Green Palm Inn

548 East President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Diane McCray
  • Savannah Georgia Christmas holidays at Green Palm Inn, a top-rated breakfast inn.

    Savannah Georgia Christmas holidays at Green Palm Inn, a top-rated breakfast inn.

  • Dessert bar, plus tea, fresh fruit & pre-dinner wine hour are included in inn's Savannah B&B rate.

    Dessert bar, plus tea, fresh fruit & pre-dinner wine hour are included in inn's Savannah B&B rate.

  • A day bed in this spacious B&B room accommodates three girlfriends comfortably.

    A day bed in this spacious B&B room accommodates three girlfriends comfortably.

  • Green Palm Inn's downtown breakfast inn was built as two seamen cottages.

    Green Palm Inn's downtown breakfast inn was built as two seamen cottages.

  • Restful nights in downtown Savannah cottage inn, circa 1897.

    Restful nights in downtown Savannah cottage inn, circa 1897.

  • Praised for comfort Green Palm Inn's special bedding can be ordered for your home.

    Praised for comfort Green Palm Inn's special bedding can be ordered for your home.

  • Popular as a best place to stay in Savannah GA, the best way for booking is as early as possible.

    Popular as a best place to stay in Savannah GA, the best way for booking is as early as possible.

  • For your Savannah trip stay at Green Palm Inn,

    For your Savannah trip stay at Green Palm Inn, "The Softer Side of Savannah". Innkeeper Diane McCray

 

An “Aha!” Moment in Savannah Sightseeing: “Fabulous, Small Things You Might Miss!” says Savannah Tourism Star at Green Palm Inn 24 Sep 2014, 7:26 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — Little surprises in Savannah, call them serendipity, are in plain view but too often missed by Savannah tourists, travelers, and locals.

Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts are unique in #Savannah #Georgia’s National Landmark Historic District and in New York City NY | Photo © River North Photography

The Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post gives travelers one of those wonderful “Aha!” moments in Savannah, Georgia USA!

This Green Palm Inn post touts one more unique Savannah tip, hopefully a happy discovery for your own “Aha!” moment during your sightseeing walks in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District downtown.

Uniquely prominent on the streets of New York City, New York, and Savannah, Georgia, are the decorative cast iron lamp posts known as “Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts“. You’ll find them seemingly embossed into the scenery, stalwartly placed at least along Savannah’s Bull Street corridor.

“A number of ornamental arc lamp posts were designed [and installed]. The earliest of these, introduced around 1900, is the BISHOP’S CROOK, so ubiquitous it is almost a symbol of New York, though it was installed elsewhere in the U.S. (for example, in Savannah, Ga.).” Source: Historic Street Lamposts:  Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. “The ‘Bishop’s Crook’ lamppost introduced electric lighting to New York City,” writes Shorpy Historic Picture Archive.

Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts

Several of the prestigious lamp posts are around Wright Square (informally called ‘Courthouse Square’).

In the first photo (left above) the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post is spotted along the sidewalk at the corner of President Street and Bull Street near the old yellow brick Chatham County Courthouse, now used for county administrative offices.

In downtown Savannah on Wright Square, the U.S. Federal Courthouse with Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts along the sidewalk

Another prominent place to find the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post is  alongside the Scottish Rite Building on Madison Square.  Without knowing the significance, you have probably seen the VisitSavannah.com photo often as an iconic symbol of historic Savannah.

Tip: Stop for lunch at the Gryphon Tea Room, Bull Street and Charlton Street, in the Scottish Rite building that overlooks Madison Square.

Yet another series of the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts are seen along the sidewalk of the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, also overlooking Wright Square in Savannah, Georgia. (second photo left, above)

The Georgia Historical Society documents that the “Bull Street Improvement Project“, which was proposed by philanthropist Mills B. Lane IV (1942-2001) in 1989, replaced missing Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts along Bull Street downtown.

Savannah this way! (TM) — What new introductions may we make for your next visit in Savannah, Georgia? Our Green Palm Inn’s innkeeper Diane Crews is a Savannah tourism star, a true Savannah insider who is happy to share unique Savannah tips!

More “Serendipity in Savannah” in Green Palm Inn’s post of April 2012.

