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 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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