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

 

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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Media / Press Contact:
Sandy Traub 912/398-9828, straub@spatior.com

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

Green Palm Inn B&B Recipe: Banana French Toast 24 Feb 2014, 3:39 pm

A breakfast inn favorite — Banana French Toast at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah Georgia USA.

Banana French Toast
Green Palm Inn, Savannah, Georgia USA

1 stick butter – melted
Add: 1 cup brown sugar and 2 Tblsp light corn syrup.
Mix together.

Prepare with cooking spray a 9×13 pan.
Pour the butter/sugar mixture into the bottom.
Slice 4-5 bananas and place on top of the butter.
Slice 6-8 large croissants, length wise. Place bottoms (cut side) on top
of the bananas. Fill in the holes and make look pretty with the
croissant tops.

Mix 1-1/2 cups milk and 6 eggs.
Add 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Pour over the croissants.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Bake 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

Plating Tip: “I top the french toast with caramel ice cream topping, whipped cream and nuts.  ENJOY!”
– Diane McCray, Green Palm Inn

Legendary Southern Manners and Patriotic Love of Country in the “Fighting Colony” — Savannah, Georgia 24 Feb 2014, 7:28 am

SAVANNAH Georgia (February 22, 2014) – Legendary for its southern manners, sea of foliage*, loveable row houses, society parties, and garden squares, the fighting colony* of Savannah, Georgia exudes a patriotic love of country brilliantly year around.

“The ancient mansions are lovable.”
–W. D. Howells, Harper’s, “Savannah Twice Visited” (1919)

THE ROW HOUSES ARE PERHAPS MORE LOVEABLE TODAY.

Select city mansions are now private, historic bed and breakfasts, like Green Palm Inn, a star in Savannah’s tourism lodging.  Here stranger guests may ‘sleep in’, enjoying the welcoming, restored historic cottage — cozy and popular amid Savannah historic inns, B&Bs, bed and breakfasts or private inns.

Green Palm Inn is located on Greene Square, named to honor American Revolutionary hero, General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786). He served as General George Washington’s second in command. General Greene died in Savannah, Georgia.

Howells writes too of the city’s people who ‘offer politeness, which soothes and reassures’. In 2014, that Savannah politeness remains.

Howells ennobles Savannah as ‘the fighting colony’, praising the city’s resilience. Remember, the colony began as a British militia settlement – an armed protective zone between the Spanish in Florida and the prized British colony in Charleston, South Carolina.

Savannah remains a military-rich city, home to U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard forces. U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy bases are in nearby Beaufort, South Carolina. U.S. Army are in nearby Hinesville, Georgia.

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – “MOST MANNERLY CITY”

Of Savannah manners, Howells speaks of men showing “extreme courtesy as always lifting his hat when he spoke to us.” Now, that’s the welcome yet rare sighting in 2014! But movie watchers see it in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” when the butler, walking the ghost of the Georgia Bulldog, still tipped his hat in the park.

From Charleston, South Carolina, Cindy “Grosso has a theory on why people would rank Savannah and Charleston among the nation’s most courteous cities: The sweltering summer heat makes people nicer. ‘When it’s hot, you move a little slower,’ she said. ‘And when you move a little slower, you have time to hold the door and time to say ‘Good morning.’” – Source: USA Today, Savannah scores title of ‘Most Mannerly City’ from Charleston (2009)

HERITAGE AND PATRIOTIC PARADES. CELEBRATORY FIREWORKS MONTHLY.

On Parade days, in proper Savannah spirit of patriotism, city and suburban residents unroll the USA flag on doorposts and yard posts. Celebratory fireworks light up the Savannah harbor’s riverfront in the dark of every FIRST Friday night each month (around 9 p.m.).

Insider’s Tip: Though the streets no longer are “ankle deep in sand”**, as Savannah was for U.S. President George Washington’s visit in 1791, bring comfortable walking shoes. Savannah’s flat terrain begs to be walked, but when cobblestones, granite curbs, grassy knolls, and brick sidewalks are part of the landscape mix, you’ll be delighted when you bring and wear comfortable walking shoes!

Hmmm, unplanned, this is beginning to sound Biblical, “A time for …” — Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 (below).

Let us know when you’re ready to make time, slow your pace and celebrate in Savannah, Georgia. We hope you’ll choose Green Palm Inn B&B in Savannah’s historic districta loveable mansion (and innkeeper), a sea of foliage, mannerly people, and a love of country … just for starters!