Diane Crews, Innkeeper and cultural explorer
Green Palm Inn, a top-pick bed and breakfast cottage
548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401
Telephone 912-447-8901 / Toll Free USA / Canada 888-606-9510 greenpalminn.com | Twitter @GreenPalmInn | Facebook Pinterest | YouTube Travel Video: The Softer Side of Savannah

Copyright (c) 2012-2014 Green Palm Inn.

Jolly Savannah Winter, Relatively Warm: Sub Tropical Savannah GA — 32° 5′N 81° 5′W 14 Sep 2014, 5:13 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — When Old Man Winter travels to Savannah — America’s most beautiful city — we think he gets his welcome reprieve: no snow!

Savannah B&B inn hostess Diane McCray is ready for Christmas in Savannah GA USA.

Wondering Why? Look at the distance from Savannah, Georgia to …

North Pole: 4,004 miles
Equator: 2,211 miles
South Pole: 8,427 miles

Yes, our southern USA city is subtropical — 32° 5′N 81° 5′W!

Shopping tip: We love the custom pillows from #Savannah artist, Lane Shorkey Huerta — at LoveLane on etsy!

Even in winter, there are BIG unchangeables in our “jolly, little, Savannah”.  This is only a sampling of what tops the list of popular reasons to visit this southern city any time of year.

“Jolly, friendly, little Savannah” … in Winter

It was William Makepeace Thackeray who wrote of “… jolly, friendly, little Savannah”, recorded in “The works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Volume 10“.

Wanderlust travelers may appreciate little Green Palm Inn’s last minute winter deal.

 A Savannah Holiday on a Budget! 4-Nights, January 4 – January 29, 2015 Deal … Book Green Palm Inn’s Sabal Palm or Royal Palm suites for 3 nights, and get the 4th night free, Sunday through Thursday. Normal rate- $199 plus tax per night; $149.25 plus tax per night with deal! Valid January 4 – January 29, 2015 stay only, and may not be combined with any other discount or package. Call 912-447-8901 or Toll Free (USA and Canada) 888/606-9510.

Savannah has the world’s longest avenue of Live Oak Trees at the famous Wormsloe Plantation’s historical site, now a Georgia State Park.

Places and stories we like that depict Savannah’s beauty-packed, subtropical winter follow.- The artisan ironwork, as seen in William Mahan’s photo, “Grillwork

- It is said that Gracie’s tombstone in Bonaventure Cemetery is warm in winter. “She’s Savannah” we read in the beautifully written “Bonaventure: Heaven’s Playground“. “Gracie suddenly seemed to me the reigning child; princess of ‘Heaven’s Playground’.” — Source: TwistedSouth.com

- Don Shultz’s Yankee vantage point is a good read in his “Deep in the Heart of Dixie“, describing his visit to Savannah, still considered the Old South.-The “Savannah at Sunrise“, photographed by Bob B. [more here]

- “A fine dull morning” in Savannah is captured by Glenn: “A pretty woman sat on the bench of the square. Bright light came through the trees, leaving the meadow fresh and shining.  She may not have noticed me, on the cold winter morning at Savannah’s beautiful square. I kept thinking the warmth of the sun by looking at the red finger lit by the light.”

- Dick Keely’s picture of “Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)” taken on Tybee Island beach near Savannah reminds us of the seabirds and migrating birds that fly the Atlantic Ocean migration path for breeding and winter migration.

- Jeff Cochran’s “Savannah Nights” photos capture the ambiance of Savannah’s Old South, in winter.  Here he shares a history of Savannah that includes vintage photographs and postcards — things you’re too late to see in person.

- Jim Simpson’s “Savannah Winter, 2006” photos accurately capture the city greenery and blooming flowers.

 Savannah’s climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen Cfa). In the Deep South this climate is characterized by long and almost tropical summers, with temperatures reaching freezing on only 24 days in the winter (and with rare snowfall). Due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast, Savannah rarely experiences temperatures as extreme as those in Georgia’s interior…. As the city is south of the snow line, it rarely receives snow in winter. Occasional Arctic cold fronts in winter can push nighttime temperatures as low as 25 °F (−4 °C), but rarely further than that. – Source: Wikipedia Savannah, Georgia

Green Palm Inn has last minute vacation deals that require very little vacation planning.  Even locations farthest away from Savannah, like Perth Australia‘s 11,456 miles, can arrive easily to this Georgia Coast vacation destination via direct airline routes – Australia – Dallas/Fort Worth – Savannah!

