Friday, January 31, 2014

Romantic Foods Of Love In #Savannah: A Roadmap to Valentine's Best Foods or Any Day Romantic Weekend On The #Georgia Coast!

SAVANNAH Georgia (January 27, 2014) --- To savor the romantic foods of love in America's Deep South, get away to Savannah for a Valentine's Day weekend or romantic getaway any day.

From classic southern standouts to serendipitously scatting about, Romantic Inns in Savannah opens up a swath of ideas (a red carpet to their secrets!) for a romantic getaway to romantic places and romantic foods you may have overlooked. Check out these romantic places on our Pinterest board -- Romantic Foods of Love in Savannah, Georgia USA.
“There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection.... Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.” ― Judith Martin [italics and bold added for emphasis.]
The classic food of love -- a red Bordeaux
dessert wine and Chocolate Torte at
The Olde Pink House on Reynolds Square
in Savannah's National Landmark
Historic District. Photo © Sandy Traub

Let Savannah Romance You!   ... Arrive any time!

It's easy to romanticize about Savannah's by-gone Golden Era amid 18th Century historic squares and 19th Century historic architecture. The Romantic Inns' innkeepers will help you to find unexpected romance, foods of love, wine, and southern romance amid your adventures on historic Georgia's USA east coast.

Begin here! We'll introduce you to romantic places to find foods of love -- Alcohol, Almond, Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Basil, Caviar, Champagne, Chocolate, Figs., Garlic, Ginseng, Honey, Hot Chilies, Pomegranates, Oysters, Radish, Red wine, Salmon, Truffles, Vanilla, Walnuts, and Watermelon.

Savannah's most romantic restaurant spots are often housed in reinvented mansions like The Olde Pink House, or colonial-era warehouses that serve up fine dining today at favorites like Alligator Soul or Vic's on the River, or the sophisticated auto service garage that is the popular, modern-day Soho South with a new menu and happy-chic-meets-eclectic-interior decor.

"Why not start at The Olde Pink House restaurant, a Savannah classic," recommends Diane McCray of Green Palm Inn.  "Start with an appetizer of Blackened Oysters on the Half Shell, watermelon relish, pear and apricot chutney, green tomato chow chow. Or, simply stop for dessert -- the Praline Basket that includes almonds, or the Chocolate Torte (left in photo), with sparkling red wine."

Serving French cuisine in Savannah, Brassiere features Fresh Catch of ricotta gnocchi, arugula pistou, roasted mushrooms, lemon caviar sauce.
"When we stopped at Brassiere the chef reminded us of the restaurant's Valentine's Day (February 14, 2014) tasting -- $85/per person. It is already three-quarters booked, he advised.
If you are early diners or simply prefer something lighter during the day, here are two really nice ideas: (1) From the Jepson Museum Cafe try Prosciutto, Fig and Brie Panini with arugula and honey sage butter. (2) And from Gryphon cafe located on Madison Square, select Prosciutto, fig spread, goat cheese and arugula on toasted country bread.
Le Chai wine shop at Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah,
featuring a climate controlled wine cellar.
Photo © Adam Kuehl / Sandy Traub
A delightful Saturday-only option is to wonder in  the open-air Forsyth Farmer's Market (near Park Avenue on the south end) to pick up farm fresh asparagus, garlic, hot chilies, breakfast radishes, walnuts and watermelon. While you're in the neighborhood, stop into Le Chai for a bottle or two of delightfully sexy red or rose' wine. Specializing in the wines of Europe the wine shop proprietor, Christian Depken offers impeccable recommendations. After all, you're right at Forsyth Park, a prime spot for an impromptu romantic picnic!  

The Romantic Inns' innkeepers are the historic Savannah bed and breakfast insiders, always in tune to the romantic things to do in Savannah and the most romantic places to eat in Savannah. They know well the colonnades of best places where it's wonderfully easy to romanticize in Georgia's Oldest City -- lingering under the Live Oak tree arbors or southern balconies, or dining on veranda-like porches and hidden gardens.

Here is a unique Savannah romantic dinner idea:
Reserve the Whitfield Square gazebo for a
catered, romantic evening for two!
Photo courtesy GA Economic Development
Romantic Foods of Love | Great Tips from Presidents' Quarters Inn