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 –
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Reference:
- * Savannah Twice Visited, February 1919, W. D. Howells, Harper’s. Howells wrote of Savannah, the “fighting colony”, the “sea of foliage”, and lovable mansions.
– ** Glimpses of Savannah, 1780-1825, [Mrs.] Paschal N. Strong, Sr., The Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1 (March, 1949), pp. 26-35

Copyright © 2014 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub

4 Unmissables in Savannah, Spring 2014, According to Green Palm Inn B&B 9 Feb 2014, 1:10 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — Tourists who visit Savannah are amazed at this historic city’s wonderfully modern cafe society, how easy it is to sportively take happy chances for last minute trips, how contentedly kick back this genteel city of live music is, and how easy it is to convivially explore on short or long urban walks. 

Savannah is known as the southern USA city of legendary beauty and friendly people. Popular as one of the local friendlies, Green Palm Inn, a top-rated bed and breakfast cottage, recommends four unmissables in Spring 2014 — unique places you may have missed before.

We hope you’ll joyfully welcome these Savannah tips and local insights as much as we enjoy sharing them.

KUMBYAH | REBEL JAIL PEN | FOREST CITY | AFFLUENT OLD SOUTH

KUMBYAH (Come By Here). Long regarded as a city of music even from its colonial era British settlement of 1733, the Savannah Music Festival is an annual celebration of world music each spring (March 20 – April 5, 2014).

We think Savannah is the perfect city for a gumbo of world culture and music.

The name and chorus of the Christian hymnKumbaya” is said to be Gullah for come by here. Source: Library of Congress, Folk Life.

The Soweto Choir isn’t playing at the Savannah Musical Festival, but when you listen to the Soweto Gospel Choir sing the tune here, we think you’ll get a fresh appreciation of the appeal to “come by here”.  African heritage is celebrated in Savannah. A stop at the Pin Point Heritage Museum, converted from the A. S. Varn oyster and crab factory, is a tribute to Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen following the Civil War.  It was a summer playground of little Johnny Mercer, influencing his love of the river, The South, and quiet philanthropy to African generations in and around Savannah, Georgia.

For the Savannah Music Festival, in his Director’s Choice, Rob Gibson recommends “African Interplay”:

March 25 – African Interplay: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal/Lionel Loueke Ensemble.  People often associate African music with drumming, but this special production is for people who love chamber music and soulful and melodic playing. The first half features a mesmerizing duet by the phenomenal French cellist Vincent Segal (best known for his work with Sting) and Malian kora (21-string harp lute) master Ballaké Sissoko performing gorgeous music unlike any you’ve ever heard.  The 2nd half premieres a new ensemble led by guitarist Lionel Loueke (best known for his work with Herbie Hancock) featuring new arrangements for guitar, winds, reeds and percussion created just for this occasion by Grammy-winning producer Robert Sadin. Truly a one-time only event. Watch Sissoko & Segal perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series.”

Robert Knox Sneden illustration of Rebel Jail Pen (October 1864) in Savannah, Georgia, which was torn down before Sherman arrived in December. Licensed by Green Palm Inn from Virginia Historical Society.

REBEL JAIL PEN.  Famously Savannah was spared the destruction which Atlanta suffered during the Civil War (1861-1865). In the years of the Civil War Sesquicentennial– 2011 – 2015, little has been said in tourism circles about Savannah and the Civil War — called “recent unpleasantries” by some staunch southerners long ago (and by some, still today!).  At Green Palm Inn we celebrate the city’s survival, the southern stories, the art, the people, and the places.  Amid the good and bad, it’s part of this city’s rich heritage.

The Civil War-era illustrations of Robert Knox Sneden came to our attention, including the illustration of the “Rebel Jail Pen” (above) on the “South Commons” (now Forsyth Park). Amid the central park’s beauty, it’s hard to imagine 5000 Union soldiers lived in tents in that area now. In the print you’ll see the historic fort, in recent year refurbished with an entertainment stage and also hosting the Fragrant Garden for the Blind and the Forsyth Fort Cafe.

Eye Of The Storm: A Civil War Odyssey by Robert Knox Sneden is available through Amazon.com

SAVANNAH, “FORREST CITY” / P. D. DAFFIN.  In reading the blog “To the manner born“, we spotted a photo of Savannah’s chairman (ca. 1898) of the Park and Tree Commission — P. D. Daffin, a prominent cotton merchant.  We followed a link to his biography (Philip Dickinson Daffin, “Lover of Trees”).

“He was a great lover of trees and through his works and deeds Savannah was given the name “Forest City….” — Source: Robert P. Bennett (1982, Armstrong.edu Lane Library manuscript)

Amid the city’s beauty sometime we forget the pioneers of the early years. One of P.D. Daffin’s first achievements as chair of the city’s Park and Tree Commission was the improvement of Colonial Park (the Colonial Cemetery, located on Abercorn Street and Oglethorpe Avenue). “A state of wildness and desolution existed there,” we read. “The next major project was the building of the mall on Oglethorpe Avenue. The live oaks which extend from East Broad to West Broad [now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard] streets today are part of that project.” Years earlier Pride of India Chinaberry trees had lined the mall. Green grass in Emmet Park, Bay Street, city squares, and palmetto trees on the Coastal Highway (U.S. Highway 17) and along Victory Drive were projects under Daffin’s “steady leadership”.