Get away this winter to Savannah, Georgia … and Green Palm Inn! 

P.S. Curious about other cities around Savannah’s north latitude?

  • Shanghai, China
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Lahore, Pakistan

Fall Weekend in Savannah: Green Palm Inn’s Small Savannah Bed and Breakfast Likened To A Sweet Pumpkin 12 Sep 2014, 7:52 pm

“Eat, Drink & Be Scary” … Fun-loving fall Halloween pumpkins are at top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast — Green Palm Inn in historic district downtown.

SAVANNAH Georgia – What a fun thought — Green Palm Inn’s small Savannah bed and breakfast compared to a “Sugar Pie” pumpkin! You can decide during your fall trip to Savannah!

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

In this harvest season, we went looking for carved Jack-o-lantern pumpkin ideas and stumbled upon the ‘sweet pumpkin’ – the ‘Sugar Pie’ pumpkin.  Just the thought of a sweeter choice and a place with more enjoyment on the inside gave us the thought – our small, four-bedroom Green Palm Inn is so much like the sweet pumpkin!

  • Sweet Pumpkins* are grown for their edible sweet inside. They are sometimes called Sugar Pie, pie pumpkins or baking pumpkins.  The plump and magical shape of cheese pumpkins (sweet and firm flesh, ideal for roasting), along with Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkins, called “Cinderella pumpkins” make these easy to imagine as suddenly springing into a fairytale carriage.
  • Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are field pumpkins, grown for their bigger, hollow inside.

A Savannah Halloween downtown at top-rated and cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in the historic district.

Below are a few easy pumpkin recipes that caught our eye –

“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.” — Thomas Kincade

Haven’t you heard the expression ‘glass and steel hotels’?  Business travelers — even those attending Savannah conventions — tell us they prefer Green Palm Inn’s cozy bed and breakfast charm and gourmand breakfast for a welcome break from the big hotels in Savannah.

Fun-loving Savannah Halloween decor at cozy bed and breakfast downtown — Green Palm on Greene Square in the historic district.

Get here when you can. You’ll love fall in Savannah!  Green Palm Inn will be sweetly baking away in our cozy bed and breakfast inn, welcome your arrival, and have plenty of local, insider recommendations for your fall trip.  Toll free (USA and Canada) 888-606-9510; local 912.447.8901.

Copyright © 2013 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub

*References:  About.com, Winter Squash Pumpkin and Martha Stewart.

B&B Inn Highlights Greek in Savannah: Greek Revival Architecture, Greek Food Festival & Heritage 11 Sep 2014, 7:58 pm

Greek Revival Architecture in Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH Georgia – Once a year in Savannah’s beautiful autumn, the Greek community rolls out the carpet of welcome to Greek music, dancing, food, and heritage.

The Savannah Greek Food Festival is happening again this fall – October 9 – 11, 2014.

“On April 7, 1910, the Greeks of Savannah celebrated the 80th anniversary of the nation of Greece’s independence from Turkish rule. The anniversary was marked throughout the day with religious and civic events, including a parade, addresses, banquet and dance.” –  Source: A Century of History, Savannah City Hall Centennial, 1906-2006

Greeks riding in Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade (1907)

This little Savannah B&B wishes to encourage even a bigger Greek celebration by taking in Savannah’s Greek Revival architecture, showcasing architecture with elements of ancient Greece, and Greek restaurants.

But where?

- The Nathanael Greene Monument (Johnson Square) is designed by William Strickland (1788-1854), one of the principal architects responsible for popularizing the Greek Revival Style in America.

- In 1864, the Massie School (now Massie Heritage Center) on Calhoun Square, a Greek Revival building, served as a hospital. After the Civil War, it served as a school for the Freedmen.

- The Central of Georgia Railroad’s Gray Building is now a Savannah College of Art and Design property. A good example of Greek Revival architecture, it is a component of the large complex of mid-19th century railroad structures, and one of the oldest such facilities in the country. This building was the first permanent office building of The Central and Georgia Railroad and housed transportation and administrative offices.

- First Baptist Church (223 Bull Street on Chippewa Square) is a good example of Greek Revival Style of the pure temple form, and an Integral part of Savannah National Register. Here Union and Confederate troops attended worship services under one roof during the American Civil War.

- Ships of Sea Museum (formerly Scarbrough Mansion) is an unusual Regency-Greek Revival house designed by Savannah architect William Jay. The house was built for the prominent merchant, planter, and inventor, William Scarbrough. It was Mr. Scarbrough who led the enterprise to build and launch the Steamship Savannah, the first steam vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

- The Savannah Visitors Center / Welcome Station (header photo) was erected in 1860, but not in use until 1865. The “Passenger Depot” is a two story structure of red brick. Pilasters ornament the entrances facade to the building, and its windows are arched. These features give it an eclectic appearance of Greek revival and Italianate styles. Due to the Civil War, the glass and other materials needed to complete it were not available so the structure was boarded up to prevent it from deterioration. The structure was used as a passenger train station for over a hundred years. It is now the Welcome Station, better known at the Savannah Visitors Center in downtown Savannah, Georgia (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Liberty Street).

- One cannot come to Savannah without savoring Leopold’s Ice Cream. Founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece –  George, Peter, and Basil Leopold — today Peter’s son, Stratton Leopold and his wife Mary serve up “Good Things to Eat. Good Things to Drink™ — including the Leopold family’s secret formulas, which feature only the best quality ingredients.

Who remembers ‘Anton’s’, Savannah’s first real deli, which was located on the north side of Broughton Street near Bull Street. It was complete with dill pickles on every table. Its owner, Andy Andrews, was a Greek-American who invariably visited customers (before they took their final bite), saying: “I hope you enjoyed it.” Everyone knew this meant, “Ok, now that you’ve eaten, get out and make room for the next customer.”

Even after this Greek Festival weekend, we hope you’ll take in the best of Greek culture and architecture year around in Savannah. Greek cuisine is available at the Olympic Café (on River Street), Troy Mediterranean café (on Wilmington Island), Zoë’s Kitchen on Victory Drive near Whole Foods Market, and Yia Yia’s Kitchen market and cafe on Habersham Street near Washington Avenue.

Savannah this way!™ — What new introductions may we make for your next visit in Savannah?

Diane McCray, Innkeeper and cultural explorer
Green Palm Inn, a bed and breakfast home
548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401
Telephone 912-447-8901 / Toll Free USA / Canada 888-606-9510 greenpalminn.com | Twitter @GreenPalmInn | Facebook Pinterest | YouTube Travel Video: The Softer Side of Savannah

Copyright (c) 2012-2014 Sandy Traub/Green Palm Inn.

Savannah GA, Best Summer Vacation Places 2014: Stylish and Comfortable at Top-rated Bed and Breakfast Inn, Green Palm Inn 12 Jun 2014, 6:42 am

SAVANNAH Georgia (June 11, 2014) — When the largest travel site on the internet, TripAdvisor.com gives summer travel trends and tips for summer travel 2014, they report, “The long winter may also have more travelers spreading their wings—71 percent said they will travel somewhere new this summer.”

Summer vacation 2014 travel trends from TripAdvisor.com highlight reasons to choose Savannah GA for best summer vacation places in 2014

Following the top 5 choices for what to do in summer 2014, Savannah, Georgia vacation fits the bill perfectly, says the top-rated Green Palm Inn. Quoting the TripAdvisor.com survey: “…54 percent of respondents plan to shop while on vacation.

Other top activities for summer trips:

Swimming / watersports – 49%
Visiting a historical event or sight – 49%
Going to a park or national park – 46%
Sightseeing tours – 46%”

What Are Best Summer Vacation Places in Savannah, Georgia?

Seaside sweethearts and a beach party are still in vogue on Tybee Island beach, a short 20 minute drive east to Atlantic Ocean swimming, watersports, and fresh dayboat seafood.

The most popular shopping is in scores of downtown art galleries, and in unique boutique shops like ShopSCAD, One Fish Two Fish, and The Paris Market.

Called the most beautiful city in North America, historical events, architecture, and landscape scenes are among the top things to do in Savannah‘s world famous National Landmark Historic District where Green Palm Inn is located.

Breakfast in Savannah GA top-pick bed and breakfast inn — Green Palm Inn on Greene Square downtown

Savannah is an east coast American city famous for its garden and home tours, urban forest, and downtown squares (garden green space parks). Green Palm Inn is located on Greene Square, one of 21 historic squares, called Savannah’s Crown Jewels, that decorate the landscapes. Stalwart Palmetto Palm trees and ancient Live Oak trees form nature’s umbrella canopies through the urban green spaces that make strolls feel so intimate and sheltered.

Within 20 minutes is Fort Pulaski National Park — famous as a movie location, American Civil War battle site, and nature walks with outstanding birding opportunities. Nearby is the Rails to Trails, popular for biking, running and walking marathons or private outings.

Rounding out the top choice list are day and night sightseeing tours in Savannah’s historic district. Popular also are off-the-beaten path sightseeing tours like the cemetery tours to the world famous Bonaventure Cemetery — movie tours and gourmet food and wine tours, and a Georgia State Park tour to Wormsloe Plantation. Wormsloe Plantation is Georgia’s oldest and most famous southern plantation, renown for its avenue of Live Oak trees and seen in movies like “The General’s Daughter”, starring John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, and James Cromwell.

USA Today 10 Best cites Bonaventure Cemetery on it Top Ten list: “This storied 150-year-old cemetery, perched on the bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, is at once beautiful and haunting. The final resting place for may famous Savannahians, among them lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken, the 160-acre cemetery features striking monuments, elaborate burial vaults and grand live oak trees.”  The cemetery is promimently featured in the New York Times best selling novel by John Berendt, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.  Clint Eastwood produced and directed the movie based on the novel.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia’s National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2014 Sandy Traub / Green Palm Inn

Savannah GA Couple’s Getaway: Fanfare of Beauty & Fun! 1 Jun 2014, 8:43 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia (June 1, 2014) — Sure to be a splendid couples’ getaway retreat, Savannah’s beauty and fun deliver a year-around fanfare of nature performing, architecture at full attention, and friendly citizens’ welcomes, according to Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on Greene Square. Sometimes the fanfare is of ceremonial music and spectacular fireworks, too.

Drum and Fife Corps photo © Roger Beall, St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Hearing the Tuba Fanfare or Bombarde Fanfare from the organ music played at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Madison Square, or a wedding march for wedding couples marrying in a Savannah square or Forsyth Park is likely the only musical fanfare daily in Savannah. The exceptions will be on parade days with rows of bands and drum majors are in step, marching through the National Landmark Historic District.

For a couple’s getaway in Savannah, one might catch the visual fanfare of fireworks during First Friday celebrations each month on the Savannah waterfront, July 4th fireworks along the Savannah River, July 3rd fireworks on Tybee Island beach, or at Savannah Sand Gnats games.

All summer: Sand Gnats minor league baseball (New York Mets farm team). Check schedule for Savannah home games.

July 4, 2014: 4th of July Fireworks on the Savannah River waterfront

‘MADE THE HALL RING’ … NOT JUST FOR NOBILITY

“Fanfares were never sounded once, but three times, resounding with long trilling chords, fanciful arpeggios, and a drawn-out drumroll.” — “Fanfare”, Eycyclopedia of the Exquisite, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Yes, the visual fanfares in Savannah are in multiples, too!

Johnson Square with Johnny Mercer memorial bench in foreground and historic Christ Church in background.

When romantic couples walk through Savannah squares, along uptown sidewalks, or stroll the Savannah River it is possible to imagine and sense fanciful arpeggios and quiet drawn-out drum rolls.

On special occasions one can catch the fanfare of Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment playing, like it did in springtime 2014 in Beaufort, South Carolina.  It’s a rare privilege to hear and see the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps (Fort Myers, VA)play, like in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In recent years the U.S. Coast Guard Pipes and Drums (Norfolk, VA), and Irish Air Corps Pipes and Drums (Dublin, Ireland) offer rousing fanfare! In 2013 Fire Department units from across the United States played in a collective Pipe & Drum Corps marching unit in Savannah’s City Market during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Why choose patriotic, playful, or peaceful fanfare, when couples in Savannah can enjoy them all?!

Get away when you can. We think you will adore Savannah style fanfare and friendly Green Palm Inn as your first stop on your couple’s getaway in Savannah, Georgia USA.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2014 Sandy Traub / Green Palm Inn

2014 Savannah GA Summer Deal for Solo Travelers from Green Palm Inn 14 Apr 2014, 12:15 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia (April 14, 2014) — Get away to Savannah, Georgia, for some “me time”.  For a 2014 summer trip in Savannah, fun-loving Diane McCray at Green Palm Inn knows how to be just adventurous enough.

Green Palm Inn B&B’s innkeeper Diane McCray prepping 4th of July picnic in historic Greene Square Savannah historic District.

This favorite-aunt-like innkeeper has put together a special deal for solo travelers making the Savannah trip this summer. Yes, there is an option to bring a friend!

Cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast’s summer deal is a “restful runaway all by yourself” package in Savannah.

The popular Savannah inn’s 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 second 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@aol.com.

A few Savannah things to do and happenings –

A Savannah visit is, by nature, not a time to hasten! Dining in local fresh-local-seasonal cafes like Soho South, art galleries and museums (even a light lunch in the museum at Jepson Center Museum or SCAD Museum of Art in a re-purposed rail road building), ice cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream surrounded by the Hollywood producer’s memorabilia and posters, the fun nightlife in places like Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, days at Tybee Island beach, strolling the Savannah river walk, shopping the artisan boutique shops in the Design District and Broughton Street, taking in the hero statues in the squares and military sites like Fort Pulaski and World War II Memorial.

All summer: Sand Gnats minor league baseball (New York Mets farm team). Check schedule for Savannah home games.

June 28, 2014: SCAD Cinema Circle presents ‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991), Trustees Theatre

July 4, 2014: 4th of July Fireworks on the Savannah River waterfront

August 25, 2014: Free admission to Fort Pulaski, National Park Service’s 98th Birthday

More insights for SOLO Travel in Savannah GA:

Once Upon A Time, Still! in Savannah, Georgia says Green Palm Inn 29 Mar 2014, 6:43 am

SAVANNAH Georgia (March 28, 2014) — Two replica tall ships from Christopher Columbus’s fleet of three  — The Pinta and The Nina – arrived on the Savannah River waterfront yesterday. Ship tours through the history-centric maritime vessels will happen throughout the weekend and until April 7, 2014

Now, isn’t that a wonderful “Once Upon A Time, Still!” moment?!

In Savannah’s famed National Landmark Historic District, day and night, horse carriage rides are available for tours and special occasion transportation.  Certainly, that picturesque scene would be the kind of moment which has lived through generations and ages!

We’re happy to say that Savannah lodging where your aunt-like innkeeper prepares a sailor’s-worthy breakfast here at Green Palm Inn’s cottage B&B is a “Once Upon a Time, Still!” spot as well.

A stroll on the waterfront, alone or hand in hand, would also typify how Savannah keeps the past so vibrant and meaningful in modern-day society.  “Once Upon A Time, Still!” could easily exemplify Savannah, Georgia‘s way of life.

Once upon a time ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, ‘yes, M’am’ and ‘yes, Sir’ were the cultural norms in polite society. In Savannah, those basic friendly gestures accompany a smile and nod of ‘hello’ to passing strangers.

Where else are these “Once Upon A Time, Still!” places in Savannah?

Homemade ice cream at the family-0wned and operated Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street. Days of fun that include volleyball and boiled peanuts on Tybee Island beach, and stopping to dine on fresh-off-the-boat fish and shrimp at Coco’s Sunset Grille on Lazaretta Creek bring flashbacks to in vogue times in and near Savannah.

If you have heard the tales of seafood served on newspaper, and you want that “Once Upon A Time, Still!” experience, we recommend Desposito’s Seafood Restaurant on the Wilmington River, near the Thunderbolt Bridge.  The always-casual, family-owned seafood dive is featured and recommended by Southern Living magazine also.

“Once Upon A Time, Still!” happens each springtime with the arrival of Savannah’s wonderland of azalea blossoms. Tourists swarm city sidewalks, too, in search of 19th Century homes and manicured southern gardens featured on the The Savannah Tour of Homes and Garden. The tour’s tagline says it all — “Opening doors since 1935.”

Get away when you can. We think you will adore the pleasantries and laughter of Green Palm Inn as your first stop on your modern-day “Once Upon A Time, Still!” adventures in Savannah, Georgia USA.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2014 Sandy Traub / Green Palm Inn

Two Stars in Savannah Tourism To Be Seen in National Lifestyle Magazines, May 2014 16 Mar 2014, 6:35 am

Top-rated Savannah B&Bs — Green Palm Inn and Zeigler House Inn — will be seen in Better Homes and Garden, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and Everyday with Rachael Ray magazines in May 2014

SAVANNAH Georgia (March 15, 2014) — A new branding piece — “Two Stars in Savannah” — comes from two top-rated bed and breakfast inns who have earned top-pick spots in Savannah, Georgia USA tourism.

Green Palm Inn and Zeigler House Inn are taking part in State of Georgia tourism promotions in the May 2014 issues of Better Homes and Garden, Ladies Home Journal, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Family Circle magazines!

The bed and breakfasts’ new found national reach began last year when each B&B was featured on Wheel of Fortune. 

Are the two small historic inns following the admonition of Horace — “Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”?

Amid millions of Savannah visitors annually, the two family- and privately-owned historic inns continually rise as ‘two stars’, hosting hundreds of Savannah leisure and business travelers each year. They are among 40+ historic bed and breakfasts in the National Landmark Historic District.

Brand strategist Sandy Traub gives insights into the success of the two small lodging businesses.

“Jackie Heinz (Zeigler House Inn) and Diane McCray (Green Palm Inn) are two devoted innkeepers who work with a passion to preemptively and responsively please their guests, daily.  If they could, these gals would simply continue to do great work, pace-setting with their individual styles of hospitality in Savannah, and not seek the limelight.  However, to be competitive, boldness is required.  New large hotels with bigger marketing budgets are big competition for the small inns. Downtown Savannah vacation rentals are creeping faster into the lodging mix with new challenges.”

“We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on…come on and on and on…” ― John Lennon

“Believing it is the historic inns that share the soul of historic Savannah’s glory, stories and style — past and present — these two inn owners and their businesses are claiming their earned positions as stars in Savannah tourism.  To be in this national magazine promotion is costly for their small B&Bs. But they’re brave, and I’m thrilled that they are stepping up to be in the spotlight more.”

The “Two Stars in Savannah” spot can be found in the Georgia Tourism promotion, running in the four Meredith publications in the May 2014 issues.  The ad design is by Kelly Applegate, Applegate Design based in Savannah, Georgia.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN
A wondrous model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration, the stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1858) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s mansion transformed to seven lodging suites and rooms. The caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French pâtisserie storefront, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2014 Green Palm Inn / Zeigler House Inn / Sandy Traub

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A Savannah Cottage B&B Like No Other! Green Palm Inn Bed and Breakfast 15 Mar 2014, 10:08 am

SAVANNAH Georgia (March 15, 2014) — For those “excessively fond of a cottage”, you’ll adore the comfort, elegance, and doting from this top-pick B&B and it’s owner-innkeeper, Diane McCray.

Green Palm Inn’s top-rated cottage bed and breakfast in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District will have you saying, “Green Palm Inn is a cottage like no other!

“I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

LORE

The Savannah lore is of sea captains (circa 1898) who worked on the top-destination Savannah waterfront, and sub-tropical palm trees that beautifully dress the Savannah landscape. The Savannah River bluff is a short walk from the top-rated inn. 

Indigenous to the coastal United States, the coastal palm trees in the City of Savannah were planted in mass, beginning around 1900.  In vintage photos, the trees were just above one-story building in height. You’ll see three-story high palm trees in promenades along Bull Street near City Hall, along the Colonial Cemetery (Oglethorpe Avenue and Abercorn Street), Gaston Street near Forsyth Park, and Victory Drive en route to Tybee Island.   The most fashionable houses of the 19th and 20th centuries planted palms in the landscapes.

LAZY-DELIGHTS

Remember, this top-rated inn features only four guest rooms, so there are never crowds, and is never noisy.

Recently on a chilled day in downtown Savannah, one guest settled into the sofa and another into an easy chair, each quietly reading a novel.  Gentle soft music played in background.  It wasn’t long before the couple was asking Diane for light vegetarian lunch recommendations, and confirming dinner reservations that she had completed for them.

CONTENTMENT

Here’s a quote from one guest’s March 2014 TripAdvisor.com review, entitled “Incredible Place to Stay ” — This B & B felt like home, we can’t wait to go back! We met some people from Florida who have visited 3 times in one year and I can see why. Absolutely lovely in every way, we felt like royalty!”

SWOON-WORTHY

Others say it best, sometimes. Here’s what an Arkansas couple wrote about their February 2014 stay. “Green Palm Rocks! — Enough Winter already. What better reason to visit historic Savannah ?

“Diane and Cheryl were very welcoming and from the moment we placed our luggage on the four-poster bed, we felt like we were home. From the fireplace to the smells of fresh baked goodies, it invites you to linger a bit after coffee and an outstanding, home cooked breakfast each day.

“Diane is so connected to the city that she can help you choose from tours…restaurants…special sights…walking tours, etc. And after a full day, returning to the inn for a glass of wine and appetizers by the fire.

Often, the other guests that share the inn can add or detract from the experience. We very much lucked out by meeting a couple who were staying at the Green Palm for the ninth year in a row to celebrate their anniversary. That says it all.

We sure hope to return to Savannah again and will make the Green Palm our b & b home away from home. Outstanding experience, highly recommended.”

APPETITES

Savannah travelers may bring gourmand appetites when staying at Green Palm Inn. Diane’s personally prepared breakfast has been deemed large enough to miss lunch by many guests. There are lots of raves in recent reviews for the Banana French Toast.  After breakfast, self-serve cookies, candies, fruit, tea, and coffee are complimentary for the inn’s guests. Pre-dinner wine with hors d’oeuvres is always a popular social time among the inn’s few guests.

In this TripAdvisor.com review entitled “Can’t Say Enough — Wonderful B&B” this Florida traveler writes, “Great stay to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. The Inn is perfect…. Perfect southern hospitality from Dianne and her staff. Breakfast was delicious, fresh baked goodies whenever you’d like and wine/appetizers in the afternoon. They informed us about the city and the location is a perfect walk to everything in the historic district. We never used our car and parking was provided. This was our second stay in Savannah and we will definitely stay here again on our third. The banana French toast is awesome and so are the oatmeal, white chocolate and cranberry cookies.”

ADVENTURES

Amtrak rail and the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport connect world travelers to our beautiful southern USA city. Sports enthusiasts arrive in the city to play ball, run and bike the flat terrain, enjoying the sub-tropical climate.

Diane is an adventurer, as you’ll see in the B&B inn’s video. She personally scouts the city eateries and entertainment to assure quality in each recommendation she makes to her inn’s guests.   Outside Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District there are beach and deep sea water sports. On a short road trip to Tybee Island (20 minutes from downtown Savannah), climb the historic Tybee Lighthouse — 178 steps to the top — and stroll miles of public beaches. Walking tours or trolley car sightseeing buses introduce travelers to the British settlers’ and their adventure when arriving along the Savannah River shore in 1733.  Follow the stories of survival — the Battle of Savannah, the Civil War, and the industrial revolution that began in Savannah with the Cotton Gin and connecting railroad routes.

HOLIDAYS

Every day feels like a holiday in Savannah! Regularly decked out in holiday tributes, Green Palm Inn celebrates national holidays, too, in intimate, private ways — always having local tips and insider secrets to share about what to do and where to go.

Except for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, holidays in Savannah are gentle times — without the frenzy of big cities and with orderliness that City Fathers and Mothers like to approve. Sometimes the fireworks lighting the Savannah riverfront sky on the first Friday of each month are the boldest tribute.

In the quiet of Greene Square, Green Palm Inn guests are close enough, yet off of main street arteries nestled in residential splendor that is synonymous with the American South.

HOMECOMINGS

Happily and often our guests’ reviews talk about our Savannah cottage inn feeling like home!  Another number is swelling — the number of guests who stay with us annually and/or many times a year.

We are so pleased to welcome travelers to our lazy-delightful cottage! Let us know when you are headed our way.

Copyright © 2014 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub