Green Palm Inn

548 East President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Diane McCray

Top Savannah Inn Reports, “Architourists Adore Savannah, Georgia USA” 27 Jun 2016, 10:52 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia –– Eager to study world-famous architecture in America’s First Planned City?  Green Palm Inn, a historic Savannah inn and tourism star encourages the architourist and intellectual tourist to get away to Savannah’s legendary historic district.

Architecture packs the list of the top things to do in Savannah. Green Palm Inn lodging is close enough to walk to any place in the National Landmark Historic District.

The magnificient Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Savannah’s historic district is #2 thing to do in Savannah! Source: TripAdvisor.com | What’s #1? The Savannah Historic District

A slow vacation in America’s most beautiful city is intellectual travel and architectural tourism at its best!

“Savannah’s historic district is one of the largest such areas in the United States, with thousands of architecturally-significant buildings including award-winning examples of Federal, Victorian, Regency and Italianate architecture located within the 2.2 square miles area.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

“The beauty of Savannah, its architecture, parks and monuments and its exceptional plan together create a fascinating story about the history of Georgia’s First City.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

Green Palm Inn has three recommended tours: Architectural Tours of Savannah with Jonathan Stalcup, Old City Walks with Phil Sellers, Savannah Rambles with Dirk Hardison.

Did you know? → “By 1729, British parliamentarian James Edward Oglethorpe served on a committee to ‘Consider a Bill for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors.’  His friend, Robert Castell, was imprisoned for debts incurred when he published a book on architecture. This incident caused Oglethorpe to be interested in Debtors Prisons where debtors were imprisoned until they paid their debts and were charged room and board.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

Check out the architectural tour audio tour link to Telfair Museums. The audio tours from Architectural Tours of Savannah highlight the architecture and history of Telfair Academy, Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center. The museums’ tours were written by Jonathan Stalcup, voiced by Roger Moss, and recorded by Orlando Montoya.

Architectural Digest points to highlights in Savannah, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, which offers architectural degrees. SCAD has re-purposed churches, hotels, schools, a pharmacy, commercial buildings, and historic homes, plus renovated a movie theatre and over 60 buildings and facilities in downtown Savannah and beyond to create a disconnected campus in north Savannah.  Now world famous, the Savannah-born University of Creative Careers accentuates inspiring, adaptive use and exemplify extraordinary possibilities using principles of reclamation and reduction in urban sprawl, and balancing historic preservation and demolition.

“The Savannah Historic District was established in 1966 and in 1973, the Savannah Historic District Board of Review was formed. The Savannah Historic District Board of Review exists to protect the values of property associated with history, unique architectural details or relation to a square, park or area within the Landmark Historic District.” — Source: Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission

Of significant importance is the urban renewal project that is now Rousakis Waterfront Plaza, Savannah’s river walk. It was designed by the architectural firm of Gunn & Meyerhoff. in 1996, the riverwalk was extended eastward to support the Olympic Sailing events which were held in Savannah, Tybee Island, and Wassaw Sound.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Celebrate, Elope And Honeymoon in Romantic Savannah: Famous Honey and Full Moons Here! 27 Jun 2016, 8:18 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — TheKnot.com points to Savannah as “The Most Romantic” place for a honeymoon!  Renown as America’s most beautiful city, it’s an iconic, picturesque town that makes romantic elopements easy, honeymoon affordable, and anniversary travel simple.

“Why go: Get lost in the city’s slow-paced serenity—it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district.” — 50 Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015, TheKnot.com

WEDDINGMOON: IDEAL ELOPEMENT AND HONEYMOON DATES CORRESPOND TO FULL MOON?

With the famous Savannah Bee Company‘s gourmet honey in Savannah and mid-month full moons recurring mid-month through 2016, Savannah gets another nod for the ideal spot for honeymoons! Where do we get that match up?

“The deal is that at the beginning of a marriage, the bride and groom’s love for each other is as sweet as honey and burns as bright as the full moon.” — Wordspy.com talking about the origins of the honeymoon.

Q3 and Q4 2016 FULL MOON DATES

Tuesday, July 19: Buck Moon     USA East time 6:57 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 8:23 p.m. Book a romantic carriage ride under the century old Live Oaks of Wormsloe Plantation, Georgia’s oldest plantation. Slip away for an early supper in the elegance of The Olde Pink House, then take in “Savannah Live” musical at Savannah Theatre. Walk the riverfront or take a late night horse carriage ride through historic Savannah … under the moon!

Thursday, August 18:  Sturgeon Moon     USA East time 5:27 a.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 8:05 p.m. Savannah Jazz Festival, Rewind matinee at historic Savannah Theatre, and night sky watching on Tybee Island beach. Or, take in a hands-on cooking class with Chef Darin — Chicken Country Captain (5:30 p.m.). Invite a Wilderness Southeast tour guide to meet you for an hour to Explore the Night Sky.

