Monday, November 30, 2015

Savannah Through the Decades: Top Summer Vacation Places Offer Time Travel on the Georgia Coast

Romantic weddings in summer and throughout
the year are hosted in historic Savannah churches
near our Romantic Inns' lodging in the National
Landmark Historic District. The garden squares,
Forsyth Park and historic churches are
favorite spots for destination weddings
and elopement weddings in Savannah, Georgia USA.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- Top summer vacation places include Savannah on the Georgia coast. The Hostess City of South's summer vacation ideas entice -- summer songs, summer days, culture and experiences to please romantics, history buffs, and lovers of fun, food and architecture.

Innkeepers among the Romantic Inns of Savannah believe Savannah offers some of the the best travel ideas for time travel in the USA!

Truly an example of the best time travel is the song of Savannah's native son, Johnny Mercer, who penned "Summer Wind". The romantic song holds so true of subtropical Savannah's romance in summer. 

Travel+Leisure's Savannah Travel Guide shares "...ocean breezes make the Southern heat much more tolerable [in summer]. Rainfall is also fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although Savannah travel in August could run into a higher chance of rain. July is also the hottest month of the year and tends to be the time when tourist season begins." 
And from "The Perfect Weekend in Savannah", "The 'hostess city of the South' is the ideal destination for a quick getaway." -- Tom Austin, September 3, 2015, Travel+Leisure

Your journal or memoir, too, can accurately tell your own stories when visiting nearby Georgia beaches on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of barrier islands, the lively art scene, multiple centuries of world-class architecture, delicious casual ethnic to fine-dining southern food, legendary friendly people, and rich American history.  We hope you will add your stay in one of our Romantic Inns in Savannah.
Did you know? On August 13, 1959, Brenda Lee (a Georgia native) recorded "Sweet Nothin's," her first top ten hit. During a trip to Savannah and nearby Georgia Coast beach of Tybee Island in summer, it's easy to live the song's lyrics of sitting on the front porch and walking hand in hand.

Savannah Through the Decades: Winter in Savannah GA, Holidays Rich in Warm Southern Hospitality and Culture

SAVANNAH Georgia -- During weekend getaways, winter vacations and holiday breaks, discover some of the best travel ideas for time travel from Romantic Inns of Savannah, GA USA.

Savannah's cultural treasures and romantic ideas include historic inn lodging, southern food, and history woven into the lively tapestry of Georgia's oldest city.

Christmas in Savannah! Enjoy historic inn lodging
at one of the Romantic Inns of Savannah.
Photo courtesy Catherine Ward House Inn in Savannah
By the late 1800s, Savannah, with its warm winters, had become a romantic travel destination. Now renown as the "Hostess City of the South", Savannah is a "no snow" winter destination, for which Romantic Inns is happy to provide lodging and hospitality. 

CITY TRAVELERS CAN SKIP THROUGH HISTORY IN A MODERN-DAY SAVANNAH WINTER VISIT 

Visit Oglethorpe's Bench on the Savannah bluff where colonists arrived in 1733. Arriving in the winter of 1733 after five months of travel, Georgia’s first colonists arrived with British parliamentarian, then Colonel James Oglethorpe on a ship called Anne. Georgia's first settlers had sailed from England on September 11, 1732, and arrived in Savannah on February 12, 1733.
February 13, 1730, is the first written mention of Georgia in Earl of Egmont's journal. Georgia purchased Egmont's Journal of the Transaction of the Trustees for $16,000 in 1946. It is known as Georgia's birth certificate.
In January 1788, First African Baptist Church was formally established in Savannah. As slaves during the 1770, congregants began to meet together in Christian worship on a Savannah River plantation, with permission from their planters. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Glad Tidings and The Holidays in Savannah, Georgia: Christmas Stories and Present Day Holiday Tips from Romantic Inns

Savannah Christmas | Photo courtesy Catherine Ward House Inn B&B
Romantic holidays in Savannah, GA
at Catherine Ward House Inn
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The New York Times reports on Wednesday, December 28, 1870, that there was a "high and merry carnival among the Savannaese on Monday.... Even the telegraph office was closed, and people seemed to wish to shut themselves out from the rest of the world and enjoy their holiday all to themselves...."

"The great fΓͺte of the people was Christmas.... Time was measured by it: it was either so long 'since Christmas,' or so long 'before Christmas', wrote Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922) of Social Life in Old Virginia Before the War. "It was the time to 'Shout the glad tidings.' It was The Holidays."

Today the people of in the Hostess City of the South are called Savannahians. The citizens now invite the world to visit for the holidays. There are no masquerading of costumes, no pigeon shoots, no baseballs matches, and no tournaments of "knights in flaming colors..., lance in hand".  Then as now, however, there was "a great deal of shipping in the river".

