Thursday, December 18, 2014

Historic Savannah, Georgia: Romantic Inns Laud Rich Travel Immersion, Enticingly Affordable in January

SAVANNAH Georgia -- January is a exciting month to visit and stay in Savannah, Georgia USA! Why? Lower lodging rates and deals, reduced crowds, new restaurants (The Gray and The Florence) and pub (The Collins) openings, flowering gardens, lower gas prices for one-tank trips, plus there is HISTORY!
Lowering gas prices make a quick “one tank” last minute getaway from Atlanta, north Georgia, South Carolina or Florida possible. Gas in some places around Savannah is down to $2.18 per gallon.
Savannah in winter ... colorful camellias, a
delightful surprise, added to 'no-snow" winters
full of greenery in nature! 
Skipping through Georgia and Savannah history it's easy to find historic places which pair well with contemporary local immersion travel. "History is not boring in Savannah; it melds into everyday life here," clarifies Jackie Heinz, owner of Zeigler House Inn and marketing chair for the Savannah Romantic Inns marketing collective.

"Staying in one of the our Romantic Inns, cultural travelers can immerse into the richest Savannah experience. When travelers become temporary locals, as lodging guests in our historic inns, we share new ways to visit southern style, dine, tour, and celebrate priceless American historic moments in Savannah, Georgia, the first capitol of America's thirteenth colony founded in 1733," Jackie adds.

All of the Romantic Inns of Savannah are near historic sites in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. We have grabbed historical dates in January for a tad of meaningful strolling, running, walking, or biking through the historic district. Innkeepers will generously share ways to immerse into a rich Savannah experience on topics of interest to the inns' guests.

RE-CONNECT TO CHRISTIAN HISTORY IN SACRED PLACES

January 20, 1788. First African Baptist Church was founded, Savannah, Georgia. Located on Franklin Square in Savannah City Market, it is the first African-American church in the United States.
Church tours are Tuesday through Sunday. Please check times for tours here
January 8, 1826. Irish Bishop John England delivered the first Catholic Sermon in the U.S. Capitol at the Sunday morning Church service held in the House of Representatives. In 1820, Bishop England was appointed over Georgia's one hundred Catholics in Savannah and fewer in Augusta. Bishop England founded America's first Catholic newspaper, "The United States Catholic Miscellany."
One of Savannah top 10 attractions, we encourage you to visit the magnificent Catholic Cathedral. Free tours are available at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Lafayette Square. 
CELEBRATE AMERICAN HISTORY IN SAVANNAH

January 12, 1865, General William Techumseh Sherman met 20 representatives of the African-American communities of Savannah, a delegation comprised largely of Baptist and Methodist ministers, to discuss emancipation. Four days later, Lincoln approved SHERMAN’S FIELD ORDER
NO. 15, which confiscated coastal property from Charleston to St. Johns River and redistributed it to freedmen in 40-acre allotments. It also authorized the loan of mules from the army to the freedmen as they settled on their new properties. While United States President Andrew Johnson rescinded the order after Lincoln’s death, Field Order No. 15 had one lasting result as the catalyst for the organization of the FREEDMAN’S BUREAU. This entity was established to provide assistance to freed slaves in their transition to freedom.
Our Romantic Inns' member, Green Palm Inn is located on Greene Square, the places where General Sherman announced '40-acres and a mule" in his Field Order No. 15. 
IN WINTER VISIT THIS 'NO SNOW' SOUTHERN CITY

January 1, 1880. Ex-president Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife along with others, visit Savannah.
Thanks in part to 'no snow' winters in Savannah, in December, many movies made in Savannah were wrapping, including The Conspirator, and 1969. In December 20, 2000 The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Michael Jeter, opened in limited release. It was filmed in Effingham County, Georgia and featured scenes shot in the Georgia cities of Springfield, Savannah, Thunderbolt, and Guyton.
HONOR AMERICA'S HEROES

Visit The National Museum of the Mighty Eighty Air Force.  January 28, 1942. 53 days after Pearl Harbor the Eighth Air Force is activated, headquartered at the National Armory on Bull Street in Savannah || The Morning News was the first paper in Georgia to receive, starting in 1940, reports from around the globe simultaneously from the Associated Press, United Press and the International News Service. Some papers had one service, some had two.But none had all three major news gathering services, except the Morning News. (INS and UP later merged as UPI.) - Source: Marcus Holland, SavannahNow.com
An HBO's Mighty Eighth TV series is currently in production, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The Mighty Eighth Air Force's National Armory on Bull Street is another spot to visit, just north of Forsyth Park on Bull Street near Park Avenue. If Betty Bomber's All American Eatery is open (following a 2014 fire), we recommend a farm-to-table burger and fries from WWII-style cafe. 
STEP INTO THIS SOUTHERN CITY OF ART, EDUCATION, AND COMMERCE

January 2, 1906. Savannah's City Hall is dedicated
Adults: The City of Savannah offers a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Savannah City Hall at noon the first Tuesday of every month. The tour is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. You can register online by visiting savannahga.gov/firsttuesdaytours. Call (912) 651-6412.
School classes: The Public Information Office conducts City Hall tours for school classes during the school year. To schedule a tour on behalf of your class, contact Carliss Bates at cbates@savannahga.gov or call (912) 651-6410.
January 18, 1950. Georgia State Industrial College renamed to Savannah State College

January 23, 1977. "Roots", one of America's top television series, featuring Levar Burton and an all-star cast premiered on ABC. It had been filmed in Savannah and St. Simons Island, Georgia.
One Romantic Inn's member, Presidents' Quarters Inn on Oglethorpe Square, was a Roots movie location.  
January 1, 1994. John Berendt releases his novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story.” It covers the murder of Danny Hansford and the ensuing four trials of James A. “Jim” Williams. It also includes various Savannah characters. It becomes known as “The Book.”
The primary movie location, Mercer House mansion on Monterey Square, (later renamed Mercer-Williams House Museum), is open for tours.
Get away soon and often to America's most beautiful city, richly the 'living museum' of which Savannah is world renowned.   Contact all of the Savannah Romantic Inns here.

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