Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Romantic Inns in #Savannah Announce Summer Deals and Welcome JetBlue's Boston to Savannah Direct Flights

SAVANNAH Georgia (May 6, 2014) -- A dozen Romantic Inns in Savannah, Georgia USA invite Bostonians and northeast USA fliers to take advantage of JetBlue's budget-minded air fares and direct flights -- Boston to Savannah -- and the bed and breakfast inns' summer discounts and summer deals.

Savannah River Boat cruise on the Savannah River
Photo © Jerry Harris
Sister cities, Savannah and Boston, exude that near perfect combination of fun-loving leisure, amazing climate, indomitable people, beautiful scenery, and fascinating American history. JetBlue has recently paired the Atlantic Coast cities with direct flights.

Romantic Inns of Savannah welcomes the budget-minded airline by offering 2014 summer lodging deals to entice Boston area travelers to the "Hostess City of the South" during summer vacations. The airline is offering deals, too. According to the JetBlue web site's  “Plan A Trip” online, flights Boston, MA (BOS) to Savannah, GA (SAV) are on sale through January 2015.

The Sister Cities Are Unique But Different: Boston And Savannah
Established with Puritan values Boston is a "City upon a hill". Savannah is a leading port city,  established as a military buffer, settled first atop the high Savannah River bluff with a mission to protect the prized British colony in South Carolina from Spanish invasion from Florida.

Now a Savannah resident, Boston native Janet McCrary of Wiley's Championship BBQ, points to how Savannah and Boston are unique, yet akin. 

“Boston proper is a walking city where the highlights are Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens. Savannah is a walking city with Forsyth Park’s Arboretum and the garden squares.  Boston has the Charles River; we have the Savannah River. Boston has Swan Boats and Savannah has the River Boat Cruises. Boston has ethnic areas, such as Irish in the South End, Italian in the North End. Savannah has old neighborhoods like Old Fort, stomping grounds for Irish families, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with its "West Broad Street" legends rooted in African-American jazz, blues, root doctors, and churches built by former slaves. Savannah City Market is a smaller scale of shopping with places to eat compared to Quincy Market or Faneuil Hall in Boston.”

Comparisons continue in the Atlantic Ocean waterfront towns and nearby barrier islands. "Boston has Cape Code and Plum Island, and Newburyport north of Boston. Savannah has Tybee Island, nature reserves at Ossabaw and Wassaw Islands. Southward along the Georgia coast are St. Simons Island,  Jekyll Island’s Millionaire Village, and Cumberland Island National Seashore [where horses run free and John F. Kennedy, Jr. married publicist Carolyn Bessette].”

Food also offers wonderful comparisons. "In Boston one would start out with steamers (steamed clams), 3-pound boiled lobster and clam chowder. In Savannah one would choose seafood, too -- boiled or fried shrimp, shrimp and grits, or a Low Country Boil (shrimp, sausage, corn and new potatoes), Brunswick Stew, a side of Savannah Red Rice, or barbecue smoked with pecan wood -- of course at Wiley’s Championship BBQ in Savannah!”

History Too Provides the Foundation for the Sister City Relationships
The Savannah Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, was established November 13, 1966. The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, noted as the family home of the Girl Scouts founder, was the first National Historic Landmark in Savannah. Boston has five National Historic Landmark Districts in North Boston and South Boston, established in October 15, 1966.

Warren Square, located on Habersham Street, between Bryan and Congress Streets in Savannah, was laid out in 1791 and named to honor Major-General Dr. Joseph Warren, a patriot and American Revolutionary War hero who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775). It was there that forces were ordered, “Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!"

It was the British Sugar Act (1764) and the Stamp Act (1765) that spurred colonists to emerge into war against Britain. The unnegotiated taxes provoked The Liberty Boys in Savannah, who seized the British gunpowder bunker. They sent much of the powder to Boston, where it was used in the Boston Tea Party (December 16, 1773). Tidbit: In protest, coffee became the popular beverage in America’s colonies.

The ‘sister city’ relationship between Savannah and Boston survived even the Civil War (1861-1865). Bostonians sent shiploads of provisions to Savannah, Georgia, shortly after the city surrendered to Union General Sherman in December 1864.