Friday, September 16:  Harvest Moon    USA East time 3:05 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 7:02 p.m.  Book a day of private sailing with Wilderness Southeast. Diane will arrange a picnic on the water! Enjoy early dinner at Cha Bella, featuring farm-to-table dining. Order dessert to go from Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, then cuddle on the riverwalk, savoring sweet Savannah! Tomorrow, September 17, it’s a free day at Telfair Museums (1p-4p). Tibet Monks are featured at Jepson Center.

Sunday, October 16:  Hunter’s Moon     USA East time 12:23 a.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 6:14 p.m.  Go for a morning run along the Savannah Riverwalk before breakfast at Green Palm Inn. Worship in one of Savannah’s beautiful historic churches downtown. Lunch at the nostalgic Leopold’s Ice Cream shop.  Take in the Rewind musical matinee at historic Savannah Theatre. Explore Forsyth Park. Savor supper at The Vault Kitchen and Market, one of Savannah’s newest chic restaurants outside the historict district.

Monday, November 14:  Beaver Moon     USA East time 8:52 a.m.
Ideas: Nautical Twilight is 5:41 p.m. Let the rest of the world go by!  See the full moon from the Atlantic Ocean sounds. Venture with a naturalist guide on a Wild Island Exploration to one or more of Georgia’s protected, secluded barrier islands. Take along a romantic picnic. Slip away for a celebration of delicious cheesecake and bubbly at Savannah Coffee Roasters Cafe and Bistro. 

Tuesday, December 13:  Cold Moon    USA East time 7:05 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 4:29 p.m. Soak up mild winter holidays in Savannah in the spirit of Silver Bells chiming from nearby churches. Walk the festive city sidewalks and world famous squares [small parks]! Enjoy an early, light supper at The Collins Quarter or . Take in “A Christmas Tradition”, a live musical, at the historic Savannah Theatre. Savor popular cocktails at Jen’s and Friends. Extend your stay through December 16 so you can take part in the popular, once a year, Candle Lantern tour at Fort Pulaski National Monument.

If you’re elopement, honeymoon, anniversary celebration, or a combined ‘weddingmoon’ is early in 2017, be among the first to dine at the highly anticipated Husk restaurant, featuring heirloom southern foods from chef Sean Brock, on Oglethorpe Avenue. Foodies will adore all the chic cuisine, new and favorite restaurants in Savannah!

Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews has more insider tips for a delightful Savannah visit any time of year! Just ask when your book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Inn’s Summer Vacation Deal, Plus Beach Near Savannah Georgia USA 30 May 2016, 3:08 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — In the free-spirited day of summer in Savannah, enjoy a two for one vacation — art, dining and festival culture in America’s first designed city. Plus, get away for a day trip to the “hidden gem” of Tybee Island, called a “North America’s Hidden Travel Hotspot” by Afar Magazine on CBS News.

INDULGE IN THE ULTRA, UBER-LOCAL DAYS OF SUMMER IN SAVANNAH!

Begin here at Green Palm Inn for Savannah lodging in a cozy place — beyond the surface only, seen by too many tourists — a step up from the ordinary with a summer vacation in the American south.  Our B&B summer lodging rates are our best lodging deal of the year!

2016 Special Summer Savannah Inn Deal:  “Days of Summer in Savannah”
 at Green Palm Inn, Savannah, Georgia USA

Special Summer Package Details: Green Palm Inn’s historic district bed and breakfast package includes private room and private bath lodging in popular downtown Savannah, plus daily gourmand breakfast, afternoon desserts, pre-dinner wine and hors d’ouvres; PLUS choice of Old Savannah Tours on-off / trolley tour for 2, OR $50 gift certificate at Cha Bella restaurant.
Cost: $179 plus tax per night / minimum two nights during July or August 2016; Valid stay through: August 31, 2016 . Not valid with any other discount, deal or special.
Savings: 30%
Booking Code:  

T+L Deals

Fort Pulaski National Monument is a national park near Savannah and Tybee Island beach.

Slow down and enjoy life!

This cozy Savannah B&B is a tourism star, eager to introduce culture travelers to one of America’s most admired cities, top  attractions of personal interest, and beaches nearby.

  1. Take time to travel and explore new places. Tybee Island and the famous Tybee Lighthouse Station are a short 20 minute drive from this popular inn. Dip into the simpler summer style of a quaint beach lifestyle and vacation!
  2. Take advantage of an intimate Savannah bed and breakfast stay, a secret way to enjoy the best summer budget getaway? Take advantage of your summer vacation deal for lodging at Green Palm Inn. Inclusives in the room rate are free WiFi, daily gourmand breakfast, parking, and insider tips to explore different interests, like what’s new to do in Savannah, the music scene, new restaurants, and top nightlife attractions.
  3. Solo travelers, including Boomerang kids and Millennials, will enjoy this Savannah bed and breakfast inn’s privacy, free WiFi for internet access, walking distance to restaurants and shopping, close proximity to see attractions, including world famous architecture, art museums and art galleries, 19th Century mansion homes, fun cocktail spots, and lively pubs with music year around.
  4. Live your dreams! Diane McCray Crews at Green Palm Inn will assist with reservations for photogenic day trips to unspoiled Barrier Islands along the Georgia coast, like Ossabaw Island or Wassaw Island. Or, hop a ferry boat to mosey around the slower paced, yet exclusive Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. It’s the island that inspired Pat Conroy’s novel, “The Water is Wide”.

    Did you know that Sallie Ann Robinson is one of Pat Conroy’s students when he taught on the island in 1968? Ms. Robinson has a cookbook now entitled “Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way: Smokin’ Joe Butter Beans, Ol’ ‘Fuskie Fried Crab Rice, Sticky-Bush Blackberry Dumpling, and Other Sea Island Favorites”

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

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Wheel of Fortune® Winner Adores Savannah, Georgia and Green Palm Inn 29 May 2016, 2:03 pm

SAVANNAH, GeorgiaWheel of Fortune® winner, Ricky Ruszin, Jr. arrived with wit and humor to savor his game show prize of five days in Savannah. After only one day the 24-year-old school teacher and suspense writer said, “I should have planned a two-week trip. One week is not enough!”

Savannah Hospitality bed and breakfast prize winner on Wheel of Fortune is Ricky Ruszin Jr.

He chose to travel solo to celebrate his Savannah Hospitality prize, which brought the show champion to Savannah and to Green Palm Inn, who sponsored the popular prize. His winning show aired on October 29, 2015.  Wheel of Fortune is America’s longest-running syndicated game show.

Wheel of Fortune winner (left) takes Segway of Savannah tour sponsored by Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in historic Savannah Georgia USA | Photo courtesy Segway of Savannah

Richard Ruszin, Jr., joined us barefooted after breakfast at Green Palm Inn to share his jubilant enthusiasm about his beckoning adventures. From perspective contestant — enduring a mini-marathon of game show trials — to winning the grand prize on the popular Wheel of Fortune show, his joy spilled over as he told of his win and his Savannah explorations.

In spite of TSA airport nightmares from elsewhere in the country, Ricky was enthused with his Delta airline experience for his Baltimore to Savannah flight. “There were no long lines in Baltimore. Curb to TSA did not even take ten minutes!” he beamed. He had allowed himself two hours.

During his five day stay at Green Palm Inn the first week of June 2016, Ricky was smitten with Savannah and his motherly innkeeper host, Diane McCray Crews. Asked about his first impressions of Savannah, Ricky shares how surprised he was to find that the downtown hub is easy to walk, in spite of how large the National Landmark Historic District appears on maps.

“Based on how many streets appear on the map, it’s nice to be able to walk everywhere. And, it’s not too hot!” he adds.

WHERE DID RICKY DINE AND EXPLORE IN SAVANNAH?

Of Savannah’s food he says, “I could stay a month and not eat in the same place twice!”

At Green Palm Inn, his gourmand breakfasts featured favorite dishes like French Toast with Raspberries, and Egg Strata with Potatoes and Bacon. Afternoon, freshly made desserts are always on the popular inn’s menu. It was the home baked cookies at the cozy bed and breakfast inn that surprised his Hilton Head Island relatives, who drove over for a day-trip to Tybee Island with the game show winner.

Paula Deen with Savannah Hospitality prize winner Ricky Ruszin Jr. | Photo taken two years prior to Wheel of Fortune winner’s visit to Savannah, Georgia USA.

Eating at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons Restaurant was on the young man’s bucket list. He says the cornbread was the best he ever had, and he praises the popular restaurant’s fried chicken.

He had an impromptu opportunity to meet and snap a photo with Paula Deen at a Food and Wine Festival two years before arriving in Savannah. He had called her “Grandmother” and Paula replied in her southern drawl and a hug, “You could have not picked a nicer thing to say!” Ricky adds, “It was everything you’d think a Paula Deen hug would be. She was the sweetest!

Fried chicken and cornbread at Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah | Photo courtesy Ricky Ruszin Jr.

He dined at the Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern and Savannah Tap House. On hot days, he went to Leopold’s Ice Cream shop. Coconut and Lemon were his top choices. He says, “I need to go back 85 times!” Alligator Soul had been on the agenda for supper, but the popular fine dining restaurant was recovering from a city water main leak that interrupted the operations temporarily.

The youthful 24-year-old noticed the city’s youthful Savannah College of Art and Design students who walked and biked around the historic district. He hopped on the Dolphin Magic Tours, enjoyed a private Segway of Savannah tour, joined a group tour for Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tour, praising Alyssa for being an “amazing storyteller”. Because of rain Rickey missed a second walking tour — Savannah Ghosts tour with Patrick Burns of television’s “Haunting Evidence” fame. He did go on the Ghosts and Gravestones trolley tour. His walking ghost tour began at 9:30p and ended after midnight. He shares that he  felt safer walking back to the inn at that late hour than he would have if walking in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Wheel of Fortune winner at Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savannah, Georgia USA | Photo -c- Ricky Ruszin Jr.

Relatives drove in from Hilton Head Island and his family seized the opportunity for a day trip to Tybee Island beach. He adds, “I could spend a whole week out there [on Tybee Island]! It reminds me of Ocean City Beach with its boardwalk feel.”