  • For alcohol, The Distillery specializes in infused alcohols, like a jalapeno vodka that the unique, retro pub uses  use for their Bloody Mary.  It is not a set menu for what they have, it changes just like the craft beers that are constantly changing.
  • For avocado, Tequila Town has the best guacamole that they make tableside to order.
  • For banana, the Crystal Beer Parlor, has a Banana Egg Roll dessert that has peanut butter and banana inside a crispy fried wonton, served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Also for bananas, Presidents' Quarters offers Banana Foster French Toast -- French Toast topped with a buttery, caramelized brown sugar and banana mixture! Dessert for breakfast, so to speak!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz
  • For truffles -- chocolate truffles, I would say Adam Turoni, who has Chocolat by Adam Turoni shop on Broughton Street. Adam uses Savannah Bee Company honey to make truffles. The local honey is inside! Wright Square CafĂ© has chocolate truffles with chilies inside -- a great combination of sweet and spicy!
Romantic Foods of Love | A Romantic Evening from Zeigler House Inn 
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
  • Let’s start off the evening with a romantic carriage ride to dinner. Weaving through the moss draped streets at dusk inside a beautiful carriage cannot be beat for romantic ambiance. 
  • For dinner, Alligator Soul is my choice for a cozy dinner for two. To start the meal a cocktail named Etta James will go well with their Oysters a la Soul and the smooth jazz and blues that always seems to be playing in the background. For the main course, my fave is the duck but anything from this menu is sure to please. Pair that with a nice bottle of wine from their ample wine list and you have the perfect dinner.
  • After dinner a stroll up Barnard Street to Factor’s Walk and down to the House of Mata Hari’s, Savannah’s speakeasy for a martini and dancing to live music. 
  • To top off the night I think a trip to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar for a little chocolate fondue for two and a glass of Champagne to toast the end to a perfect romantic evening in Savannah.
Romantic Ideas, Uniquely Savannah! | Southern Places & Food from McMillan Inn
  • Stop by Hueys on the River for a great riverside view and a warm beignet, served all day long.
  • Visit the Roundhouse Railroad Museum and walk aboard a Caboose to see what living quarters would have been like for the Caboose crew. Executive Cars from America's Romantic Era, and newly restored box cars are available to view. You will learn the history of the Southern Railroad when you hop aboard the train for a short ride.
  • While strolling on Broughton Street take a minute to stop in the Savannah Bee Company to sample southern, local honey. The Tupelo honey (harvested in Georgia), Sourwood, and Achaia are just a few of the selections available to taste. Try honeycomb too! It is a fun time and yummy experience.  
This southern romantic city brims with an aura of visual and historic beauty. Epitomizing the friendly people who enhance the welcoming experience, each B&B owner and innkeeper happily shares romantic ideas of things to do, places to see, and and what's best to eat and where.

We're always ready to help, and we make it easy to contact all of us! Email all the inns at once here.  Follow and chat with us via Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Copyright © Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Romantic Inns' Members Support Weddings for Warriors, Pro Bono Military Weddings in Savannah GA

    SAVANNAH Georgia (January 24, 2014) --  Gifted military weddings in Savannah are becoming a happy tradition. Annually, the Savannah-based, one-day spectacular event of Weddings for Warriors stops the presses and leads the television coverage. Why? Who can pass up the opportunity to give a roaring, respectful "Thank you!" to our USA military families?!    

    Savannah GA Weddings for Warriors photo © Beacon Photography / Michael P. Edde
    Savannah Weddings for Warriors photo
    in Chippewa Square by Michael P. Edde,
    Beacon Photography.
    Photo used with permission.
    Many of our Romantic Inns of Savannah members passionately accepted the invitation from the Weddings for Warriors team for our Savannah bed and breakfast inns to take active roles. Through three years of support -- time, contributions, and passion for this tribute to honor our military families -- we know firsthand how very generous and eager to give that our Savannah hospitality community is!


    Innkeepers Diane McCray at Green Palm Inn and Jackie Heinz from Zeigler House Inn first helped with steaming dresses and welcoming at the reception two years ago. This year they took on bigger roles to coordinate the grand reception and pre-event logistics. Joined by Jane Sales and Anna Sales from Presidents' Quarters Inn, and Lori Glass from Forsyth Park Inn all four inns were back with hearty support for the January 15, 2014 weddings in Savannah, Georgia.

    Generous gift certificates for future Savannah B&B stays came also from more Romantic Inns -- Armstrong Inns, McMillian Inn, Olde Savannah Inn, and Savannah Villas.
     “...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

    Talk about pay it forward! For the 2014 Weddings for Warrior project, devoted innkeepers went a step further, extending invitations to their staffs to volunteer.  Eagerly responding, staff members redoubled the efforts from the small Savannah B&Bs, taking in important roles in the eleven beautiful weddings and two receptions. The pre-event reception was hosted by Laura and Fred Mackey at The Mackey House at Red Gate Farm, a plantation special events and wedding venue. The second party was the now-traditional grand reception -- complete with wedding cakes, honor guards, DJ and dancing, and toasts for the military brides, grooms, and their closest family. This year the highlight event was held at The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force near Savannah.  
    You'll see more about the Mighty Eighth Air Force when the HBO series, spearheaded by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, airs!


    When small bed and breakfast inns call on other top-of-their-field small businesses for donations, they know well they are using up precious reciprocity. Small businesses can only do so much pro bono.

    Happily, however, Savannah hospitality and tourism businesses came to the plate, donating resources to generously extend thanks to military families during the 2014 Savannah Weddings for Warriors. On this list we thank those that our Romantic Inns' bed and breakfasts in Savannah work with daily and came to the fore for our military families.  There are hundreds of volunteers and businesses that we are confident the Weddings for Warrior project will identify for you soon.

    When you get an opportunity, please say "Thank you!" back to these USA military-loving and supportive businesses.  
    • Alligator Soul
    • A.Lure
    • Armstrong Inns
    • Baker’s Pride
    • Cha Bella
    • Crystal Beer Parlor
    • Elizabeth’s on 37th
    • Forsyth Park Inn - 1 B&B stay
    • GeoVista Credit Union
    • Green Palm Inn - 1 B&B stay
    • In Any Event Catering
    • International Gourmet Foods
    • Kiwi Fleur
    • Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
    • McMillan Inn - 2 B&B stays
    • Old Savannah Tours
    • Olde Savannah Inn - 1 B&B stays
    • One Fish, Two Fish
    • Presidents' Quarters Inn - 3 B&B stays
    • Ranco Party Rentals
    • Saavy Tours
    • The Salt Table
    • Savannah Bee Honey
    • Savannah Menu
    • Savannah Villas - 1 B&B stay
    • Zeigler House Inn - 2 B&B stays
    The United States Marine Corps might say, "Oorah", "Hooah, the US Army and "Hooyah" the US Navy and US Coast Guard.  We want to join in and hope our small gestures will say more loudly, "God bless us every one." We thank each one who took part in any way. 

    Copyright © Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub

    Savannah Tourism Stars Are Romantic Savannah B&Bs! 1895 Inn Among Top B&Bs / Inns in 2014 TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice Awards

    SAVANNAH Georgia (January 23, 2014) -- In yesterday morning's television newscasts and on USA Today we learned that a Romantic Inns of Savannah member, The 1895 Inn, ranks tops in the TripAdvisor® 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards. Congratulations, Ed Bryant and Bob Ray!

    Complimentary gourmand breakfast of French Toast
    savory sausage, and fresh fruits at Green Palm Inn
    The small Savannah bed and breakfast was named among the "Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States".  Located on Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District, daily 1895 Inn also ranks top among B&Bs and Inns among Savannah GA® inn and bed and breakfast reviews.

    Ring Up The Curtain On More of Romantic Inn's Savannah Bed and Breakfast Stars! 

    Catherine Ward House was featured on the 2013 Downtown Neighborhood Association's Holiday Tour of Inns and Homes.

    Including 2013, for six years Presidents' Quarters Inn has been voted "Best Savannah B&B / Inn" as viewed by loyal readers in the Savannah Magazine annual poll.

    In 2013 three of our Savannah Romantic Inns' members were featured to highlight destination Savannah Georgia on the phenomenally popular Wheel of Fortune television game show -- Zeigler House Inn, Green Palm Inn, and Presidents' Quarters Inn.

    During November 2013 on the popular foodie's television show, Eat It and Like It about bed and breakfast foods, Zeigler House Inn was featured to highlight the outstanding cuisine awaiting in the Savannah bed and breakfasts. The show talks about where to find the best food and drinks in Savannah. It airs Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. on WSAV.

    Picturesque Forsyth Park Inn was in the news recently after making an historical connection to the Titanic.  The inn's veranda with southern rocking chairs is a showplace overlooking Forsyth Park. That beautiful bed and breakfast inn is featured regularly in Savannah tourism photography, including the new Romantic Inn's video, Better Way to Stay in Savannah 

    B&B pool at McMillan Inn in downtown Savannah GA
    McMillan Inn's hidden garden pool was the downtown Savannah B&B surprise in the Better Way to Stay in Savannah  video.

    A popular Savannah destination wedding venue, The New York Times featured Savannah Villas in their Great Homes and Destinations

    Stay with the Savannah Tourism Stars ... Romantic Inns! 

    Each of the historic lodging properties of Romantic Inns' members is a star in Savannah Georgia tourism and the city's unique historic district places to stay in downtown Savannah. Each of the small historic inns is privately / locally owned and managed. We welcome your visit and invite you to stay with the stars of historic Savannah lodging -- Romantic Inns of Savannah.

    Here's a link to contact all of our member inns at once. Follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, and check out ideas for romantic Savannah travel in our Romantic Inns Pinterest boards.

    Copyright © 2013 Romantic Inns of Savannah / Sandy Traub