Oh, the food! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Southern Hospitality Extends to Southern Breakfast Cuisine: 1895 Inn's Best Pancake Recipe

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Southern hospitality is a stereotype of the lifestyle and culture found in the American South. Wikipedia describes it as "particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming to visitors to their homes, or to the South in general". 

Southern cuisine plays an important role in southern hospitality.
"I learned to love the tastes and smells of good food, and that true Southern hospitality begins in the kitchen, the soul of a home", writes Lisette Verlander and Susan Murphy in  The Cookin' Cajun Cooking School Cookbook.  
Members of Romantic Inns of Savannah, proprietors of 1895 Inn offer "personalized service that will not be surpassed". Based on 556 TripAdviser.com bed and breakfast reviews to date, Bob Ray and Ed Bryant make good on their invitation to "make our home yours" during your visit to Savannah.   

Elegant southern breakfast of Baked Banana Pecan Pancake
served at 1895 Inn B&B, a top-pick romantic
Savannah bed and breakfast inn located on Oglethorpe
Avenue in the National Landmark Historic District.
Photo courtesy of 1895 Inn. Used with permission.
Generously, Bob and Ed share their prized recipe for Baked Banana-Pecan Pancake. Enjoy!

Baked Banana-Pecan Pancake
The 1895 Inn, Savannah GA USA

INGREDIENTS --

Toppings:
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup warm maple syrup, to taste

Pancake:
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
6 ounces vanilla or banana yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (mashed) very ripe banana (can also add/substitute other fresh fruit)
½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS --

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a nine-inch pie dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients. In another bowl beat together egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla.  Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until evenly combined.  Fold in mashed banana and chopped pecans.
2.  Pour batter into pie pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cut into 6 wedges. 
3.  Serve warm with toppings.



Note: While Banana pancakes are popular among backpackers and other travelers traveling along the "Banana Pancake Trail", often beginning in Bangkok and weaving through South Asia and Southeast Asia, this southern pancake version featuring Georgia pecans is served elegantly in the 1895 Inn's genteel setting. Fresh fruit, bacon, and coffee round out the inclusive breakfast at this top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast inn. 

Recipe Copyright © 1895 Inn.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Get Away To Idyllic Romantic Inns, Exemplifying A True Sense of Savannah, Georgia USA

Historic accommodations at Presidents' Quarters Inn | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub / Daisies for Daisy campaign
Romantic Inns bed and breakfast home and elegant lodging
exude the continual welcome that rightfully mimics
the pulse of vibrant Savannah,Georgia USA through
southern hospitality in our million-dollar home inns.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Romantic, cultural, educational, heritage and adventuresome experiences are hallmarks of tourism in Savannah, GA USA.

Q. The "must haves" for the escape seekers and experience collectors?

A. Each lodging guest is looking for something special when you travel.

Experience seekers adore that our Romantic Inns' bed and breakfast accommodations portray Savannah's historic qualities and cultural manners in so many ways. Savannah travelers are eager to know what each can do instead of what each can buy here.

Why do we say these private hotels epitomize Savannah, Georgia? What was Savannah like in the 19th Century? 

Most of the privately owned Romantic Inns of Savannah bed and breakfast mansions, town home inns, and private guest accommodations were built in the mid 1800s. 

"No city of the Union blends more palpably the old and the new than Savannah", writes J. W. Avery in his Harper's Weekly article dated 1888.... The past is a living presence in this beautiful old city.... Into this forest [of February 1733, when British settlers arrived] the colonists cut an opening and arranged a quaint little plan of a place, reminding one of a child's toy town with everything precise and rectangular -- streets, houses and squares laid off mathematically and alike."
The Romantic Inns' architectural styles are "precise and rectangular", modernized for 21st century comforts, which blend "the old and the new".  Over one hundred and thirty years after Mr. Avery's review, our bed and breakfast inns are hearty "old fashioned residences, with a stately flavor of the aristocratic about them", situated along the "broad shaded streets" that he described.

Whether for your pleasure travel, entertainment, outdoor recreation, visiting friends or relatives, and in town for business, overnight lodging in a Romantic Inn doubles the enjoyment in Savannah!

Empty nesters' vacations and weekend or holiday getaways include a visit to historic parks, homes and gardens, and enjoying a sports vacation. Escapes for solo or romantic couples' getaways include an urban holiday with an added bonus for a soft adventure trip with sightseeing, sun and sand.   

Romantic Inns Owners Take A Personal Interest That Your Savannah Trip Is A Success! 

Innkeepers will help to tailor and organize a worthwhile itinerary, and assist with reservations, like dining in these authentic Savannah places and restaurants in the National Landmark Historic District.

