. Clinard Hall ansion (ca. 1872; 618 Drayton Street) is described as "[a] three-story, 4,647-square-foot stucco Italianate building features quoins, stone windowsills and caps". Lai Wa Hall is located at 622 Drayton Street at Hall Street. "This circa-1877 structure once was the home of prominent Savannah financier and cotton broker Thomas M. Butler. Note its marble foyer, wrought-iron staircase and 13-foot coffered ceilings." Near Bay Street, Propes Hall (15 Drayton at Bryan streets) was "Built in 1895 and formerly the Citizens Bank building, Propes Hall was the first building in Savannah to be completely fireproof. Note the Renaissance Revival style architecture." Bradley Hall (115 East York Street) faces Drayton Street.  "The 67,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style building was constructed in 1906 and originally housed the U.S. Marine hospital." 
Our 'Where to eat' tip:  Just across York Street at Drayton is Zunzi's -- a take-out only sandwich shop that was featured by Adam Richman on Travel Channel. We highly recommend the award-winning Conquistador! If you miss the lunch time lines, try Zunzi's II, with roof-top and garden, dinner-only dining. It's located on Drayton Street at Bay Lane.
The Girl Scouts first headquarters preserves the early history of Girl Scouts at 300 Drayton Street. It is the carriage house of the Andrew Low Mansion, founder Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low's home. The Girl Scouts became the nation’s largest organization devoted to developing leadership, service and survival skills for young women.

Until 1846, the old city jail was located along Drayton Street, where today's Andrew Low Mansion and Lafayette Condominiums are today, overlooking Lafayette Square.
Insider's Tip: Look for stones marked "J.B." (Jail Bounds), the landmarks for debtors serving time for penance but permitted to be out of the white-walled jail.
The popular Parker's Market Urban Gourmet (222 Drayton Street) is a fun spot to pick up a warm or cold beverage, incidental personal needs, or quick deli lunch or on-the-go breakfast.

At the intersection of Gaston Street and Drayton Street is the brick mansion seen in the popular golf movie, The Legend of Baggar Vance. The movie (2000) starred Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and was directed by Robert Redford. The beautiful home is a private residence.

Located on the corner of Drayton and Liberty streets, the Drayton Towers is currently under extensive renovations for luxury condominums and apartments. It is the only international style architecture style in Savannah. At the intersection of Drayton Street and Liberty Street (once the southern limit to the city), is the new BT Byrd's at Drayton Tower (101 Liberty Street). The chic cafe offers a little niche place for breakfast, lunch or dinner to celebrate old school Savannah in uber modern ways -- a Southern Hot Dog with pimento cheese, bacon, and saffron slaw or the Bourbon & Tarragon Cured Trout Salad; scones, a glass of wine, or one of the full bar’s craft beers and cocktails with a cookie plate. The speciality is Supersized Hot Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with a multitude of sweet and savory fixings. Open 7 days a week. 9am-9pm.

McDonough's Pub, voted Best Daytime Bar and Best Karaoke, is just across from the historic Savannah Theatre, a lively place for top-rated musicals year around. Situated facing Chippewa Square, the theatre holds the notoriety as the oldest theatre in continual operation in America. It backs onto Drayton Street. 

Songwriter and Capitol Record's co-founder's Johnny Mercer is a Savannah native. His birth home is two blocks to the east of Drayton Street, which he crossed to reach Forsyth Park as his playground.

Just off Drayton Street is Catherine Ward House bed and breakfast (118 East Waldburg Street), a Romantic Inns member.

Now after that little stroll up and down Drayton Street, don't you think it would be delightful to give Ann Drayton our renewed big thanks for her contribution to Savannah's success? Maybe a day trip to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens would be one way to do just that. The picturesque Charleston plantation is about a two-hour drive northeast from Savannah.

We have more insider stories, which are among the wonderful reasons to stay at Romantic Inns in Savannah. Isn't it more fun to be in the know?  Contact all our inns at once, here.

Copyright © Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Experience Wonder and Joy of Christmas and Hanukkah: Get Away for Holidays in Savannah Georgia USA.

SAVANNAH Georgia (November 19, 2013) -- Too often life's joys are bypassed or overlooked. Holiday joys in Savannah are magical! Romantic Inns in Savannah invite you to spend a few days in Savannah at Hanukkah and Christmas time.
Christmas in Savannah photo copyright Catherine Ward House inn bed and breakkfast
Christmas decor at Romantic Inns of
Savannah member, Catherine Ward Inn

We have joy! The secret? Spontaneity is often at the heart of joy in Savannah.

Even on Christmas day, there is much to do! Sure, it's that rare time when shops, museums, state and national parks are closed, sightseeing tours are on pause, and water taxi shuttles are docked. Families are celebrating.

Here the holidays are opportune times to simply slow your pace. Wander. Wonder. Ramble about. Our friendly southerners suggest that you mosey or gallivant with no particularly place to be, at no particular time.

Below are some ideas where we think you might find joy in Savannah. You'll notice we have enlisted some amazing sages!

Link HERE for open restaurants on Christmas day.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” ― John Keats, Endymion: A Poetic Romance
1. Savannah is a colonial town, so you'll see more greenery than lights at Christmas time. The beautiful mansion on Chippewa Square is one of our favorite lighted trees, and The Paris Market on Broughton Street always has whimsical window displays.

