Green Palm Inn

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

Winter Deal at Green Palm Inn During January – February 2017 22 Sep 2016, 7:17 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia —  Take advantage of a getaway special deal at Green Palm Inn for a no-snow late winter vacation in Savannah, Georgia USA. Average temps, according to USNews.com are 38.1F to 62.4F.

Savannah tourism star Diane’s late winter special deal for lodging and generous amenities at the historic inn is exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay only between January 15, 2017 – February 9, 2017.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday.

Located in the downtown Savannah historic district on Greene Square, the popular and cozy inn’s rates are $179 to $209, per night, plus tax.

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

Famous Greek Heritage + Greek Fest: Historic Inn Honors Savannah GA USA Mayor John P. Rousakis — Champion, Chef, and Hero 3 Sep 2016, 9:34 am

SAVANNAH Georgia – In large measure Savannah’s fame is lifted on the shoulders of titans, as well as the friendly hometown ambassadors who welcome travelers from across the world daily. Cozily nestled in the Savannah historic district on Greene Square, Green Palm Inn honors #theone in Savannah, a city of heroes.

Our focus points to titans of personality, wealth and finesse who have given passionately of themselves and their resources. There are too many, so we choose a few less mentioned who we believe offer us the model for sharing authentic cultural traditions in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Cozy Green Palm Inn‘s guests — the ones also who adore homestyle cooking and their favorite-aunt-like innkeeper as their host — treasure the hometown back stories, especially the ones that dive deep with heritage.

Get away for a 5-day-trip! Diane Crews at this historic bed and breakfast inn (called a private hotel or mini hotel in the UK and Europe) will help to make your week travel in Savannah a dream vacation! Foodies adore Savannah, whether for dining, desserts, or taking in a cooking class.

Honoring Greek heritage we point to Mayor John P. Rousakis, for whom the riverwalk of Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street is named.

Savannah Mayor John P. Rousakis. Photo Courtesy National League of Cities

With extraordinary hometown charm and political finesse, engaging cross-sections of Savannah’s multi-cultural population, champion of Savannah, Mayor John P. Rousakis is credited with winning hearts in and for Savannah.

As the late Lewis Grizzard once wrote, “Nobody can woo like Johnny Rou. …Credit Johnny Rousakis for turning Savannah into a near “second Hollywood”. When Jimmy Carter was Governor of Georgia, he appointed Rousakis to the first state movie board.” – Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

Mayor John Rousakis is the son of Greek immigrant parents. He attended St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, a congregation that sponsors the Savannah Greek Festival each fall in Savannah — October 6-8, 2016 this year. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop (called “Paul’s Corner” by some) on the corner of Bull Street and Maupas Street, where Rousakis worked in the family business as a soda jerk, swept the floors, and delivered takeout orders.

Among Mayor Rousakis’s broad and deep legacy is the revitalization of the Savannah Riverfront, Savannah City Market Development, and Savannah’s hosting role in 1996 Olympics Yachting (now called Olympics Sailing). Rousakis served five terms, a total of 16 years a Mayor of Savannah during the period of 1970 – 1991. Source: City of Savannah research library and municipal archives.

The Savannah Riverwalk, known formally as Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, is named in honor of Mayor John P. Rousakis (January 14, 1929 – December 10, 2000).  Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. (Source: Savannah Morning News, John Rousakis Remembered)

“Johnny loved good food, good wine, good friends, strong coffee, good conversation, and even bad golf,” Moon Landrieu said. “He left his footprints all over the city of Savannah, the state of Georgia, and across this nation.” Moon Landrieu is the former mayor of New Orleans and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who said he most remembered Rousakis’ zest for life. Sources: Savannah Morning News, Remembering Johnny

John Rousakis’s story is reminiscent of another Greek Savannah native, Stratton Leopold, whose family ran Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop on the corner of Habersham and Gwinnett. A star among Hollywood’s elite producers, the younger Leopold revived his family’s legacy in Savannah by reopening the popular family business, serving super premium, homemade ice cream from original recipes in a new location – Broughton Street near Abercorn Street. The ice cream shop had originally opened in 1919.

[Rousakis’s] “personal life also was full of fun. He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes.”

John Rousakis’s personal life also was full of fun.

He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes. The full-of-life mayor participated in the Savannah Chamber of Commerce oyster roast in Atlanta (1987), where we see his “Suddenly Savannah is really cooking” apron.

Filming the segment in Whitfield Square with television celebrity Mike Douglas and movie star Burt Reynolds, Mayor Rousakis prepared “Shrimp and Oyster Pilaf”, featured in Savannah Sampler Cookbook by Margaret Wayt DeBolt.  The Mike Douglas Show segment aired October 29, 1975.

When “Gator” the movie, starring and directed by Burt Reynolds, was released August 25, 1976, audiences were introduced to Savannah’s charismatic mayor who appeared as the Ocean Plaza Motel Manager. Mike Douglas was cast at the Governor.  Filming locations included Savannah, Tybee Island, Lakeland, and Valdosta, Georgia. Source: IMBD.com Mayor Rousakis played in three more movies filmed in Savannah: Pals with George C. Scott; The Lincoln Conspiracy, and Odyssey.  — Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

During Mayor Rousakis’s five terms as mayor (1970 -1991), “he sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum,” reports Savannah Morning News.  “He had all the right chemistry,” his friend William Lee said at his funeral in December 2000, reported by Savannah Morning News. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

“His greatest legacy was trying to bring people together,” said Clifford Hardwick, who served alongside Rousakis on City Council. “John knew how to work with people and build consensus. ‘We’re here for the people,’ he said, ‘Not for the party.”‘

Rousakis is credited with reviving River Street, which was set to become a parking lot when he intervened.

The son of Greek immigrant parents, Rousakis’ life was a classic hometown-boy-makes-good story. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop on Bull and Maupas streets, where Rousakis worked as a soda jerk. It was “the” place to hang out for high school students, Lee remembered.

Rousakis made the jump to the mayor’s office in City Hall to begin the first of an unprecedented five terms. “He had all the right chemistry,” Lee said. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

During that time, Savannah annexed southside land and increased the city’s population by 30,000. He sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum.

Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. “I don’t think in today’s world you could have a mayor like Rousakis, who is easy to talk with and everybody’s friend,” Meyerhoff said. “Things are a lot more political today.”

Source: Savannah Now / Savannah Morning News  quoted in this blog post, including Mayor Rousakis funeral report: Savannah’s longest-serving mayor dead at 71. John Rousakis championed the preservation of downtown, development of City Market and River Street.

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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.

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Visit Historical Places: Take 5-day Trip! Tycoons Enrich Savannah and the Georgia Coast 3 Sep 2016, 7:48 am

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA —  Friendly Savannah’s reputation is one of reciprocity. Little Green Palm Inn lodging in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has begun a quiet campaign to thank “the one” who befriended and contributed to Savannah beauty and allure — beginning with Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Carnegie, titans of American iron and steel industries.

“Too often we forget the shoulders on which we stand,” explains Diane McCray Crews. When studying U.S. history, we find that many USA tycoons began modestly, too! “For our guests who choose cozy bed and breakfast lodging, these Savannah stories and Georgia coast stories add to charm and meritorious reasons to visit Savannah and Georgia.”

Get away for your 5-day travel, lodging at Green Palm Inn for your Georgia coast day trips.

What is the impact of one or two single people for generations living in and visiting Savannah and the Georgia Coast?

After extensive renovation Dungeness (photo circa 1958) on Cumberland Island, Georgia USA | Public Domain Photo by Philip E. Gardner, HABS photographer.

Thomas Morrison Carnegie built Dungeness on Cumberland Island. His older brother, iron and steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie left generous footprints in Savannah and along the Georgia coast. The Carnegie parents borrowed money from an American relative to make their move from Scotland to the USA.  In 2016 descendants of Thomas M. Carnegie retain a portion of Cumberland Island — Georgia’s largest and most southernmost barrier island — and host travelers at the stately Greyfield Inn. Reachable by boat only, most of the island is Cumberland Island National Seashore, managed by the U.S. National Park Service and promoted as “Where Nature and History Meet”.

In writing about Charles H. Morris’s restoration of Kehoe Iron Works in Trustees Garden, historian James Byous points to an important Savannah connection to Carnegie Steel. Located near Green Palm Inn, the iron foundry is currently undergoing major restoration.

The Carnegie Library is among Savannah firsts.

“[Carnegie libraries served as] Temples of learning, ambition, aspiration for towns and cities throughout the United States.” — NPR.org, speaking of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of building public libraries.

A Savannah first: Carnegie Library, the first free-standing library in Savannah, built for African Americans and funded by Andrew Carnegie during USA segregation.

Located at 537 East Henry Street, the first free-standing library in Savannah, Carnegie Library, was built with funds from Carnegie Corporation to serve African Americans during segregation. As young boys, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and the late Pulitzer Prize winning author James Alan McPherson used the Carnegie Library in Savannah.  It is the only example of Prairie Style architecture within the city.

“Erected in 1914, [and dedicated on August 14, 2014] the Carnegie Library was Savannah’s first African American library and was made possible by a donation from Andrew Carnegie [a Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist]. Carnegie was a self-made millionaire and philanthropist who was inspired [as a “working boy”] at a young age by the opportunities that libraries provide their patrons.” — Source: Library of Congress. Read more of the Liveoak Library’s 100th year celebration found at this PDF link.

Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South photograph of Henry Ford Plantation by Frances Benjamin Johnston, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and archived in the Library of Congress.

In later years, an $87,000 Carnegie Library grant funded a second Savannah library, built at 2002 Bull Street. It is now the main library with offices serving the regional Liveoak Library system. Twenty-four, free-use public libraries were built in Georgia, thanks to Carnegie Corporation grants.

Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the “Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South“, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston between 1939 and 1944.  Photographs of architecture in the Savannah vicinity are included in that vast collection, housed in the Library of Congress. Johnston is often considered the first American woman to achieve national prominence in diverse areas of photography.

Ask about weekly rates for your 5-day travel 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.

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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:  

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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.