Dine in places of status, like the home of the elite Habersham family, co-founders of the firm Harris and Habersham, who launched "the first effort to ship a Georgia cargo" (1749). The pink home on Reynolds Square is now the legendary Olde Pink House Restaurant. A grain warehouse on Telfair Square is now re-purposed as the popular and elegant Alligator Soul restaurant, serving up superlatives nightly. Renovated along the prestigious Factors Row wharf offices, Vic's On the River entices with fine dining and a window seat overlooking the Savannah River port for lunch and dinner.

Complementing the historical places/museums, cultural events/festivals and outdoors, Romantic Inns private mini hotels rightfully mimics the pulse of vibrant Savannah. Through southern hospitality in our million-dollar home inns, our tourism stars exude the continual welcome that respects Savannah's friendly city reputation. 

Insider experiences await when you book your lodging to stay in a privately owned Romantic Inn in Savannah, Georgia. We are eager to help our guests with what's new, deals, and regional interests for day trips near Savannah.

Just know, we will always do our best. Getting in touch is so easy! Contact all the inns with one click here!

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah 




Sunday, September 27, 2015

Savannah Romantic Inn Owners Are "Pretty in Pink" During Savannah's Picnic in the Park -- Sunday, October 5, 2015

At Savannah Picnic In the Park 2015
in Forsyth Park with the Savannah Philharmonic,
Sunday, October 4, 2015, look for the
flock of pink flamingos and Romantic
Inns' breast cancer cure supporters.
SAVANNAH GA -- In the spirit of the novel* and movie (1960) Pollyanna, a trio of glad hearted Savannah tourism stars will flock together to Savannah's musical "Picnic in the Park" on October 4, 2015.

Three historic Savannah bed and breakfast inns will style their 'Pretty in Pink' color-scheme picnic to showcase their 'in the pink' optimism and borrow the Disney movie's "Glad Town" aspirations.

Remember, Pollyanna's efforts brought together citizens, cheering and working for each other. That's the idea -- happier lives by working together and finding ways to be glad. 

The October 2015 "Hollywood in the Park" musical picnic in historic Savannah's Forsyth Park will be a luxuriant pink affair for three Savannah GA romantic inns. 

Year around many of historic Savannah's Romantic Inn owners offer the beautiful embodiment of the luxuriant Savannah lifestyle -- opening up their million-dollar mansions, daily extending hospitality to world travelers, embracing the southern city's quaint-meets-cosmopolitan unique cultures, and supporting the community's philanthropic endeavors.

Showcasing Savannah's artistic flair at another
fun-loving picnic, two Romantic Inns innkeepers,
Diane Crews of Green Palm Inn and Jackie Heinz
of Zeigler House Inn.
"We are glad to be participants in Savannah's rich cultural community. For Picnic in the Park 2015, we are eager to reshape our 'in the pink' optimism by stepping out, showcasing our romantic-to-glitzy, celebratory style onto the green landscape of the city's biggest annual picnic in Forsyth Park," states 25-year breast cancer survivor Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn.  "We have much to be glad about. We are glad for breast cancer survivors, thankful for dedicated care-givers, and far more glad for those who can forego the disease, yet assist to fund research and a cure. We are glad for the Savannah community's support and for the medical progress that is restoring hope and lengthening lives."

"Also, we are supporting one of their own," adds Green Palm Inn's Diane Crews. "We are eager to be counted among the legends in the community, cheering on the national cancer medical community's cure efforts and local Savannah Breast Cancer Awareness drives year around that support breast cancer patients."

"The 2015 Picnic In the Park movie theme, Hollywood in the Park, opens up innovative ideas and creative ways for our Romantic Inns to showcase a 'Pretty in Pink' and a 'Glad Town' attitude", adds Anna Kelley of Presidents' Quarters Inn.

These three tourism stars want you to know that historic inn lodging in the historic district goes far beyond plush bed chambers. Year around the caring Romantic Inns' owners support a pool of selective quality of life events and worthwhile causes that renew the world-famous city's tagline -- "Hostess City of the South".

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fall Things to Do in Savannah 2015: New Ideas for Romantic Inns' Lodging Guests in the Historic District

Savannah tour actors bring heritage and history alive
during downtown sightseeing tours through the Savannah
historic district.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- September 23, 2015, is the first day of autumn. In beautiful Savannah, it's the season of heritage festivals, running marathons, picnics and music, tea and beer, bird migrations, and patriotic celebrations as this southern USA city rolls into Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Did you know? Savannah's favorite son, Johnny Mercer, wrote the lyrics to Autumn Leaves.  Visit the bronze statue honoring Mr. Mercer, located in Ellis Square downtown.

Travel + Leisure magazine places Savannah on it's prestigious list of "Best Cities for Fall Travel". Adding in another feature, "For those planning on visiting Georgia, the best time of year to schedule your trip is between early fall and mid-spring when Georgian weather is most pleasant."
 
Each privately owned bed and breakfast inn within the Romantics Inns collective has unique ideas, listening to the unique interests of their lodging guests. Learn where the locals' love to eat, the best times to tour, and unique boutiques to shop for Christmas gifts.

Beyond this list of Fall 2015 things to do in Savannah, enlist the Savannah innkeeper's assistance for new ideas of things to do in Savannah and beyond, places to see even for a short Georgia coast day trip, best bakeries and eateries (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free cafes and restaurants), plus picnic and event assistance.

THINGS TO DO IN SAVANNAH -- FALL 2015

** September 23: First Day of Fall / AutumnSeptember 26: Free Entrance Day @ Fort Pulaski National Monument @FortPulaskiNPS near #Savannah & #TybeeIsland
**
September 27: World Tourism Day, United Nations
October 2015
October 2: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
October 2 - 4: Oktoberfest on Savannah River Street (German Heritage)
October 4: City of Savannah "Picnic in the Park", Forsyth Park
October 9-11: Savannah Folk Festival
October 10: Midnight Garden Ride (biking), Ellis Square -- 500 riders, 10 miles.
October 10: Fiesta Latina, Savannah River Street** October 12: Columbus Day
October 17: St. Vincent's Tour of Homes and Tea, downtown Savannah GA
October 17: American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events in Savannah, Ellis Square
** October 17: National Mammogram Day
October 24-31, 2015: Savannah Film Festival, Trustees Theatre, Savannah GA
October 25: Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival, Forsyth Park.
** October 31: Halloween
November 2015
** November 1: Daylight Saving (End) 2015
November 1: "Celtic Woman", 3 p.m., Savannah Civic Center
November 6: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
November 7: Hopped Up on Georgia Brews (beer tasting), River Street
November 7 - 8: Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon
November 9 - 15: Savannah Food and Wine Festival
** November 11: Veterans' Day 2015
November 14: Live Oak Library Children's Book Festival
** November 19: Great American Smokeout (The third Thursday in November)
November 20: Museum in the Moonlight, Ships of the Sea Museum in collaboration with Savannah Voice Festival; 7-9 p.m. Free admission.
** November 26: Thanksgiving Day
December 2015

December 4: First Friday Fireworks on the Savannah River Walk, 9:30 p.m.
December 5: Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run
** December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 11 -12: Holiday Pops with the Savannah Philharmonic at the historic Lucas Theatre
December 18-19: Fort Pulaski Candlelantern Tours
December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2015: Solstice Seafarers at Ships of the Sea Museum
December 20: Savannah Reindeer Run 8K

Get away in fall! You'll fall in love with Savannah, Georgia USA.

We hope you'll allow our Romantic Inns of Savannah's bed and breakfast lodging innkeepers to introduce you to more relaxing, story-rich romantic places, including the beautiful settings of our Savannah historic district's bed and breakfast inns, privately owned and personally hosted. Contact all the inns with one click here!

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah 

Top 12 Wonders for Winter in Savannah: Winter Holiday Ideas from Romantic Inns' Savannah GA Tourism Stars

SAVANNAH Georgia -- No-snow holidays, classic natural color-scapes, international heritage, architectural beauty, temperate weather, and phenomenally delicious food are only a few highlights of a classy and fun winter in Savannah Georgia USA. 

Flowering camellia shrub photo -c- Sandy Traub | Used with permission
Romantic Inns of Savannah, privately owned historic B&B lodging homes that are located in Georgia's oldest and most beautiful city, add ideas for joyful holidays between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. These tourism tips begin with twelve places you'll want to see during the city's cooler season, and we sprinkle in a few winter and holiday season events, too. 
Stay tuned! We'll update this page when new events are announced. Meanwhile, in addition to the winter camilla photo (left), view a few more visual teases -- Jan Buchholtz's beautiful photos (Flickr link), camellias are in bloom, adding rich winter colors to the year-around lush green landscapes.
Romantic Inns' "12 Wonders for Winter in Savannah" are twelve wondrous Savannah places that turn heads and stir conversations! Each is worth its own Savannah, Georgia destination trip during our southern city's 'no-snow' winter holiday vacations in the USA.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

May-September Romance Epitomized By A Southern USA City: Savannah, Georgia USA

SAVANNAH Georgia -- The mature landscaping, historic architecture, and the playful, competitive spirit of Savannah make this beautiful city an easy vision of the bubbly to nonchalant May-September romance!

MAY-SEPTEMBER ROMANCE: AGELESS SAVANNAH PLACES  

Happy Hour in Savannah can be cocktails and spuds at The Crystal Beer Parlor or a root beer float or ice cream malt with the jukebox playing nostalgic tunes at Leopold's Ice Cream.


On any given day one might find art and the arts mixing happily in the rotunda Telfair Museum, the south's oldest museum. Swing dancing, musical concerts, and yoga are scheduled often. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turning the Corner in Savannah GA To Picture Perfect Scenes Near Romantic B&B Inns Downtown

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Don't you love turning a corner and finding photogenic scenes? Below are a few snippets showcasing a few of historic Savannah's romantic places near the privately owned Romantic Inns in Savannah, GA.

Capture the aura of historic Savannah right in the hub of the Landmark Historic District! Get away and enjoy fall, winter, spring or summer in the city, Savannah style. 

1895 Inn ... Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is out the front door, turn left and walk one block. You'll spot the spires through the trees!



Armstrong Inns B&B ...  Walk out the front door to Mother Mathilda Beasley park, honoring an African American Catholic pioneer. Bike or walk the trail.

A photo posted by Mona Mikell (@squarevegan) on


Catherine Ward House ... Forsyth Park is out the door, turn right! Drop in for a comfort break or cool beverage if you're walking the Bull Street corridor at the Forsyth Park Cafe.



Forsyth Park Inn ... Walk down the front steps and through Forsyth Park to Betty Bomber's, a canteen style, World War II themed, All-American cafe.  We can hear the music now, the Bugle Boys of Company B!

A photo posted by Peter Roaman (@soundsource) on


Green Palm Inn ... Walk out the front door to East Broad Street, turn left to dine at Cha Bella, organic farm to fork supper and fabulous Sunday buffet brunch. 




McMillian Inn ... Walk down the stairs from parlor level, day or night, and turn right to explore allure of Forsyth Park! Nightlife is magical in the 30-acre park and Arboretum.



Olde Savannah Inn ... Walk out the door and turn left to take in the beauty of Armstrong Mansion overlooking Gaston Street. Entitled "On a summer stroll", this photo portrays the founding home of Armstrong College, now the law office where Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed.



Presidents' Quarters Inn ... Walk out the parking lot and turn right to take the romance of the world famous Owens-Thomas House. Enjoying a hero's welcome to Savannah, American Revolutionary General Marquis de Lafayette spoke to the grateful citizens of Savannah from the balcony overlooking President Street following the war.

A photo posted by Mona Mikell (@squarevegan) on

Savannah Villas ... From the Broughton Street town home you'll be a stroll away from historic theatres and Leopold's Ice Cream.



Zeigler House Inn ... Walk down the steps to the Jones Street sidewalk, turn right and enjoy a southern lunch (only) at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and beautiful, romantic and natural backdrops for romantic photos in Orleans Square, and Mercer House (setting of John Berendt's New York Times best seller novel and Clint Eastwood's movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). 

Are you ready for a getaway to Savannah, Georgia? Our Romantic Inns tourism stars have more insider tips awaiting your call and visit to this top destination city. We hope to see you soon and often!

Meanwhile, here are two quick links to Romantic Inns of Savannah Press Fact Sheet and easy  contact to reach all our historic inns with one click! We invite you also to follow us on Twitter @RomanticInns and Facebook.

Copyright © 2015 Romantic Inns of Savannah


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Savannah, Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses by J. D. Byous

Historian and photographer James Byous untangles Savannah history from Savannah folklore in Savannah Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses (JByousCompany.com). In this enlightening feature, this history scholar debunks some erroneous Savannah tourism stories, and advances his storytelling with historical images and photography.

The innkeeper/owners of each of the Romantic Inns know leisure time is precious, so each is eager to share accurate and authentic #local stories and experiences to enrich your Savannah travel and recreation. We invite you to book your lodging stay with Romantic Inns in Savannah -- the history-rich, privately owned lodging inns located within the story-rich National Landmark Historic District.

Figure 1 The Armstrong House fence, above,
compared to the fence around
Buckingham Palace below.
SAVANNAH Georgia --  Okay… Okay… So I’m not perfect.  Not even my mother entertained that thought and my wife would back her up on the conclusion. But, there are a few… shall we say… factual contortions here in Savannah.  One could call some assertions a near miss… or maybe a near myth… but they are infractions of the truth.  You hear them on trolley tours, you hear them on walking tours, you read them in history books and magazines and brochures.

History is as history does but sometimes history does as others remember.  And, it may not be all that glaring.  This one is part of the official city test one must pass to gain a tour license.  The test book reads, “GENERAL JAMES EDWARD OGLETHORPE officially founded Savannah in 1733.”……. Technically it’s not true.  Perhaps it’s, shall we say, “nit-picky,” but in 1733 Oglethorpe was actually, Colonel James Edward Oglethorpe (Figure 2).  He wasn’t promoted to brigadier general in 1743, ten years after founding the colony.  So it’s a minor point.  I call it a near myth and a bit petty, but hey, truth is… well, the truth.

However, there are also several complete misses floating around the streets and squares of this unique, beautiful and extremely historic town.  I will admit to having stated them as fact in years past and should have checked them out.  As the newspaper editor says to Jimmy Stewart in the movie, Liberty Valence, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  But in history facts are… in fact… facts!  Rewriting the narrative for its correction is not revisionist history, it is the rectification of history.  Remember, this will be on a pop quiz later this week.

Myth number one --  The fence around the Armstrong House is a replica of the fence around London’s Buckingham Palace…  You will hear it daily as groups stroll and roll past the grand building on the Bull Street corner across from Forsyth Park.  In reality - and to give credit - both fences are made of metal with lance-shaped metal bars. (See Figure 1)


Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Entertainment Trends for #Summer in #Savannah A La Carte! Savannah Insiders from Romantic Inns of Savannah Share Early Summer Trip Tips.

SAVANNAH GA -- Instead of hot, Romantic Inns believe that summer vacations in Savannah, Georgia, will take on a new trend-setting mantra for summer vacations 2015 -- #HotSpot. Whether relaxing or exploring, whether the first trip of the fifth trip, Savannah vacation travel this summer embraces leisure that is NOT at all boring for those who visit America's most beautiful city! 
Savannah is a southern getaway spot named on USA Today's "Top Tourist Destinations in the South"
If we use only this one article's highlights -- "distinct culture of music, cuisine, and easy-going people", plus the art -- you'll discover it's a spot where you'll satisfy craving for a semi-tropical summer getaway!

Southern accents and patriotic flags add to Savannah's scenic natural landscapes, dressed in ancient trees and year around colorful flower gardens. Light-weight cotton apparel, comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, a bathing suit, sunscreen, a camera, and a smartphone. Those are the highlights for your what-to-pack list.

Let's mix up the pairings! See if these happenings (and more on our Savannah EVENT Calendar) might whet your appetite for a southern summer vacation trip to Savannah.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite Savannah, Georgia Summer Vacation Spots: "Don't Miss" Places and Things To Do from Savannah Tourism Stars, Our Romantic Inns and B&Bs

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Eager to showcase the uber local coastal Georgia experiences, our Savannah tourism stars began a 'might miss' alphabetical list of favorite things to do in early May 2015. Our historic inn owners and members of the Romantic Inns in Savannah marketing collective continue this 'things too often missed' list in the mini-hotels' travel blog post.

These insider tips are intended for tourists wanting romanticized to adventurous dining experiences -- gaining insights into what the locals love. These Savannah tips will be new ideas, too, for the Georgia coast travelers who are visiting on a second or trip #10, eager to do something new in Savannah.

So, here we go, continuing the "don't miss" Savannah vacation spots through our alphabet of highly valued suggestions and dearest insider tips -- F, G, and H today. Thank you, passionate and friendly hospitality stars who want city visitors to love Savannah, too!  



4th of July Fireworks, Urban Forest, Funky Musical Night Out, Fried Green Tomatoes, Farm to Table Dining, Silent Films, French Toast, Fishing, Fairy Lights, Fish Camp, and Forsyth Park.

Get away for a patriotic July 4th in Savannah, taking full advantage of the walkable urban forest, including Forsyth Park in the historic district, favorite cafe spots to eat, and fireworks on the Savannah River.  "I would get up early in the morning and walk/run down to Forsyth Park through the squares on Bull Street -- Wright, Chippewa, Madison, and Monterey. Taking in all of the greenery and fabulous history of each unique square," suggests Green Palm Inn's Diane Crews. This outdoor lover adds, "After breakfast I would head to the creeks or rivers to fish late morning and early afternoon. Just enjoying being out on the water, probably starting at Bull River or Lazaretto Creek. Diane also recommends farm to table dining at "Cha Bella for a nice quiet dinner, relaxing after a long travel on their patio with silent films shown on the restaurant patio wall", and Flying Fish on Wilmington Island for the crab cakes.
Little known secret: Flying Fish restaurant, located near the Bull River Marina on Wilmington Island, will clean your fresh-caught fish and serve them right up to you!

A photo posted by Stacey Horner (@sehmermaid) on


Executive Innkeeper Jane Sales at Presidents' Quarters Inn commends unique vacation spot on  Tybee Island, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah's historic district. "For a great drink, send folks to Tybee to the Tybee Fish Camp (106 S. Campbell Avenue, Tybee Island) for a Cosmopolitan-the best I’ve ever had! Sit on the porch under the fairly lights to enjoy."

Many of the Romantic Inn's regularly serve French Toast on their historic inns' breakfast menus. Forsyth Park Inn touts their specialty, Croissant French Toast. Presidents' Quarters Inn shares a tempting introduction of a summer delight at this historic inn located on Oglethorpe Square. "A wonderfully light but sinfully sweet treat is Anna’s Peaches and Cream French Toast served in our courtyard for a leisurely start to a guest’s day. Recipe available upon request." 

A photo posted by AquaCurean (@aquacurean) on



Grits, The Gray, Grouper, Grills, and Greens.

Jane also recommends " Lobster Bisque at Liberty Street Grill (529 East Liberty Street) along with a Caesar Salad for a light summer supper. For heavier fare, the Pork Shanks with a 'mess of greens' at The Gray Restaurant (109 Martin Luther King Blvd.) Delicious!" The Savannah tourism pros at Forsyth Park Inn recommend Sapphire Grille, Alligator Soul, aLure, Belfords, Tubby's, Fiddlers, and Crystal Beer Parlor, especially encouraging travelers to "Try some seafood -- shrimp and grits, crab cakes, the flounder, and grouper."

Historic Inns, House Museums, and Harriet Meyerhoff. 

A long-term taxi driver told us that Savannah tourists love to see the historic homes. They love even more to get inside the beautifully restores homes. That's where the Romantic Inns' collection of historic inns really shines. Not only do those who visit Savannah browse through these historic houses, they LIVE the Savannah experience. House museums and Harriet Meyerhoff's Personalized Tours of Savannah are among the top recommendations from Forsyth Park Inn to the questions, "If you were going to spend a weekend in Savannah as a tourist, knowing what you know, what would you do?" and "What is an activity you suggest your guests do during these sultry summer days?"

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Stay tuned. These Romantic Inns tourism stars have more insider tips to enjoy Savannah up close and personal. We hope to see you soon and often!

Meanwhile, here's a link to Romantic Inns of Savannah Press Fact Sheet and here's a quick link to contact all our historic inns with one click! We invite you also to follow us on Twitter @RomanticInns and Facebook.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Keen to Visit Savannah And Want to Kick Your Travels Up A Notch?

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Part of the romantic heritage of Savannah is the city's becomingness, appropriateness. Restored historic homes, converted to private bed and breakfast inns, add that certain appeal to kick up the authentic Savannah travel experience. Our Romantic Inns' innkeepers invest millions -- not only in restoring historic architecture but in comforts and hospitality -- to assure that our dedicated historic inns compliment the attractive, becomingness of America's most beautiful city.    
"I say sacrifice style any day for becomingness." -- Edith Head
What's Just Around the Corner From Each Of Our Savannah Romantic Inns? 

We love turning a corner close to one of our Romantic Inns in the Savannah historic district and finding a fascinating scene. So, we're sharing what becoming scenes impress your fellow travelers!

McMillian Inn, Olde Savannah Inn, and Catherine Ward House are located in prime locations near Forsyth Park, Savannah's central park where outdoor romantic weddings, heritage and music festivals are popular. "Big Band Small Town Tours" is one of those "times gone by commendable things" from a book we love, "Let's Bring Back" by Leslie M. M. Blume.  If one attends the Savannah Jazz Festival (September 20-26, 2015) held each September in Forsyth Park, you'll become a believer that this "forgotten-yet-delightful" curiosity is rebounding in Savannah, Georgia USA!


Armstrong Inns B&B on East Broad Street is near the renovated home of a Catholic nun, Mother Mathilda Beasley (1832 - 1903; 500 East Broad Street). She born into slavery in New Orleans, yet later founded St. Francis Home for Colored Orphans in Savannah. Mother Beasley was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement in 2004. Nearby are more of Savannah's park squares, often considered the city's crown jewels.



1895 Inn enjoys the setting of Oglethorpe Avenue, originally the southernmost street in the first phase of Savannah's colonial settlement. One may take in a healthy square meal, picnic style, in the Colonial Cemetery rich with history and romantic tales. Nearby is Broughton Street, a boutique shopping corridor with chic loft apartments on upper floors.
 



109 West Savannah Villas, described as an "Old aristocrat with Savannah charm" is an exquisite 1871 home located at 109 West Liberty Street, near the Savannah Civic Center. Right around the corner is Orleans Square.

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Zeigler House Inn is located on Jones Street, often praised as one of America's most beautiful streets.  This elegant bed and breakfast, built by a Georgia Salzburger descendant, resides in the same block as place on most foodie's bucket lists -- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (originally called Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House; 107 West Jones Street). If we took a straw poll of favorite places to eat, it is like the vote would go to this infamous southern food place, where travelers enjoy a friendly "pass the peas" family setting. If you cannot find Wilkes, just find the lunch line on Jones Street near Whitaker. 

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With it's southern veranda porch, facing east to overlook Forsyth Park, Forsyth Park Inn is one of those mansions described by a tourist in an overheard conversation: "Yes, at the end of every sidewalk is a mansion."


In May 2015 Presidents' Quarters Inn, located on Oglethorpe Square, received a nice shout out from Travel Noir, along with streets and architecture and Savannah's historic squares.  In Twitter the world travelers followed up with a glowing comment: "The Presidents' Quarters Inn, #Savannah stole my heart so will definitely be back :) @TravelNoire." It's nearest neighbor is the world famous Owens-Thomas House (124 Abercorn Street).

Located on Greene Square, named for American Revolutionary General Nathanael Greene, the cozy Green Palm Inn welcomes travelers to the Softer Side of Savannah™. The cottage inn champions the idea for travelers to see the historic churches, too often overlooked. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (below) is located on Lafayette Square, one of Savannah's world famous town squares.

There you have it ... a few ideas of how our Romantic Inns can help you to kick up your Savannah travels a notch or two!  We look forward to your visit. Meanwhile, contact us here.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Savannah, Georgia Romantic Inns' Extended Hospitality: "Don't Miss" Places and Things To Do in Savannah

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Romantic Inns' bed and breakfast innkeepers are among the famously friendly Savannah folks who invite travelers to the visual splendor, entertaining arts, and taste-temptation parties in Savannah's historic district.

In the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler survey, Savannah, GA is #2 among the friendliest USA cities.

Our best recommendations, of course, come directly from discerning Savannah locals who daily explore and experience Savannah entertainment, dining, and attractions. Romantic Inns's owners are among the tourism stars -- the Savannah GA locals, who invest in the ongoing world-famous preservation of the National Landmark Historic District in Savannah and who carry on the tradition of southern hospitality in lovingly restored historic inns.
To assist with Savannah trip ideas and destination plans, we continually update a smorgasbord of events and things to do in Savannah GA on the Romantic Inns' EVENT calendar.
What to See and Do in Savannah:  Places and Things You May Otherwise Miss!

The Savannah Morning News recently published 26 focal points in its "Savannah A to Z" (April 2015), which we recommend for a traveler's delightful introduction to notable Savannah places and iconic topics. The Tourism Leadership Council released a beautifully picturesque edition of "Savannah: A Southern Journey" (2015). Writing in Country Living magazine Sienna Fantozzi shares 25 Reasons Why Savannah, GA is the Most Utterly Enchanting Place in the South (May 2015).

Within this travel blog we add five tips -- "Savannah Things to Do and See, those things that you may otherwise miss, beginning with A through E" for now.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Romantic Savannah, Georgia Outdoors: Pre-Summer Relaxation, Journey Through Time

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Outdoors in Savannah, especially the walkable National Landmark Historic District, afford a relaxing journey through time and the senses.
An upcoming place to start is SCAD's annual Sidewalk Art Festival in Forsyth Park, April 25, 2015.
The Arts and Pop-Culture Savannah Scene



A year-around quiet spot in Savannah is Chippewa Square. 

Whether you journey south, north, east or west, it is likely you'll cross Chippewa Square during a day's travel of walking in downtown Savannah. Chippewa Square marks the heart of Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.
"...Sit down, enjoy those chocolates, and watch the world go by" suggests Frommer's Portable Savannah guide. The chocolate reference, of course, is to Forrest Gump's "Life is like a box of chocolates".

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angels Among Us: Check Out the On-going Celebrity News in Savannah, Georgia USA

SAVANNAH Georgia --  Romantic Inns in downtown Savannah love to share the character-rich local stories and Savannah events that will appeal to regional and international tourists!

An eccentric's block party and parade are planned for Sunday, March 29, 2015 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m), in Lafayette Square to celebrate the birthday of Savannah native, Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), a Pulitzer Prize winning author. You'll find out, if you go, that Savannah's local color and atmosphere are engaging!

It's sure to be a street scene that photographers will adore -- people dressed in everything character-rich from their mother's and grandmother's trunks or tag sales, Sweet Thunder Strolling Band parading with party-goers as though cast members entertaining through the square.  See YoureWelcomeSavannah.com Flannery O'Connor Parade photos. Also, A Good Woman Is Hard to Find: Baltimore Artist Starts Flannery O’Connor Parade and Block Party in Savannah, GA by BaltimoreFishbowl.com 
Yes, Miss O'Connor is still news! "Happy birthday Flannery O'Connor, avatar of the Southern grotesque" reads the headline by David L. Ulin in the Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015.
Johnny Mercer offers contemporary news also!