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” -- Mark Twain

2. It's joyful to pair things up -- photography and taking in the friendly, local vibe; discovering the favorite spots of local by way of a progressive dinner; seeing resurrection fern at Christmas; cocktails and dessert with someone dear, giving a gift to a stranger, or doing the unexpected -- taking in an art museum and lunch in the same spot!
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

3. We honor America's heroes when we take time to honor their service. The landscapes of the famous Savannah squares (garden parks) are dotted with monuments to heroes. On the Savannah Riverfront is the globe-shaped World War II Monument.
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ― Marianne Williamson

4. Bring your camera! One true joy in Savannah is what you'll see, even those things you don't expect -- the architecture, flower and tree landscapes, the panoramic vistas on the beach and waterways, the whimsy of birds and squirrels at play, and the many places of historical stories. 
“My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
― Mary (mother of Jesus), Holy Bible: King James Version

5. Attend an historic Savannah church or the Mickve Israel Synagogue -- the third oldest in North America. Many of Savannah's beautiful places of worship in the National Landmark Historic District were built in the 19th century. We think you'll find pure joy realizing the sacrifices made to worship in beautiful places.
“Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

6. Take in a musical at the historic Savannah Theatre, located on Chippewa Square. Magic happens when the lively, talented performers frolic onto the historic stage wearing beautiful costumes and bursting with joyful music!
"There are two ways to spread the light. You can be the candle or you can be the mirror that reflects it!" -- Edith Wharton

7. Joy is found where one stays at one of our Romantic Inns in Savannah. Make no mistake: we want you to stay with us! However, if you adore our ideas, we'll be happy just to know that at least we were the candle and the mirror, pointing the way! 

Wherever you are, we wish you joy this Christmas and Hanukkah season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Let us know how we might entice you even more to get away #lastminute for the wonder and joys of the holidays in Savannah, Georgia. Here's a link to make it easy to contact all of our privately owned inns, at one time! -- Romantic Inns in Savannah, Georgia USA

Copyright © 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Small Bed and Breakfast Inns in Savannah Share Recipes for National French Toast Day 2013

SAVANNAH Georgia (November 6, 2013) -- You may call this post a petite tease to visit romantic Savannah. We don't mind.

Today several of our innkeepers from the family-owned, small bed and breakfast inns of Romantic Inns in Savannah, Georgia, share their prized French Toast recipes. Don't you agree that it's a grand opportunity to share a favorite breakfast recipes from guest-pleasing, small bed and breakfast inns? 

Definitely, we'd love for you to visit and stay with us. In the end, however, today we share our B&B #recipes to cheer on -- with our unflappable southern applause -- National French Toast Day, November 28, 2013.

Did you know? French Toast has a long list of names -- French Toast, Nun's Toast, Pain Perdu, Poor Knights of Windsor, Egg Toast, Liberty Toast, and a host of more international captions. Remember in 2003 when the House of Representatives' cafeteria renamed the French toast, "Liberty toast" on the menu?
"Extending an olive branch to France, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, wants the House cafeteria to go back to listing "French toast" on the menu; the breakfast staple was rechristened "Freedom toast" last spring, in protest over France's opposition to Gulf War II. But is French toast really French?" -- Is French Toast Really French? Slate.com
Come. Let Savannah Romance You!  Let us know how we might entice you more and assist with your Savannah visit. Here's link to reach all Romantic Inns with one inquiry.  Meanwhile, enjoy!  

from Catherine Ward House in Savannah, GA USA

Filling --
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup maple syrup
Blend with hand mixer until smooth
Fold in ½ cup strawberries

4 large freshly baked croissants
Slice horizontally, cutting to but not through other side.

Egg mixture --
3 eggs
1 cup half and half or light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Spoon filling into croissant and dip in egg mixture. Cook stove-top with butter – medium heat – 1 to 2 minutes. Plate and sprinkle with fresh berries. Offer maple syrup.


Banana Foster French Toast
from Presidents' Quarters Inn in Savannah, Georgia
Serves 12 (each serving two thick slices of your favorite Thick French Bread Loaf)

Ingredients --
8 oz . butter
2 cups of light brown sugar
¾ cup maple syrup
6 large ripe bananas
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1 T. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon

Melt butter in large sauté pan. Once butter is melted, add brown sugar and maple syrup. Use a wire whisk to help combine sugar, syrup, and butter. Bring to a simmer and add sliced bananas. Reduce heat to low and cook bananas until soft but not mushy.

While bananas are cooking combine eggs with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside until ready to cook bread. Slice French Bread.

Heat greased flat top griddle to 350 degrees(I use cooking spray like Pam). Dip each piece of bread into egg mixture and put on greased griddle. Let cook 3-4 minute until golden brown and turn to cook other side.

Place on plate and top with warm banana topping and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with your favorite breakfast meats (sausage, bacon, or ham) and enjoy!

*Note from chef, Anna Kelley: You can adjust the amount of brown sugar and syrup to make it thinner or sweeter, can keep the mixture on the stove on low heat. I keep toast on the stove from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and add bananas to it as needed, but keep an eye on it so it does not burn.

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from Zeigler House Inn in Savannah, GA USA 
* adapted from Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's recipe. "I just tweak it a bit with fresh fruit and, of course, I bake it in individual ramekins," says innkeeper Jackie Heinz.