Today City of Savannah’s Park and Tree department keeps Savannah’s forest beautiful.  Did you know that Forsyth Park is an arboretum?  We hope you visit also Daffin Park, located along Victory Drive at Waters Avenue. It is named in tribute to P.D. Daffin, “Lover of Trees”.

AFFLUENT OLD SOUTH. Trails.com points to “High Cotton, High Times, High Tea: The Affluent Old South“. We add that there is no better time to appreciate the affluent Old South than during during springtime’s Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens (March 27 – 30, 2014).

“Savannah’s opulence can be attributed to wealthy cotton merchants who ventured to this city seeking fortune and, as a result, displayed their affluence in the form of fine homes. Their desires brought some of the world’s most masterful architects to the riverside city during the nineteenth century, and the efforts of late twentieth-century preservationists have now created from these masterpieces one of the most intriguing historical districts in the country. Grab your love by the hand and take off for a chance to touch the lavish furnishings in these treasured mansions, break for the elegant English tradition of “high tea,” and dine where cotton once was king.”  Source: Trails.com

Call or contact us early for reservations. It’s the busiest time of year in Savannah. “Kumbaya”, come by here … and stay at Green Palm Inn — greenpalminn@aol.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Lucky Savannah, Always Dressed For Company 7 Feb 2014, 8:02 am

SAVANNAH Georgia – Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast says that Savannah is in perpetual good humor and always dressed for company, especially for St. Patrick’s Day — Saint Paddy’s Day for the happy-go-lucky revelers!  We’re not the only ones to say that.

Entertaining is a way of life here in Savannah.  The “Hostess City of the South” is lucky that way.

How lucky Savannah is!… Lucky in its founder…. Lucky in its escape from pillage during the Civil War…. Lucky in its bad luck as well. A century of postbellum poverty–not really poverty, I suppose, more a lack of pr0spertiy — made it hard for the greedy to redevelop the charm out of the city in the dread name of progress.” — the late R. W. Apple, Jr., Associate editor of The New York Times in Apple’s America.

Even during a Savannah winter — though it feels spring-like for St. Patrick’s Day in early March – mild weather encourages entertaining year around.  Did you realize that Savannah is sub-tropical?

In the City of Festivals — yes, there are hundreds of festivals throughout the year – St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, annually) is THE day that Irish celebrants (and those who adopt the luck o’ the Irish for a day or two) arrive in downtown Savannah.  In 2014, the greening of Forsyth Park Fountain is March 7, Noon.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Savannah is Monday, March 17, 2014, beginning at 10:15 a.m. from Forsyth Park.  It will weave through the downtown historic district.

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~ Adrienne Cook

The dress code of the day? Irish green and orange, worn and flown at our lodging accommodation in Savannah Georgia. It’s all done in a spirit of the “Luck o’ the Irish” to honor the Savannah Irish.  Shamrocks for everyone and shillelaghs [walking sticks] for the men are in vogue.

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes… That’s the Irish for you! — Irish saying

Part of Savannah legendary welcome is its legacy — America’s Most Beautiful City – is possible because of its prominent, historical architecture, cosmopolitan spirit, and devotion to beautiful landscapes.  After all, a beautiful backdrop is required for a successful garden party laced with music, barrels of spirits, and “a thousand welcomes”.

HISTORICALLY IN WINTER

During the winter months, the season of cotton was at its height in Savannah’s seaport.  The Cotton Exchange (ca. 1886, located on Bay Street at Drayton) was known to Savannah residents at the time as “King Cotton’s Palace”.  It was designed to stand out from its neighboring buildings as a symbol of cotton’s importance to the city’s economy.  According to Solomon’s Lodge, during that era, Savannah was known as the Venice of the South.

Yes, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will pass The Cotton Exchange, where unofficially Savannah is the Ireland of the South!

“Bouquets for the Savannah landscape,” we proclaim! Expect to see lush green landscapes and strong hints of nature preparing to burst wide open in Savannah blooms.

The burst of America’s official spring — and the wonderland of azaleas – will follow soon on or about Thursday, March 20, 2014. Spring cleaning here, too, precedes and follows our big Irish day celebration!

We hope you are here, staying with us at the in-vogue Green Palm Inn. For this popular holiday, reservations are generally required one year in advance.

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