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".
In 1993, the scenes in the film FORREST GUMP, staring Tom Hanks in the title role, were filmed on a brick platform facing Bull Street north. Paramount Pictures donated a movie-prop bench, now a pop-culture artifact, to the City. It may be seen in the Savannah History Museum, located on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard.  Sports tip: Nike Cortez running shoe is getting nods from Forrest Gump fans!


Chippewa Square Plays a Role in Scottish Heritage and Literary Savannah, Georgia 

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, witness or take part in the 39th annual Savannah Scottish Games at Bethesda Academy. Bring your camera the following Sunday morning to witness The Kirkin' o' the Tartans, held at 11:00 am near Chippewa Square at the Independent Presbyterian Church (Bull Street and Oglethorpe Street) in the historic district. The colorful Scottish pageantry amazes!

Annually in February, the Savannah Book Festival features book signings and talks by best-selling and emerging authors in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares in the downtown historic district.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday May 6, 2015, Savannah Book Festival hosts a special presentation, "An Evening with Sue Monk Kidd", 6 p.m. at Trustees Theater, 216 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA.


Ms. Kidd will discuss her latest novel, The Invention of Wings, the acclaimed story of two women bound together as mistress and slave in early 19th century Charleston.  It has been called a ‘masterpiece’ by National Public Radio and ‘as close to perfect as any book I’ve ever read’ by the Dallas Morning News.
Save the book festival date, and make your trip plans now for a special Savannah Valentine's Day getaway with Romantic Inns reservations -- February 11-14, 2016.  

Chippewa Square: A Delightful First Nip of Romantic Savannah, Georgia 


VisitSouth.com names Chippewa Square on its short list of three, "Savannah’s Best Picnic Spots: Dine alfresco in one of these picturesque parks".
"Savannah is America's Mona Lisa. Gaze your fill, look all you will. (For once it's quite polite to stare.) You may never fanthom the secret of her smile, but like those who love and live with her, you will know the rich rewards of trying." -- Writer Anita Raskin, Frommer's Portable Savannah 
Called by some the "emerald jewels of Savannah", 10Best.com states,"the [historic] squares not only celebrate Savannah's past, but they also play an important role in the future of many brides and grooms, who have made the squares one of the most popular destination wedding spots in the country." -- 10 Best Places in Savannah to Steal a Moment with Your Sweetie by Amy Pine, USA Today

In 2015 Chippewa Square was the choice spot selected by the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens for the prominent tour's Welcome Reception.

Highlights of Attractions in Chippewa Square 

  • In the center of Chippewa Square is the larger-than-life, 20th Century statue of General James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the British Colony of Georgia (founded in February 1733). He is dressed in the military uniform of the period and faces south to the Spanish enemy in Florida [at the time of colonization]. Noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French received the commission for the bronze statue. His associate, architect Henry Bacon, designed the base of the monument. French and Bacon also collaborated to design the Lincoln Memorial located in Washington, D.C.
  • "Right behind the 'SAVANNAH' [neon] marquee" [quoting Anna Chandler, Savannahnow.com] on the northeast Trust Lost is America's oldest continually-active theatre, the Savannah Theatre. The original William Jay designed theater opened in 1818, creating Savannah’s original theater district in this square.
  • On the northwest Trust Lot of the ward stands the First Baptist Church, which boasts the oldest extant sanctuary in the city (ca. 1833).  This church remained open during the Civil War. On the Sunday before General William T. Sherman’s arrival in the city, the minister preached to his usual Confederate congregation.  The following Sunday he preached to a congregation of Federal troops.
  • The Charles Cluskey designed Moses Eastman House (17 W. McDonough) is the newly purchased corporate office of Greg Parker, Parker's gas and convenience stores. The portico is a holiday showplace during the Christmas season each year.  It was the prominent silversmith Moses Eastman who's estate funded the Unitarian congregation's church, originally located on the northwest Trust Lot of Oglethorpe Square. It was called a “little gem” and “an enduring monument to the generosity of its donors as well as a tasteful ornament to our city.”  It was there that John Pierpont, Jr., was a minister when he pinned One Horse Open Sleigh, a song he attributed to his brother the organist and minister of music, James Pierpont. The song was later titled Jingle Bells.
  • North of the square is Independent Presbyterian Church (founded by Scottish settlers in 1775) on Bull St. United States President Woodrow Wilson wed his Savannah bride, Ellen Axson, there. The opening scenes of Forrest Gump showcases this historic church's steeple tower.
  • South of the square is Gallery Espresso, a chic coffee and pastry shop with sidewalk tables. This delightfully relaxing spot is popular with locals and tourists for a refreshment stop; plus, it's a cycling meetup spot for Savannah's biking community.

"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."  -- John Muir
So, when you're not journey-bated [worn out with journeying], let our Romantic Inns of Savannah's bed and breakfast lodging innkeepers introduce you to more relaxing, story-rich, outdoor romantic places, including the beautiful settings of our Savannah historic district's bed and breakfast inns, privately owned and personally hosted.

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