§ 1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread
§ 8 whole Eggs
§ 2 cups Whole Milk
§ 1/2 cup Whipping (heavy) Cream
§ 3/4 cups Sugar
§ 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

§ 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
§ 1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
§ 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
§ 1/4 teaspoon Salt
§ 1 pinch Nutmeg *Optional
§ 1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
§ Fresh Fruit or nuts *Optional

Preparation Instructions:
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with butter. Tear bread into chunks (or cut into cubes) and evenly distribute in the pan.In a medium sized bowl mix together eggs, milk,cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover tightly and store in the fridge for several hours or overnight. In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add nutmeg if desired. Add butter pieces and cut them into the dry mixture until mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a Ziploc in the fridge.When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat oven to 350 F. Remove casserole from the fridge and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top. (If
you're using fruit, sprinkle on before the crumb mixture.) Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture. Bake 1 hour or more for a firmer, less liquid texture. When I make mine in the individual
ramekins I bake it for about 25-30 minutes. I also add fresh blueberries or peaches in season and some chopped pecans to the topping as well.Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with
maple syrup.

Banana French Toast
from Green Palm Inn in Savannah, Georgia USA

1 stick butter - melted.
Add: 1 cup brown sugar and
2 Tblsp light corn syrup. Mix together.

Prepare with cooking spray a 9x13 pan. Pour the butter/sugar mixture into the bottom. Slice 4-5 bananas and place on top of the butter. Slice 6-8 large croissants, length wise. Place bottoms onto of the bananas. Fill in the holes and make look pretty with the croissant tops.

Mix 1-1/2 cups milk and 6 eggs. Add 2 teas vanilla and 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour over the croissants. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. Bake 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

"I top the french toast with caramel ice cream topping, whipped cream and nuts," says innkeeper Diane McCray.  ENJOY!


Interested in the more of the "French Toast" back story? We suggest "The Origin of the French Toast" on ChefTalk.com, and the French toast entry on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Copyright (c) 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Romantic #Savannah through the Decades: The 1940s, Including the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Savannah is a southern city steeped in history. Real life is more fun than the stories. But oh how much more rich the southern storytelling when one wants to make the 1940s come alive for 21st Century visitors. Any day now we're hoping to spot the filming crews for the third World War II miniseries from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and HBO. It's about the Eighth Air Force -- the men of the Mighty Eighth. Stop for a burger at Betty Bombers to click quickly into the vibe.

Members of the 8th Air Force at the Chatham Air
Force Base (now Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport) in front of a
B-24 airplane, in Savannah, Georgia.
June 3, 1945 | Kenneth Rogers, photographer
Copyright (c) The Kenan Research Center at the
Atlanta History Center. Used under paid license.
SAVANNAH Georgia (October 14, 2013) -- Yes, it's true. Laced within the chronology of Savannah's story and life in the 1940s are romantic stories -- love of family, love of country, love of our city.  Those endure today, demonstrated as we daily and happily share our B&B inns' hospitality with thousands of the city's millions of international visitors each year.
"[Savannah] That most magical of cities ... that earthly paradise" -- Conrad Aiken, poet and author
Not to be confused with stoic, our fun-loving Savannah has been called a "living museum" for good reason. History lives in everyday life here and in nearby places.
Savannah, Georgia named to Conde' Nast Traveler magazine's "Top 10 Cities in the United States, Readers' Choice Awards". -- October 2013
We want to tempt your interest by hop-scotching through the 1940s. We think you'll come to see how we love to keep the best of the old, and dress it up with the new in Savannah. For some who visit Savannah it's love at first sight!

Today we have speedy communications via the Internet and wireless phones. In the 1940s the new technology of the black and white television broadcast was very limited in the United States. Families listened to radio and sat together at the family table for meals. It's hard to imagine, but telegrams and land line telephones were the fashionable technologies. In 1946 the National Numbering Plan (area codes) was implemented, and the first commercial mobile phone call was made.

Unidentified man getting his shoes shined on
what appears to be Drayton Street in Savannah, Georgia.
May 17, 1947 | Kenneth Rogers, photographer.
Copyright Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.
Used under paid license.

Shiners (shoe shine boys) worked on downtown sidewalks. Liberty ship builders completed 88 vessels in support of World War II. Delegates to the International Monetary Fund Conference (World Bank) held the organization's first meeting on Wilmington Island. Harry Truman attended. African women with big old baskets of cooked crab and shrimp on their head worked in City Market and walked in the streets hollering, 'Yeah Crabs! Yeah Shrimps!'. Plumbers rode bikes to work projects.  Source: Lane Library, Armstrong-Atlantic State University
Newspaper editor Frank Rossiter wrote, "I'd rather be a fiddler in Savannah than a harpist in heaven."  Source: Lane Library, Armstrong-Atlantic State University
"Until December 1941, America was still at peace and war raged throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.... In the 1930s and 1940s, many of the distinguished buildings in the historic district were demolished to make way for new development, including parking. The 24 original squares had been bisected by streets and fire lanes to speed traffic flow.... 'Out with the old, in with the new' was America's post war motto." Source:  City of Savannah: History 1940-1949
"Savannah is like an old shoe. The longer you wear it the better it fits." -- Mrs. Josephine Taylor, Lane Library, Armstrong-Atlantic State University
British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill
(left) stopping in Savannah, Georgia while on his
way to meet U.S. President Harry Truman
in Key West, Florida during World War II.
Circa 1940 | Joe McIntyre photograph
collection. Copyright (c) Kenan Research
Center, Atlanta History Center. Used
under paid license.
From the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (December 7, 1941) until V-J Day, the end of the fighting in World War II (August 14, 1945) Savannah and her citizens double-downed as an international port and military town in support of America at war, abroad.  Over 50,000 citizens worked in the shipbuilding industry during those years.