Today the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum prominently features full size sculptures among the cast. Among them are Savannah artist Susie Chisholm’s life-size bronze of Revolutionary War hero, Captain John Parker, The Minuteman, positioned in the foyer of the Minuteman Theater. Mrs. Chisholm’s art studio is located in Savannah City Market where she is sculpting her latest work -- General Nathanael Greene, who was second in command to General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.

Not established for religious freedoms as was Massachusetts, Savannah’s famous Town Plan, however, reserved Trust Lots for churches, public and government buildings. Today historic churches are prominent architecture, usually found on the east or west side of downtown Savannah squares (parks).

The Boston, MA (BOS) to Savannah, GA (SAV) flights are approximately 2.5 hours via Jet Blue airlines. The estimated Boston to Savannah train ride via Amtrak’s Palmetto is approximately 11 hours. On the Greyhound bus Boston to Savannah is 22-to-25 hours. By car, drive time is estimated at 17+ hours. 

Romantic Inns of Savannah Deals
Zeigler House Inn - Summer Weekday & Weekend Getaway Specials --  Valid July 15 – August 28, 2014 stay, excluding holiday and special event dates. • Best available room at time of booking. • $169/night Monday-Thursday, plus tax. • Friday - Sunday is 15% off high season rates. • Complimentary in-suite breakfast, afternoon pastries, hot and cold beverages, plus parking are included. • Only good on new reservations booked after April 1, 2014 and before August 28, 2014, Call Toll Free USA 866-233-5307 or Local 912-233-5307.

Forsyth Park Inn - Stay two nights or more and receive 20% off the nightly rate. Lodging dates: July 7, 2014 – August 28, 2014. Telephone Local: (912) 233-6800 or Toll-Free: (866) 670-6800; email innkeeper(at)forsythparkinn(dot)com
•    Children under 12 years of age stay free.
•    Rates based on double occupancy - $30 each additional person per night. 
•    Not available with group or existing reservations. 
•    Excludes Holidays and special events.

Green Palm Inn - A deal for solo travelers ... (with option to bring a friend!). A summer deal that's a "restful runaway all by yourself" package in Savannah. The Green Palm Inn's Savannah summer deal includes 2 nights lodging in the Sago Palm or Palmetto Palm for $350 including tax, NEW Wiley's Championship BBQ cook book, parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi, afternoon desserts, and pre-dinner wine and finger appetizers, plus more #LittleExtras -- personal concierge service and insider tips. Add a 2nd person for $20 per night. Valid for lodging June 18, 2014 through August 27, 2014. Telephone 912-447-8901 or Toll Free USA 888-606-9510; email GreenPalmInn(at)aol(dot)com.

The 1895 Inn - "The award winning The 1895 Inn is having a special for the month of August 2014. All rooms are discounted to $150.00 per night plus tax (except the Renaissance Room which is discounted to $175.00 per night plus tax). For more information or to complete your reservation, simply give us a call on our toll-free number 866-900-1895 (or direct local telephone 912-231-8822) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Please mention "Romantic Inns of Savannah Summer Special."

Armstrong Inns B&B - Summer special at Armstrong Inns B&B: 5th night free. The special starts July 7, 2014 and ends September 15, 2014. Telephone 912-232-9175 or email booking(at)armstronginns(dot)com

Catherine Ward House - Teachers Discount. Teachers, current and retired, to thank you for all you have done every day of the school year and beyond, we offer you the following summer vacation reward. 15% discount off any stay, Sunday-Thursday nights, during the months of June, July, and August 2014. Telephone local: (912) 234-8564, or Toll Free: (800) 327-4270.

About Romantic Inns of Savannah

A collective marketing association of family-owned historic home inns (circa 1855-1898), Romantic Inns of Savannah LLC interprets and romanticizes southern hospitality a dozen different ways in Savannah, Georgia USA -- renown as North America's most beautiful city. Let Savannah Romance You!™ is the invitation from the non-profit organization. Situated along the southeast Atlantic Ocean coast, Savannah's National Landmark Historic District (2.5 miles) is home to the city's smallest to grand Golden Era restored home inns—private carriage houses to 16-room European-style town homes—that dot prestigious, quiet residential neighborhoods. Elite among America's original 13 colonies, Savannah is prized for its southern traditions and award-winning architecture that survived the American Civil War (1861-1865), urban and coastal landscapes, the arts, and international commerce. For more information -- romanticinnsofsavannah.com, Twitter @RomanticInns, Facebook and Pinterest. Press Contact: Sandy Traub, straub(at)spatior(dot)com

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