Ricky dreaded his departure on Tuesday, June 7th, commenting, “There is just not enough time to see everything!”

WHAT ABOUT THE CONTESTANT SELECTION PROCESS?

He says his parents thought his win was “really cool, and they’re jealous”. His aunt, too is jealous. “I’m perky. I’m likeable. Why wasn’t I picked?” she bemoaned.  His dad is a retired State Park Ranger. “Crazy stuff happens living in a home on the state park,” Ricky adds. “It’s nice to have neighbors,” the Baltimore resident adds. “I’m done with parks. I can’t go back!” he adds. Naturally he bypassed Wormsloe Stake Park and Fort Pulaski National Monument.

Ricky’s aunt had attended the try outs, too, in Baltimore. Early in what Ricky calls “the hottest day of the year”, Ricky’s aunt was one of the first to be called up.  Staged on an outdoor plaza, the Wheel of Fortune team used a round drum to randomly select prospective contestants’ names — and to see the individual personalities and test puzzle solving skills.  Ricky did not get his chance until the last game of that hot day, when his named was called at 3:45 in the afternoon. Lots of people had left because of the heat. So, he says he bemoaned the heat and, at the same time, is grateful for the hot day.

The TV show’s team was obviously looking for genuinely happy, smart people. When asked to do something unique, Ricky did the Elaine dance (as seen on Steinfield). He was called with 50 to 55 people for the final audition. “Everyone in that group got a chance at a pop up version of playing Wheel of Fortune,” Ricky explains. There was also a written test of 15 to 20 puzzles within five minutes. Then, there were teams of five to play the full version of America’s most popular game show — complete with the pretend spin and “Pat Chat”.

Ricky was ready for his “Pat Chat”, the time when on-air personality Pat Sajak interviews each contestant briefly. Ricky was ready even during the final audition. He shared that he was a roller coaster enthusiast, having ridden the tallest roller in the USA at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.  “I think the speed is zero to 120 mph in less than 3 seconds,” he tells us during his interview at Green Palm Inn.

Perhaps his week in Savannah seemed that fast as well. Eager to spend more time in this  new-found city of the south, Ricky pledges to return.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, America’s Game®, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 cozy 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.

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Deals + Ideas + Tips: Leisure on Savannah Business Trip! 27 Apr 2016, 1:52 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — The top-rated Green Palm Inn in the downtown historic district shares tips — 4 Ways To Tap Savannah Local Scene Better. Located within walking distance to the finance and business district in downtown Savannah, Green Palm Inn will help you to mix more pleasure into your Savannah or Georgia coast business travel. Take in more of Savannah’s friendly, delightful local leisure and make your next busienss trip a mini-vacation trip, too!

#1 NEW IDEAS FOR WAYS ENJOY A SAVANNAH BUSINESS TRIP MORE.

Avid leisure and business travelers, especially single and “grey divorce” folks  (male and female), welcome new ideas for travel! Innkeeper Diane Crews wins executives over quickly with the cozy bed and breakfast inn’s refreshing appeal, home cooked meals, and everyone’s-favorite-aunt’s generous information about local favorites, local cuisine, and local culture to enjoy Savannah.

#4: ONE DAY DEALS IN SAVANNAH THIS SUMMER AT GREEN PALM INN!

Why the summer deals? In spite of being within 25 minutes to Tybee Island beach, summer is off-peak season in the Savannah historic district. Inquire about one day deals in summer 2016. The one day deal will typically be a week day stay that you must combine with one or more extra days for a surprisingly affordable mini-vacation in Savannah.

What makes staying at Green Palm Inn a “bleisure” (business + leisure) deal in summer or any time of year? A gourmand breakfast, parking, top tourism tips, wine and hors d’oeuvres, afternoon desserts, and top-tier level concierge-esque assistance helps you with tours, transportation, and restaurant reservations. All these services are included in your B&B room rate at Green Palm Inn on Greene Square downtown!

#3: MISS THE CROWDS!

Spring and fall Savannah is packed! Especially during summer, you’ll not find crowds or long lines (except at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room!) in Savannah’s popular places. So, it’s easy to see a live musical matinee or evening show at the historic Savannah Theatre, savor homemade Leopold’s Ice Cream and browse executive producer Stratton Leopold’s blockbuster movie posters, take your time to do some Savannah sightseeing by an on/off trolley, and spot the cabaret and classic movie nights at the magnificently restored historic movie houses of the 1930s — SCAD’s Trustee’s Theatre and Lucas Theatre. Boat over to Georgia’s protected and undeveloped Barrier Islands, crossing Warsaw Sound, the sailing waters for the 1996 Olympics.

Take in what is cool and cultured! Meander through the downtown, taking in the city’s art museums and home museums, each harboring world-famous artifacts to contemporary art treasures.

#4: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA USA IS A FOODIE’S CITY!

Top international and USA chefs kicked up Savannah cuisine in recent years.  Some top restaurants are closed on Sunday and/or Monday. Located in a vintage Greyhouse Bus terminal, The Grey is the magnificently themed and a new southern cuisine favorite of national press’s food critics for good reasons! Eat in the YARD every Saturday, 12-2pm (or until the food runs out!) for an uber casual experience where Savannah movers and shakers show us for fresh seafood. Open Tuesday – Sunday. (Check dates!)

Southern Living magazine recently gave a nice shout out to their choice of best dinner restaurants in Savannah. We’d swap out a few to add farm to table restaurants — Cha Bella, Alligator Soul, and The Collins Quarter, but totally agree with Wiley’s Championship BBQ, Olde Pink House, The Florence, and The Grey. Take advantage of Beer and Pizza (artizan pizza, we might add!) on Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 = 6:00 p.m. Note: Zunzi’s is a wonderful lunch spot for take out, but they are closed for dinner (what we call supper in the south!).

Just let us know when you’re ready to get away for some rest and relaxation, mixed with business in Savannah, Georgia!  We’ll help with the logistics.

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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Champions of Savannah USA Travel, Tourism and Traditions: Great Georgia People Doing USA Travel and Tourism Proud! 26 Mar 2016, 7:02 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Savannah’s oldest are star harbingers of travel and tourism in Georgia. “The best travel and tourism experiences are authentic,” reminds Green Palm Inn‘s Diane Crews.

LEARN FROM SAVANNAH TIME-HONORED CLASSICS, THEN IMPROVISE!

A little vintage cookbook, “The Savannah Cook Book” by Harriet Ross Colquitt (First Edition 1933), tells of the “Colonial Kitchens”, once operated by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America in the basement of Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square. “Since it opened in 1928, the Kitchens has won a just reputation for delightful, old-fashioned food, well cooked and excellently served….”

The Colonial Kitchens eatery is no longer operating, but Ms. Colquitt’s efforts to tap the ingredients of Savannah traditions prompted today’s blog post, pointing to champions of world famous Savannah tourism and traditions.

“But getting direction from colored cooks is rather like trying to write down the music to the spirituals which they sing — for all good old-timers (and new-timers, too, for that matter) cook “by ear”, and it is hard to bring them down to earth when they begin to improvise…. Long before it was fashionable for society women to have a career, or to do anything in the least practical, Mrs. Fred Habersham, who was famous for her table, conducted a cooking school at her home in Savannah, and here all the young society matrons gathered once a week, pencil in hand, and wrote down the words of wisdom which fell from her lips, while she illustrated by cooking as she talked….” — Source: “The Savannah Cook Book” by Harriet Ross Colquitt (First Edition 1933)

Improvise is a great theme! From that point we’ll introduce you to a few of the great people, the modern-day champions of Savannah tourism and those upholding the best Savannah, Georgia traditions.

Olde Pink House is the colonial-era, Habersham family mansion. The Food Network points to this historic mansion turned fine dining restaurant, praising the BLT Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes, dressed with buttermilk thyme dressing.  Green Palm Inn‘s top choice from the menu? She Crab Soup.

Of Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, our friend Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn says, “This is a wonderful little restaurant run by an amazing family. Every time I sit down to the table I am transported back to my grandma’s kitchen table.”  This popular lunch eatery was first opened in 1943 by a young Mrs. Sema Wilkes, who took over a boardinghouse on Jones Street.  Yes, today Mrs. Wilkes’ granddaughter and her great grand son are the champions of The Wilkes’ House, Savannah’s showplace for a home style southern lunch (11a-2p, Monday – Friday, closed January), which accepts cash only. Top reviews highlight these menu items: pickled beets, rutabaga, macaroni salad, blueberry cobbler, beef stew, English peas, dirty rice, summer squash, okra, snap peas, barbecue ribs, string beans, stuffing, butternut squash, red rice, corn muffins, pudding, cole slaw, and pulled pork.  “Pass the friend chicken, please!” we’d say!

Founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece: George, Peter, and Basil Leopold., legendary Leopold’s Ice Cream is back on the modern-day Savannah scene. As of the summer of 2004, Peter’s son Stratton and his wife Mary Leopold, proudly unpacked “many fixtures from the original store including the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar and telephone booth. Leopold’s Ice Cream is hand-crafted in historic downtown Savannah using the original, secret recipes and techniques handed down to Stratton by his father”.  Bravo to Leopold’s, serving up “Good Things to Eat. Good Things to Drink!”™

Accommodations and hospitality were priorities for the English colony,  founded on February 12, 1733. Lodging for strangers, too, has deep roots in Savannah. Located on Johnson Square (22-24 Congress Street), as of March 29, 1734, there was a “house for strangers“.  It was next door to the public ovens. Located on President Street (once named King Street before the American Revolutionary War), Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast is happy to be among Savannah tourism champions to provide a “house for strangers”, while visiting America’s most beautiful city.

Recognized as the oldest, continually operating theatre in America, the performers keep the spirit of first-rate music and live entertainment dynamic on Chippewa Square at the historic Savannah Theatre.

Benefactors and docents keep Savannah house mansions standing supreme for modern-day social venues, touting world famous Savannah architecture, classic decor, and so many of the American south’s social graces. Fortunately, many of the renovated historic homes are open to the public as house (mansion) museums. Our innkeeper, Diane Crews recommends these:  Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House (Oglethorpe Square) and Telfair Museum of Arts and Sciences (the south’s oldest art museum, Telfair Square), Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (Oglethorpe Avenue at Bull Street), Andrew Low House (Lafayette Square), Davenport House Museum (Columbia Square), Green-Meldrim House (Madison Square), Harper-Fowlkes House (Orleans Square), William Scarbrough House (Ships of the Sea maritime museum), and The Mercer-Williams House (Monterey Square).

Get here when you can! Diane and Gary Crews will introduce you to more top Savannah tourism standouts … those people and places that make Savannah, Georgia USA, authentically a popular, top place to visit in America!

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 © 2015-2016 Green Palm Inn

Sunday in Savannah: Uber Savannah Outdoors at Fort Pulaski National Park 22 Feb 2016, 2:27 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Make your Savannah trip a long weekend in America’s most beautiful city!  Green Palm Inn popular historic Savannah lodging B&B finds and shares little ways to dive into the Savannah local scene with things to do during your Savannah travels.

Fort Pulaski National Monument will host a special Centennial Series on the third Sunday of each month. This series encourages guests, travelers, and members of the local community to come out and be active in the park.

February 21–Lighthouse Trail Hike

March 20–Cockspur Island Bicycle Tour

April 17–Baseball at Fort Pulaski

May 15–Yoga in the Park

June 19–Bark in the Park

July 17–Fishing with a Ranger

August 21–Wetlands Walk

September 18–Kayaking with a Ranger

October 16–Full Moon Hike

November 20–Oystering along the Savannah

December 18–Historic District Walk

Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument Fee Information: Adults: $7.00 – Children 15 & Under: Free Contact Name: Joel Cadoff Contact Email: e-mail Fort Pulaski Contact Phone Number: 912-786-5787 ext.1208  | Source: Fort Pulaski National Monument

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Green Palm Inn Tips: Tap Into Lively International Food Scene in Savannah, Georgia USA 9 Feb 2016, 6:22 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — “Savannah the old, adored by the young!” could be our new mantra for 2016 here at Green Palm Inn! We invited you to get away for the best of the Savannah’s NEW good ole days year around.

The wonderful international and southern food in Savannah are part of the novel ways to celebrate in America’s most beautiful city.

HOBNOB AMID OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDES, AND RESILIENT, ADVENTUROUS FOODIES IN SAVANNAH, GA USA!

“Where to eat in Savannah?” is a question not only addressed in great reviews by food critics but by the locals? Chic cocktail party of senior travelers and young affluent professionals head to the food courtyards at The Gray, atop the deck at The Florence, the cozy Hollywood-styled setting of Alligator Soul, the patio of The Olde Pink House or Vic’s on the River, farm-to-table fare at Cha Bella, or the salty air for casual lunch, dinner or beach picnic on Tybee Island along the Atlantic Ocean.

“I care not who makes our Presidents as long as I can eat in Savannah.” -Senator Mark Hanna, campaign manager for President William McKinley

Who needs February as National Pistachio Month or February 26 as Pistachio Day to head to Leopold’s Ice Cream in downtown Savannah?  It is a true delight to savor the creamy, delicious ice cream treat, or a Travel Channel in Savannah GA USA hit — Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi’s Take Out — any time of year under the canopies in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District.

READY FOR MORE SAVANNAH FOODIE IDEAS? 

Valentine’s Day Dinner (plus year round cooking classes in downtown Savannah) at 700 Kitchens Cooking School, Forsyth Park, February 14, 2016 — 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Chef Darin’s Hands-On Cooking Classes includes Valentine’s Day Celebration of food for couples, plus a full 2016 calendar of cooking classes in Savannah (almost every Sunday through Saturday!) These great foodie gatherings to cook and socialize are popular with singles, girls getaway with friends, or couples young and old!

Chef Joe Randall posts that he is on sabbatical through February 2016, but we see a packed March 2016 schedule of classes includes “The Best Gumbo This Side of New Orleans” (March 10, 2016)

Kitchen Outfitters Cooking Classes feature smaller groups in an intimate setting with accomplished chefs. February 18, 2016 features Irish-Georgia Peach, cookbook author (The Shamrock and Peach) and seasoned cooking teacher Chef Judith McLaughlin, a native from Northern Ireland. They share recipes! We are eager to try “Tiger Cakes”, a recipe from “Baking Chez Moi” by Dorie Greenspan. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY. Copyright 2014.

Like the idea of wine + painting classes? Check out Les Kitchen Artistes, hosted by Kitchens on the Square in Savannah cooking classes with art near Ellis Square in downtown Savannah, Georgia.

If you missed the January 2016 sell-out barbecue cooking class, watch for or inquire about new dates with Wiley McCrary at Wiley’s Championship BBQs “BBQ 101 Cooking Class”.

SAVANNAH FOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVALS FEATURE MORE RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

Saturday, February 27 (12 PM to midnight), A-Town Get Down 2016 with Robert Randolph at The Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah, GA. A-Town Get Down will be free for all ages from noon to 5pm. After 5pm $25 general ticket price and $15 with student or military ID.

March is the month of traditional Irish food and Irish celebrations in Savannah style, especially the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where fountains and beer are green around town!

Tourism stars from Green Palm Inn and Zeigler House Inn share traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare and menu ideas on Explore Georgia travel blog.

April 20-24, 2016 is the 8th Annual Tybee Island Wine Festival, hosted at the Tybee Island Light Station and other island locations. Proceeds from the food and wine event benefit the Tybee Post Theatre restoration.

May 3, 2016 (12pm-4pm) is the Food Truck Festival, serving up food, music and art in Forsyth Park.

May 7, 2016, Savannah Scottish Games is a Celtic gathering, serving up Scottish fare. The location is Historic Bynah’s Field at Bethesda Academy. Who 0doesn’t love a hearty soup, fish, game, roast meat, pudding and dessert, including scones?!

July 4th in Savannah is a happy gathering of citizens from across America, celebrating with red, white and blue, patriotic American food specialties, like the freshest of high quality burgers found at B&D Burgers in Savannah GA downtown, and Green Truck on Habersham Street.

Watch for summer 2016 dates, usually July – August time frame, for our HOPEFUL repeat of Savannah Restaurant Week. It is a 10-Day summer 2016 celebration of Savannah’s restaurant scene, splendid with culinary heritage that makes our southern USA city unique.

October (annually): City of Savannah’s Picnic in the Park is a box dinner-meets-wine-picnic-and music event in Forsyth Park.

October: Savannah Greek Festival (October 6 – 8, 2016 date to be confirmed) features Greek cultur and food.

October 24 is “Food Day“. Watch for healthy food cooking class events or simply celebrate a personal healthy food day solo!

October (annually): Savannah Jewish Festival serves up “Shalom Y’all”, home cooked Jewish food in Forsyth Park.

October (annually): Oktoberfest on the Savannah Riverfront is THe place for German food and beer on the Savannah River front and all around town.

November 7 – 13, 2016 the Savannah Food & Wine Festival celebrates wine and culinary excellence with celebrity chef classes and tastings. — #savfw

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Nightlife and Days of Music in Savannah, Georgia: February – April 2016 28 Jan 2016, 1:41 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Get away for a musical Savannah trip early in 2016! Celebrate the legacy of music in Georgia’s first city.

A sampling of live concerts and music events in Savannah during February 2016, March 2016, and early April 2016 are below. Visit world-famous songwriter, Johnny Mercer’s statue in Ellis Square and his family gravesite in Bonaventure Cemetery. The name doesn’t ring a bell? “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive”, “Moon River”, and about one thousand more songs were written by Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.

We hope you’ll choose to stay in the cozy seamen’s cottages of Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on Greene Square!

BRIEF BACKSTORY OF MUSIC IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

The Georgia colony was founded February 12, 1733. Music, too, was transported.

“Did a carpenter, a farmer, a parent, or anyone else on the Anne transport ballads [on their ship’s journey to the new colony of Georgia in 1732]? It is impossible to know, but likely as not some of the 114 passengers had heard a version or versions of “Barbara Allan”, “Lord Randall”, or other ballads.” Source: Music in Eighteenth-century Georgia by Ronald L. Byrnside

In February 1735, ten Moravian missionaries, lead by August Gottlieb Spangenberg, brought brass and woodwind musical instruments to the Georgia colony. The German/Bohemiam missionaries settled the town of Irene, upstream along the Savannah River. The Savannah, Georgia Moravians was the group’s first settlement in North America. “A year later twenty-five more came.” Source: IBID

“John Wesley was approached by Oglethorpe to be a minister for the new parish of Savannah. It was Wesley’s belief that he would preach to the Indians and lead them to Christ. Wesley and his brother, Charles, sailed for Georgia on October 14, 1735.  On the four month long trip, a storm came up suddenly and broke the main mast. While the Englishmen were crying, a group of Moravians calmly sang hymns and prayed.” — Source: John Wesley and Savannah by Kathy W. Ross and Rosemary Stacy

“The Oldest American musical group of blacks, Old Hundred, had been organized in 1817 and was still active at the end of the war.” Source: Preston Russell and Barbara Hines in “Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733”

It was the visit by United States President James Monroe (May 11, 1819) — during the launch of the S.S. Savannah, America’s first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean — that we learn that music, too, gladdened those festivities. “…[T]he performance of vocal music tended to elevate the soul to sublime and heavenly musings”. — Source: IBID

“Specially composed music” greeted General Marquis de Lafayette’s arrival March 19, 1825.  Source: IBID

With each immigrant arriving in Savannah, came also cultural music that is enjoyed by Savannah tourists and local citizens. For example, during the Greek community’s “annual fall festival … The Greek food, music, and dance bring out Zorba the Greek — even in the Crackers.” Source: IBID

Music in Savannah, Georgia Thrives in 2016!
You’ll discover a Savannah trip in this sampling of February 2016 to April 2016 musical events.

February 5, 2016: First Friday for Folk Music! 7:30 p.m.

February 5 – February 28, 2016: Broadway on Bull Street at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 6, 2016: Diana Ross, 7:00 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre

February 6, 2016: “In the Mood“, historic Lucas Theatre (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the ’40s.  Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to “Tuxedo Junction” and get “In The Mood” for a “Moonlight Serenade.”

February 7, 2016: Annual Future of Jazz Concert and Tribute to the Late Ben Tucker, Jewish Educational Alliance

February 9, 2016: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

February 12 – February 14, 2016: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 12, 2016: Doug MacLeod in concert, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church. A perennial Blues Music Award nominee, Doug is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller and masterful guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition.

February 13, 2016: “Casablanca” (1942), Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Who can ever forget “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By”‘. “As Time Goes By” Words and Music by Herman Hupfeld.

February 13, 2016: Savannah Black Heritage Festival’s live concert, featuring Winners of the Y.E.S. Talent Showcase, Con Funk Shun and Tony! Toni! Tone! 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

February 14, 2016:  Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden (5:00 p.m.); Renewal of Vows Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

February 20, 2016: Aladdin: South Carolina Ballet, Savannah Civic Center, 5:30 p.m.

February 20 – 21: Savannah Irish Festival, Savannah Civic Center

February 26, 2016: Wildspread Panic, great southern guitar blues band with an improvisatory ethos (8:00 p.m.), Savannah Civic Center. Concert benefits Tunes for Tots, musical instruments for public schools in need, keeping music alive in public schools.

March 2, 2016: An Evening with Patti Labelle, Johnny Mercer Theatre (8:00 p.m.)

March 3 – November 19, 2016 (various days): Savannah Live at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

March 5, 2016: Savannah Philharmonic and Velvet Caravan “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble: an eclectic evening bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more; Lucas Theatre (7:30 p.m.)

March 5, 2016: Lowcountry boil, oyster sample and chicken buffet at the Delta Plantation on Saturday (3-6 p.m.) to benefit the Davenport House Museum; country jazz by the Johnny Octane Band.

March 10, 2016: Merle Haggard, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

March 10-12, 2016: Savannah Stopover Festival. “The lineup of rising & reemerging indie-rock bands… makes a strong case for forgoing Texas…” via @floodmagazine:

March 11-17: Irish music during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown Savannah. Begin with Greening of the Fountains (March 11) through St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17)

March 24 through April 9: 2016 Savannah Music Festival. Celebrate music in Savannah! +100 performances of jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA.

April 7, 2016: Billy Currington with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Christmas Gingerbread Manger by Green Palm Inn in Savannah, Georgia USA 16 Dec 2015, 5:13 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — It is the aromatic gingerbread, sugar cookies, wheat berry grass, a simple Nativity Bake Set, and the sweet atmosphere of Green Palm Inn that bring the humble ingredients together for a homey Christmas in the USA.

Christmas Nativity in gingerbread and sugar cookies at Green Palm Inn’s popular bed and breakfast — a tourism star in the Savannah, GA’s historic district.

Diane’s version of a gingerbread house is an unpretentious Christmas Nativity scene.

Found in the Savannah forest of the historic district, is a unique Christmas gingerbread house. There is no gold leaf to denote elegance; yet, this nativity gingerbread house exudes simple elegance for the holiday season.

Green Palm Inn’s 4-bedroom historic bed and breakfast in the Savannah historic district is “gingerbread” architecture. Understandably, we’re a tad more fascinated than most about gingerbread year around, but especially at Christmas.

“Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition. Their popularity rose when the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which the main characters stumble upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest.” (Source: PBS.org)

From Medieval times, Gingerbread Festivals in England, Holland, Germany and France brought about the popularity of the gingerbread cookies, called ‘fairings’.  “The shapes of the gingerbread changed with the season, including flowers in the spring and birds in the fall. Elaborately decorated gingerbread became synonymous with all things fancy and elegant in England. The gold leaf that was often used to decorate gingerbread cookies led to the popular expression ‘to take the gilt off of gingerbread.’  The carved, white architectural details found on many colonial American seaside homes is sometimes referred to as ‘gingerbread work’….” (Source: PBS.org)

Sweet Christmas gingerbread house is a Nativity scene at Green Palm Inn’s top-rated lodging in Savannah, GA USA | Mary and Joseph set the example long ago of opening the door to strangers (shepherds and wise men), following the birth of Jesus. It is a happy day we are so pleased to celebrate with our bed and breakfast lodgers.

“Come, let us adore him”, Diane repeats for Christmas 2015.

Beautiful historic churches in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District open their doors to strangers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

Yes, in Savannah, Georgia we’re very friendly that way … opening doors to strangers. We do that year around at our top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast inn, a Savannah tourism star.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN

Featured on Wheel of Fortune® in 2014 and 2015, 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 © 2015 Green Palm Inn. “Wheel of Fortune” is a registered  ®  trademark of Califon Productions, Inc.