In August 2005, Savannah Morning News listed "60 Years, 60 Remembrances" -- the spots and names where citizens and city visitors could honor the "Greatest Generation".
"Savannah was then the center of a Armed Forces network that included air bases, Army camps, Marine posts and Navy installations. Thousands of men served and thousands of families sacrificed with them. Throughout the city and local area, there are monuments to and mementoes [sic] of those wartime experiences." - Savannah Morning News
Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, already successful in the music industry as a co-founder in Capitol Records, wrote patriotic songs for movies and entertained U.S. troops on the West Coast. In 2009, a bronze statue was sculpted by Savannah artist Susie Chisholm to honor our famous son. The statue is located on the west side of Ellis Square.
  • A good place to start for 2013 Savannah visitors is to see Jukebox Journey at the historic Savannah Theatre -- "Popular music and professional choreography from the 1940′s to the present are presented in a bright, colorful, and fast-moving production filled with lavish costumes and comedic skits." 
  • The Bleu Belle boutique is a hot spot for contemporary fashion in Savannah, carrying a line of clothing called “vintage belle” that is vintage pieces from the 1940s through the 80s.
  • Like we do almost every day now, in Travel+Leisure Magazine's feature, "Seductive Savannah | T+L Golf", they recommend Mrs. Wilkes. "After the round [of golf], stop in for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room on Jones Street, where since the 1940s patrons have gathered at communal tables to be served family-style portions of deliciously rendered Southern fare such as fried chicken and baked ham. Then, either on your own or with a guided group, explore the beloved historic district, which is home to many well-shaded public squares and magnificent porch-wrapped mansions."
  • A storm in 1940 was by far the worst of the three that hit our area in the twentieth century, a little less strong than "Hugo" that hit Charleston in 1989. The storm of 1940 produced at least 105 mph winds in Wright Square in downtown Savannah and produced considerable tree and structural damage thought out the area. Prior to that time, no other hurricane had hit the Savannah area or even the Georgia coast since 1898. Source: Patrick Prokop, Chief Meteorologist, WTOC  
  • In 1943 Green-Meldrim House on Madison Square was sold to St. John's Episcopal Church.  It had been the headquarters of General William Sherman during the American Civil War. It now serves as a parish house and is open to the public as a house museum.
  • The "Waving Girl" Florence Margaret Martus (1868-1943) died in 1943. The fame that the Waving Girl brought to Savannah has been memorialized in a statue by Felix DeWeldon who was also the sculptor of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The statue is located on the east end of River Street, along the Savannah harbor. 
  • Swarms of sailboats took advantage of the Atlantic Ocean waters off the Georgia coast, especially Tybee Island. The waters of the Wassaw Sound near Tybee and Savannah hosted the 1996 Atlantic Olympic Yachting venue. The Olympic Torch Sculpture is on River Street to commemorate the event. Sailing and other water sports attract vacationers to the Savannah area year around now.
  • In the 1930s and 1940s an art colony formed along Factor's Walk in the waterfront district.
  • Chatham Field is now the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, a part of the City of Savannah acquisition in the 1940s. The initial 600 acre tract is in the vicinity of Cherokee Hill, one of the highest elevations in the county. Construction of a new airfield commenced under a Work Projects Administration (WPA) project. WPA was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects. Three runways were constructed running N-S, E-W, and NE-SW; each 3,600 feet long.  Named "Chatham Field", the airport was an used as a bomber and crew training base for B-24's and other fighter aircraft until the end of World War II. 
  • The Eighth Bomber Command (Re-designated 8th AF in February 1944) was activated as part of the United States Army Air Forces January 28, 1942, at Hunter Field in Savannah, Georgia. An historical plaque is located in downtown Savannah at the corner of Park Avenue and Bull Street, marking the "Mighty Eighth" headquarters. Open seven days a week, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located in Pooler, just off I-95, west of Savannah. 
  • Hunter Field is now Hunter Army Airfield. On 30 August 1940, the United States Army Air Corps received approval to build a base at Hunter Municipal Airifeld, the first airport for the City of Savannah. Official dedication of the airfield as Savannah Army Air Base took place 19 February 1941. At the end of the war, Savannah AAB was used as a Separation Center for the discharge and furlough of service members returning from Europe. In 2013, Hunter Army Airfield is home to units of the 3d Infantry Division, including the "Marne Division's" Aviation Brigade. Hunter's 11,375-foot-long runway supports the installation's rapid deployment needs as any aircraft, including the C-5 Galaxy, can land at Hunter. Hunter Army Airfield has a unique distinction as being identified as an alternate landing site for NASA's space shuttles.
  • Since 1945, the Georgia Ports Authority has coordinated international trade investment, which enriches the state of Georgia's economy in Savannah and Brunswick. Along Savannah’s waterfront visitors can watch Savannah River traffic. Savannah tourists are often surprised at the size of ocean-going vessels that move up and down river, to and from the port guided by a local fleet of tugboats. Pleasure craft, including mid-sized cruise liners, often anchor at Rousakis Plaza.  
  • In 1945 the president of Savannah Gas, Hansell Hillyer, and his wife Mary, began restoration of buildings in the 10-acres complex of Trustees' Garden, owned by the gas company. Shocking the naysayers, Mrs. Hillyer successfully renovated old clapboard cabins into rental units. A fashionable neighborhood rose up. The project proved restoration could be profitable.  Source: Savannah, a history of her people since 1733, Preston Russell, Barbara Hines. Today the Pirates House Restaurant and Charles H. Morris Center are located on the property.  A new amphitheater is now in construction. 
  • Mrs. Marmaduke Floyd (Delores Boisfeuillet Floyd) restored The Pirates' House and adjoining Herb House.
  • Swing music was in vogue. City couples and Fort Screven soldiers and Navy divers danced to Tommy Dorsey and the big bands on Tybee Island's Tybrisia Pier. Swing trombonists hailed from Georgia. James "Trummy" Young from Savannah, J. C. Higginbotham from Social Circle, and Lou McGarity from Athens all played for many popular big bands. An early jazz trumpeter, Cladys "Jabbo" Smith from Pembroke, rivaled the popularity of Louis Armstrong. The lyricist and vocalist Johnny Mercer from Savannah wrote numerous popular songs of the era—now classics—and sang with Goodman. Such popular vocalists as Connie Haines from Savannah and Frank Sinatra made Harry James's big band [Albany, Georgia] the most popular swing group of the late 1940s. Source: GeorgiaEncylopedia.org  
  • Fort Screven on the north end of Tybee Island remained an active U.S. military post until 1947. As a ranking lieutenant colonel at the time, the later famous World War II General George C. Marshall had been commander at Fort Screven during the 1930s. "In June 1947 Secretary of State George Marshall delivered carefully worded remarks committing the United States to consider a plan for reconstruction of Europe. The remarks became known as the Marshall Plan Speech which initiated the post-war plan known as The Marshall Plan." Source: MarshallFoundation.org The Tybee History Museum is open to visitors in a re-purposed, concrete artillery battery. George Marshall's #Tybee Island office and 'Officer's Row' home are private residents, still standing much as they appeared in the 1930s. 
  • The Georgian Tea Room in James Habersham's Pink House mansion (now The Olde Pink House, a fine dining restaurant) on Reynolds Square was rescued by Alida Harper Fowlkes. The affluent Mrs. Fowlkes and her friends served as waitresses. 
  • "Born in Savannah on September 16, 1943, before integration, James Alan McPherson recollects playing hooky from school in order to read in the "colored branch" of the local Carnegie Library [on Henry Street]." Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia.  McPherson's early short story "Gold Coast" won the 1965 Atlantic Monthly Firsts award. In 1978 he was the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his 1977 story collection, Elbow Room.
  • The post World War II period was an important era in the lives of Savannah’s African-American population. In 1947, long before the turbulent 1960s, nine black police officers were appointed to the Savannah Police Department. This was largely attributed to a voter registration drive launched by the Reverend Ralph mark Gilbert, who served as pastor of the First African Baptist Church located on Franklin Square. Visitors are welcome to tour the church on Franklin Square and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • On the northeast corner of Drayton and Liberty streets stands Drayton Towers which is the only example of the International Style architecture in Savannah. In 1949, Billy Bergen son of Savannah architect Cletus Bergen (for whom the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Bergen Hall for the photography program is named; 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) submitted the design. In 1951 the building was completed as designed.  In 2013, the property is under renovation for luxury condomeniums. On the lower level are chic new spots that include BT Byrd's @ Drayton Tower (a chic cafe, open 7 days a week, 9am-9pm), The Beer Growler (45 taps for the beer-jug-to-go market), and Rob's Salon (voted Best Savannah Salon 2012 by Savannah Magazine readers). 
  • A month before the International Monetary Conference (IMF; March 1-18, 1946) was held at the Oglethorpe Hotel, visitor Lady Astor delivered her backhanded compliment: "Savannah is a beautiful lady with a dirty face." -- the now-infamous line shamed Savannah. A month later, Lady Astor struck again: "Even if the International Monetary Fund Conference has not put Savannah on the map, at least I have." Source: Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733 by Preston Russell, Barbara Hines.  
By the 1960s seven women headed throngs of citizens to form the Historic Savannah Foundation, leading to the city's now-famous pace-setting preservation in the National Landmark Historic District. Our heralded historic Savannah inns are among the proud old homes restored. Our bed and breakfast renovators love to help keep Savannah beautiful!
Our Romantic Inns of Savannah invite you to "Come for a visit!"  You'll love Savannah, so often proclaimed as one of the most beautiful in America. You may even decide to call her 'home'. 
"Felt like I was in a 1940s movie!" -- a TripAdvisor.com comment about Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah, Georgia USA
Copyright © 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub.

Update on the HBO and Mighty Eighth --
- National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Welcomes 100th Bomb Group and HBO, Savannah Daily News, October 16, 2013 – "The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force this week will be welcoming the 100th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force for its reunion. Film crews will be visiting at the same time to begin work on the upcoming HBO miniseries on the Eighth Air Force, entitled Masters of the Air...."
Additional Resources for this post --
- Armstrong's Greatest Generation, Tybee Resort and On "Happiness & Hard Times", Lane Library, Armstrong-Atlantic State University
- Savannah vintage photos on Flickr 
- Georgia Historical Society, Marmaduke Hamilton Floyd and his wife, Dolores Boisfeuillet Floyd
- Excavation of the Irene (Indian) mounds site, near Savannah, was led by several important archaeologists, especially Joseph R. Caldwell (1937-1940), New Georgia Encyclopedia
- "Swing Music: Overview," New Georgia Encyclopedia

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Last Minute Getaway! #Savannah Picnic in the Park With Philharmonic

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 25, 2013) -- On October 6, 2013, a flood of picnickers will be in Forsyth Park, Savannah's 19th century grand park. The 30-acre park was originally set aside by William B. Hodgson prior to 1851 for “the pleasure of the public.”

The 'don't miss' event is "Picnic in the Park", sponsored by the City of Savannah's Cultural Affairs Department. Attendance is free and open to the public. **On seeing this blog, @VisitSavannah tweeted: "@RomanticInns ...great idea for a romantic weekend in Savannah with the picnic! Maybe pick up goodies from BT Byrd's? So good!"
Did you see this? Washington Post and AP gave Savannah a nice shout out today! "History, charming streetscapes and live oaks in two Southern cities, Savannah and Charleston"
Finally fall by Susan Dennis on 350px.com Finally fall by Susan Dennis

The Savannah Philharmonic will be providing the music. The annual "Picnic in the Park" tradition is an afternoon and evening lawn and garden party on the green. It's the highly anticipated fall, family-friendly event when the whole community and strangers are invited.

Get Away Last Minute! 

All our Romantic Inns are nearby, dotted in the National Landmark Historic District. Two of our member inns -- Forsyth Park Inn and Whitaker Huntingdon Inn -- overlook Forsyth Park. Catherine Ward House Inn is only two houses away from the park. More of our historic Savannah inns are within a two or 3 block walk. All the rest are within a 10-minute walk through Savannah's beautiful garden and architectural landscapes.

We'll make all the arrangement for your picnic readiness. 

Transportation Options 

Parking is impossible. We do not advise driving to the event. Guests can keep their prized downtown parking at the inns, taking full advantage of their free parking amenity. 

Savannah Pedi-cab (tips only; 912-232-7900), Royal Bike Taxi (charged by the block; 912-341-3944), and Savannah Hoppers ($3/person; 912-414-2943) are inexpensive shuttles. Biking is another fun option.

Ride free with the DOT, Savannah's fare-free Downtown Transportation System. A cautionary note: Chatham Area Transit (CAT) advised us today that only the normal DOT shuttle schedules will be running on the picnic date.

Attendance is free. Picnics are your choice to bring. 

Each person attending brings their preferred picnic and beverages for a picnic supper, a Trout Picnic, a Cantonese Picnic, an Elegant Champagne Picnic, a Barbecue Picnic ... you get the idea. No grills and no on-site cooking. Be prepared for darkness with flashlights or battery candles. Watch the weather reports and be prepared for "fickleness of the weather", as The Modern Hostess, Christine Terhune Herrick wrote in 1905.

Expect to see elegant to casual hampers to elaborate outdoor receptions on the green. It's a competitive evening on the green when prizes are given for the best themed picnic. For the October 2013 event the theme is "Celebrate the Arts".
"In the Edwardian era, at the turn of the century, the landed gentry thought nothing of sending servants on ahead to the picnic site to establish an outdoor drawing room." -- James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, James Beard [Ridge Press:New York] 1960
No one is out of place, even if you bring yourself only! A blanket, chair, beverage, and flashlight would be our minimum recommendation for this event, easily dubbed 'splendor in the grass' every fall!

You're sure to love the Forsyth Park Arboretum, which acts as a living showcase of Savannah's flourishing and diverse urban forest. Over 50 species of trees are in the park where you may enjoy this annual Savannah tradition -- "Picnic in the Park". 

Information is below to register for the picnic contest. More ideas from VisitSavannah are here: Picnicking like a true Savannahian.

Romantic Inns will make it easy to get away last minute. Simply send one email that will be routed to all member inns via this contact link. Stay in touch via Twitter @RomanticInns to learn more from our Romantic Inns' innkeepers in America’s most beautiful city -- Savannah, Georgia USA.

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October 6, 2013 "Picnic in the Park" details via City of Savannah Web Site

"Picnic in the Park celebrates National Arts and Humanities month with the theme "Celebrate the Arts". The Savannah tradition will take place in Forsyth Park on Sunday, October 6, 2013 featuring a performance by the Savannah Philharmonic, under the baton of artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon.

As always, the event will feature an evening of live music, family, and picnics big and small! Picnickers are encouraged to design a creative picnic spread that is inspired by all forms of the arts; music, theater, dance, film, photography, architecture, visual arts, and literature. Those who enter their spread in the picnic contest will be eligible to win an array of prizes. For more information, please contact Erin Seals, Marketing Coordinator for City of Savannah at eseals@savannahga.gov or call 912-651-6417.

Picnic in the Park is presented by the City of Savannah and sponsored by Parker's with Media sponsor WSAV. The picnic contest is sponsored by the Savannah Area of REALTORS.

Picnic registration opens   4 p.m.
Judging begins   5 p.m.
Savannah Philharmonic concert   7:15 p.m.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Romantic Inns' B&B Group Spotlights Five Hot New #Savannah Happenings ... Worth the Trip!

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 16, 2013) -- Fast breaking Savannah news is counter to "southern slow", the beloved description and reputation of Georgia's First City -- Savannah, Georgia USA. A champion at finesse, the popular international city by the sea is no slacker and we, the public are so pleased!

"Savannah" movie director Annette Haywood-Carter
at Savannah, Georgia USA opening.
We hope not only Savannah travelers, but travel editors and USA adventurers will check these five late-breaking news highlights. Answering the question of "What's new in Savannah?" these are only snippets of what helps to hold Savannah high in USA tourism ratings and a beloved place to visit in The American South.

#1. Affordable airfares. JetBlue Airways announces service to Savannah! 

Just a few days ago that was teasing news tweeted from JetBlue president and CEO, David J. Barger. Today, it's official! JetBlue announces its direct route new service from JFK in New York City to Savannah, plus a bonus of special offers. A $79 special offer is found at this link -- JFK to SAV -- New York City to Savannah, beginning February 13, 2014.

The Empire State of the South [Georgia] gets more direct routes to and from the Empire State of the North [New York] ... and beyond! 

Coconut Cake with Blueberries and Italian Cream at
Zeigler House Inn, featured on Eat It and Like It
with Jesse Blanco in October 2013.
#2. Inns stay in the News. Three members of Romantic Inns in Savannah, Georgia, champion big exposure for their historic inns  in October 2013 and for this popular southern city only 18 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

Watch for Presidents' Quarters Inn, Green Palm Inn, and Zeigler House Inn on Wheel of Fortune, beginning early October 2013!  Savannah gets the spotlight for Fall with enticements to visit one of America's most haunted cities. Sixth Sense Haunted Tours gets a nod as well.

Mid October, Savannah's own Eat It and Like Like with Jesse Blanco features Zeigler House Inn's farm-to-table hors d'oeuvres, the bed and breakfast inn's sideboard of afternoon desserts, and the traveling public's swelling interest to choose Savannah B&Bs and popular historic inns for more "local" and personal Savannah lodging.

#3. Fall Getaway. Savannah B&Bs are among top reasons U.S. News Travel includes Savannah #6 on of list of Best Fall Getaways

"Why go: Beautiful architecture, amazing comfort food, and a distinct sense of Southern hospitality are Savannah's major draws. But you can enjoy fall's jazz and film festivals if you plan a trip for this season. This is also a great time to hunker down in a historic B&B." -- U.S. News Travel [emphasis added]

#4. Fresh food options. Savannah College of Art and Design announces two fun, healthy and fast food spots -- a new cafe near Tourist Information Center, plus Gryphon's breakfast on the run. 

The new Cafe' 78 is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near the Savannah Tourist Information Center. Of the new eatery SCAD.edu writes, "Located inside Ex Libris Bookstore, this eatery features handmade breakfast and lunch dishes that incorporate natural ingredients, served in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere." Opens 7:30 a.m. Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Twitter @WorkatSCAD announced today, "Running late? Get your grab-and-go breakfasts from Gryphon Tea Room, starting today 7:30-10am!!" To verify this is open to the public, they replied, "Gryphon Tea Room grab-and-go breakfast is open to the public 7:30-10am!! Lunch begins at 11am. We hope to see you soon!" A re-purposed pharmacy, the library-esque Gryphon is located on Madison Square across the street from ShopSCAD.

A masterpiece of 1791, and a "10 Places of Peril" (2009)
in Savannah, GA gets masterful historic restoration --
The John Berrien House in
the National Historic Landmark District.
#5. Architecture. Stay tuned, keep watch, and keep applauding the extensive historic home renovation of John Berrien House, circa 1791, located on Broughton Street at Habersham Steet. 

Chief architect is Gerry Cowart of Cowart Group Architects in Savannah. Significant architectural genius in workmanship is being uncovered, including ballast stones in the house footers, and craftsmanship that resembles fine furniture making in the building's joints. Follow Cowart Group Architects on Facebook for regular updates on the masterful restoration of this18th century statesman's home, one of the last in Savannah. The property is protected under the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Savannah Foundation has championed saving the historic jewel.

"The Berrien House is a federal style building in Savannah built circa 1800 for Revolutionary War officer Major John Berrien. Located on Savannah’s main commercial street, the Berrien House has been vacant for more than twenty years [as of 2009] as several demolition permits have been sought and denied. Lack of maintenance and failed rehabilitation efforts have left the severely deteriorated building at risk of demolition by neglect.  Historic Savannah Foundation holds a preservation easement on the house and has invested $70,000 in roofing and structural repairs and has established a task force to seek strategies for the rehabilitation of this important building. A mortgage foreclosure has left the house in the ownership of a bank that is currently exploring and evaluating the economic feasibility of the building’s rehabilitation." [Source: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Its 2009 List of State's 10 'Places in Peril', The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

More Savannah architecture and coastal scenery get national attention. On August 23, 2013, the movie, Savannah opened in many USA cities. The new movie showcases the coastal city's scenic beauty, the tidewater duck hunters' adventures in the Old South, and a gentleman's side of Savannah ... laced with romantic drama. The DVD release of Savannah the movie is set for September 24, 2013.

Come for a visit. Let Savannah Romance You! ™ sooner rather than later. Experience what's new and admired in Georgia's First City -- still populated by some of the most friendly people in America, beginning in our Romantic Inns in Savannah. You'll find us conveniently dotted throughout the National Historic Landmark District.

Wouldn't you love to experience what's endearing in Savannah, inside and out? Let us know how we might help any time. Follow us on Twitter @RomanticInns, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Savannah Breakfasts in Historic Places: Sweet to Savory B&B Indulgences

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 3, 2013) - Foodies would enjoy crisscrossing the Savannah historic district simply to indulge in diverse B&B breakfasts. Below is a visual sampling of breakfasts in downtown Savannah served by the largest to the smallest of our Romantic Inns -- the historic places, welcoming travelers to indulge in southern hospitality daily in The Deep South.
"In Savannah, breakfast is an art as important as sculpture, painting and needlecrafts."  -- Savannah Morning News

FORSYTH PARK INN: "The Inn keeper prepared the most delicious breakfast and when finished sat outside with us and shared ideas and not to miss Savannah sites." -- via TripAdvisor.com review.
Breakfast on the porch overlooking Forsyth Park

GREEN PALM INN: "Breakfasts were delicious, as were the hor d'oeuvres, cookies, and wine." -- via TripAdvisor.com review
Holiday breakfasts are as delightful daily!

PRESIDENTS' QUARTERS INN"... loved the breakfast.....their banana french toast is to die for! Am going to find reasons to go back soon!!" via TripAdvisor.com review
Al fresco breakfast in the historic inn's private courtyard

ZEIGLER HOUSE INN:  "The atmosphere is exceptionally warm and friendly and Jackie the owner cannot do enough to please you from the fresh baked gems every day to great insights as to where to go for sightseeing and eating." via TripAdvisor.com review.
Generosity here with homemade from scratch pastries,
fresh fruit and more in suite.

Each of the Romantic Inns' members will clarify inclusive amenities. 

In our culinary-centric southern city, there are top-rated breakfast places where the locals and tourists choose to go.  For example, the chic Goose Feathers Café and Bakery is a top-choice in downtown Savannah for fresh baked bagels and croissants, organic yogurt with honey and fresh fruit, and premium beverages.  The popular Clary’s Café is a nostalgic local diner, made famous in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.  The Breakfast Club at Tybee Island was so tasty that they catered John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s wedding on Cumberland Island.  The invitation from Back in the Day Bakery is to “slow down and enjoy the sweet life”. Boomers will adore the nostalgic reminders in this breakfast spot for time travel to the 1950s, complete with artisan breads, jams, and waitresses in head scarfs.

Bottom Line

As you can tell, Romantic Inns offer more than a wink at ways to savor the best Savannah breakfasts. Our Romantic Inns are your advance and back up teams for your Savannah trip. You're sure to enjoy a Savannah breakfast … whether your romantic inn is serving up inclusive, unique southern breakfasts daily or your Romantic Inn host is pulling out a treasure of spot-on breakfast places to recommend for a memorable breakfast out on the town! 

We make it easy. Simply send one email that will be routed to all member inns via this contact link. Stay in touch via Twitter @RomanticInns and check the Romantic Inns Printerest boards for more romantic Savannah ideas to max out your stay in America’s most beautiful city - Savannah, Georgia.   

Get away and "Let Savannah romance you!", beginning with Romantic Inns' lodging.

© 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday aka #TBT in #Savannah: Forrest Gump Movie Locations Near Romantic Inns in Savannah

SAVANNAH Georgia (July 31, 2013) -- Is it possible to think of more famous places in #Savannah for Throwback Thursday than scenes from the romantic drama, Forrest Gump? After all, Forrest Gump is a wildly popular movie told in flashback!

The popular Forrest Gump opening feather scene was
filmed here at the historic Independence Presbyterian
Church steeple near Chippewa Square where
Forrest sat on a bench, storytelling with his box
of chocolates for Jenny.

Have you heard the term "Throwback Thursday"?  Thursday is a fun groupie's share day -- a time to pause and look back, and share a memorable photo through the social media of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Better still, kick up that thought for a Savannah trip! What would be more fun than seeing Savannah through the eyes of Forrest, Forrest Gump? Lodging in a Romantic Inn in Savannah will make the Savannah experience even more special.

In Savannah flashbacks are simple! 

So many Forrest Gump movie spots are still familiar today and easy to spot in downtown Savannah.

On Chippewa Square (park bench scene, facing north), Forsyth Park (playground scene), Lauri's Cafe on Wright Square (Jenny's waitress scenes), on West Bay Street (the running sequence), and the Independence Presbyterian Church steeple (the opening feather scenes).  A replica of the park bench is in the Savannah History Museum in the Visitor's Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. A movie tour will introduce you to more film locations in Savannah.

The music is gentle and beautiful.

Released in 1994, the movie starred Tom Hanks in the title role, Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan), Sally Field (Mrs. Gump), and Robin Wright (Jenny Curran). Filming took place August 27, 1993 - December 9, 1993.   Here's a link to the movie trailer.
Oglethorpe Statue in Chippewa Square
is a site seen in background during
the park bench scenes in the "Forrest
Gump" movie. Photo circa 1960s,
showing Town & Country ladies shop
in background. Today Gallery
Espresso is on the southeast corner.
Forrest Gump won the 1995 Academy Award Oscar®  in these categories:
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role:  Tom Hanks
  • Best Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Best Effects: Visual Effects, Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum, Allen Hall
  • Best Film Editing: Arthur Schmidt
  • Best Picture: Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Eric Roth 
  • Source: IMDb.com 

The movie's famous taglines have stood the test of time -- (1) The story of a lifetime. (2) The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump. (3) Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get.

Midday in Savannah, Georgia, hang around Chippewa Square. It's a fun spot for people watching and enjoying a picnic on a park bench. You may even spot the popular Forrest Gump look alike!

Want to know more? Check out the YouTube (below) identifying the behind the scenes "how to" of making the opening feather scene. The church and steeple are popular photos by Savannah tourists.

We hope to see you soon!  Meanwhile, check in daily with  Romantic Inns of Savannah innkeepers for more ideas for your next Savannah trip, and stay tune for more Throwback Thursday photos and story shorts via Twitter and Facebook.

Copyright (c) 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub